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EP1-3 Switched On Bap starring Ski Beatz & The Glorious Bastard #TheBrooklynWord TV

We’re 3 episodes deep in Modbap sessions.  The journey continues with Ski & Ben as sounds rabbit hole expands around them.

Catch up on the modular happenings.  This is straight unfiltered raw shooting, so vibe up and get connected.

Ep1 The Rabbit Hole

Ski Beatz speaks on Modulars and the direction in which he see’s it going in rap/hip hop.  At this time, he’s pioneering the movement and we’ll be the first to say that he is the first to bring it to the rap/hip hop culture.

Yes, all before used it in dance/experimental genres that were avant garde.  His approach bridged the boom bap sensibility merging the worlds harmoniously.  As this genre expands, we take great pride in being apart of the inception this new sound.

Peep game and watch the 1st vid…

Ep2 “Finding the Perfect Rhythm & Lead”

Ski is in the moment, feeling the vibe.  The process is an intuitive journey, the loop happens.  Then you press on feel that shxt out.  This is a Master of the Craft, zoning.

Infinite possible sonic choices at his disposable, at his own time as it’s his personal journey.  Get connected and watch now.

Ep3 “Copying Modular Signals + Basics”

In Ep3 we are getting a lil more technical.  Ski & Ben go in with specs, still light wit it tho.

Each sound loop you hear is a possible sample.  Each change sounds dope, but saving each and every change would rack that memory up something awful.

A Master of the craft is searching for that special sound that get’s them to be like, “I want that, lemme record that”.

Ben also goes in on the power consumption which is super important.  Listen to what he’s saying and look into creating your own and experimenting with the genre.

and that’s #TheBrooklynWord!

 

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New Music: Marcus Machado “I Can’t Lose” ft. Jermaine Holmes

 

Flashback

Two moments come to mind, when I think about Marcus Machado.

The first is when he did a live performance at socially acclaimed NYC Friday night spot Soul In The Horn for a release or something, can’t quite remember.

The way he made the guitar sing that evening was one of those things where if you love music, you couldn’t help but to be mesmerized by the lifelike cry of each stringed note.

It was very Hendrix like.

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The second time, was during a music session with Soul In The Horn’s curator D. Prosper.  I’d play tracks thinking it’s straight fire lol and then he’d ‘G check‘ me, like, listen to this… then this dope as fuck track would come on that would have me salivating.  We are lover of sound, so this is natural.

Prosper was a tastemaker before taste-making was ever a thing, his ear is perfect for spotting future sounds that would go on to become influential.  He warned me that Machado was gonna be a problem and went on to play some incredible shit that blew my mind.

Present

So I see a post from Marcus Machado, excited cause I’ve been waiting to review his dope soul.  He’s everywhere playing with Jamie Lidell, Pete Rock and many others so time is of essence with his busy schedule.

I hit em up like “yo i gotta review that track”, boom and he’s like “word thx” boom boom and I get a link for the track “I CAN’T LOSE“.

Everything about the track is right.

It’s a patient, soul stirring song thats bound to make one internalize there priorities.  The bluesy vibes is gorgeous and grimy.

The vocalist Jermaine Holmes carefully lyrics balances, pain with determination as Marcus Machado sets the ambience.  The solo’s are magically pleasant and not over the top.  The drummer, that tight snare just knocks.

It sounds like it should have started off season 5 of Power, a yo 50

Definitely check this joint out and let this be your next workout/driving/chilling track.

Here are a few more clips of Marcus Machado.

and that’s #thebrooklynword.

Repping at the Garden.  I was waiting for him to light that shxt on fire and smash it, but that might have caught fans off guard.

Throwback Machado going Apeshit.

Machado being blessed with playing at the Hendrix Flat Sessions.

and lastly had to throw the GangStarr joint up with him and Daru.  His drumming partner in crime and shine.  Love the energy between them, Daru is another Master of The Craft.

Their vibes works every sound.  Catch em at the Blue Note w/ Pete Rock.

Digga digga..

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And then there are these personal practice session.

The minds of those that create sonics like this for the culture, must be embraced for our future depends on it.

…and that #thebrooklynword.

Review of “Nasir” | NAS

This review was written the day after the album dropped, but held back till the smoke cleared from all the opinionated culture enthusiasts.  Bloggers, writers, tastemakers all that.

Those muthafucker’s are everywhere, yet, they really don’t say nothing.  It’s funny and sad.  They really don’t understand this culture when they write these dissertations for their own to understand.

I haven’t read a single review from any blogger or music site and don’t care to, this is strictly my opinion based off my love and understanding of the culture.  They don’t know any more than person on the street and definitely don’t know about the foundation of rap from experience, only word of mouth and delving into the world claiming ownership.

I was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.  Raised on Video Music Box and all the Hip Hop radio stations.  I saw the emergence of Nas and Queensbridge, watching while holding the antenna on channel U31 so that the reception was clear and shit.

We debated Hip Hop and dope lyricist on the train and in the the lunchroom of Murry Bergtraum H.S. (later Bethel H.S. in Hampton, VA.).  Our debates would build the culture to what it is today, a multi-trillion dollar industry that’s still growing.

Please don’t put my opinions in the same category as the “gentrified taste” of Hip Hop hobbyist writing on their laptops in coffee shops or plush lil offices in Red Hook or Williamsburg.  I am rap and hip hop bitches.

With that, let’s begin.

This is the tracklist for the Nasir album:

“Everything,” “Bonjour,” “Not For Radio,” “Adam & Eve,” “Simple Things,” “Cops” and “I Can Explain”

Not For Radio:  comes on with importance.  The intro features Puffy and as the track goes on, it’s clear… Puffy ad libs are back!

The beat drops, it’s an ethereal downtempo track with a big presence.  There’s a choir, a full orchestra sample chop or live and then sampled (not sure).

This set’s a strong tone as the first track, Nas doesn’t dissappoint with God Body lyrics for the peoples.  The hook is dope and the rhythm grows on me.  My mind is switching from listening to the beat, to trying to break down what Nas is saying in real time.  I kinda don’t want to, I just want to hear Nas get it in cause it’s been awhile.

Kanye did a dope job in regards to switching the energies between the albums.

While Kanye’s album was more of a look into his personal journey, it wasn’t a fun album that you’d want to listen to and party or cruising through the city blasting in the Summer.

It was a good album, that’s a great album, if you are going through similar pain and such.  Nas’s album, is a different direction and so far it’s feeling real happier.

Cops Shot The Kid:  oh yea, this is what i’m talking about.  The Slick Rick sample loop is perfect.  That track already has a party energy attached, partygoers will immediately relate to this joint.  I already see all the hands in the air and dancing.

Dope shit, this is a gonna be a classic track right here.  Nas is in a powerful zone when you break down the lyrics.  Ye‘ joins in further drilling in the empowering message thats being delivered to all races, creed and religions.

That hook is dope… i’m starting to get a feeling of it sounding a dope movie.  Like it needs to be a soundtrack.  Hmmm, this is a soundtrack of the times.  I dig it.

White Label:  the production is what heads have been waiting for from Yeezy.  It was the perfect alleyoop, wit Nas slam dunking it for the culture.

The messages continue through the melodicaly minimal vocal driven hook.  Nas has a lot on his mind as well.  It’s quite reflective and show his growth since the QB days.

Bonjour:  just beautiful!  I’m loving the production direction.  Dope tracks tell a story on it’s own, with the Emcee adding or creating a new world at whim.  Here the tracks is so good, it almost overshadows Nas.

I want more Bars on this joint, but nahhh, we are getting teased here.

Oh yea, the message switches up… it’s for the ladies.

Everything:  Ye is singing again, i’m not mad at that as long as the build up involves dopeness at the end.  Another beautiful track.

I didn’t even research it to see who’s on it, i’m just raw doggin it and as stated earlier, writing in real time as it plays out.

This is track is more messaged based, a jewel for young minds to mine later in their lives as they mature.  Nas is more descript creating a visually stunning imagery in my mind.

Fist and lighters up from everyone once this is played on tour.  It’s the superman track of the album.  A Superman track is that joint that makes you feel invincible when you listen to it.

ps… the other voice is The Dream, yea he sounds good, i wanna hear more from the brother.

Adam and Eve:  aight, Nas got that vintage flow on this 90’s type production.  It reminds me of “Verbal Intercourse” off of Raekwons Cuban Links album,

but different.

Nas’s flow is much looser as he bar up with words on top of words.

Simple Things:  is another downtempo head nodder.  The rhythm draws me in here, particularly the rhythm hits the minor chords… oooh, sounding delicious.  It sounds like a carnival song being played through bad speakers but in a dope way.

I wanna see this video shot in Coney Island and along the board walk.  I wanna see mad slo mo and the matured QB King and crew posting up on some throwback hype williams ish.  Oh yea, sexy shorties eating cotton candy, candy apples and those twirly lollipops.

Final Review:  It’s an album thats very mature minded and powerfully delivered.  The majority of the tracks is classic Nas speaking wisdom with his smooth QueensBridge flow.

The energy in my opinion is in a different space than his past albums, here’s why:

  • The production made limited use of harder kicks and snares, opting for softer almost electronic kick instead.  That makes sense given Kanye’s extensive time in that musical space.  Plus it’s what today’s music consist mostly of.  Nothing wrong with that production decision, his personal choice.  My point is merely that adding that natural sound creates a different and more potent energy.  The Bonjour track energy is more memorable innately, as vintage kick/snares were used.  Classic rap essentials and purist typically deem this a must have, though not necessary.  A slipper slope, when that production choice is made either way.  Here are a few classics Nas and you’ll understand my point more…

  • The bmp is slower than on tracks that are considered classic:  the vibe of the album is mad chill and subdued except for a joints like “Cops Shot The Kid”.  It felt like, if you give Nas a faster track, he’ll be more energetic and pay more attention to the delivery than a slower lazier type flow.

  • The album being limited to 7 tracks:  so Illmatic had 5 joints, all the rest had over 10.  And while that’s not an industry standard any longer, it allowed him to get out different sides.  The party side, the street side, the God Body side and you get the point.  I’m thinking there is a part 2 to this Album like there is way more that will be released in the future, who knows.
  • Lastly, even though Nas has always had that smooth flow, he feels tired.  If you really feel music, you can hear it when compared to earlier works.

All that was from the first listen.  I’ll sit down and understand it differently as time goes on as well as analyze Nas’s bars for self.

It’s message, well I’ll leave it for you to interpret.  Not everything should be told…

and that’s The Brooklyn Word.

 

 

 

 

Black Thought & 9th Wonder are taking over Hip Hop on June 1, 2018 with “Streams of Thought”

In less than a week, one of Hip Hop’s most lyrically revered is releasing his first solo project with one of the culture’s most talented producers. We anticipate it to go down as as an essential classic.

Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought is joining forces with 9th Wonder & The Soul Council on production, to strike back at the culture with “Streams of Thought“.

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This is so dope for so many reasons, here are our top 5:

  1. 90’s heads been waiting for this since “Do You Want More”
  2. Black Thought did a 10min Funk Flex freestyle and broke the internet.
  3. His freestyle was better than most albums that came out after 2000, and has since been the pinnacle of what a true emcee is.
  4.   The Soul Council is composed of some of the best soulful audiophiles in the business and with 9th at the head, there is no way it won’t get a Grammy nod (early prediction).
  5. Cause Kanye’s album is dropping the same day.

With all  that’s happening in the culture these days, “Streams of Thought” is a refreshing breathe of fresh sound in a polluted and non lyrical time.  Spitting bars that matter is more of relic, slowly gaining steam with picky millennial ears.

The recent Pusha T, Kanye & Drake drama has brought some attention to the ancient art of subliminal battle rhymes.

The above drama has separated itself from the sing songy and androgynous energy of today’s youthful rhymes, which lack the finesse of the ancient art.  It’s currently touted on media sites as a Clash of the Titans type of match, which put’s word structure, wit and delivery ahead of commercial standards.

Well if that’s the case, the culture has no choice but to add a new neutral contender, who is merely an opponent as a result of sharing release dates and not by subliminal lyrical jabs being thrown/returned.

Black & 9th enters the ring with”Stream of Thought” and one can only Wonder?  Can Thought and 9th overshadow the clout chasing shenanigans pushing many artist today or will it get lost in the dust of “the machine“.

The Brooklyn Word predicts, it will reign supreme to real culture heads.   Once Nas’s album drops later in the month, heads will have time to properly digest all the recent albums.  While we feel the culture will agree that no album is fucking with “Streams of Thought”, we understand the commercial heads will side towards Good Music (no hate, we love Good Music).

Honestly, it’s just intuition and prediction, it’s not like we actually  know fa sure.  We haven’t heard a track from Thought & 9th, Nas or Kanye (aside from Poopity di scoop).

I think Nas is gonna be an iconic banger, but after many years and mental growth I’ve realized that Black Thought is better than Nas as an emcee.  I doubt you’ll ever see Nas battle Black Thought and if so, I doubt he could keep up with the amount of material that Thought has as well as daily experience, as Black Thought stays on the grind with the Tonight Show, touring and lectures.  The man has no time to relax and chill.  Shit, it’s been almost 30yrs and we are just now getting a solo project lol… thats a hard working muthafucka.

Follow the The Soul Council & Black Thought on Instagram: @ejones_music @khrysis @kashdntmkebeats @ampmusic @9thwondermusic @blackthought

 

Enjoy our own little remix to vintage Black Thought while we wait for the tasty sounds from 9th and The Soul Council… and thats The Brooklyn Word.

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Queens of Hip Hop Remixed Vol.1

Prouced by Mr Kuyateh ft. Roxanne Shante, Bahamadia, MC Lyte & Queen Latifah

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What do you do when you find 4 acapellas from hip hop’s dopest female emcees?  You remix it and call it “Queens of Hip Hop Vol. 1”.  Cause ain’t nothin betta than dope lyrics over jazzy beats.

I was adamant about beginning the project with voices that pioneered the lyrical side of the game.  Not only are these women game changers but lyrically suited to handle any rapper that crossed their path.

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Peep how they command the attention of the listener in each track.  The delivery is razor sharp, from the gut, and thought provoking.  Their words swing through the rhythm, cutting through the bullshit.

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The production is a salute to the art of chopping shit up and sampling it.  I wanted to create a lush jazzy vibe to embrace emcee’s lyrics.  It was important for the beat to be self sufficient as an instrumental.  It had to have it’s own fun life and yet not overpower the track.  Like sex, the balance of words and rhythm was key.

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Enjoy this flavorful mix, and that The Brooklyn Word…