The late, great DJ AM’s Birthday was actually last month (March 30th), but being the busy kids we are we didn’t write up anything on his actual Birthday. So I thought it more fitting that at least we get the day right, even if it’s a month late. DJ AM was a fantastic DJ, and huge contributor to the hip-hop community. He was a big name, and although pretty mainstream by all accounts (working with dudes like Jay Z, Travis Barker, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ghostface Killah, and Lady Sovereign to name a few) never passed up the chance or got too big headed to work with smaller or underground artists. He had technique for days, and could school anyone in the art of turntablism. Sadly in August 2009 he overdosed and passed away, it was a big shock to everyone, and for me personally he was my favourite DJ. If you didn’t know who he was back then, now’s your opportunity to find out and I strongly suggest you do.
Happy Birthday DJ AM and rest in peace.
Now anyone that knows me well enough, knows there’s nothing I like better than hearing a piece of wax gettin cut da fuck up!! So, for those that aint in the know, When it comes to Turntabilism theres not many in the UK with the skillz to pay the billz like our homie DJ Jabbathakut. Not only is he a wizard on the the Wheels of Steel, but he’s a SICK beatmaker too! So, If you need cuts laying down on a track or ya lookin for a sick beat to lace with lyricism then Jabba’s the man to turn to! Here’s a brief example of his turntable skillz
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‘Just Amazing’ is taken from the 6 track EP ‘You Can’t Live Twice’ by Empdy and Ed Greens available to purchase for just £3 thats less than a pint of lager these days!! Go cop it from…
Inphynit AKA Marlon Carey words best some up this track “I’m tired of watching hip hop just stand by idly while tragedies happen all around us. This is me doing something. Please share if you think it’s worth sharing….RIP Trayvon Martin.”
Free Download Link: http://soundcloud.com/marlon-carey/trayvon-martin-elegy
Written and Performed by Inphynit AKA Marlon Carey http://soundcloud.com/marlon-carey
Beat by www.soundclick.com/ratobeatproduction
Released on http://www.hookedrecords.com/
Reveal first came to the attention of the UK Hip Hop community as a member of the Poisonous Poets alongside Lowkey a few years back now, following a spell abroad and since his return to the UK Reveal has been tearing up mic’s and droppin some hard bars for the cameras.
The Street Deciplez cameras caught up with Reveal as he dropped into junction9 studios, fresh of the back of his warm up session for SB.TV and as we’ve come to expect dropped some sick bars for the viewers.
Rhyme Asylum exclusive interview with our friends at Hip-Hop Kings. Rhyme Asylum speak about their upcoming music (not heard before) and what they’ve been doing since ‘Solitary Confinement’. Rhyme Asylum also speak on their personal favourite tracks, and Skirmish drops a freestyle at the end as well.
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(All this just because I listened to some Lil Wayne)
A few days ago I was doing some late night time wasting on the internet. I’d been listening to Pacewon and Mr Green all night, so I hopped over to Mr Green’s music page to see what he’d been up to recently. He had posted a little article saying ‘check this out, it could just be a conspiracy but it would be crazy if it’s true’. Now you know I was intrigued. The whole article was an open letter from an industry insider who said they’d worked for many years within the music industry, and had been invited to a meeting in the early 90’s organised by some other big name heads. They all had to sign wavers to say they wouldn’t spill the beans, and things got more devious from there. Turns out a lot of these big names had shares in private prisons, (and for the sake of not quoting the whole thing) they wanted to start marketing negative, self-destructive pop-raps to encourage violence, misogynism, drug use and all the other lovely stuff. The more these things were glamourised and pushed within media, the fuller the prisons. Now I’m really paraphrasing the whole thing, but I strongly suggest you read the whole letter to make up your own mind.
If you’re reading HHLAT then you probably already all about the fuckery that surrounds mainstream media, so I’m not going to patronise you; there’s so many reasons you’re only gonna hear violent raps on mainstream radio and TV. You really don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work that one out, but I think you’ll find this really interesting especially when you think that the private prison shareholders get about $120- 300 per inmate.
“At this point I begin to feel slightly uncomfortable at the strangeness of this gathering. The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn’t the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons.” Read the whole letter here.
Hey, you wanna know how to spit some freestyle raps? Watch this kids.
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