SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: BLOOD BROTHER (BEATS AND JAZZ-HOP SONORITIES)
After delighting your ears with jazz-hop selections: Gourmet jazz-hop , Uptown Downtown , Jazz-Hop au go-go , Supa Sonic Jazz-Hop and the list goes on and on (you can check them out via Mixcloud) , da squad is back with anotha impressive selection of dope cuts for the pleasure of jazz-hop heads out there.
So , let the fucking hot beats speak….this is Blood Brother – Beats And Jazz-Hop Sonorities.
Our city has an incredible and glorious hip-hop history written in the past by acts like Wu Tang-Clan, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest,Gang Starr, BlackMoon, Boot Camp Click and damn…there are too many groups and rappers to mention ! If we ask you what’s your opinion about the current hip-hop scene in New York , what would you say about it? Well , personally we can assert that hip-hop music changed its clothes and probably it was just an organic process (evolution or involution we couldn’t say) , so , like it or not, we must face the new trends that are affecting the entire “hip-hop system”. Anyway , it would be stupid if we didn’t see the value of a fleet of producers,rappers and musicians which are making really good things for da hip-hop: Joey Bada$$ and the entire Pro Era fam , Flatbush Zombies, Phony PPL and Queens microphone spitter Remy Banks. Remy Banks is a young rapper from Queens and maybe you’ve heard about him through the music performed by hip-hop trio Children Of The Nights or World’s Famous (a sort of evolution of Children Of The Nights ). In 2010 Remy teamed up with Queens producer Hannibal King to record the project entitled World Famous from which we selected the stunning piece called Clouds. Hannibal King earned his stripes cooking serious productions for well-known acts such as Mac Miller,Casey Veggies,Joey Bada$$ and Domo Genesis just to name a few. But let us return to the cut called Clouds! Well , Hannibal King created something cool sampling Player’s Anthem produced by Clark Kent and the iconic 1977 record by RAMP titled Daylight. The perfect mixture between Banks bars, the outstanding Minnesota multi-talented artist Marz Lovejoy (make sure you to check out her recent single Catch Up finely produced by Jansport J) and King’s beats gave us a solid piece!
Oh yeah…if you’re nostalgic hip-hop fans, prepare yourself for something hot! Let’s turn back time to when ghetto streets vibrated under the effect of pieces like Mixmaster USA performed by Blackstarr and Jack The Ripper, the duo known as Brainsick Mob. In 1997 da song appeared on da compilation New York Reality Check 101 mixed by DJ Premier packed with top-shelf tracks by underground acts such as J-Live,Shades of Brooklyn, Godfather Don,Choclair among others. Mixmaster Usa was produced by musician/producer/songwriter Patrice Germain aka Mix Master G-Flexx ( a genius which had the pleasure to work alongside names such as Billy Idol,Michael Bolton, Elton John, D’Angelo, Onyx, Guru, Big Shug, Group Home and Bahamadia). The sample of RAMP’s Everybody Loves The Sunshine is always honey for our ears!
The Minstrel Show by North Carolina hip-hop outfit Little Brother can be considered as a classic record. The success was huge, it gained an overwhelming critical reception and hip-hop media sang the praises of 9th Wonder,Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh. Despite the exciting around Little Brother , in those years , Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh were involved on side projects and solo projects that brought to us masterpieces like Connected by FE+ and Sleepers the sophomore solo record by Rapper Big Pooh! We chose the track called My Mind featuring the amazing neo-soul crooner Darien Brockington (which enhanced the track with his gentle touch) and masterfully wrapped by North Carolina grammy nominated hitmaker Christopher Frederick Tyson better known by the stage name Khrysis (Talib Kweli,Zo!,DJ Spinna,Sean Price,Slum Village,Mac Miller,Rapsody) which blows our mind sampling a timeless jazz record by Bob James. Last year in December Big Pooh dropped his last effort titled Everything 4 Sale and recently Khrysis released the beat-tape MotherFunker
Last year in May we dropped the hip-hop selection Da Joint giving to you a taste of what underground scene has to offer. The selection includes an ultra-dope track titled It’s My Life performed by Polyrythm Addicts from their album Break Glass. Today we selected a sumptuous joint by Brooklyn emcee and 1/4 of Polyrhythm Addicts, Shabaam Sahdeeq! The track is called Relax, distributed by King Underground and sumptuously produced by King Underground founder Dan Englander aka Pings. If you are die-hard old-school fans then you will appreciate this top-notch jazzy production!
Last year we invited you to experience the sound of New Track City. The Seattle hip-hop trio composed by emcees Bem and Chi.Stone and producer Dru released the interesting mixtape The Damn Gina Tape , blending hip-hop and soulful and jazzy sonorities. The track called HustleMan Wit A Kazoo is a clear example of New Track City music deeply influenced by the 90’s hip-hop . The track is produced by Kansas City producer Conductor Williams and it hosts the saxophone of Andrew McGhie.
If you’re a hip-hop head grew up with a steady diet of underground groups and rappers, maybe the name of Haiku D’Etat will sound familiar! It’s a hip-hop group composed by Aceyalone,Myka 9 and Abstract Rude which dropped in 1999 a self-titled album , followed by a sophomore project called Coup The Theatre released in 2004. Two months ago german label Wadada Records recruited german beatmaker Kram Aus Der Ecke aka O to resume Haiku D’Etat track called All Good Things in order to cook a jazzy treatment remix. Well, it sounds so fucking hot!
Living Proof, Supa Star , Suspended In Time are only few jams from the huge list of dope pieces by Group Home. Melachi The Nutcracker and Lil’ Dap made majestic music , in particular between the 1995 and 1999 through their cult classics Living Proof and A Tear For The Ghetto packed with productions handled by Premo , The Alchemist as well as Guru. 20 years ago the New York duo released a single along side Brainsick Mob called East Ny Theory finely produced by Mix Master G-Flexx and distributed via Flatbush label Tape Kingz. Recently Group Home released their new project called For Ever.
Let’s move on to the Los Angeles underground hip-hop collective known as Freestyle Fellowship. In 1999 Celestial Recordings launched a compilation entitled Beneath The Surface , which included the jazz-hop cut called When The Sun Took A Day Off And The Moon Stood Still performed by Aceyalone , Mikah 9 , P.E.A.C.E and O.Glenn. The stunning piece by Freestyle Fellowship was finely produced by Omid Walizadeh aka Omid
French jazz-hop collective FakeHunters earned a comfortable spot on this jazz-hop selection thanks their superb track entitled The Soundtrack To Your Life. The song is a collabo along side Detroit emcee David Allie Strauss aka D.Allie and it’s included on Fakehunters album called Sweet Notes released three years ago.
Canadian hip-hop collective Da Grassroots appeared on two jazz-hop selections: Gourmet Jazz-Hop and Uptown Downtown . Da Grassroots music reflects their penchant for da old-school hip-hop era and their productions wisely handled by Mr.Attic are imbued with jazz sonorities. So we wrap up our jazz-hop trip with the stunning piece called Living Underwater from Grassroots masterpiece Passage Through Time