Fightin' Words is a long delayed release from East Coast rapper Diabolic which has been in the works for four years. Originally intended to come out on Viper Records, the album instead got released via the recently founded WarHorse Records. Mic collaborators include such hard hitters as Vinnie Paz, Apathy, and R.A. the Rugged Man, while production is handled in most part by DJ Premier.
DJ Nu-Mark spun a set frontloaded with hits and gradually growing weirder Feb. 28 at Amoeba Hollywood. Through promoting his fine Broken Sunlight album, released last year, the DJ stuck with a more traditional set of blending well-known records into one another. He got the audience percolating with an “L.A., California” refrain, building a beat with booming bass and classic funk horns as a crowd of beatheads nodded on. He worked in The Jackson 5's “ABC,” The O’Jays “For the Love of Money,” Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance,” Phil Collins’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” theBeastie Boys’ “Intergalactic,” Justice’s “D.A.N.C.E.,” Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Ni**as in Paris,” a remix of Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun,” Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” Oasis’ “Wonderwall” and many other songs. The set started with big hits everyone knew and moved into more obscure sounds — an extended didgeridoo part, instrumental passages, “Kung Fu Fighting” with an underwater effect, a muzak version of “Satisfaction.” Nu-Mark worked with a minimal set-up of a laptop and two turntables, moving quickly between songs and grooving hard, keeping the energy alive even as the set grew more challenging. See more photos of the performance here.
LA DJ/producer/beatmaker and record collecting/crate digging fanatic DJ Nu-Mark, who talks about his 35,000 deep collection in the above recently posted video from Fuse TV's Crate Diggers series, will be doing a free live in-store performance Thursday (Feb 28th) at 6pm at Amoeba Hollywood. The producer/turntablist extraordinaire, who many got to know through his membership of now defunct quality hip-hop crew Jurassic 5, will be promoting his new, guest-heavy solo album, Broken Sunlight, which was released in December by Hot Plate Records. At this week's Amoeba in-store Nu-Mark will play his famous "toy set" live as well as sign copies of the new album immediately following the performance. More info on the show here and below is the video for the album track "Tonight" featuring J-Live, M3, and Erica Dee. Buy Broken Sunlight here
DJ Nu-Mark "Tonight (feat. J-Live, M3 & Erica Dee)"
After releasing a series of sought after 10” singles, DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 drops his long-awaited official long-player. The album pits Nu-Mark’s simple funky production next to a diverse range of soul and hip hop artists, including Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, J-Live, Quantic, and Large Professor! Soul with a twist. Broken Sunlight on Hot Plate Records is a triple disc release that includes a second disc with instrumentals, acapellas and clean versions and a DVD with a feature film on Nu-Mark’s life on the road. All in time for the holidays!
2) S3Supa Soul Shit (Melting Pot Music)
This new import CD/LP is the brainchild of Kansas City soul singer Miles Bonny and European beat maven Brenk Sinatra. Miles Bonny croons some smooth soulful tunes over Brenk’s equally buttery production, which mixes dreamy electronic beats with some nice soul samples. Fans of Frank Ocean will likely lose their shit over this one!
4) Open Mike EagleRappers Will Die of Natural Causes
5) Blu Jesus (Nature Sounds)
Thanks to E-Lit at Amoeba Music in Berkeley for talking with the Amoeblog again this week for the latest Hip Hop Top Five chart entries plus his overview of some slept-on, under the radar items at Amoeba that folks should be aware of. These new release picks by E-Lit include on vinyl the UK import Rapping With Paul White album featuring such guests as Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson, Jehst, the "Greenberg" the new picture disc 12" single from Alchemist, Oh No, and Roc Marciano, and the alt hip-hop CD full-length by Knives and Gasoline, Love Songs For Crime Scenes featuring slept on producer LA hip-hop producer Deeskee and Bay Area rock vocalist Stacey Dee of Angry Amputees fame. Deeskee also produced another fave of E-Lit's; Hopeless Crooks With Open Books.
Lots of other new hip-hop releases from both hip-hop newcomers and veterans alike just out or about to drop. Someone who first arrived on the scene two decades ago is Tragedy Khadafi who made a strong mark with such political tour de forces as the revolutionary laced "Arrest The President" (back then he was known as Intelligent Hoodlum) back when George H Bush (senior) was in power. For the artist's latest. about to drop, release Thug Matrix 3, he comes across as forceful albeit not as political. Joining him on the new album, which arrives in Amoeba September 20th, are Killa Sha with production by: araabMUZIK, Shroom, Audible Doctor, Now & Laterz, and Ayatollah. in preparation of the new release he is dropping a series of lead up webisodes including this week's behind the scenes studio-footage for the making of the track “Each One, Teach One” (produced by Audible Doctor) and here is one for the making of "Illuminous Flow." Below is the video for the artist's classic, golden era, politically charged 1990 single "Arrest The President."