Shad & Skratch Bastid – The Spring Up

Posted in Artists, Mixtapes on June 15th, 2013 by Hyphen

The Spring Up

The homey, and still my vote for the best writer in the game, Shad, just dropped a new EP with Skratch Bastid (one of the dopest DJ’s in the world, if you’re sleeping).  Download the quickstrike right here:

The Spring Up is the result of fortunate timing, grapefruit Perrier, a shared high school obsession with Outkast’s Aquemeni, and a couple of sessions at Skratch Bastid’s Toronto studio this April. The 5 track collection marks a moment in time for the pair; embodying the spirit of Spring and also serving as a sort of prelude to Shad’s upcoming full-length, to which Skratch Bastid also contributes. The collection features a production assist from DJ Jazzy Jeff, and a turn on the mic from compatriot Cadence Weapon.

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Mac Miller (REALLY) freestyling on Cosmic Kev’s show (video)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on October 4th, 2011 by Hyphen

Mac takes a lot of heat from hip-hop heads, mainly because his fan base is heavily comprised of young white kids. However, as his hype continues to build, he’s been winning over more and more cats, which is sure to continue when his upcoming mixtape with Jazzy Jeff drops.  Plus, if he keeps making appearances like this, spitting a better, legitimate, off the dome freestyle at 2:25 than a TON of these underground lyrical miracle cats I know, he’ll be in great shape.

Go head Mac, killin’ em.

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The Greatest DJ Of All-Time on the Kenny Burns Show

Posted in Artists, Other Peoples' Interviews, Videos on May 6th, 2009 by Hyphen

I still wanna be Jazzy Jeff when I grow up.

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DJ Revolution talks King of the Decks

Posted in Artists, Joints, Videos on September 11th, 2008 by Hyphen

(wtffff @ that “host’s” wack ass voice and inflections.  yeesh, even Cita was embarrassed)

Rev speaks about what being a DJ means to him, the purpose of his upcoming King of Decks album, and the story behind “The DJ” with KRS-One.  Plus, he talks about his DJ’ing hero, and my own G.D.J.O.A.T., the magnificent, Jazzy Jeff.  King of the Decks drops Tuesday!  Here’s the jawn we ran on Sound Session last week:

DJ Revolution ft. KRS-One – “The DJ”

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Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince reunite!

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Movies on July 2nd, 2008 by Hyphen

As I mentioned in the Throwback post about JJ+FP, there have been rumors that Jeff and Will would team up for some performances this summer in support of Hancock.  The homey Mick Boogie DJ’d at the premier in Los Angeles and managed to get some footage of their quick set (“Summertime,” a freestyle joint, and “Brand New Funk”).  Hopefully we see some actual dates, and not just a few one offs.  The video isn’t the greatest quality, but still, this is so dope.

Bonus:  DJ Jazzy Jeff on Sound Session (April ’07) –

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Throwback: DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper

Posted in Artists, Joints, Throwbacks on July 1st, 2008 by Hyphen

He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper

In honor of seeing the latest Will Smith flick, Hancock, last night, I thought I’d post up one of my favorite albums of all time.  DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince literally changed my life, since they’re responsible for the first hip-hop I ever heard.  Plus, my entire sense of humor was shaped by their music and the greatest TV show of all time, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”  The first cassette I owned was Rock The House when I was 6 years old (woah…20 years ago), but their second album, He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, was the joint that put me over the top.  I must have listened to it a million times, and to this day, I still have every line, adlib, and scratch memorized.  Clearly, part of my affinity for this LP is sentimental, but I think it’s still dope music that stands the test of time.  Peep the title track for example, where Will absolutely blacks out.  Black Thought has said it was his favorite verse growing up, and that rhyme alone is greater than the careers of most contemporary rappers.

If you’ve never heard this album, listening to it for the first time in 2008 clearly won’t mean the same for you as it did for me, but you need to check it out.  If you remember it, but haven’t pulled it out in ages, do so.  Afterall, it’s summer…and that’s officially JJ+FP time.  There are even rumors that we might see some tour dates from Jeff and Will over the next few months (if they come to Seattle, it’s a WRAP).  And go see Hancock…it’s dope.

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper

Bonus: The Smoking Section has the other JJ+FP albums up for download right here.

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