Thursday, February 28, 2013

Boogiemonsters - Ali & The Devil (Demo)

My mother is a woman of faith.

Growing up, she never pushed religion on us, but throughout our apartment you could always find pamphlets, framed scriptures, and multiple copies of the bible. As a child, I loved reading, and knowing this my mother purchased a book of illustrated bible stories. Naturally, I ate it all up. The stories were fascinating, and the few times I did attend Sunday school, I had a sliver of understanding of the lessons being told. There is one thing however that I will never forget about that book of bible stories, and that's how terrifying some of the imagery was. The stories were written for children, but the illustrations looked like this:

Sodom and Gomorrah

or this;

the stuff of nightmares.

I bring this up because the first time I heard Riders of the Storm: The Underwater Album by the Boogiemonsters (1994), those childhood memories resurfaced. Some of the lyrics and music in songs like Juggernauts, and Mark of the Beast sent chills down my spine. Not to mention Old Man Jacob's Well, which  is on a short list of creepiest hip hop songs ever. 

A little over a week ago, Vex (from the Boogiemonsters) posted a link on his twitter, a YouTube video containing unreleased music from their debut album. Again, the lyrics, guitar, bassline...those bible stories have me scarred me for life. 

"Would you rather be in paradise, or these ruins?"

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Rubble Kings - A Feature Length Documentary

Project information:

From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights movement lay an unfocused rage. Neither law enforcement nor social agency could end the escalating bloodshed. Peace came only through the most unlikely and courageous of events that would change the world for generations to come by giving birth to hip-hop culture. Rubble Kings, the most comprehensive documentation of life during this era of gang rule to date, tells the story of how a few extraordinary, forgotten people did the impossible, and how their actions impacted the world over.

Rubble Kings is a feature length documentary about the New York city street gangs of the late ‘60s / ‘70s and their influence on hip-hop culture.

Kickstarting here: Link

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tyler, The Creator - Domo 23

Remember how fresh the sound and presentation of Yonkers was?


The track at the end of the video is kinda cool though.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

EPMD - Crossover (White Label Remix)

I actually heard this version first. It's a little different, but similar enough where I was able to quickly adjust to the (commercial) single/album version. It's not as trunky, but I enjoy some of the samples that are thrown in the mix.

TV One featured EPMD in their Unsung series. You should check it out.

Unsung - EPMD: Link