THROWBACK THURSDAY: BEASTIE BOYS

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(Left to Right) Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz  and Adam “MCA” Yauch formed this iconic Hip-Hop/Punk Rock group in 1981 at Yauch’s 17th birthday party. Ad-Rock was actually added to the group later on in 1983 replacing an old member of the group. New York is their home, New York is the city where it all started for these 3 guys.

When their first EP, Cooky Puss, was released it quickly became a hit in New York underground dance clubs and night clubs upon its delivery. It was first their first piece of work that fused together the underground rap phenomenon and the use of samples of prank calls.

Due to their success with Cooky Puss they hired a  college student as their DJ (Rick Rubin) and started performing at venues all over the New York scene. Rubin produced their next records under Def Jam and Capitol Records, the rest was history in the making as they continued to record and tour around the world. Their success led to 3 Grammy awards, MTV video music awards, and also features in films. Not only did they inspire the hip-hop community with their music they also were  activist by added their voice to the growing protest against the U.S. war on Iraq in 2003.

In April 2012, the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The following month, MCA died of cancer at the age of 47. In Brooklyn there is a children’s playground renamed for Adam Yauch in his memory. In June 2014, Mike D stated that the Beastie Boys would not continue their careers as a group, as a promise to Adam Yauch. Look out for their autobiography that has been postponed for a 2017 release. Purchase memorabilia on their social media pages below and continue to “Fight…. for your right…to partyyyy!” Rest in peace MCA.

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eekkoo – Sloan’s Dress

The magnificent and mysterious eekkoo has produced yet another powerful production in deep house and techno after releasing a handful of remixes and collabs. Not straying away from his moody personality in his music, he creates some downright heavy basslines with grooves unheard of with Sloan’s Dress. To really set the mood of the track we grabbed the video clip from eekkoo’s facebook profile with the main bassline over some hollow synths to preview before you take on the full track.

that. b a s s l i n e. though.

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Zak Abel Releases Music Video & Collabs with Kwabs

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Getting to the center of his soul with the release of Deserve To Be Loved, Abel explains that “this is the most honest he has been in a song so far“. The message pulls at the heart strings as one can relate for a yearning for love in tough times. The acoustic track has had excellent feedback and you would agree as you get chills over Abels passionate  tenor.

Zak Abel also ran into an opportunity to work in the studio with Kwabs. The two together with producer Tom Misch, who worked with Zak on Beautiful Escape, revisited Kwabs Cheating On Me single and gave it a complete makeover. Adding a beautiful guitar solo paired over uplifing violins Zak and Kwabs go back to back while lettin the music talk for the smooth finish.

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ThrowBack Thursday: Tupac Shakur

 

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“You know what? Last time you said that, I was kinda trippin’, right? But now, you’re right. I am crazy. And you know what else? I don’t give a fuck”. – Bishop

This is a quote from Tupac’s character  Bishop from the 1992 movie “Juice” which starred this legendary Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. It has currently been slated that music video and film director Benny Boom will be the new director of the biopic “TUPAC” that is said to be released in Theaters in 2016. Before we all see the movie next year, here’s some facts on 2Pac before and after his death.

Recording Artist 2Pac was born on June 16, 1971 in New York City. Shakur’s parents were both members of the Black Panther Party. His parents militant style and influential beliefs for civil rights eventually stuck within Pac which also nursed his inspiring music. At the age of 13 and Tupac enrolled in the Baltimore School of the Arts before dropping out at 17. Shakur broke into the music business with rap group Digital Underground as a back-up dancer, rapper and roadie. At the 2:20 mark, 2Pac shares his verse in the “Same Song” tune.  Eventually Shakur released his first solo album in ’91, 2pacalypse Now,which faced social issues in America such as, racism, police brutality, poverty, black on black crime, and teenage pregnancy.

While he was most famous for his rap career, 2Pac was also a gifted actor, poet and a thoughtful outspoken advocate for the poor and the overlooked people in America. 2Pac’s unapologetic lyrics were relevant, important, and reflective of the hard lives led by many. His music earned attention and respect through a poetic style that embraced street vocabulary while being innovative. Tupac leaves a legacy of honest passion in his songs despite his run in’s with the law, East-Coast West- coast beef with another famed Rapper Notorious B.I.G. and his untimely death on September 13, 1996. He is respected by many and has become an inspiration for artists and a standard in rap music history.

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A.R. Reps Chicago

AuX AR or simply AR who is already planning on dropping his EP Educated Low Lives mid December releases a music video prior to, representing Chicago. You will hear him rap about the hard ships and the struggles. You will hear him rap about the strengths and loyalty. All of what makes Chicago. He knows what its about, hes surviving. In fact AR got an opportunity to open for Curren$y at Portage Theater as Triangle Offense, a side project with Mike Booth and Rhymster from Ever Evolved studios. He knows his way around this city, surviving.

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Chicago Artist Bite Me Debuts Trap Sound with the Bitten EP

Released under Artist Intelligent Agency Bite Me debuts his sound making some hard hitting trap and bass music. Armed with 4 original tracks this Chicago artist emerges onto the scene with his first EP Bitten. Right away being open to fans, you can follow him on his snap and get sneak peeks of the work he has just sittin around waiting to  be let loose.

Getting to know a bit more about Bite Me, taken from his interview with raver rafting, he is a self taught artist from Chicago and currently living in Wisconsin. Self acclaimed deadmau5 fan when he found out he had to play live music once he saw the mau5 drop a Hard Intro Version of Ghosts N Stuff at Hard Haunted Mansion. NGHTMRE and Party Thieves appear to be on list of inspirations as well. If he keeps dropping tracks like his most recent Lunar then he might just get that collab he is dreaming about with NGHTMRE. Premiering on Panthenon as a limited free download, this track comes out with synths blazing and bass blaring. Working with reputable artists on Panthenons label we cannot wait to hear Bite Me grow as an artist

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Aces.R Does DNB Proper With Release of Soul Reclamation

Quality and quantity unite in a 18 track LP with enough . Aces.R, artist from the UK, releases a goodie bag of some heavy drum and bass. With enough bass to shake your house. Soul Reclamation, released under Allowance Records makes its way to fans black friday weekend. Nothing but original production, showcasing Aces skills with break beats and bass lines that you would lose your mind over.

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Holagram Kizzie Tames Goddesses [Music Video]

Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One channeling her inner god complex gets up in your face with Taming The Goddess. All Chicago attitude and mad fluid flow. She still loves you though. It is all POLY because love lasts forever. At the same time acknowledge that beat; I know it is hard too with such a dope spitta on the mic but when MC can dance with the beat on the mic like that, complementing each other, It is wonderful!

Onto more recent, Kizzie was interviewed by City Pages, revealing a good amount about her and her music career, inspirations and aspirations. They also touched ground on Rhymesayers exclusion of her in an event. Speculating gender and sexual preferences. Kizzie making a point about the small numbers of female artists represented in the hip hop industry. Being one herself with magnificent skill on the mic, it effects her greatly and she has the voice to speak out about it. Much support from Ever Evolved of course, especially with the music she has been releasing!

Not only new music either, Kizzie just released a music video for Impatient (Just U And US) Premiering on Respect.Magazine. Shot and directed by with Angelenah on backing vocals, this video shows all kinds of fun night time activities, like pillow fights obviously. Coming straight from her recent project P.O.L.Y. it is one of the more chill songs to smoke to but still one of the greats as Kizzie seems to be getting better with every track.

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Probcause New Video and New Music

Lets take it back to the old days, Al Capone is still running Chicago, speak easy’s are thriving off bootleg alcohol and the Jazz was as smooth as that cigar you are poofin on at the bar. The women dancing the Charleston, with their bold lipstick colors and their long dress and fancy head dresses. Then you got Probcause over here stealing the show with his orchestra, Donnie Trumpet, Cofresi on the drums and KSRA serenading the crowd. Coming from his 2014 Waves EP, Prob brings this song back from the past with the new video but he is also coming with new music too.

Fellow white rapper Lil Dicky caught the Chicago locals ear, probably after Dicky got the brilliant idea of making a music video using other peoples resources. Sort of a social experiment. The two jumped on a beat together and here we have The Woods. A real chill and catchy beat that will have you munchin out at the crib next to your bong all day.

So Prob is continuing with his collaborations, so much so that you would wonder where he even gets the time to eat and sleep. Right after releasing a hit with Branx, Exmag and Adrian Lau, and producing his own track with DRO, Prob went back to the homie Drew Mantia and released Same Thing, a track for the fifth compilation album installment by AC3, a highly reputable Hip Hop Festival partnered with iHip Hop Distribution. Prob take 5 man you deserve it.

UPDATE: 11/23/15 4:45pm:
Premiering on Mass Appeals Probcause unleashes a creative art music video for his track Same Thing with Drew Mantia. While this is his first video animated video with the help of Elijah Alvarado Prob is no stranger to art and drawing. Having an Art Degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, it definitely helped with a skill explored in early ages. “I grew up drawing and was always attracted to graffiti” Colin explained to Mass Appeals. “I started painting pretty young but got arrested a few too many times… It basically got to a point where I was putting my college scholarship on the line if I got arrested again, so I decided to chill out a little bit in my 20s”.

Well we are glad Prob gets to release his creative angst through a professional medium combining it with his music career! You can bet that this will not be his last animated project. Follow Probcause’s Instagram located below for more of his creative art!

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ZHU Genesis

Zhu is a hit making machine and he is at it again with he latest releases on the Genesis Series. Releasing the songs in an untraditional manner to his fans. Zhu released each track individually on consecutive Fridays through mediums best fitting the track style. Really interesting artist to say the least, mysterious yet out of the box creative in every way.

Zhu has Come a long way since wooing the world with Faded and the NightDay EP. Since then he has remixed top artists to perfection. Now with Genesis he is collaborating with big names old and new. Really pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music and fusing a world of sound into it. Genesis is a melting pot of Funk, Jazz, Raggae, Hip Hop, Garage and House music to name a few! Zhu is staying true to the idea of making it about the music rather than his identity. Anybody got a picture of him yet?

The Genesis Series is packed with artist collabs from AlungaGeorge, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Skrillex, A-Trak, Gallant, to Keznamdi, Daniel Johns, They and few more. Each artist chosen came to the studio and made their music “from scratch, organically respecting the origins of how music was made”. The sounds of our generation in one collaborative effort.




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