This track has so many good bars in it it’s hard to pick just one. Going camping with the girl this weekend, be back in a few days.
"Leave your allies and streets, walk the valleys and peaks with me, this is all ours if you and I can just leave it be, freedom is as easy as believing that we’re one, breathing it in deeply and the healing has begun"
Don’t Die - Birdman & Lil Wayne (Like Father, Like Son 2006)
I’m not a fan of Lil Wayne anymore (we all had that mainstream phase, right) but I’ve always liked this track with Birdman. Nice and chill. I’m watching a crazy documentary right now I’ll link you up tomorrow.
"Million on the floor, that’s fsho, the little homie got the flow, so we all just gon float"
Bro, you’ve got to check this shit out. I was poundin natty lights and gettin dome one day while surfin the web and fb-ing my bros when a magic portal opened up in my computer screen and i found mylifeisbro.com. Then I got high. It was an epic day. MLIB.
Naw but seriously this site is fucking hilarious. Hit the link.
I dig archaeological stuff and this is one of the most interesting articles I’ve ever read. These findings could be anything from elaborate hoaxes to proof of lost advanced civilizations. It’s a long article but it’s worth reading for sure. Most thought provoking, interesting thing I’ve read for a long time. Hit the link above.
I see you are from Portland. Do you have any suggestions for artists to look into from down there? I'm from Seattle (more or less) and the only Portland artists I really know of are Sandpeople (and to some extent the solo work of its various members) and Lifesavas. I'm trying to expand beyond the 206, so any suggestions would be much appreciated =)
Sandpeople and Lifesavas are a good start. Luck-One is my favorite local MC followed closely by Braille. You can check the record label Humble Beast which carries Braille along with other MCs such as Theory Hazit. I’ve never heard any of his music but Cool Nutz is from Portland as well. There are a lot of lesser known MCs like Mike Crenshaw that I’ve heard of but never listened to. Unfortunately that’s all that really stands out to me in Portland. I’m more of a 206 man myself. Do you know of any who’s slept on up in Seattle?
Back Home - The Northern Lights (Journey Through Your Mind’s Eye 2010)
Found this on another hip-hop blog a few weeks ago and got around to listening to it today on my way to Seattle (Mariners beat Boston 4-2). This is a dope album with ridiculously deep lyrics. The production has a lot of guitar and stuff that can be distracting, but it’s still pretty chill.
And this is post #50 son. Sorry I’ve been gone the last few days, I’ll hit you with some posts tomorrow.
"So grab a seat, let me tell you a little somethin’ bout me, reach your hand into the bowl and grab some musical sweets, fresh beats, and the lyrics give you something to eat, take a sip of the flow, a hit of the dro, because we’re ridin’ wit the eagles and flyin’ low with the crows"
Latitude (Remix) (Feat. Five Deez) - Nujabes (Metaphorical Music 2003)
Such a good track to relax to. Night fam.
"Hey, you can call me on your mobile phone, or grab a pen a sheet of paper write a letter at your home, you can download my music off an internet site, or you can be mixtapin it, we’ll still be creatin it"
Illinoize is a mixtape produced by Tor (a producer based in Toronto). He mashed up the instrumentals off of Sufjan Stevens’ album Illinoise with some iconic hip-hop tracks. This is one of my favorite mixtapes of all time and it’s free to download. Every song on here sounds great but my stand alone favorite has to be John Wayne Gacy Jr. / Specialize (feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth). Amazing lyrics on top of smooth production gets it done every time.
"Put your weight on the scale and major supplies, to pump these drugs we specialize"
Reality Check - Binary Star (Masters of the Universe 2000)
One Be Lo is one of my favorite emcees and Senim Silla is good too. From what I’ve heard, they’re coming out with a new album in the near future. Everybody’s got to watch out for these guys. This is hip-hop at its finest.
"Better believe this, most rappers can’t achieve this, I’m bad to the bone but x-rays can’t even see this, see I’m strategic, I letcha money talk bullshit- walk while I keep it rollin’ like parapalegics"
PDX Pop Now is a music festival in Portland at Rotture (315 SE 3rd Ave) with an indoor and outdoor stage. 48 groups are on the lineup including my one of my favorite Portland emcees, Luck-One. L1 will be on the outdoor stage at 10:25pm on Sunday, August 1st. I will be attending this festival with my girlfriend (no lame ass excuses from my friends this time). If you’re in the area you should definitely stop in and check this out. The festival spans three days (July 30th - August 1st) and, while indy music isn’t my thing, it’ll still be a good time. They’re closing off the whole block so it shouldn’t be a bad place to chill for a day or two.
Google Maps is entertainnig enoguh in itself but with these specialized maps it’s even better. The link above shows you 10 different modified Google Maps but my favorites are visualizing the BP oil spill (where you can see the size of the oil spill and move it around the globe), living in America (several statistics broken up over every count of the U.S.), and the digging through the Earth one.
Turns out if you dig straight down from Portland you come out in the middle of the Indian Ocean, not China. You’d have to be in Argentina to do that.
Sorry fam it’s been a long (but good) day and I haven’t had any time to write. But I found some new stuff on Luck-One from a guy on twitter.
This is an interview from da-what.com. He also has a few of L1’s new tracks that are set to be on his next album True Theory for download here. Also check out his list of top ten artists to watch this year. Number ten is MaG and I’ve heard of him before. I’ll try and find the link to one of his albums.
I’ll be doing a few more posts about Portland hip-hop on the likes of Sandpeople, Braille, etc. and hook you up with some other PDX blogs. More tomorrow.
I first heard Luck-One Conscious opening for Dead Prez at the Roseland Theater last July. Of all the openers, Luck-One stole the show, he even took most of my attention off of Dead Prez. If I had to choose, I’d have this guy headlining over Dead Prez any day. His energy and talent on stage is unmatched. This is a real head with real skill in hip-hop.
Luck-One is a great example of a guy who fell down and picked himself up. After a 6 year stint in prison for armed robbery, he got out and got back on the right track. He is a big role player in his best friend’s son’s life (who passed away while he was locked up) and balances a handful of jobs along with his emerging rap career.
"Justin Heilenbach, the counselor who helped Collins [Luck-One] make the transition from prison to the outside, says at least one in 10 of the young inmates he works with wants to be a rapper. Collins ‘is the only one who is doing it.’"
Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to his last show (“Dollar Dollar Bill Ya’ll”) but there must be more upcoming ones because this guy is too good to quit. Watch for him around town and check one of his performances if you can and you won’t be sorry.
Read the Oregonian article about Luck-One. Follow him on twitter. And definitely download his free album Beautiful Music.
This is easily one of the best free albums I’ve heard. It’s one of those rare compilations where every song is good. You can put this shit on shuffle and be happy with everything that comes up cruising down 26. But my favorites have to be “Coolax” and “Back At Long Last” because the beats are real chill and the hooks are right on.
Watch this kid he’s going to blow up big. One of my favorite MCs to date. Get the word out.
Lifesavas are a hip-hop collective based in Portland or “Razorblade City” (a name they coined for the city on their second LP Gutterfly). Lifesavas is comprised of MC/Producer Jumbo the Garbageman, MC Vursatyl, and DJ Shines. They dropped their first LP Spirit in Stone in 2003 then Gutterfly in 2007. Unfortunately I haven’t heard much out of this group for a while. Their tour blog hasn’t been updated since June of last year and the last performance I could find from them was on last New Years Eve at the Someday Lounge. However, their twitter page could be the key to some new leads.
Personally I’m more a fan of Spirit in Stone but both albums have their high notes. Gutterfly has tracks like “Take Me Away”, “A Serpent’s Love”, and “Night Out” that are a little harder than their first album but still a good change of pace. Spirit in Stone is a little more lighthearted with tracks like “Fever”, “Hellohihey”, and my favorite “Me”. All excellently produced though “Me” has always struck me as my standalone favorite.
I’m hoping to see more out of this group in the future because they’ve got some real talent; something you don’t readily find in today’s music. As for tonight, I’m hoping to check out Braille’s show at the Hawthorne Theater at 8:00pm. Tickets are $8 last time I checked. Portland’s got some good hip-hop music going for it.
If you don’t download this you’re blind to the hip-hop scene in Seattle right now and need to wake up. Seattle’s my favorite city not only because of its size and all the shit to do but the music there is unmatched anywhere else (Minneapolis has some good stuff going down too though).
This compilation is for free and hosted by Mario Sweet. I know The Physics, Vitamin D, Jake One, and the Grynch are legit and the rest of those guys have to have talent too. Production is handled by Justdamato of The Physics “securing that Seattle’s Best Free Compilation is sure not to disappoint.” Download it and turn it up.
I figured out how to clip down audio files so I thought I’d try posting one. This is the last minute and a half or so of “Jet Set” by The Physics. Sometimes DJs can mix together some weird sounds and have it come out sounding amazing. This is a great example of that. Put this on a loop and I could listen to it for a good while.
The Physics is a group out of Seattle with some serious (and free) talent. Download Three Piece for free from here. All three songs are worthy of a listen.
I saw this a month ago and decided to look into it a little further. Basically it’s a renewable energy event happening at Fernhill Park in Portland on August 7th. Check the link above for the line-up. I’ve never heard Diezel P but if the weather’s nice it might be worth checking out. The event promotes environmental sustainability and renewable energy sources. The entire concert is “100% pollution free”.
Update: Guy amazed by rainbow auto-tune song here.
Articles like this often make good points. While I might not remember everyone I’ve read, I think it’s easy to pull something away from stuff like this and try and apply it to yourself. This article (under 500 words) talks about practice and patience and how they need to be in sync with each other. So take a minute this Sunday and read something that might help you relax.
"I say identify, resolve and let go constantly. Repeatedly. Daily."
I found State of the Artist (SOTA) on twitter the other day and they sound pretty good from what I can hear. The link above only lets you download two songs for free while the album costs $10. But if these two songs are any indicator, this group has some talent. This sounds like some good summer music to me.
“Sometimes it is necessary to step back and look at yourself as you are now and how you ideally want to be. Understand both of these people and work towards that ideal; learning recursively along the way.”—
I’m going camping today but I’ll leave you with some interesting reading material. I like articles like these because they aren’t too long but still have a lot of weird stuff in them. I’m still searching for D.B. Cooper out here in the NW.
I had forgotten about this site until I was looking for music this morning. There’s a lot of indie and experimental stuff that I’m not into but there’s also some good hip-hop. That’s where I found of the best mixtapes to date (I’ll post it later) produced by Tor. The link above is to the song “All Real” by Hydroponikz and can be downloaded for free. The site is like a video game as in there are quests and you grow levels and all that. I don’t care about that so much as the music that’s on there. My username: hhforlife.
Also, apparently this account has been confirmed as Lebron James’ twitter.
Link: In honor of the World Cup oddee.com has 10 of the weirdest goals in history here.
Event: Bridge City Paddling Club (BCPC) is holding a 12 hour fundraiser for the Blue Planet Run Foundation that works to provide safe drinking water to people around the world. They’re going to be paddling around Ross Island from 8am to 8pm July 24th. You can learn more here.