Archive: March 2015

ILL – “The Mist” Video is KILLER!

28Mar

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Goddamn did this video come out crazy.

ILL disappeared for a while, but came back stronger than ever. He looks like he’s ready to tear someone’s throat out the entire video, and really makes a case for being one of the most energetic performers I’ve ever seen. He’s gotten older, but never old, and certainly sharper over time. Full Aim also produced a ridiculous banger here. It’s a hard and heavy beat, but doesn’t come up short in terms of supplying an atmosphere that brings to mind a lot of late 80’s horror film soundtracks.

Of course, we can’t forget that Shane McLellan killed the game with his ability to edit together great footage, and really match the work of any artist he touches. Gotta love the fun cameo by fellow New-Havenite Mister, too.

All-in-all, A+. Good job, fellas.

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New Mister Video, Also By Shane McLellan!

18Dec

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So, I promised that new Mister video, and I’m delivering. It’s called “Sticky.”

I was talking to Shane about this video, and I’m totally impressed by it. Some of the shots are wild. It’s not special-effects-ridden, but a very “organic” feel. I think most of you will dig this.

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Shane McLellan directs dope video by Mister

14Dec

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Shane McLellan directs dope video by Mister

There’s not enough smooth hip-hop coming out in CT. This is the kind of stuff I really dig, so I was happy to hear about it. Hope you guys dig it.

The direction is done by Shane McLellan. He’s been making a big name for himself, having done videos for other artists, such as Political Animals and Righteousness Gone. The first one he did on here was the Crunch House video “W,” which was really well-done, and not over-done, so to speak. I think hip hop fans in CT will love his work, the more of it comes out.

I’m watching a sneak preview of the next Mister video right now, and it’s super dope. It’ll be out in about a week, I’ll post that then.

Stay tuned!

 

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Anonymous/Zak G CD Release TONIGHT IN NEW HAVEN

13Dec

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I’m sure a few of you guys have heard of Anonymous…if not, you should. I’ve known this cat since he was 14, and he’s always been pretty good, but when he turned 18, he seriously hit a peak. The kid is dropping his first album tomorrow, courtesy of Madecipha’s Spider Bite Records, just in time for Christmas(looking to stuff stockings, anyone?).

This is a sample of what he can do, and the song is on the mixtape he did prior to this album:

The other cat on this release is Zak G, who also did the artwork for Anonymous’s album:

Anonymous album cover by Zak G

Zak G is a super unorthadox cat, from what I’ve heard so far. I don’t know a lot of his music, but I’ll let you decide how you feel about this one:

The rest of the bill is Madecipha, ILL, Mister, and Jonny Empire. I’ve got an article about Mister coming soon.

The show is at Crunch House in West Haven. It’s $5 entry, all ages, opens at 9 PM, and you can BYOB. A few posts down, I put a video showing how to get there.

Stay tuned! Check it out!

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Tomorrow Night @ Crunch House!

7Dec

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Armand Hammer (billy woods & Elucid), Sketch Tha Cataclysm, Wolf Langis + DJ Mo Niklz @ Crunch House

12/7, starts at 9.

This is my first time hearing Armand Hammer, but I’m definitely impressed. Crunch House puts on a lot of interesting events. Check it out, if you’ve got the chance.

Here’s directions:

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Happy Halloween: Joey Batts Does Walking Dead

20Oct

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I know y’all are getting ready for Halloween. Just make sure not to say “pumpkin spice latte,” too loudly. A zombie in yoga pants will come for you. #realtalk

#reallertalk Joey Batts killed this. Super dope video. This is good fun.

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iBattle Presents: Tapedeck vs. Stainless

18Oct

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I’m sort of surprised battles like this don’t get more attention. A few of you may not have heard, but iBattle almost went into a situation where it would have had to shut down. This is NOT GOOD. iBattle is one of the few good leagues left, and they put CT on in a big way. If you’re not showing support to what they’re doing, you’re not doing it right.

-Doc

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Righteousness Gone – Chopsticks

17Oct

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This is dope. Anthropophagus has that unorthadox RZA-type flow. Shane McLellan did wild stuff with the video, too. He’s constantly doing great videos, and you’ll keep hearing about him.

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Hip-Hop PSA: Homophobia is Horseshit

15Oct

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I saw this video a while back, and have been meaning to make some comments on it. I know it might be a sensitive topic for some of you, and if you’re offended by what I’m about to say

tough shit.

I totally understand that hip-hop has a lot of roots in Abrahamic religions, and those come with a lot of baggage. I’ve seen a lot of people use those religions as a force for good. I’ve seen a lot of people use them as a force for evil. I’ve seen a lot of people use those religions to back up their own personal biases, and that’s exactly what messes me up about this.

Daylyt makes the disturbingly wrong assumption that being gay is a choice. For anyone who isn’t on the same page as me, right now, let’s go through a mental exercise that I call “getting into someone else’s shoes.” (You may have heard of this, going back as far as kindergarten, maybe even earlier, if your parents didn’t suck at teaching you about how to treat people.)

Take a look at the attractions you have towards other people, especially the sexual ones. Have you ever, once, stared at a person that you felt legitimately attracted to, and been able to wish that attraction away? Maybe you’ll find an instance of one or two, but how about you try to wish away every attraction you’ve had? Seems impossible, doesn’t it?

Now, imagine that homosexual attractions are socially taboo….

Wait…they are.

Imagine asking yourself to feel and act on something that could, in certain places, get you killed. Doesn’t seem like a good idea, does it? Who, in their right minds, would make a choice that they know plenty of other people frown upon?

This is what you’re accusing people of.

Now, let’s take the other part of the equation. We have Daylyt, here, whom I’m sure owns clothes made of mixed fibers, has eaten from a modern cow, shaves in a particular way, and might have, at one point, planted a garden(unless he thinks that’s too gay or something), with a number of different kinds of vegetables in it…

These are all things forbidden by the Bible. We don’t care about these things anymore, because we’ve grown as a species. We’re not complete shitbags anymore, unlike people in the B.C. era. We don’t force our women to marry their rapists(commanded in the Bible..look it up), we don’t stone people to death for working on Saturday/Sunday(pick your Sabbath day), and we generally exist in places that advise us to treat people as equals, provided they haven’t committed some terrible crime against us.

I could go on and on, and pull apart a million more points from this, but it would be kind of a waste of my time. My real point is that, if you’re a rapper, don’t feel too self-important, get in front of a webcam, and spew a bunch of hate speech. It’s a waste of time, and it makes you look fucking ignorant.

/rant

-Doc Jones

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An Interview With Old Self

15Oct

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Editor’s Note: I really slacked off on getting this out when I should have. I sort of just noticed that I had the responses in my inbox from a while back. Old Self is honestly one of my favorite MC’s in the area, so I feel kind of dumb for not having dedicated more effort to this. Without further nonsense from me, I present to you an interview with the man himself:

DJ: Tell everyone who you are and where you’re from….

OS: Rap name Old Self, aka The Master Of Miscellaneous, aka Rap Game Robert Pollard, I’m from Milford, Connecticut, where everyone’s on cigarettes.

DJ: What’s going on with any groups you’re in? I remember hearing a lot of noise about the Crunch House group, but haven’t heard anything lately. Where you guys at?

OS: Yeah, so Crunch House (the rap group) played a couple shows and wrote like 50 songs, maybe 3 of them actually featured me, most of em are just sitting on a busted ass computer. The rap group Crunch House was born out of the studio named Crunch House in West Haven, CT. Crunch House still exists as a studio/rehearsal space/ venue, but things have sort of fell apart with the group, we’re onto some new shit now though, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to let that cat out of the bag yet.

DJ: Are you recording anything right now?

OS: I just wrapped up recording my new mixtape Motif Boutique right now you can stream or download it for free on my bandcamp page, the download includes four bonus tracks. I got some dope features on it, some Crunch House heads like Nyce, Jules Baxter, Hairy Diamond, Eli Hazel singing on some shit, you can even hear S Dot in the background of one of the skits, and then there’s even more features on the bonus tracks. Just Go With It! Records is releasing my mixtape on cassette that should be available in a few weeks…. I’m going to start working on a couple new projects come September. I have some really awesome people flowing me beats that I need to speak over, and it’s time to pick things up again with Young Uncles, that’s a punk band I’m in, you should hear something from us sooner or later.

DJ: Are there any videos you’d like to promo?

OS: no music videos but here’s a bonus track from Motif Boutique

DJ: Now for a weird question…what’s your favorite beer? Any particular styles you’re into?

OS: Is this like the shout out part of the interview, but I shout out beers instead of rappers you never heard of? Peace to Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Lagunitas Daytime, 668 by New England Brewing Co, and I don’t see nothing wrong with a little Miller High Life.

DJ: Do you ever plan a return to battling?

OS: Not in the foreseeable future. It’s just not what I’m trying to do, I don’t see it doing anything for me creatively. It’s a bummer that battle event we did in Dohzzi’s garage never made it to the internet that was a good time and I’m happy we did that. As much as I don’t care about battling I still follow you and Dego.

DJ: Which artists in CT are you really feeling right now? Battlers, live shows, new discs, whatever… even non-hip-hop stuff..

OS: Non hip hop, I’m really digging the new Ovlov record. Erik Lamb has a dope album that just came out called “Guns Talk Money Whispers”. Political Animals always put on a dope live show, and I’ve been lucky enough to hear some of their new demo tracks, I’m really looking forward to their new album.

DJ: What influences you to write new content?

OS: New music. When I hear something that’s new or at least new to me, and it sticks with me right away or something I’ve heard before sticks with me for the first time it inspires me. I also end up writing a lot while I’m driving which can be dangerous, watch out for me on the road (Mentioned here). If I’m feeling uninspired, or I’m in a rut with my writing I listen to mainstream rap, or what some people might consider mainstream, I put on like A$AP Rocky Pandora or something cuz I don’t really rap like that, so it opens my brain up to different ways of thinking. My friends, my girlfriend, everyone in my life influences me, the short answer I usually give when someone asks me who my influences are I say The Beastie Boys, De La Soul, and Sean Price.

DJ: Any last words?

OS: Nah.

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Madecipha + 5:AM CD release tonight!

21Sep

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These guys make good, wholesome music that your whole family can enjoy.

Madecipha + 5:AM CD release!

Please don’t take it seriously that I said that your family can enjoy it. It’s honestly as disrespectful as the name of the album implies. These guys already were told they couldn’t have a show at Elm Bar, which I’m pretty sure has had bands with more vulgar names than Anal Cunt play. *facts*

-Doc

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ILL vs. Ivan Da Great

8Jun

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My first post in a while. I wanted to hype up the battle a little bit for these guys.

June 29th, Addiction Nightclub, iBattle Worldwide…

Ivan Da Great vs. ILL

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Madecipha’s Easter Sunday Slaughter!

31Mar

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This is a regular fixture for New Haven, and never a letdown. Anyone who’s interested should get on this! Righteousness Gone album comes out with it, too, and I’ll have a review for you guys tomorrow PM!

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Highlight: Sick Burn & MOB

4Mar

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That nose joke was a sick burn. Just saying.

Also, iBattle Music Over Battles showcase on Thursday, at Elm Bar in New Haven. 9 PM, don’t be late!

ILL
K-Kendle
Greedy Grimes
Cityy Towers
Homi
Cryme
Muzikk
Hoodlum
Doc Jones
Tapedeck
The Coalition
…and more!

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Cold Cuts with Cankles and Breakfast At Noon

24Feb

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I’m eating breffix…donuts on a stick..and listening to Tony Cankles.

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