Holy holy. This is project of my dreams (and the dreams of anyone who is a nü-LA fan). The curator of the deceased Classic Drug References, Sweeney Kovar, thankfully decided to salvage the essence of the blog in the form of a box set limited to 500 units. The set consists of three 7" singles, all by duos: Danny Brown & mndsgn, zeroh & Ras G, Blu & Knwxledge. As you can see, 80% of these artists are part of the core beat scene of LA's wonderful music landscape. Although I'm a fan of all of these dudes, the Danny Brown and mndsgn project simply blew me away. mndsgn creates a murky, eery atmosphere with the demented instrumental which gives Danny the perfect opportunity to slash it apart. Fans of his will remember this flow from the XXX days, his most acclaimed project to date. Enough rambling, listen to these guys rip it up on "Sweeney Song" and check out the other singles as well.
Blu. Nottz. Together. End of story. One of my favourite emcees of all-time and one of my favourite producers of all-time have teamed up for a collaborative EP called Gods in the Spirit, set for release on October 22nd through Coalmine Records. Aside from Rashad (featured here on "End of the World"), the six-track EP will boast features from Nitty Scott, MC, Versis, ANTHM, Aloe Blacc, Co$$, Homeboy Sandman, Sene, ScienZe, Definite Mass, and Johaz (from Dag Savage). Stream "End of the World" below and peep the track listing (with special emphasis on Track 3, which looks HUGE). Track list: 1. "Boyz II Men" feat. Nitty Scott, MC 2. "Creme of the Crop" feat. Versis and ScienZe 3. "Crooks in Castles" feat. ANTHM, Homeboy Sandman, Sene and Johaz 4. "End of the World" feat. Rashad 5. "God S--t" feat. Aloe Blacc, Co$$ and Definite Mass 6. "End of the World" feat. Nottz (Remix)
Australian producer P.R recently released Moment In Time, a really dope seven-track EP featuring appearances from the likes of Blu, Skyzoo, Substantial and Cise Starr. This is the first time we've ever shared anything by P.R - and the first time I've ever taken his music in - so allow me to provide you with a little background on him. Born Pedram Rouzbehani, the Sydney-based producer admits he draws his influence from the likes of DJ Premier, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, Kanye West, Alchemist, and - perhaps most notably, in my opinion - Nujabes. That influence shows on Moment In Time, even in P.R's choice of guest artists: it's worth noting that both Substantial and Cise Starr have collaborated numerous times with the late Japanese producer. P.R is best known for fusing jazz, soul, and funk into a style that he describes as "feel good music," and with that in mind, it's only right that we feature him here on The Come Up Show. Personal favourites off the EP are "Set The Scene" (side note: it's not often that Skyzoo gets outrapped, but I think Substantial had the better verse here), "Long Walk", "Next Destination", and "Missing Years". Stream and download Moment In Time below.
Slum Village recently released the Blu and Action Figures-assisted "Let It Go", off their latest album Evolution. When it comes to today's version of Slum Village, there's undeniably some controversy around whether the is still an accurate representation of the original Detroit trio - after all, only T3 remains after the passing of J Dilla and Baatin - but as long as they're making good music, it shouldn't matter. In the case of "Let It Go", that's certainly the case. Young RJ handles the production, as Blu and The Action Figures join T3 and Illa J to tear up the mic. Stream and purchase "Let It Go" below.
Alchemist just dropped a maxi-single in collaboration with SSUR, featuring three tracks and a ton of rappers: "Camp Registration" enlists Evidence (as 1/2 of Step Brothers with Alchemist), Action Bronson, Blu, and Domo Genesis over a pitched-up soul sample; "1010" is a spaced-out, heavy-hitting cut featuring guest appearances from Domo Genesis, Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Roc Marciano, and Despot; and "Tesla" features the likes of Domo Genesis, Freddie Gibbs, and Hodgy Beats over a blaring brass section. Stream and purchase "Camp Registration", "1010", and "Tesla" below.