Yo yo yo, diagnosis what it is? Back with that episode #26. If this is your first time, welcome. If you’re confused, check out the about and the F.A.Q.
This week, it’s a break from all them interviews, and a return to the mixes. I’m gonna go with the low-graphics version this time – what do y’all prefer?
East Flatbush Project f/ Stress and Dox - Who I’m Is. Now, I’m not going to pretend to understand whatever sort of strange sub-grammar would lead someone to decide that “Who I’m Is” is coherent English, but that’s not really my place. My place is, however, to tell you that this joint is dope. Thus: “This joint is dope”. There. (a little more info on EFP here).
So if you’ve been paying attention to what’s good on the internets, information pills and more specifically to the mixtape show, viagra dosage you’ll recognize the name: Che Grand. In case you need to refresh your memory, you can go ahead and check out episode 18 to check out his mixtape show debut.
Anyway, after that show dropped, I had more than a few people getting at me requesting more songs and information from dude, so it was only natural that we should link up and get an interview done. In this interview, Che breaks down his background, explains how he changed his name from “Ricochet” to “Che Grand”, talks about his soon-to-be-released EP and his upcoming projects, and makes a pretty thinly veiled threat towards me regarding one of my earlier comments. For the record, Brown Study is not about having sex with white girls. If you want any more information than that, you’ll need to check out the interview yourself.
All instrumentals on the joint are either from his current EP or upcoming projects – so you’re gonna hear some beats on here that you will not be hearing for another few months – at least until Conceptus Opus drops. That’s on some exclusive shit, so you definitely need to get up on this before you get left behind.
Che and company are gonna do big things, so I want y’all to remember that you saw him here first. Shouts go to everyone in Loud Minority involved with the Official Bootleg Import EP project (drops 24th January in iTunes and online stores everywhere!), and obviously to Che himself.
Damn. Hectic couple of weeks. New Years involved me losing about $300 worth of equipment, recuperation but at least I got to cut somebody’s face up over it. That was pretty fun. Anybody out there do anything less expensive/destructive?
Anyway, life this episode took me a bit to get out, more about but it’s definitely hot. For those of you who liked that hood-type shit in the last episode, this is a similar outlook, but with a more laid back, “conscious” type vibe. And for all those of you who came here searching for O.C. the television show and not O.C. the rapper, don’t worry because one of these days I’m gonna do an entire episode and dedicate it to the suburbs. Orange County represent (?)
Y’all know the drill – download the show or just play it in the browser, and follow along with the tracks to get all the info you need on any artist you happen to be interested in.
First one up this week is Get Right Clik, out the ATL. The group might be a new name to you, but the production team behind this joint – Bread and Water – probably shouldn’t be, as they’ve done instros for Pac, David Banner, Goodie Mob, et al. This joint came to me in a slimline CD case featuring this joint and snippets of some others, pretty much all of which were hot. I remember Oh Lord also being pretty ill…maybe we can get that joint for a future show? Not a whole lot of information is available on them right now, but they do have a site placeholder up at intenseent.com..
Get Right Clik – This Is.
Homebodies – Live Larger than Life.
No, it’s not screwed and chopped, it’s just running about about twelve BPM. The second joint also comes to us out of the ATL, courtesy of the Homebodies. I had been talking to A-Bomb (first verse on the track) a miiiinute ago about getting this shit on the show, and hadn’t gotten around to dropping one on there yet. Definitely recommended, and this isn’t even the single. They have a soundclick page, but that’s all I could find…
This joint comes from the Florida group Asamov, which I think might be a reference to Isaac Asimov, except, you know, more “ethnic”. The weird out-of-tune sounding horns on the instro here took a bit to get used to, but the shit definitely grew on me. The lyric game on this joint is definitely on point too, check some of the punchlines and hooks in the middle of the track. They’re billing themselves as that “true school” genre, and at the very least they have the good taste in ghettoblasters to back it up. Check them out at myspace.com/asamov..
Asamov – Hook Slide.
Action – Doing Wrong.
This joint came to me as an mp3 in an email with pretty much no information attached whatsoever, but I had to follow up with my man Ulyssees and see what was good with this artist. Turns out dude’s name is Action, and he’s been doing a lot of touring – and probably woulda inked a major deal had he not been shot and temporarily paralyzed in January 2001. He’s back on his grind though, and the track is definitely hot. More info is available at union-ave-ent.com.
O to the motherfucking C is back in the building. If you all missed the exclusive pre-album interview that I did with Diggin In The Crates hero O.C., you need to go back and listen to that. This joint is off of the Japan-only Starchild, which never saw the light of day in the States due to some sample clearance issues. Only a few people got physical copies of that shit, and thanks to Mahlon at Grit Records, your boy was one of them – so now the only place to get the album is through alternative methods – such as this show. If you liked the subject matter of O.C.’s classic Born to Live, this one is in that same vein. And if you’re still sleeping on his new release, Guns and Butter, stop that shit and go cop up. I’ve only heard parts of it, but from what I have heard, it is definitely worth owning. Mahlon, get at me, aight? gritrecords.com
O.C. – Getaway.
THC – Let the World Know.
Damn, here goes another ATL joint, making episode #23 50% Atlanta status. ATL please stand the fuck up, kthx. I really can’t think of any better joint to close out this episode than this one. Not just because it’s uplifting and all that, but the beat is ill and catchy as all hell, and the lyrics are definitely on point as well. This one is from the somewhat unambigiously named T.H.C., off a self-released album called Available on eBay. I checked on eBat and couldn’t find it, but if you get a chance to actually cop it, you should. This is one of those underground, basement produced albums that beats about 80% of commercial shit out there. What up Kofi? Yeah, I liked this record that much – enough so that I’m probably gonna have to ask dudes to bless the mixtape show with at least one other joint. Looks like they don’t have a site just yet, but if they do I’ll post it up here.
Got-damn, that’s it for episode #23. The next episode is more than likely gonna be an interview, so those of y’all who have been asking for that type of shit, hang on tight, it’s coming. And speaking of interviews, be expecting some very exclusive/amazing shit coming your way very very soon courtesy of the mixtape show. Shoutouts go to everyone who made this episode happen, and all the supporters. Matt, Nick, I see you – all the labels and indie companies that got at me recently, we’ll get some shit done, that’s a bet.
Industry people – if you’re trying to get down with the mixtape show, get at me – the show is constantly expanding, and there may be room for you or your ish in an upcoming project. holllerrrr
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