June 18, 2011

Interview with Dr. Becket aka Doc Bec :UPDATE

Under-rated MC, Producer and Graf Writer the lyrical architect Doctor Becket aka Dr.Becket  aka Docta Bec aka Doc Bec hails from Maryland, Washington D.C. and first graced the underground Hip-Hop scene in 1997 appearing on the Specs produced "Lyrixcism" single, then later in 1998 on the Dr Becket and K-Skills "First Class" EP, which featured the dope Ultramagnetic MC's "Raise It Up" sampling cut "Galaxy Rays"...





Doc Bec then released "Bad Mutha F#%!A / Creativity" 12'" in 2000 and a full album titled Way of Life in 2005, along with a limited edition EPs' and guest appearances on records from Jazz Addixx, Sentense, The Good People and others as well as unreleased music...Doc Bec has kept busy and thanks to Facebook, I was able to ask him some questions and these are his answers and his history.

CRDS: Doc, how were you introduced to Hip Hop?...what was the first record that you ever heard and what are you earliest memories of Hip Hop growing up where you lived?

Doc Bec: well I like Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, Run DMC...they were the first i heard on the radio...

CRDS: what about seeing live Hip Hop?

Doc Bec: first live hip hop I ever saw was Oso Fresh opening up the mic to emcees who wanted to say something...
about 96-97

CRDS: who was Oso Fresh please Doc?


Doc Bec: Oso Fresh was a DJ who used to spin at a place called Pollen but he still spins classics today in places in D.C.


CRDS: Dope, so what age would you have been to first see him live?


Doc Bec: maybe a year after high school he let me get on the open mic.


CRDS: so you were already writing rhymes by then?


Doc Bec: I think so...I would go out and grab the mic when he made it available, and kick whatever I had at the time...

CRDS: dope, How did you choose the name Doctor Becket, what is the reason behind the name?



Doc Bec: my friend Lil Mo' from Indonesia gave me that nick name cause I guess i reminded him of the doc bec character on Quantum Leap..

CRDS: Oh the old TV show? (Doc actually mentions Quantum Leap in his Lord Finesse sampling track "Bad Mutha....r")




 

Doc Bec: yeah


CRDS: What was your first release and was there any material that you did before hand that has never been released?

Doc Bec: We did "Lyrixcism" in 97 by Specs.. then I did some tracks on my own and i turned him (K-Skills) on to Specs so he had a beat which was "First Class" so I said...hey lets do it all as a 12" and then his cousin lived in NJ so we linked with DJ Kaos and Number Nine and then I had my cousin put up the loot and we did it..

CRDS: was that DJ Kaos that worked with The Artifacts and what is Specs doing these days?

Doc Bec: yeah it's DJ Kaos from The Artifacts and the last I had seen with Specs was a My Space page..and it seemed that he was still supporting First Class... at that time

CRDS: dope, out of all the tracks you have produced or guested on...what is your highlight one please Doc?

Doc Bec: I really like the one the Good People put out cause it has got Prince Po and Mr.Man from Bush Babees, to me that was my ultimate 90's collab...


CRDS: Good People-Bathroom Break (Remix)?

Doc Bec: yea came out round 2008 i think...

CRDS: What Producers and Artists influence you today?

Doc Bec: I like MF Doom and the new stuff Artifacts puttin' out..along with Good People, Jazz Addixx, Ollie Ox Grill, Headstruck on some underground sh#!


CRDS: word...I must admit I have not heard of Ollie Ox Grill though




Doc Bec: yeah he's kinda reclusive.. I haven't even heard the whole thing yet and he released it years ago...I produced 2 beats on it though.






CRDS: cool and speaking of your beats why is your first full LP, Way Of Life 2005, so hard to track down these days?



Doc Bec: I aint press that many...

CRDS: would you ever do a re-press?

Doc Bec: no way..

CRDS: why is that please Doc?
I thought it was a dope album.


Doc Bec: I like it hard to find..that's the past you know

CRDS: I can understand that...
Doc, What is your process for making beats and what equipment did you use in the past and what
do you use now?




Doc Bec: I always use the MPC since the first time Kaos and Number Nine put me on the MPC 2000.


my process is...find a good record that inspires me, then I got up with cat like "Latief" who taught me about drums and to make a beat the best way I know how...

Number Nine was one of the first dudes who hit me off with a 90 min beat tape and said any beat you want is yours...

CRDS: OK last questions...what have you got planned for the future and any shout outs please Doc?

ahh i would say its the year of me an all my underground peeps who been with me through the years...I would like to shout all my underground peeps who been with me through the years..K-Skills, DJ Kaos, Numba Nine, Rob, RM, CM, J Absolute, Specs, Oso, Grap, El Da Sensei, P-Original, Jazz Addixx, Headstruck, The Good People, Sputnik Brown, E Brown, Floorock, Ross, The whole Rock Steady, Vice One, Early Graf writers who inspired me like SMK, Dah One, Rust, Cycle, Cast, and Grant P and people who support me till this day.

CRDS: Thanks a lot Doc Bec

Doc Bec: Peace Jaz






Check some ill tracks here... 

Get Down ft Kev Brown (Unreleased)

Galaxy Rays

Bad Muthaf&*%a... (Grant P Remix) 

Bad Muthaf&*%a
http://www.multiupload.com/Y7CDC7LHIV

First Class ft K-Skills

Flowin' ft Jazz Addixx

Creativity ft El Da Sensei & K-Skills

Bathroom Break (Remix) ft The Good People Mr Man and Prince Po

Lyrixcism

Wataya Wanadu




http://indie-cratez.blogspot.com/2010/09/dr-becket.html

UPDATE: 

 

Doc Bec has a new album coming out titled, The Other Way due for release on July 4th, 2011

It is kind of a remix album of songs through the years...its got 10 tracks total some intros and interludes etc...



June 12, 2011

Verse Essential-Ingenious Deluxe Edition...




Dope Queens (what exactly is in the water in Queens?...so much talent has emerged from their for years) MC Verse Essential has released his Ingenious mix-tape as his debut album, with new exclusive cuts added and as a deluxe version on CD and for download.

Check an official video for "Puppet Masters" and an interview here...

 
 
Ingenious is a nice little album indeed and features Project Gotham, Vast Aire, Loer Velocity, Karniege, Swave Sevah, Access Immortal, Evergreen One, Jus Daze, Jukstapose, Fess Gotchu and others and features head nodding from the likes of Todd Skyes, Mistapool, Juan Lobo and Lawz Spoken.

Please check my interview with Verse last year here...



and purchase Ingenious from these spots...
http://verseessential.bandcamp.com/album/ingenious-deluxe-edition
 
Peace

June 11, 2011

Random Axe-Random Axe LP is finally here...



What do you get when you cross a dope Detroit producer, a legendary gruff MC from the Boot Camp Clique and a Detroit native son who has worked with J-Dilla, Madlib and Oh No?...you get an underground Hip Hop super group and one of the best albums released this year, Random Axe is Black Milk, Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and the LP is full of raw, braggadocio rhymes and hard hitting drums, interesting samples and ground rumbling bass lines.



 Random Axe were first unleashed to the public back in 2009 with the hype track "Monster Babies" and since then have given dedicated listeners "The Hex", "Random Call" and "Chewbecca" which features Roc Marciano in fine form and Rock (formerly of Heltah Skeltah with Sean Price aka Ruck) slays "Another One" on the LP, which clearly tells Hip Hop fans that a new Heltah Skeltah album with Black Milk production would be very welcome)...all of these tracks and 9 others are on the album....here are some videos for a taste, if you haven't yet experienced the Random Axe sound.

 

You can pre-order the album on I-Tunes here

http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/random-axe/id442413531


June 4, 2011

DJ Cosm ft. KazMega - "Cosm Mega"‏ Video



DJ Cosm from dope Canadian Hip Hop crew Dragon Fli Empire sent this through, it is a new video clip for one of the tracks off DJ Cosm's ill solo LP, Time and Space which features appearances from Craig G, Prince Po, Miles Jones, Insight, Qwazaar (Typical Cats), Ghettosocks, Moka Only, Raashan Ahmad(of Crown City Rockers), Grand Analog and others and this clip with KazMega...enjoy



Peace to DJ Cosm and the DFE

DJ Cosm ft. KazMega - Cosm Mega‏


Purchase the LP here

June 1, 2011

Silent Knight-"Staying Busy"-Produced by The Audible Doctor


Every year there is always one really dope Hip Hop release that is just fresh and warrants repeated listening's and this to me is the one for 2011 (so far)...



The Audible Doctor (who I have stupidly slept on) has beautifully sampled Fiest's-"Limit To Your Love" and it just sounds mad good...especially the intro and outro parts and Tri-State's Silent Knight (check out his dope first LP Hunger Strike (2007) and the many guest appearances with DJ K.O.) goes to work with genuine lines and fits perfectly over the smooth bass and dope drums...this is off his new album, Busy Is My Best Friend.

http://audibledoctor.com/blog




Download it here...

www.mediafire.com/?6ybvdv2cgmfn4fv

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Silent+Knight