August 27, 2011

Oddisee-Rock Creek Park

One of my most admired artists for the past few years, the consistently hard working, super dope producer and MC that hails from Washington D.C.  Oddisee has just released his new instrumental album, Rock Creek Park that he recorded mostly in his new relocated home of New York.

Check the smooth and soulful first single from the album here...

The album was inspired by the place in Washington D.C. and the Black Byrd's classic track and B-Boy anthem "Rock Creek Park" 

Hear and buy the album...

and stay up to date with all of Oddisee's productions, events, albums and dope photos etc here..

August 20, 2011

R.I.P. Case/Kase2 aka The King Of Styyyllleeeee...


Hip Hop has sadly lost another legendary graffiti writer and pioneer, the infamous Jeffrey Brown aka Case/Kase 2 lost his battle with cancer recently.

South Bronx native Kase 2 will be a name very familiar to anyone that has ever viewed the seminal and hugely infulential Hip Hop classic doco Style Wars from 1982 and will fondly remember this scene...the massively charismatic Kase 2 sketching an outline piece in his black book and telling the world he was the king of what?...the king of stttyyyllleee...and like the great Man said he could do more with one arm that most with two could ever

I am a bit late on a tribute post but better late than please check these links for some of the many dope tributes and info...

some of his legendary pieces here...

Super duty tough work

Also R.I.P. to High who was a pioneering Old School graf artist from Amsterdam.

August 18, 2011

This Friday Night!-Evil Mule, Illuminartistry, DJ Art Official and DJ Jaz-R.O.A.L.S/ fundraiser gig/party

Ay yo please come on down and support Da Mules to finish off and release their 2nd album, Remnants of a Lost Science by joining us for an off the hook party at Bar Medusa on Friday, August 19th...strictly raw, classic and underground Hip Hop joints from DJ's Art Official and DJ Jaz plus ruckus, rowdy and mad live performances from Evil Mule, Illuminartistry and's only $'s on a Friday night and it's going to be wild...we hope to see you there, bundle up warm though.

August 7, 2011

R.I.P. Eugene McDaniels

The music World has suffered yet another great loss with the passing of 76 year old conscious and intelligent composer, singer and song-writer, producer and (sometime) actor Gene McDaniels who producers and Hip Hop heads will know has been sampled on some great Hip Hop records, Gene also had 40 top 40 hits including his first hits "A Hundred Pounds of Clay"  and "Tower of Strength".

and Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin Love" single, which he produced and also scooped up a Grammy award for it. and a BMI award after gaining over six million plays on radio.

Born Eugene Booker McDaniels in Kansas City, Missouri, USA on Feb 12th 1935, Eugene first started singing in a local Church choir in Omaha and eventually started out as a pop-soul singer in the 60s'.
His critically acclaimed 1971 album, Headless Heroes of The Apocalypse is the album that has been mined for and sampled the most, I remember back in 1990 when A Tribe Called Quest released their classic and highly influential debut album, The Paths of Rhythm...and wondered what that dope loping guitar sample and drums used as interludes on the album were and I later discovered that the samples were from "Jagger The Dagger" others that sampled from that great track were...

Non Phixion-The Full Monty (1999)

Organized Konfusion-Black Sunday (1994)

Gravediggaz-Nowhere To Run (1994)

Krispy 3-Pop Like Bubblegum (1993)

The Beatnuts-Third of The Trio (1993)

Down South-Tractors, Rakes and Hoes (1994)

Masta Ace-Jeep Ass Nigguh (1993) 

De La Soul-Just Havin' A Ball (2006)


While Pete Rock's solo joint on The Mecca and The Soul Brother LP, "Soul Brother #1", The Beastie Boys-"Get It Together" and Eric B & Rakim's "Pass The Hand Grenade" lifted parts from "Headless Heroes" and Pete Rock also sampled the track "Freedom Death Dance" as did UGK for "Pocket Full of Stones" (1993)


Madlib sampled the amusing (god dam)"Supermarket Blues" for his Quasimoto alter ego on "Return of The Loop Digga" (2000)

as did People Under The Stairs for "Stay Home" (2000)


and The Jungle Brothers used it in 1993 for "I'm In Love With Indica" 


DITC legend Diamond D cleverly made "clams" sound like "plans" when he sampled "Cherrystones" for the late, great Scientifik's "I Got Planz" track in 1994.

 Others that sampled Eugene's music were Lifers Group, Caesar Comanche and Jamalski.
and John Legend covered his classic "Compared To What" with The Roots in 2010.

peep these great tribute and other posts...

His discography:

Eugene's website:

R.I.P. Eugene McDaniels

Feb 12 1935-July 29th 2011