For those of you who heard the incredible Rock The Discotek and Rock The Discotek Vol. 2 mixes by the incomparable Jorun Bombay (and if you didn’t you really, really need to take care of that asap before people start thinking you’re dumb), you may have heard a couple of songs with me supplying the raps (me being Phill Most Chill, random rap icon and prime minister of THAT REAL SCHITT). A number of people dug those tunes and suggested that it would be cool if they could make it to a vinyl release sometime in the near future. Ladies and gentlemen… the future is now. Available for preorders is the latest release on the AE Productions label (Mr. Fantastic‘s imprint. also the home of the Phill Most & Mr. Fanta “Superfunk” 12″) by the aforementioned duo of Jorun Bombay and Phill Most Chill, teaming as one to become Jorun-P.M.C. Titled “The Magic Disco Machine”, this nice piece of vinyl features those two songs I already spoke about, “Can’t Won’t Don’t Stop” and “The Champ”, as well as a new joint, “Magic Disco Machine”. And although we may be rockin’ a disco break or two, this record is pretty damn far from being disco. Make no mistake, this is hardcore b-boy music, the type of stuff that people just don’t make anymore. We might as well had stepped into a time machine, set it to like 1986-87, grabbed the illest Hip Hop we could find once we got there, then returned back to the present with The Magic Disco Machine E.P. As a bonus, there’s also an exclusive 7″ with alternate versions of “The Champ” available for those that cop the full bundle (and there may also be some stickers for people who frequent the DWG forums, but I’m not so sure how all that works so head straight for the DWG forums and try to get some info if you want some dope azz stickers too). Full color sleeve as well (see the second pic up top). And be prepared- if you dig this one Jorun and I are busy working on a Jorun-P.M.C. full length album for 2014, and I can pretty much guarantee that you’re gonna like that one, too. So stay tuned. If you’ve heard enough and feel compelled to cop, please feel free to make that donation and preorder the wax right here. And if you haven’t heard enough and need to hear more (like, maybe the music itself), take a listen at the snippets over here. And just so y’all know, ANOTHER Phill Most project of massive real schitt interest is coming within a few weeks, so put a couple of dollars away now… you won’t be happy if you miss any of the new stuff. BONUS: whoever can name the most records that are pictured on that Jorun-P.M.C. cover wins a free mystery prize.
Haven’t done one of these in awhile (and looking at my blog stats it seems that the Headphone Music posts were some of the most viewed, I guess because the artists and / or songs featured in the content came up in more Google searches than your typical obscure THAT REAL SCHITT post). Anyway, let’s get to it as I let y’all know what I’ve been rockin’ on my iPhone and iPad recently (the stuff I don’t mind mentioning, anyway… yeah, I’m still on my Secret Squirrel / Morocco Mole for real)- Soundsci – Soundsational lp – fantastic concept featuring only samples from obscure soul man Mike James Kirkland‘s “Don’t Sell Your Soul” anthology (music from back when he was doin’ it as the frontman for Mike And The Censations) and certified real-schitt bars courtesy of super rappers Soundsci. Really good rhyming and production on pretty much every single song- no fast forwarding necessary. FIrst Words – All Day Breakfast lp – another great project from the producer who must never sleep Jorun Bombay. Feel-good rap schitt, like eating bacon for every meal. Another one where every song is nice but my joints would be “Bamtronix” and especially “Norma Loves Her Gin”. Seeds Of Fulfillment – self titled lp – One of those little obscure albums in my collection that’s damn good but doesn’t get mentioned by many people. 70’s jazz with a smooth sound (as opposed to “smooth jazz” – there’s a difference), I just put it in digital form before I sold it and gave it a good listen probably for the first time in all the fifteen years or so that I had it. Might not be everybody’s thing, but this is the kind of stuff I play while I’m cleaning the house on a Saturday. Total Experience – Contradiction Superior Elevation – Don’t Let Go Babe Diddy’s featuring Paige Douglas -My Special Love Rabbits & Carrots – Soul Latino lp Peter Wolf – A Change In My Life lp Ghettosocks – Everyday Apocalypse featuring Timbuktu – Two of my favorite emcees ripping an insane track by The Process (Jonny Cuba and Ollie Teeba 2/5’s of the aforementioned Soundsci) totally to shreds. And thanks for the instro Ollie! Kanye West – Yeezus lp – Yeah, I’m sayin’ it. I know a lot of people, be they mainstream or underground rap fans, are NOT feelin’ Ye’s latest experiment. For various reasons. I’m gonna tell you, I really believe history is gonna look at this album differently than people are seeing it / hearing it right now. Maybe I just like it when people make music that screams “I don’t give a F*** what y’all think about it!”, which Kanye clearly did NOT when he put out an album like “Yeezus”. And I respect when people have the courage to take music to new uncharted territories, and I ABSOLUTELY feel that Ye, with the very important help of the legendary Rick Rubin, did that here. Is the result something that you really want to listen to? I don’t know, maybe not. But I like where this record is coming from- time will only tell where it ends up going as far as history is concerned. DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – The Foremost lp – oops, probably not supposed to mention this yet. Yikes! Oh well, y’all better get ready for it because it’s gonna be caving your whole world in very soon. VERY soon. Get ready. And in case you didn’t know already- DJ Format is a BEAST. Kendrick Lamar’s verse that everybody was talking about on whatever that song was – Actually, no, this wasn’t in my headphones in mid- September or any other time. Just thought I’d mention it since everybody else had something to say about it- I didn’t want to be left out of the party. No dis to Kendrick, he’s a very talented dude (no old man hate here).
As seen on my man Skeme Richard‘s “The Nostalgia King” blog (HIGHLY recommended, which goes without saying): A very cool YouTube featuring Dan McLewin of the production duo Psychemagik hippin’ the internets to ten of his favorite Psych records. If you know me you know I’m lovin’ this. (By the way, also diggin’ my g’s Aztec print shirt… is that ‘Lo? Reminds me I gotta do a post on my ‘Lo collection one of these days.)
And while we’re on the subject, let me hop into my pimped out Delorean and go back in time and do something I used to do but haven’t done much lately- give my own little list of records to catch (or download illegally… it is 2013, after all).
THE SOULMAN: TEN PSYCH RECORDS THAT I LIKE (OR PROG OR FOLK OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT… I REALLY DON’T KNOW, IT ALL JUST SOUNDS LIKE MUSIC BY WHITE FOLKS TO ME)
BLACK WIDOW – Black Widow ABSTRACT TRUTH – Silver Trees TWINK – Think Pink MOVING GELATINE PLATES – Moving Gelatine Plates RAW MATERIAL – Raw Material SOFT SOUL TRANSITION – S.S.T. THE HUMAN BEAST – Volume One ZAKARRIAS – Zakarrias THE GHOST – When You’re Dead For One Second TREES – On The Shore
The very first official Jorun Bombay online podcast show is now available for your listening pleasure, featuring a lot of DWG–relatedmaterial that is pretty damn fressssh (my own very biased opinion but it also just happens to be a fact). No Serato, vinyl only- not important to me but I know it is to a lot of y’all hardcore vinylocrats out there, so please feel free to appreciate that black or other colored wax spinning around on the platters. Peep the tracklist, listen below and enjoy with no limitations-
The DWG Rampagers – DWG RAMPAGE Fabreeze Brothers – Power Man & Iron Fist DJ Format & The Good People – Marisco Eastside Connection – Frisco Disco Magic Disco Machine – Scratchin (Run-DMC & Phillmost concert at the Apollo commerical) Phill Most Chill & Paul Nice – Neva Stop Diggin Sputnik Brown – Ego Trip Sigher the Gutter Snipe – Hitman Harry Fair One – The Benches First Words – Joint Classified – Mic Check Oxygen – Spit Life Emskee – I Get Down (Like This) Soma – You ain’t ready (Soulman Remix) Sureshot Larock & DJ Format – Dope Pusher Last Minute Shout Outs
I swear I try not to hate on the popular music of today… really, I do. I want to like the sh*t. It’s not like my lifelong dream was to become the old dude with cobwebs hanging off his sack that doesn’t understand why indoor plumbing is a necessity (“those outhouses back in my day did the job just fine“). I do NOT want to be that dude! But try as you might, you become that dude anyway, at least to some extent. There’s really no escaping it. And to be honest, being that old dude who tries too hard to accept the ways of the younger generation ain’t a great look, either… at some point it’s only logical that you have a certain amount of contempt for the new sh*t, just because it’s so unlike your old sh*t that you understand and feel warm and comfortable with. Which brings me to this super nice “Nakamarra” track by the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote featuring A Tribe Called Quest‘s legendary front man Q-Tip. This song has been out for months now but it still falls under the “new sh*t” category, yet somehow I understand it very well and it makes me feel incredibly warm and comfortable. So see, new music people? This is proof that I (and I think most of us old farts) am NOT out to just hate on all things newly recorded. Yeah, I guess it does have a somewhat retro sound (especially Tip’s verse- as my Facebook friend Ben James said it, “Those chord changes with Q-Tip on top sounds like classic Tribe!”), but I don’t know, all I care about is if I like something or not. And this is new. And I like it. Please, new people, keep making more stuff that I like. (And shout out to vocalist Nai Palm for the ill song stylings that have been making me feel something akin to sunshine ever since I heard this tune.) A side anecdote concerning The Abstract Poetic- back when I was slingin’ records at the infamous Roosevelt Hotel and the Marc Ballroom record shows in New York City in the mid 90’s there was one time when Tip is over at my table looking through my crates, and we’re talking music and whatnot… now, I am admittedly socially awkward but I am not a stutterer and also not at all a starstruck-type person who’s gonna get flustered around celebrities or anything like that, but for some reason unbeknownst to me while saying something to Tip I got stuck on a word and couldn’t get it out for however many long seconds that felt like minutes, on some straight up Stuttering John from the Howard Stern Show sh*t! Tip is a cool brother and had no reaction, and I played it off well, but let’s just say it was embarrassing. Never happened to me before or since. Definitely NOT so warm and comfortable.
New sureshot just released on the Breakin Bread label featuring my homie Chris Read rockin’ the beat and me, myself and I Phill Most Chill rockin’ the emcee rhymes. 7″ format with the original version plus a nasty remix by Chris on the B side (there’s also a very dope remix by Kid Dyno of the Daily Diggers crew that I hope will be available as well… #hottodeath). Please support and purchase one or two or thirty copies if you feel so inclined. Chris will be dropping a full length lp on Breakin Bread soon too, so put a few bucks aside for that. Meanwhile, check out the A side of Rap Tradition here and the B side remix here. While you’re at it, go ahead and order that vinyl 45 by clicking this (vinyl is pressed in limited quantities and has already sold out at some locations, so I’d advise acting fast just in case) or do that iTunes digital download style thing by tapping on this other link. I think that covers it! It’s gonna be a busy end-of-2013 when it comes to new Phill Most Chill related raps released on vinyl, so please be ready… I think you’re gonna like what’s coming. Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.
Talk about your lost classics- I’ve heard about this slug fest between microphone greats Mele Mel and Willie D from May 24th, 1992 ever since… well, not too long after May 24th, 1992. The accounts of Mel going down due to an inadvertent head butt look to be accurate but it’s hard to see, Willie might’ve snuck that sneaky left in there and tapped Mel’s jaw phantom style, like Muhammad Ali sockin’ the sh*t out of Sonny Liston with that good ol’ anchor punch that Stepin Fetchit taught him how to throw. Maybe Bushwick Bill taught Willie a similar punch? I know, I’m grasping at straws but anything’s possible. Well, like I said I first learned about this fight not long after it happened but I think this is my first time seeing it. For the rest of you who’ve never seen it, here ya go. You can also read the original Source magazine article about it here. To the cat who dug this footage up, if you’re out there and you have the Freddie Foxxx-administered legal azz-whuppin’s that took place at this event please post them as well when you get a minute. Every rapper talks about how they’ll f**k somebody up, but it’s always nice to see them actually do it.
For those who may have slept on it, the world’s greatest record label DWG recently put out a promo-only sampler EP featuring some of the best tunes from their extensive “random rap revisited” catalog (I got a few features on this jawn!) entitled “DWG Sampler One (A Journey Through The Crates)”. A fine slab of wax, highly recommended even if you have to spend a fortune on eBay to obtain it. The highlight of the album (well, other than maybe Kool G Rap‘s “I Declare War”) for a lot of people was the collabo track “DWG Rampage” featuring myself and a few other super talented DWG vets, Emskee and Oxygen on the mic and equally super talented Jorun Bombay on the beat. Jorun has been shocking the world by crafting his own homemade instrumentals of classic Hip Hop records (see here and here for a couple of examples), so DWG decided to bring him together with us three mc’s and drop some rhymes over one of those instros. Out of all the recreated beats that Jo had done, EPMD & LL Cool J‘s classic “Rampage”seemed like the perfect joint. Since it’s getting late and I’m falling asleep all over my PC keyboard I’m gonna cut the story short, but you WILL hear more from The Rampagers very soon, that’s my word. All leading up to that Rampagers’ European Tour in 2014? I say hells yes, let’s do it! I’m down.
Thirty years after the seminal Hip Hop movie Wild Style hit theaters, it’s great to see the Fantastic Romantic Five (Kevie Kev, his brother Master Rob, Rubie Dee, Prince Whipper Whip & Dot-A-Rock) still rockin’ the stage like they did back in the days. In a word… fantastic.
“Can’t you take it, honey / bot watching dah sky, now / woh right”… or something like that. Trio Galleta was a soul / rock band formed in 1969 in Mar del Pla… oh, the hell with it, I’m not typing all that sh*t out. Read it for yourself at this Wikipedia page. I used to do a lot of collecting breaks, as you may or may not know, and one of my specialties for a minute was catching covers of songs with breaks, primarily covers from countries other than the US of A. One of them was this version of the Syl Johnson sureshot “Different Strokes” by Argentinian band Trio Galleta. More than the break, though, what I love about this record is how lead singer Carlos Iturbide obviously doesn’t speak a lick of English but he does his best to phonetically sound out the lyrics, sometimes with pretty laughable results. Stuff like “do the shinga-lay and the forky foreplay” beats a drumbreak any day for me (but please don’t misunderstand, I still loves me some drumbreaks). Like I said above, please feel free to read more about Trio Galetta at that Wiki page (which kinda butchers the English language a little bit too, but it’s all good) and after you’re done over there go on and find their albums somewhere online and download them all illegally! That’s what I did.