Monthly Archives: September 2008
According to the latest on FL’s label Hungerstrike Records website, the band’s new album Night Moves has been delayed again and is now slated for an early 2009 release – probably February. But don’t let that hold you back from scoring a bit of recent action from Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch in the form of The Secret Knock EP – download here. Don’t forget to leave a review y’all – it’d be rude not to. And finally…check this vid of the man who is ‘sicker than Caligula mixed with Dirk Diggler’ – the inimitable Prozack Turner.
DJ/Producer Jake One releases his new LP White Van Music on 27 October 2008 via Rhymesayers Entertainment. The album will feature MF DOOM, M.O.P., SLUG (from ATMOSPHERE), BUSTA RHYMES and more.
In these days of disposable music and ringtone rap very few producers are able to build a sound. Seattle producer Jake One is one of those exceptions. With an impressive and diverse discography that includes artists from 50 Cent to De La Soul, Jake has managed to bring his sound all the way from the underground to Billboards top 10. Combining the ethics of his early influences DJ Premier, Dr. Dre and DJ Quik with a touch of today, Jake has been able to bridge the gap between the past and the present.
While Jake is widely known for being a mainstay on G Unit affiliated projects, he got his start working with local talent in Seattle for the Conception Records label in the late 90’s. From then he started to make his way on to the national scene with extensive work with the Gift of Gab and a unlikely rapper, wrestler Jon Cena producing Cena’s ring anthem “The Time Is Now” among others. Jake’s first taste of the big time was a spot on G Unit’s triple platinum album “Beg For Mercy”. Appearances on albums by Young Buck, 50 Cent, Lil Scrappy, E-40, De La Soul and Freeway followed firmly establishing Jake’s place in the hierarchy of top producers in hip hop.
Seattle super producer and self proclaimed “perfect beat writer” Jake One steps from behind the boards to present his own debut full-length album, White Van Music. Polishing his production chops over the last decade, Jake One has crafted the musical soundscapes for everyone from De La Soul (“Rock Co.Kane Flow” feat. MF DOOM) to 50 Cent (“All Of Me” feat. Mary J. Blige). With an impressive and diverse discography Jake One has managed to bring his sound from the underground to the Billboard Top 10 charts.
Featuring an engaging cast of emerging underground artists as well as some of Hip Hop’s most respected mainstream acts, Jake One’s White Van Music will blur the so called lines between underground and mainstream Hip Hop…just as his stellar production career has.
WHITE VAN MUSIC Tracklist
01. I’m Coming feat. Black Milk & Nottz
02. Gangsta Boy feat. M.O.P.
03. The Truth feat. Freeway & Brother Ali
04. Turn It Down Interlude
05. God Like feat. D. Black
06. Bless The Child feat. Little Brother
07. Oh Really feat. Posdnuos & Slug
08. Hi Interlude
09. Trap Door feat. MF DOOM
10. Dead Wrong feat. Young Buck
11. Kissin’ The Curb feat. Bishop Lamont & Busta Rhymes
12. How We Ride feat. Freeway
13. White Van feat. Alchemist, Evidence & Prodigy
14. Big Homie Style feat. J. Pinder, GMK & Spaceman
15. Scared feat. Blueprint
16. Great Sound Interlude
17. Get ‘Er Done feat. MF DOOM
18. Feeling My Shit feat. Casual
19. Soil Raps feat. Keak Da Sneak
20. Glow feat. eLZhi & Royce Da 5’9”
21. R.I.P. Interlude
22. Home feat. Vitamin D, C Note, Maine & Ish
Freestyle Professors done cooked up some more Bronx heat! Luv U will feature on the duo’s forthcoming 18 track LP Gryme Tyme due for release in early 2009 featuring production by Show, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Buckwild, Minnesota, Branesparker, and 12FingerDan. Heads up!
Check out these bad boys! I’m jonesing those fly black and whites big time! Adidas’s decision to reboot the evergreen Superstar a couple of years ago in a slightly phatter skate version was always going to be a winner. It hasn’t always been possible to say the same for some of the colourways they’ve inflicted on us – a few of which have been frankly disgusting. This release finds an altogether more agreeable selection of colour combos however. Keep pestering your favourite supplier though, last time Monkeyboxing’s editor got the heads up on a decent colourway they’d sold out in his size in one day and in three days for all sizes. You have been warned.
Read/ Peep more here at Hypebeast
There was a time back in the day when everyone used to bray with laughter at some weirdo called Rodney Mullen doing a ‘gay’ trick called a kickflip on his stupid little freestyle deck (as if that would ever catch on) while they trash-skated instead to Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag and McRad. This was an era when t-shirts were emblazoned with skeletons bursting from ribcages, cost a shitload and promptly shrank by up to fifty per cent even on a cold wash. Skaters clothed their scabby-kneed legs in crap plaid versions of what looked like weightlifters slacks and Stacey Peralta was still making films with titles like The Search For Animal Chin. It was a time before the skate shoe explosion, where you desperately glued old bits of inner-tube to the soles of your Converse AllStars (or more likely your Rucanors as they were half the price) which had been worn through from the grip tape they were never intended to ride. And all the while you looked on enviously, every time you ventured into the Mecca of your local skate store (the only one for miles around) at the plush comfort and divine style offered by the footwear of the gods and for which you were too young to take out the mortgage needed to afford them. I speak, of course, of the Etnies Ollie King, now re-released…
Baby Charles drop tunes like they used to play when James Brown was king, back in the day. But then…so do lots of bands in 2008 – so if you play soul and funk you need to step it up (as Alice Russell once sang) right? On this, the A side’s percussion and wah-wah lick manages to sound suspiciously similar to Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings How Do I Let A Good Man Down? while ‘B’ side Jackson Fingers has something of a funked up version of the Peter Gunn theme about it. Still if that’s the bad news it ain’t all that bad. Solid but not at the top of the staircase yet.
Out now on Record Kicks.
Buy Hard Man to Please @ Amazon.co.uk
Call it ‘hipster rap’, call it boom bap, call it what you will – The Knux are releasing their Remind Me in 3 Days LP on October 14th.
Don’t call it ‘hipster rap’.
VIP Crew founder Neil ‘women158’ Parkinson has got his fingers in all sorts of artistic pies. Walls and cans, canvas and cans, canvas and inks, digital shit – you name it the 23 year old from Leeds has done it and used it. Recent work includes a series of illustrations for New York band That Handsome Devil and there’s a book in the offing. Hit the links for more…
READ Ugly Duckling – Audacity review @ monkeyboxing.com
Ugly Duckl?ing have announced that they are shortly to relea?se their? new album? ?Audacity.? This latest LP has been two years in the making and the band said yesterday in a myspace bulletin that they would soon be adding new album tracks to their myspace site’s music player and that the Won’t Let It Die video is imminent. They referred to themselves in the same bulletin as the “white?st/?nerdi?est/” and most ?old school? group? since? the Nativ?e Tongu?es era, humbly omitting to acknowledge their general dope-ness. Last time the Monkey spoke to DJ Einstein on the Bang For The Buck tour he mumbled something about, “We might do another one” when asked about future album plans. Fans will be relieved that there is no longer any question about this. Audacity will be Ugly Duckling’s fourth full length studio LP – unless you count their debut EP – which you might well – seeing as it had 8 tracks on it. Keep checking back with the monkeyboxing for more!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out Dizzy’s side project Blown Celeb.
P.P.S. Net rumours abound of a 25 November 2008 release date for the LP. Possibly only in Japan. Possibly not. Don’t hold your breath!