Evidence - You (prod. DJ Premier)
The Stones Throw artist MED released a 12-inch with two songs featuring Aloe Blacc and Talib Kweli in late 2010. The joint called Classic, produced by the Detroit musician Karriem Riggins, got a video a couple of months ago. Ill track with a nice video including cameos from other artists.
MED feat. Talib Kweli - Classic (prod. Karriem Riggins)
Duckdown’s own Smif N Wessun teamed up with one of the finest producers from New York, Pete Rock, to make an entire album. The sounds are to be thorough with the title track. The album includes features from Raekwon, Buckshot, Styles P, Sean Price, Freeway etc.
Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun feat. Styles P & Sean Price - That’s Hard
“I should run a marathon backwards so I could see what second place look like.”
Royce da 5′9″ - Second Place (prod. DJ Premier)
One of the most talented “newer” generation MCs, Elzhi, formerly from Slum Village, has been looking for his own solo sound for while. The search continues with the remake album of the legendary Illmatic in honor of Nas. Some of these tracks seem to stand out from other streetstyles and covers, REALLY. The live band Will Sessions recreated the sound in a real nice way to let Elzhi shine on the mic.
Elzhi - Detroit State of Mind
Elzhi - Halftime (official video)
Elzhi - Memory Lane
Ps. Thanks to Halfbaked for the tip.
It’s that time of the year again. There’s still about 2 weeks to apply for the Red Bull Music Academy, which connects music related people for two weeks this year in Tokyo. The previous lecturers have included DJ Premier, Questlove, Just Blaze, Black Milk, A-Trak… The list is long.
I had the honor to participate RBMA in Toronto 2007 and I gotta say it was an unbelievable experience. For example DJ Premier, Jake One, Om’Mas Keith and Arthur Baker were lecturers / studio team members when I was there. If you’re interested, download the application form and check for more info @ redbullmusicacademy.com.