Massive classic hip hop show tonight. On the tails of the New Frontiers supporter drive, we took it old school. Ready or Not whether you’re part of the Everyday Struggle or living the Street Life Mike Who? dropped some serious beats, so criminal it made you think about investing in a Getaway Car. But this is What We Do.
We also had the darlings of Aussie hip hop Tuka (Thundamentals) and Ellesquire (Loose Change) spit some rhymes. Despite their backstage diva antics (green tea + lemon requests) they were good sports on air and freestyled their way out of an intergalactic theme.
Closing the show was a set from NZ hip hop Don P-Money. This chap is touring Sydney and Melbourne (with the ultra fine and um, talented David Dallas) promoting his album Gratitude.
Speaking of gratitude, FBi Radio is having a super rad out-of-this-world New Frontiers supporter drive. In addition to winning cool prizes, your donation helps keep great shows like this one on air. More information here: http://fbiradio.com/newfrontiers/
Listen: P Money – Celebration Flow ft. Talib Kweli & Aaradhna
Winding through to the end of Dilla Month i only thought it would be appropriate to blog this mix i put up about two weeks back.
This is the first in a three part series of mixes I will be doing to say thanks to easily one of the most talented and forward thinking minds period. Jay Dee single handily changed the way I and I’m sure countless others listen to hip hop and music in general. I was a late appreciator of this man’s genius and after giving myself the time to properly digest alot of Dilla’s music in in my own time on my own terms it was mind blowing realising all the amazing joints he cut solo as well as for some of my favourite groups, it only seemed right to go ahead with this mix. In all honesty I said to myself I would stay away from ever doing a Dilla tape because it has been done so well by so many amazing dj’s and producers but something else told me if this tape gets one more person hyped to delve a Little deeper into his immense back catalogue then it’s all worth it. This mix is basically a bunch of some my first introductions to tracks from Dilla, some classics, some b sides, instrumentals and some remix’s that bump more than the og’s, again it is only a scratch on the surface of this man’s body of work, stay tuned for parts 2 and 3. Please enjoy, pass along and share with friends, fam and appreciators.
All Sydney peeps the Official Genius Of J Dilla Tribute night goes down on the 2nd of March, with a live band and some of Sydney’s finest on the Turntables all paying Tribute to the late great Jay Dee. All proceeds going direct to Ma Dukes. http://www.facebook.com/events/236211166514705/?fref=ts
Download: A Tribute To Jay Dee By Mike Who
Mike Who intro
Jay Dee Bullshittin_’ (Remix Instrumental)
Jay Dee – Whatever You Want (Feat. N’dea Davenport)
Jay Dee- The One
Janet Jackson- Got Till It’s Gone (Ummah Jay Dee Mix)
J Dilla- So Far To Go Ft. Common And D’angelo
Mood- Secrets Of The Sand (Remix) (prod. by Jay Dee)
The Pharcyde- Y (Jaydee Remix)
J Dilla- Illasoul (Instrumental)
Common-Nag Champa (Afrodisiac For The World)
T-Love- Who Smoked Sunshine Instrumental
Slum Village Feat. Jazzy Jeff – I Don’t Know
J Dilla- Circus
Busta Rhymes (Feat. Rampage The Last Boy Scout) – Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Bounce Remix)
J Dilla- In The Streets
Slum Village- Players
Jay Dee- Heroin Joint
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Tammy Lucas- 1nce Again
A Tribe Called Quest – Keeping It Moving
J Dilla- Won’t Do
Slum Village- Fall In Love (Remix) Instrumental
Slum Village- Raise It Up
J Dilla- We F’ed Up (feat. Frank-N-Dank)
J Dilla- Say It feat Ta’Raach and Exile
J Dilla – It’s Like That
Jaylib- React (Feat. Quasimoto)
J Dilla- First Time feat. Baatin
Q-Tip- Let’s Ride
The Roots- Dynamite
Slum Village-Look Of Love (Remix) Instrumental
1st Down – A Day With The Homiez
Common-Funky For You (Feat. Bilal & Jill Scott)
The Notorious B.I.G.-Goin Back To Cali (J Dilla Remix)
Four Tet-As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
Illa J- We Here
J Dilla- Think Twice (ft. Dwele)
Slum Village- Hold Tight (Remix) (Feat. Q-Tip)
J Dilla-The Best That Ever Did It
MP3: Slum Village- Players
MP3: Four Tet-As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
MP3: Slum Village- Hold Tight (Remix) (Feat. Q-Tip)
As An Added bonus check out the Homie and one of Sydney’s finest on the mic Ellesquire doing his thing over Fall In Love below.
Also on the Dilla Month roundup we get a tribute from Sydney Mc making moves Empress Mc in the form of a Free 11 track download on her bandcamp page. Heat over Dilla Instrumentals. Download Here.
It starts off okay, and gets pretty shit towards the middle. Yes, it is our annual Christmas special. Bon Bon Battles, terrible jokes, silly hats and every genre of Christmas song you could imagine. Ellesquire and Raoul Von Trapaport join us to do some of their worst freestyles ever on trap christmas songs. Milan Ring comes in to do a non-xmas cover – Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ mixed with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools’. Ho Ho Ho Bittccchhhheeezzz!
P Major is really nice on production so I think it is understandable that I thought this Statik Selectah beat was another one of his. Here are some tracks that he did produce for Sydney rapper Ellesquire on his album Ready
Maybe it will all change next year, when Steve Aoki is confirmed to play the festival. But as it stands, Changing Lanes has one of the lowest Southern Cross tattoo counts of all the festivals on the Sydney music calendar. While there was a noticeable absence of shirtless bogans and 18 year old girls group dressing as sexy nurses, it did register a 9.3 on the Hipster Scale. It was definitely a much more ironic facial hair, vintage clothing affair.
In it’s second year, at a new location in Surry Hills, the festival is an easier, inexpensive, low key experience. The acts may not be as uber famous, but the crowds are a little less intense. It is more a day for enjoying drinks and sunshine with friends while casually taking in some live music.
Though I didn’t get to see heaps of the festival, because I was playing most of the day, my highlight was Joyride spinning in the hip hop room with impromptu appearances from rappers 360 and The Tongue. Joyride provided instrumentals by Mariah Carey and Ginuine, while they traded semi-battley freestyles.
Listen: Ellesquire – Ferociousness ft Tenth Dan | iTunes
Ellesquire talking girls and rapping live. Donny Trump back in the studio with a big New Jack Swing and 90s R&B Mix. Plus a bit of Reggae-Hop. Can’t go wrong!
Jah Cure ft Rick Ross & Mavado – Like I See It
Roots Manuva – Witness (Jstar Remix)
Rodney P – Live Up ft The People’s Army & Mighty Mo (Heartless Crew)
Sister Nancy vs. Lauryn Hill – Never Lost One (Wick-it Remix)
Toddla T – Fly ft Ms Dynamite
Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix)
Flo & Eddie – Keep It Warm
Fabolous – For The Money
Gucci Mane – Lemonade ft Nicki Minaj
Lil Wayne – Up Up and Away
Low Budget – Hit the Key Donny Trumps New Jack and 90s R&B Mix (Playlist coming)
Sonny Syah – Straight Up
Thundamentals – Dimension 3
Ellesquire – On The Prowl Ellesquire Peforms Live In Studio
Ellesquire – Ferociousness ft Tenth Dan
Platinum Pied Pipers – Act Like You Know ft J Dilla
Slum Village – Get Dis Money
Kimbra – Settle Down (M-Phazes Remix)