The good folks over at the DJ Premier Blog have kindly posted a preview of the bonus interview that accompanies the Japanese version of the DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock: A Legendary DJ Battle DVD released last summer. Over the course of an hour, Premo and the Soul Brother talk about some of the most important records in their careers, including Pete Rock & C.L Smooth’s T.R.O.Y, One Million by Jay-Z, and their collaboration for Nas’ Illmatic. There is even mention made of Illmatic 2, with both producers very keen to see this happen before it is too late. To see the full interview you will need to pick up a copy of the DVD, but in the meantime, check out the lengthy preview and enjoy a couple of the classic tracks mentioned in the film below.
Posted in Film, Music
Tagged C.L. Smooth, Crooklyn Dodgers '95, DJ Premier, DJ Premier Blog, Illmatic, Illmatic 2, Jay-Z, Nas, One Million, Pete Rock, Public Enemy, Return of Crooklyn, Shut 'Em Down (Pete Rock Remix), T.R.O.Y
High-Rise is staying strictly throwback with another classic mix, this time from Doctor’s Orders Brighton resident Rusty Ryan. Originally put out in summer 2009, Love Is What We Need features a sun kissed selection of hip hop, funk and soul that includes cuts from Curtis Mayfield, The Delfonics, A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock, Slum Village and J Dilla. Go below to listen and download, and remember to keep it in the red at all times.
You can follow Rusty on Twitter and check out his SoundCloud for new mixes in the future. Word from the wire tap says that there could be another mix from him on the way soon, so keep it locked on High-Rise for the latest.
Posted in Downloads, Music
Tagged A Tribe Called Quest, Brighton, Curtis Mayfield, Funk, Hip Hop, In the red, J Dilla, Love Is What We Need, Pete Rock, Rusty Ryan, Slum Village, Soul, The Delfonics, The Doctor's Orders
There have been some exciting noises coming out of Redef Records recently. Along with a new Damu the Fudgemunk album, Supply for Demand, comes the news that Grap Luva is returning with a new 12″ and possibly instrumental album via Redef. The new single, Work It Out b/w Neva Dun, features production from Joc Max and Kev Brown – check out the preview.
I first ran into Grap Luva on the InI classic, Fakin’ Jax, where he featured alongside Rob-O, Rass, Marco Polo and his older brother, a producer by the name of Pete Rock. Damu has filmed a couple of videos of Grap in the studio playing through some unreleased beats and Continue reading
Posted in Music
Tagged Damu the Fudgemunk, Fakin' Jax, Grap Luva, Hip Hop, InI, Joe Buck, Marco Polo, Pete Rock, Rass, Redef Records, Rob-O, SP 1200, the Soul Brother
Laurence, head of digital media at Fabrica, invited me to post on the gallery blog to relay to their followers exactly what I am up to. You can find my post on the Fabrica blog here, which is worth keeping an eye on anyway if you are at all interested contemporary art or sculpture. Frederic’s new installation is really shaping up now – I am hoping he will let me put up some work in progress photos as it looks amazing, even in its germinal stages. Anyway, back to business as usual I am afraid – here is some Jamal for your thursday…