Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’


Now you know we keep it fresh round here and this video off of The Big 10 mixtape for the joint “Put Your Hands Up” is evidence of that. If you havn’t got your free download, hurry up and please do cause you’re starting 2012 off on a bad foot. Gotta love the comedy eliment of the video and come on fellas, you know we’ve all been in this position of trying to juggle a few girls in one tight ass circle. Either way the beat knocks and 50 is on his usual vibe but his flow sounds a bit more harsh, back to that early 2000’s style. As I said before, get your year started off right with “Put Your Hands Up”


Ok at first glance you may think it is Drake, but no, its the return of Ryan Leslie. Now you may be saying a commercial R&B act, why is this showing up on here? Ryan Leslie has been on the scene and in the background for a minute, producing hits for a few of your favourite hardcore MC’s (Fabolous, Llloyd Banks, Booba etc.) but the fact of the matter is, the man is a genius. While in his teens he managed to be accepted into Harvard, Standford and Yale. And some folks still dont think the hip hop community is educated (smh). But on the real, watching him work and craft up banging hits is inspiring and he is clearly a producer to be respected.

As we move into the soon to be infamous party weekend thats ahead, I thought I’d drop a wicked track from Gracious K. The versitile UK MC has returned with something more in the vein of hip hop but still something you can cut a rug to.  You may know him from 2009’s funky house banger “Migraine Skank” or this summer’s “21 Dares“, but this time around he’s eased the tempo just enough for the folks on the wall to nod their heads to.  Free up yourself and throw your Hands in the Air

Your boys – Yaun Lee and Militia Sound Crew – are back with a banger!  A lot has happened since we released our last collab project, Take em by Surprise, in September 2010. This time, we’ve got more than just a few joints to rattle your speakers.

Guilty by Association (click through to download) is rammed with 10 tracks that are sure to have you bouncing off the walls when the beat drops.  It will also bring you some nasty looks from your neighbours.

For those of you who know me and my style, you’ll see that I’ve switched things up this time around. My flow is a little different – a bit more relaxed and nonchalant. This time around, I also focused more on setting the overall vibe rather then telling the story. I think it worked because I was able to just chill and have fun with it.

I put down 100% of the rhymes over 100% original riddms, 6 of the joints produced by me. (Tracks: 2- Hold Me Down,  3-Push, 5-Deep, 6-Do What You Want, 8-Turn it Up, 9-Guilty by Association).

As always, working with J.Gully was smooth – he always brings something fresh to the table. This time around, he eased off traditional dub sounds and brought in some minimalist post-dubstep (Tracks: 1-The Intro, 10-Out). Keep an eye out for future collabs – we’re not nearly done yet.

Working with Desta on this project was a pretty dope experience.  I’ve worked behind the scenes on a bunch of mixtapes, EP’s and mix cd’s with various mc’s and deejays but this one was a bit different because I was able to bring a street element – the mixtape – to a vocalist.

As a producer, I always aim to balance an artist’s personal style with something slightly different but not too far off the wall.  Desta comes from an old school reggae & soul background so I wanted to capture that essence while creating street anthems that work well on underground dance floors.

Highlight: “Separate/Fast or Slow” – not exactly reggae or dancehall, but a combination of the two topped off with a wobble bass at 140bpm.  The idea of putting a dubplate on the back of  a standard song brings the whole track back to a raw/rave feel where there are no rules.

The end result is a one drop, hip hop, dubstep & dancehall amalgam designed to rock out your iPod or your Serato.

Desta Tsion- “One Step Forward” DOWNLOAD

Richie Sosa is no stranger when it comes to the Canadian hip hop scene. The Scarborough native brings a gritty street bravado in his delivery armed with a take no prisoners attitude on the mic. In a culture that rely’s heavily on image, Sosa shows no fear when expressing both his triumphs and tribulation through his lyrics, a quality that is rarely seen in street poets. I had the pleasure of meeting Richie Sosa a few years back right as he was releasing his “Banned From America” mixtape. Always relaxed and humble, he showed no remorse when describing the struggles of the industry while garnishing the highest optimism for it’s future. Forget being one to watch, Richie Sosa and his lyrical arsenal are one you should get to know.

DOWNLOAD: The Never Ending Beginning

I set in my living room bored out of my mind while waiting for some contractors to show up, so I decided to make a remix of Adele’s-“Rolling in the Deep” to pass the time.  I love Adele’s voice and the amount of soul it possess.  To me, the track has a somewhat gospel/negro spiritual vibe to it so I wanted to take those emotions of anger, hope and love and present them in a modern way.