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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

November 21, 2014

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Alright, Austin readers, we have a big run-off election going down on December 16, so you better get out and vote at least one more time this year – no excuses.  Also, if you’re at all involved in the music industry, fill out this survey to have a stake in the way the new council approaches live music.

Besides yours truly creating a custom party mix for this comedy show right here (come out!), there are a lot of good things to look forward to this month: a new Big K.R.I.T album, Thanksgiving, and giving thanks for a new Big K.R.I.T. album.  So, that’s nice.  And, here’s your mix for November.  Don’t get too crazy dancing and rip your headphones out of your ears by accident, because that is the worst.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight:  Hip hop lost the amazing Big Bank Hank last week.  RIP.

NOVEMBER MIX:

:Magna Carda – Game Like Jimmy:
:Lifesavas – Government Cheese (Featuring Declaime):
:Cormega – MARS (Redeem Team) (Featuring AZ, Redman, Styles P):
:Vince Staples – Blue Suede:
:Lil Wayne – Gotti (Featuring The Lox):
:Wiley – On a Level:
:Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) (Featuring Zack De La Rocha):
:Fashawn – Golden State of Mind (Featuring Dom Kennedy):
:Zeale – Forty Acres (Featuring Hyro Da Hero):
:Action Bronson – Easy Rider:
:Busdriver – Eat Rich:
:Statx – Space Trippin:
:AnnaLove x Cory Kendrix – Wax On (Payton Long’s WE DA BEST Remix):

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 31, 2014

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The great hip-hop holiday of Halloween is upon us! I call it a hip-hop holiday because it has produced some of the most inexplicable novelty tracks of all time, maybe not a greater quantity than Christmas, but certainly far more unnecessary.  Below, I bring you a playlist of Halloween hip-hop sure to bring your spooktacular revelry to the next killer level.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Froggy Fresh – Halloween:  Forced by the dastardly donut company to change his name from Krispy Kreme, Froggy Fresh hasn’t let that stop him from bringing us the simple-not-simplistic, carefully delivered lines of this All Hallow’s masterpiece.

OCTOBER MIX:

:Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks On Me:
:Ras Kass – Interview With A Vampire:
:Lil Wayne – Mr. Carter (Kevin Schneider Remix):
:RJD2 – The Horror:
:Cousin Fik – I Am A Vampire (Featuring Droop-E):
:Dr. Dre – Murder Ink Instrumental:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Bone Thugs N Harmony – Hell Sent:
:Da’Shade Moonbeam – They Are Coming:
:Run DMC – Ghostbusters:
:Aesop Rock – Homemade Mummy:
:Beastie Boys – Eggman:
:FELT – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:DJ Signify – Costume Kids:
:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince – Nightmare On My Street:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 29, 2014

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Hey everybody! There’s a rad new festival coming to Austin and if you don’t know yet, now ya know: Weird City Hip Hop Festival is where it’s at for the best in independent artists and it’s happening downtown from September 26-28 and tickets are on sale now.  Full disclosure, I am one of the fest organizers and I am super excited about the amazing artists we’ve managed to book, along with our friends at HE^RD ENTERTAINMENT, Pushermania, Proper Entertainment, Body Rock ATX, The Tipping Point, and Exploded Drawing.  Below is a mix of artists that will be at Weird City.  And below that you’ll find some extra deets on the festival.  Get your tickets now, dudes.  Don’t sleep.

:Dilated Peoples – Show Me the Way (Featuring Aloe Blacc):
:Jean Grae – Killing Em (Featuring Pharoahe Monch):
:Diamond D – Rap Life (Featuring Pharoahe Monch):
:Jean Grae – Don’t Rush Me:
:Black Milk – Sunday’s Best – Monday’s Worst:
:Guilty Simpson – Money Motivated Movements:
:Jonwayne – Numbers On The Hoard:
:Homeboy Sandman – Table Cloth (Featuring Fresh Daily):
:Open Mike Eagle – Cobra Commander (Featuring Danny Brown):
:Bleubird – Down Like Brothers (Featuring Radical):
:League of Extraordinary G’z – Hankuri:
:Space Camp Death Squad – Southern Hospitality:
:Subkulture Patriots – Near You (Featuring D.O.S):

What to expect at Weird City …

Opening night, Friday, September 26 Dam Funk, king of L.A.’s modern funk-disco-boogie sound will be setting things off with a special DJ set inside at Empire’s Control Room stage with Body Rock ATX: Austin’s premiere dance party led by DJ Chorizo Funk and Riders Against the Storm (Austin’s 2013-14 ‘Band of the Year’).

Also on that night at Red 7, Pushermania’s Texas Showcase will welcome breakout performers from the Houston and Dallas scenes with a huge line-up curated by former SXSW Hip Hop czar Matt Sonzala that includes Doughbeezy (Houston), A.Dd+ (Dallas), League of Extraordinary Gz (Austin), Worldwide (Houston), Subkulture Patriots (Austin), Uzoy (Houston), Dat Boi T (Houston), Lyric Michelle (Houston), Lil Sicc (Austin), Sertified (Austin), DJ Grip (Houston), and more.

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On Saturday, September 27 Dilated Peoples (LA) will perform the festival’s headlining set at Empire Garage. Dilated Peoples are hot off the August release of their critically-acclaimed album Directors of Photography, released through their new home at Rhymesayers, and have been a consistent presence in hip-hop for years, straddling the line between conscious rhymes and bangin’ beats.  Inside the Empire Control Room at the monthly Tipping Point event (hosted by Riders Against the Storm), we will be featuring performances by Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae.

Jonwayne (LA) will be headlining Saturday night’s show at the North Door.  As part of Stone’s Throw Records’ hip hop/soul arsenal, Jonwayne most recently released Cassette on Vinyl, a 2014 compilation of his former mixtapes.  A frequent collaborator of Flying Lotus and others, Jonwayne was discovered as a producer by Peanut Butter Wolf, which helped launch his studio career as an emcee.

Weird City Hip Hop Festival will also feature Homeboy Sandman (NYC), another Stones Throw Records artist, performing live with Black Milk (Detroit)/Open Mike Eagle (L.A.), and Bleubird (Ft. Lauderdale) at Red 7 on Saturday night.  Not only an emcee, but a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and Gawker, Sandman has been called “one of the best pure lyricists around” by Pitchfork.

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On both Friday night and Saturday night at Beerland, AMX will be teaming up with noted battle league Grind Time Now to present two consecutive nights of battles.  Grind Time Now runs one of the most successfully subscribed and viewed battle channels on YouTube.  Both battles will be tournament-style with 16 artists competing to win.

Beyond the live performances, the Weird City Hip Hop Festival will also feature workshops/panels for artists, and a Kids Rap Camp, led by Austin non-profits, Attendance Records and Dub Academy.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 25, 2014

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Guys guys guys, there was a very real possibility today that I wouldn’t get this post in for S1T1 today because I’ve been crazy busy planning Austin’s very first ever hip-hop festival. Luckily, I’m turning it in right in time so I can cash that big fat blog paycheck John Laird sends me every month. Hold on a sec, John just told me there’s no money in blogging. I don’t understand? Why am I doing this then? Just so people can listen to new hip-hop they’ve never heard and rediscover old tracks they might have forgotten and just generally have a good ole’ Friday dance party at their desks? Well, okay, I guess that’ll do for now. But, hey, if you love hip-hop, consider donating to Weird City at the link above so we can bring some amazing acts to Austin. We’ll be making a big announcement soon and I think you’re gonna like what you hear. Well, now I guess let’s get to the music. Happy Friday, my loves.

:J Dilla – Reality TV (Featuring Black Thought):
:Brothaz Bent – Temple Of The Living Swing:
:Strange Fruit Project – Get Live (Featuring Erykah Badu):
:Sweatshop Union – Oh My:
:Skyzoo And Torae – Rediscover (Featuring Blu):
:Slimkid3 And DJ Nu-Mark – Bouillon:
:Open Mike Eagle – Qualifiers:
:CYNE – African Elephants:
:Common Market – Gol’dust:
:Common – Kingdom (Featuring Vince Staples):
:Amp Live – Penny Nickel Dime (Featuring Anya and Prof):
:Toussaint Morrison – Darkside Imperials:
:Yelawolf – I Wish (Featuring Raekwon):
:Latyrx – It’s Time (Featuring Zion I):
:Da Fat Cat Clique – Da Flow:
:Das EFX – Mic Checka (Remix):

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

June 27, 2014

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In a city that prides itself on being the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, there’s one thing conspicuously missing from the equation. At Austin Mic Exchange we’ve continually sought to create new opportunities and help grow the #ATXhiphop scene, but the growth is so much that it’s time to evolve.

Hence the WEIRD CITY HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the first of its kind in Austin, aimed at creating an annual concrete hip-hop conference to attract and book national talent and to truly give Austin artists a chance to take their rightful spot in the Live Music Capitol. We’ve launched our IndieGogo campaign to make this the best it can be this week, and you can have a stake in bringing this event to Austin, and cheap tickets! This is really happening. And it’s gonna be AMAZING.

This month’s mix is what I’ve been jamming – it’s been a pretty mild summer in Austin, meaning I don’t get the urge to bump super aggressive raps, so this mix varies from summer grooves to more thoughtful tracks. Happy summer!

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Open Mike Eagle – Doug Stamper (Advice Raps):

Open Mike Eagle’s just released and bitterly hilarious Dark Comedy is chalk full of amazing tracks.  Doug Stamper has the added benefit of the hardnosed advice raps of Hannibal Buress.  Check out the video here.

JUNE MIX:

:Salt N Pepa – Push It:
:RiFF RAFF – How To Be The Man (Featuring Slim Thug And Paul Wall) (Houston Remix):
:Duke of Earl – My Summer Kicks:
:Big K.R.I.T. – Mt. Olympus:
:Amerigo Gazaway And Yasiin Gaye – Travellin’ Man Pt. II (Distant Lovers Mix):
:Ghostface Killah – Six Degrees (Featuring Danny Brown And BADBADNOTGOOD):
:Truth Universal – Mic Checks and Balances:
:Aesop Waits – Reeperlawn:
:Dilated Peoples – Good As Gone:
:L’Orange – Need You (Featuring Blu):
:Scuare – These Words:
:Death Grips – Black Quarterback:
:Shabazz Palaces – They Come In Gold:
:Busdriver – Ego Death (Featuring Aesop Rock And Danny Brown):

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

May 30, 2014

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Hip-hop, as you likely know, is a new genre, with only 40ish years under its YSL belt.  The journey from outdoor block parties and gym-floor dances hasn’t always been smooth or unobstructed for the style, and it continues to face prejudice, being written off, and abuse by a dominant white culture in the U.S., even as it has become the most popular music of the youth (or maybe because of that fact.)

Twenty years ago, it felt like hip-hop was either going to settle into a groove of its own, or tear itself apart. After having a so-called Golden Age between ’88 and ’93 which primarily highlighted the output of Native Tongue-esque Afrocentrism and positivism, hip-hop was finally figuring out where the blurred edges were in its darkness – and making them sound radio-ready.  Gangsta/gangster rap (Tupac, B.I.G., Scarface) was to reach a pitched crescendo in 1994, but wasn’t the only segment of the genre to push forward, as conscious (Common, Arrested Development) and abstract (Digable Planets) rap also found audiences.  Common’s classic I Used to Love H.E.R. as a metaphor for the genre being assaulted by gangsters still stands as a testament to how artists and fans alike felt uneasy at the new direction, even as that direction boosted album sales and radio play.

On today’s playlist, I bring you tracks from one of the most important years in hip-hop: 1994, when hip-hop was finding the different voices it would ride into the new millennium.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:The Treacherous Three – The Body Rock:  This track from the very last studio album Old School Flava feels like the last gasp of the ’80′s sound – clocking in at a radio-unplayable seven minutes, with long stretches without the modern style of dense rap verses, and using the old school’s signature electro-funk sounds, this may be the oldest-sounding release from 1994. Still a goddamn groove though.

EDIT:  So, it turns out this song sounds so much like a throwback because it was actually recorded in 1980. I researched and found a major label release of 1994, so I went with that date. Apologies for the error, and h/t to John Lowe for the correction.

MAY MIX:

:Fu-Schnickens – What’s Up Doc:
:Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmizik:
:Organized Konfusion – Stress:
:Gangstarr – DWYCK:
:Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell:
:Digable Planets – Dog It:
:Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy:
:Scarface – The White Sheet:
:Common – I Used to Love H.E.R.:
:Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean:
:TLC – Creep:
:Warren G – Regulate:
:Method Man – Release Yo’ Delf (Prodigy Mix):
:Redman – Tonight’s Da Nite:
:Arrested Development – Ease My Mind:
:Blackalicious – Swan Lake:
:Main Source – Fuck What You Think:
:Public Enemy – What Side You On?:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

April 25, 2014

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Ah, April! When we get the tender warmth, breezes, and sunshine of spring enough to make us forget the heat that’s on its way.  Bar patios open up like blooming flowers, and jorts go on parade like denim gangs. There’s also a great show going down at the North Door on Saturday with Oddisee, Phranchyze, Clemits, Crew54, P-tek, DJ Charlie, and many more. Come out and support local hip hop, y’all.

It’s also for some reason not the strongest month for new releases, but a major time for festival announcements and upcoming fall tours and releases.  Who are you excited to see? Is the ACL line-up lame or strong? Have you submitted your “Guess the Fest” for FFFF?  Does the festival circle jerk make you tired or excited? Do you just want me to shut up and get to the music? That’s what I thought.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Karol Conka – Boa Noite:

The new-to-the-U.S. release Freak Batuk from this Brazilian powerhouse is front-to-back amazing, but this track consistently gets me hype.

 APRIL MIX:

:Action Bronson – Pepe Lopez:
:Killer Mike And The Alchemist – The Boonies:
:Antipop Consortium – C Thru U:
:Atmosphere – Kanye West (LNRP Mixshow Edit):
:AmpLive – Reckonerz (Featuring Chali 2Na):
:De La Soul – Vocabulary Spills:
:Alexander Spit – Getaway Car (Featuring The Alchemist):
:Ohmega Watts – Ode To Brooklyn:
:Aesop Rock – Winners Take All:
:Kali Mutsa – Cancion De Amor Colla:
:Captain Murphy – Between Villians (Featuring Viktor Vaughn, Earl Sweatshirt, And Thundercat):
:Akrobatik – Too Easy (Featuring J-Live, Supastition and Pack FM):
:Cap D – Think:
:Blueprint – So Alive:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

March 28, 2014

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Finally, this sad sad March comes to an end.  Sure, some people got married or had babies or birthdays in there (congrats, I guess!) but this year’s music festival that drives all the bloggers wild experienced a tragedy that kind of put the people bitching about waiting in line or paying for drinks into perspective.  Yesterday, DeAndre Tatum, 18, the fourth victim of the driver Rashad Owens passed away because of his injuries sustained on the night of the crash. My thoughts go out to DeAndre’s family.

It’s a sad time for Austin, as it asks whether there were measures that could have been taken to prevent such a tragedy; whether SXSW is just getting too big and wild for the APD to adequately control; whether better public transportation would have kept that drunk asshole out of his car. I’m inclined to think that a wasted sociopath could and would do something like this on any night and in any city, and the fact that it fell on a busy night during SXSW is just shitty coincidence. If you’re in need of a stiff drink and some sad songs to make it through the rest of March, I recommend highly heading over to John Gross’s post on this blog: Sad Bastard Music, and attending his monthly No Dancing event at The Volstead. Then call a cab.

In the meantime, I’ve made a mix for you that is neither sad nor happy, but kind of rides the line as we transition into a hopefully happier April.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Jay Electronica – Better In Tune With The Infinite:

This track maybe heralds the highly anticipated release of Jay Elec’s Act II, for which fans have been drooling for since 2007′s Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) and about which we spoke a bit on another blog I write for. And let me tell you, this song does nothing to stop the drooling. It’s beautiful, mellow, and who needs drums in a hip hop song? NOBODY, that’s who.

MARCH MIX:

:Diamond District – Streets Won’t Let Me Chill:
:POS – Fuck Your Stuff (WDELH/MDS/RMX):
:Afro Classics – Whoa:
:Rapsody – Dark Knights (Featuring Wale):
:See-I – Real Steel (Fort Knox Five Remix):
:Aesop Rock, C Rayz Walz, And Vast Aire – Karma Killerz:
:Vince Giordano And The Nighthawks – The Sugarfoot Stom (Pete Rock Remix):
:Rita J – No Regrets:
:House Shoes – So Different (Featuring Chali 2Na):
:NORMAN – Lag City: (Exploded Drawing)
:Vampire Weekend – Step (Featuring Danny Brown):
:Bishop Nehru – You Stressin:
:Multi-Tracker – Shadlib: (Exploded Drawing)
:Ras Kass – B.I.B.L.E.:
:Elements Combine – Blazy:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

February 28, 2014

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Well, I hope everybody’s ready for the steam train called “festival season” that’s about to crash into Austin with the beginning of South by Southwest.  You have t-minus seven days to complain/exalt about the city-wide party, and then just cool it everybody. This train doesn’t stop for whiners.  Here’s a mix. It’s chill ’cause the city is about not to be. Bump it loud.

One other thing: KOOP Community Radio 91.7FM is currently in Membership Drive, which is where we ask you, the community to support us. We only ask twice a year, unlike some bars I know (how do I get “regular status” at drink.well without spending any money, you guys?), and we sure could use whatever amount you could donate. We also have a sweet shirt this year, and a live compilation CD on offer.  Listen to Hip Hop Hooray on Sunday at 2pm and you might even get an extra thank you gift from yours truly! If you can give now, please do so here, and thank you millions.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

Ever want to scream sing real loud in your car (or in public) with some real deep rap about feelings and stuff?

:Astronautalis –  The River, The Woods:

 FEBRUARY MIX:

:Mos Def – Auditorium (Featuring Slick Rick):
:MC Esoteric – Here We Come (Featuring Apathy And Motive):
:MOBONIX – Third World America:
:MDK – What it Cost:
:MURS – Priu$:
:Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (Featuring Pharrell Williams):
:Maurice Mobetta Brown – Back At The Ranch (Featuring Jean Grae):
:Kasim Keto – Pusher:
:Magna Carda – Chuck Close Trip:
:Korpersaysun – Microphone Nutter:
:Labtekwon – Speak On It:
:Large Professor – For My People:
:King ART – Who Am I:
:Last Emperor – Echo Leader:
:The Cool Kids – Computer School:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

January 31, 2014

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January is always such a hopeful time in music.  We have an entire year ahead of us to dissect new releases, make expectations and demands of artists, and not care about the Grammy’s.  I’m looking forward to a lot of things this year, some new albums from old artists, some debuts, and the progress of my own appreciation of this genre. There are also a couple things I have in the works in hip-hop that I’d like to get you all in on: I’m a media sponsor through my radio show of Austin Mic Exchange (every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom at 11PM) and we’re working on an expansion plan to San Antonio and Houston.  I’m also working with an amazing group of folks on ending the insidious practice of pay-2-play in Austin, and you can be a part of it by attending the City of Austin Music Commission meeting on Monday.  I’m also doing a DJ set for this very blog at Holy Mountain on Valentine’s Day for all you lovers and non-lovers out there to get out and shake it while everyone else is eating overpriced steak.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

Danny Brown wasn’t nominated for a Grammy, but he made number one on my best of 2013 list, and this song, that sticks to the ribs is a lot of the reason why:

:Danny Brown – Red 2 Go:

JANUARY MIX:

:DJ Skarface – My Geek Folder (MadDILLAiny):
:Schoolboy Q – Break the Bank:
:Childish Gambino – IV. Sweatpants:
:Teflon – Get Mine (Gummy Soul Remix):
:Flying Lotus – Adventure Sound (Featuring The Underachievers):
:Magna Carda – Shoes $ Money:
:Run The Jewels – Pew Pew Pew:
:Step Brothers – Byron G (Featuring Genesis And The Whooliganz):
:PacBoiTank – Leaders Life Forever:
:Crew54 – Freedom (Featuring Showtyme):
:Action Bronson And Party Supplies – Rolling Thunder:
:KOOL A.D. – Insane Computer Raps (Featuring Alim):
:Busta Rhymes – Thank You (Featuring Q-Tip):
:Johnson And Jonson – Hold On John:
:Talib Kweli And Hi-Tek – Just Begun (Featuring Jay Electronica, J. Cole, And Mos Def):
:Quantic And Ana Tijou – Doo Wop (That Thing):

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

November 22, 2013

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To pretend that I haven’t gone on at length on this blog that I cherish novelty rap because it fulfills the ultimate definition of art by being almost completely useless would be an exercise in lying.  Ferreal.  So, since Thanksgiving is around the corner, here’s some food raps, dudes.  Also, remember to listen to Hip Hop Hooray this Sunday at 2PM on KOOP 91.7FM where I’ll have these and even more food raps in honor of the holiday, and I’ll also have some Hanukkah raps, since the first day of the festival of lights also falls on Thanksgiving this year. It’s gonna be a DOOZY.

:DJ Format – Ill Culinary Behaviour (Featuring Abdominal):
:Ugly Duckling – Almond Rocha:
:The Cipher – Eating The Rhyme:
:Fat Boys – All You Can Eat:
:Raashan Ahmad – Cornbread:
:Cassetteboy – Turkey:
:Lizzo – Batches And Cookies:
:Kenny Segal – Food On The Table:
:A Tribe Called Quest – Ham ‘N’ Eggs:
:MF DOOM – Fenugreek:
:Black Sheep – Flavor Of The Month:
:Alphabet Stew – The Fridge:
:Zion I And The Grouch – I Used To Be Vegan:
:Rez – Cherry Twist:
:Zion I – Country Baked Yams (Featuring Devin The Dude):
:Casual – Turkey And Dressin:
:Nas – Fried Chicken:
:The Roots – Popcorn Revisited:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 25, 2013

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Well, it’s the time of year each and every adult either despises or celebrates – Halloween. Whether you have kids and are excited about putting them in some kind of semi-ironic or cute get-up, or don’t and are elated/exasperated by the idea that there will also be adults in semi-ironic or cute get-ups (the sexy versions), there is one absolute about Halloween that you can’t deny: it produces the very best of the worst novelty hip-hop. It can be argued that mainstream hip hop is already full of monsters (i.e. people that brag about cars, money, sex, and violence), but when given the chance to riff on fictional bad guys, rappers can sometimes suffer from a lack of inspiration, producing some of the most awkward yet endearing tracks for public consumption this side of Christmas novelty rap (a subject I’ll address here in December). With all the backhanded praise I’ve just heaped on Halloween novelty rap, you just know there’s gonna be a bunch on this mix, and you’re right!

If you all aren’t going to the free Leprechaun In The Hood screening at the Alamo tonight, I expect to see you at the Blackheart for Side One Track One Presents. Also, listen to Hip Hop Hooray on Sunday from 2-3:30 where I’ll be playing my favorite Halloween novelty hip hop along with my friend and annual bringer of the Addams Groove: DJ John Grossyall.

:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Hell Sent:
:FELT – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Geto Boys – Mind Playin Tricks:
:Run-D.M.C. – Ghostbusters:
:Snoop Dogg – Murder Was The Case:
:Dr. Dre – Murder Ink instrumental:
:Big L – Devil’s Son:
:Something Anything – Monster Rock:
:Da’Shade Moonbeam – They Are Coming:
:People Under the Stairs – Creepshow:
:Ras Kass – Interview With A Vampire:
:Mac Miller – Born On Halloween:
:Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew – Spirit:
:Braille – Frankenstein:
:Aesop Rock – Homemade Mummy:
:Onyileatron5000 – The  Crazy Organistinator:
:DJ Snyder – Monstrous (ft. Brainthirst):
:DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince – A Nightmare On My Street:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 27, 2013

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What an amazing weekend this is shaping up to be.  Tonight, you should stop by The Blackheart for another Side One Track One Presents! The last one was incredible, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up with the awesome show-curatory abilities of our blog runner John. If you were at the last one, you already know how great a show this is, so I’m sure you’re already planning on going.  On Saturday The Sour Notes are playing for The Good Music Club at The North Door, and on Sunday, I guess everyone will be inside watching Breaking Bad, which is okay I guess, but is not live music, so get your shit together, Austin.

I’ll be on the air on Sunday from 2-3:30PM on KOOP 91.7FM in Austin and streaming on koop.org everywhere else if you wanna hear the stuff I like to play on the radio (hint: it’s cleaner than this mix, which is a little NSFW). Happy Friday, and please bump it loud.

:Lizzo – Pants VS Dress:
:Bigg Jus – Black Roses:
:Shad – Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins):
:Big Cats – Kanye Remix:
:Wax Tailor – Lonely (Featuring Mattic):
:Earl Sweatshirt – 20 Wave Caps (Featuring Domo Genesis):
:CommoNasm (Common + Nas + TenDJiz’s Soviet Jazz) –  Geto Heaven:
:Jonwayne – And Bullshit (Featuring Zeroh):
:Jeremiah Jae – Guns N Butter:
:JJ Doom – GMO:
:Das Racist – Rapping 2 U:
:Rah Digga – Lessons of Today:
:Wu Tang VS The Beatles – Got Your Money:
:Take – Sweatson Klank – Incredibright:
:Death Grips – Hacker:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 29, 2013

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Well, so much shit went down this month that it’s difficult to decide what exactly to write about. Should I talk about the slut shaming & cultural appropriation backlash surrounding the Miley Cyrus VMA performance? Maybe touch on the possibility of another unsanctioned military intervention in the Missle East by the U.S.? Or shall I play on the national nostalgia of the anniversary of the march on Washington? Since I’m no expert on any of these issues, I think I’ll do the responsible thing and just save my opinions for close personal friends in the shiny place we get to after a couple beers and just give you what I’m super alright at: a monthly hip hop mix. Here’s hoping it gives you some respite from dangerous critical thinking today, or at least gives you a good soundtrack to surf some opinion pieces.

Also, I had a great time DJing Side One Track One Presents last week and you should go to the next show in the residency on September 27 at Blackheart because John has incredible taste in music (and I’m not just saying that because he pays me the big not any bucks) and it’s free and fun.

:Abstract Rude – Thynk Eye Can (Haiku D’Etat mix):
:Raashan Ahmad – Cornbread:
:Madchild – Last Emperor:
:Azealia Banks – ATM Jam:
:Big Cats – Sirens (Big Cats Remix):
:Earl Sweatshirt – Hoarse:
:Joey Bada$$ – Killuminati:
:Amerigo Gazaway – Soul Flower (We’ve Got):
:The Rub – Feel You (Featuring Lil Fame And Misun):
:Sole – Definition of Slave (Featuring Open Mike Eagle):
:Empresarios – Esterolismo:
:Kendrick Lamar – Backstreet Freestyle:
:The Lady of Rage – Str8 Outta VA:
:Dessa – The Bullpen:
:Wu Tang VS The Beatles – Forget Me Not:
:Blackalicious – One Of A Kind:

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 26, 2013

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It’s July in Austin. It’s too hot for me to work very hard on writing this entry, so I’m going to cut to the chase and get straight to the music. Happy Friday; go swimming. And go see a hip-hop show, won’t you? The scene needs you – you can always start with Austin Mic Exchange every Tuesday at Spider House Ballroom at 11PM. It’s free and less cringey than regular open mics, I promise.

:Pretty Lights – Around The Block (Featuring Talib Kweli):
:Blockhead – Jet Son (Featuring Aesop Rock And Camu Tao):
:CYNE – Elephant Rome:
:Aceyalone And RJD2 – Cornbread, Eddy, And Me:
:Blu And Exile – Juicen’ Dranks (Featuring Taarach):
:Shad – The Old Prince Still Lives At Home:
:Goodie Mob – Special Education (Featuring Janelle Monae):
:Afro Classics – Boom In It:
:Open Mike Eagle – Password (Tiny Man Raps):
:Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free):
:The Hood Internet – Nothing Should Be A Surprise (Featuring Isaiah Toothtaker And Show You Suck):
:Jay Electronica – So What You Sayin’:
:Statik Selektah – Play The Game (Featuring Big K.R.I.T. And Freddie Gibbs):
:Shane Reis and Essence – Bounce To It (Produced By Black Milk):
:Fresh Breath Committee – Project Mayhem:
:Saul Williams – Om Nia Merican:

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