Catch Wreck, CCR member and Scope Urban Apparel artist, is a stalwart of local Boston hip-hop honing his craft since he first met Chuck D in 2002 on the set of Gotta Give The Peeps What They Want. Yesterday he released his newest record Collective Consciousness with appearances from fellow CCR and Scope artists Retrospek (on the track Spliff Liftajust JuneLyfe on Revised). Production on the record varies from track to track, the only repeat being fellow CCR and Scope artist Illy Sav. The feeling of the record continues Catch Wreck’s never ending role as a spokesman for Roxbury and Boston, speaking as a poet and delivering with authority this record is a must get for the new year!
DJ Evilldewer, another Scope artist, is pioneering a new sound out of Boston with the sounds of the 60s and 70s juxtaposed with the futuristic feeling of beyond. Just two days ago his most recent record, Soul De Rey, was released on his bandcamp and has been my soundtrack for the past two days as I return home. The smooth cosmic sound draws the listener in and is a perfect complement to any rainy day, or any day. Make sure to have this when you travel to calm you down in case you get stuck between two people too fat to sit in their seats (welcome to Tennessee).
The final Scope release for the Holiday season comes from Pause. The frequent OTO collaborator (see the video for Freshest) delivers his newest release, Time To Go, with the same boom bap that has graced his previous records. Time To Go does not disappoint and each track leaves your head bobbing into the next one. My favorite tracks were The Middle and Be You. Be You features Catch Wreck.
Get all of them now. Do not wait for Santa.
Catch Wreck – Collective Consciousness (MF or Bandcamp)
Spliff Lifta, off of Catch Wreck’s new LP Collective Consciousness (comes out tomorrow free on his bandcamp), gets the visual treatment. Guest appearance by JuneLyfe and Spendacash of Retrospek. Retrospek will be performing with Styles P December 30th at Showcase Live in Foxboro.
This Saturday was the last show of 2011! Even though it was finals week I still had to end the year right and get one of my favorite Boston MCs to come through. Charmingly Ghetto The MC stopped by to share some insight into his creative process and into the development of his newest release, his internationally flavored and acclaimed mixtape Study A’Broad. The mixtape was recently reviewed in the Boston Globe and has been getting a lot of attention. Make sure to get the entire discography from his bandcamp which includes production from the Atlanta team Introspective Minds as well as the international squad CG assembled for his new release.
I’ll be back in Tennessee over break and will be posting Nashville stuff. Be on the look out!
Tomorrow night is a must attend event! Anyone in Boston who supports local hip-hop needs to come through for this. The Boston Beatdown will showcase Boston’s finest producing talent with sets from Peter Beatz, Kasi, Massappeal (Boombap Addicts), The Arcitype , Sir Locksley (Jungle Club and Grindtime Battles Series), Rah Intelligence (Retrospek), and Evildewer (Magnificent Kingdom and A Darker Shade). With the talent stacked so high this event should be one of the best for a while.
Make sure to check out my interview with Retropsek. Their newest release, Close Encounters, is available via their bandcamp for free! The single is off of their upcoming album, Sleepealkers Remedy, scheduled to drop before 2012. Also, be on the lookout in January for a special appearance by DJ Evildewer in the studio…more details coming soon.
Evildewer worked with local MC Magno Garcia to produce this gem:
One of Sir Locksley’s most recent battles for Grindtime against Orlando’s Isaac. I saw Sir Locksley at Grindtime New England’s event on Sep. 9th at the Boston Center for The Arts (Hibernian Hall) and was hooked since.
This past Saturday E The Real and DJ Manipulator graced the studios of WTBU and came through for on-air performances and an interview. We discussed new projects, future goals, and solved the crisis on Wall Street. E has been releasing material since 2003, and now his 8th studio album, Dont Be That Guy, can be bought on his bandcamp. Make sure to buy his album and support local hip-hop! Check out their website/label kindadusty.com. Follow E The Real and DJ Mainpulator (though Manipulator doesn’t use it at all!) on twitter.
Since 1979 Percee P has wrecked mics with his unique and unconventional “fast rap” style. While not always excepted by all, Percee P stuck with his style of rhyming and has since influenced generations of rappers to take the same aggressive multi-syllabic assault on the microphone. Today Percee P is considered a legend in the rap world and his influence is evident in the music of artists from Edan to DMX and everyone in between. While a true icon for rap fans Percee P still remains humble and continues to engage in self-promotion by selling CDs at shows to his fans (I met Percee P this way in LA as he sold me Madlib’s remix to P’s debut solo album Perseverance). He continues to go open mic events, local battles, and any event where his presence can help support the culture which he helped start. In our interview he even gave out his contact information for those who wish to reach out to him: firstname.lastname@example.org, facebook.com/perceepsimon, and twitter.com/therealperceep. For anyone in LA , he will performing on December 22nd alongside a sample of the Stones Throw roster to celebrate the label’s 15th year anniversary. Also, make sure to check out the musical/movie SBX! Holding Down The Tradition to get a full view of the birthplace of hip-hop and Percee P, the South Bronx.
This Saturday will be busy for The Four Elements. Last Friday, Percee P approached me at The Airliner in LA and just as he has been doing since the 90s, he was selling his records. I bought a copy of Madlib’s remix to Perserverance and we exchanged phone numbers to set up an interview for tomorrow morning. I’ll post the interview tomorrow afternoon and will air it on the show on Thursday! This Saturday I have E The Real Plains coming in-studio for on-air freestyles as well as an interview. His newest release, Don’t Be That Guy, is one of my favorite from any Boston artist so make sure to BUY it and support Boston hip-hop.
This past Saturday I had Retrospek in the studio (made sure to spell it right!). The group had played a show the day before with Torae at the Western Front and killed it (check out the Torae interview as well). They have been getting a lot of hype recently, especially since their inclusion in The Phoenix’s 2011 Rap Class. This was one of the best interviews/in-studio appearances I have ever had. Listen to hear about, 9/11 conspiracy theories, online chat rooms, and the reason why Dr. Dre is garbage! Support local hip-hop and spread the word!