Saturday, August 18, 2018

Philly's Own Beat-twisting Producer & Multi-instrumentalist Rolled Gold Assembles Beat-maker Bedrock #23 (Rolled Gold Productions)

"Rolled Gold is a soulful Hip-Hop producer from Philadelphia, who has a versatile, life-long musical resume, ranging from Jazz to Punk Rock bands, Trap beats to live Neo-Soul groups, and more. His style has influence from Hip-Hop producers, such as J Dilla, RZA, and MF DOOM, as well as the timeless catalogs of Motown, Stax & [Philadelphia International Records]. While he has been sampling for most of his production, so far, this past year has been spent composing and recording friends and family to use as sample material. His next releases will be instrumental/remix EP's and a compilation album, all constructed from these original samples and compositions... These albums, in no specific order, are the first that come to his mind in his influence and evolution as a musician over the years."

A. Madlib - Beat Konducta: Movie Scenes, Vol. 1-2 (2006)

"This is the first album I heard, at age 13, that really made me think of music—specifically, non-soundtrack music—as illustrations of a hypothetical "movie scene." Literally due to the title, I listened with that in mind and went on a soulful, meditative journey through space and time. After that, I gradually began visualizing almost all pieces of music and imagining the accompanying "movie scene." It should be noted that I have a form of synesthesia, which allows me to see music in color schemes that make the illustrations come to life and evoke more emotion."

B. "Chef" Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995)

"Much like Madlib's Beat Konducta: Movie Scenes, Vol. 1-2, Raekwon's 1995 debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (known by many as "The Purple Tape") is the perfect example of a cinematic experience, which I first heard in its entirety at age 15. I describe it as "listening to a movie" and of course, this specific movie is a Black Mafioso saga based in New York City, most specifically, Staten Island. Many people credit Raekwon with pioneering "Mafioso Rap" and due to the interludes, whether recorded by Wu-Tang Clan themselves or sampled from various Mafia & Kung-Fu films, the album has a fluent and exciting storyline. Of course, RZA's dark, soulful production, largely sampled from lesser-known Stax records, ties it together with an elegant, yet dusty and grimy canvas."

C. Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (1968)

"This record, from 1968, is a masterpiece of Psychedelic Brazilian Classic Rock, although, calling it "Classic Rock" really doesn't do it justice. I heard it for the first time at age 16, I believe, and although, I had never heard anything like it at all, I compared it to The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour & Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967.) While it's equally as versatile, "far-out," and smoothly-flowing as those albums, it's also, beautifully bursting with indigenous Brazilian percussion and possibly even "further-out" Experimental techniques that are still, somehow, digestible as Pop songs. One of [the] many techniques I adopted from this album is the use of field recordings—birds chirping, glasses clinking, etc.—to give songs unique textures and to help paint the picture, like the aforementioned "movie scenes" I already grew to appreciate."

D. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis (1970)

"Curtis Mayfield's debut solo album of 1970, Curtis, is another album I first heard at age 16. I believe, Curtis did most of his own composing, arranging, and producing, at this point, which reflects, in my opinion, one of the best era's sonically of all time. Similarly to 21st Century composer Adrian Younge, I view the late 60's-early 70's as the time in which recording techniques and technology were becoming [as] complex, sophisticated, and funky as they'd ever been, yet not as clean, rigid, and electronic as the latter half of the 70's and onward. Don't get me wrong, I love all eras after that, as well, but there's something magical about that time that I could probably describe for hours, but I won't. Curtis' music, along with Motown's extensive discography, gave me an appreciation for bells, strings, harps, etc. that most of my generation lacks."

E. At this point, I'm thinking of too many other important records in my life, so I will give a super-brief Honorable Mentions List:

- Charles Mingus' Mingus Dynasty (1960) may be my favorite album, but that's a crazy thing to say. Regardless, the songs "Slop" and "Far Well, Mills Valley" are some of the most beautiful recordings I've ever heard.

- Gil Scott-Heron's Pieces of a Man (1970) was given to me by my mother, when I was 16 and along with helping me get through changes in my life, it still, to this day, influences my drumming and bass playing, stylistically.

- Madlib & MF DOOM's MADVILLAINY (2004) & J Dilla's Donuts (2006) were introduced to me at age 13 and you know, they changed my life!

"Newer records that have held my attention tremendously in the past few years include: Westside Gunn's FLYGOD, Noname's Telefone, Anderson .Paak's MALIBU, and Tierra Whack's Whack World. Maybe, I will go into further detail on these in the future, along with some Philly Soul & Jazz records, some Stevie Wonder (obviously,) and... yea, lem'me just stop here. Thanks for reading and I hope y'all enjoy some of the albums on my list!"

- Rolled Gold (@RolledGoldBeats)

Friday, August 17, 2018

3 Feet High & Rising: Inglewood-based Emcee LOW BLOW Readies Gospel, Funk & Soul-steeped First Book of Timothy (Common Good Records)

Since its 2017 inception, LA-based imprint Common Good Records has released a string of continually phenomenal records and tapes, including: Te'Amir Sweeney's Tiger Breaks 45 + drum kit, Drtysoap's Merry Chrithmith, Unown & DJ Ragz's Pasta & Wings cassette, and Jake Najor's D$RTY M$NEY BREAKS 45 + drum kit. Plus, label co-founder J.D. (@OlogistBBB) has been extremely hospitable and supportive of both myself and The Witzard; even mixing and sequencing Mitchell Kezin's festive Mitchell's 'SOUL SISTA' Holiday Mix for The Witzard extremely last-minute! Now, J.D. & Common Good Records have announced their next proper release: Low Blow's full-length debut, First Book of Timothy. "Soulful, West Coast Hip-Hop. A sound unique unto itself. A sound that recalls a classic era nostalgia. A sound steeped in the deep roots of Gospel, Funk, and Soul. Low Blow [@thereallowblow] builds on that tradition with his debut album, First Book of Timothy," reads an album description on Common Good's Bandcamp. First Book of Timothy has a sound evocative of, in my humble opinion, Sa-Ra Creative Partners AKA Sa-Ra, Janelle Monáe, Kendrick Lamar, and OutKast—due in part to its soulful G-Funk-inflected production/co-production work from both Allakoi "Mic Holden" Peete (@micholdenfresh) and Luke Ellington (@luke.ellington) throughout. Mic Holden has previously worked with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Blu, Shafiq Husayn, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, The Gaslamp Killer, Josef Leimberg, Fergie on Double Dutchess, Terrace Martin, and GB AKA Gifted & Blessed.

Luke Ellington, on the other hand, has had the opportunity to work alongside Anderson .Paak FKA Breezy LoveJoy, Jimetta Rose, Jonah Levine, Philip Ray, Tre Hickman, and Ernest Tibbs, as well as Mic Holden, Atwood-Ferguson, Washington, and Leimberg. Low Blow's First Book of Timothy features appearances throughout from many of Holden & Ellington's past collaborators and fellow LA-based artists, such as Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Uncle Chucc (1500 or Nothin') Jose Rios, Ernest Tibbs, LEAVING RECORDS' Jamire Williams, Jimetta Rose, Breezy LoveJoy, and Inglewood's own Damani Nkosi. Low Blow's First Book of Timothy is currently available for pre-order in a number of formats including: Test Press Vinyl, Test Press + Metallic Gold Vinyl, Metallic Gold Vinyl, Standard Black Vinyl, Black + Metallic Gold Vinyl, and of course, Digital Album. Ahead of First Book of Timothy's Friday, September 14th wide release, Common Good Records are now streaming 'teaser' singles "Outta Control / Gangsta Walk" and "Can't Wait." Ladies and gents, trust me, I've heard the entirety of Low Blow's 10-track First Book of Timothy and this album is phenomenal! IT'S NOT TO BE MISSED and is, hands down, one of the strongest albums of 2018 (so far!) Expect a comprehensive interview with Low Blow, Mic Holden & Luke Ellington coming soon to The Witzard...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

From The Depths of Bikini Bottom... DJ Cummerbund Reviews SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical (The Witzard Exclusive)

DJ Cummerbund is a mash-up artist and video remixer hailing from New York. He describes himself as the "Reigning World Mash-up Champion (2018-present,) Celebrity, Philanthropist & Dapper Man," as well as readily proclaiming he's "the greatest DJ on the entire planet!" The Witzard first encountered DJ Cummerbund back in Dec. 2016, after someone posted his phenomenal Foo Fighters/Rick James mash-up, "Freaktender," online. I soon reached out to the email address listed on Cummerbund's YouTube page and before long, was in contact with his "handler," J. Gary Gildersleeve at Gildersleeve Artist Management; although, over the past two years, I've had very little contact with DJ Cummerbund himself... until very recently. I noticed on Instagram—looking back, I believe, in real-time—that @djcummerbund had recently attended a showing of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical AKA The SpongeBob Musical at The Palace Theatre in New York.

Then, following a brief exchange of comments on one of DJ Cummerbund's SpongeBob pictures, I was soon instructed to "dm" him and asked Cummerbund if he might be interested in penning a review of The SpongeBob Musical for The Witzard. So, please, scroll down and enjoy DJ Cummerbund's... let's just say, very unique interpretation of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. If you're unfamiliar, I strongly suggest checking out Cummerbund's top-notch mash-up videos on his YouTube channel and if you feel so inclined, donate to his Patreon page. I'm told DJ Cummerbund is currently working on an EP's-worth of original material to tentatively be released within the second quarter of 2019, if not sooner. It seems as though Cummerbund's Uncle Peter Phoenix, however, has been "making egg salad sandwiches in [the] studio" and it's been holding up the recording process. I was personally asked by DJ Cummerbund to publicly "SHAME" his Uncle Peter. TWADDLE, BABY!!!

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical

"Act I: meh...

Act II: much better!!!

In my humble opinion, seeing a 2-D cartoon acted out in original human form without any cheesy costumes: BRAVA!!! The whole show was family-friendly, with a few jokes sprinkled in for the older generation. I was sitting in the audience, hoping I wouldn't get recognized. Thankfully, I was only approached a few times with everyone else respecting my mother and her happiness. Anyway, I digress... the show was slow to start, but the actors grabbed fully onto their characters and hit a home run. It's a shame that it's closing... go see the show, if you get a chance. The DJ commands it!!! "

"POST-SCRIPT: The story [as] a whole, to me, represented a WWII storyline. SpongeBob was obviously, an Emperor Hirohito-type character. Which idolized the freedom and care-free state of Japan. He wanted so hard to make everyone happy that he forgets his own [happiness].

Sandy Cheeks: SpongeBob's loyal sidekick. Though, she is supposed to be independent, she's actually, very much dependent on the adoration and respect of The Sponge.

Squidward: This character represents The Irish community. Though, he comes through his facade with sarcasm, you can feel the sense of depression and longing for help. At the start, you can see the pain of The Irish, but by the end, you get the sense of American troops (AKA Mr. Krabs) coming to free his mind with Capitalism.

All I'm saying [is,] if you can't happen to catch The Broadway show, watch Garfield: The Movie (2004.) It's the same thing; just look through the playful characters."

- DJ Cummerbund (@DJ_Cummerbund)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Ghostface Killah & Big Ghost Ltd Join Forces for The Lost Tapes & "Saigon Velour" (Embassy Mix) Feat. Snoop Dogg, E-40 & La The Darkman

Wu-Tang Clan emcee Ghostface Killah and Internet personality Big Ghost Ltd AKA Cocaine Biceps AKA The Illustrious Thor Molecules AKA The Infamous Galaxy Knuckles AKA Shampoo Bracelets The Panty-melter AKA The Mighty Hands of Zeus, believe it or not, have a long, strange history together. In his earliest aughts as a sh*t-talking writer/music critic around 2010-11, Big Ghost (then-Big Ghostface) was actually, widely believed to be Ghostface Killah; due in part to his 2011 Ayo The Top 10 Softest N****s In The Game! AKA GHOSTFACE KILLAH: TOP 10 SOFTEST RAPPERS IN THE GAME list. Ghostface Killah AKA Tony Starks AKA Ironman AKA Pretty Toney AKA Starky Love AKA The Wallabee Champ AKA Ghost Deini/Ghostdini AKA Sun God has continually released strong solo efforts and has been my personal favorite Wu-Tang swordsmen for the last 15+ years. Ghost was one of the first Wu-Tang/Killa Beez emcees to work with outside producers and in recent years, has worked with Apollo Brown, Adrian Younge, BADBADNOTGOOD, DOOM, J Dilla, Jake One, Madlib, Mark Ronson, Pete Rock, and Sean "Diddy" Combs. Big Ghost has since, become a reputable Hip-Hop producer in his own right and has released full-album projects with the likes of Westside Gunn & Conway (Hall N' Nash,) Vic Spencer, ANKHLEJOHN, Hus Kingpin, and CRIMEAPPLE—as well as singles with Raekwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah, Conway X Guilty Simpson, Vic Spencer & SONNYJIM, and Wale.

A'ight, now that everyone's caught up... yesterday afternoon, Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) & Big Ghost (@BigGhostLtd) announced that they've mended fences and have effectively joined forces for a collaborative full-length album titled The Lost Tapes. Its title is seemingly, an allusion to Wu-Tang Clan's fabled 2015 double-album, Once Upon a Time In Shaolin; "In the first half of 2018, Wu-Tang Clan fans world-wide were hopeful that the previous sale of the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album, Once Upon a Time In Shaolin, would change hands from the currently incarcerated owner, Martin Shkreli, to Wu-Tang affiliate Matthew "M80" Markoff, who would release it freely to the public—to be appreciated by all," Mac Media Promo's press release details. Despite Markoff's $1 million offer, the sale of the coveted album, unfortunately, never came to fruition and for now, at least, M-Eighty has written off the notion of attaining Once Upon a Time In Shaolin. "Thinking "where do we go from here?" M-Eighty decided to link with Wu-Tang Clan's own Ghostface Killah to bring the world a brand new studio album alongside legendary underground producer phenomenon Big Ghost," Mac Media Promo continued. A phenomenal teaser single, entitled "Saigon Velour" (Embassy Mix) Feat. Snoop Dogg, E-40 & La The Darkman was released yesterday along with the album's announcement, as well as a nearly 6-minute mix dubbed "The Lost Tapes LP Sampler." The Lost Tapes is now available for pre-order from M80's Holy Toledo Productions, via Ghostface's own web-store, in two limited edition autographed packages. Daupe! Media will host super-limited edition vinyl, CD, and cassette packages, as well, and The Lost Tapes will be released digitally on Cleopatra/X-Ray Records Friday, October 5, 2018.

"The Lost Tapes also, features an all-star line-up including: Snoop Dogg, E-40, Big Daddy Kane, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Killah Priest, Sheek Louch, Ras Kass, Michael Rappaport, and more. Unlike any previously-released Ghostface Killah or Wu-Tang album, The Lost Tapes will be receiving the LIMITED EDITION physical format treatment, courtesy of M-Eighty's Holy Toledo Productions imprint and the UK's own Daupe! Media. Fans of Daupe! Media will soon be able to purchase the album in vinyl, CD, and cassette formats, while starting today, Holy Toledo Productions, via, will be offering pre-orders for the first 1,000 CD's all to be included with an autographed poster from Ghostface himself, a Bonus EP, and more! On 10/5/18, independent mainstay Cleopatra/X-Ray Records will be releasing The Lost Tapes on all digital platforms."

- Mac Media Promo (@macmediapromo)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Brooklyn's "noGENRE" Quintet Phony Ppl Return with Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop & R&B-inflected Single "Before You Get a Boyfriend" (300 Entertainment)

"The band we know as Phony Ppl is a mix of people, time, and sound that's been nurtured over generations in Brooklyn" currently consisting of members: Elbee Thrie on vocals, Elijah Rawk on lead guitar, Matt "Maffyuu" Byas on drums, Aja Grant on keyboards, and Bari Bass on, of course, bass guitar. Since forming in 2009—amidst self-releasing 3 albums and an EP on Phony PPL LLCPhony Ppl have had the unique opportunity to perform alongside Domo Genesis, Erykah Badu, Fetty Wap, Kali Uchis, Mac Miller, Odd Future, Princess Nokia, The Roots, Snake Hips, and more. Now, following a brief hiatus, Phony Ppl have returned with their first new material since Yesterday's Tomorrow (2015.) Last week, okayplayer premiered "Before You Get a Boyfriend," which effortlessly blends together Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and R&B-leaning sounds into a "noGENRE" musical mix the site deems "an ice-cold summer daydream." Phony Ppl's self-produced and Qmillion mixed "Before You Get a Boyfriend" was accompanied by an equally fun-loving music video, wherein frontman Elbee Thrie does his damnedest to "woo over" the cashier at a local corner bodega "Before [She Gets] a Boyfriend."

Phony Ppl recently compiled a 14-song Spotify playlist also called "Before You Get A Boyfriend" that consists of selections the band describes as, "sonGs we've been inspired by over the course of our journey creatinG this album. Some Old some New, all Good music;" Phony Ppl's playlist includes Bobby Hutcherson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tortured Soul, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nxworries, AOE, Caldera & Dianne Reeves, Madlib, D'Angelo, Tierra Whack, Peggy Gou, Blame Candy, Pleasure, and CASIOPEA. It appears as though Phony Ppl are currently working on their long-awaited follow-up to Yesterday's Tomorrow, as when GRUNGECAKE asked the group if fans should expect a new album before year's end, Phony Ppl responded: "Yes, sooner than you probably think! 😉" Phony Ppl's Facebook & Twitter pages (@PhonyPpl) as well as @ElijahRawk, @mrbaribass, @AjaGrantPurple, @MaffYuu & @ElbeeThrieBeats' personal pages have changed their Default pics to mosaic tile-like images very similar to "Before You Get a Boyfriend"'s single artwork. Phony Ppl's "Before You Get a Boyfriend" is now available on Soundcloud, Spotify, and like-minded streaming platforms, via 300 Entertainment.

Monday, August 13, 2018

"Beats, Lyrics, Cuts & Inside Story:" Roughneck Jihad Returns to The Witzard to Break Down The Red Herring Mixtape (All-around Breakdown)

When we last spoke with Third Sight emcee Roughneck Jihad, he was preparing to release his critically-acclaimed 2017 album, THE WRETCHED OF THE VERSE: A MICROPHONE MURDERER'S EXTENDED-PLAY RESPONSE TO UNABRIDGED WACKNESS IN HIP-HOP MUSIC TODAY. Since our comprehensive interview here at The Witzard, Roughneck hasn't slowed down one bit... releasing his IL Torsolo-produced Disco Sinistro EP, The Tarantula Bros. with Third Sight's "The Chef" DJ Du-Funk, and most recently, The Red Herring Mixtape. Next up for Roughneck Jihad is limited edition Tarantula Bros. vinyl, as well as his third solo album, Juan Sequitur (JS) expected to be released this Fall/Winter. JS will feature appearances from DJ Zuckell, Spex, Jason Lee, Abom, IL Torsolo, Sir Dino, Kwantize, and Teran. Enjoy perusing through Roughneck Jihad's Red Herring Mixtape All-around Breakdown below.

"Red Herring is made up of tracks I recorded between 2008-12; production duties are held down by Mr. Aeks, Du-Funk, Drumboy, and Maestro Gamin. The cuts were performed by DJ Vandal from The Netherlands and there are two guest emcees: Maestro Gamin & Drew Fairweather (Crudbump.) The tracks were languishing on my desktop, until Awkward offered to master them. He mastered Orchids & Corpses (2016) the same way. He also, did tracks for Third Sight's IV. In addition, he is remixing a narrative/comic book album, The Red Sentence, for me."

- Roughneck Jihad (@roughneckjihad)

01. "Elevator Action" (Prod. Drumboy)

"Elevator Action was one of my favorite arcade games. I loved the intro music and animation and I wasn't even that good at it. I put a lot of quarters into that game for a few minutes gameplay. I also, liked the whole spy thing being replicated in an arcade game and I wanted to riff off that angle and reference being in an elevator and what the whole thing would feel like. The hook on this one is like an outro, really, but I still tried to flip the words in an unexpected way."

02. "Gideon Version" (Prod. Drumboy)

"There was a time in my life when I was heavily listening to The Beatles and one of my favorite songs is "Gideon's Bible" ["Rocky Raccoon"]. The title of the song is an homage to that song."

03. "Lift Your Nuts Up" (Prod. Mr. Aeks)

"Is inspired by the Latyrx song where they rhyme at the same time on two channels right and left. [Maestro] Gamin and I did this... well, he ran with a soliloquy and I did the rhyme. It's a major chore of concentration and focus to separate them or digest them simultaneously."

04. "Ludovicko Technique" (Prod. Maestro Gamin)

"The Ludovicko Technique was a form of behavior modification used on Alex while he was in prison in the film a Clockwork Orange. This as one of my favorite films as a young man and there are a few references to this film in my catalog. Maestro made the beat and I called in my friend, Drew Fairweather from Crudbump to jump on with me... that guy is so unique and hilarious and woke all at the same time. It's great to work with a guy that just "gets it" and Drew always does."

05. "Mall Hotdog Stand" (Prod. Drumboy)

"As a teenager working at the local mall in Sunnyvale, I would often trip out over the Hot Dog On A Stick workers, who had to wear those costumes and jump up and down on those plungers to make lemonade. The impression those workers made on me was so deep that years later, I named a track after them."

06. "Primatologist's Gynecologist" (Prod. Du-Funk)

"I make unusual songs fairly often. Du-Funk hit me with this crazy beat and I just let the feelings flow. It was inspired by Jane Goodall, or at least, the idea of her doctor."

07. "Rat Racing" (Prod. Drumboy)

"As you may be able to tell, I'm a big rhyme pattern guy. I find the interrelation between rhyming words and groups of words and the spacing, pacing, and intervals very super-extra-stimulating. So, when I get a beat like "Rat Racing," I love to just do my thing and let it flow. I call it "running on the beat" and that's what I got a chance to do on this one. The formula was get your mind right and then, write and that's how it went down. It's also, motivating to write alongside a talented writer like Maestro Gamin; he would constantly keep me on my toes with his rhymes."

08. "See You In Hell" (Prod. Du-Funk)

"This was inspired by the Curtis Mayfield song, "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go." It starts out with all the ethnophaulisms and gets you into [it] then, the music drops and bang... magic! When I was younger, I was constantly enraged about sucker MC's and industry types and I wanted to establish that we are all going to the same place in the end. DJ Vandal is on the cuts on this one."

09. "Tellum Johnny" (Prod. Maestro Gamin)

"We were smoking and drinking and getting faded, then, rhyming and "Tellum [Johnny]" is what happened one day. I love these off-kilter joints. The title is a contraction of "tell him, Johnny;" loosely based on the call-and-response musicians, like James Brown on "Make It Funky" or Charles Mingus on "Fables of Faubus," had with their bands during the talking part of the song. It helps to feel this one, if you smoke some hash and drink some marijuana tincture."

10. "Dope Pays The Rent" (Prod. Du-Funk)

"I think, it was my friend and mentor, Sir Dino that said the phrase ["dope pays the rent"] in The Lab, our studio at the time, but it could have been any of The Darc Brothers crew that participated in the cypher, when I heard it. I always thought it was a clever way to describe selling dope and since I consider myself dope, I applied it to selling music for the little twist and bang."

11. "What You Need" (Prod. Drumboy)

"'What You Need" is a carnal song. The theme is the canvas for me to go through the balancing act of staying on topic and upholding a high level of clever wordplay. There is always the comedic element thrown in with the patterns and the storyline. This is one of the six beats I got from Drumboy, a producer I met through Maestro Gamin—an old friend and Rap partner from The Bay Area—once we reunited in Southern California in the early 2000's. My good friend from The Netherlands, Franck Van Dalen AKA DJ Vandal, did the cuts on this track."

12. "Yeah" (Prod. Drumboy)

"'Yeah" is a stream-of-consciousness/let-me-flex-my-rhyme-patterns kind of song. I was feeling the beat in a visceral sort of way and that just made me want to flow at that tempo. It's really open, in terms of structure, there is no hook or cuts, it's just the rhymes and the beat."

* BONUS CUT: Maestro Gamin *

"I met a young Maestro in the 90's, while I was going to junior college. He was a super-interesting dude and not only could he write rhymes and freestyle, but he was a beast in the martial arts. We spent a lot of time hanging out, writing rhymes, and having a great time, along with the homie, Adaza, who also rhymed. He moved away to LA and once I got to LA, we reunited. By this time, he was doing production and rhyming. We would party and write and then record and these songs came out of that interaction. He is also, featured on "Suns of Anarchy" on Third Sight's IV (2016.)"

Friday, August 10, 2018

BearTooth Collective Presents: cunabear's YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! & i pray that you enjoy your life (Limited Edition Gold Bricks)

Savannah, Georgia-based rapper and producer cunabear (@cunabear) has returned with his 40th studio album, YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! cunabear is the co-founder of tape label, BearTooth Collective and recently appeared on "untitled" alongside wc tank on 'i's' .and then there was flowers EP. YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! was produced by cunabear's Quasimoto/Madlib-esque alter-ego sp00ks, as are the majority of his recent releases. "YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! is something of a sequel or sister-project to i pray [that] you enjoy your life," cunabear recently told The Witzard, via email. "They were originally, one whole project and in the very beginning, it was less of an "album" and more of a "pet-project" that I wasn't going to release. I was experimenting with production styles both old and new, trying to breathe new life into what foundation I'd built so far," he continued. Nestled below is cunabear's latest music video for "Blueberry Jams" from his April 2018 album, Ursine Valor.

Honestly, in my humble opinion, cunabear's YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! sounds like something stylistically in-between Kanye's Aggro-Rap magnum opus, Yeezus and The Postal Service's 2003 debut, Give Up. YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! is actually, packaged along with it's aforementioned "sequel," i pray that you enjoy your life, in a special shiny gold double-cassette package now available from cunabear/BearTooth Collective's Bandcamp page. While i pray that you enjoy your life only boasts one feature: Valore AKA Lady Valore on "chai + honey & sativa blunts," YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!! showcases guest spots from SB The Moor, BigStupid​!​diot, Gomec, Virgil Wolfe, Creative Space Cadet—all on one single posse cut!—Mugwampers, BigStupid!diot (again,) and four_circles. cunabear is, somehow, already working on the follow-up to YAWNING TOWARDS HEAVEN!!!!/i pray that you enjoy your life coming this September... as well as, if "the rumors" are to be believed, a collaborative project with Mugwampers & Unsung. Just 7/10 IPYEYL/YTH Limited Edition Gold Bricks (Double-cassette) are now available from cunabear's Bandcamp page for a limited time only!