Archive for February 4th, 2010

04
Feb
10

Video! International Jam Session Over the Internet

It started with a verse, each person just came and joined in, some are complete strangers, some only teenagers, all of us creators, we are the dreammakers, internationally transmitting through bandwidth, passin this bands passion so the masses can jam with us, all are invited to play, none are required to pay, let the virus spread, inspire heads, go pirate away, this is that free music, for people who need music, just listen and breathe to it.

In case you haven’t realized, our limits are quickly retreating. This video is another great example of artists coming together despite geographic, cultural, and musical differences. It’s a reminder that while our backgrounds, heritages, governments, and cultures may be different, we as individuals have a lot in common. It’s also a reminder of how sick this original song was. Check it below.

Peace to all the international P&P followers! I know I’ve got some great readers from New Zealand, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Bulgaria, UK, Canada, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany… I’ve come across readers from all over the place. It’s a trip when I find out where you all come from. Leave a comment and represent your country or city!

Handsome Boy Modeling School – The Truth (ft J-Live) | YouSendIt

Saw it at The Music Ninja

04
Feb
10

Video! Snooki Interviews Phoenix

Ready to collectively blank stare? Here is Jersey Shore‘s Snooki interviewing Phoenix. It’s like seeing two animals encountering each other for the first time in the forest. Neither seems to know of or understand the other, and it makes for a great interaction.

04
Feb
10

New! Drake – "Overdose" (Unreleased Verse)

Umm..here’s an unreleased verse from Drake that was supposed to be on “Overdose” but I’m guessing Mickey Factz or Travis took that slot. This joint sounds very familiar as well; anyone know where from? I need to download this song again & get it back in my iTunes cause this was my sh*t!!

Drake – “Overdose” (Unreleased Verse) | YouSendIt

04
Feb
10

The White Panda – "Fireflies Goin Down" (Yung Joc vs Owl City)


When I saw this in my inbox, I ignored it. I starred it first, because that’s what I do to signify importance, and The White Panda deserves at least that much. But Owl City and Yung Joc? My hatred for that Owl City song is so intense that every time I hear the line about getting hugs from thousands of lightning bugs I act out in a blind rage and do things that I immediately regret. (Last time I heard it I threw the watch that I was wearing at a random car.) “It’s Goin Down” just reminds me of a children’s song. Like if the game Duck, Duck, Goose had a theme song, it would probably closely resemble Yung Joc’s hit.

Which brings us to this post. I always get back to my starred emails, and today I gave this a listen. Well, damn. Their sound is so clean. Using two songs I despise, and The motherfucking White Panda makes this. *Slow claps the Panda*.

The White Panda – Fireflies Goin Down | YouSendIt

04
Feb
10

What Definitive Jux Meant To Me.


If you would’ve asked me what music I listened to back in the early 2000’s, I probably would have listed a bunch of artists, but I could have just as easily said “Anything on Def Jux”. Aesop Rock, El-P, and Cannibal Ox forever changed my perspective of music. I even had a Def Jux hat.

Back in those days I was just scraping the surface of underground hip-hop after an intense love affair with mainstream rap. For me, interest in the underground scene started with Anticon, which was mostly abstract, nerdy underground hip-hop. Besides my introduction to Slug (Atmosphere), who I still listen to on a biweekly basis, I soon decided that Anticon didn’t have what I wanted.

The first thing I wanted was intelligence and creativity. At this point in my life I was completely anti-MTV, and I hated the rappers on television who all splashed around in the same shallow mud puddle. I wanted something I could listen to late at night while getting high in my room, drawing and having my mind blown. (Years later, I would reaccept mainstream hip-hop. Everything has its place.)

The second thing I was looking for, that Anticon couldn’t give me, was an animalistic, abrasive energy. I wanted music that gave me that adrenaline burst when the beat dropped, and something that wasn’t always easy to listen to. Something that was bigger than dusty loops, eerie string arrangements, or recycled soul. Definitive Jux was the two headed robot monster that I was searching for. With an in-your-fucking-face sound that was undoubtedly manufactured in a space factory and a lineup of artists that renewed my faith in creativity, Def Jux was exactly what I needed. Fuck, to an outsider it might just look like a young, misdirected slacker wasting time, but those nights rocking Labor Days, Fantastic Damage, and of course The Cold Vein will forever hold a place in my heart. This shit got me through a lot of points in my life when I felt like I was about to snap in half.

I guess I should let you know why I’m reminiscing like this. There have been rumors going around about the label’s downfall, and today El-P announced that he is stepping down as creative director and the label will be on an indefinite hiatus. You can read the letter here.

Considering its history, this is sad news for fans of the music, but it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Although Def Jux has done a phenomenal job of linking up with great artists like Cage, Dizzee Rascal, Del, Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, Murs, and RJD2, they have been lagging behind in this rat race of an industry. In my personal opinion, El-P’s presence was sometimes too strong and although I think he’s a musical genius, his influence was so heavy on the sounds of some of the artists that they lost their own identity.

A big part of the game today is branding (I’m going to get around to writing a whole piece about this eventually) and although Jux was a musical powerhouse, I think they were weak in the branding aspect. In some ways, this was what made it so appealing to the hardcore fans. You could tell Def Jux didn’t push their artists to wear certain clothes, keep a certain image, or splatter their personality on the wall, take pictures, and post it on everyblog.blogspot.com. When you did see videos of them pop up, it was usually ill quality footage from shows or a freestyle session in a basement that was unfamiliar with blog territory.

For me, the news is upsetting but exciting at the same time. It’s sad to see the camp broken up, but I can’t wait to see these artists’ next moves and watch them develop outside of Definitive Jux’s industrial hide-out. Until then, let’s take a look back at some of Definitive Jux’s metallic catalog. Classics. And in case the label does dissolve – Miss you, Def Jukies.

Aesop Rock – Mars Attacks
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Cannibal Ox- Straight of the D.I.C.
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Cage – Shoot Frank ft. Darryl Palumbo | YouSendIt

El-P – Deep Space 9mm | YouSendIt

Aesop Rock ft. Mr. Lif – 11:35 | YouSendIt

Cannibal Ox – The F Word (RJD2 Remix) | YouSendIt

Murs – Bad Man
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