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Just to let you know: I’m about to go and kill all RS links this coming week.

If you want something and it’s still up, better grab it now.

As a next step, I’ll remove all cheap posts I made “from the hip”, as it were, and just keep this as a collection of good-enough write-ups, as well as posts on free, legal music.

I’m not doing this because some authority or server provider is wrestling my arm, or because an artist is crying into their pillow about me. Matter of fact, in these 6-odd years I’ve probably got a mere two requests to take down material I’d upped – and both were on strictlybeats. (One was a brandnew Aloe Blacc album – which I fully understand, and one was a then 14-year-old Brand New Heavies album – which is bonkers.) And to both I did oblige at once, as promised. No stress, it’s all love.

When I did get comments from artists, they were usually happy to see themselves remembered. And from the comments of you, the people, I know I’ve introduced the odd one or two artists to an avid listener and made their life better – or so I hope.

But it’s time for me to clean up my blog. I do realize it’ll turn away all those who’ve been hitting me up about the Dusty Fingers and the Ultimate Breaks and Beats collections, which have been incredibly popular. But that’s okay. There are others who are quicker and with more free time on their hands, who will help you out with these.

Be well and see you soon with more fresh music. – That’s not going to end, mind you.

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Building a whole lotta steam before he launches his new album “The Sounds of Lowclass America” in May 2012, I Self Devine has dropped not one, not two, but (aw shucks you guessed it by now) mixtapes for the people.

What feels great about this guy is that he’s been around for a while now, being part of The Micranots, among more groups, writing graf, organizing communities in the Twin Cities and taking a firm stand for the vast majority of Americans: the non-rich folks. (Take that you crystal-sipping sellouts.) I’m not sure if artists come much more complete than this.

Check out this whopping serving of free material, and see if you’d like to support this hard-working man when his album drops.

L.A. State of Mind (2012)

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The Upliftment Struggle (2012)

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Reports from the Field: In the Trenches (2012)

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I Self Devine Website

Easily in my top 10 all-time favourite MCs, Brother Ali dropped a free EP earlier this year. Just for the love. And it is about love. Beats are by Jake One and Ant, nuff said.

Click for download

Brother Ali – The Bite Marked Heart (2012)

Brother Ali Website

 

Immortal Technique, “100 per cent independent, I’m the fucking boss”, runs Viper Records, blasts injustice and hypocrisy within the music industry as well as on the level of global politics, and just to show he can, puts out an entire album of bangers–for zilch. And with guest artists others would gladly bend over backwards to get onto a track with, Chuck D and Brother Ali among them.

Always one to encourage his fans to just download his music and bump it outside if they don’t have the money to buy it, this is an impressive display of his freedom as an indie artist. Instead of bickering about downloaders, he focuses on getting his message out, touring to promote the artists on his label and kicking ass.

As someone who’s followed his work since Revolutionary Vol. 1, it needs to be said that Tech is the kind of artist that keeps growing, technically and subject-wise. And each release gives you a glimpse into what he’s been up to recently, what he’s been reading, what’s happened in the world, etc. It’s refreshing to watch someone put so much work into his work – and then give it out to his fans.

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Immortal Technique – The Martyr (2012)

Viper Records

‘Tis the season… it’s late autumn (duh. but some of us live on the bottom side of our planet earth, so, just saying.) The school term is coming to an end, and with it, a bunch of exams and papers are due. So my current mood, in case you’ve been wondering, is busy-busy and cold with a splash of rain and a whisk of storm. So, as a result, I’ve been sitting around a lot, trying to get some knowledge into my head and listening to less intrusive and in-your-face type of music. I’ve been going through my instrumental beat albums, my Middle Eastern and Caribbean/South American-influenced bits as well as unearthing the odd jazz or soul album I happen to have in my collection. (I might post a list of good reading music a bit later.)

One such great album I got from my mum a couple of years back. True story: she was dating this guy (who I never met) for a short while and he gave her this CD as a present. Now, my mom is not exactly your avid music collector, and she’s probably never owned anything close to jazz. The dating stopped pretty abruptly (though not the CD’s fault), and her ungrateful ass eventually asked me if I had any use for it. Sure… thanks mom. That was the first time ever she gave me a CD I actually wanted. (And passing on prezzies she doesn’t need is one of her trademarks, btw. ;) ) Now, years later, I’ve pulled it out again and it must be due to my old age (getting on 31) and my increasing maturity that I enjoy this more than ever.
The story behind this compilation album is the following: Stan Getz (saxophone) interprets Carlos Jobim’s compositions of this mix between Brazilian rhythm and cool jazz. The thing came to be known as bossa nova. These recordings were made between 1962 and 1964.
Some nice mellow music with a tropical feel for Sunday afternoons, unstereotypical holiday dinners or… as I said, winter reading up at the library.

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1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
2. Desafinado (instrumental version)
3. Chega De Saudade
4. Girl From Ipanema
5. O Morro Não Tem Vez
6. Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
7. One Note Samba (instrumental version)
8. Eu E Voce (Me And You)
9. Desafinado (vocal version)
10. Once Again (Outra Vez)
11. O Grande Amor
12. Só Danço Samba
13. How Insensitive
14. One Note Samba (vocal version)

Stan Getz plays Jobim – The Girl from Ipanema (2002) (256 kbps)
part 1 // part 2 // mirror of part 2

Enjoy, 9@home

Now that we’ve established who Advanced Chemistry (AC) is, let’s go ahead and meet some of their buddies. This compilation is not only a platter for Germany’s “Old School” to represent itself, as the title says, but more of a celebration of the old school philosophy. A tribute to the Zulu Nation and its view of hip-hop as a culture of several elements. And what better way to manifest the idea than with a dope-ass cover made by UK graf legend Mode 2, whose characters, especially the fine ladies he painted, became something of a trademark.

The compilation unites some of Germany’s early birds, mainly from their city of Heidelberg, such as AC, Stieber Twins (dope producers, writers and then budding MCs), Boulevard Bou (who drops one in Turkish) with other old farts like producer and battle rapper Scopemann (of Rude Poets and STF), DJ Stylewarz of Bremen’s hardcore crew No Remorze, Zebroc Ski aka Zebster aka Akim Walta (who used to run MZEE, back when it was a fanzine, a label, a shop and basically THE platform for German hip-hop).

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From Here To Fame/MZEE logo
(I still have a shirt with this on)

The odd one out on here is clearly MC René who, at the time must have been around 13 or 14. He was the freestyle Wunderkind from Braunschweig who left fans and the media hugely impressed with his energy and endless flows on stage, only to go on with a bunch of hit-or-miss singles and albums in the years that followed. Probably another case of freestyle-o-titis, i.e. dope live, but pretty meh on record. But that’s not the case with this track on here, mind you, and he represents “The new rhyme generation”.

The track on here that’s probably aged best is Torch’s “Kapitel 1”, which, in Germany has about the status that “The message” has, to which he refers.

“Ich weiss noch genau, wie das alles begann
The Message von Melle Mel war für mich wie ein Telegramm
und obwohl ich kein einziges Wort verstehen konnte, erkannte
ich was für ein Feuer in seinen Worten brannte…”

(I remember exactly how all this began
The Message by Melle Mel was to me like a telegram
and even though I couldn’t understand a single word I recognized
the fire burning in his words…)

These lines will forever be engrained in every hip-hop fan’s memory.

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Alte Schule (VA) (1993)

Peace, 9@home

cos I’ve been here for a year and a half… ;)

I know it’s such a cliché thing to say, but I’ve been busy with other stuff for a while (I still am), so I pushed the posting a bit further back on my priorities. Now guess what? Yes, I’ve done some thinking about the way I want to go on with this, and I guess it’ll be much more of the same, along with a bunch of new stuff.

The new things I want to start introducing is single track and album reviews. Not any specific kind of releases, nor stuff that the big media conglomerates are stuffing down our throats, but just the shit that I feel, be it old or new, be it that somebody’s sent me some, asking for a review and I like it enough to do it, or be it that I’ve unearthed an album of mine that’s been sitting in its crate for mad long gathering dust and cobwebs.

In a nutshell, I’m gonna be making my blog more colourful and more varied. Look forward to it! ;)

The next major post is coming this weekend, starting a series of classic German hip-hop albums. Stuff that can be considered milestones in hip-hop history. Stay tuned.

And this post header’s been sponsored by Mr Smith and the last dope track he put out as far as I’m concerned. Remember when LL spit verses like these?

LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out 12″ Version (1990)

Peace, 9@home