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Three veterans on the Spanish hip-hop scene, Rapsusklei and Sharif, from Zaragoza, and Juaninacka from Sevilla decided to drop this free “Poetry 101” on Eterno Miusik.

While the three keep releasing albums for sale and tour (please support!), their commitment to the idea behind Eterno Miusik is intriguing. “It’s not just a label but a platform… to make music in order to cure the wounds of the soul. It’s more about a personal development and about our own satisfaction.” Certainly does it for mine.

PORTADAClick the cover for the link. And on their site, do the same.

ENERO (beat por Neza)
HALAL (beat por Stash House)
SÏMBOLOS (beat por Baster)
MIGUEL ANGEL (beat por Amalgama Beats)
CLEOPATRA (beat por Viruten Roi)
SANGRE ROJA (beat por Baster)
EL EMIGRANTE (beat por GZE Beats)
OHH (beat por Acción Sanchez)
LICOR Y POESÏA (beat por Stash House)
DICEN (beat por The Unbeatables)

More about Juaninacka on my blog here.

Check the links behind the artists’ names for lots of great free stuff.

Peace,

9@home

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Time to introduce you folks to a highly recommendable producer from my neck of the woods: Basel, Switzerland.

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SimonAyEm is part of the five-headed producer crew Prismatic Beats as well as the hip-hop collective TripleNine, a hold-all for producers, DJs, MCs and graff artists. TripleNine have become one of the more notable hip-hop hotbeds in the local and national scenes and have definitely shaped the arts in the last 14-or-so years, giving their output a recognizeable “Basel” branding. If I was to characterize what makes Basel, I’d say a bit rough and occasionally rude around the edges with tongue firmly placed in cheek–and a lot of heart for the art.

This year, SimonAyEm’s decided to do a bit of showing off, going through his immense back catalog of beats, to tie us beat heads a neat package of 13 dope instrumentals each week. All year round. For free! (Gasp!) Some have been used on published tracks, others haven’t. He’s currently at installment number 21, and there’s more than that where it came from.
So I strongly suggest you head on over to his blog to fill your boots and ears, and read up on the dude who should really get a lot more attention beyond our area.

The Greatest Gift by SimonAyEm

Peace,
9@home

Amazing video, catchy-as-hell beat. And it’s a wonderful dedication to one of their fans and to all the graff writers sneaking around the block at night.

Hailing from Arnhem, Netherlands, this duo of Dave Redi and Mr. Ramble have put out their debut album early this year, in February, only to follow it up with a remix album this October, which features work by Henning, Jeejaa, DangarusC (Nation of E.L.Z.I.), DJ A-Z Atic, L. Reinders for Colt Chillin and many more. (Yes, I don’t know any of those names either, but the beats are wonderful nevertheless.)

Suffice it to say, both are top notch quality. Great relaxed-mood music to bob your head to.

But listen for yourselves, cause the beauty of it all is they’re offering both albums for zilch on their bandcamp site.

Happy Thanksgiving, or whatever.

For The Record (February 2010)

Off The Record (October 2010) (Remix album)

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Thanks to this impressive website chockfull of free legal material, I’ve stumbled over this group by chance – and it makes me wonder how much more dope music is out there that I should know of.

Complot is a hip-hop trio from the Spanish city of Elche. Their constellation is what I might call the new classic formula. One MC, a DJ and a producer, leaving the rapping to one guy and focusing on the music with double the staff. So while MC Trondosh spits top-notch bars, DJ Darke keeps the platters in check and Viccpro cranks out the beats. And if a bit more rapping is in order, hell, let’s just ring up a few buddies from the Elche/Alicante area as well as other southern cities to drop a few verses on their tracks. The Alicante area gets a bit less national attention than Sevilla, Malaga, Barcelona or Madrid, but there’s a lot of talent worth keeping an ear on. I’ll go on record and say that these three underground cats can quite comfortably keep up with the top dudes on Spain’s hip-hop scene. So get this free stuff, cos their next release “The Show” from 2009 wasn’t free anymore, strictly speaking.

Now, I encourage you to browse the whole hhgroups.com website which lets you dl entire albums, beats and whatnot, but the file names and tags tend to be an awful mess. So as a service to you, here’s the neatly formatted album for your convenience.

1. Intro [Producido por Viccpro]
2. Duro como acero (con Lesky)
3. Amor adolescente (con Miss)
4. Naufragos (con El Cerebro) [Producido por Viccpro]
5. Mi magia (con Sucios de mente) [Producido por Viccpro]
6. Esperanza
7. La jaula (con Zackattack y Nitro) [Producido por Viccpro]
8. Prepara un tratamiento (con L.E. Flaco) [Producido por Viccpro]
9. Maquinaria (con BLS) [Producido por Viccpro]
10. Dj Darke vs DJ Gori (con Dj Gori) [Producido por Trondosh]
11. Seguimos con lo nuestro (con Nikoh E.S) [Producido por Trondosh y Nikoh E.S]
12. Reloj atemporal (con Contaco tactico) [Producido por Viccpro]
13. Romanticos (con Yusti y Borja) [Producido por Viccpro]
14. Outro [Producido por Viccpro]

Complot – Volúmen 1 (2007)

more: http://www.myspace.com/complotvolumen1

After my other post on Hocus Pocus earlier on, here’s their second release from 1998. Before that, they’d only put out a mixtape called “Première Formule” (The first formula), so this one here is their second formula, but their first album. With only 1000 copies made at home, this shows their humble beginnings which were to make them famous in France and gradually also overseas.
At the time, the group consisted of two MCs, 20syl and Cambia who had only just been joined by DJ Greem. Soon after a few live gigs with the new album material, they disbanded, only for 20syl and Greem to re-unite in 2000 and work as a 1 MC 1 DJ duo, before they would multiply into the “Acoustic Hip Hop Quintet”, as their EP was called. And three years later, they eventually made the “73 touches” album, which you can get in the other post…

I don’t think these releases are available anymore except for the 12″es, so show a bit of appreciation and order something, for example their new album due very soon…

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Hocus Pocus – Seconde Formule (1998)

01 – Seconde formule (intro)
02 – 100% autoproduction
03 – Une zone de tensions
04 – Les conquistadors
05 – Légende
06 – 10 que tu penses
07 – Taille
08 – Panique au saloon
09 – J’reste humble
10 – Coups 2 cross
11 – T.O.M.Y.mp3
12 – J’lache du leste
13 – Sals plans
14 – Tout dans le style
15 – D.contract
16 – Pas d’imposture
17 – 7.fa.7 (with hidden track)

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01 – Malade
02 – Vip
03 – Coming Soon
04 – Camille
05 – On And On (Live)
06 – Bombastic Jazz Style (Live)
07 – Keep It Movin
08 – Malade (Live)

Hocus Pocus – Acoustic Hip Hop Quintet (2002)

… and these are two of the more recent 12″es that came out after the re-release of 73 touches (yes, this is the surface of the vinyls. Pretty, huh?):

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Hocus Pocus – Hip Hop 12″ (2007)
ft. The Procussions

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Hocus Pocus – Du Sable sur le Paupières (2007)
ft. Khondo and Mr. J. Medeiros of Procussions

And if you like this, keep your eyes and ears peeled for their long-announced and even longer-awaited brandnew album “Place 54” that is to drop in October. Ouèche-ouèche (I might add…)

And to round it all off: the video for “Hip Hop?” ft. The Procussions and some ill graphic work.

http://www.hocuspocus.fr/

Paix, 9@home

From Germany, we’re heading north towards a bunch of islands in the sea called Denmark. Home of quality hip-hop for decades already, this country is all too quickly overlooked. From a small town comes this duo that goes back like carseats. Since 93, these two have been honing their skills, doing live shows and DJ competitions and last year they’ve finally dropped their first legit album.

Wherever you’ll read about these two, you won’t be able to find an article that doesn’t attempt to describe their sound with the term “boom-bap” (aw shucks, I fell for it too…), but let me just say they embody the old school spirit of the big sounds, the thumping bass, the live atmosphere, the love for the artform, and, in real old school fashion, the DJ is the center of attention. And rightly so: Static crafts incredible tracks packed with vocal cut after scratch after vocal cut etc. putting every bedroom DJ to shame. And Nat Ill does what an MC was originally meant to do: he praises his DJ, which is easy to do in his case.

This is an album that doesn’t so much pretend to ooze philosophical wisdom, but it sure as hell packs a lot of heat and energy. The two get some help from Promoe (Sweden), Pacewon, Last Emperor, Slug, Blueprint (US) and Abdominal (Can) on the mic, and they have DJ Shine and DJ Noize (both Denmark) murdering the DJ track on the album. Make sure you catch their live shows. And bring tissues to wipe your tears. ;)

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Static & Nat Ill – Teamwork (2006)

1 MC 1 DJ

More Dane-ish to come…

Peace, 9@home

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