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Masta Ace – 7th Boro Interview @MastaAce

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Growing up, I was a huge fan of Hip Hop. I used to put on my headphones and just get lost in the music. My older brother would sometimes throw some vinyl on and do mixathons as we’d call them. One artist that my brother had in constant rotation was Masta Ace. My brother put me on to Ace’s Sittin’ On Chrome and Slaughtahouse albums. I loved those two projects. The rhymes and the beats were definitely Toyota Corolla subwoofer ready! (Yes…I’m Puerto Rican!) In 2001 Ace dropped his classic Disposable Arts album. This album was great because the beats and rhymes were on point but there was also a concept behind it. This was 15 years ago. We are now in 2016 and Ace is still making good music. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Masta Ace during his tour European Tour.

Stroy: Ace, I’d like to thank you for taking time out to do this interview.

Ace: No doubt! Thank you for the opportunity. 

Stroy: What motivated you to start rhyming? Was there a moment when you were like, “Yo! this is what I want to do.”? 

Ace: I started rhyming to make our tapes better. Back in the late 70’s early 80’s we were making instrumental DJ tapes. We were listening to tapes from the different boroughs and decided to make them more interesting. I decided to add lyrics to those tapes and that’s how it all started.

Stroy: Listening to your music over the years, I notice that you put a lot of emotion into your music. Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Ace: I pull my inspiration from life and people that I grew up around. I’m a very nostalgic person. I have memories from my life and I pull from those memories. 

Stroy: Out of the projects that you’ve dropped, Is there a favorite and why?

Ace: My favorite is Disposable Arts. The reason is because when I made that record I felt as if it was the end of the line. When I went into the studio, I went in and made this record that would let me leave the game on my own terms. So I went in and made this record not knowing that it would single handedly extend my career going on 15 years now. If Disposable Arts never came out, these projects after 2001 would have never came out.  continue

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Celebrating Hispanics in Hip Hop Part 1 – Whipper Whip @James_Whipper @WhipperWhip

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Being that today is the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought it would be a great idea to pay homage to those who have made their mark in Hip Hop. Over the next month I will be celebrating these individuals and their contributions to Hip Hop as a whole. The first person I would like to pay homage to is Prince Whipper Whip.

James Whipper is one of the 1st Latinos in Hip Hop to rock the mic. Bronx born, Prince Whipper Whip started playing in the mid 70’s with DJ Disco Wiz and DJ Cassanova Fly, who is now known as Grandmaster Caz. Throughout these years, Prince Whipper Whip would perform with numerous legendary groups: The Mighty Force, The Treacherous Trio, solo for DJ Kool Herc, the Salt and Pepper team with best friend and partner Dot-A-Rock, the Cold Crush, and most notably GrandWizzard Theodore and the Fantastic Five.He would later record hits with the likes of: De La Soul, DJ Honda, Beatnuts, Melle Mel, Ice-T, Z-Trip, and The Funkadelics.

After 3 decades, the Bronx Puerto Rican, which Prince Whipper Whip is often referred to as, continues to represent the Hip-Hop Culture he helped build. Thank you Prince Whipper Whip for your contributions to Hip Hop and being a role model to young latinos.

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Bronx ’79 MOVIE (Extended Trailer)

Bronx 79 Extended Trailer from Gen One Films on Vimeo.

A new flick about the come up of hip hop culture is on the horizon. Bronx ’79 takes us back to when times were tough in the pre crack era of NYC. This will trace the real roots of rap back through the eyes of the OG pioneers. Shouts to DJ Disco Wiz, Joe Conzo, Jeff Chang, Dr. Todd Boyd, Sara Rosen, and Peter Mishara.

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RIP Dot-A-Rock #HipHop Lost a True Legend

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Rest In Peace to Hip-Hop pioneer MC Dot-A-Rock of the legendary Fantastic Romantic Five who passed away earlier this week. He was one of the true pioneers to the music that we enjoy today and his life should be celebrated. My condolonces go out to his family and to Whipper Whip. His music lives on forever.

Video courtesy of Grandgood

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Diamond D – Only Way 2 Go feat. Pete Rock (DOWNLOAD)


Diamond D is still crushing the wordplay to this day. For this latest release, he calls in fellow hip hop god, Choc Boy Wonder. This is the type of shit I get excited for when it hits my inbox. The stuff most people like I sometimes don’t even bother to open the email. Enjoy

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Souls of Mischief – Panic Struck (Prod. by Adrian Younge)

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This Joint right here made my day!
Souls of Mischief are back with “Panic Struck” a new Joint which was taken from their upcoming “There is only now” LP.This said Project will be produced by Adrian Younge in it’s entirety.

Adrian Younge was handling the production for a collaboration Album with Ghostface Killah called “12 Ways to Die” (check out “the rise of the ghostface killah“.

I must admit i’m excited for the new Souls Album now that i know that they will get supplied with some dope produced beats.

Souls of Mischief also have a concert on September 4th and will be performing with Artists such as Blu,Phife Dawg (ATCQ),Rhetmattic and many more. You can buy tickets in the Link at the Album at link provided below.

Listen to Panic Struck right here and order the LP over at their Store. Support Hip Hop!

 

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Pete Rock – James Brown Tribute Mixtape (DOWNLOAD)

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The new James Brown movie has finally come out and to help spread the word about one of his biggest influences, Pete Rock flipped this crazy tribute mix. Pete has always been one of my favorites because he is so consistent, but yet so humble. You hear it in every interview. Speaking of interviews, check out the PR episode of the Combat Jack show to hear some dope stories about how much Pete loves him some Godfather of Soul.

Follow The Chocolate Boy Wonder on Twitter and Instagram.
Visit: PeteRock.Com

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Get On Down X Kenny Dope present: The Wild Style Breakbeats

Kay-Dee Records, the online store and label owned and operated
by Kenny Dope, takes things to the next level with the debut of its
“Book Series.” Kenny’s vision for Kay-Dee’s first book was to create
a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen
“Wild Style” photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories
behind the music of one of his favorite films.

Teaming up with Get On Down, the record label and online
boutique dedicated to presenting and celebrating music with
unique packaging and exclusive extras, the two have come together
to release this impressive and historically-significant musical trophy
item: The Wild Style Breakbeats.

THE BOOK FEATURES THE
FOLLOWING ELEMENTS:

-13 songs total, spread out over seven
“big hole” 45s! (Each with a different label color!)

– Re-EQed audio with re-edited / extended audio versions
of each song, modified from original source tapes!

– Extensive liner notes in a 28-page book, including dozens
of images – from “Wild Style” director Charlie Ahearn, among other
sources – as well as interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Chris Stein
and GrandWizzard Theodore!

– The 14th side (The B-side of the seventh 45) features unique
etchings with different “Wild Style” graphics!

– Unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – all seven
45s fit into the book as self-contained pages!

The year was 1981 and young, New York City-based filmmaker Charlie Ahearn
was working on what would become one of the most important artifacts in the
history of hip-hop music and culture: “Wild Style.” He was scraping by to fund his
efforts, which were far from a surefire money-making enterprise. Hip-hop wasn’t
even called “hip-hop” at the time, and it was still viewed as a fad, by both
nationwide music listeners and a majority of the press.

But Ahearn and his indie film army knew that hip-hop wasn’t going away, and that
it was only starting to grow. They had seen it in the parks and clubs. They had felt
its power, and saw how it affected young people.

As Ahearn and his crew continued to film scenes from “Wild Style” (which
starred graffiti writers Lee Quinones and Lady Pink, among many other hip-hop
and “Downtown” luminaries of the day), they reached an interesting juncture: what
music would DJs in the film use in the soon-to-be-legendary live performance scenes?

The director – making a visionary move more than a half-decade before any
sampling or music clearance lawsuits would appear – decided that he wanted to
control the music to be used in these scenes. They would create their own
breakbeats, instead of using known cuts of the day; for instance,
The Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache” or James Brown’s “Funky Drummer.”

While Ahearn headed off to film more scenes, he left these important musical
production duties to an up-and-comer who, thanks in part to his crucial role as
Phade in the film, would grow to be one of hip-hop’s and graffiti’s most
important ambassadors of the 1980s: Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite.

Over the course of a week’s time in the late summer of 1981, the
Wild Style Breakbeats sessions were completed and mastered. None of the three
principal musicians who played on the Breakbeats were ever in the studio at the same
time. And the final number of white-label-only Breakbeats 12-inches was, according
to Freddy, only 100, making them some of the rarest “Holy Grail” pieces of vinyl in
music history.

The original Breakbeats vinyl was given to the DJs in the film – including
GrandWizzard Theodore, Charlie Chase and Kevie Kev Rockwell – who used them
in live performance scenes, most of which were completed in the spring of
1982. Interestingly, out of 13 Breakbeats given to DJs, only five were ever used in
these performance scenes or on the film’s much-revered soundtrack.

For this premium Wild Style Breakbeats set, renowned DJ, producer,
and lifelong “Wild Style” fanatic Kenny Dope obtained the original reel-to-reel
tapes from director Charlie Ahearn and went about re-EQing and extending the
length of each Breakbeat [most were originally about one minute long]. Thanks to
these efforts, all 13 Breakbeats are presented here with top-level audio quality that
has never been heard before. Additionally, since only bootlegs of the
Wild Style Breakbeats have ever existed, this is the first time they have ever been
presented on their own, as an official full album release.

This stunning set with unique “Kay-Dee Casebook” packaging – officially licensed
from Charlie Ahearn by Kenny Dope and Kay-Dee Records, and packaged by
Get On Down – is a hip-hop junkie’s dream. It presents a crucial rap artifact with the
respect it has always deserved but, until now, has not been given. It is sure to sit
on your shelf alongside other trophies from the music and culture that has touched
the lives of so many over the past four decades.

Click the red logo to order…

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Get On Down presents: Non Phixion-The Future is Now Deluxe Edition Boxset

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By the time Non Phixion’s now-monumental debut album hit in 2002,
the group had been on an intense and labyrinthine journey, considering
that they had originally formed in 1995. At the same time, it was somewhat
fitting for a group that was as explosive and unpredictable as they were talented.
But no matter how The Future Is Now had come about and what path they had
taken to get there, rap fans jumped on the album at the time,
and still revere it to this day.

After the initial buzz in the wake of their early singles, they were
signed to, and subsequently parted ways with, both the Geffen and Matador
labels in the late ’90s and early 2000s. After those experiences, Non Phixion
decided – in true and appropriate indie fashion – to go for self. The Future Is Now
finally hit in 2002 on the group’s Uncle Howie Records, to fanfare appropriate
for one of the ’90s underground hip-hop movement’s most impressive
and hardworking crews.

In addition to new songs like the singles “Rock Stars” and “Drug Music,”
the album also included previously-heard tracks from the group’s journey:
“Black Helicopters” and “If You Got Love” (both from 2000, originally singles
on Matador). Considering the mix of abrasiveness contained therein, the fact
that the album went to #65 on Billboard’s “Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums” chart
that year was an impressive feat.

Production on the album matched the MC talent perfectly, with tracks by Bill’s
brother and Uncle Howie label-mate Necro, with additional work by an array of
legends, including DJ Premier (“Rock Stars”); Large Professor (“Drug Music,”
“It’s Us,” and “We Are The Future”); Pete Rock (“If You Got Love”); and JuJu
from the Beatnuts (“Suicide Bomb”).

With more than a decade in the rear-view mirror, the Premium Edition set
on Get On Down is the perfect way for diehard fans to finally hear the
stories about the forces that made – and eventually tore apart – Non Phixion,
and how The Future Is Now came about. Those engaging tales are brought
to life even more with the physical specimens provided on vinyl, CD, cassette
and the printed page, bringing fans back to an age before iTunes and YouTube,
when hip-hop devotees were won over gig by gig, single by single,
and radio show by radio show.

ORDER HERE

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