Wanna Be Kickstartin’ Something

It is now time for me to release my next EP Nights & Weekends. For those of you who know, this is my summer record that dives into all the wrong aspects of life in your 20’s: the misguided adventures, the foreign bathrooms, diner trips at 3am, hook-ups with the wrong women, losing trips to Atlantic City, and staying in bed till 5pm on Saturday’s.

The EP is nine tracks long with a bonus remix.  Here’s the full tracklisting:

1.  “Creme De Menthe” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
2.  “Vaguely Jamaican Part 2” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
3.  “Black Cherry” (prod by Zilla Rocca)
4.  “Full Spectrum” (prod by Dr Quandary) feat Has-Lo
5.  “Alicia Interlude” (prod by Floodwatch)
6.  “Something Good” (prod by Zilla Rocca) feat Curly Castro & My Man Shafe
7.  “New Year’s Eve 2003” (prod by Brian Brizzo) feat Nex Millen
8.  “Michael Caine Glasses” (prod by Has-Lo)
9.  “Devil’s Pie (D’Angelo Cover)” (prod by Small Professor)
10.  BONUS CUT “Full Spectrum (Man Mantis Remix)” feat Has-Lo

I remember the oppressive times of indie/DIY artists when we used to pool together money, press up 1,200 CDs, and sit on boxes of unsold discs forever.  I’m pretty sure my one ex-girlfriend has 800 copies of the first CD I ever pressed up in ’06.  Kickstarter is a godsend in that regard.

I’m looking to press up some thick jewel cased CD’s, two variations of t-shirts that are inspired by Mad Men, Sinatra, Darwyn Cooke, and Philip Marlowe, and buy Super 8 film to shoot the video for “Full Spectrum” featuring Has-Lo. Plus anyone who donates $500+ gets an autographed Stetson from yours truly on top of so much shwag, you’ll feel like Turtle on the first season of Entourage. But I’m not looking for ridiculous lobbyist contributions; Kickstarter allows you to donate even a buck. You can still get a condom in Pennsylvania road stops for that price.

So here’s the link to contribute to the project along with a video and full breakdown of goodies per donation level.

The deadline is July 31. Feel free to spread the word. Thanks guys.

Here’s a little treat to hold you over from the EP. 

“Michael Caine Glasses” prod by Has-Lo and inspired by Get Carter, Pulp, and Harry Brown

Speaker Beaters: New Open Mike Eagle and Has-Lo

Open Mike Eagle is the kind of emcee that can get props from the last brigade of lyrical purveyors who  miss Sway & Tech ciphers as well as Aesop Rock, Paul F. Tompkins, and your ex-girlfriend who has a Bachelor’s in liberal arts but will probably just be a manager at Whole Foods forever (that’s good money right there).  When you name your last album Unapologetic Art Rap, you’re not exactly posturing for a NahRight post and/or boutique clothing line co-sign.  Art Rappers wear cardigans, sucka.

His new album Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes is out today via Alpha Pup.  I was lucky enough to hear a few of the tracks back in February when we played with him and Nocando in Phoenix.  The above video “Nightmares” really pushes Mike into another direction; shit ain’t all smart phones and old eps of Arrested Development.  As he explained in detail at Passion of the Weiss, “every word that comes through me, it was born in a nightmare”.  And “Why Pianos Break” with POS has had Curly Castro in a frenzy for almost 13 straight days.  Throw some water on him.

Purchase Open Mike Eagle’s Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes here

Back in January, I posted the snippet video for “Cock Diesel”, the first track Has-Lo and I completed under the group moniker 2004 Commodores.  Since the release of his devastatingly sharp LP In Case I Don’t Make It, Has has been a machine in the lab.  There’s about 14 different cats in 14 bags that I can’t let out yet.  Good work begets more good work, and in this day and age of clouds, phones named after Star Wars characters, and the dwindling idea of music with a dollar sign attached to it, it’s more crucial than ever to just make great stuff you’re proud of.  Maybe folks will agree and throw you a couple bones, maybe not.  But all of the work I’ve been lucky enough to do with Has in the past has led us to where we are now: sitting on a stack of songs and projects that are murder sauce. 

I made the beat for “Cock Diesel” back in ’07 and had some demo versions of it recorded at random points, but as Has likes to say, beats end up finding their rightful owners eventually.  Has picked it out after hearing it on my beat tape Big Stupid Bangers late last year and ravaged the thing like a punchdrunk matador.  After you drop an intensely personal album, the last thing you want to rap about is yourself.  “Cock Diesel” and the rest of the 2004 Commodores stuff is just blazing the mic with fly amulets.

Download “Cock Diesel” for free at Mello Music Group’s bandcamp page

Has-Lo: The God Stay Dipped

When I’m not plugging Curly Castro’s Winston’s Appeal or my recently released EP Bad Weather Classic, you might catch me spreading the word on Has-Lo via Twitter.  In case you didn’t notice from “No Resolution 2”, “Cock Diesel” or even our “Forever Freestlye (Nike Run)” joint, me and Lo are twin gunmen.  He’s the one rapper I know who most reminds me of myself and probably my favorite pure writer today.  We both worship at the altar of Marcberg and Shallah Rae.  And we both hate Nasir Jones.

His new album In Case I Don’t Make It, which I’ve studied and marveled over secretly in my whip the past 2 months, drops via Mello Music Group shortly (March 29th–pre order it on UGHH.com here).  Its certainly influencing the themes behind the next Shadowboxers LP.

Anyway, before all the jibbing and jabbing increases in the coming weeks, here’s a slick lil’ chandelier Antelopes & Lions for you to hang in your labbo, culminating some choice works from Has’ past EP’s, remixes, and guest appearances mixed by Sonny James of the highly regarded Philly DJ sect Ill Vibe Collective:

1. The Commentary (pt.1) remix (Produced by DeeJay Tone)
2. Black Rose (Gumshoe Remix) (Produced by Culture I)
3. Divine (Produced by Culture I & Has-Lo)
4. Nas – Shootouts (Has-Lo Remix)
5. Darkness (Produced by Culture I)
6. 5 O’clock Shadowboxers – No Resolution 2
7. Common – Chi City (Has-Lo Remix)
8. FUCWITDAT (Produced by Has-Lo)
9. The Undisputed (Produced by Culture I)
10. Kindness 4 Weakness (Produced by Has-Lo)
11. Build Jewelz (Produced by Has-Lo)
12. Dogma (ft. Awar) (Produced by Has-Lo)
13. Allegiance (Produced by Has-Lo)
14. Small Metal Objects (Produced by Has-Lo)
15. Fiber Optics (Produced by Has-Lo)
16. The Quiet Things (Produced by Has-Lo)
17. Royce Da 5’9″, Elzhi, Supastition – Best To Do It (Has-Lo Remix)

Download it here for free

Here’s Has-Lo kicking it about for my Let Me Learn You Something series last year

Living That Rap Life with Has-Lo

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This is the best feeling in the world….getting the first physical copy of your own LP.

Has-Lo’s In Case I Don’t Make It drops March 29th via Mello Music Group.  Outside of being good friends with Has, this is one of the best rap LPs of 2011.  Really making me step my game up for the next Shadowboxers LP

Pre-order your copy right now at UGHH.com and live that nutrious rap life

This is Classic Like Your First Necklace

My keyon from another Asiatic mother Has-Lo is set to drop his new LP In Case I Don’t Make It via the mighty Mello Music Group, home of Oddisee, The Left, Diamond District, Georgia Ann Muldrow, and more.  He stopped by the International Dart Parlour a couple weeks ago to pose like Ryan O’Neal for some press photos and he decided to lay down some vocals.  One rhyme was for our remake of “Bells of War” for the Wu-Tang Pulp project (hopefully dropping in March).  The other was for the slanged out hammer fisted mink Peruvian blow duo project Has and I came up with: 2004 Commodores.  Here’s the first cut off the jointage “Cock Diesel”.

You’re too little.