As you have heard by now, Audio Muffin is co-sponsoring the Audible Treats’ CMJ showcase this year and as promised, here’s the first preview of some of the sounds you can expect to hear come Thursday, October 21st.
You don’t need me to tell you that Dres is a legend in the game, flipping a simple “this or that” into a 20 year rhyming career. The Queens emcee released From The Black Pool of Genius earlier this year and brought a little taste of Golden Era 2.0 rap to the 2000s. What’s that? You want a little Native Tongues for your Thursday? Dres has you covered with this cut featuring Q-Tip, Dave from De La Soul and Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers.
I first caught wind of Nottz when I heard he worked on Kanye’s Graduation track, ‘Barry Bonds’. I went on to find out that dude has also worked with SN-double O-P, Scarface, Royce, Little Brother, Biggie, Swizzy, The Game, 50, Dwele and Murs – a collection of names a little more exciting than my list of co-workers would be (just kidding Office Manager Jim, you are the man). Rumor has it that Nottz is also going to be making appearance on Dre’s Detox….so look forward to hearing that in 10-60 years time.
I was a little late to Diamond District, but after listening to In The Ruff I retroactively placed it in my Best Albums of 2009 list – seriously, scoop that up. I going to quote my own post featuring DD that I wrote way back in January since….well, because I’ve never quoted myself before and I kinda want to — “Their songs are throwback East coast rap gems – gritty, dense and somewhat mercurial. I think of two things when I hear ‘I Mean Business’ – 1) This would have been perfect on the Juice soundtrack, and 2) This video should just be shots of Diamond District cruising the streets in some badass car, with random cuts to streetlights bouncing Nas ‘One Mic’ style. Holla at me Diamond District and let’s set this up…”
Little Brother, where art thou? That’s what I’ve been asking myself in the month’s following the release of Big Pooh and Phonte’s final album LeftBack. But it’s all gravy though, it was an awesome auditory adventure beginning in 2003, and the farewell album said goodbye in the best way imaginable – rhymes and reflection. I’ve never had the chance to see Big Pooh in action so I’m amped to catch some verses from the emcee that practically lived in my discman (how old am I?) towards the end of my collegiate career. And yes, I realize a human being could not physically live in a discman, but you know what I mean. Or at least I hope you did.
Remember this Rah Digga JAM from back in the day? Haha, maaan I haven’t seen that video in years. Incidentally, what ever happened to Rap City: The Basement – is that still on? Big Tigger rocking the booth was always entertaining. Anyway, I’m rambling – back to the audible treats (ha!). Ms. Digga AKA the ex-first lady of Flipmode, recently released her sophomore release, Classic, an album coincidentally produced by fellow showcase performer, Nottz. Classic was 10 years in the making but it sounds like it was worth waiting for – check out this heater featuring Mr. Brick City AKA Redman and get ready for the Rah.
Tickets available HERE!