Wednesday, July 27, 2016

X-Men VS Invizibl Skratch Piklz 20th Anniversary [Video]

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the classic, legendary battle that took place between the X-Men and the Invizibl Skratch Piklz at the 1996 ITF World Finals.  This is arguably the greatest DJ battle ever recorded, and there are DJs today 20 years later that still cannot come close to the level of skill shown in this battle!  This is the ultimate culmination of the East VS West Coast styles of turntablism and deserves to be seen by every fan of the genre at least once.  This was not a judged competition, but a showcase put together by the world famous Rocksteady Crew, who both the X-Men (now the Xecutioners) and the Invizibl Skratch Piklz were members of.  This video features ISP's famous Klamz Uv Deth group routine and one of the best sets from the late, great Grandmaster Roc Raida.  Watch the video above and read an article written for the anniversary by DJ Rob Swift of the Xecutioners. #RIPROCRAIDA

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Logic - Bobby Tarantino [FREE Stream]

TURN UP TURN UP TURN UP TURN UP! Logic is a young MC from Maryland who broke out with some quality mixtapes in 2009.  He ended up signing a deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2013, scoring legendary Chicago producer No I.D. as the executive producer of his major label debut.  After releasing a couple of songs featuring Childish Gambino and Big Sean, Logic announced that no featured artists would appear on his album, opting instead to focus on himself for his debut.  He released "Under Pressure" in October of 2014 to critical acclaim and strong album sales, quickly following it up just over a year later with "The Incredible True Story" a concept album about a sci-fi earth 100 years in the future.

His revivalist, backpacker lyricism mixed with new school stylings has him often mentioned along the same lines as other young like-minded MCs such as Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole.  So his latest mixtape comes as somewhat a surprise and not just because it was released today with no promotion or warning.  Bobby Tarantino has the self-proclaimed Young Sinatra melding more trap influences with his acrobatic flow, with beats that could be equally comfortable backing Future, Drake and Wacka Flocka as it would Logic and his previously mentioned peers.  Being as it's Turn up season, Logic explained on Apple's Beats 1 Radio that; “I’ve never done music like this. And it’s been in me. I’ve always wanted to turn up and now it’s that time.” The combination works surprisingly well with the 11 tracks, featuring the previously-released singles “Flexicution” and “Wrist" which features Good Music's Pusha T.  It's an interesting marriage of styles and some fans are even calling it Logic's best release yet.  You can stream it below or on Spotify, Google Play and other streaming services:

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