De La Soul: In Pictures & Words (Live 29 May 2015 at O2 Academy Sheffield)

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Friday night was for me one of those holy grail moments. I’ve been listening to De La Soul since 88/89. I’ve been unlucky on many occasions over the years to miss out seeing them live. Well that changed on the 29th of May. It was an exceptional night for the city of Sheffield and Hip Hop. We were treated to local talents Clubs & Spades first off who set the tone for the evening something wonderful. Real live vigour and stage presence delivered with a forthright vigour. More of them on the site in the future I promise. Next up was The Renegade Brass Band. Brass has never sounded so damn funky trust me. Check them out.

Next up was the mighty Pete Rock. To be in the presence of one of the greatest producers of all time was a feeling like no other. He took us on a musical journey spanning decades of music interwoven with his on classics. Seamless DJ work was the order of the day. For his final moment he stepped from behind the decks, grabbed the mic and rocked ‘The Creator’ for a eager crowd. That ladies & gentlemen was real deal culture in your face.

When De La Soul appeared on stage it was like I’d gone full circle back to childhood. To see Plug 1 (Pos) & Plug 2 (Dave) bound on to the stage with such youthful energy was inspiring. They had the crowd jumping from the very start. All the classic staples of live hip hop were present & correct perfectly shot through with their own strong personalities. Real crowd rocking stuff.They engaged us with classics & rarities from their extensive catalogue that spans 27 plus years. I’ve not seen a live act captivate an audience like they did in such a long time. it was exciting stuff. Sadly Plug 3 aka DJ Maseo couldn’t be with them for the tour. They had with them DJ Strike as his replacement. Strike proved to be a DJ with world class skills and held it down. I would be shocked & surprised if anyone in attendence wasn’t impressed by what they saw on stage. It was an all round perfect night of Hip Hop Culture proving that good music & live performance is alive & well.

On a side note Plug 2 aka Dave borrowed my belt for the show… If you were there you’ll know what I mean.

Peace.

Chris.

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Jedi Mind Tricks “Fraudulent Cloth” feat. Eamon (Official Video)

I’m a few days late on posting this so apologies. This is a beautiful song in my humble opinion. Shows real passion & depth. I can’t wait to here the full project when it drops this tuesday. Peep the info below:

From the new Jedi Mind Tricks “The Thief and the Fallen” album available everywhere June 2nd.

Pre-order now at:
iTunes: http://apple.co/1PNkd8L
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1EITdjv
MerchDirect: http://bit.ly/1HYpfsW

Video Credits:
Directed & edited by Bill Connell, JC Costa & Ryan Donahue
Produced by New Pace & Enemy Soil Films
Photography by Mike Thackray at Level Lens
Aerial Photography by Gary Colyer and Evan Panek at CAP Aerial

Special thanks to Luchko, Johnny I, Frank the Tank, Uncle Bernie, Ish Quintero & Zack Gillespie

For more info:
http://www.jmthiphop.com

Gensu Dean – Algorhythms (Free Download)

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This is perfect listening material. Gensu Dean has returned with yet more gems that will enrich your soul.

Peep the info below and support:

Producer Gensu Dean has been quiet for a minute after his collaborative album with Planet Asia (Abrasions) and then his production work for 7evenThirty (The Problem). As summer starts he wanted to let his fans know where he’s been musically by offering up an all new instrumental album for free. The 25 track record is meant to be a warm up to the new material Dean has coming late in 2015 and early in 2016.

For those new to Gensu Dean, the analog producer has worked with some of the industry’s greats including Large Professor, David Banner, Planet Asia, Brand Nubian and more. He gets the nod of approval on “Algorhythms” introduction from legendary Diamond D (of D.I.T.C.), DJ Joc Max, and DJ Spinna.

Here’s what Gensu Dean had to say about the project:
“I’ve been dealing with some “life challenges”. Things on a personal level have been super tough, like the passing of my father. The good thing is I have been able to draw up the energy, whether positive or negative and re-direct it when creating. This I am really excited about, the good, the bad, and the ugly has taken me to a new place creatively. Once I was able to get to a better place mentally, I started going through my record collection and listening…really listening. Its amazing how your frame of mind can hinder, but in my case enable, a person to hear things that were once not heard. This was the catalyst for me entering a new chamber of production.

“Algorhythms” is a musical journey type of record. It has several music moods that take you places. Its not your average kick, snare, and hi hat type of instrumental record. Its geared more toward experiencing a musical collage. It has been my career position that when you create music and that music creates a mood, it sticks with people, it becomes relatable. So I wanted to capture several moods, and express them in musical form. This enables the listener to join in and share the listening experience, based on a mood or emotion they can identify with. This is one of my many formulas when creating, hence the title. Algorithms are formulas used to address problems and/or issues that require a solution, I apply this in a music format. I altered the spelling to reflect the fact that it is musical rhythms and grooves.

Produced by Gensu Dean
Artwork by Jason Dorf
Mastered by Jimi Bowman