From years of running Strictly Beats ( a benchmark in Instrumental Hip-Hip / Beat Tape sites ) and also trying to merge another popular blog that I was a part of HHB ( hip-hop bootleggers ) I’ve been digging music for years online and off. Some of my favorite artists have faded away, while others have stood the test of time and found ways of navigating through the changing music environment. I feel like these 5 albums were really amazing pieces of work that would’ve gone a lot further had the internet been more like it is now. From content to production, delivery and cadence, and the emcees/producers/dj’s involved. These projects definitely had a fair share of quality control and all deserve a second life / resurface. Check them out in their entirety, and tell a friend…
1. Stories About Nothing : Intuition – Los Angeles, CA
2. Stick Figures : Prolyphic & Robust – Chicago & Rhode Island
( Unfortunately I can’t find a full album link but you can purchase it at the link below )
TONIGHT! Thursday, July 15th, our very own Babu & Rhettmatic will be guest judges for the “Across The Fader” Dj Battle presented by Astro Sound & Lighting in Glendale. The event is hosted by Dj Prophet and starts at 7pm. We will be selling official Beat Junkie merchandise at the Dj competition. For more info: https://www.astroavl.com/at-astro/across-the-fader
The Beat Junkies would like to welcome the Texas Scratch League to the Beat Junkie Radio family. This Saturday (July 18th) & every 3rd Saturdays from 5-7pm PST/7-9pm CST, the Texas Scratch League will air their own show called “Viberoom”. Listen to some of the best Djs/Turntablist get down coming from the Lone Star State. Make sure to download the Dash Radio FREE app on ITunes or Google Play to listen to the show or go to www.dashradio.com and click on the “Beat Junkie Radio” channel to tune in!
Speaking of Soundcheck…..here’s the official audio from our show this past Tuesday.
The Beat Junkies present: Soundcheck Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.
Moss – Boombastic feat Slum Village
Prhyme – Courtesy (Marco Polo remix)
Bishop Lamont – Mutiny feat. Rich Kidd
Papoose – The Plug
The Black Opera – Sacred Cow
Pete Rock – 90s Class Act
Your Old Droog – Senseless Killin II
Skyzoo – See A Key feat Jadakiss
Heresy – Da Call Out
Pete Rock – Gonna Love You
Special Guest Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique – Industrial Revolution
Chino XL – Arm Yourself feat Immortal Technique & Sick Jacken
Immortal Technique – Positive Balance feat Big Zoo
Immortal Technique -The 3rd World
Immortal Technique – Rebel Armz
Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R feat Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique – Point Of No Return
Immortal Technique – Parole (Evil Genius Remix)
Immortal Technique – Dance With The Devil
Immortal Technique – Lick Shots feat Crooked I & Chino XL
Immortal Technique – Top Of The Food Chain
Dj Babu set
Ghostface Killah – Get The Money
Bilal – Love Over Money feat. Kendrick Lamar
Slum Village – Love Is feat Bilal & Illa J
Czarface – Kaboom feat MF DOOM
Bishop Neru – Somebody Waits
Special Guest Anderson .Paak
Jon Wayne – Green light ft Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak – Milk n Honey
Anderson .Paak – Piece On The Glovebox
Anderson .Paak – King Dave
Anderson .Paak – P.Y.P (play your part)
Anderson .Paak – Boom Bap
Anderson .Paak – Celibate
Dj Premier x BMB Spacekid- til its done ft Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak – Maps
Anderson .Paak – Get Em Up
Knx x Anderson .Paak – Suede
Dj Babu set 2
Statik Selecta – Top Tier feat Sean P
Pac Div – Roll The Dice
Cormega – No Filter feat Roc Marci
Ghostface Killah – Return Of The Savage feat Raekwon
If you didn’t know, our very own Dj Babu the Dilated Junkie is a professional amateur photographer. If you follow his IG profile, you know what to expect. The man behind “Instababs” also has a tumblr page. Check out some of his Behind The Scene pictures from our Soundcheck radio show this past Tuesday (7.7.15) with additional pictures from Maricel Sison
In my 10 years of working at various capacities in and around this industry, I never once took into consideration how difficult, complicated and overwhelming things must be for aspiring talent that lacks proper guidance to “make it” as they say… We all know the internet has provided several articles, tutorials and resources for people to independently help themselves become as aware and knowledgeable as possible. With the addition of social media and platforms like Bandcamp and Soundcloud, it’s become even easier for you to project yourself to the masses and correspond with potential investors to your brand (fans). My question is, what happens when you get offline? Like, ok great! You’ve been featured all over the world and your mixes, songs and videos have thousands of plays, you’ve got a little blog traction and managed to open for a few established acts that you can namedrop into your bio, but what’s next? I feel like several talented people hit this peak and then unfortunately start questioning what they are doing or drag their feet. This is when we start to look at other options like Agents, Managers, PR/Publicists and Peers for help.
*Now I must really like you guys, because I’ve decided to put together this basic visual aid to illustrate what happens at this moment.
Alright, so that was quick and painless right? Now I’m not saying all artists follow this pattern, but through the ones I’ve mentored, managed, and coached from the sidelines and on the field. I’d be lying if I didn’t say this was a very real and common thing,
so congrats, you’re not alone.
Here’s my tips on how to land more bookings, more often (and help improve your overall self)
Be Transparent. In all interactions. any communication. I know I don’t have to tell you how far integrity, modesty and honesty go but I’m going to anyways. You don’t know how many times people have asked me to manage them bragging about working with this person, or that label, or performing on xyz stage while I smile and nod. Then get home, reach for my phone, shoot a text out and see if what you said is true. – Technology is a blessing and a curse, it’s your choice on whether you want it to work with you or against you. One of the easiest ways to avoid it malfunctioning or not working out in your favor is keeping it 100.
Friendliness – I understand you may not like Joe Blow’s music, or think Kristi Kokane and The Kirkland Krew are trash, but that doesn’t mean you have to be rude or disrespectful. In an industry where all you have is your word, use yours wisely and for good. It costs nothing to be nice, and there isn’t a gun to your head to support said act, but you could have one at your head if you decide to speak up and degrade someone else’s efforts. Social Media may sometimes encourage bad behavior, but you can use it to showcase your personality and really leverage friendships and new connections, just by being positive.
Organization – Having your EPK (electronic press kit) in order will surely help you get more placement and better gigs. Business Cards & Websites are synonymous with this as well. For me to take someone seriously, I need to know they’ve invested in themselves before they are trying to ask for money from me. No Joke, I spend a quarter of the year re-producing these for people who went on craigslist or through a friend and got a price hookup, but an abomination of work. Make sure you put your best foot forward on all fronts. Collecting Emails and Numbers then dissecting them when you get home, into an excel spreadsheet is a great way to work on your organization and launch concentrated marketing efforts. This also goes for making a list of Radio Stations, Blogs, Magazines, and other areas that you want to reach utilizing their submission addresses & emails.
Put some Bass in your voice –Confidence, not cockiness, when introducing yourself to others at events will go a long way, throw in some humor and you’re in! If you are at an event, whether performing or not, chances are the people who produced it are also in attendance. Now keeping in mind there is a time and place for everything. I don’t necessarily suggest going out of your way to bother these people ( I am one of these people ) but if you do happen to cross paths with them. Say a quick hello, introduce yourself quickly, and depending on the vibe, either keep it moving or pay them a compliment. First impressions go along way, and set the tone for any future correspondence. Small talk isn’t required, and what you say “can” hurt you, so use some tact. Depending on your approach, you should’ve opened the door for yourself to at least see each other again, briefly and have a slightly longer conversation, until eventually your rapport is at a point that you can share your music. Who knows, you may even get requested for your EPK. You can be proud and accomplished without being arrogant or conceited, much like a vegan or crossfitter can be a vegan or crossfitter, without telling anyone they’re vegan or do crossfit.
Support by attending!– Another great way to get the attention of the players in the scene is being active. Seven years ago when I moved to Los Angeles, I didn’t know much of anyone or anything with an exception to people I’ve met in the past when they were on the east coast (NY) or the south (ATX) for specific events (Jumpoff/SXSW/etc). Now I’m happy and lucky enough to say that I’m known throughout several scenes and circles and get warm greetings, because of my consistent support and interactions. By frequenting events that fit a demographic you’re interested in, you’ll open several doors because generally the attendees are interested in the same things as you. The best part is, not all of them are there promoting themselves, and several potential fans are listening and watching you move. This is where that whole first impressions are lasting thing comes into play. If you connect with others in social environments and keep it cordial, you’d be surprised how far that goes and where it translates into your income. If you do the opposite keep in mind that those who you talk to, can talk too. If you go to an event consistently enough, you get to meet the residents and coordinators casually, which opens the doors of opportunity if you get along. Two things I DO NOT suggest is, attempting to get booked for events you haven’t attended more than a few times, and DO NOT become a pushy overbearing salesperson. Nothing is worse then the guy who interrupts the conversation or cipher to push his latest frisbee. Again, use tact (and common sense) because you never know who is watching.
Think Outside Of The Box – I dropped a mix on 200 cd’s a few months back and gave them to L.A. Uber & Lyft Drivers. This mix + my cards got my website traffic boosted by 1200 people, I made 17 new connections on social media, and my soundcloud had a few addtl thousand plays on the week. When I worked for Viacom/MTV Networks in NY at 1515 Broadway – I used to sneak into the library and mail room and stick my event flyers & cd’s into everyone’s cubby. When I was in high school I dropped my poetry and a mixtape into the women’s locker room 3 vent slots on valentine’s day and made a lot of people happy 🙂 – These are just examples of the lengths in which I’ve personally gone to reach a broader demographic. Sure the internet is great between Reddit, Buzzfeed, Social Media, and all the other outlets. Although if you want to make a real splash where you’re the small fish in a big pond, you’ve gotta be creative. Find unique methods of packaging and delivering your content to people. Think about who you want to reach, and where they will be. I used to always be amazed by all the luxury vehicles Los Angeles had floating in the streets daily, to the point that I started asking anyone in a 80k+ vehicle what they did for a living? The result? some blew me off, some told me, and some followed up with “Why do you ask” and took what I had to offer ( a business card, resume, and cd ) and managed to connect me with some top industry professionals. I urge people to never be afraid of the unknown, and just weight “what’s the worst that can happen” before acting to yield best results. As long as your promotion and marketing attempts are not disruptive or destructive, I definitely co-sign pushing the ante on distribution tactics. *Note:This does not include tagging the side of the 10 freeway with your soundcloud link.
Professionalism – I can’t count on all my fingers and toes how many times people have shown up late, complained about irrelevant bullshit, gotten too tipsy/turnt before their set, or too faded on the patio when they should’ve been setting up. If you want to be treated like a professional, act like one. Show up early, make yourself useful, show that you’re invested in the show and it’s not just a quick snatch & grab of some promoters cash by promoting the event to the best of your abilities. ( Trust me, social media has definitely made this task a no-brainer for you ) – If you are granted a few guestlist slots, don’t abuse them by showing up at the door every 5 minutes giving my doorgirl lip about letting a broke homie in. If they spent the time/money to get to your event, they’ve got the financial means to support you. Not to mention, let’s be honest – the doorgirl may throw you the fuck out. Please bring all required music on a USB/Phone/CD and have a backup, unless you like performing acapella or over other people’s instrumentals. Do not hastle promoters or coordinators for drink tickets, we understand you can’t survive on water all night, and need to get your booze to boost your buzz and confidence levels. Be supportive. I can’t stress this enough, I’m not talking emotional support, or child support. Applaud other acts, watch your time, don’t infringe on others by going over your designated slot, and don’t be a dick. Make it easy for us to pay you and book you again. I’ve noticed the talent that gets booked the most, tend to have their shit together (being organized) and arrive on time, perform on time, say thank you, abide by the house rules, are responsive by text/email, and can send me an invoice via venmo, square, paypal, etc. if they aren’t paid the night of. As in any career, being a professional will take you far and doesn’t go unnoticed. Act like you know.
DIY – Do it yourself, alright so you are determined to get on. You don’t do “Pay To Play” showcases (never do p2p showcases), you’ve hit the Open Mics on a weekly basis for a few months now. You’ve gone to nearby cities to try to get a feel for a different crowd. You’ve done everything I’ve said above before, and then some… At this point, I’d suggest trying to throw your own event. Now event production and coordinating is *NOT* for everybody, and *NOT* to be taken lightly. I cannot emphasize enough how much we don’t need more poorly put together functions that hang on by a thread and waste people’s time and money. I’m also not saying that if nobody will book you, then you book yourself. What I am saying is, if you have established a bit of a name for yourself, you can draw a decent 15-50 person paying crowd, and you’ve made a few connections through the events you’ve supported. Maybe it’s in your best interest to produce your own function. Find a venue, work out a deal, run it by a few friends to make sure it’s a solid one, book yourself to perform and a few supplemental acts that make sense for your sound or theme of the night. I know when doing talent booking and artist management/development with people who have no names. I was able to build names for them by producing a series that featured them as residents or near-headliners. You can do this for yourself without too much difficulty, but I really only suggest taking this route once you’ve reached the minimum requirements mentioned above, and already do everything else listed within this post. I’d hate to hear you followed a beat junkies blog posting from some guy named spiv and got evicted because you put your rent on the line and had a poorly designed flyer and a weak lineup with no gas.
Be Yourself. – Most of this stuff above is self-explanatory, or one would think. Unfortunately, I see these tools of the trade get tangled up and forgotten very rapidly, especially when one gets a little shine. At the end of the day, people will book you based on who you are. If they aren’t booking you, it doesn’t mean nobody likes you, it means you’ve got room for improvement. Never stop practicing and progressing to be the best you, that you can be. If you’re not seeing the results in what you’re doing, change what you’re doing, or how you’re doing it, until you see the response you want to receive. The Los Angeles and New York markets for music are savage, and the fakes, jakes, and snakes get weeded out quickly. You have to learn before you earn, and always keep a guard up. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No party or event is worth losing sleep over. Overcompensating for accomplishments you don’t have yet, is unnecessary and you are only as good as your word, so keep that shit golden. None of the things mentioned in this article prevent you from being yourself, and at the end of the day, the real ones get the work.
Maybe in the next Artist Essential piece on The Beat Junkies site, I’ll we can break down the differences between expectations and duties of Agents, Managers and Publicists.
I’ll leave you with this last nugget of advice. At the end of the day, It’s all about how you serve it up.
If you have the worst food in the world and it looks amazing — People will give it a shot. If you have the best food in the world, and it looks like shit — People won’t touch it.
Swap out food with Events, Music, Art, Film, Photos, etc and the lesson is the same. Presentation, Connection, and Communication are Keys To Success. Don’t do anything rushed or forced, don’t put out half-assed looking event flyers or album artwork. Spend a little extra time and money on things you value most, so others can recognize that when they feel, see, and hear the product you are delivering, especially when that product is yourself.
Hope this helps you land more bookings, as it has for a handful of others whom I see living off of their craft. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll be turning the spotlight on five select artists that you should probably know, if you don’t already. While the internet has definitely bridged the gap for aspiring talent to reach new heights and larger audiences faster than ever before. It’s also created a bit of a surplus problem in regards to the quantity of projects not matching the quality expectations that we were once accustomed to. While I won’t say that it’s all bad, It’s definitely thrown the music industry into a whirlwind and really requires more finesse and strategy than ever to really push your way to the top. That being said, the goal of this section isn’t necessarily to give you deep interviews that talk about your favorite rappers prior charges, drug habits, or executive producers who squandered away their royalties. The goal here is to focus on discovery, exploration, and hopefully to put you up on some talented individuals you’ve missed in the streets and on the web.
( Artist )
Bisco Smith, is an artist steadily in search of his own personal truth and most raw expression. His aim is to blend his experiences in life with the energy in the moment and create work that moves, questions, and inspires. His work is a blend of graffiti deconstruction, graphic design, and fine art that captures the untamed energy and uncharted environments of street style and expresses a sense of duality, spontaneity, and movement. He is currently living and working in Venice, CA with New York and Miami on the sides. Currently looking for a wall near you.
( Emcee )
Aaron Cohen is an artist from Seattle, Washington. After graduating high school, Cohen moved to New York and began his music career. Known for his laid back flow and dark yet catchy hooks, Cohen’s lyrics interweave cynical observations of the world and himself. Cohen has previously released mixtapes via Mishka Records as well as Decon/Mass Appeal. Cohen’s music utilizes a wide range of production styles, but tends to lean towards more ambient sounds as displayed on Cohen’s newest release “Home Less.” Cohen has toured in Europe and the United States. He is working on a new untitled EP for release later this year. Cohen is a member of New York City based collective “Inner City Kids.”
Notable collaborations: Flume, Ryan Hemsworth, A$AP Ty Beats, Tommy Kruise.
A couple weeks ago, a TV station in France called OFIVE TV had some crazy technical difficulty and ended up playing one of his music videos on repeat for four days straight. Obviously, it generated a lot of buzz out there. Here’s the video that got stuck on repeat:
( Emcee )
LA based rapper, Henry Canyons, transcends your typical boundaries of hip-hop identity. The self-described Brooklinite-French-Jew took to music at a young age; from his training as a jazz saxophonist to his teenage years spent in Brooklyn ciphers, his melodic style and bilingual lyrical integrity reflect a diverse musical background. After graduating college, Canyons moved to LA intent on following his passion for the art form. Since then Henry has steadily worked at his craft, putting out several different projects. “the Brooklyn-turned-LA native stays within a lane equal parts humor and quality hip-hop, generating impeccably delivered lyrics.” Emerging as a new artist on the scene, Paul Thompson of Passion of the Weiss assures listeners that, “Fortunately, the man at the mic has your attention. Canyons casts himself as the young Leo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can—alternately reckless and over-thinking, but with enough inimitable cool to pull it off.” Below is a link to his latest project that features smooth jazzy, boom bap-centric and introspective sounds guaranteed to leave listeners wanting more.
Zackey Force Funk ( Producer/Singer/DJ ) Zackey Force Funk was born into this wild world in Tucson, AZ in 1974. In and out of prison since the age of 17, ZFF began producing on pirated software his brother gave to him once he had given up a life crime to focus on writing tunes and raising his family.
First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey’s signature “Force Funk Sound” swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. Collaborations followed shortly after with the likes of Salva, Lazer Sword, Lorn, Baron Zen, Daedelus and B. Bravo, as well as forming the group Demon Queen with Tobacco. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator’s projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. The fruits of his discipline all add up to his forthcoming debut LP entitled ‘Money Green Viper”, to be released in July of 2014 on LA based collective Hit+Run.
When Zackey Force Funk isn’t robbing banks with baseball bats he’s rocking late night discotheques with soul songs for the armageddon.
Below is a link to his album on Hit+Run called Money Green Viper, which was also released on a limited edition emerald green skin vinyl by his crew.
NiceGuyxVinny ( Producer / DJ ) Vinny is one of those silent but deadly artists’ with extreme versatility in his production. You can tell he thinks about every sequence, sound and sample incorporated into his tracks and isn’t afraid to do something different. These days when the market is flooded with so many repetitive sounds, it’s very refreshing to have guys like this creating more of an abstract mood music to take you through your week. He’s based out of Long Beach, and also part of the Soulection crew, occasionally you can catch him live in a beat or dj set spreading more of the good vibes throughout dance floors across your city. Modest. Creative. Solid.
Below is what he had to say about his instrumental project titled “Vista” which is also embedded below and available for Name Your Price. Pick it up and support him if you get a chance to. ” Dedicated to & inspired by the people in my life. Each track is named after someone who I feel has made a huge impact on my life & the way I see the world. I got sounds that reminded me of them (favorite songs,movie scenes,etc.) and made tracks from those samples after I would spend time with them..talk to them..or even just think of them. I tried to put whatever emotion I had from those moments into song form. During the time I was making this project I had a lot of things going on with my life..working on these songs helped me get my mind off everything. It was great because I didn’t have to leave my own room to go to another place,all I had to do was close my eyes and listen. It was a fun idea that turned into a whole project that helped me more than I thought it was. I’m happy to share it with you. Much love to anyone who supports my music & all I wish for is to inspire some minds…”
TONIGHT, June 25th is another installment of Nightline at the Pot Lobby Bar, brought to you by The Line Hotel & The Beat Junkies. This month’s residents is our very own D-Styles & Melo-D. Free admission from 9pm-1am, 21 & over. Come thru for some good music, drinks, vibes in the heart of Koreatown. Shoutouts to the our main man Chef Roy Choi!
To all our Beat Junkie fans & supporters, we have a new design from our t-shirt line. It’s the “Wild Pitch Junkies” in honor of the classic independent Hip Hop label Wild Pitch. You can purchase the shirts at our website NOW: http://staging.beatjunkies.com/shop/
Tonight, The Beat Junkies are back with their monthly joint Nightline at the Pot Lobby Bar inside the Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles. This month’s residents are Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc. It’s FREE All Night from 9pm – 1am…21 and over. Come thru for some good music, good vibes, & good drinks. Spread The Word!
The Beat Junkies present: Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 7-10PM Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.
Soundcheck Ep. 6 (5.12.15) with Ras G
Dj Rhettmatic set
Agallah – Rolling Ttoned feat Ras Kass
Planet Asia x Dirtydiggs – Loogies feat. Godfather Pt. 3
Sean Price – S.E.A.N
Bad Lucc – Buck Buck Buck feat. Problem
Marvelous Mag – I’m from Brooklyn feat Skyzoo & Brenton Magestik Legend – Just Enough For The City (prod by 14KT) Theory Hazit – Honorable Mention
Clear Soul Forces- Gamma Ray
Jonwayne – Minerals & Gems
Nikobeats – I Can’t do That To Me
Nikobeats – Wednesday feat Fly Anakin & Henny Lo
Hus Kingpin & SmooVth feat. Killer Ben – Shooting Gods
Bad Lucc – Hands Down
Miliano – Cocaina
Planet Asia x Dirtydiggs – Love, Hell or Right
Frank Nitt – Classic
Blame One – Disturbed remix feat Sean P & Fashawn
Oddisee – Belong To The World
Guest: Ras G
(Ras G Medley)
Ras G – “Sun Behind The Clouds
Ras G – G Iz Us
Ras G – Hear U
Ras G – Fly Away
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program – Jackie
Ras G – Polo Jackets & Dashiki
Ras G – Come Down (2 Earth)
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program – Breakfast Blunts
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program- Ourtrilliantend
Ras G – Alkebulan
Ras G – Bruce Leroy Glow feat Koreatown Oddity
Ras G Live SP-404 set
D-Styles – Felonious Funk Remix
Vince Staples – Blue Suede
Dexter – Gimme No More
Jay Electronica – Exhibit A
Flako – Rehuscope J
ay Electronica – Dear Moleskin
Omid – Electric City (remix)
Snka – No Groove No Shoes
Stagga – Buff Gyal Riddim
Tall Black Guy – I Wanna Play Sumthing For You
Johnny Moog – Crack Pu$$aay
Kutmah & Tehbis – Griots
Mophono – The Edge Slip On Beat remix
Dexter- The Simpson Flip
Co.Fee – Bourgeois
Mos Def – Auditorium feat Slick Rick
Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
Nas- Get Down
Scratch 22 – Medicine Man
22 – KenLo Craqnuques (orange)
Alter – Calle Primera
BIGFOOT – ???
Frank-n-Dank – Where’s The Party At
Notorious Big – Juicy instr
Masta Killa – The Return Of The Masta Kill
Action Bronson – Terry
J-Live – I Am A Man
Pete Rock- One, Two A Few More
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Scarface
Pharoahe Monch – Rapid Eye Movement feat Black Thought Large Pro – Opulence
Sean Price – Kurt Rambis
Axel F – All Day instr
Raekwon – 1-2 1-2 feat Snoop Dogg
Madvillain- America’s Most Blunted
Styles P – True & Living
Greg Nice – DWYCK (Beat Junkies Dubplate)
Lord Finesse – Fat For The 90s (demo)
De La Soul – God It feat Nas
Boca 45 – Dig Eat Beats Repeat
Pete Rock – Clean Getaway feat Uncle Murda
Gangrene – Play It Cool feat Earl Sweatshirt
Jonwayne – Green Light feat Anderson Paak
Ka – Iron Age feat Roc Marciano
Dilated Peoples – Directors
Statik Selektah – Thrill Is Gone feat Styles P & Talib Kweli
Black Milk – Cold Day
Action Bronson – Falconry feat Mayhem Lauren & Big Body Bes Action Bronson – Warlord Leather feat Earl Sweatshirt
The Funky President just posted up the new episode of his radio show “Adventures In Stereo”, every Sunday nights from 10pm-12am PST on KPFK 90.7FM. This past Sunday (5.10.15), J.Rocc brought in his fellow Beat Junkie & Dynamic Duo partner Rhettmatic to do a special set, being it was his birthday that night. Peep the goodness as they play everything that they think is dope….As J.Rocc would say, “We are not here to play classics, we’re here to make them….”
We are back with another installment of our “Watch The Sound” video series. This time, we decided to do a little something different & spotlight some talented individuals outside of The Beat Junkies. This particular episode features the DMC World Supremacy Champion IFTW (Image From The Wood) For more info on IFTW, follow him on IG and Twitter at @djiftw. For all things Beat Junkies, visit us at www.beatjunkies.com
Soundcheck Ep. 5 w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, Denaun Porter, & Marvwon (4.28.15)
Alchemist – Warlord feat Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt
Mobb Deep – Taking You Off Here
Freddie Gibbs – Harold’s (inst)
Ghostface Killah – Love Don’t Live Here No More
Axel F – Searchin (inst)
Jon Wayne – Minerals & Gems
J Dilla – Beat 12
Planet Asia – Love Hell or Night
Pusha T – Lunch Money
Brand Nubian – Punk Step Up To Get Beatdown (Beat Junkie Dubplate)
De La Soul – God It feat Nas
Styles P – True & Living
Supa Dave West – 14 instr
Jay Dee – Beat 12
Nikobeats – U Can’t Do That To Me
Tall Black Guy -The Big Payback
Guests: Denaun aka Mr. Porter + Marvwon
50 Cent – P.I.M.P.
Pharoahe Monch – When The Gun Draws feat Mr. Porter
Denaun Porter – Gods laugh
Guilty Simpson – Get Bitches
50 Cent – Stunt 101
Denaun Porter & Marvwon Live Set
Onyx – Last Days (insert)
Action Bronson – Baby Blue feat Chance The Rapper
D.R.U.G.S – Nintendo pt.1
Dj Rhettmatic Set (Ali Shaheed/Adrian Younge Medley Mix)
Ghostface killah – Revenge Is Sweet
PRhyme – PRhyme
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics – Stand Up
Bambu – Galvanter ft Rhettmatic
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics –
Enemies (needs dubplate) Dj Rhettmatic – Louie Vutton Wallets feat. J57 & Koncept
PRhyme – Courtesy Adrian Younge – Sirens Jay Z – Picasso Baby D’angelo – Brown sugar Ali Shaheed – Panic Scritti Politti – Tinseltown To The The Boogiedown feat Mos Def (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix) ATCQ – Jazz (We’ve Got It) Ali Shaheed – Lord Can I Have This Mercy feat. Chip Fu ATCQ – Scenario demo
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Young Interview
D’angelo – Lady (Live on The Chris Rock Show)
Michael Jackson – History (The Ummah Radio Mix)
KRS-One – We In There (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)
Adrian Younge presents Souls Of Mischief – Meeting Of The Minds (inst)
Prhyme feat. Dwele – You Should Know
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics – Love’s Melody
1st Mix – Dj Babu:
Earl Sweatshirt – Huey
Ludacris – Charge It To The Rap Game
Fashawn – Higher
Action Bronson – Falconry
Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
Rapper Big Pooh – How I Move
ALC x Prodigy – Curb Ya Dog
Slum village – Push It Along feat Phife Dawg
Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$
Kendrick Lamar – Momma (prod. by Knxwledge)
Mix by Knxwledge
2nd Mix – Rhettmatic
Knx x Anderson Paak – Suede
Nikobeats – So Fine
14KT – Adrenaline
Jake One – John Cena Theme
Dert – Derty
Dilated Peoples – Opinions May Vary feat Gangrene
Action Bronson – Terry
Supa Dave West – Dave Beats (inst)
MC Eiht – Shut Em Down feat The Outlawz
Killer Ben x Killa Kali – Thug Kings
Prodigy x Big Twins – Champions (remix)
Consequences – Tuck Your Release
Nottz – Everybody Knows Your Name
Brown Bag Allstars – Rhett Committed Murder
De La Soul – Get Away
Supa Dave West – Dave Beats 14
Dam Funk Interview & Live In Studio Funk Set
Rhettmatic 2nd Mix
Dam Funk & Steve Arrington – Tap That
Bohannon – The Beat (part 2)
Melissa Morgan – Fools Paradise
Charme – George Porgy
D-Train – Trying To Get Over
First Touch – All Because Of You
3rd Mix by J Rocc
Bernard Wright – Just Chillin Out
Yancey Boys – Slippin
Yasiin Bey – Yasiin x Dilla Sunshine
Oh No – Pure Imagination
Axel F – Omega feat Blu
Dirtydiggs – Henchmen feat Killa Kali
Run The Jewels – Job Well Done
Nas – The World Is Yours (Bukas Rollbrett remix)
Quakers – RIP feat. Guilty Simpson
Lootpack – Frenz vs Endz
Chanes – INF
Kan Zulu – Sixteen (BDP – Stop The Violence)
Knx – Let It Shine
Prhyme – U Looz
Jay Electronica – We Made It feat Jay Z
If you have been following what we’ve been doing, you know that we started our very own Radio Station channel at Dash Radio….Beat Junkie Radio! We also have our very own show called Soundcheck, that we do live every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7-10PM. We launched our first show on February 10th with special guests Dilated Peoples, MED, & LMNO.
This past Tuesday, March 10th, we did our 2nd show with special guests Elzhi & Tuxedo aka Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. We posted up this week’s show on our soundcloud page. Now you’re wondering “What about the 1st episode?”. We’ll post that up soon but we wanted to flip it & post up the 2nd episode first. Enjoy the show & make sure you tune in to Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash.
Mix: Dj D-Styles
1. Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5 – The Message (Tall Black Guy remix)
2. Love Again Instrumental – Run The Jewels
3. Danny Brown- blunt after blunt
4. Eprom – Empires
5. Love Again inst. – unknown artist
6. E-40 – Art Of Storytellin
7. Captain Murphy feat Viktor Vaughn (DOOM) x Earl Sweatshirts x ThunderCat – Between villains
8. Royal Flush feat Sean Price – Beasting
9. Dizz1 – Frazzled
10. Jon Wayne – Mean Muggin
11. Stagga – The Motoskillz
12. Stagga – Stagga Sound Killer
13. Gas Lamp Killer – Flange Face
14. Adrian Younge – Turn Down The Sound
15. Rapsody – Godzilla
Guest Interview: Elzhi
16. Elzhi – February (prod by 14KT)
17. Jake One ft. Elzhi & Royce da 5’9 – Glow
18. Elzhi – Boomerang Slang (prod by Houseshoes)
19. Dabrye – Game Over feat Jay Dee (Instr)
20. Step Brothers – Step Masters
21. Freestyle Fellowship – This Write Here
22. Jay Dee – Hoard Inst.
Second Hour: Mix: J.Rocc – Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Mix
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Queen Bitch
2. Notorious B.I.G. – Players Anthem demo
3. Biggie Freestyle 2 (Bucktown beat)
4. Notorious B.I.G. feat Sadat X – Come On
5. Red Hot Lover Tone – 4 my peeps feat Notorious B.I.G. & Organized Konfusion
6. Pudge The Fat Bastard feat Notorious B.I.G. – Think Big
7. Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya
8. Heavy D & The Boys feat Notorious B.I.G. – A Buncha Niggas
9. Eddie F & The Untouchables – Let’s Get It on feat Heavy D, 2pac x Notorious B.I.G. x Grand Puba
10. Notorious B.I.G. – The Ugliest
11. Notorious B.I.G. – Real Niggaz Do Real Things
12. Notorious B.I.G. – Freestyle (Black Superman)
13. De La Soul – Rock Ko.Kane inst.
Guest Interview: Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
14. Tuxedo – Do It
15. Tuxedo – Number One
16. Tuxedo – Watch The Dance
17. Tuxedo – R U Ready
18. Tuxedo – So Good Inst
19. Slum Village – slum village
20. PRHYME – U Looz
3rd Hour Mix: Dj Rhettmatic
1. Slum village – Scheming feat Jay dee x Posdnuos x Phife Dawg
2. Oddisee x Phonte – Requiem
3. eMC – Triple Threat
4. Frank Nitt – Slipping (prod. by J.Rocc)
5. Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
6. yU & nottz – Homicide
7. Ab Soul – 47 Bars
8. Ras Kass x Apollo Brown – PNT
9. D.R.U.G.S – Dark jr (Inst)
10. Your Old Droog – Sonic Youth (prod. by Marco Polo)
11. Oddisee – Word To Wise
12. Kissing The Curb – Jake One ft. Busta Rhymes x Bishop Lamont
13. Now On – Catapults
14. 14KT – W.C.E.F feat MED x Kokane
15. 14KT – RockABye Baby
16. eMC – Charly Murphie
17. Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$ (prod. by Dj Premier)
18. Saga – City Streets feat Roc Marciano
19. Your Old Droog – Homicide
20. Gangrene feat. Earl Sweatshirts – Play it cool
21. Red Bills – The Black Opera
22. Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs (prod. by Madlib)
23. The Joint Chiefs (Frank Nitt & Rhettmatic) – The Nitty Show
24. Fashawn feat. Busta Rhymes – Out The Trunk
25. Crown Royale (Buff1 x Rhettmatic) – The Chosen Few ft. MED, Fashawn, & Tres Styles
26. Axel F – Superman
27. Talib Kweli x Madlib ft. Strong Arm Steady – The Function
28. The Visionaries feat. Rakaa & Brother J – Need To Learn
28. Gangrene – All Bad
29. Gangrene – Take Drugs
30. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca
It’s been a while since we did a “Watch The Sound” video but we’re back with another episode. This new video features our very own Dj Shortkut, as he reflips a classic Mantronix record. This is a beat juggling/scratch routine that Short rarely does…..if you’re able to catch him on some of his live shows doing this, you’re lucky. Now we’re able to bring it to you. Enjoy!
Tonight, January 9th, is the first Snapback Fridays Long Beach of 2015 with residents Dj Icy Ice, Dj Remark, & Dj Orion & host Toquan The MC….all happening at The Federal Bar in Long Beach. Their special guest is our very own Rhettmatic. If you want to hear some classic Hip Hop & R&B music & want to get your groove on, this is the place to be!
Tonight, January 6th, the tag team terror of D-Styles & Melo-D will be rocking a special performance at The Tuesday Blend at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. This is happening on Tuesday, January 6, 2015…..if you know about how D & Melo get down on the cuts, you sure do not want to miss this! Their performance is at 10:30pm For tickets, go to whklv.com
Our very own Rhettmatic & the mighty Cypress Hill‘s own Eric Bobo, make up the group, The Cypress Junkies. Sometime last year, they were asked to perform a set at the 1st ever Low End Theory Festival at The Echo/Echoplex, along with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Nosaj Thing, Jon Wayne, Ras G, & many more, along with the LET crew (Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, Nocando, Nobody, & our own D-Styles).
The Cypress Junkies just recently released the live audio of their performance set from the Low End Theory Festival for you to listen to. Shoutouts to the whole LET crew…..
What’s up folks….hope y’all had a good Halloween weekend.
I’m back with another installment of Mixtape Mondays…..we did a press release that we’re going to have our own channel on Dj Skee’s new Dash Radio app that has been already in effect the last 2 months (go to www.dashradio.com to hear what’s going on or you can download the DashRadio app for your IPhone & Android) in November. We won’t announce the official launch of the Beat Junkie Radio Channel unti we are truly ready to launch it….be on the look out.
For the meantime, in honor of our upcoming relaunching of Beat Junkie Radio, here is an old episode from our Ustream show that we used to broadcast from J.Rocc’s crib and sometimes our old Beat Junkies recording studio, back in 2009….this is different from our 1993/94 96.7FM KWIZ show. This particular mix is the audio portion of episode 9. If you want to watch the old episodes, you can go to www.ustream.tv/channel/beat-junkie-radio
It’s a 2 hour mix broken up into 2 parts, with J & myself playing anything we want at that time on some “don’t give a f*ck” steeze. The vibe might remind you on some Friday Night Flavas/Wake Up Show/Stretch & Bobbito Show steelo……enjoy!
We like to wish a big Happy Birthday to the guy who practically started the Beat Junkies. Yes, today is J.Rocc‘s birthday! If it wasn’t for J’s dream to always wanting his own crew & giving us a bunch of “Green Lantern” rings from his old Comic Book job for us to rep, who knows what we would be doing right now, and you wouldn’t be reading this from our website….LOL!!
If you see the Funky President, make sure you wish him a Happy Birthday….and maybe get him some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & an Arizona Green Tea. Happy Birthday J!
On Sunday, October 10th, our very own D-Styles & Shortkut will be joining our good friends Q-Bert & Mixmaster Mike as the Invisibl Skratch Piklz at A-Trak‘s Fool’s Gold“Day Off” the Los Angeles edition at the Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds. With special guests Danny Brown, Kurupt, Travis Scott, Vic Mensa, & many more. This is an event you do not want to miss!
This Friday, September 26th…..Rhettmatic will be spinning a full set at Amor Y Tacos in his home stopping grounds of Cerritos. The event is FREE, 21+ from 10pm-2am. Come thru for some delicious food, drinks, good music & vibes. The address is 13333 South St…..all Cerritos & adjacent massives, come thru!
I just recently heard some news via Violet Brown of The Wherehouse Record Stores fame & Tech N9ne‘s Strange Musicof the passing of a West Coast Hip Hop Pioneer. Rest In Peace to the one & only Steve Yano of Roadium Swap Meet/Skanless Records fame….He passed away earlier on Wednesday (9/17/14) due to a freak accident. This man was responsible for selling the hottest records in LA & the classic Dr Dre, Dj Tony A, Eazy E, NWA cassette mixtapes, as well as putting out Hi-C, Proper Dos & Black Forest records on his own label, Skanless. He was also the first person to sell the Ultimate Breaks and Beats album series (these Breakbeat compilations is basically the Holy Bible of Breaks….Dre used all of them on “Straight Outta Compton”) in LA. All of this was happening at his booth at the Roadium Swap Meet in Gardena, Ca in the 80’s. I had the pleasure of working with him thru Wiz1der (of Circle Of Power) & the whole Blak Forest crew. I recorded “From The Ground Up” & “Ubiquity” for the “World Famous Beat Junkies Vol. 2” album at his Skanless Recording Studios in Alhambra in 1997, as well as the Visionaries, getting our 1st album “Galleries” mixed there. He was such a cool guy & is definitely a Pioneer in the West Coast Hip Hop scene. My deepest condolence to his family. Thank you Steve for all your contribution.
Our very own Dj Curse came thru this morning with a fresh batch of Funk & Boogie edits. For all our record pool subscribers, this is something that you want to get. Available exclusively at the Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool! http://staging.beatjunkies.com
Our very own D-Styles & Shortkut along with the legendary Q-Bert performed as the Invisibl Skratch Piklz at Day 1 of the Redbull Thre3style World Finals in Azerbaijan. Congratulations to the 1st heat winner, Carlos Atendido of the Phillippines, who now advances to the final round this week.
From the Redbull site:
“The first night of competition heats kicked off Tuesday at the historic Baku Jazz Centre, with performances by the week’s host DJ Flipout, 2010 Thre3style champ, DJ Karve of Paris, and a rare set by the world famous Invisible Skratch Piklz from California.”
Thursday, September 11th, the Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu will be spinning at a special screening of one of the greatest Hip Hop movies of all time……“Wild Style”. He will be joining the talented Miguel Atwood Ferguson, the incomparable Computer Jay, & many more. All happening at The Crest Theater in Westwood. The movie starts at 8pm, live music performances at 10pm. Don’t miss a chance to watch this legendary movie at a theater, the way it should be…..
Saturday, September 20, the Funky President, J.Rocc and the Original Beat Junkie, Breakbeat Lou, will be spinning together at The Double Door in Chicago. The event is presented by the Soul Summit. Come thru & watch/listen to these 2 heavyweights get down with the sound. Free All Night!
1988: In the late 1980s, popular New York City DJ Mr. Magic and his sidekick, Marley Marl, founded the legendary rap collective, Juice Crew, which would go on to become one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. Consisting primarily of Queensbridge Projects-based MC, the group featured legendary rappers Big Daddy Kane, MC Shan, Kool G. Rap, Roxanne Shanté, Masta Ace, Craig G, Tragedy Khadafi and Biz Markie. Marley Marl was the group’s primary producer and many of the group’s solo efforts were housed at legendary hip-hop label, Cold Chillin’ Records, in the 1980s.
On September 1, 1988, Marley Marl would release the classic compilation record, In Control, Vol. 1, that would feature many of the Juice Crew collective’s burgeoning artists rapping over Marley Marl’s state-of-the-art beats. The album would be highlighted by the instantly iconic song, “The Symphony,” featuring four of hip-hop’s most memorable verses from Juice Crew stars, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap, Craig G and a debuting Masta Ace.
After the release of the album, Marley’s reputation would grow as a producer. Marley Marl’s innovative production style and unique sampling techniques were seen as a breakthrough for hip-hop. In Control, Vol. 1 served a landmark for producers in hip-hop allowing them to be seen as more than faceless, behind-the-scene puppet masters. The album proved that a producer could be a true artist and star on his own even on the levels of the rappers, themselves. In Control, Vol. 1 allowed Marley Marl to become arguably rap’s first super-producer. It is an achievement that can be seen in the veneration of today’s producers like Pharrel, Timbaland, Dr. Dre and Swizz Beatz.
Our good friend A-Trak sat down with the Hot 97 Morning show to discuss his roots in DJ Battling, being influenced by Jazzy Jeff, ISP, DJ Premier, shopping at Fat Beats, touring with Kanye West, his current project with Cam’Ron and his record label Fools Gold.
Our very own DJ Babu sits with @247HH to remember a wild story while on the tour with Gang Starr and Rage Against The Machine. Find out why you don’t mess with DJ Premier. Dilated Peoples‘ “Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment is out now!!! S/O to Jellow of 247HH