New Denizen Kane Mixtape! Free download....
December 24, 2009 by El Jefe
Denizen Kane & Mr. Rey are celebrating the success of "Brother Min's Journey To The West" by releasing this free mixtape "Take Me Out" featuring DK classics, rarities & new joints... mixed by Mr. Rey...
Denizen Kane - Brother Min's Journey To The West - 10/06/09
September 7, 2009 by Jefe
Available digitally on October 6th, 2009 Brother Min's Journey to the West: Denizen Kane is a hard man to pin down. After beginning his career with semi-revolutionary spoken word outfit I Was Born With Two Tongues, co-founding seminal Chicago hip hop crew Typical Cats, and logging appearances on three seasons of Def Poetry Jam, he moved west, settled down, had some kids, and fell off the map. Rumor had it he could be found serving rum and cokes at a dive bar in Alameda, or repairing ratchet wrenches at the Sears in Fremont. There were some dispatches - Tree City Legends Vols. I & II - two severely underrated solo discs, come to mind, but while his crew-mates Qwel and Qwa were touring incessantly and launching up-tempo electronica assaults on Los Angeles, the third Typical Cat was nowhere to be found. Turns out, he was busy attending to the ghosts in his head, and fine-tuning the symbols of his oeuvre.
Brother Min's Journey to the West, Kane's third solo joint, is told entirely in the voice of Min, the youngest of the four Kane brothers - characters Denizen has developed on record and in print (reportedly a collection of short stories is in the works). The Kanes represent those slain in the struggle, and Min represents the most tragic of the young, gifted, and dead - the suicide. Tree City has ceased to be clown-head slang for Chicago, or a bizarre amalgam of Chi City, Oakland, Seattle, and New York - as it was for the first two Tree City LPs. Here, it is the city within the City, the remnant of decimated tribes, the last survivors, carrying imaginary homelands in their heads. Brother Min is a gripping collection of immigration narratives, rebel chants, and classic odes to crew, crossing the river, and the wild-ass kids on your block.
Buoyed by mrREY's propulsive, jazz-inflected production, Brother Min combines the best of true-school classicism, Kane's oddball eclecticism, and the energy of the 80's sound systems to deliver a platter that is ambitious in scope and easy on the ear canal. After a lengthy absence, Kane might just add another classic to his resume. 1 Intro 2 Holding Up The Wall 3 Ain't No Thing 4 Just Like Water 5 Black Hoodies 6 Sparrow 7 Boms Pt One 8 TTB (Them True B-Boys) 9 New Year's Day 10 The Porch 11 The River 12 Boms Pt Two 13 Let The Dead 14 The War (Bonus Track) 15 Fallin' (Bonus Track)
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Qwel & Maker - So Be It - Dropping 09/01/09
July 30, 2009 by Jefe
Yep... the time has come... the final installment in the 4 Seasons / 4 Horsemen series... back to where it all started... with Maker
Qwel & Maker "So Be It" CD
Released September 1st 2009
Qwel & Maker reunite for the highly anticipated and long overdue "So Be It" on Galapagos4. The albums grimy soundscape and hard hitting drums make it the perfect ending for Qwels four seasons project, which began with Qwel & Makers 2004 classic, "The Harvest".
Makers production on "So Be It" masterfully captures both the blazing and sometimes overwhelming hear of the summer and the cool relief of a summer night. The hypnotizing beats provide for a roller coaster of emotions and wide range of topics while staying true to a much larger overall theme.
Whether pondering hope and love or drug addictions and authority, Qwel amazingly accentuates the provided backdrop with flows ranging from rapid fire to melancholy and hazy.
Those expecting the fluff and filler so prevalent in modern hip hop will surely sit in disappointment. So be it.
3. Back Stage Pass
4. Friend Or Foe
5. Har Megiddo
6. Interlude - Meditation
8. White Elephant
9. Fear As A Weapon
10. No Joke
11. Lunch Money
12. Interlude - So Be It
13. Paper Dolls
14. Golden Era
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Robust - Grown - drops July 14th!
June 29, 2009 by Jefe
That's right ya'll... the time is near...
Check out the promo megamix that the homie DJ Bizkid from Germany put together: