"shouts to brownsville’s jesus, the big homie, maffew ragazino sr."
Inspired by infamous activist H. Rap Brown, his delivery was no way conforming and neither was it to be taken lightly. Maffew is prepping for his upcoming project and wants you all to get ready! Make space in your hard drives, free up your cloud, get ready to have a new car cd, let your people’s people know… because NY hip-hop is on the rise. Also be sure to go get that Vanderslice Everything’s Amazing - it’s mean!!
new project from the mastermind behind “the notorious xx” - obviously dope.
obligatory artist statement below
I’ve been listening to a lot of music over the last few months, and during that time, experimenting with tons of new sounds, mixes, and ideas to see what sticks for me. I’ve gotten to try them out live and feel pretty good about some of them, and it’s been awhile since I’ve done a proper release, so here it is, vol1, with songs that remind me of fall.
I’m really looking forward to what’s yet to come: this EP is the start of a series of (loosely) seasonally-themed EPs. Additionally, after/before/during those, I have a full artist v artist album coming out that I’m pretty excited to put out into the world and hear what you think. Stay tuned on Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud / messenger pigeon to get updates.
Thank you to everyone who listens, who spreads the word, who comes to shows and says hello, and who tells their friends about a song they liked — you’ve allowed me an audience to hear songs I’d otherwise just be alone listening to on headphones, and because of you we get to play shows and go on adventures, so thank you — I appreciate it more than you know.
As for the name, ‘we’re all busy but good’ — I really like the idea of these odd linguistic habits that we hear all the time but rarely see in print — that was the genesis of the ‘wait what’ name in college, and recently, ‘busy but good’ is one that I find myself saying without realizing it. It‘s a strange thing that we do, where we feel like we have to give that subtle implication that what we’ve been doing has been important, but also that we’re handling it well. It rolls off the tongue just as easily to long lost acquaintances as it does to best friends and immediate family members, and I’m not entirely sure why. Hopefully naming this series of EPs after the phrase makes me catch myself from doing it next time.”
Es-K (Essential Knowledge) was born in Holland, raised in Kansas City Missouri, and currently lives in Burlington Vermont. You may know him from his Spontaneous Grooves series on Cold Busted. Serenity is his first album and features A.G. of D.I.T.C, General Steele, MC Dialect, C-Rayz Walz, Charmingly Ghetto, DJ Grazzhoppa, Central Parks, Maw-, Chel Strong, K. Sparks, Fish Grease, M-Dot, S.Dub, Chromadadata, and Mike Gerbino.
Butterflies (Pro Era (Dirty Sanchez x Rokamouth x CJ Fly x Dessy Hinds x Nyck Caution x A La $ole x Kirk Knight x Dyemond Lewis x Jakk the Rhymer x Joey Bada$$) produced by Powers Pleasant.
Scion AV Presents: The Shift, the EP will be available for streaming and as a free download via the Scion AV Soundcloud and on ScionAV.com on 5/27. Pro Era and Scion AV have also teamed up for a video due out beginning of June.
Pro Era is the Brooklyn collective of Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, A La Sole, Dessy Hinds, Chuck Strangers, Powers Pleasant, The 47s (Dirty Sanchez, Roka-Mouth, J.A.B and Jakk The Rhymer). The young MCs have a developed a cult-like following with fans embracing their music & lifestyle…”That OG $wank.” Fans can look forward to Joey Bada$$’s debut album, ‘B4.DA.$$’ this Fall.
The Shift EP is their fourth as a collective and for this special release they teamed up with Scion AV for a sample free EP that both highlights their diverse style and sound while further establishing Pro Era as the future of hip hop.
duckdowners, skyzoo and torae have been dope for a minute. there was sky’s collab with 9th, the maffew track “bk accent,” and other gems i’m sure i slept on. same thing w/ torae: “daily conversations,” the marco polo joints, etc. are ALL bananas. yet for some reason, i never went out of my way to clock either of them. then i heard this: “barrel brothers.” featuring production from antman wonder, apollo brown, black milk, dj premier, cyrus tha great, !llmind, jahlil beats, khrysis, marcnfinit, oh-no, praise, the stuyvesants, and tiga. so, basically boom; never will i sleep on these cats again.
The new street single from Skyzoo & Torae: “All In Together” feat. Sean Price & Guilty Simpson, produced by Black Milk. The album “Barrel Brothers” hits stores and itunes on 5/27. And if you’re in NYC make sure to catch the album release party at SOBs the night of 5/27 as well. Twitter: @Skyzoo / @Torae
-heads up from 2dopeboyz
This month marks the passing of the lauded rapper Notorious B.I.G. and to honor his legacy, New York resident DJ Finesse debuted a special tribute during DJ Premier’s Sirius/XM show “Live From Headqcourterz” on March 8.
The mix showcases Biggie’s acapellas paired with Premier-produced beats. While the original tribute was shortened for air-time, Finesse extends the tribute for hip-hop fans here with a special intro by Premier himself.
DJ Premier’s “Live From Headqcourterz” airs every Friday night from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sirius/XM Channel 44, Hip Hop Nation. DJ Finesse is a regular guest on the show, filling in for Premier as an on-air mixer.
01 - DJ Premier Intro
02 - Flava In Ya Ear rmx over I Gave You Power
03 - Big Poppa over Ex To Next Girl
04 - Dead Wrong over 2 Thousand
05 - 10 Crack Commandments over One Day
06 - Who Shot Ya over Come Clean
07 - All About The Benjamins over Supa Dupa Star (1994 Demo Version)
08 - One More Chance over Recognize
09 - Long Kiss Goodnight over You Know My Steez
10 - Things Done Changed over The Format
11 - I Got A Story To Tell over Shit Is Real
12 - Real Niggas over Ready
13 - Juicy over Nas Is Like
14 - One More Chance rmx over Freaky Flow
15 - Warning (Freestyle) over Mind Ya Business
16 - ‘95 Freestyle (7 Mac 11’s) over Who Got Gunz
17 - Victory over Project Boy
18 - Kick In The Door over Come Get Me
19 - Going Back To Cali over The Invincible
20 - Mo Money Mo Problems over Golden Child
21 - Party And Bullshit over Now Your Mine
22 - Unbelievable