Themselves – Rapping 4 Money (ft. Why, Odd Nosdam, and cLOUDDEAD)

from theFREEhoudini mixtape

Themselves are currently on tour and performing in Brooklyn this Friday.  I’ve never seen Doseone (or any of the Anticon crew) perform live. But I must say as an artist, Doseone is an unrestricted creative force. And the world of underground hiphop is/was too restricted for his drive, so he’s constantly pushing boundaries. “Rapping4Money” is enchanting, accessible, even with the intricate rhymes and rhythm patterns.  We still get the psychological complexities and ambiguities (which is also why I appreciate and enjoy works by Dose/Jel/and some of the anticon cats.)

When mics is hung in these times of crisis…

One of my favorite lines from Dose – “You can tell a lot about a man from the sound of his music…/Anyways, yours is hollow-sounding” –  and it’s by no means one of the best or most intriguing lines from Dose or even from that particular track “Good People Check” (“From underground to mainstream, pioneers to fireplace rap/This is the voice of our rage/Come see me, I’ll serve you, give you free music, and step!/It was nothing!/I did it just to save our rep!”)


Recession Rap JamsIn these times of economic crisis

If you’re interested in hearing even more fresh, happening, avant-garde rap ish, here’s some new wayne + even more new wayne, along w/ T-Pain and Juelz co-starring.

Midrange wobble hooligan Rusko breaks down some of his dubstep production methods on YouTube.  He goes through in a pretty detailed way talking about how to program the shuffled beats in dubstep, how to make wobble bass, how to mix beats and general production process stuff.  I like his music although I imagine there are a lot of dubstep people who will think he’s bastardizing the scene since the stuff he makes is very main-floor friday night mass appeal dubstep.  I like it although I think there will be a lot of people coming behind him trying to make ‘banging dubstep’ and making a lot of horrible music, like what happened with d’n’b after Ed Rush & Optical introduced the whole No U Turn techstep sound.  Regardless though, whatever style you’re making, if you’re trying to make powerful beat based music he is giving away a lot of good knowledge here.  Respect to him for pulling back the curtain.  Real producers who are confident in themselves don’t need to keep ‘production secrets’.

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Thanks to everyone who came out on Friday to NY Tropical 4, it was CRAZYYYYYYYYY.  I’m so happy that we were able to bring together everyone on that bill, Geko, Andy, Kingdom, Esau, Mariana all KILLED IT.  It was one of the best parties I’ve played at or been at in a long time.  Here’s a selection of pics from the night, thanks Lamin, Jean and Andy for taking these.

This just in from Geko:

“Esau Mwamwaya, best known for his collaboration on the Radioclit mixtape “The Very Best” is going to be in the house performing with us on Friday. He’s collaborated with MIA, Bonde do Role and Vampire Weekend for his next album and Esau is definitely someone you’ll be hearing a lot more about his year. Did anyone go to their show at SxSW?  AMAZING

The most intercontinental booty/beats/bass line up in New York for your money this week. Glasslands get ready.”

Download THE VERY BEST Mixtape, Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit free.


Matt Shadetek


Uproot Andy

Geko Jones


La Yegros

Esau Mwamwaya

Hosted by Contessa

What: Dutty Artz Tropical Dance

Where: Glasslands Gallery, 289 Kent St. near to JMZ Marcy and Bedford L trains, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

When: March 27 10PM til they kick us out.

How much: $5 before 11PM, $7 after.


Demarco f/ Busta Rhymes – Hustlers

Busta superimposed his own interpretation of Demarco’s new song “Hustlers”

You see I’m ready and determined and I’m willing and I’m able to get money regardless how the economy is unstable… – Busta Rhymes

Post-Arab Money Busta Rhymes has been bombarding us with a plethora of verses, freestyles, guest appearances.  Much to his credit though, it never appears as if he is over-imposing (at least, the excess this time is not as profound or as outrageous as it was in the very late 1990s and early 2000s, and some remarkable results came out of that period). Look here/here/here –I can easily point to a dozen live links of tracks he’s unleashed within the last month.

Here are two more- Brooklyn rappers adopting recent Dancehall hits (well, a classic in the case of Vybz Kartel’s “Don’t Run”) The other joint is Maino’s version of Busy Signal’s “Jail”, which is off this Bad Boy Riddim.


Maino f/ Busy Signal – Nah Go To Jail Again



Hunt f/ Vybz Kartel – Last Man Standing


Next up in the Dutty Artz Podcast series, La Nueva Guaracha,  a great new mix from Geko Jones. If you stay up on this blog you know he and Dutty Artz amigo Uproot Andy have a party we call Que Bajo?! where they but a latin spin on the New York Tropical sound.

This is a snippet of the uptempo stuff Gex is playing around 2am at these parties. There’s also a quite a bit of glitched out and remixed cumbia, latin mashups, reggaeton and other sounds involved at the shows but we only have so much bandwidth. If you want to hear more be sure to pick up a copy the brand new Dutty Artz mixtape New York Tropical Vol 1 – Rupture vs Geko Jones available at the Glasslands party Friday March 27th.

Starting Thursday April 9th Que Bajo?! will be weekly at APT (409 W 13th St btw 9th ave/Washington in Madhattan)
stay chooned.


Olha o Beijo – Joao Linho
La Vida Vale La Pena- Petrona Martinez
Canto de Tucanes- Pedro Tapias (El Kuduro Sabroson remix by Reaganomics)
Kuduro Esaboka- DJ Prako
Juana La Caribe- Petrona Martinez
Ay Paloma (Geko Jones mashup)- La Reverenda
Los Olivos- Los Palos de DR
El Botellon (Uproot Andy remix)- Grupo Naidy

 matt shadetek's get drunk and lose your phone mix

New DJ mix from me, Matt Shadetek, that I put together to promote our party next Friday Mar. 27th at Glasslands in Brooklyn.  The mix is called “Get Drunk and Lose Your Phone”, which is precisely what I expect you to come out and do with us next week.  Don’t worry, you’ll get another one and probably find that cute girl’s number again, maybe.  I included tracks from Kingdom and Uproot Andy who will both be playing, along with some stuff by me of course.  The first tune is a brand new exclusive 4×4 Tropical remix of The Dream’s “Rockin’ That Shit” that I just made.  I love The Dream, his new album is great and is apparently doing really well.  If you had told me a few years ago I would be listening to and making housey R+B I would have laughed in your face.  Ha!  Here we are in 2009.  Anyway, enjoy the mix, it’s the third installment in our Dutty Artz Podcast, following Lamin’s Recession Rap Mix.

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1. The Dream – Rockin’ That Shit (Matt Shadetek Tropical Mix)

2. Schlachthof Bronx – We Nah Fraid

3. Kingdom – Mindreader feat. Shyvonne

4. Noite e Dia Ft. Puto Prata vs Quantic – Mana Dança Só (Uproot Andy Remix)

5. Blak Ryno -Ay Ya Ay Ya

6. Jahdan Blakkamoore – Go Round Payola (Matt Shadetek Bye Haters Remix)

7. Zomby – Strange Fruit

8. Jahdan Blakkamoore – Nice Green (Matt Shadetek Nice Ghost Remix)

9.  Grupo Naidy – El Botellón (Uproot Andy Remix)

10. Vybz Kartel – Rampin’ Shop feat. Spice

new york tropical 6

 snoop dub

Dubstep is moving.  Check the legit collabo tune between Snoop Dogg, Tanvi Shah of Slum Dog Millionaire and Chase and Status.  I’m a little startled but I guess this is just how the world is moving right now.  The tune is pretty good too.  Interesting how they put the chorus over big bass drops and then ease out for the verses.  Well done everybody, thanks to Mad Decent for the link.

Brand new Kingdom mix for Lower End Spasm.  It’s crazy, including his new track “Mindreader” feat. Shyvonne which is some deep new york tropical trance bassline house new jack swing ish.  Get familiar before New Tropical 3 where if we’re lucky Kingdom will be dropping a lot of these joints.

Head to Lower End Spasm to grab the mix.

01 – TIM DOLLA – Number Advisory
02 – KINGDOM – Mindreader ft. Shyvonne
03 – FR3E – Tribal Skank
04 – ROSKA – Elevated Level (Kingdom Edit ft. Brandy)
05 – VJUAN ALLURE – I Said Come On Elements
07 – SHAUN-D – Pullup
08 – SHAUN-D – Boeke
09 – SHAUN-D – Full Up Class
10 – MISTER RIES – Sugar (Kill Frenzy Remix)
11 – KILL FRENZY – Uuuh!
12 – BLACKBOX – I Don’t Know (Kingdom Remix)
13 – DEXPLICIT – Judas
14 – JAZMINE SULLIVAN – Need U Bad (Scottie B Remix)
16 – KINGDOM – That Mystic VIP