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House Shoes is something of anomaly in 2012, opting not to engage in the average histrionics and/or internet antics to gain fame. Instead, the Detroit native has slowly garnered a loyal fan base largely due to outworking, out-digging and out-producing the competition. Like Black Milk and other Detroit-based producers, Shoes’ sound is indebted to Dilla, but you would be shorting him if you defined him by that affiliation. Anyways, Mr. Shoes finished up a brief tour of the Pacific Northwest along with Guilty Simpson, Knxwledge and Samiyam. To celebrate the tour, Knxwledge took on Shoes’ “Crazy” which also features Simpson and Black Milk. As he’s prone to do, Knxwledge flipped “Crazy” into an impossibly smooth bit of soul-searching hip hop that even takes some of the edge off of Guilty’s toss you around verse. Sad you missed the tour (we are)? Listen to this. It’s not quite as visceral, but you’ll get the point. Stream below and download here courtesy of Fresh Selects.

One of my favorite producers right now continues to put out EPs like its nobody’s business. He has dropped six releases on bandcamp in 2012 alone and is still putting out sampleicious beats. He’s a master crate digger and I would love to see what samples he uses in just one of his releases. This time, Knxwledge drops “Karma Loops pt. 2” for us. Usually one would think that with this amount of output there would surely be a decrease in quality. For Knxwledge that decrease in quality has yet to come as far as I am considered and I am drawn back to his previous records countless times. You can stream the album below and here is a link for “Karma Loops Pt. 1” I highly recommend checking that out as well.

There’s really no sense in attempting to understand Blu at this point. After releasing his Madlib collaboration album, UCLA, he succinctly pulled it from his Bandcamp. Furthermore, like so many other Blu releases, the album was entirely unmastered and bordered on unlistenable at times. With all the talent in the world, one would expect Blu to invest in a little mixing here and there. Yesterday, he uploaded a new project to his Bandcamp (luckily still up there), this time a remix tape of 2010’s NoYork!. The nine-track release features Knxwledge, Hezekiah, Von Pea and more. It is, unsurprisingly, incredibly low quality, but it’s too nice to ignore. Von Pea’s remix of “My Sunshine” is outstanding. Unfortunately, Blu is asking for nine dollars for the tape, but I’m sure you can work a little bit of internet magic and unearth it.

Hexual.Sealings.Vol.2 Cover Art

Knxwledge dropped his Hexual Sealings vol 2 for us last night. The album has some great vocal samples from Erykah Badu, Biggie, and others. I have already expressed my love for Knxwledge on some previous posts so check those out if this is a new artist for you. The album is all good but a couple of standout tracks arew ThnAbtYew, the biggie sample on WunMoarChance, and Trost.

komfi.EP Cover Art

Knxwledge once again graces us with another EP. This one titled Komfi dropped today. I swear the dude never sleeps with the amount of material he keeps on putting out. Check out the dope album artwork as well above. Its a fairly short EP with 5 tracks all under 3 minutes but we see Knxwledge’s  masterfully smooth vocal samples throughout. The EP can be streamed and bought off of his bandcamp page

It’s February seventh and the birthday of the late and great James Dewitt Yancey, also known as J Dilla and Jay Dee. It is also the birthday of the late producer Nujabes, who I will post on sometime later today.  J dilla died at age 32 from the disease lupus and a rare disorder called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) which causes blood clots to form in your blood vessels.  In the summer of 2005 Dilla was hospitalized in LA, he could not walk and was barely able to talk. While hospitalized, and knowing that his time left was short, Dilla began to produce his last album Donuts. Donuts was released on Stones Throw on February 7, 2006, his 32nd birthday. Dilla died three days later. His mother, Maureen Yancey (Ma Dukes), said of his death “I rejoiced in the fact that he wasn’t sick anymore, and that he’d done what he came here to do. I believe that. His purpose on earth was to come here and give us the music that he had in his heart and soul.”

The first track that I heard produced by Dilla was Fantastic 3 off of the Slum Village classic album Fantastic, Vol. 1. Slum Village consisted of rappers Baatin, T3, and producer J Dilla. The three grew up together and the album was finished in 1996 but not officially released until 2005. The rapping throughout the album is consistent but what makes Fantastic stand out is Dilla’s production. If you haven’t heard of Dilla, this is the best place to start off your journey of listening to all the music that he has produced. It is certainly a wonderful challenge.

From the trance like melodies in Fantastic 3 to the heavy hitting snare in Look of Love to the soulful clap of Players, Dilla was a genius behind the beat. Dilla was a master at finding the most unique samples and creating something beautiful. One of my favorite samples that he uses is in a track with Erykah Badu called Didn’t Cha Know. Dilla sampled Tarika Blue’s Dreamflower off of her Best of LP. I’l put it at the bottom of this post along with a tribute medley for Dilla made by one of my favorites, Knxwledge.

Knxwledge tribute to Dilla. He says this in his typical cryptic writing

NoWrdsKnSay.

HowMuchYouv’eHelpdMe.

MakeMyWay.

Thnx.J

http://gloof.bandcamp.com/track/takeitbak-medli

Happy listening, and if you havent yet, I highly recommend that you start sifting through the massive collection of tracks produced by this man.

RIP J Dilla