Archive for May, 2012

Nico the Beast – Performance Videos

May 21, 2012

This Sunday, May 27th 2012, Nico the Beast (along with producer, Vanderslice) drops his first formal studio project in over a year, True to FormThe release date is chosen as a memorial for his deceased son, Domenic Jr., but the content itself is more of an homage to the straight bars/storytelling brand of hip-hop that begged the Beast to pick up the mic 15 years ago.

Serving as the perfect epilogue to the Vanderslice collab EP coming this weekend, Lost Sessions Volume 1 is comprised of unreleased sessions from 2007-2008 over classic boom-bap instrumentals from the likes of Group Home, Common and Raekwon… Also check the videos from this past Friday @ M Room in Philadelphia.

“Nachurally Gifted (Live)” featuring Rec Raw:

“My Piano (Live)” featuring Big OC Diesel:

iStandard Showcase @ Club Diesel, Pittsburgh

May 9, 2012

Last week I traveled from Philly back to where I grew up to meet with Nico the BeastPremise, Don (aka DJ Thrill Collins), Ciz, and J Hatch for the Pittsburgh edition of the iStandard Producer Showcase…  Club Diesel is a dope venue; despite all the spots here, there isn’t one quite like it in Philly.  The sound system was thorough, to say the least… I didn’t take much video footage; it’s strange to watch 3-5 minutes of a random producer standing on stage looking awkward.  I did, however, grab excerpts from featured producers JBG/Big C and Premise, plus two tracks from Nico the Beast’s live performance.

Nico the Beast – “Deja Vu” & Acapella:

Premise:

J.B.G. & Big C:

Cyphers Outside StreetArena.TV Battle – 4/27/12

May 9, 2012

Up until last Friday night, when I had plans with Big Oc Diesel to attend ‘a show’ he helps run, I’d never been to a Street Arena battle.  It actually wasn’t until the ride there that Big O even mentioned the word “battle”, so witnessing the epic shit-talk and riddles as these guys break each other down caught me off guard a bit… Since there are multiple cameras inside the event taping the main events, I took mine outside to get some exclusive bars from a few of the exceptionally impressive regulars (make sure to catch Bliss Creed’s verse, 2nd in the SWA video).  Unfortunately, the street lamp didn’t quite provide the lighting I was hoping for, but the rhymes are perfectly clear…

S.W.A. (Mania Mac, Bliss Creed, Madface)

Toolz:

Vizz Da Outlaw:

“The House” @ Dobbs 4/24/12 (Live Sets)

May 9, 2012

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Philadelphia, OnTyme Music packs the 2nd floor of ‘The Legendary Dobbs’ on South Street with a grassroots hip-hop event that provides a spotlight for rising local acts and a humble atmosphere where all types of fans come to enjoy live music and network.  There are also open mic segments that host emcees, singers, spoken word poets and more; sometimes the one-track sets leave more of an impression than the featured slots… Nate Nizzle, in particular, stood out for his punchlines and professional mic control, though I think he might have aggravated a few of the ladies in the audience…

Nate Nizzle:

Mel Alston Jr:

Jay Griffy w/ Dakota Black:

DistantStarr Listening Session 4/17/12 (New MAGr)

May 9, 2012

After my winter-long hiatus from Philadelphia and rumors from Al Mighty of new MAGr music being recorded, I dropped by producer/MC DistantStarr’s studio to hear the latest adds to his private repetoire, which can become an electro/crunk/boom-bap abyss from the volume of his regularly-added new music.  Capturing a fraction of the session on video, we find the first polished MAGr track in almost 3 years (see Part 2), plus a handful of dope instrumentals and works in progress.

Part 1:

Part 2: