Posts Tagged ‘freestyle’

Vintage Video: O.D.B + Busta Rhymes’ Impromptu Public Cypher

April 26, 2014

By the looks of things, specifically Busta Rhymes’ slender build, and the Tommy Hilfiger and Helly Hansen jackets scattered about the audience, I’d say this video is about 20 years old, from 1994-95…  If so, BR unveils a verse that would become part of his famous, hit debut single “Got You All in Check” and continues to freestyle after it’s over.  The vintage nature of the shoot is also evident in the fact that Old Dirty Bastard appears in “Brooklyn Zoo” form, dropping punchlines during his heyday, before going overboard with aliases.. and crack cocaine.

The owner of the video labels it a “battle” when it’s clearly not… but it’s nonetheless rare footage of two now-legendary hip-hop icons still on the rise, entertaining the public at a time when they were hiphop’s next generation…

 

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:

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:

The Lost Public Axis Podcast (2010)

April 26, 2012

Sometimes, regression can be a good thing- like this podcast for example…

Assembled this summer 2010, Overhead & Undersells is a collection of  leaks, remixes and other unreleased joints- most of which are appearing for the first time on a cohesive project.  Amidst a cavalry of releases from Small Professor, Zilla Rocca, and Curly Castro during, and since the time this was compiled, the 40 minute gem mixed by DJ Son Raw fell on the backburner for a while, but it’s too nice to be forgotten.  And with the onslaught of expectation-challenging material still to come from the artists on this mix, Overhead & Undersells serves as a marker for some of the earlier aesthetic milestones of these artists’ ever-elevating sounds.

DOWNLOAD: Overhead & Undersells… Thanks to Fresh from 33 Jones for hooking up the cover art!

Public Axis Podcast Volume 1

Curly Castro – ‘LA Traffic’ Freestyle Video (2010)

April 26, 2012

I forgot that I had this (obviously)… Recorded in Jeff Weiss’ whip during a trip to LA for shows, Curly Castro showcases his freestyle ability over (what is for most MCs) an atypical instrumental.  Enjoy.


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