Some Soundcloud loosies

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So, I’ve been working on music lately but nothing that will be put anytime soon.  Every now and then, I like to throw some random shit up on soundcloud. You know, just to remind you guys that I’m still a breathing being. Over the last few months, I’ve put up a remix, a joke trap song and two old beats I made over a decade ago that I always liked but never did anything with. This post is just a means of me putting them all in one place (outside of soundcloud).

Peep dat…

If you like those old tracks, here’s a link to 15 installments of throwaway tracks I enver used, all made between 95-2004. Free beats, yo!
http://phatfriend.com/?s=throwaway+files&submit=Search

Also, I threw in a radio show I did where my Buddies Jer (Sir Jarlsberg) and Shannon (from the band Activator) played music and talked shit. The music ranges from stuff we like to an overview of my former group with jer Party Fun action committee to just a bunch of truly offensive songs you probably wouldn’t hear anywhere else. Enjoy!

Here’s a playlist of some rap I’ve been enjoying

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I’ve been on Soundcloud for less than a year and , honestly, never used it beyond just posting my own songs. While on tour recently, I had some downtime and realized “oh wait…there’s some cool music on here to listen to!”. It didn’t hurt that the computer I travel with, when touring, doesn’t have most of my music on it. So, I decided to make a playlist of song that I found on soundcloud. Songs by people who aren’t me. Rappers I fuck with heavily like Tree, Your Old Droog, Jay Electronica, Sparkmaster Tape, Open Mike Eagle and Michael Christmas. Turns out, Soundlcoud is full of unreleased gems and rarities by all sorts of artists. Nice. So, here’s the playlist I made. Admittedly, it’s all over the place but think of it like an ipod on random.
Also, the songs range from new to old so this isn’t meant to be some cutting edge collection of music.
Also, while you’re there, don’t hesitate to peep my soundcloud page.It’s full of rarities and remixes , many of which are downloadbale for free. Go nuts.

While I got you here, you should also peep the awesome new song/video “Celebrity reduction prayer” by Open Mike Eagle. Dude just keeps getting better and better.

So this trap music the kids seem to like…

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Before I start, I need to ask of you, please read this in its entirety. It’s very important and I feel like if you miss any of it, it won’t really make sense.

You know guys, I’ve been doing hip hop music for as long as I can remember. I made my first beat around 1994. Before that, I was helping others make beats and rapping. That’s 20 plus years of dedication to a genre of music I love. In those 20 years, I’ve seen all types of music come and go. The cyclical nature of music never stops moving. When hip hop began, most people thought it would be a fad. “Give it ten years!” they said. “This isn’t music!” they said. Well, 40 years later and it’s pretty much the biggest genre of music in America (outside of country music and , maybe, EDM). What I’m saying is that hip hop has persevered. So much so, that I finally feel I can move on from it. I’ve done my part…time to expand my horizons and step into a new beginning. I keep hearing about “trap music”. The kids seems to love it! The way people talk about it kinda reminds me of how people once spoke of dubstep, or maybe even drum and bass or , hey, remember Jungle music? Hell, good old downtempo and trip hop even once had the ” new car smell”. Oh and what about all those little sub-genres that came out of the UK that had the word “step” in them even though, to my totally ignorant ears. they all sounded kinda the same? Yeah, all those too. It’s clear to me that trap music is here to stay and, if there is one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s “when that new trend comes knocking, you better answer the door, brah”. That’s a saying, right? This mantra was most recently captured in my 2010 release “Blockhead Vs. The Cyborgs: A dub-step odyssey”.

I’ve always envied producers out there who were able to evolve with the times. I’m just some guy who makes beats. Always have been. I wish I could say “Oh my music? Well, I started making trance music but then got into jungle, I did some hip hop but then really started focusing on dubstep…but now? I’m all about that trap!” I mean, can you imagine the power that comes with those words? It’s like saying “Hey man, I DO IT ALL!”.

So, I feel like it’s time for me to take control of my destiny. It’s time to evolve with the times. hip hop won’t be here forever. I must embrace the new…and that new is called Trap music. Sure, this “new” music has actually been around in some form since the 90’s as what we used to refer to as double time hi-hats in southern hip hop. I mean, that did happen. But this is different! More 808’s and the double time drums are , like, totally triple time. I think. And sure, a genre of music called “trap music”, that’s title is based on the area of a ghetto where drugs are sold is an odd choice for the next EDM craze but, hey, the heart wants what the heart wants. Who cares if it’s being made by people who live nowhere near a “trap” and/or don’t even know what said “Trap” is. It’s music. So, lemme give this whole trap music a whirl! Goodbye hip hop. It was fun. You had a lot of attitude , spunk and we shared many great moments together. Like, remember that time Chuck D said “Bass! how low can you go?”. That was cool. What about that time I bought Illmatic on cassette? That was a fun time for sure. But, we can’t all live in the past. Trap music is the new thing and if I don’t get on it now, I might as well retire and start working at coffee shop. So, here is my trap song. My FIRST trap song! You can be assured that there will be MANY MANY more to come. I figure, after i drop this one, the money should start pouring in pretty steadily.  That’s how this works , right? I make one trap song and I become rich? Cool…I’m in. Check out my song “Molly boyz anthem”. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna change the face of music as we know it. YOU’RE WELCOME!

PS: I hate that I even have to write this part but , let’s be honest, people are dense. if you think any of this real or serious, I feel sorry for you and every one who knows you. Obviously, this is a joke. Just to give you some back story, I made the “Molly boys anthem” as a beat my friends and I were going to make a joke song over. The song was going to be about men nearing 40 years old, doing drugs. It never happened so this beat just was kinda sitting there. So, please…don’t freak out. I’m not actually ever going to make trap music.

It will be fun to see what people react to this in some certain way cause it will let me know who actually reads this bullshit that I write. In a way, this whole post is an experiment in reading comprehension and to see how reactionary people can be about this stuff. I really shoulda done this on April fools day. Shit. Missed opportunity.

PPS:Also, I’d like to say I have no issue with trap music or people who make it. This isn’t about that at all. So, if you make that kinda stuff, know this isn’t a dig at you or your music. This is more about the idea of trend hopping. Trap just happens to be what’s in now so I choose you. It’s all good, dudes.

Peep this remix of Jidenna’s “Classic man”

jidenna I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I’ve been on the road a lot the last year or two and this had led to me being less prolific than I’d like to be. More than once, I’ve gone a month without even making a beat. So, every now and then, you gotta create to stay sharp. One way I like to do that is take a song I’m currently listening to a lot and try and remix it. This isn’t always possible as acapellas can be tricky to come by. I was lucky enough to be sent this DIY acapella (Shout out to Ryan for that) and the rest is history. In the case of this remix, we find a song that I’ve been strangely obsessed with. Funny thing is, it’s some random R&B song…which isn’t typically my flavor but, hey, music works in mysterious ways. If you’re not familiar with Jidenna or this song. He’s a new artist Janelle Monae is putting out. I could ramble on about him but I think it’s best you watch the video of the original version of “Classic man” to really get where he’s coming from. Me simply saying “Yo, his clothes are nutty!” wouldn’t really do it justice. Part of the fun with remixing tracks is taking the originals away from their intent. If you’re familiar with other remixes like this I’ve done (Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple or  Bobby Shmurda) , I generally take upbeat or hi energy songs and make them somewhat melancholy. That’s my thing….and this one is no different.  I should also point out, this was done for fun on my part and with no consent from the artist. I’m not selling it. I’m simply putting it up on soundcloud. So, I hope Jidenna doesn’t mind. My guess is, he’ll never even know it exists. Oh well. So, here it is. Enjoy! Side note, saying “I can pull the wool” is an amazing way to describe getting girls. Not sure if it’s something a classic man would say but I enjoy it.

Edit:

Here’s a download link cause the soundcloud downloads expired. Enjoy!

http://www34.zippyshare.com/v/jZzNQl4N/file.html

Some Early Works

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I was rummaging through my I-tunes on an older computer recently and happened upon a playlist of old beats. This is nothing unusual as my I-tunes on that particular computer was basically a graveyard for such things. Beats I made that people used, that people didn’t use or that I used for my solo stuff. Pretty much all these tracks but in their earliest form. Not mixed, recorded directly off my sampler. I figured it might be fun to give a few away , as they aren’t doing much in that playlist just sitting there. So, here we have some tracks. Some will be familiar (Older aesop tracks, a despot track, Illogic tracks, A cage track , random remixes I did) and some are beats that we’re “claimed” by artists but never got used. So, for all you completion obsessed nerds out there, a few of these are gonna be your shit. For you normal people, it’s just some free beats to listen to. You know, music.
Like I said, these are the ebats as rappers who would get them from me heard them. Straight off the sampler, on to a beat cd (it was that long ago). So, enjoy…

https://www.sendspace.com/file/5tncrd
(cause there is often confusion with these download sites, click where it says “Click here to start download from sendspace”. Pretty simple. If the link goes down, lemme know and I’ll re-up it.

I’m hitting the road! Check my live shows!

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It’s that time of year again where I journey from off my couch to venues all over the world to play people my music. It’s looking like a busy winter/fall as I will be all over the states and even back in europe.Some familiar places and some spots I have never set foot in before. so, without further ado, here are my upcoming shows:

Europe
W/ DJ Cam
2/26/15 Berlin, Germany -Gretchen
2/27/15 Kiev, Ukraine -Club Atlas
2/28/15 Linz, Austria -Stadtwerkstadt
3/2/15 Tel Aviv, Isreal- Ktovt
3/3/15 Prague, Czech Republic- Cross Club
3/4/15 Brussels, Belgium-VK
3/5/15 Amsterdam, Netherlands- OT301
3/6/15 Hamburg, Germany- Mojo

Us Dates! For details (venues and tickets) Go to http://blockheadmusic.com/
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Peep this new song I did with Aesop Rock!

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“When are you and Aesop gonna do more music together?!?!”
“Do you and Aesop Still talk?”
“What can’t you make “Float” Again?”

These are three questions I get all the time. Online. Offline. In line for a bathroom. Well, today is a great day for all those inquiring minds. I recently did a song with Aesop that accompanied the release of a special edition toy he was involved in, made by Kid Robot. A two song 7″ came with the toy and that was the only way you could hear the song…UNTIL NOW!
The good people at Rhymesayers have made the songs available both digitally and as a stand alone 7″. Two songs!
1. Cat food (Produced by me)
2. Bug Zapper (Produced by Aesop)

You can get the vinyl or mp3 here:
http://fifthelementonline.com/collections/aesop-rock/products/aesop-rock-cat-food-ep
You can also get the mp3 in these two well known digital music outlets:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R57GKAU/ref=sr_1_3_rd?ie=UTF8&child=B00R57HLMQ&qid=1420435172&sr=1-3
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cat-food-ep/id952773750

Also,
Aesop is on tour right now with Rob sonic and Homeboy Sandman. Peep the dates HERE
I have just been added on to his NYC show and the Gramercy Theater (2/14/15) So, if you’re in the city that night, come nice and early to see me play a little set. It will be valentines day , so, you know. Mad romance. Also, Aesop & rob sonic with Homeboy sandman is seriously one of the best bills you’ll see this year. Don’t miss it where ever they go.

So, to summarize:
1)Aesop and I did a new song together
2)We are still good friends
3)We will never remake “Float”

Sounds good? Great.