Yes, I do still work with rappers

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I’ve been on tour the majority of the last few months and a question that keeps coming up from random people is “Are you ever gonna work with mc’s again?” to which i reply “Actually…”
Turns out, I’ve been making tons of music with rappers over the last 4 years or so and a lot of people haven’t really noticed. Granted, I can’t really knock them for that cause the projects haven’t been huge name artists but more rappers I personally fuck with as a person and a fan. Labors of love and respect. I figure I might as well just give the heads up to all those asking cause there is , in fact, lots of music I’ve done with MC’s. Entire albums produced by me, in fact. As well as some one offs here and there.
I’ll also add, I’m working on a compilation album that I plan dropping before my next full length that will feature rappers, singers and instrumental songs. It will be a free release too so get your wallets out and then immediately put them back in your pocket.
Anyway, here’s a quick refresher course of the albums I’ve done with rappers. Included are links but know that, if you wanna support and buy the album and the website i direct you to is not one you typically use, all these albums (with exception of the Ep’s with Illogic) are available EVERYWHERE digitally. I-tunes, amazon, etc as well spotify for streaming.
So, let’s start with Illogic.
Illogic is an incredibly gifted mc from Columbus, Ohio who I’ve been down with since before Def Jox existed. He worked with Aesop , as well as Atmosphere, Blueprint and ton of other talents. A few year back he hit me up asked if I wanted to do a project together and I jumped at the opportunity. Turns out…we were both in highly prolific points in our lives and we churned out an full length album and 3 Ep’s. So, we got MAD music together including two lead up EP’s to the full length and prologue EP we dropped afterwards.



https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture-2

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/capture-the-sun

https://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/after-capture

Next up, We got Billy Woods. Woods is a brooklyn based MC I was a huge fan of before i even met him. We got linked up through friends in common and immediately hit it off. We made the album “Dour Candy” soon after that and are currently finishing up another album together (Mostly produced by me but with a special guest producer on a couple tracks) that should be out next year.


https://www.amazon.com/Dour-Candy-BILLY-WOODS/dp/B00D9Q8NJW

Next we got Marq Spekt. He’s originally from philly and a guy I’ve been a fan of since the early 2000’s. He was one of those dudes that everyone I knew knew but I had never met before. I forget how it happened but we linked up and decided to do an album together out of mutual respect and admiration for each others work. We got two albums together on HipNott Records , the newest actually dropped pretty recently


https://marqspekt.bandcamp.com/album/justplaywitit
https://marqspekt.bandcamp.com/album/keep-playin

There’s also a few loosies I’ve done with various artists over the years you might have missed:
Lice (Aesop & Homeboy Sandman)- Environmental studies

Open Mike eagle- Billy’s Quagmire

Red Pill- Darlin’

Sum- Oblivion

Premrock- Criminal Childish

Premrock- Let me see your tongue

Sir Jarlsberg Ft. Aesop, lateef, Blockhead, Kimya dawson, Baby Dayliner and more- All’s Faire

Googie- Big mouth arcade

Googie- Googie Architecture

And shit…while I got you here, did you know I made an album as a part of a group called The Mighty Jones? It’s me on beats, two female vocalists and live guitar and bass. If you’re not so much a hip hop fan but like my beats and singing…this one should speak to your soul. This song in the video below is actually not even released but will be soon.

https://themightyjones.bandcamp.com/releases

So, there you have. I may have even forgotten a few things but that’s the answer to anyone who’s wondered if I still make music with other people. A resounding yes with much more to come.

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.

Music stuff…This and that.

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Whattup…So, I got a few new things to share with you guys and just a basic all around update music wise.
First off, Illogic and I will be putting out our final Ep (for now) called “After Capture” on December 17th. Before that, though, here’s a new song off it for you to peep.

If you wanna pre-order the EP, go here:
http://illogic.bandcamp.com/

In other news, The Album I did with Billy woods “Dour Candy” can now be owned in it’s instrumental form. The good people over at Backwoodz released the whole thing yesterday. For those of you that like my beats but aren’t really bout that rap life, this is your lucky day.
It’s available where ever Digital downloads can be found but here’s a link to their site if you’re into it…
http://backwoodzstudioz.com/blockhead-presents-the-dour-candy-instrumentals/
in case you forgot what those tracks sounded like, here are a few in their original , rappified form

In solo news, my New album “Bells And Whistles” is pretty much done. I’m still putting some final touches on the mixes and it should be 100% finished by the end of the year. I’m not 100% sure who is gonna put it out or when it will come out, but it’ll definitely be out in some form next year. I’m definitely really happy with it so keep and ear open for that.

My dude Marq Spekt and I have a finished album is well. We’re getting the details sorted but it should be dropping next year as well.
We’ve leaked a few tracks already so, in case you missed them, here they are:


as well as this song that won’t be on the Album:

Lastly, the album I’ve been working on with my group The Mighty Jones is also done and should be dropping next year. If you’re not familiar with this project, it’s Me, Singer joanna Erdos and musicians Damian Paris (He plays on all my instrumental albums) and Jeremy Gibson (AKA Sir Jarlsberg and the other half of PArty fun action committee).
Here’s a song we did a while back:

As well as a demo we made that won’t be on the album:

Okay! I’m off to do some shows in europe. If you live in Munich, Kiev, Pecs, Brussels, Paris or Bordeaux…Come see your boy.
https://phatfriend.com/2013/08/27/upcoming-blockhead-shows-tis-the-season/

“After Capture” is coming.

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If you’ve be paying attention this past year and a half, you might have noticed that Illogic and I have had a prolific 18 months. We dropped two free ep’s, a full length called “Capture the sun” on Man Bites dog records and , to close it all out, we bring you “After Capture”. It’s the final installment of our collaboration (for now) in the form of an EP.
It drops early december. Until then, here’s a preview of the song “Chiseled Masterpiece”.

Also, go here for pre-orders:

http://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/after-capture

If you missed the other releases,
http://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture
http://illogic.bandcamp.com/album/preparing-for-capture-2
http://manbitesdogrecs.bandcamp.com/album/illogic-blockhead-capture-the-sun
Aiiight!

Capture the sun is out today!!!!

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Ohio rapper Illogic and I have been working on an album together for a few years now. We released two free Ep’s on bandcamp (you can get those HERE). Well, today our full length “Capture the sun” drops on Man Bites Dog records. It’s a 16 track album entirely produced by me with Illogic rapping, featuring Slug, Blueprint, Abstract Rude and others.
Anyway, instead of me explaining it in depth, peep this ARTICLE on Amoeba.com
Also, Tune into WFMU.org this week to hear the entire interview with Illogic and myself with host Billy Jam on “Put the needle on the record”. The show is on friday from 7-9.

As for the album and where you can get it, it’s available digitally
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capture-the-sun/id633769116
and also on Amazon (might not be available today, but it will be soon)

If you’re more of a hard copy kinda person (god bless you!), you can get the cd at Amazon.com, at ughh.com and FYE online and mom and pop stores all over the US.

If you’re into limited edition kinda things, you can get a cd with a bunch of cool “capture the sun” beach stuff over HERE. These are very limited edition so you might wanna get on that if this interests you.
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Or you can just buy the cd here:
http://www.manbitesdogrecords.com/2013/04/illogic-blockhead-capture-the-sun-cd-cd-only/
Also, people have asked me about if this will be released in vinyl or if there will be an instrumental version available. As of now, the Vinyl is up in the air. There’s been talk of a special , very limited run or even some 7” records. I’ll certainly let you know as soon as I find out. Same goes for the instrumental version. Both would be small runs and come with a T-shirt so, keep an eye out for those.

Lastly, if you’re one of those people who only buys stuff after listening to it, you can peep the album streaming in it’s entirety right here:
http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/04/09/illogic-blockhead-capture-the-sun-stream/

I think that’s everything. If you have any more questions (and are on twitter) direct them to @manbitesdogrecs. He’s your answer guy.
So, go get this album in some form and enjoy it! And thanks for listening and supporting from both Illogic and myself.

Peep “Capture the sun” streaming right now!

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The good people at MTV Hive did a little interview with Illogic and I and are now streaming the entire “capture the sun” album. Peep it!
http://www.mtvhive.com/2013/04/09/illogic-blockhead-capture-the-sun-stream/

Here’s a link for the pre-order:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capture-the-sun/id633769116

Illogic/Blockhead Round-up

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So, as you may know, I’ve been working with my homeboy Illogic for a while now. We released two free ep’s , a ton of videos and in April we will be dropping our full length together called “Capture the Sun” on Man bites dog Records.
I just wanted to use this post to pretty much cover everything we’ve done and let you all know that we’re both really excited to be putting this full length out.
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane…

This was the first song I ever did with Illogic. We made it around 2000. I had had an idea to make an album with various rappers over my beats but it never got finished due to me now knowing enough good rappers at the time.
But this song is what got the ball rolling

During that same trip, Illogic made another song with Aesop over one of my tracks

From there, it was years until Illogic and I would work together. One day he hit me up randomly and was like “hey, you wanna make an album?” I was like “Sure!” and that’s how music gets made! What ended up happening was I sent him tons of beats. He ended up picking like 30 of them and making songs. Because we no longer live in a era of double albums, we decided it might be best to release a few eps. The hope was these ep’s would not only announce that Illogic and I were working together but also seek out interest from record labels. Before any of the ep’s came out, we leaked this song…

You can download that here:

If you’re one of those know-it-all nerds, you might recognize that track from a despot remix I did. Oops!
There is also this track got released on a the compilation “Collaboration is the key”

Shortly after that we put together our first EP called “Preparing for capture”. This is still available for free download

This spawned a few videos:



After that, we put together the second free ep, “Preparing for capture 2”

This had a video as well:

So, that brings us to where we are currently. “Capture the sun” drops April 16th.
Here’s A video of Illogic and I discussing the album

Also, here are two videos of what we got in store for that album.
The first single “Capture the sun” Featuring Slug of Atmosphere on the hook.

And another joint of the album “Neva Heard”

Got it? Good. I hope you like all this stuff. If you do, please cop the album when it drops. also, keep an eye out for Illogic performing at SXSW as well as some shows we’ll be doing together in the midwest come the release date.

Also, I’d just to send shout out to Blueprint for helping with the photo’s and interview video, Ryan from Man Bites dog for putting the album out and Eric Anello and Laura Green for all the videos they made. You guyz are da best.