The Reeflex – Sparktones: The Catcher in the Rye

5 03 2010

One day a month, I am willing to shamelessly promote myself. Today is that day. My new beat tape is available for free download. Download link is at the bottom.

The tape is called Sparktones – The Catcher in the Rye, and it’s the last of the Sparktones series. I’m trying to release about a tape a month, and this is February’s edition. Next month’s project is already in the works. I’m hoping to use more soul samples in it. Try to make it sound like more conventional hip hop. But for now, you can download what’s already on the bandcamp. There’re four beat tapes up there. If you’re an MC interested in using a beat, let me know. I can adjust them to go however you want (take stuff out, add stuff, etc), and I don’t charge.

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Ivan Ice & Emay – Sounds Like

4 03 2010

Another free download today. It’s from a couple hip-hoppers called Ivan Ice & Emay. The EP is called Sounds Like. Download link is at the bottom.

Emay submitted the album to me to listen to, and I liked what I heard. The production is crisp and catchy, the delivery is smooth and intelligent, and overall, it’s a very solid EP. There are also two instrumentals included in the EP, which is awesome. I love instrumentals.

Used to Sound Like, Now” has my favorite beat of all the tracks, and I think “Get Ready!” has my favorite content lyrically. Like I said, it’s a really solid album, totally worth the download. Do yourself a favor, and get it.

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Mike Schpitz – Love Potion Number 9th

3 03 2010

Last week or so, I found out about this dude from the midwest. His name’s Mike Schpitz, and he also goes by LoveJones. He’s a sick artist, and he’s definitely worth listening to. Free mixtape download at the bottom.

I first heard a few tracks from Mike Schpitz on the Flawless Hustle mixtape Stay Flawless. I thought he was pretty good, but I wasn’t completely sold. About a month later, I found out that he released a mixtape where he went over 9th Wonder beats, so I had to have that. It’s called Love Potion Number 9th, and it’s been one of my most played mixtapes over the past month.

“Hatin’ Again” is one of my favorite tracks off the mixtape. Stik Figa and Adullessence are featured on it, and they add a whole new dimension to the track. The beat is incredible, and that goes for every beat on this mixtape. As a matter of fact, that goes for pretty much 9th’s whole catalog.

Either way, it’s definitely worth downloading, especially since it’s free. And while you’re at it, follow Mike Schpitz on Twitter. Kudos to Refined Hype for the download.

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Shay-J – Lost in a Vast Abyss of Hip-Hop

2 03 2010

Today I’m talking about Gainesville, Florida, hip hop artist Shay-J. He’s got a lot of an Atlanta-type sound in his delivery. Shay-J released his album Lost in a Vast Abyss of Hip-Hop in like December, and I’m just now getting around to talking about it. Apologies to Shay for that. But, better late than never, right? Right.

So, a bit of background first. If you don’t know Shay-J, he’s a pretty phenomenal artist. When Common and Kid Cudi played at UF, Shay got to open for them, so if you went to that, you’ve heard him. Lost in a Vast Abyss of Hip-Hop promos were given out there, and practically everyone toward the front of the crowd got a promo. Over the past few weeks, Shay has been handing out copies of the album all around campus recently, so if you’re lucky enough to see him, ask for a copy. He’s been getting so much buzz in Gainesville, the Alligator even did a story on him.

As a matter of fact, the first night I met Shay-J, he ended up doing a recording of “Can I Kick It? (2009)”, which is one of the songs he performed when he opened the Common & Cudi show. As you can probably tell, Shay goes over the the “Can I Kick It?” instrumental, and needless to say, he owns it.

Look of Love” is a great track off the album. The beat is laid back, yet the subject matter and the delivery is pretty serious, leading to an interesting contrast. That’s really what I love about Shay’s tracks: the lyrical content. Every song means something. There aren’t any tracks that are just throwaway filler tracks, which is impressive, especially for a 19 track album.

Late Night Special (Apple Drank)” is probably my favorite track on the album. The way he talks to his producer at the beginning is a great addition, and I’m really glad they didn’t cut that out. It gives it a nice, little, ragged-edge type feel. The guitar bit about three minutes into the song is fucking dreamy, as is the horn solo that starts a little after four minutes in. And once again, the lyrics are creative, yet not overly complex, allowing the listener to just zone.

You can listen to the whole album online. Hit up Shay’s bandcamp page. There you can listen to every track for free, and if you feel like buying it, you can purchase it for five bucks or more. It’s a name your price sort of thing, except the minimum to pay is five dollars. But for 19 tracks, it’s more than worth it.

Sidewalk Chalk

2 02 2010

Happy Groundhog Day. You should become a fan of everydaymusic on Facebook. You’ll be notified of all the updates, which generally include free downloads. It’s worth it. Either way, today’s focus is on a bunch of Chicagoans called Sidewalk Chalk.

Sidewalk Chalk is a jazz/hip-hop group I found through the message boards at Okayplayer. After listening to them, my first thought was, this group has to play in Montreal at the Jazz Fest. They offer lots of free live shows, and I really hope Sidewalk Chalk puts in a submission. I feel like they’d bring a whole new dimension to the Jazz Fest.

“Movement of the Mind” is probably their most popular song. You can download it for free on their Bandcamp page, and you can view the video they made for it. Their MySpace page has a lot of minute long samples of them playing live. It gives you a good feel for their live sound, which is impressive. Sidewalk Chalk also has a Facebook fan page, so you should be a fan. And while you’re at it, become a fan of everydaymusic.

I’m really looking forward to more music from Sidewalk Chalk. They seem like a legitimate jazz-hop talent, playing a game that has few players in this day and age.

MaG – I Ain’t Goin’ Back to Retail!

1 02 2010

Yo, today I’m posting a free download from last year from MaG. If you don’t have it yet, don’t sleep, it’s good shit. Look out for MaG this year. Download at the bottom.

I found this mixtape on back in December. I gave it a few listens, but I’ve neglected talking about it for some reason. Kevin Nottingham showed MaG a lot of love in his Top 10 Free Albums of 2009. It’s called I Ain’t Goin Back to Retail!, and it’s a brilliant display of lyricism and flow.

“The Truman Show”, “Rich & Famous”, and “This Ain’t Rap” are my favorite tracks off the mixtape, though not necessarily in that order. Apparently, $5 Cover, MaG’s EP he released before Retail!, is even better, so I’m about to get on that. In the mean time, get I Ain’t Goin Back to Retail!. Shouts to HypeLG for the download link.

Download it.

D/Will – Heir of Abraham

29 01 2010

We conclude this week with another free mixtape download. That’s five free downloads in the last five days, folks. You should be listening to good music by now. It’s the first mixtape D/Will has up on his bandcamp, all the way back from April 2008. An oldie, but a goodie.

I first heard of D/Will when he worked with Stik Figa on Hello, Goodbye. That’s a phenomenal mixtape, too. You should get it. But that’s not what this post is about. The mixtape I’m telling you about today is called Heir of Abraham. D/Will‘s beats are as solid as ever, proving that he’s consistent when it comes to his production.

“Good Evening” is my favorite complete track off Heir of Abraham. I say “complete” track because I feel like this is the track where the instrumental and the lyrics blend together the best. But don’t get me wrong. I really like all of the production on this release. It’s practically flawless.

Download it.