Leave it to the Grind King to drop the first anthem for the London Olympics. Mistah F.A.B. teams up with London’s Mega & Mayhem of S.A.S (formerly of Dipset acclaim). The track is high energy featuring predictable references to the city and the Olympics. You can bet your bottom dollar that American athletes will be bumping this while pocketing their gold. If you don’t, I’m sure the Grind King will gladly accept the buck.
Also, be sure to download that Beast Mode mixtape GK dropped, it’s a potential mixtape of the year candidate.
I remember when I got my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, it wasn’t nearly as funny, I split my shin and almost cried about it. Planet Asia however is in the business of making my whole experience seem petty, in what’s called a full feature film, we find Planet Asia starring in his first “leading” role, acting that is. From the trailer I’d say this movie will be funny in places it wasn’t supposed to be, but all in all demonstrate how little a budget in the low five figure range will get you in the movie business. It was the soundtrack that caught my eye, with features from Rass Kass, Talib Kweli, Torae and Mistah FAB, I’m betting the soundtracks comes out on top in a sparring session with the flick. Check it.
I know think I’m a fuckload little late on this one but when I came across this gem I had to post it. Little Dragon is one of Sweden’s illest bands right now (and the singer is smoking–she’d be the girl, of course) and Trackademicks is one of the Bay Area’s only most noteworthy producers, having produced tracks for Little Brother, Mistah FAB, J* Davey and Kid Sister; ?uestlove and the Fool’s Gold clique have both given the Alameda-native their nods of approval. Swing over to the very cool website RCRD LBL to download Trackademics’s remix of “After the Rain.”
Little Dragon-”After the Rain”(Trackademics Remix)
Murs once fulminated “hip-hop hippies” as being self-righteous, claiming that they made idealist claims that were seldom backed up. He summed up the tirade, saying “Master P has done more for the community then your punk-ass will ever do.” That being said (and agreed with), it’s encouraging to see that each stop on the Grouch’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas Tour, is going to to have bins for Toys-For-Tots.
Altruism aside, the tour looks pretty solid with Grouch (who’s one of the best hip-hop songwriters), the phenom-esque Fashawn with Exile in tow and Mistah Fab keeping in Gully.
At first glance Fashawn’s story would seem pretty typical. Growing up in Central California, Fashawn, or Santiago Leyva, was typically challenged with temptations of vice and violence. A product of boredom and economic hardship, Fresno is home to over 100 street gangs, and drug use is rampant. Fashawn’s mother was an addict and all the reasons in the world were there for Fashawn to fail at life whilst attempting to succeed on the street. However, rather than participate, Fashawn took an active role in documenting the life around him, his medium to do so was the old ink and pad. After catching the attention of fellow Fresno rapper Planet Asia, Fashawn went on tour, he was 17 at the time. He has since moved to Los Angeles and teamed up with So Cal indie stalwarts such as Exile and Evidence. Yesterday, Fashawn dropped his debut LP, titled “Boy Meets World”, produced entirely by Exile. I’ve been listening to this album for a week and can attest to the following: Fashawn’s new album is sonic excellence. Rap is back in L.A., even if the buck paused in Fresno for a bit. Check out some of the tracks on the LP and the lead music video. My review is after the jump.
Fashawn – Intro
Fashawn ft. Evidence – Our Way
Fashawn ft. Mistah Fab & Coss – Sunny CA
The other day, Jake asked me who my favorite Tweeter is. This really got me thinking about a dynamic I briefly touched on last week–that people or artists who you enjoy in the real world are by no means necessarily as enjoyable on Twitter. That being said, Bay Area rapper Mistah FAB (someone who I, until I started following, had virtually no knowledge of) is right up there among my faves (whutttup Mala & Questo). From being the first to wish Malcom X happy birthday, to relentless and brash Laker hatred, to painfully tweeting with the runs while in line for the can on an airplane, Mistah Fab has utilized the medium to a fantastic equilibrium: he’s consistent but keeps his tweets intelligent. He’s even written a song about tweeting, grab it here and then hit him on Twitter.