Exploding Octupus [Video]

ILL BILL, if you know him, you know him well. Necro’s brother and longtime spitter aficionado ILL BILL has been pushing his version of Brooklyn hip hop for going on two decades. In recent years I’ve found his videos to be a little too linear to truly appreciate, though his rhymes have always been performed with a weighted breath that truly rivals some of hip hop’s most respected emcees. This video is by no means a stereotypical one,ILL BILL plays the Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber) card and gives pause to the notion that technology and its proliferation is all good. Nothing is all good, and you get the sense that Ill Bill is not a huge Instagram guy. Video spoke to me in a big way, looking forward to the album.

 ILL BILL’s latest solo LP, “THE GRIMY AWARDS” CD/DVD, hits stores in February.

La Coka Nostra Minds Their Own

Europe is like 5-10 years behind us when it comes to our music, films and everything else we collectively pile together as pop. Ironically, for this reason they listen to a plethora of dope hip hop. While we’re stuck trying to figure out which 16 year old millionaire is worth our 10 dollars on Itunes, European clubs stay busy booking groups like La Coka Nostra. DJ Premier has had a busy week dedicating his appreciation to “older” hip hop as well, having just released that Bumpy Knuckles track, this video shows how relevant classic hip hop can be when it gets cosigned and laced by Premo. This track features Slaine and Ill Bill ripping into the highly transparent world of social networking and how little they care about your so called life. Amazing how refreshing a punch in the face can feel.

My Universe featuring Vinnie Paz

DJ Lethal and ILL BILL handle the majority of the production on Masters Of The Dark Arts, though they also enlisted Statik Selektah and get contributions from Vinnie Paz, Sean Price, Thirstin Howl the 3rd & Big Left as well as Outerspace, Q-Unique & Jaysaun on 2 bonus cuts.   Masters Of The Dark Arts will hit proverbial stores on 7-31-2012 and be released by the illustrious Fat Beat Records.

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Friday Free Joints

Free Downloads: (Right click, click Save As)

Cassidy – Speakin’ In Tongues Freestyle

DJ Muggs Vs. Ill Bill – Trouble Shooters feat. Sick Jacken, Sean Price & O.C.

Pill – Dope Boys (feat. Young Dro, Rocko  All-Star)

Quazedelic – Reach Out

Sheek Louch-This Is Hip Hop (Feat. Joell Ortiz & Termanology

Trek Life – Ready To Live

Wiz Khalifa-Too Late

Walk on the Falside: Remixes and T-Shirts


Visit Falside’s blog with conviction, for he is worth the click. He has just remixed an acappella by Thekeenone , the track is titled “Hit That Shit” featuring B-Real(Cypress Hill), Ill Bill (La Coka Nostra), and Reg Riddem. He also just put out a new t-shirt (beer design above). I love artists who blog about their own shit, it’s a very personal touch that very much speaks to the web savvy consumer of the 21st century.

You wonder how 20 year olds end up getting put on? Steady hustling, like Falside,  true stardom is a daily grind. Scope the interview we conducted last week if you missed out.

The Keen One – Hit That Shit featuring B-Real, Ill Bill, and Reg Riddem.

Alchemist and Oh No Get Recession-Proof

marvel_team-up_tpbBack in the ’90s and early ’00s when the economy was booming and the potential for Hip-Hop seemed limitless, every artist and their moms was venturing off as a solo artist.  Starting your own label was low-risk and a right of passage for successful acts.  However, the decline of records sales in combination with/as a result of the recent recession have created a survival-of-the-fittest-type attitude among artists and record execs, alike.  While the labels have responded by becoming stingier with their dough, sticking with established artists to knock out that hit single, solo artists are progressively receding into the comfort of the group setting.  From a fan’s point of view, the allure of combining such star power is not unlike your favorite superheroes teaming up when you were a kid.  And there are always those peripheral emcees who shine on guest appearances, and this should presumably be their bread and butter.  Over the last few years, we have seen the following “super groups” formed:

  • Buckshot & KRS-One
  • EMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth, and Stricklin)
  • Special Teamz (Edo G, Jaysaun, and Slaine)
  • Slaughtahouse (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, and Crooked I)
  • Randome Axe (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, and Black Milk)
  • Street Sweeper Social Club (Boots Riley and Tom Morello)
  • La Coka Nostra (Everlast, Ill Bill, DJ Lethal, Slaine, and Danny Boy)
  • Idle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res, and Graph Nobel)
  • Torae & Marco Polo
  • The 4 Horsemen (Ras Kass, Canibus, Killah Priest, and Kurupt)
  • Global Takeover (El Da Sensei and The Returners)

The latest addition to this list is the crew Gangrene aka Oh No and Alchemist, which makes their grand debut on Al’s newest album Chemical Warfare.  On the track “Acts of Violence” (video below), Oh No and Alchemist form like Voltron and incite riots from a news room.  Unfortunately, a bunch of the tracks from Chemical Warfare, dropping July 7th, have been previously released in one form or another, but it certainly looks to be a banger.

MPFREE: Gangrene – “Acts of Violence”