Had planned on working on my Albums of the Year post today but got distracted by doing an entry for Stones Throw’s 7 Days of Funk Video Contest. I noticed how few entries there currently are and how awesome the prizes are (I really want that 7 Days of Funk Boxset!). I doubt I will win anything but I thought it was pretty fun to work on the video. This was my first time editing green screen stuff and I only have Windows Live Movie Maker + iMovie (plus I’m not a great video editor at all!) so the results were meh all together. The bar is pretty low so far with the entries but I’m sure if this contest ends up being anything like ST’s last video contest the professional/skilled video makers will drop entries eventually. Below is my favorite entry so far:
Downloads: $CALxTAPExONE$ – ∆CALxTAPExTWO∆ – cal tape 3hree
When Anthony Fantano linked to “cal tape 3hree” earlier today I was expecting a collection of things like this. Instead we get a solid little beat tape from who I’m assuming is Anthony Fantano himself, unless maybe this is another beatmaker using the pseudonym. If you’re unfamilar with Cal Chuchesta you should watch this (or this). I found the other two tapes and now remember hearing some of these on Youtube awhile back, though I did not know they were from an actual tape associated to The Needle Drop. Downloads for all three are available above, cool collection of short instrumental beats. I’m a huge fan of Fantano’s stuff (as you can tell from the sidebar!) and would definitely recommend checking out any of his reviews over on Youtube as well.
Mentioned 20Syl in my last post, made me think of another French rap group I had heard some music from many years ago. The track above from MIC-PRO I found out about after seeing it mentioned somewhere (probably STMB) that Madlib made a super short/obscure appearance in the video. I don’t speak any French and certainly have no idea what they’re rapping about but the flow and beat go well together, I’ve actually still remembered the track after all these years since first hearing it. There were a few other tracks from these guys floating around Youtube back then but I still have never heard the full album Les Modes Passent…, wish I could find this somewhere. Found a Vimeo account associated to the guys here that has a few tracks I hadn’t heard before. Will continue to look for the full album, hopefully someday I’ll be able to hear the whole thing.
Egon, Madlib, 20Syl (French rapper/producer), and DOOM all recently made an appearance on French radio Fip together on the “DITES 33” program. The two hour program includes an interview with the group, some great music in between, and a 30 minute mix by Egon at the end. Unfortunately most of the interview is harder to hear as a French translator talks over them (makes sense why though, it’s a French radio broadcast), there are some insights that I found interesting. A few that stood out to me was when Madlib mentions the Lootpack album making him cringe now when he hears it (I imagine many artists feeling this way about their early music) and that when Freddie Gibbs received music by Madlib his thought was only to use the material for intros or interludes until Lambo convinced him to rap over the stuff. I was also impressed by the 20Syl tracks that were played during the program, I had never heard of him before and will try checking out more of his stuff in the future. Overall it’s a great radio program that’s worth listening to when you have the time.
Full artwork I made for the broadcast featuring a photo of the group in the studio:
ps: This is my last Madlib related post for a bit, I swear!
Writing a bunch about Madlib in my last post got me feeling all nostalgic about his early stuff. Above is probably my favorite music video from this era, the more rough/dirty sound of the beats (that On-N-On aka Infinity Sound bass is badass) and the simplicity of the video I really enjoy. It’s cool thinking about these times when Madlib was hanging out with all the rest of the early Stones Throw crew that included Wildchild, DJ Romes, Declaime, MED, Kazi, Oh No, etc etc. Times definitely change (Madlib recently mentioned in an interview that hearing this album makes him cringe) and I definitely appreciate every phase Madlib goes through in his music, but to me there will always be a special place in my mind for this era of work.