Tag Archives: Craig G

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “Narcissist Theme Song” (@MC_Craig_G / 2020)

The ever-impressive Juice Crew legend offers some poignant lyrical therapy on this latest track to be lifted from his new album “The Fragile Ego”.

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “Limelight” (@MC_Craig_G / 2020)

35 years after his debut on wax, Juice Crew legend Craig G showcases his timeless skills on this Fruition-produced track off his forthcoming album “The Fragile Ego”.

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “Limelight” (@MC_Craig_G / 2020)

The Juice Crew legend delivers words of wisdom and life advice on this Fruition-produced track off his forthcoming “Fragile Ego” album.

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “Live On Stage” (Retro-Respect.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

The Juice Crew legend showcases his timeless skills over production from Denver’s DJ A-L.

New Joint – Craig G & Reel Drama

Craig G & Reel Drama – “Who Stole The Soul” (@MC_Craig_G / 2019)

The Juice Crew legend pays homage to the golden-era and offers the current Hip-Hop game some tough love on this Reel Drama-produced head-nodder.

New Joint – Configa / Craig G

Configa ft. Craig G – “From The Soul” (@Configa / 2018)

UK producer Configa teams-up with Queensbridge legend Craig G for this solid slice of horn-laced boom-bap off his SlamJamz Records album “Configaration  Volume 1”.

New Joint – VVS Verbal / Sadat X / Craig G

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VVS Verbal ft. Sadat X & Craig G – “Then 2 Now” (@Bucktown_USA / 2018)

The Brooklyn emcee teams-up with two NY legends for this mellow head-nodder off his forthcoming Es-K-produced album “Rebirth Of The Slickest”.

New Joint – Craig G

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Craig G – “#IDoMe” (@MC_Craig_G / 2018)

The Juice Crew legend encourages everyone to embrace their individuality on this new cut.

Droppin’ Science – Juice Crew / DJ Sarah Love & MysDiggi

Extensive MysDiggi / Sarah Love interview with Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Kool G Rap, MC Shan, Masta Ace and Roxanne Shante prior to last week’s Juice Crew show in London.

New Joint – Cas Metah / Craig G / D.V. Alias Khryst

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Cas Metah ft. Craig G & D.V. Alias Khryst – “Where’s The Hope?” (@CasMetah / 2016)

Produced by Switzerland’s SoulSeize and taken from the Ohio emcee’s recent “Second Wind” album.

New Joint – Craig G & Menace

Craig G & Menace – “Silver Daggers” (@MC_Craig_G / @MenaceTheDJ / 2016)

Juice Crew legend Craig G and Tha Addicts member DJ Menace drop a gem off their forthcoming “Pair Of Kings” project dropping in 2017.

New Joint – Dray Yard / Avrex etc.

Dray Yard ft. Avrex, Sadat X & Craig G – “The Chosen – Remix” (@DrayYard / 2016)

New flavour from Belarus-based beat-maker Dray Yard.

 

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “W.F.W.T.” (@MC_Craig_G / 2016)

Taken from the Juice Crew legend’s recent album “I Rap And Go Home”.

New Joint – Craig G / Kool Keith

Craig G ft. Kool Keith – “Make Your Arrangements” (@MC_Craig_G / 2016)

Taken from the Juice Crew vet’s new album “I Rap And Go Home”.

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “Long Time” (@MC_Craig_G / 2016)

The veteran wordsmith takes a lyrical trip back to the 80s and 90s on this mellow head-nodder off his forthcoming album “I Rap And Go Home”.

New Joint – Craig G

Craig G – “I Rap And Go Home – Intro” (@MC_Craig_G / 2016)

Taken from the veteran NY emcee’s forthcoming album “I Rap And Go Home” featuring Kool Keith, Buckshot and Canibus.

 

New Joint – Soulbrotha / Craig G

Soulbrotha ft. Craig G – “The Hood Ain’t Changed Much” (@IllAdrenaline / 2016)

Taken from German production duo 12 Finger Dan and B-Base’s recent EP “The Golden Era Isn’t Finished”.

New Joint – Craig G

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Craig G – “It’s My Turn” (@MC_Craig_G / 2015)

The Queensbridge veteran wields his formidable skills with typically impressive results as he comments on today’s Hip-Hop world.

New Joint – Lord Nez / Craig G

Lord Nez ft. Craig G – “Silenty Slow” (@LordNez / 2015)

The Queens, NY representative teams-up with a Juice Crew legend for this hypnotic, piano-laced cut from his new “Messenger From Woodhull” project.

Album Review – DJ JS-1

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DJ JS-1

“It Is What It Isn’t”

(Ground Original)

As a deejay, graffiti artist and member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, it’s safe to say that NYC’s JS-1 is no stranger to the foundation elements of Hip-Hop culture.

Having made a name for himself during the 90s through battles and mixtapes, the Queens-based turntable technician has spent the last ten-plus years putting his production talents to good use, working with mic icons such as Kool G. Rap, Masta Ace and Pharoahe Monch on his own series of album and single releases.

Suffice to say, when anything drops bearing the name DJ JS-1, it should immediately be on the radar of anyone who considers themselves to be a supporter of quality underground Hip-Hop.

With his latest release, “It Is What It Isn’t”, the Rotten Apple resident’s musical formula remains unchanged – uncompromising, sample-based production coupled with  impressive lyricism from both veteran artists and more recently renowned rhyme-sayers, which, in this instance, includes KRS-One, Ras Kass, Torae and Fashawn.

Given his deejay-ing background, it’s no surprise that the album opens with the brilliant “Turn The Tables”, a dedication to deck-wreckers everywhere featuring Diggin’ In The Crates legend O.C. shouting out everyone from Kool Herc and Roc Raida to Jazzy Jay and Boogie Blind, paying homage to all those “chirping with (their) fingers like birds very early in the morning” as he flexes his potent lyrical muscle to break down the science of turntablism from a variety of angles.

Ominous pianos accompany the raw five-borough wordplay of Spit Gemz, Wes and Nutso on the rugged “Forgotten”, whilst Brown Bag Allstars member Soul Khan lashes the heavy drums of “Pay Attention” with an acidic tongue until the beats are close to bleeding (“If you’ve never heard of me? F**k it! You’ve got moves like Jagger, But the blood of Freddie Mercury”).

X-Clan’s Brother J can be heard continuing to take it to the East, Blackwards with the help of trademark ad-libs from the late Professor X on the relentless “Higher Level”, which is followed by Bronx wordsmith C-Rayz Walz utilising a “flow like solid gold”  on “Groom Lake” as he manages to gain lyrical access to Area 51, peppering his gruff rhymes with references to digital clones, time travel and alien abduction, all the while keeping one foot planted firmly on the streets of New York and the other on the rings of Saturn.

Clocking in at a lengthy 21-tracks, jaded consumers might be forgiven for expecting “It Is What It Isn’t” to suffer from a quantity over quality approach, but JS-1 pulls off a masterful sequencing stroke here, with some of the album’s most impressive tracks closing the project, ensuring the listener’s attention is retained until the moment the final cut fades out.

Golden-era greats Kurious, Craig G and Smooth B breathe new life into Common’s well-worn “I Used To Love H.E.R.” metaphor over the jazzy swing of the entertaining “Love Me Not”, whilst Brooklyn’s PackFM paints vivid images of his NY childhood on the feel-good “My Neighborhood”, with his memories including old-school block parties, listening to Red Alert’s radio show on the weekend and chasing ice-cream trucks.

“Soo Real” features Rasheed Chappell and EMC’s Wordsworth dropping thoughtful, heartfelt verses over melodic boom-bap, with the pair displaying a chemistry that suggests they should perhaps consider doing more work together if the opportunity ever presents itself.

The project’s penultimate cut, the dusty-fingered “Sample Abuser”, is arguably the best track on an album which is impressive throughout. A.G., Sadat X and Neek The Exotic each take a turn to reminisce on the producers who’ve had an impact on their respective careers, with the likes of Diamond D, Buckwild, Pete Rock and Large Professor all receiving well-deserved props for their ability to turn an obscure loop into sonic gold.

With “It Is What It Isn’t”, JS-1 has produced yet another solid collection of subterranean sure-shots, simultaneously showcasing and celebrating the undiluted essence of true-school Hip-Hop.

Ryan Proctor