Tag Archives: Lord Jamar

New Joint – Bread of Kaliwild / Sadat X / Lord Jamar / Sirius

Bread of Kaliwild ft. Sadat X, Lord Jamar & Sirius – “Star” (BreadofKaliwild.Com / 2021)

Soulful flavour from West Coast rhyme vet Bread’s forthcoming album “A Breath Of Fresh Air” which features Planet Asia, Big Shug, Nottz and more.

Each One Teach One (Episode #5) – INFMEGA / Lord Jamar

Lord Jamar discusses some Brand Nubian history with producer INFMEGA.

Each One Teach One (Episode #4) – INFMEGA / Lord Jamar

Lord Jamar discusses Brand Nubian’s 1992 album “In God We Trust” with Brooklyn-based producer INFMEGA.

Each One Teach One (Episode #3) – INFMEGA / Lord Jamar

Brooklyn-based producer INFMEGA discusses sampling and beat-making with Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar.

Peace To The Gods Mix Stream – Kil / Brand Nubian

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Philly’s Kil pays tribute to the Five Percent flavour of Sadat X, Lord Jamar and Grand Puba with this collection of 90s favourites from the Now Rule crew.

New Joint – Cormega / Inspectah Deck / Sadat X etc.

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Cormega ft. Inspectah Deck, Roc Marciano, Sadat X & Lord Jamar – “Industry – Deluxe Remix” (@RealCormega / 2014)

The QB lyricist enlists the help of some heavyweight microphone OGs to drop some thought-provoking verses about the state of the rap game in 2014.

New Joint – Lord Jamar

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Lord Jamar – “Acquired The Knowledge” (@LordJamar / 2014)

The Brand Nubian emcee delivers Five Percent-influenced lyricism over smooth production from Skeff Anselm who, of course, gets props to.

New Joint – Kasim Allah / Lord Jamar / Sadat X

Kasim Allah ft. Lord Jamar & Sadat X – “Jive Pretenders” (SandysHouseEnt.Com / 2013)

Now Rule flavour taken from the album “Living Mathematics”.

New Joint – Fokis & RP / Brand Nubian

Fokis & RP ft. Brand Nubian – “Big Business” (Loyalty Digital Corp / 2012)

Another quality track lifted from the forthcoming Fokis-helmed project “The Vintage Album” which will feature Kurtis Blow, Spoonie Gee, Kool G. Rap and more.

New Joint – Lord Jamar / Lord Superb

Lord Jamar ft. Lord Superb – “N.Y. Timez” (Universal Indie / 2012)

Big Throwback-produced track from the forthcoming “Known Associates” project which the Brand Nubian is hoping to release from raising funds on his KickStarter page.

Album Review – Gensu Dean

Gensu Dean

“Lo-Fi Fingahz”

(Mello Music Group)

To many boom-bap die-hards the SP 1200 is the definitive weapon of choice for any musical maestro worth their weight in dusty vinyl. The 1987 E-mu manufactured sampler is to Hip-Hop what the lightsaber is to the Jedi Order. In much the same way that Yoda wouldn’t consider someone a Jedi Knight until they’d completely mastered the space-age sword, there are many out there who won’t consider bestowing the title of Hip-Hop producer upon anyone who hasn’t paid their dues on the same piece of equipment that birthed so many classics in the hands of legends like Paul C., Pete Rock and Lord Finesse.

Noted for its notoriously limited sampling time, the SP pushed golden-age producers to the limits of their creativity, leading to some inspired breakthroughs in studios everywhere as the likes of Marley Marl and Showbiz squeezed everything they could from the machine in order to bring to life the soundscapes that blasted loudly in their mind’s eye. Fast-forward to the present day and with all of the new technology available to make the creative process easier and faster, it would take a dedicated boom-bap disciple to disregard such convenience and still insist on crafting their beats via the SP 1200.

Enter Texas-based producer Gensu Dean. Refusing to abandon the trademark gritty, warm sound of the SP for the slicker feel of more recent advancements, Dean’s Mello Music Group debut manages to carry on golden-era tradition without sounding dated or redundant. “Lo-Fi Finghaz” isn’t the work of a producer simply refusing to let go of the past regardless of the quality of the finished product, rather it’s the sound of a musician choosing to work with the equipment he knows will enable him to create the best music he possibly can.

Having remained under the radar for much of his career (Dean’s first production credit was on Southern duo Crooked Lettaz’ 1999 album “Dark Skies”), this debut album has been a long time coming and it’s obvious from listening to the project that the talented beat-digger wanted to ensure he dropped a release that would stand the test of time. The level of production heard on “Lo-Fi Fingahz” remains high throughout, with every cut here deserving of its place on the final tracklisting.

Featuring a varied selection of emcees, all of the collaborations included on “Lo-Fi Fingahz” sound completely natural, with Gensu’s masterful boardwork ensuring the album remains cohesive rather than simply sounding like a compilation.

The full-bodied “In My Head” finds Brand Nubian’s Sadat X and Lord Jamar blessing knocking drums laced with quirky keyboard flourishes, as the Wild Cowboy drops god-body science and J-A-mother-effin’-M-A-R highlights the benefits of releasing music in today’s digital-age (“Nothing to press up, Nothing to ship out”). NY-born, Atlanta-based emcee HeadKrack makes a notable appearance with his solo track “It’s Just Him”, attacking Dean’s dramatic blend of thumping beats and blaxploitation-style guitar licks with aggressive intelligence (“My music ain’t for the dancers, It’s for the people who question the answers”).

Strong Island’s Sputnik Brown are on-hand to rock the same 1973 Betty Lavette break used on Stezo’s 1989 classic “To The Max”, whilst the chopped guitar, haunting female vocal sample and thick drums of “Forever” provide the perfect neck-snapping backdrop for a typically timeless Large Professor performance.

The upbeat “Extra Extra” is a joyous slice of feel-good boom-bap featuring the positive lyrical vibes of UK duo The Planets, whilst one-half of the British pair, Nomadic, also appears on the stripped-down transatlantic collabo “12 Jewelz” with Roc Marciano, proving that from the pavements of London to the sidewalks of New York it’s still politics as usual.

A great body of work, “Lo-Fi Fingahz” proves undoubtedly that Gensu Dean’s faith in his trusty SP 1200 definitely wasn’t misplaced. One man, one machine, one quality album.

Ryan Proctor

Gensu Dean ft. Large Professor – “Forever” (Mello Music Group / 2012)

One To Grow On – Lord Jamar

30PlusHipHop.Com audio interview with Lord Jamar speaking on the origins of Brand Nubian.

New Joint – Lord Jamar

Lord Jamar – “G-to-tha-O-to-tha-D” (UniversalIndie.Com / 2011)

Taken from the Brand Nubian member’s forthcoming album “Known Associates”.

Step It Up! – Brand Nubian

Lord Jamar speaks on Brand Nubian’s recent forays into the world of dubstep on the upcoming “Enter The Dubstep Vol. 2” project.

Nubian Jam – Sadat X

Behind the scenes footage of the Brand Nubian emcee’s “Turn It Up” video featuring Pete Rock, Lord Jamar & A.G.

X Marks The Spot – Sadat X

The Brand Nubian emcee on Chicago’s UIC Radio talking about his forthcoming album “Generation X”.

Legendary Status – Brand Nubian / Big Daddy Kane

Interview footage from Scion Radio’s Metro Tour.

Brand Nubian

Big Daddy Kane

The Godz – Brand Nubian

Extensive footage of Brand Nubian’s Knitting Factory gig in NYC earlier this week courtesy of GrandGood.Com – take your pick from the many classics on offer.

“Steal Ya Ho”

“Who Can Get Busy Like This Man…”

“360 (What Goes Around)”

“Allah U Akbar”

“Step To The Rear”

“Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down”

“Slow Down”

“All For One”

Bonus Clip : New Untitled Sadat X Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock The Set – Brand Nubian

Brand Nubian performing the classic “Love Me Or Leave Me Alone” at NY’s Purchase College this past weekend.

Time To Build – KRS-One / Brand Nubian / Guru / Solar

The Blastmaster discusses the state of Hip-Hop culture in Chicago last month with a little help from his friends.

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