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Summertime 7 Mix Stream – DJ Jazzy Jeff & MICK

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Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie drop their annual mix of seasonal feel-good flavours, with the latest edition of their “Summertime” series featuring throwback classics from the likes of The SOS Band, Chubb Rock and Troop, plus a new De La Soul exclusive.

Summertime Vol. 4 Mixtape Download – DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie

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Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie hit the turntables together for the fourth year running to drop a quality selection of cool-out favourites to enjoy in the summer heat – download their latest mix featuring the likes of Erykah Badu, Camp Lo and Main Source here.

Dirty Slums 2 Mixtape Trailer – Slum Village

Trailer for the Detroit crew’s forthcoming Mick Boogie-hosted “Dirty Slums 2” featuring Guilty Simpson, Skyzoo, Joe Scudda and more.

New Joint – Slum Village / Focus… / Vice

Slum Village ft. Focus… & Vice – “God Sent” / “Hunger” (MickBoogie.Com / 2012)

Young RJ-produced music from the ever-evolving Detroit crew’s Mick Boogie-hosted mixtape “The Dirty Slums”.

Summertime 2 Mixtape Download – Mick Boogie / DJ Jazzy Jeff

Mick Boogie and Jazzy Jeff follow-up their first “Summertime” mixtape with this new varied batch of classics to blast at your BBQ featuring joints from De La Soul, The Gap Band, Mos Def, Jill Scott etc – download here.

Tracklisting:

1) Intro: Summer Breeze

2) Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince: Summertime

3) Smif–n-Wessun: Bucktown

4) Jagged Edge: Where The Party At?

5) R. Kelly: Summer Bunnies

6) Gap Band: Outstanding

7) Steve Winwood: Higher Love

8. Redman & Method Man: Da Rockwilder

9) De La Soul: Buddy

10) Slick Rick: The Show

11) Jill Scott: Golden

12) Mos Def: Brown Sugar

13) Norman Connor: Invitation

14) Grand Puba: I Like It

15) DeBarge: I Like It

16) EPMD: Never Seen Before

17) Le Pamplemousse: Gimme What You Got

18) Alkaholiks: Daamn (Mick’s In My Bed Blend)

19) Q-Tip: Let’s Ride

20) PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss

21) Spandau Ballet: True

22) Talib Kweli: Hot Thing

23) Stevie Wonder: My Cheri Amour (Jeff’s Sucker Blend)

24) Common: I Want You

25) Musiq: For The Night

26) Jocelyn Brown: Somebody Else’s Guy

27) One Way: Cutie Pie

28) Method Man: Release Yo’ Delf

29) James Brown: The Grunt

30) Public Enemy: Night Of The Living Baseheads

31) Main Source & Donald Byrd: Lookin’ At The Front Door (Jeff’s Twice Edit)

32) Koffee Brown: After Party

33) Stevie Wonder: Love Light In Flight

34) Tom Browne: Funkin’ For Jamaica

35) Stan Getz: Saudade Vem Correndo

36) Pharcyde: Runnin’

37) Bahamadia: Uknowhowwedo

38) Big Daddy Kane: Smooth Operator

39) Mary Jane Girls: All Night Long

40) LL Cool J: Around The Way Girl

41) De La Soul: 4 More

42) The Turtles: I’m Chief Kamanawanalea

43) The Blackbyrds: Rock Creek Park

44) Pete Rock: Take Your Time

45) Slum Village: Fall In Love

46) Suite For Ma Dukes: Fall In Love

New Joint – Money Making Jam Boys

Money Making Jam Boys – “Day Job” (MMJB / 2011)

Taken from the Black Thought-led crew’s Mick Boogie / Terry Urban mixtape “The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic”.

Presto / Little Brother Album Reviews (Originally Posted On StraightOuttaNow.Com / June 25th – 27th 2008)

PRESTO: STATE OF THE ART

Judging by the sound of this album, Cali-based producer Presto obviously spent a lot of time studying the low-end theory of groups like A Tribe Called Quest and Gang Starr during his teenage years. Packed with boom-bap beats, jazzy samples and deft scratches, ‘State Of The Art’ confidently straddles the divide between throwback and contemporary.

The opening ‘Conquer Mentally’ sets the tone of the project, as true-school heavyweights Sadat X, O.C. and Large Professor resurrect the craft of real lyricism over Presto’s rolling drums and melodic keyboard stabs with impressive results. Equally compelling is the atmospheric play-this-only-at-night vibe of ‘Street Sports’, which finds the raspy-voiced Ark weaving clever sport-related metaphors into his gritty rhymes. Elsewhere, Wayward Saints deliver some slick guitar work on the cool breeze instrumental cut ‘Altered States’ and The Pharcyde’s Fat Lip drops some playful verses on the Kim Hill-assisted ‘What’s What’.

If there’s one criticism of ‘State Of The Art’ it’s that, on a couple of occasions, Presto’s admiration for his musical heroes sometimes overshadows his own identity, blurring the line between drawing inspiration from an influence or simply recreating someone else’s trademark sound. ‘Part Of Greatness’ resembles the style of Pete Rock so closely that, with or without its appearance from CL Smooth, the track could still easily pass as a leftover from the ‘Soul Survivor II’ sessions. Similarly, the punchy ‘Mass Quality’ bears similarities to the work of DJ Spinna, complete with spacey sound effects. However, whilst meant as constructive criticism, such comments could also be taken as a backhanded compliment regarding Presto’s production prowess.

Overall, ‘State Of The Art’ (Presto’s third album) is a lively, organic set that definitely cements the West Coast resident’s reputation as a talented beat maker.

7.5 Outta 10

Out Now On Concrete Grooves

Ryan Proctor

 

LITTLE BROTHER: …AND JUSTUS FOR ALL

Following their failed major label deal with Atlantic and the departure of producer 9th Wonder, many were possibly expecting remaining Little Brother members Phonte and Big Pooh to give up on their rap dreams and return to everyday North Carolina life. But if anything, the last couple of years have seen the pair releasing some of their most focused and potent music to date, first with last year’s don’t-call-it-a-comeback project ‘Get Back’ and now with the impressive ‘…And Justus For All’.

Whether you want to view this latest LB release as an official album or a glorified compilation (it’s effectively a revamped version of the Mick Boogie mix-CD of the same name) ‘…And Justus For All’ easily stands up against the duo’s previous efforts, with quality control remaining as high as always. The opening Marvin Gaye-sampling ‘Can’t Stop Us’ features a hard-hitting verse from Phonte which wavers between egotistical and revolutionary, whilst the brilliant ‘Delusional’ mixes the catchy with the credible, as the twosome target the ladies with their mature mack rhymes and an infectious hook. The Nottz-produced ‘Life Of The Party (Remix)’ finds the LBs celebrating their industry underdog status with a sly smile, accompanied by a typically witty verse from subterranean stalwart Skillz. ‘Too Late For Us’ features Phonte and Tiye Phoenix digging into personal territory as they offer some relationship therapy over heavy drums and dreamy keys.

Bolstered by a talented production squad (Oddisee, RJD2, DJ Spinna, DJ Babu etc), this latest addition to the Little Brother catalogue contains enough musical goodness to satisfy the appetite of the most starved rap fan. Justus is served.

7.5 Outta 10

Out Now On Hall Of Justus / Traffic

Ryan Proctor