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Off The Radar With Sucio Smash: Feat. DJ Numark, Mac Miller, Last Emp & H.I.S.D.

Inspiration. Webster’s dictionary tells us that inspiration is “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions…the quality or state of being inspired.” 

For the past few weeks I haven’t been feeling too inspired. Whether it’s because of the lack of music that moves me or my lack of motivation to look for it, the outcome it’s still the same. I've not been around these parts for a while. 

February is a sad month for real hip-hop heads, throughout the years in this month we've lost some very important musical figures. Big L passed away Feb 15, 1999, Big Pun on Feb 7, 2000 and J Dilla on Feb 10, 2006. Now that I think of it me and February don't get along that well but that's a story for another day. 

Many say Dilla changed their lives and that’s a beautiful statement. Me, I've never felt that way. I do know how devastated I was when I found out about L. The way in which he was taken away from us (victim of black on black crime, when are we going to stop killing ourselves?) and the timing of his passing (there were reports of him signing to Roc-A-Fella Records) made L's passing a bit too unfair to me. The kid (he was only 24 years young) never got to reach his full potential. Then we have Pun, he also affected me on a more personal level than Dilla did. Many forget about how incredible Pun was as a lyricist, about the fact that he made it a point to go toe to toe with whoever were the most respected lyricists at the time his album dropped and was NEVER outshined by another MC, about the fact that he was nominated for a Grammy or that his debut album sold over a million copies. He did all this while upholding his puertorican heritage.

Dilla on the other hand; the brother did things with the MPC that producers are still trying to figure out. It was like he had six fingers on each hand. It got to the point were he inspired the people that inspired him and made fans of his idols. Fans of his music gather all over the world to pay respect at benefit jams, even I had the honor to represent at one of them DJing alongside my brothers Wajeed and Geology back in 2009. And even after all of that, I never subscribed with the Dilla Changed My Life sentiment.

On this West coast tour on which I am now, I witnessed firsthand the unconditional love he is receiving from his Detroit brother DJ House Shoes, his LA family at Stones Throw and his brothers The Beat Junkies. I could get really personal and talk about how much his friends do for his mother (Mrs. Yancey) and kids but let's just say that I can only hope that I have friends like Dilla does, even if just ONE. At the end of the day, I discovered the true meaning of friendship and respect and I finally found my inspiration.

I guess Dilla did change my life after all. —@SucioSmash

 

1. DJ Numark
DJ/Producer Nu-Mark just released his new mixtape “Take Me With You,” a mix intended to provide the backdrop to your next tropical vacation. As a man that knows a thing or two about the Caribbean and Latin rhythms I can say that not only did Nu-Mark succeed on his mission he excelled at it. Blending everything from Samba, Cumbia, Calypso, Afro-Beat and some other flavors. Nu-Mark captures what it feels to drive around the coast with the windows rolled down and your lady sitting next to you while the sun shines above it all. Do yourself a favor and cop this before you jump on that plane heading to Aguadilla. Good job, brother!

 

2. H.I.S.D.
Seldom times you hear a song that gives you the chills from the very first time you hear it and to me this is one of them. Hailing from Houston, H.I.S.D. (Hueston Independent Spit District) come forth with a sound inspired by the Native Toungues and OutKast without trying to sound like them, something that’s hard to do in an era were biting is the norm. The closing verse perfectly describes the vibe they are on: “E.T. better phone Tyrone/tell him meet me where the natives tribal dance to the drum—beat/and the n*ggas pack heat not equated to a Sun.” Do yourself a favor and cop the album, jump on the spaceship and take a look at Houston through the eyes of H.I.S.D. Scarface should be proud.

 

3. Last Emp
The original rhyme super hero is back. How this track went sooo below the radar is beyond me but don’t fret, good music knows no age or boundaries. A drum break and some keys sprinkled here and there it’s all Emp needs to rip sh*t. Lines like “Here lies the first last/Character’s first class/symbol of perfection/complexion color of burnt brass” exemplify what you are getting when you press play. Oh, and did I mention that there’s no hook to the song? All you get is 3 minutes and 59 seconds of quotables and sick flows. Welcome back, Emp.

 

4. Mac Miller
He’s White! Ok, now that we got that out the way let me say that this song is dope. Everything that makes a New York record an NY record is here. Chopped keys, check. Hard drums, check. Nas vocal sample, check. Laid back flow, check. Perfect record to put on your headphones and bob your head to while you ride the train. And the kid is from Pittsburgh, PA. Hopefully one day we’ll see a cat from NY get the props they deserve for doing what we’ve been doing for years. Keep up the good work kid, I personally hope you can shine light to the sound that the industry’s been ignoring and the city that created it all.

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Sir Elton John interviewed Q-Tip for his Beats 1 radio show, Rocket Hour, where he raved about A Tribe Called Quest’s influence and impact. In clips of the episode, the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” singer called Q-Tip “a legend,” and thanked him for his service with the Tribe, who he called the “seminal hip-hop band of all-time.”

“If you don’t know A Tribe Called Quest, you’re stupid,” he said. “But if you listen to [‘Electric Relaxation’], you’ll understand why I rave about them.” Sir Elton John was part of ATCQ’s final album, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, for the song “Solid Wall Of Sound." The latter interpolates the British musician’s song “Bennie And The Jets.”

“I was so happy to play that,” Sir Elton beamed of the 2016 song. “That’s where we first met you came to London, and we did a track in the studio, and it was such a huge honor for me. I was so excited. I just absolutely love this. This is such a takedown of what’s going on … That is such a great track. The album is a fantastic record. If you’re gonna bow out with a record, you better do something like that.”

Q-Tip was audibly thrilled to hear the compliments from the music legend, stating that John’s thoughts on “Electric Relaxation” being one of his favorite tracks from the year 1993 was a “pinch-me” moment.

“I’m just like still kind of like, ‘Am I dreaming?’ I feel like I’m in a different universe,” he said.

Elton John has been vocal about his appreciation for hip-hop and R&B in the past. Recently, he did a cover of Khalid’s song “Young, Dumb and Broke,” and he has an affinity for the music and style of Young Thug.

Listen to the clips from the show below.

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A big show this week, as @QTipTheAbstract joins me for a special edition of my #RocketHour on @beats1official airing this Thursday! Listen 10am LA / 1pm NY / 6pm UK 🚀

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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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