Can’t believe how long this series has been going, fuggin 29th edition right here. Still as strong as ever, full playlist below for your weekend festivities. Lots of variety in this set with tracks from new tracks from Deadmau5, Lil Wayne, Avicii, STS, and others. Set things off below (right click, save link as to download). – @SpcPckRead More
Visuals for the track ‘D Boy Stance’ featuring Anacron from their highly regarded Finger Snaps and Gun Claps mixtape. The first single from their upcoming Death of Summer EP is already out and we’re getting the full thing August 30th.Read More
I was working outside today with temperatures north of 30 degrees Celsius, thinking to myself that “I’m literally going to die in this fucking summer weather”. Shit was crazy hot, could have sworn some of my skin melted off when it touched concrete. Anyways, the steamy weather has brought some good things along with it: the trailer for King Fantastic’s upcoming EP and now the accompanying track to tie things together. Troublemaker and Killer Reese One go heavy on both the beat and mic.Read More
Back in May we got the chance to catch up with the duo that is King Fantastic. Amongst the discusson on Los Angeles, women, and summer, Killer Reese One and Troublemaker also opened up about some new material in the works. After last year’s stellar Finger Snaps and Gun Claps, here’s the trailer for their upcoming Death Of Summer EP.Read More
Had the opportunity to catch up with Killer Reese One and DJ Troublemaker, together known as King Fantastic. Read on to find out what the two had to say about L.A., the current state of hip hop and what their plans are for the rest of 2011.
Any inspirations behind your music?
Killer Reese One: The westside. Gangsta shit.
Troublemaker: Eating. Los Angeles. Women.
Do you have any particular goals for your music? Personal? Social?
KRO: I’m trying to drown out the lesser thans, make sure that other products pale in comparison. That way, all we have left is the cream of the crop.
TM: To continue and maintain a career as a dj/musician/producer. Make girls happy. And, gain the respect of my peers, while leaving a legacy.
Who did you write ‘Why? Where? What?’ about?
How did you two get together?
KRO: An online dating site.
What was original gameplan for when you two started on Finger Snaps and Gun Claps?
TM: We met and decided to record one song and see how it went. Then it was three. Then it was 5. Then is was 8. Then it was 10, which became Finger Snaps and Gun Claps. It was this wormhole that led us to where we are now… recording, touring, making videos. As Reese would say, “Doing fly shit.” I’m speaking for Reese now.
KRO: It’s ok for you to speak for Reese sometimes. Reese don’t mind. Reese ain’t never been about that shit! I’ve been watching “The Other Guys” a lot. Shit was funnier than I thought it would be.
Favorite artists, groups?
KRO: E40, Andre Nickatina, Devin the Dude, Ice T, Tool, 80′s and 90′s rnb, Trick Daddy, Pastor Troy, The Bird and The Bee, Lovage, Rick James, Bill Withers, Lamb of God, Suicidal Tendencies, Jimi Hendrix, Cuban All Stars… let me know when I should stop. All I do, all damn day, every damn day, is listen to music. It helps me get by, just like weed.
TM: The Clash, Beastie Boys, Gang of Four, Hall and Oates, Johnny Cash, M83, Milosh, Outkast, Rolling Stones, The-Dream.
Best strand you ever had? And where can I get some?
KRO: F1 x Gods Gift. They used to have it at “The Farmacy” on Abbott Kinney. Haven’t seen it in a while.
What’s your opinion on the current state of hip hop and rap music? Invasion of the hipsters?
KRO: Josh, please do the honor….
TM: Very little “true” hip hop exists, and the majority of rap, and/or people impersonating rappers, is greater (in size) than ever, but exponentially weaker (in talent) than ever. It is a culture commodified by outsiders, who have no culture of their own, who then, in turn, cannibalize themselves.
Favourite thing to do L.A.?
KRO: I drink, smoke, eat, fight, and fuck at the beach. I avoid going inland as much as possible. I have 3 felonies and one strike, so I avoid shenanigans when I can.
TM: Drive up PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) past Malibu and kick it at the beach.
When are we going to be hearing new material from you two?
TM: In the death of summer.
Who’d you like to work with in the future?
KRO: Jay-Z, Rick Rubin, Cee Lo.
TM: DJ Quik, Jay-Z, Mark Trombino, Trent Reznor.
Origins of the track ‘On Q’?
TM: The beat for “On Q” was the first one I made, and an impetus for the sound of the album.
KRO: Josh’s soul on the beat, and a fun little night, back when I used to party in Hollywood like that. One of my “fuck off a couple stacks” nights. Back when the income was expendable. It’s also my favorite production on the album.
Plans for the rest of 2011?
KRO: My son’s (Raider Alexander Rivera) first birthday. Oh, and rapping, and touring, and Europe. I got my passport back.
TM: Make more videos, record more music, and shows, shows, shows.Read More
Due to the overwhelming popularity of last week’s Thrashing Thursday, it returns today in the form of a Thugstep post! Thugstep is essentially rap over grimy bass lines, Thugs + Dubstep = Thugstep. That’s the easiest math I’ve done in months. Without further adieu, here’s your weekly fix bassheads.
First track here is a Diplo remix of a Travis Barker song released from his solo debut album Give the Drummer Some. A star-studded rap line-up is featured in this song, with hooks from Swizz Beatz and verses from The Game, Lil’ Wayne & Rick Ross. There’s a whole lotta boom when the drop hits (1:02).
Amazing tune featuring verses from two-time BRIT Award winning rapper Tinnie Tempah and melody from the golden-voiced Ellie Goulding. This remix rips the original track apart and threads it back together with grimey string.
Trap or Dub is a project taken on by producers and musicians The Kickdrums. “I put together “Trap or Dub” one weekend last March. The whole concept was to make a Dubstep mix from a Hip Hop mixtape point of view. I paired the instrumentals with rappers Jeezy and Gucci because it had an overall dark grimey feel. I tried to make all the mixes make “sense.” Good call fellas, Jeezy and Gucci have some of the thugest flows in the game and the dark basslines provide a perfect background for their street hardened raps. To download the entire mix for free, click http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/12386/trap_or_dub.html
I’m withholding one key song from this mixtape so if you dig what you hear, keep checking in on SpacePack and it’ll be posted.
Last track for this post comes from a group that’s bigger than hip hop. I always associate that sliding bass hook with Dave Chapelle’s entrance music in his show. Man, I wish that dude would keep making us laugh, where is he nowadays anyways?
…..Alright one more because I like you guys so much. Back to tha gutter motha fuckas
One more thing, if you’re reading this post and you’d like to share some tunes you’ve been hoarding away, PLEASE DO SO! Look on the right side of the home page under SP Mail and submit whatever you have on your mind and in your ears. We love hearing from you,
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