Goondox album by PMD, Sean Strange & Snowgoons out now!
Undefined comes through with the first leak off his upcoming Producer EP, Certified-A-Side.
Broken 40 Bottles features the Brown Bag Allstars going in heavy over some signature Undefined Production.
Look for the full EP dropping on June 5th also featuring Outerspace, Nature, Nutso, Little Vic, UG and more.
Roots Picnic is almost here y’all! This year Philly’s own Cosmo Baker–the least hatable DJ in the entire world?–has blessed Okayplayer with his prodigious talents and midas phonographic touch in assembling our Official Roots Picnic 2013 Mixtape, featuring picnic jams from all the artists on the bill including (duh) The Roots, Naughty By Nature, DJ Premier, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, How To Dress Well, Trinidad James, Solange Knowles and a grip more (scroll down for the full tracklisting).
Longtime Okayplayers know Cosmo’s Philly roots run deep and this collaboration felt especially powerful coming in the same year as Fluid–the dancefloor of which both Cosmo and ?uestlove made into their DJ home over the years, so we asked him to speak on it, which he did most eloquently. You can read Cosmo’s thoughts after the mix, which is what you came here for! So without further ado, Cosmo Baker & Okayplayer present: The Official Roots Picnic 2013 Mixtape!
Hit continue reading to see the tracklist.
Check out Snoop at VP Records in Queens, NY with appearances by Prodigy of Mobb Deep & the fans.
Eve is an emcee, producer, and actress from Philadelphia, PA. In her early teens, Eve was a singer in an all-female group called DGP. Her managed suggested she start rapping, and Eve was soon battling other rappers and formed a duo called EDGP that performed at talent shows and clubs. When she focused on a solo career, she landed a meeting with Dr. Dre in Los Angeles, and signed a one-year deal with Aftermath Records. Eve’s song “Eve Of Destruction” landed on the Bulworth soundtrack in 1998. Her time with Aftermath ended and she met DMX while promoting his debut album in Los Angeles, and she excelled in a rap battle audition to join the Ruff Ryders team. In 1999, Eve was featured on the Ryde or Die Vol. 1 compilation with the single “What Ya Want”. She was soon featured on The Roots’ song “You Got Me” and the Blackstreet/Janet Jackson song “Girlfriend/Boyfriend”. In 1999, Eve’s relesaed her debut album, Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady, which sold over 2 million copies. Her follow-up album, Scorpion, released two popular singles in 2001, “Who’s That Girl?” and “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” with Gwen Stefani that won a Grammy Award and helped the album go platinum. Eve stepped into the film industry with her debut appearance in XXX, and later Barbershop and Barbershop 2. Her third album, Eve-Olution, was released in 2002 with the single “Gangsta Lovin’”, featuring Alicia Keys. Eve’s latest album, Lip Lock, released in 2013 with features from Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Pusha T, and more.
One of the biggest challenges in writing a list of the best beats of all time? The genre’s soundscape is so wide-ranging and incredibly diverse that it creates some difficult calculation issues to work through. For example: How do you rank the disco instrumentals of early hip-hop with the layered samples and filtered bass lines of golden-era New York rap? How do you rank Too $hort’s trunk-rattling bass against Swizz Beatz’s erratic Triton keyboard swipes? There are unlimited measuring sticks by which production can be compared. Consider the clattering, found-sound effects of DJ Premier’s best mid-90s beats, or the raw, drum machine-oriented backdrops of ’80s rap, designed to shock the system. How do you weigh those against, say, a lush vintage loop from The Hitmen or a crossover pop smash from Timbaland?
Click here to read who made it in the top 100.