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Thursday, September 28, 2006
It's Like I Got That "Last Dragon" Glow
The line I used for the title comes from this solid track off the classic 1995 Bay Area Playaz compilation... "Can't Be Stopped" - The Delinquents w/ The Whoride
That Last Dragon reference is fuckin' golden. That's old school shit for you chillren's. Learn about it.
I'm many weeks late (Months, maybe? I suck at blogging.) on posting about this, but here's a download link to Spec Boogie's album, On My Grind. The gist of it is that he lifted the beats from Pharrell's On My Mind album and put his own lyrics down. I've never been a huge Pharrell fan, but some of his beats have caught my ear so this album is perfect for me.
For more on Spec Boogie I highly recommend checking out Loosie, which besides being the label he's on (once there just click the "Music" link for the record label side of things), is also a really well done online magazine that you should explore. Shot to the Loosie Promo Monkey for hooking me with the album.
Snatch You Off The Stage If You Ain't Rockin' Right
So pretty much everyday in my inbox I get all sorts of press releases, album downloads, single downloads, etc... which is great because I get info and music from tons of diverse artists from all over the place that I might never get exposed to if it weren't for this blog. But I've been lagging on posting some of this stuff for you guys and now I feel like a neglectful asshole. So here's "Stick N Move" by Born Unique from his solid mixtape, Bad News Born.
The guy who produced this song is named Dox One which is similar to my name so that's a good start. On top of that, Born Unique is RAW AS FUCK. Dude drops that grimy, gritty, cracked pavement, broken window, bullet hole in the side of the building shit that seems to have taken a backseat in Hip Hop these days. Judging by what I heard on the Bad News Born mixtape, Born Unique could be one of those who helps bring it back.
By reading his bio and doing a little research I see that he is from Virginia and has appeared on his fair share of mixtapes including ones from both Kay Slay and Doo Wop. He's also released a few mixtapes of his own that have helped establish him throughout his region. I've been listening to this mixtape a few times a day for weeks now and it's got me anticipating a legit solo album from Born. Hopefully it's coming soon and gets some good distribution so other regions can have easier access to an impressive talent.
Note: I'm gonna contact Born's label, OK Kid Entertainment, and see if they'll let me post up another song from the mixtape called "Outta Ya Dome." Either that or "Bad News Born" because both of those are ridiculously good. If for some reason you're not feelin' "Stick N Move," I guarantee that you'll like one of those two songs.
And here's a couple other tracks for you to check out...
"Fire" - Potluck (This is a duo from way up in Northern Cali. Humboldt County to be exact, the goddamn homeland of world famous greenery. They've got two previous releases out I believe and this single is off their upcoming release, Straight Outta Humboldt, which drops September 19th.) http://www.lostkoastproductions.com/
This little iPod thingamajig is my new favorite toy. I'll pretty much always have 10 tracks in rotation on it so be sure to click the ">>" button to scroll through all of them. I'll have some classics on there as well as some rare treats for ya.
The STRIVIN' blog first started out as an exclusively Bay Area hip hop blog, but I decideded that there's so much more out there that I want to talk about so I've expanded my focus to cover music from all over the place. My mind is open and I hope the minds of my readers are open as well. Plus I've decided to post about other shit whenever the hell I want. That includes beer, movies, food, bitches, my drinking escapades, random thoughts, biased opinions, more beer and some other shit. Have no fear though, I do still love Bay Area hip hop so it'll always have a place at STRIVIN'.
Click HERE for a brief history lesson about Doxx and the original STRIVIN' print magazine.
Any music posted at STRIVIN' is for promotional purposes only and is intended to give visitors a taste of what the artist has to offer. Any artist/record label who objects to their music being posted can contact Doxx and the music in question will be removed.