mardi 4 octobre 2016

Imprints - Dust Collector + 2003 Interview

Remember when I told you about that guy on ebay who added a clean digital transfer cd with every OG cassette you were purchasing from him?
Here's another item I bought from him, Tommy V's first album under the Imprints moniker.

Now I don't usually repost stuff that's already posted somewhere else but this one got a way better sound that the previous one floating at 56kbps.

Also, it just made me remember that I interviewed TV a few years ago (13 years actually) for WCI, through emails. I edited a good portion of it and kept the most informative parts. Hope you'll enjoy.

The Sedative
Nicky Cruz Blues ft. Awol One & Destrukt310
Hard To Cope ft. Hedgehog & Nonaim
Four Walls Of Alcohol ft. Blu & Sesher
Staples In My Veins ft. Slopoke
Vibe Killers ft. Rational
Everyday ft. Circus, Awol One & Hedgehog
Hamster Wheel ft. Nonaim
What's Goin' On?
Whattayawant4nuthin? (Remix) ft. Awol One
Welcome Mat ft. Mers & Nonaim
Seat Of Confinement ft. Nonaim
Pile Of Shhh ft. Chump Change Charlie & Hedgehog
Smile My Friends ft. Hedgehog & Nori
My Better Half ft. Nicole & Joseph
Healing Process ft. Adj.
Staircases ft. Nonaim
Scatterbrain ft. Chama, Nonaim & Progress
Pain In The Butt Outro ft. Esteban & Hedgehog


Tommy V / 2003 Interview for Westcoastindies

Can you tell us about your childhood? Where did you grow up?

Ok well me and my lil' brother Antonio were born at Queen of Angels Hospital in LA, my mother (RIP) was from Montana and my father is from Mexico. When we were  youngsters my mom wanted to leave LA (Mid-Wilshire area) and move back to Kalispell, Montana, where she was from. So there we were in good ol' Montana, soon after my parents got divorced, pops went back to LA and moms stayed in Montana. 
From then on I lived back n' forth from Montana to California, my pops then moved back to Mexico so a few times I went to live in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.. I've also lived in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle... 

How about your beginnings in hip hop? What was the LA scene looking like at that time?

Back in the 5th grade I started getting into Hip-Hop, I had a friend named Chris aka Killa C and we used to make up raps about random nonsense and breakdance for school plays and stuff, we were always doing music related things. 
Then later on in my teen-age years I met my homie Steven Gomez aka Destruct 310 (RIP). One day in Montana I saw these 2 Mexican cats wearing LA hats (Mario and Steven), this was a rare thing in Montana which is mostly white people, so I approached them and asked where they were from, it turned out they had just moved from Whittier, California, that was the city where my dad lived at the time, so it was dope to meet some heads from LA and we became best friends. 
We started our crew "Imprints". Destruct was a good musician who could play drums, keys, and also he was dope at beatboxing, we use to battle each other, he was really witty and good at bagging on people, then his brother Mario aka Slopoke used to rhyme too, then there was DJ Shroom who was their cousin that was a DJ. So we used to take the Amtrak back and forth from Montana to LA. 
While living in Whittier around 1995 I became friends with Awol One, me and Destruct had an apartment in Uptown Whittier with his big sister Angie (who sang on "Ma' Despacio" on Quarter Life Crisis). We used to hop on the bus down Whittier Blvd. and go to Awols house with records and drum machines etc.. We would make beats and freestyle and whatnot. One of the beats that we made together came out on Quarter Life Crisis. 
About this time there was an event called "The Brainfish" that happened every full moon at a warehouse in Santa Fe Springs, this is where you could find Awol on the mic, I remember Circus used to be there with really long dreaded hair, then there was the Endangered Element crew who I used to battle but later on we became homies thru Awol, also this tagging crew known as LSD used to hang out there. I never went to the Good Life or Project Blowed back then. 
Around this time my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, this was a wack time in my family's life, she lost her battle with cancer in 1996. Then tragically a year after Destruct was killed in a head on collision. This was devastating because he was so young and full of life, if he was still here you would definitely know of him in the LA underground. He was my best friend and I carry on his legacy through my music, along with my mothers.. 

I'm not really a full time rapper because I don't really consider myself to be a very good rapper, but I am a full time musician, everyday I work on music in one way or another. We had an old Hammond Organ in our house when I was a kid and my mom used to play everyday, she knew how to read music.
I never learned how to read the notes but I always took interest. Now I carry around a pocket recorder that I use to capture melodies in my head, then I try to bring them to life later on in the studio... But for the most part Hip-Hop was my introduction to the music world and that's how I started off in music. Our 1st song was recorded in 1994 with Destruct, but that tape has since been lost.. 

You used to call yourself "Imprints", now Tommy V... Why that change?

Well "Imprints" was our name back before we even recorded songs and just freestyled amongst each other. After Destruct passed on the vision kind of died, but I still carry the name for his sake and probably always will, "Tommy V." is a name that is just a breakdown of my real name which is Thomas Valencia...

Can you talk about your Fresh Produce album?

Yeah well I got tired of sampling music and wanted to make my own music. I began hanging out with more music type heads like my homie Devin17 who plays all kinds of instruments, then you got the homies from "Anonymous Inc" who play out all their music so all of this was inspiring and influential to me. 
I was living with Xololanxinxo and 2Mex at the time that "Fresh Produce" was recorded, Xolo has a big collection of instruments and I began picking up guitars and messing with keyboards, trying to play flutes, clarinets, horns, whatever I could get my hands on. I got more pleasure out of making an original song from the ground up as opposed to sampling.. 

What's your process to make a song? 

As far as music goes, usually a melody pops in my head, then I record it to my pocket recorder. This melody might be words or a phrase or might just be sounds. Then I go to the guitar or piano and try to bring it to life, or sometimes just messing around with some instruments a nice line will surface and will turn into a song. I usually have a concept that I'd like to work with, then it's just a matter of time to see if it fits with a certain piece of music or vice versa... 
I like short story writing, so sometimes you'll hear little stories in my songs...

I know you were part of The Evil Cow Burger album with Awol. Can you talk about these sessions?

Well Awol used to live on Colima in Whittier, he had a 4-track, a sampler, some 1200's and a bunch of crates of records and this old Shure SM-58 mic. We recorded those songs in his room, nothing like some gritty 4 track recording! Ask him and Circus about the time I was recording and I had this really bad sun burn, I was breaking out in cold sweats! 

lundi 26 septembre 2016

L'Roneous & Brycon - Maart Vol.1 The World According To Gurp

Oh yes. L'Roneous is back with a short album (20 minutes) produced by Brycon (Grand Killa Con, affiliated to SF's Gurp City) and it's banging. I love L'Ron's voice and technical flow (sometimes reminiscent to Aceyalone) but since Imaginarium the productions weren't always on par with his skills. On Maart One the beats are short, catchy, and it's a perfect match...  There's also a 7'' released next week with a couple of cuts from this album. 
Special bonus points to the title who refers to a brilliant John Irving novel (you need to check that out too)... and to the fact that there's a Z-Man cameo on it. 

My Soirée
Live From The City
Crazy ft. Z-Man, Equipto & Michael Marshall
Out Of Control
Micah Aza Interlude
See Saw
G-Pek Interlude
The World According To Gurp

lundi 19 septembre 2016

Requests Here

Since peeps regularly ask for stuff, here's your chance to post your requests in the comments. 
Please no more than 15 titles.

Here's my request list below, if anyone have anything on here please holla through the comment section too! 

Persevere - Void Filler (nobody seems to have this one out there)
Mad Squirrel - Bear With Me + Pinko + Summer Madness
The Latter - 1983 + Hearing Aids
Prego W/Zest - Unemployed Workaholic EP
Rev Cope - Untold Stories Book One
Bay Area Art Collective / PSA- 12 Songs About The Same Thing
Bay Area Art Collective / PSA - State Of Emerge-And-See
Bay Area Art Collective - BAAC To The Future
Oak Lonetree - Sound Hungry
Jeep Jack - Personal Stereo II
Yusef Afloat - Foreign Objects
Sub-Conscious - Subtalk
Barry Bones - Sweatin In The Teepee
Mic.Edu - Brand New Crime
Himself - Book Of Hymns + Summer In The City + Remiccs
The Unstoppable Youth - Eclectic Stimulation
The Havenots - No Attachments
Tony Da Skitzo / Pimpin Comprehension - The Backroad EP
Turbin - Everything Is Everything
D-Styles - Psygomate?
Halfway House Emcees - Tha Foreword Lateral
The Cookers - Hermano 7''
Swiss Precise - Pop Quizz 7''
VA - My Show Called Life - Arrival Of The Illest
Protest - The Nitro EP + The Dope Game 12''
Richport The Savior - Type Of Shit I'm On Vol.1 Through Crookid Eyes + Young Profits 7''
Antifiction - Taht

vendredi 16 septembre 2016

G.I.T. ft. Street Preachers - The Warning 12''

Another question-mark one. I discovered it on Feadz' SR2 mixtape, the vinyl is quite easy to cope although I never heard of them before nor I never heard anything else made by either Get It Together Productions or the Street Preachers. It's a one-and-only shot (only one track on the 12'', self-produced and released) reminiscent of the Rubberoom / Techno Animal / indus-rap of the early 00's (it's dated of 1998 and from NYC btw).
Anyone know what happened to G.I.T.?

The Warning
The warning (Instrumental)
The Warning (Acapella)

dimanche 11 septembre 2016

Chocaholics - Planting Candytrees

My cousin and I were (are) the Chocaholics. I posted our first collaborative mixtape here 5 years ago
This is the second mix, from 2003, pressed on cd-r (with a nice artwork made by him) and sold to a couple of shops online.
Although it has some technical flaws, I still kinda like it 13 years ago.. You get uptempo stuff in the beginning then as the mix advance things get slower and darker.

You can stream it on mixcloud (lots of other mixes to check there too):

DJ MARZ - City Of Fork Yuen
2MEX - L.A. (Like)
AWOL ONE & DADDY KEV - Decompose
DISFLEX.6 - Hot Season
CURSE OV DIALECT - Multicultural Markets
DEAD AIR - The Sun And The Moon
PARA ONE - Destruction Tool
ASOP - Too Fuckin Fresh
NEILA - The Dream
MCENROE - For Service In English, Press One
CAVEMEN SPEAK - Caffeine Break
KLUB DES LOOSERS - Poussière d'Enfants
SENSATIONAL - Superstyling
SUNSET LEAGUES - Natural Selection
SUBTITLE - Tunnel Vision (Skit)
EL STEW - Blu Kube King (Skit)
GOVERNOR BOLTS ft. BUCK 65 - Makin Love To Your Disk Drive
THIRD SIGHT - Will I Get Shot By A Dope Fiend?
STIGG OF THE DUMP ft. BUCK 65 - Five Dollar Jesus

dimanche 4 septembre 2016

Forest Fires Collective - S/T

Following my previous post, here's FFC's first cd album, from 2001.
The artwork is pretty unbeatable.

Only You
Beats Behind Me
Smif's Theme
Chillin' With A Capon
Vegan BBQ
Balance Of Nature
Ze Kaiser Wilhelm II
Do Everything I Tell You To Do
Super Raps
Witness Protection
Keep Burnin'
In My Zone
Teatime Interlude
Mutant Moose
Kaiser Pt.II
Mad Flow
Kaiser Pt.III
Don't Forget
Drunken Flow
Big Time Speaks

lundi 29 août 2016

Plankton - Fresh Off A 6 Pack

I already told you about my fascination for finnish mixtapes. Ever since that post, Abyss has been removed but the equally dope My Groundhog Day and I Like B-Sides appeared for free download on Anti-Party Music's bandcamp
I recently got back a little batch of my tape collection left in a muddy garage down south and found a copy of this long pause mix cassette from 2006. It's 96 minutes long, full of dope indie rap and homemade remixes and served cold with a good old tape hiss.
Enjoy while it lasts.

Face A

INOE ONER - Hot Love
THIRD SIGHT - Zodiac Killer
PIGEON JOHN - Sam The Goat
ELLAY KHULE - Sounds Of The Human Race
Pause-ish Lyrics Born' Drop
BLACKALICIOUS - Make You Feel That Way (My Way Mix)
THE REALIST - Gimme Love (Buy My Tape)
SACRED HOOP - Burn Drunk Hours
EDDIE K - So Much Drama In The Industry
SFSM - Inhale / Exhale
Plado's Drop
PLADO - Try To Read My Mind
I SMOOTH 7 - For Da Love Of The Ghetto
MURS - Tomorrow
P.E.A.C.E. - Freestyle 98
MURS & NEOSAPIEN - Virtual Reality

Face B

Big Ran's Drop
MISFITZ OV STYLZ - Where The Fuck U At?
OLD JOSEPH - Fraudulent
SAAFIR - Can-U-Feel-Me?
THE GROUCH - The Afterlife
VOLUME 10 - Pistolgrip Pump (Crunk Rmx)
Z-MAN - Get Yo Tapes
GET THE HATER - Back To Dirt Town
AWOL ONE - Believe
EELS - World Of Shit
SACRED HOOP - Fresh Off A 12 Pack (Plankton's 6 Pack Remake)