Now THIS is sick. There ain't enough creativity in Hip Hop these days, and Pharoahe done raised the bar. The first single to his latest LP, 'W.A.R.', is 'Clap (One Day)' (produced by M-Phazes I believe), and this is the visuals for it. It's essentially a 10 minute mini-movie and it's brilliantly put together. Peep game.
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Y'all might be familiar with the homies Whisper and A-Diction from various mentions on TheMovementFam.com, but alongside their boy Syntax, these fellas came together (pause) for a joint mixtape, In Good Company. Bang.
Check the official word on the project:
"Together the four musicians have created a bond that is reminiscent of some of the most note worthy groups in hip hop history, and featuring a stellar production line up consisting of M-Phazes, Mules (Choose Mics, Hyjak & Torcha), Ciecmate, Jsquared, Lewis One, ATP (Beatkamp Muzik) and Whisper, ‘In Good Company’ will do more than wet the whistles of the eager hip hop loving market, it will forge itself as the standard for all collaborative projects for years to come."
So here's the video to the first single of arguably the best MC in Australia - Mantra's 'I Hereby Stand', produced by M-Phazes.
Aight, so yeah, the tech skill is most definitely there, which is expected from the dude. But yo, it's 2010. The video is straight gutter, stock standard Hip Hop stuff, and to me, shit just makes me wanna turn it off. Maybe it's the grassroots angle that they're aiming at with the release, but on the real, Obese have cash behind em so they can invest a lil more in the video that will launch Mantra's solo album.
Anyway, check it out, song is dope, real keen for the album.
Check the first video off Donny Goines' latest EP, 20X, produced by Australia's M-Phazes. It regularly astounds me how prolific Phazes is, and Donny is on his grind something crazy. I gotta be honest - I don't really feel the dude's music all that much, but I respect his hustle and this project is most definitely my favourite Donny.
The video is simple yet extremely effective, and I think this EP should make some serious noise for the dude.
This is fucking brilliant. The big homie Whisper comes through with his latest video (not your debut, though, right?), 'Stand Up', featuring vocalist Lee Sissing and beats by M-Phazes. Great song, fresh clip...can't wait for this album!
Oh and if y'all ain't already know, check for Whisper on 'In Control' off Cee & Bekah's 'The Soul Movement Volume 3: The Final Chapter', on 'New Wave' off Notion's 'World Domi-NoTiOn' and on production for 'Anything For You' off Cee & Bekah's 'The Soul Movement Volume 2'.
Sup y'all! Yes, this IS a serious thing, despite the hilarity. Pure Aussie comedy rawness. So, producers LISTEN UP!
"This is so fucking hilarious! M-Phazes pulls off his debut as hip-hop’s leading infomercial actor/producer. Technically this is a vlog ad for his new Dirty 30 Drum Disc Vol. 2, but in reality it’s comedy gold. If M-Phazes music career doesn’t pan out, dude could definitely do stand up. I don’t see that happening though…. his beats kick ass!"
Courtesty of the dopest blogger on the Internet - KevinNottingham.com
Such a sick track. Produced by M-Phazes, though I don't think this is from Emilio and Phaze's Phaze One album (which I got a sneak preview of in New York. Fuck me, it's incredible).
Emilio Rojas (Feat. Hassaan Mackey, Black Sinatra, L.I. & Nikal Fieldz) - 585 (Roc Y'all) Remix
That's right, the homies A-Diction (Boltz and Breach) are back with their latest mixtape, The Three Year Itch. These cats are quite possibly the nicest guys in Australian Hip Hop, and both are mad talented MC's.
This mixtape (which is up for FREE download - just click the cover images) is the prelude to their debut LP as a group, Walkin' Alone, which is set to drop later this year on Formula Recordz.
The Three Year Itch features production from some of Down Under's finest beatsmiths, including M-Phazes, Mules, Ciecmate, Doc Felix and others, and guest spots from Raven (Hungry Humans), Choose Mics, Syntax and more.
From my first brief listen, the fellas have brought the heat once again. I've always been a fan of their steez, and they definitely haven't disappointed here with world class production, while both MC's are constantly stepping up their skills every time I hear them. Get your download on, and stay tuned for their album as they have worked with certain members of The Movement Fam and shit is heatrocks...
I finally have been able to catch with the homie Will Widdoss. It is funny how things work out I one night I just happened to stumble across Will's music profile on myspace after checking out Dutchmassive's myspace page and have been a fan since. Shouts to Will for taking time out of his studies and work in the lab to find some time to do the interview.
Grain: When did you record your first song?
Will: My first official song was "Earthly Relief" and the beat was a Floyd the Locsmif beat originally released shortly after he did the OutKast remixes. Devine Designz is essential soul music so anyone sleeping on Floyd go check him out.
Grain: Considering the type of music Florida is known for (Trick Daddy, Luke, Plies) how have fans received your music?
Will: I'm not sure. FL emcees I respect like Celph Titled, Dutchmassive, Surreal, Laws, Willie Evans Jr, Dillon, Therapy, Butta Verses, Protoman, Majik Most, (and a few others I may have forgotten) will probably agree that the scene for the type of hip hop we do is not what's "hot" in the sunshine state. Though the scene has grown more recently, but I doubt anyone in FL is listening to Rick Ross and Will Widdoss on their playlist...other than me!
Grain: Which one do you enjoy more emceeing or producing?
Will: Honestly, that all depends on my mood. I can say that when I started making music it was with strict intentions to just produce. Inspiration often flows in many forms so I go where ever that takes me.
Grain: How many albums/mixtapes have you made?
Will: I just got started in this but I've only been featured on various albums/mixtapes and the only project I put out on my own is "Ventilation" in Nov 2008. It's a mixtape of 40 tracks snippets and beats that I've been working on since 2006. It's a rough sketch of who I am, where I've been, and where I hope to be. Originally it started as a solo album but turned into more when I had to deal with the loss of my mother. I vented through this artform because it's what I needed to move on. Instead of trying to wait and package it neatly I decided to just throw everything in there. There's not as many beats as I wanted to put but I may put out a beat cd soon enough. Overall, Ventilation allowed me to grow in many ways through this and I'm hoping others will grow too.
Grain: Thus far in your career who has been your favorite artist to work with?
Will: As of now, anything over a David Luke beat. Be on the lookout for him, the kid is sick.
Grain: What projects are you currently working on?
Will: Many things! But mostly on the new album. I'm planning on dropping an album soon with all David Luke beats. So far we have about 5 cuts. The album will feature a few emcees but so far only Wordsworth has been locked down. It's still a work in progress and may not be ready until late '09, possibly even later. There are other projects though, I just don't know how soon those will be out.
Grain: What differences have you noticed in the hip hop scene on the west coast?
Will: There is much more to do out here. A lot of culture is here mainly because there are so many poeple here period. Also, people actually go to the shows and support! There's so much more talent out here as well. Blu is one of my favorite up and coming emcees, but the most underrated out here as for production goes to the guy they call Dert (the Don) is ridiculous. The world is not ready for Dert so if you're sleeping WAKE THE F*#% UP!
Grain: When you receive a beat how long does it take for you to write your verse(s)?
Will: That all depends on really on two things. How much time I have, and how much I'm feeling it. There are a few producers out there that are probably mad at me right now for not getting on a few beats yet. If I'm really feeling it I will generally get it done the same day or week. But really, if I have time on my hands I will always get something done. Sometimes I choose to make my own beats instead of writing when I know I should write.
Grain: Do you have any plans for touring?
Will: I would love to do a few shows this year but I don't think I'll do any touring until the album drops. But you never know, maybe I'll be around your venue soon.
Grain: What was the first rap album you bought?
Will: When I was 8, I saved up my allowance and I asked my grandma to buy me a tape that had tons of artists on it I was hearing about. I had to get her to buy it because of the whole 2 Live Crew era. Parental Advisory took over but I knew my grandma was unaware of all that! I can't remember the name of the tape but it had 2Pac, Ice Cube, Geto Boys, AMG and a few others. It wasn't until Arrested Development's album dropped that I could buy a rap album myself because it wasn't Parental Advisory. I still have both those tapes somewhere packed away.
Grain: How did you link up with Dutchmassive?
Will: We met a few times on the scene, but never really got close until we were talking online one night and realized we lived right down the road from each other. The first time I met him though, I was with this cat DV and Dutch wanted to play him something in his car and I was loving it. Who knew I would wind up living with that dude and learning so much in such a short time. It was good to pick his brain, Dutch is the type that is more than willing to share with someone who loves good music. Same goes for some other Tampa artists as well (Surreal, Celph Titled, SlopFunkDust) thanks fellas.
Grain: How do you feel about the state of hip hop right now?
Will: Honestly I think it's on it's way back to the real shit! Maybe it's because I stay away from the radio, I don't know. But I honestly think the masses are starting to see through some of the nonsense. If Common can go number 1 then that's gotta be good. I have no problem with street rap or even club rap...if it's good! What I do have a problem with is that auto tune crap. I love that Apathy "Love Lockdown" remix, he kills it! When will it die already? I wish more people would feel how we do about Akon and T-Pain...especially Akon! Why is that fool not in jail!?!?
Grain: Do you have any words of wisdom for new artists?
Will: Yeah, be careful who you mess with. But most importantly, just be you. Don't get sucked up into the industry standard of what they think people wanna hear or what you think they want you to be. JUST BE YOU!
Grain: What do you know about Australian hip hop?
Will: I know that M-Phazes has been killin it continously! There's so much good music all around the globe it's hard to keep up with all of it but I love that hip hop is growing globally. I'd love to come out there and learn more about the scene down under. I'm constantly listening to new stuff and always looking to build with new artists and I've worked with cats from every continent except that one...Australia, get at me!
Will Widdoss-Ventilation mixtape