Positioned as the beginning of the "Notion Island" series, which will see Notion team up with one producer for a full-length project, this first volume puts Notion and Toronto-based up-and-comer Egward in the lab to create a soulful, introspective yet head noddin' piece of work.
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"Snares & Soul" encompasses 11 soulful, sample-heavy beats, perfectly sequenced to take the listener on a moody almost-30 minute journey through Notion's recent catalogue. Some of these are the very same productions that were showcased on the super popular vlogs, and they showcase Notion's innate affinity for samples. The tape can be enjoyed as a standalone project, or as a playground for singers and MCs looking for their next hit.
This EP marks a return to form for the Aussie MC/entrepreneur, as he explores both the dark and light elements of his psyche - from the uplifting title track to the dedication to his lady on "KeepMyBabyWarrrm", from reflections on his 420 enthusiasm on "UsedToBeHiiigh" to exploring the gender injustices on "MansWorrrld" with Montreal legend D-Shade, from celebrating life on "LoveLoveYalll" with brother Notion to a deeply introspective moment on "AmaliiiaRodrigues". SVNTY6's moving production is steeped in soul samples and is most certainly some of his best work to date, ranging from hopeful and optimistic to melancholy and reflective.
The second single from Cee and SVNTY6's collaborative EP, "Be Better", samples Ms. Rodrigues' classic "O Xaile de Minha Mãe", a song Cee discovered a decade back during Spanish lessons. He had sent the song to around ten different producers over the years, and only SVNTY6 had been able to flip it right.
Listen as we delve into the wonderful and mysterious world of sampling. Say what you like, but sampling will never go away; it's too unique, inspiring and dope to ever let a couple lawsuits stop the true Hip Hop heads. It's too ingrained in the essence of the genre to let go. Where possible, you should always try to clear your samples or use royalty free ones. But c'mon, if you get busted that means you're making enough noise and you're doing something right. Good on ya. For all of us who haven't been chased down by lawyers because your MPC game is too fire, here are a few quick tips and guidelines to get you there.
This project is an eight track love letter to the city of Montreal. It was entirely written, produced, recorded, shot and designed in the 514, with the exception of Notion's mixing and mastering in Toronto (he's part of The Movement Fam so it's cool). Dr. MaD's production is enveloped in the art of sampling, with old Soul and Jazz tunes brought to life by his deft chops, dipping them in Hip Hop on the way out. Cee used this sonic landscape to tell real life stories about his experiences in Canada - leaving his home country of Australia to pursue a dream in the great wide north, the tumultuous move to Montreal, dealings with immigration, and his regular battles with fear, doubt and negative energy. Ultimately, it's a story of two artists connecting through the love of music in order to express their 'amour' for the city, the country and the culture of Hip Hop.
It's up on iTunes right now and it's only $0.99 - bargain, eh. Maybe $1.69 in Australia. Bastards stay jackin' up prices.
Man, my blog game is weak right now. My bad. Life is slowly starting to balance out. So after close to two years of getting this thing together, we are announcing the release of a new single from The Movement Fam! 'Smooth It Out' is an ode to everything 420; essentially a soul'd out smokers anthem. The tune is produced by VA's Krohme, who has worked with the likes of Ras Kass (The Game dis), Shyhiem, Obie Trice, MF Grimm, Ill Bill, Kool G Rap, Royce Da 5'9", Cappadonna, Killah Priest and more.
Shouts to Krohme for rocking with us on this, and big ups to all the folks who copped the single already, which seems to be getting a great response with little to no promotion, so we're vibed.
So Big Phrase is back, after an extremely successful sophomore album and national tour from his 'Clockwork' album. 'Never Fade' is the first single off the new album (as yet untitled, or at least the title hasn't been announced), written and produced by Phrase himself. I dig the new direction, personally, possibly coz I'm a huge indie rock fan and I think Phrase is now making 'music' (as opposed to putting it in a genre box), but he just happens to rap (which is exactly how I feel about my own music - nothing worse than having to tell someone I rap these days lol).
Anyway, what do y'all think?
And it's here! After around a year or so in the making, Notion has finally dropped his third solo mixtape, 'On The Corner of Notion & 9th: A Tribute To 9th Wonder'. This 18 track opus sees Notion flex his skills entirely over various 9th Wonder productions from throughout his career, and the chemistry is palpable. The tape is proudly presented by The Movement Fam, Kevin Nottingham.com, Hip Hop Update.com and Peoples Republic of Clothing - we can't thank y'all enough for all your help and support with this project.
Y'all would have caught the first two leaks from the project, 'Mastermind' and 'Honey' featuring Cee & Bekah, but y'all might also remember 'Don't Rush Me' from the HiPNOTT Records compilation in early 2009.
You can download Notion's 'On The Corner of Notion & 9th: A Tribute To 9th Wonder' FREE right now! Spread the word!
Mista Encore, a producer from Long Branch, NJ, hit me up with this video dude just shot for the first single off his latest LP, 'Elevator Music', which you can grab and stream on Mista Encore's website.
Not only a talented beatsmith, knocking out 10 of the 14 beats on 'Elevator Music', but Mista Encore is an MC, and y'all can check the skills on the video above for 'The World Is Yours'. Smoothly shot, the simple black and white imagery compliment the positive, uplifting lyrics.
Definitely check this cat out, an up and comer with promise.
So we've been dealing with a great CD pressing company over in Malaysia for our recent pressings (Polinta CD, check 'em out), and I found out this week that the homie K-Real who runs the CD place not only knows how to make your music into pretty packages, but he is an MC, producer, graphic artist, web designer and all round Hip Hop cat. Wow.
Check out Basementality, K-Real's Hip Hop website with features, news, downloads, mixtapes and portfolios. It's fresh as hell, get in while it's still young! And give dude a shout if you're after any graphic or web design work, dude is sick.
It's finally here!!!!!
After maybe 6 months in the making, Kevin Nottingham Presents The Movement Fam Remix Album is in the building.
For those who aren't familiar with this, producers from around the world were able to download 12 acapellas from Notion's World Domi-NoTiOn and Cee & Bekah's The Soul Movement Volume 2 mixtapes, and submit remixes for this project. We had well over 100 remixes submitted, which blew our mind.
We ended up including remixes from producers from all over the planet, including Hungary, Belgium, USA, Denmark and Australia. We worldwide, baby! And if any producers out there wanna remix our songs for the hell of it (a couple cats have hit me up already about it), you can still download the acapellas from the original Kevin Nottingham Movement Fam Remix contest page.
Big ups to ALL the producers who submitted remixes, there a lot of fire and it made our job pretty hard! I can't thank Kev enough, though. Dude held us down when it got difficult for a bit there, never gave up, and we got this one over the line. Plus it's a hot ass album!
My apologies to Isbjerg for misspelling your name, homie!! Shit, my bad! And HUGE props to Notion for lacing the artwork! Boom!
1. Notion - Enter My World (produced by MIDIMarc)
2. Cee & Bekah - Once Again featuring Theory (produced by Remot)
3. Notion - Payback (produced by Kinetic)
4. Cee & Bekah - Feel Your Touch (produced by S.T.T.R.E.S.S.)
5. Notion - We So Fly featuring Tommy Gunnz (produced by Sima)
6. Cee & Bekah - Missing You featuring Luke Vexx (produced by Isjberg)
7. Notion - Cold Steel featuring Cee & Theory (produced by Kinetic)
8. Cee & Bekah - Day Dreaming featuring Notion (produced by S.T.T.R.E.S.S.)
9. Notion - Pedal Push (produced by Kinetic)
10. Cee & Bekah - Anything For You (produced by MIDIMarc)
11. Notion - New Wave featuring Whisper (produced by Tokyo Cigar)
12. Cee & Bekah - Missing You featuring Luke Vexx (produced by MIDIMarc)
13. Notion - Pedal Push (produced by Isjberg)
14. Cee & Bekah - Feel Your Touch (produced by DnM Productions)
The homie outta Denmark, Isjberg, is crazy on the boards. And after hearing Notion's acapella's for the Kevin Nottingham Remix competition, dude decided to do his own remix project, by combining Notion's vocals with samples from Gangstarr's classic 'Daily Operation' album to create 'Daily Domi-NoTiOn'.
And here's the tracklisting while we're at it:
- Introduction [Daily Operation]
- My Mic [Flip the Script]
- Enter My World [Soliloquy of Chaos]
- My Crew [I'm the Man]
- 25-8-366 [24 7 365]
- We So Fly [No Shame in My Game]
- It’s Nuffin [2 Deep]
- Set me Free [Conspiracy]
- Cold Steel [Illest Brother]
- Push Pedal [Hardcore Composer]
- Talkin Shit [BYS]
- The New Wave [Take Two and Pass]
If I haven't said it already, Happy New Year, blog world. I can't wait for this year to kick off...a lot of exciting shit is on the cards and I just wanna see how it pans out. Hope y'all have a great year planned, too.
Anyways, I thought I'd spread the word about our homie outta South Carolina, producer extraordinaire MIDIMarc.
When we were in New York with his manager, J. Master, dude played us some of Marc's beats and we were mad impressed. And now that Marc has submitted a gang of remixes for our remix contest on Kevin Nottingham's blog (which, by the way, is technically closed but we're still taking remixes - so producers, click the link and get submitting!), we're mad excited about working with Marc more for our upcoming projects this year.
Head over to his blog, Diary of a Mad Black Beatmaker, and check out some of his work.
Watch producer extraordinaire, Exile, tap out his own version of 'A Milli' on the MPC (2000, nonetheless). Dude is incredible. Courtesy of Jonathan Kim, Blu's manager, and shouts to Mick Boogie's blog (Press Play Fashion Forward), where I stumbled upon it.