Issue # 710
March 7, 2016
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RapAttackLives.com got a hold of the exclusive 8-track follow up to Kendrick Lamar's latest album “TPAB.” Called “Untitled Unmastered”, it’s a collection of intended demos for “TPAB.” Here's Imperial Arman's review.
Is it a RAP ATTACK or RAP A WACK?
Looks like Kendrick has
dropped another album.
When the news broke, we all stopped to check out the music. This time it’s an EP. While we don’t know the title of the album (other than “Untitled Unmastered”), we do know these are unreleased songs. Labeled with dates, all of the 8 tracks on this album are cuts that did not make it (most likely) onto his latest album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”
I like 2 songs - “untitled 3” and “untitled 7”.
“untitled 3” is a song about different nationalities (including Indian, Black, Asian and White) that Kendrick has performed before at “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. Political with a funk vibe, it's curious that it did not make the cut on “TPAB.” Another song that stands out and that many people favor is “untitled 7.” Egypt Dean, the 5-year old son of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, got his first production credit on the ep. It’s 8 minutes long and is a two-part track. The first part sounds like the devil is offering a bribe of success in exchange for Kendrick’s soul. The second part is Kendrick boasting about how he was successful even before “TPAB” came out, and thus negating the devil’s offer.
Whether these songs were actually mastered or not, it's cool to listen to what Kendrick was crafting.
We don’t know if there’s more unreleased music in store, but people can accept that. While many artists out there are looking for commercial success, it's safe to say Kendrick is after a long term career with the sound he has found for himself. People who dig the jazz, funk and soul vibe will enjoy this compilation ep. Surely we will find out in the future what TDE will release this year.
I give the EP an 8 outta 10.
It's a RAP ATTACK!!!
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Last week, the music industry lost a music legend, Gavin Christopher.
Morgan Carey, remembers his close friend:
“On March 3rd in Chicago, singer and songwriter extraordinaire Gavin Christopher passed away peacefully in his sleep, finally losing a long fought battle with congestive heart failure. Groomed by music greats Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield and Oscar Brown, Gavin was at one time a member of Rufus and penned the timeless "Once You Get Started”. He also had a top 10 Billboard hit in 1986 with "One Step Closer To You”.
Gavin wrote and produced for Chaka Khan, Curtis Mayfield, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Sheila E, Africa Bambatta, Grandmaster Flash and a young, undiscovered (at the time) Mariah Carey, to whom he'd been introduced by her brother Morgan. The two penned the unreleased, "I Just Can't Hold It Back". Morgan also introduced Mariah to Gavin's drummer, Ben Marguiles, with whom she penned 7 songs off her debut album, including “Vision Of Love”.
(L-R): Gavin Christopher, Skull and Morgan Carey
Gavin is survived by his loving daughter Chloe Jackson.
He will be remembered not just for his soaring vocals and musical legacy,
but also for his tireless devotion to World Peace and children's charities
like Sharon and Kelly Stone's Camp Planet Hope. (R.I.P.)
UFC 196 New Welterweight Champ Nick Diaz defeats Connor McGregor.
UFC 196 New Bantamweight Champ Meisha Tate defeats Holly Holm.
DJ Luvva J, host of The KAOS Block Party, “Live From I-5” airing every Friday on Olympia, WA's Community Radio Station 89.3FM-KAOS.
Born Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. in Hayward, California, Luvva J was raised in Pacoima, California, then moved to Tacoma and Olympia in Washington state. Aided by his mother and sister, he grew up in the midst of Hip Hop culture, establishing himself as an award-winning, nationally recognized scholar-athlete.
Pursuing his multiple passions in education, business, media and more, Luvva J has hosted Live From I-5 Radio since 1993 and produced numerous television and film works.
Today he is a professor of humanities, communications, philosophy and Hip-Hopology as well as a community activist.
Luvva J continues to broadcast and serves as an editor, mentor and executive consultant for various clients and organizations.
DJ Toby “Fresh” Campbell aka DV One (left) on the job with Michael Bennett (center) and Marshawn Lynch (right) of the Seattle Seahawks. (Courtesy of Alika Jenner)
SEATTLE-BASED DJ Toby “Fresh” Campbell aka DJ DV-One says
"Goodbye as The Seattle Seahawk's Official DJ"
What do you do? For the last 10 years, I was DJ for the Seattle Seahawks. [During the] offseason, I DJ for clubs and tours worldwide.
How did you get started in that field? I started my DJ career by entering and winning DJ battles and competitions. Shortly thereafter I started doing mixshows on the radio. I even won the best mixshow award in 1996 alongside Nasty Nes Rodriguez for “Rap Attack” on KCMU! Hawks staff heard me at a Red Bull event at Qwest Field [now CenturyLink Field] and asked if I wanted to interview for a position on the squad.
What’s a typical day like? A typical game day consists of getting up early, checking to see who we’re playing (so I don’t play any opposing team anthems), showing up at the stadium before doors open, setting up equipment and talking with players/coaches to see what they feel like listening to.
What’s the best part of the job? The best part of the job is being a part of the energy that happens in the stadium on game day and contributing to the intensity.
What surprises people about what you do? How diverse the musical tastes are among players, coaches and fans. And knowing what to play and when to play it — it’s not just a random iPod shuffle.
Adrian Miller is the manager
of one of the hottest artists in music right now, Anderson .Paak.
.Paak first came to the attention of the general public with his half-dozen appearances on Dr. Dre's 2015 album, “Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre.” He was quickly signed by Dre’s Aftermath Records and released his hit album “Malibu” this past January.
But before deals with Dre, Miller had a long history in the Hip Hop world. He got his start on the radio, spinning rap records in 1990 on Oklahoma station KBLK when he was going to college at Tulsa University. Once back in his native Los Angeles, Miller played a key role in discovering acts like Coolio, Funkdoobiest, The Pharcyde and many more. He worked for Immortal Records and then transitioned to a job at Warner Brothers, working directly under legendary A&R man (and manager-to-the-stars) Bennie Medina.
After some time off from the music biz roller coaster, Miller discovered a young .Paak (then performing under the name Breezy Lovejoy), and did everything he could to break the young artist, up to and including putting his own biggest assets at risk.
KCMU RAP ATTACK #FBF 1988: I found this on You Tube — a rare recording of two of my very first RAP ATTACK radio shows aired in 1988. The first link is about 37 min long & you can hear my MasterMix around 10min 30 sec into it. Both aired on 90.3FM KCMU, 28 years ago.
I was fired from KFOX in April of 1988 as the station was sold & they made it clear to me that the new KFOX would NOT play RAP/Hip Hop anymore.
KCMU, based on the UW campus, offered me a Sunday night slot around July of 1988 to keep KFOX FRESHTRACKS on the air. I accepted the offer, went from AM to FM in 3 months & renamed my show KCMU RAP ATTACK.
I wanted this show to sound just as good as if you're listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 show or any professional sounding show you'd hear on commercial radio. I didn't want to just yell on a mic & say my name in a mix or during the show so I invested $$$ in getting Professional Custom Voice Over Drops. I also made my own Drops & the rest is Seattle Hip Hop HISTORY!
Here it is from 1988 (28 years ago) yours truly, NASTY-NES on KCMU RAP ATTACK!
SHOUT OUT TIZIME
This week, the following three are celebrating
a birthday on Saturday, March 12.
H a p p y B i r t h d a y!
to DJ EarthQuake,
to Roslynn Cobarrubias from MYX TV's “MyDiveo”,
to my Sifu Taky Kimura from Seattle's Jun Fan Gung-Fu Institute.
RAP ATTACK REMEMBERS The Notorious BIG on March 9th (R.I.P.)