DIVERSIDAD: Episode 13 & 14

Only 2 days left in the studio, some artists are already gone. This is soon the end of this unique experience. Remi & Mariama with her acoustic guitar, along with Valete and C.H.I. collaborated on a nostalgic tune “On My Way”.

Last track of the album, an anthem using Cookin’ Soul’s favorite word : Hot.
A great opportunity to get to know more about Luche, featured on this song, the Italian representative from the band Co’Sang.

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GDP “Useless eaters”

GDP is a decorated underground emcee in hip hop realms who is crew with legends like Young Zee (8 Mile Soundtrack, The Fugees “The Score” album), Rah Digga and Tame One and has opened for Wu Tang several times and toured Australia with The RZA.
He has just released his new album “Useless Eaters”.

In a genre where artists are not typically concerned with producing cohesive pieces of music, “Useless Eaters” is just that. Combining futuristic grime with homage to hip hop’s past, “Useless Eaters” is GDP’s most focused effort as well as his darkest. Lyrically, the album fits together like puzzle pieces made of sharp glass with content ranging from cynical to sincere, ignorant to truly insightful

The album was almost entirely produced by Australian producer Aoi (who is on Wax Museum Records over there which is like their version of Stones Throw). The album is a loose concept album about the end of society but also dips into the dark lyrical realm that Odd Future populates.

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ROCKY BUSINESS “A Rebel’s’ Roar”

After a tenacious SXSW escapade including shows with Yelawolf, Das Racist, Fishbone, and Wu-Tang Clan, Rocky Business return to their home turf of NYC to release their debut album “A Rebel’s’ Roar” on Babygrande/FrankRadio.

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Strictly Business is the MC that the world needs right now. Rapping over everything from boom-bap to disco to drum n bass and electro. Teaming up with musician/vocalist/producer Johnny on the Rocks, together the two have created an original blend of rock, hip-hop and electronic sounds that break genre distinctions, leaving you with pure musical energy. Coming from two very different backgrounds, Jonny is a Toronto native while SB hails from Bed-Stuy Brooklyn. Effortlessly mixing their styles, together they bring you something you can’t label.

Rocky Business has hit the stage with artists such as Theophilus London, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, Balkan Beatbox, Black Sheep, HEARTSREVOLUTION, Shinobi Ninja, Hoodie Allen, Maluca, Ninjasonik, Anton Glamb, and Memberz Only. Rocky Business has made a name for itself in NYC’s underground nightlife. Playing at major music venues to dance clubs to illegal loft parties, Rocky Business has you jumping up and down while rapping on a double time flow. The energy and experience of their live performance leaves you in a sweat, wondering why you haven’t heard anything like it before.

Listen
and check their mixtape after the jump !

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DIVERSIDAD: The party & the food song (episode 11 & 12)

Working hard in the studio from 10.00 till midnight every day, it was more than necessary to have a break at some point. Luxembourgish beatmaker C.H.I.’s birthday was the perfect excuse to party. See how the microphone found in the restaurant was put to good use by all the MCs with the help of DJ Sonar from Belgium.

Pleasing everybody’s taste for the food was pretty hard when you have to cater to people coming from so many different countries with such different eating habits. Check how the food frustration was turned into a song.

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DIVERSIDAD: STOP ! episode 10 & album review

It was originally planned to record 10 tracks in 10 days. But thanks to the amazing efficiency and unique work atmosphere that was created in the studio, at the end 15 tracks were recorded. 14 songs will be on the album. Discover what this exclusive 15th song is about.

When I received the album, after a quick listen I put the cd aside. Later on I played it again and start to get really jovious. The reason why the project is called Diversidad started to make sense.

Put 20 artists from different countries together regardless of the ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds with the challenge to make an album in 10 days is more than ambitious.
First, props to the organisation. Props also to the producers who manage to create an original and colourfull musical atmosphere for the mc’s. The first track is the perfect introduction of the artists and the project. “I got it” with an all female collaboration and a banger production from Spike Miller set the level high for the boys to compete. Coming from different countries and having different styles, Melodee, Remi and Mariama manage to create a powerful energy around each other lines.

“Cookin in your pot” is the hypnotic track and club banger by excellence. The producers from Spain, Cookin’ Soul are really living to their reputation. The production is minimalist and still you feel like hittin’ the dancefloor and bust some moves. Good cookin’ !!

“The anthem” with Rival, Nach, Marcus Price & GMB is the revenge of the boys on the girls. In my eyes it’s mos definitely the next single. My 4 years old nephew, the first thing he does when he’s visiting with his parents, is to put it on repete and start dancing and singing the hook along. No matter which language used he knows the track line for line.
You almost would say that the 4 mc’s will be rapping together for years.

Diversidad, is not only an unique experience for the mc’s an everyone involve in the project, it’s also a good way to learn different languages. The only minipoint is that there’s no translation to understand what the mc’s are rhyming about.
For someone like me it’s a always a pleasure to discover new artists. I didn’t know most of the mc’s and now I’m diggin to know more about them.
It’s also a relief to see that the european Hip Hop is finally getting the spotlight he deserves.
What is more amazing during the whole album by seeing the videos now is the respect between all the artists. Egos are pushed aside and what is left is room for creativity and mutual love for rap music.

Altough the first Diversidad album was good this one set the tone very high. You can feel the hunger of each artists to get finally the national and international recognition they deserve.
It will be another challenge for the organisation to top this one.
Diversidad, is not only an unique experience, it is a one nation under the groove as well…

The Diversidad album will be released by Believe Digital on February 14, through a worldwide online distribution
and by V2/Munich Records on February 21 through a physical distribution in the Benelux. The album includes 14 tracks representing the highest level of contemporary European hip hop.

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J.DILLA 360*: Thursday 10 February, WMDC

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J.Dilla 360 ˚

On February 10, 2006 died hiphop greatness James Yancey, aka J Dilla. Now, five years later, showing young people from various disciplines and their diverse musical backgrounds with a love for the music of hip-hop producer J Dilla at 360 ˚. Inspired by the Ma Duke Orchestra (conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson) worked rappers, DJs, musicians, orchestra and video artists together on a production run in them once Grounds. Among the popular pieces of J Dilla arrangements are written for the student orchestra of the Rotterdam Ensemble. Along with hip-hop band Re: Freshed they are played live by the orchestra.

Orchestra: Ensemble Rotterdam
Band: Re: Freshed o.l.v. Furlan Felter
Conductor: Roberto Beltran
Arrangement and composition: Antonio Ballestin
Visuals: Venour
DJ Cutnice
Featuring special guests from the Dutch hip hop and soul scene

J Dilla 360 ˚ is sponsored by Music Matters (www.musicmatters.nu)

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Start: 20:30
Price: € 7.50
www.grounds.nu

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DIVERSIDAD: episode 8 (I got it) & 9 (The making of)

Among the 20 Diversidad artists, 3 girls were selected for the album. We couldn’t miss the opportunity to produce an all-female track but had to be aware of the clichés attached to female hip hop. Discover how the girls rocked it and boosted the recording by challenging the rest of the MCs in the studio.

In just 10 days, an album, a photo shoot and a music video had to be carried out. The images you saw on « The eXperience »’s music video have been shot while some other tracks of the album were recorded. The work at the ICP studio was intense.

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