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T.Shirt & Darvin Silva – The Tan Face Children EP

Tan-Face Children EP

Free mixtapes and EPs are usually unpolished and gritty.  Slapped together on tight schedules and low budgets, they’re a way for rappers and producers to generate noise without much expense (and, sometimes, effort).  The prevalence of mixtapes and EPs in hip-hop is probably due to a combination of several things, including the culture’s DIY aesthetic, the widespread availability of music production software and the lack of formal training and equipment necessary to spit a few rhymes (anyone can rap into a mic, playing even a basic melody on an instrument takes practice and, obviously, an instrument).

T.Shirt and Darvin Silva’s new EP, however, seems to defy that logic.  Called The Tan Face Children EP, it sounds distinctly professional.  It borders on experimental, with the electro drums, pulsating bass lines and off-kilter, almost broken beat sequencing that’s popular nowadays.  A couple of songs feature indie melodies and hooks, and Shirt and Silva bolster the EP’s coolness and esoteric factors by sprinkling Walt Whitman quotes throughout (hence the title).  The lyrics are generally good, especially on “24 Frames (Movie Night),” on which all three verses are composed entirely of movie titles – and it actually works.  Even better, it’s extremely well mixed, and sounds like it was recorded in a studio rather than some dude’s basement.  And for a free EP, you can’t ask for much more than that.

DOWNLOAD: T.Shirt & Darvin Silva – The Tan Face Children EP

01. Pioneers! O Pioneers!
02. (Written Somewhere In Miami)
03. Monday Massacre
04. 24 Frames (Movie Night)
05. Recommendation
06. Starry-Eyed
07. Allure (Must Have Been Love)
08. Outro Music

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2 Hungry Bros – Back for Seconds

2HungryBros - Back for Seconds

Yesterday, producers Deep and Ben Boogie – collectively known as 2 Hungry Bros – released Back for Seconds, a free mixtape.  And it’s damn good.  The album’s beats are incredibly diverse, ranging from rare funk and jazz grooves to more recent House tunes like Lady (!) and Music Sounds Better With You.  They’re not samples either, but rather the full tracks, preserved in their original glory for the album’s featured emcees to rhyme over.  It’s a unique experiment, for sure, and probably not for everybody.  But if you’re looking for something new and diverse, check this out for sure.  You won’t be disappointed.

DOWNLOAD: 2 Hungry Bros – Back For Seconds

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Hip Hop Docktrine Volume 2.5 – The Official Boondocks Mixtape

The Official Boondocks MixtapeIn anticipation of the upcoming season of the animated series Boondocks, Dub Floyd and Wally Sparks have put together an ‘official’ mixtape for the show, featuring some choice cuts from Tanya Morgan, Phonte, Asheru, Skyzoo and more.  Check out the tracklist below, then head over to 2dopeboyz to download it.

01. Asheru – The Boondocks Theme (Season 2)
02. Metaphor The Great – Hip Hop Docktrine 2 Theme (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
03. Phonte & Chaundon – Hip Hop Docktrine 2 (Promo)
04. Metaphor The Great – The BoonDoctor (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
05. Chaundon & Asheru – Hip Hop Docktrine (Prod. by The Kickdrums)
06. Asheru ft. Talib Kweli – Mood Swing
07. Asheru – Niggaz
08. Sha Stimuli – The N Word Song
09. Blu – The Only Way
10. Pugs Atomz feat. Hall of Fame – Black Boy (Prod. by Hi-Tek)
11. Chaundon – A Pimp Named Slick Back
12. Metaphor The Great – Riley’s Theme
13. Ed E. Ruger ft. Wax & Sean Boog – Do It For The Rush (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
14. Phonte & Niggaz In The Studio – Our Black Asses (Catcher Freeman Song)
15. Phene ft. Laws – Freedom Ain’t Free (Prod. by Mellodramatic)
16. Black Lincolns – The Hustle
17. Cool Cee Brown feat. Phonte & Asheru – No Fear
18. P.H.E.A.R. – I Love Her Again
19. L.E.G.A.C.Y. – The Trial
20. Black ELement – The Itis (Prod. by 6th Sense)
21. Rashid Hadee – Whatever it Takes
22. Bobby Creekwater – Winner
23. Asheru feat. Hernon Gibran – Keep on Rockin
24. Metaphor The Great – Riley’s Fight
25. Jay Rock – Have You Ever Loved Somebody
26. The Lethal Interjection Crew (Carl Jones, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & Nate Dogg) – Eff Grandad
27. Tanya Morgan – Bout To Be Some (Prod. by Khrysis)
28. Ja$ – T.R.O.Y. (Freestyle)
29. Asheru – Revolution
30. HUYUSHERU – Balance
31. Skyzoo – Never Sleep
32. j.Davey, Pacific Division, Diz Gibran, & Bleu Collar – sLAyers
33. NYOil – Maybe
34. David Banner ft. Colonel H. Stinkmeaner – B.A.N.
35. Tough Junkie ft. Uncle Ruckus – The Boondocks

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Free Olympics Concerts – Buck 65, DJ Spooky, Damien Marley and More!

In addition to sporting events, this year’s Winter Olympics will feature a large and surprisingly diverse schedule of free concerts.  Being held at two ‘LiveCity’ venues in downtown Vancouver, the concerts will span the length of the games and represent an excellent opportunity to take in high quality music for zero dollars.  Here’s a sampling of some of the performers who will take the stage:

Not bad at all.  I plan on seeing several of these shows, if not all of them.  And here’s the entire schedule (PDF).

It’s nice to see VANOC and the City attempt to expand the impact of the Games beyond simply a few sporting events.  As the LiveCity site notes,

“Over the years, Olympic Games Host Cities have come to recognize that the overall Olympic and Paralympic experience and celebration must include many activities and opportunities that attract, entertain, engage, inform and excite people of all ages throughout the Games period.”

Despite Vancouverites’ past ambivalence and, occasionally, outright opposition, to these Games, Olympic excitement is beginning to envelope the city as the opening ceremonies draw closer.  Hopefully it’s an indication of the experience to come.

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New free music: Diamond District’s “In The Ruff”

In The Ruff

Haven’t had a chance to listen to this yet, but it’s free and it’s got a dope album cover, so I’m pretty confident that Diamond District’s debut record In The Ruff is at the very least worth a download.

Founded by emcee and producer Oddisee, Diamond District includes Washinton DC rappers XO & YU.   According to their blog, In The Ruff is “a raw mid-90’s Boom-Bap themed album for the DC state of mind, destined to appeal to all lovers of hip hop’s golden era, managing to travel back in time and push the boundaries of DC Hip-Hop simultaneously.”  Sounds damn good.

Download it here.