Monthly Archives: July 2008
(July 30, 2008- Brooklyn, NY) – eLZhi, esteemed member of Slum Village, will be releasing his solo debut, The Preface, on August 12, 2008 through Fat Beats Records. The 16-track album, produced almost entirely by rising star Black Milk, features guest appearances by a who’s who of the Detroit hip-hop scene. Royce Da 5’9″, T3 (Slum Village), Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and more add to what many have predicted will be one of the most noteworthy hip-hop releases of 2008.
While hip-hoppers argue over tight pants, the relevance of femcees, hip-hop’s lifeforce, regionalism and realness Black Spade is in St.Louis making music he overheard someone call “ghetto clash.”The March release of his debut album To Sir With Love disclosed a style of hip-hop built on a Kurzweil keyboard, shower singing and steady verses at the center. Critics would be quick to put him into an obscure hipster box (The Cool Kids, Jay Electronica) but his honesty and love of the form has translated to myriads of traditional hip-hop fans. A longterm Sidney Poitier fan he named the CD after one of the actor’s biggest movie roles. When he is not attending shows and doing his own gigs he is working on the follow-up to Sir which he promises will not take nearly as long to finish. Spade spoke with Kickmag about the discovery of his art and how so many creative nobles have blessed his style that he refers to as “no style.”
There was a time period between the break-up of Soul Tyde and the release of your album were you making music or were these tracks done a while ago?
Some of those tracks were already made I broke up with Soul Tyde and got back with them and was able to still knock a few songs out and after that umm it’s really just making a gang of tracks and recording with a friend by the name of Kenautis uh still like putting it down that way as well.
How did you come up with your style of singing and rapping? You also have a penchant for funky keyboard basslines?
I knew I liked singing and I knew I liked rapping and I always a lot of west coast cats kind of dibbed and dabbed at it so I just felt like you know man I just wanted to be that one that’s on the same page with everything that’s really how it came about. I really didn’t want to see no styles I know I have to live in hip-hop with it but I ain’t really know if it was a style or not I was just doing it because I wanted to do it and try to be the best I could be at it at that time.
“Double 0 of Kidz In The Hall badly assaulted by security after performance; Management issues statement”
Double O from the hip hop group Kidz In The Hall was assaulted by several bouncers early Saturday morning, July 26, while inside a nightclub in Tempe, AZ following a Kidz In The Hall performance.
Group member and friend Naledge, who did not witness the assault on Double O, was arrested outside of the club. Naledge’s attempt to get medical assistance for Double O was misconstrued as a hinderence to the investigation. Reports that no injuries were sustained are false as Double O was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries from the excessive force used by club security. On Sunday morning Double O underwent surgery for one of his injuries. He is still in the hospital, but in stable condition.
In the last 2 years, Kidz In The Hall have traveled to over 10 countries, have done 200+ shows and never before been involved in any altercation, big or small, with club or concert security, or police officers.