Mobb Deep – Shook Ones

This is a hard one to write… Today the world lost one of the dopest artist to ever touch the mic!  Prodigy, has died at 42.

I still remember back in 95′ when my God brother, Patrick, and I would sit on the porch all summer long bumping  joints like Mobb Deep, Lost Boyz, Onyx and all them New York crews that had the game on lock!   Days and nights planning moves and decisions that would change our lives have always  been with Mobb Deep playing in the back round.  Till this day ThaLookout staff has ‘The Infamous’ on rotation…We lost a great one today.

Rest in peace Prodigy.

DIY: Customizing the Studio Desk

I was looking into buying a new desk for the studio a while back, but I kept worrying that I would buy something too big for the space it was needed in. So, I sat back and examined the reasons why I wanted a new desk, and there was only one reason. I wanted my computer monitors to sit at a higher level to make more room on the desk, meaning that I wanted a monitor stand for my desk. So, I decided to try and make it myself. I had an old TV stand in the garage and took one of the shelves off of it to use. I took the shelf to Home Depot, and had it cut down to 32 inches long and about 9 inches wide. When they cut it, one of the leftover pieces of wood was in the shape of a small rectangle so I decided to use that for my MPC. I like to stand up while making beats, so I wanted the MPC to have a stand of its own. I ordered some legs on the Internet and waited on them to come to try this project. The photos below show the process.

The old setup.

The old setup.

The way the desk used to look.

The way the desk used to look.

The Behringer Behritone monitor.  One of the purposes of this monitor stand is to make room this.

The Behringer Behritone monitor. One of the purposes of this monitor stand is to make room this.

My 2 pieces of wood cut from an old TV stand.

My 2 pieces of wood cut from an old TV stand.

The Ikea Capita legs.

The Ikea Capita legs.

Drilling the holes.

Drilling the holes.

Attaching the base plates.

Attaching the base plates.

The base plates are attached.

The base plates are attached.

Putting the hex nut on the base plates.

Putting the hex nut on the base plates.

The monitor stand is done!

The monitor stand is done!

The results.

The results.

There is enough room on the stand for the Behritone monitor.

There is enough room on the stand for the Behritone monitor.

The single Behringer Behritone monitor.

The single Behringer Behritone monitor.

The Behritone and the Apogee ONE.

The Behritone and the Apogee ONE.

Drilling the holes for the MPC stand.

Drilling the holes for the MPC stand.

The legs for the MPC stand.   These are some $7 legs I found online.

The legs for the MPC stand. These are some $7 legs I found online.

I had to buy some #8 1/2 inch screws for this project.

I had to buy some #8 1/2 inch screws for this project.

The MPC stand.  Now I can stand up to make this Hip Hop.

The MPC stand. Now I can stand up to make this Hip Hop.

Everything is done!

Everything is done!

San Soma X Swill the Will – Robert Frost

JUNE 24th 2015 marks the day of a brand new release from two very talented youth hailing from the midwest. Swill the Will and San Soma crafted a poigniant song about fears, risks and letting go. This songwriting deals with the battle between fitting in with the norm and fighting for what you truly desire; sometimes you find yourself caught ‘faceless’ in between two ideals. The name of this summer scented track is Robert Frost. The melodies in this tune are twinkly, twangy and glittery. The textures are very organic and lively. The vocal provided by Swill the Will is epic. The command of his voice along with the attention to artistic vocal layering make his voice stand out from the crowd. These two artists are associated with Oak Cellar Door, a well known culture blog and the TDS collective. If you live in chicago then come check them out at Schubas July 1st or come t the OCD fefe.

Skyzoo @skyzoo – The Salvation – 2009 (Full Album) @DuckDownMusic

The album was originally set to be released on the fourth quarter of 2008, but was later pushed to August 11, 2009, then again to August 25, then finally set for the 29th of September. The Brooklyn-raised emcee stated that he had been planning this album since he was 9 years old. Every picture he’s wanted to paint, every script he’s wanted to scribe, every story he’s ever wanted to tell, has all finally come to fruition.

On December 31, 2009, the album was featured as one of the top ten albums of the year.

The Salvation provides a more intricate view into Skyzoo’s life, as well as what has gotten him to where he is today. While telling his story and painting a picture in the audience’s minds with his words, the diverse range of production and the auto-biographical nature of the album has set it apart from his previous Mix CD releases in various ways, however Skyzoo explains that it’s another constant sign of elevation and growth, and it’s the most personal work has ever done.

A tactic taken by Skyzoo to emphasize the personal aspect of The Salvation was to not load the album up with features from other rappers. He states: “The moment you pick up a pen or start rhyming as a kid, all you think about is getting an album out. This album isn’t exactly the way I planned it out at 9-years-old, but it tells my story. With that being said, no one can help tell my story better than me. The Salvation is about me.”

The production credits for the album includes Washington D.C.-based production team Best Kept Secret, Seattle’s Eric G, and Boston’s Cyrus tha Great, as well as 9th Wonder, Nottz, Just Blaze, Illmind, Needlz and Black Milk. Carlitta Durand, an underground R&B singer, is the sole featured artist on the album. Alongside the extremely personal element of The Salvation comes the conceptual side of the project. Theme was the name of the game for Skyzoo’s first album, and this is evidenced in how the production was handled. According to Skyzoo, “It wasn’t really a ‘who’s hot, who’s not’ type of thing. It was more so ‘just get what sounds right.’ I got a lot of big name producers, and I also got a lot of up and comers.”

Ali – Champion (Prod. CHI VII)

Ali is a part of a long line of Chicago Talent. I am late on this one and The Dude apologizes. His newest effort Champion again reaffirms this artist’s relentless self belief. The young man has blessed us with a song so inspirational and so hard hitting that its damn near impossible not to feel something while listening. The beat was made by CHI VII, who has done work with Mick Jenkins and Skigh Mob leader Solar Five. I am proud to announce that Ali will be performing at PJ’s WESTSIDE SHOWCASE on May 22. Follow Ali and PJ @aliforthego and @ThePlashGordon

Tree + Crack +TRTL = I Just Want My Bread Bitch (@chriscrackndc and @MCTREEG)


tree-crack

 

After their joint EP Tree + Crack. Chicago’s most O.G rap duo has combined forces on a Timothy Turtle production that will blow the mind of any listener. The beat goes from soulful to drippy and evil all within three minutes. This track has a great a hook and a great combo of samples and original production. The 808s make this song a classic for the whip. Cruise around this May to the stylings of Tree and Chris Crack. We are very close to the release of Public Domain 4 along with more music from the New Deal Crew. Follow them on twitter @chriscrackndc and  @MCTREEG

Written by Kez The Dude

Social Experiment|Sunday Candy|Video Review


Watch History Now

The Social Experiment are a uniting force amidst the highly talented Creatives in Chicago. Chance the rapper is their orator, their frontman and lead character in their presentation of their music. Outside of rapping, Chance is ironically a triple threat. His captivating jitters and dramatic antics can be seen not only in the Colin Tilley directed Mr. Happy but also the new video for Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment’s Sunday Candy. The video features set design, multiple costume changes and wonderful vocals from Jamila Woods and Eryn Allen Kane. The lighting and dance numbers are filled with sporadic energy. The verses tell a story of empathetic associations with Sunday, a day for the renaissance of the soul. The long takes, countless extras and cameos from local stars like the Bop King elevate this piece from a music video to a live experience. The impromptu choir at the end of the video add to the live aspect. Sometimes videos are just great and then other videos are mind blowing. Michael Jackson has a whole catalogue of these videos. R. Kelly has a series of musical theatre genius. The Social Experiment with the help of Austin Vessley and 100 artists have given us a moment of mind blowing multi-sensorial heaven. Enjoy this sweet treat of a video this Sunday. Pay attention to the music videos of other young artists like Tyler the Creator because they are pushing the boundaries for the quality of the medium.

Written by Kez The Dude

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TMTHY TRTL | “goodkidsmakebadgrownups” | Album Review

WARNING: These frequencies are not for Everyone so I prompt all viewers with a choice. Join or Die

Designed by TRTL himself

Designed by TRTL himself

Juke and footwork culture is spreading like wild fire. What stemmed as a local staple has gone worldwide.  The genre that spawned for the southside of Chicago has gone through three decades of evolution. The infectious sound has been adopted by soundcloud famous producers and non chicagoans alike. Experiments with the abrasive thump of the juke sound have gone awry and others have opened my mind to the power of combination. The result of this growing process has given us the most experimental juke album i’ve ever heard,  goodkidsmakebadgrownups by tmthy trtl.

 

Most albums that try to be experimental can be very sporadic and unpredictable. Goodkidsmakebadgrownups manages to craft a brand new sound while being incredibly satisfying and complete. The album is as cohesive as a paperback book bound under immense pressure for decades upon decades.

Littered with groaning horns and slimy vibrato riddled laser like synths that lighten the artist’s dark compositions. A common reaction to the album is absolutely primal. This is the sound of anarchy. This is the sound of the disenfranchised youth. This is rebellion music.

 

While taking elements of noise music as well as juke New Deal artist tmthy trtl has produced a project with a true punk rock mentality. The textures of this project are rough distorted and grainy. The track West Iowa captures the undoubtable angst and fiery energy that this project embodies. For listeners, consumers and real people alike who enjoy truly new products will delve into this project with an open mind and they will come out the other end knowledgeable. They will have the awareness and consciousness of a brand new way to make music. Take a dose of the punk excellence and follow @newdealcrew for more innovative updates.

 

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