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DJ A-UP presents the rest of A Tribe Called Quest

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My brother from another / DJ partner in rhyme at In The Loop / fellow Groovement writer, DJ A-UP, has been working on this Tribe mixtape for quite a while. Rather than going the simple route with Tribe standards, he’s prised out samples, remixes and the like of some of his favourite tunes. It’s an out and out banger of a mixtape, as is the case with all his previous releases.

Check his previous mixtapes, as well as the Nougold podcast with emcee Bedos,  on his Mixcloud.

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The Rest of Quest by The Nougold Podcast on Mixcloud

A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour Intro
Kool & The Gang – Who’s Gonna Take the Weight
.A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God
A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God (Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God (Organ Mix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Bound to Wreck Your Party
BUN ft. Phife Dawg – What’s The Deal?
Mint Condition ft. Phife Dawg – Let Me Be The One (Ummah Remix)
Phife Dawg – Bend Ova
De La Soul ft. Q-Tip – Buddy
A Tribe Called Quest – Jam (Instrumental)
Consequence – The Consequences
A Tribe Called Quest – We Can Get Down
Bill Cosby – Martin’s Funeral
A Tribe Called Quest – Stressed Out (Raphael Saadiq Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Peace, Prosperity and Paper
A Tribe Called Quest – Money Maker
Craig Mack – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix Instrumental)
Mobb Deep ft. Q-Tip – Drink Away The Pain (Situations)
Phife Dawg – If Men Are Dogs
Phife Dawg – Dear Dilla
Slum Village ft. Q-Tip – Hold Tighhht
Beastie Boys ft. Q-Tip – Get It Together (Q-Tip Remix)
Q-Tip – Q-Tip For Preisdent
Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
Steve Arrington – Beddie-Biey
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love
A Tribe Called Quest – Lyrics to Go (Tumblin’ Dice Remix)
Hiatus Kaiyote ft. Q-Tip – Nakamura
Common ft. Q-Tip, Pharrell & Erykah Badu – Come Close Remix
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Janet Jackson – Got ’til it’s Gone (Q-Tip live verse)
A Tribe Called Quest ft. Erykah Badu – Doin It (I.C.U) (Edit)
Apache – Gangsta Bitch (Instrumental)
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation (Instrumental)
Black Ivory – You and I
Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up
Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (Drumbreak)
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Tiger ft. Q-Tip – Who Planned It
Phife Dawg – U Know U Want It
Q-Tip – Work It Out
Q-Tip – Work It Out (Remix)
David T. Walker – On Love

Blog/Video: Wu Tang after party with Will Not Be Televised & In The Loop

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As with all things Wu related, you’re never quite sure what to expect when it comes to something which potentially should be the ‘Wu Tang after party hosted by Raekwon‘. Promoters Will Not Be Televised put Raekwon on at Antwerp Mansion around a year ago, where he came on a did a brief PA – to pull this off as well, to coincide with the full clan dropping into Manchester, is the typical sort of coup that WNBT specialise in. Back at the Mansion, we’d stuck Triumph on at the end when Rae was going off stage, and he nipped back on with a grin to run through a minute or so of it – I always said this entitles us to put Raekwon in brackets after our names now, but haven’t put this on flyers officially yet.

Here’s what happened last time (props to Nanny Banton, who manages to be at the front of both these videos – and in the RZA pics below, too):

“He disrespected me, and my man he punched him in his mouth.”

So yesterday DJ A-UP, mic don Bedos and myself (who all run Manchester hip hop night In The Loop) hooked up in town to have a good chat with Chalk and Aver of local outfit TNC (to find out more about Chalk’s about-to-drop debut album), to be followed at some point with a Raekwon interview. What actually followed was eight or nine hours waiting on Rae to give us a bell – eventually Masta Killa offered to join him, and we decided to hold off until the after show to conduct the interviews. Needless to say, this never happened. Man, I never even got my (or Air Adam‘s) albums signed things were so hectic.

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What did follow was pretty sick, though. Shouts to Pete Cannon first of all, who had to leave early and couldn’t spin for the Wu when they eventually hit the club at around half one. Myself and A-UP assumed this meant we were up, only for the RZA to enter the up-close-and-personal DJ space on the stage. ‘Hi,’ I managed, not quite sure what to do – were we doing Wustrumentals? Someone had just told me Raekwon wanted his new track. RZA, I slowly realised, was shouting ‘Gimme Kanye!’ in my ear – dude wanted some tracks from Yeezus. I nodded smugly, then started panicking when the Serato search box yielded no results. ‘Yeezus? I don’t have it, man. It’s on the other computer’.

Have you ever had the RZA raise his arms in despair at you and lock you with a dead stare, like ‘what the fuck?’. I did, last night, a good three times or so, and I thought that was my hip hop career ended there and then. I looked towards Bedos for reassurance, but he was pissing himself laughing.

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Bedos and Ghostface liven it up…

Meanwhile, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (and intermittently, Cappadonna and Masta Killa) were stood on stage waiting for some music to start. Rapidly feeling like I was about to single handedly ruin a Wu Tang show, I managed to drag Ice Cream onto the deck and get the record cued for the Abbot. Over the next few minutes, RZA quickly learned to not ask me anything, as he just got a blank stare because I couldn’t hear a word he was saying – Gorilla is probably the loudest stage in the world.

Eventually we get into the flow with Slick Rick, and then it was A-UP’s turn to make sure the RZArector was okay on the wheels.  I think in total the Wu were up there around 45 minutes – Rae was all smiles and nods of appreciation, even asking our names, Ghost was a pillar of disinterest but perked up when Apollo Kids came on – at one point he stopped a record with his hand and RZA wagged his finger at him, like ‘No, man…’. Raekwon was a gent throughout, and it was pretty funny how he kept turning around to see just what Robert was up to on the turntables. Peep ten minutes or so of the party at the end of this post.

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The RZA’s selections.

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RZA is a master of polite ignoring. One guy was jumping up and down next to him, and at one point shoved his wax in RZA’s face – a single finger held up ensured the man relented, as if a calm came over him. He even did the monk joined-hands and nod to another guy.

We did get a grin off the RZA when A-UP found some Dawn Penn (‘Have you got any reggae? Have you got ‘No, No, Noooo’? What about Sizzla?). Then we asked him for a pic together, he said ‘Sure,’ then walked off stage before we managed it.

So, massive thanks and shouts to my partners in loop, Bedos and DJ A-UP. These guys never stop. Shouts to Will Not Be Televised for pulling it off again (looking forward to next time), and shouts to all the crowd who were asking A-UP and Bedos for pictures afterwards. Shouts to Raekwon for making us feel welcome on the Wu stage. And that guy, did you ever get your record signed? ‘Cos I didn’t.

 

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Nas x J. Cole // Let Nas Down (remix)

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J. Cole caused a pleasant shock in the hip hop world by betraying the pathway of mainstream hits and releasing his new album ‘Born Sinner’. One of the most heartfelt hip hop tracks in recent years was ‘Let Nas Down’. He explained his feelings when producer, No I.D. told him nas wasn’t feeling his music, despite his talent. This remix is Nas’ response to the J. Cole track and reflects the positive side of hip hop that is often ignored.

Download: DJ A-UP // LADIES FIRST MIXTAPE

DJ A-UP blesses us with a new mixtape, this time with a ladies theme… released on International Women’s Day and featuring Rah Digga, Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Jean Grae, Tor Cesay, Estelle, Heather B, C-Mone Mc, TLC, Tempa, Roxanne Shante, MC Lyte & more.

Check the regular Nougold podcast, bringing the best in new hip hop with a golden age twang, here.

If you have’t checked DJ A-UP’s other mixes, where you been?

Listen below or download.

Ladies First – mixed by DJ A-UP by Dj A-Up [Nougold Podcast] on Mixcloud

Reach: J DILLA SAVED MY LIFE // MCR x LONDON

Manchester’s third and London’s seventh “official” Dilla parties hit on the weekend of Feb 1st, kicking off what has become Dilla month, celebrating his birthday and commemorating his death.

Whatever you think of the annual Dilla onslaught, and whatever you make of the Foundation selling off his vinyl on eBay, we’d *probably* all be complaining if there was no commemoration.

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Podcast: NouGold // August 2012


Download NouGold [August 2012]

If you didn’t know, I co-host a monthly underground hip hop podcast with Bedos (he’s in London today, but he’s going to Africa on Sunday, for a bit) and this is our latest episode. It’s packed full of brand new underground hip hop joints from up-and-coming artists like Sinitus Tempo, Curtis King, SkyBlew, 0hbliv, Stalley, Ground Up, The Mouse Outfit, Sparkz & more.  Dope new hip hop from the next generation of hip hoppers.

NouGold: iTunes // website 

 

Podcast: NouGold Podcast [July 2012]



After a longer than anticipated break, the NouGold Podcast is back and firing on all cylinders, with emphasis on the FIRE! This month’s episode brings to you a gruff and grumpy Bedos, current hip hop topics and a hell of a lot of high quality hip hop. This episode features new music from the likes of Curren$y, Black Josh, Dubbul O, Joey Bada$$, TASK1ne, Damu the Fudgemunk, Jansport J, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q & more.

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Interview // Jansport J

Jansport J has been building a solid rep as one of the dopest producers in underground hip hop over the last couple of years. This progression has allowed the successful digital and physical release of his latest project ‘MoveMeants II: The Reprise’. We were blessed enough to be able to interview the man with the great beard. Groovement’s DJ A-UP provided the questions.

 

1. You’re latest project, ‘MoveMeans II: The Reprise’ has just dropped. It’s available on your Bandcamp page as a digital download or a CD. I ordered a copy of the CD because I love physical music but how have the sales figures compared between the two formats?

I  couldn’t tell you how it’s doing digitally, because I haven’t gotten any numbers back yet from the distribution company. It’s early. What I can say is that the Physical Copy has been selling very well. In fact, better than any other project I’ve released. I’m very much a pessimist with an optimist’s work ethic, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the support for the CD. I think it’s a testament to people still wanting to have a personal connection with music they like. The mp3 is very impersonal to me. Is that a word? Probably not. The artwork has been a huge draw as well, since it’s been kind of an interactive thing with my fans. My boy Garrett from LA Lemon keeps pushing me to do a vinyl release. We’ll see how the CD’s continue to do first. It’s 100% independent on my end, so I’m very grateful.

 

2. You’re from the LA are, which is a hotbed of musical talent right now. How does it feel to be in and around the scene and does it help you as an artist?

It’s very humbling. The LA scene has been bubbling for years now, and it’s nice to have my name amongst these artists/brands. Especially since I’ve watched alot of careers grow from their first released projects. Watching my peers progress keeps me motivated to build my fanbase and brand. It’s a special resurgence going on in the area, and it’ll be an honor to look back at it one day and know that I contributed a small part to the sound of this era in Los Angeles.

 

3. Networking and working with artists in distant lands has become more and more common over the last few years. Are you a fan of this or do you prefer to work with others on a face-to-face basis?

It’s crucial to reach out of your comfort zone. Technology has allowed for the indie artist to truly become global, and you’d be ignorant not to embrace that. The fact that I’m able to do an interview with your site out of the UK, and for you to even know who I am is a prime example. Of course, it’s always nice to work with an artist in the flesh, but I feel like we may place too much emphasis on that at times. The reality of the industry now is that everybody is very mobile, and time is even more precious than it was before. You have to take advantage of the opportunities you have to become global and make the best music possible.

 

4. Are there any artists you plan to work with in the foreseeable future?

I’m up to work with any dope, professional artist. I really want to work with Ghostface Killah and DOOM in the future. Also another joint with Ab-Soul would be dope. We’ll see what happens.

 

5. Has hip hop always played a major role in your life and who were the artists who inspired you the most when growing up?

One of my earliest memories was watching the Salt N Pepa “Push It” video with my older sister, so Hip Hop has always played a major role in my life. I was a HUGE Timbaland fan. He’s the reason why I even started producing. Pac was my hero growing up. Outside of that, Dilla, Premier, Pete Rock and 9th Wonder were the producers I really studied to mold my own sound.

 

6. I’ve read, in the past, that you sample from MP3s alone. A lot of older heads feel that sampling should be done strictly from vinyl. What is your response to that particular attitude?

That’s why older heads are thought of as older heads. Closed-mindedness. If you look at an artist like Jay-Z, he doesn’t tell you how he use to do it in 96. He’s remained relevant throughout his career because he’s always adapted to the times while remaining himself. I sample mostly off of mp3’s simply because it’s an easier way for me to dig and get more material. I’ve sampled from vinyl as well. If there’s a joint that I needed that was only on vinyl, then give me that. Ultimately, none of that kinda stuff matters. In the end, is the beat dope? If not, it doesn’t matter if Eddie Kendricks himself was in your booth.

 

7. If you had to describe your sound in one sentence, what would it be?

I think the best way to describe my sound is the reflection of an average male Hip Hop fan born in 1986. I create the type of music I grew up on. I’ve done the boom bap, the soulful joints, the 808 heavy, the b-boy breaks, all of that. It’s only natural for me to project in my music what I like listening to myself.

 

8. Finally, what is your studio set-up and what is the one piece of equipment you could not be without?

I got the Sony VSL 29 processor with Pro Tools 17 and an Akai 3500. That’s all made up. I work off of FL Studio 9, soon to be an Akai Midi Keyboard, Virtual DJ and 2 small ass ears. And even with that setup, the ears will always be the most important equipment you can have.

 

Thank you for your time and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we see you on the Groovement site.

 

Go to Jansport J’s Bandcamp page to stream/purchase ‘MoveMeants II: The Reprise’

Find Jansport J on… Facebook // Twitter // 

 

Podcast: NouGold // March 2012

 

It’s B to the E-D-O-S and DJ A-UP, back with another slice of hip hop goodness. Prepare yourselves for all of the dopest music from the new golden era of hip hop. Music this month comes from the likes of Joey Bada$$, Clear Soul Forces, Curtiss King, Sincere Vega, Green Street, Deepo, L Digz, Twizted Roots, Mystro, Boombaptist, 7even Sun, 1995 & more.