So yea yo, today was a gloomy lookin Sunday afternoon in NYC. Was coming down offa having a dope time with my special ladyluv. I saved a black cat from gettin its ass kicked in Washington Heights by a bigger grey cat this morning. Felt good about dat. Me and Babygirl watched bootlegs of A Team and Splice. Splice was actually pretty good. We tried to watch Salt but the bootleg had some ill artsy delay that I thought was cool till I realized I couldn't understand what the f*ck was going on in the flick. Anyhow, its Sunday afternoon and I had maaad work to do @ da crib.
But the bug suddenly hits me.... had me thinking, "Lemme go git that new eL P instrumental album. Shit will give a Brother some inspiration."
Quick backdrop. I don't consider myself a producer. Not yet anywayz. But I have done production for myself (and others) and EVER SINCE Zoo York showed me love by posting the joint I did for Monsta X ("Lion On My Arm" offa The Howling EP coming soon but "Lion... " can now be heard right now on the Zoo York field report) and Producers i Know followed me on twitter I've been kinda itchin to get back on my beat shit.
I don't sample by the way. My ASCAP publishing is friggin Eff A Sample Publishing. Do all my beats on a Fantom X6 keyboard I copped in 2005. Haven't made beats since 2008.
But I got 500 + beats in that board. And now that I got almost 50,000 views on a beat I made (and Zoo York cosigned) I been fiending to start making some shit again.
Peep dis vid at 3:35 for my beatwork... X waddup Cat Daddy!
To get back to my obsession wit coppin that eL P album, reason why is because eL P inspires me with his sounds. He use them spacey synths with the hard ass drums. His drum work is friggin incredible. But I love his ear for sounds too. Pretty sure he samples but he inspire a non sampling non musician nigga like myself none the less.
So I take my ass down to Fat Beats NYC (after calling em 4 times wit no answer - not like them - they ALWAYS answer the phone), get down there and the store is closed! I couldn't friggin believe it! But they were closed for a good cause tho... Rocksteady Anniversary. Shit wish I was there my damn self. Crazy Legs Whats Good My G?
But here I am gettin stung by the beatbug just fiending for eL P's new album.
I figure to myself, "This is The Village NYC. Underground HipHop damn near started right here an shit. Im SURE I can find eL-P's album even tho it don't drop till Tuesday."
So I troop from 6th Ave to 3rd ave and St Mark's to my spot Norman's Sounds. I used to cop albums early from this spot all the time. Copped DipSet's first double cd right here. Think I copped JayLib there. Not sure. Suttin else dope tho.
I get up in there and ask dude for eL P's new album and he's like, "whose eL P?" I was like, "Huh? Maan eL P! el producto!" Homie was like "We Don't have that man. Try Sounds around the corner."
I hop skip and jump down the block to Sounds and an older Brother is behind the counter lookin bent the hell up while kickin it with a rock n roll looking customer. I stroll up like, "Scuse me fam, yall got the new eL P?" HE was like, "eL P?" I was like, "Yea man eL producto, HipHop." he was like "Try Rocket Science across the street."
Shit wasn't across the street it was wayyyy down the block AND across the street. I get to Rocket Science and its hotter than Arizona Immigration in there. Dude behind the counter steady vibin wit some dude about some $130 cd he copped or sold off e Bay. SOME shit like that... I dunno I was looking to see if the devil was in that bitch sweatin'. He finally asked me if he could help me and I was like, "Looking for the new eL P cd". Ofcourse he ain't know who the hell eL P was. I was like, "eL Producto. HipHop." He said they ain't sell HipHop. I asked for Kim's video, another popular spot from The Village that recently relocated offa St Marks and 3rd ave. He said they moved to 1st ave.
I was getting aggy and my bottle of water was running out. Strolled down to St Marks and 1st ave and saw this spot called Rainbow Music saying they buy and sell cds. I walked up in there and maan the shit looked like DJ Clue's basement or some shit. All i saw was maaaaaaaad cds stacked on top of one another. Two shady lookin dudes (only cats in there) looked at me over their shoulder and I asked, "Yall sell hipHop?" Short older dude said, "Sometimes." I jetted right up outta there.
Kim's Video was down the block. I went up in there asking for the el P cd and dude was like, "We Don't have that." I asked for a new release section and he pointed to the back. Went back there and was surprised to see Fat Joe and Slum Village's new cds. I was like, "ahhh HipHop! Where have u been?" They even had MadLib's new cds in there including the one wit the rabbits bonin' in the forest. Love MadLib but I ain't even think about copping that cd. Was on my eL P mission. Looked around and saw no eL P cd.
Went back to the front ready to leave and saw they had a bunch of Wax Poetics magazines. Saw the one wit Barry White on the cover and got sold on the D'Angelo piece.
Copped and hopped.
No friggin eL P cd.
Can't even find unreleased HipHop in The Village ona Sunday afternoon no mo. Shit broke my heart....
Well, got work to do and simply don't feel like doing it so Ima get right and watch the BoonDocks and zone out to some beats and that Freddie Gibbs track with the janet Jackson "Thats the way love goes" sample.... 4861 Broadway I think he call it offa Str8 Killa.... that shit go hard. Ima also zone to my new joint I did on Friday night. Recorded over some new Husky shit.... I think Monsta Island Czar fans and MadVillian fanatics gon' dig it.
Anybody know how to pitch music to Adult Swim?
Mornings Was HashBrowns Mixtape will be brought to you by DJ Tre Unda and some other good homies ina few weeks.
Oh yo! Peep my verse on the Kevingnottingham.com remake of Mama Said Knock You Out Yo!
X Bodies this shit too....
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