DJ D’Chris – Flip City Mixshow – LexZyne Affiliate

CHRISTOPHER CROSSLEY AKA DJ D’Chris /Bruce Wheyn – Is the second member of D2B (dem 2 boie) production team, CEO / Production DJ for Flip City Entertainment, Managing Director of of Diamond Cut Studios and C2 Technology Limited

Track listing:

Quanstar – Underdog
Kayohes – Inspiration
Von Pea – Good Life
Consequence – Alphabet boys
Dzyne Ft. LifeUnda, Tha Centop
Dzyne Ft. LifeUnda – Ms. Sex (see)
Joe Budden/ Portishead – Family Reunion
Sean Price Ft. Law & Rock – Hot
Convinced – Mass Appeal
TiRon Ft. Blu & Asher Roth – The Richers
TiRon – 1ne
TiRon – For Your Smile
Foreign Exchange – Maybe She’ll Dream of me
Mf Doom & Doc Battle – Sugar Pills Ep
Jay electronica – Exhibit C


CHRISTOPHER CROSSLEY AKA DJ D’Chris /Bruce Wheyn – Is the second member of D2B (dem 2 boie) production team, CEO / Production DJ for Flip City Entertainment, Managing Director of  Diamond Cut Studios and C2 Technology Limited. He learnt to play the piano at the age of 10 but it was not until at the age of fourteen when he was introduced by a friend to a pair Technics 1200s, a dj was born and he further surrounded himself with the Elements of Hip Hop.

Finding himself at many house parties but unable to afford 1200s his rig comprised of a tape deck and an old 8 track stereo using the record player it carried, he quickly got the name DJ TDK. Over the years as his talent and presence grew his face showed up in places from his own Open Mic Sessions, to poetry spots and to Underground Hip Hop parties.

In 2005 he travelled to New York and graduated from the Scratch DJ Academy, while there he met up with greats like Grand wizard Theodore, Grand Mixer DXT, Jazzy Jay, Chuck D & Prof. Griff from Public Enemy, DJ Johnny Juice, Neil Armstrong Of 5th Platoon and DJ Jesse Felluss to name a few. Now in his 20s Chris has evolved from the party DJ to a production DJ.

In 2008, DJ D’Chris started his own internet mix show and got the attention of The Draft Pick DJs and now as an official member he hosts The Caribbean Draft Pick Mix Show now called the Flip City Mixshow. From this he has interviewed artists and producers such as Marco Polo, NYOIL, Termanology, The Juggaknots, Kazi the Blak, The Bash Brothers and The Bredren. He also hosts a Soul, Hip Hop & R&B show called Heart of the City for Got Soul Sessions radio a station out of Houston. He entered the mix tape circuit hosting 2 Rosco Check Dig Series, Industry Standard and his signature series being The Mainstream Underground Mixtape, he has also written reviews for one of the leading mix tape magazine, The Foundation Magazine.

DJ D’Chris views himself as one of the few trying to keep the DJ where they need to be in the Elements of Hip Hop.

Def Jam Rapstar – Is It Good? [Game Review]

Def Jam Rapstar is what you would call a game that has been a long time in the waiting. Much like what DJ Hero did to fill the hip-hop void left by the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, Def Jam Rapstar provides a karaoke gaming experience that will delight everyone’s inner lyricist. The track list is nothing short of epic and historic, featuring music dating from the 1980s to the present. Party mode brings to life the spirit of the emcee battle, while Freestyle mode offers aspiring lyricists the chance to rhyme over original tracks created by some of the leading beat producers in the business. However, what really makes this game ‘off the chain,’ is an online community where gamers can wage social rhyme battles on the web. Although there are a few kinks around an unpredictable bouncing ball as well as some minor areas that can be improved, Def Jam Rapstar is officially that ‘new-new hotness.’

Typically, when you power on most games, a Career or Campaign mode sits at the top of the menu. Def Jam Rapstar makes no overzealous claim as to what it is – a Party game. The game has three modes: Party, Career and Freestyle Mode. Party mode sits at the top of the list and will be the mode where most gamers will spend their time. Gamers will have immediate access to forty songs and be teased by five additional tracks, which can be unlocked in Career mode.

If you’re a hip-hop fan, the track list is simply amazing. Rapstar may boast the name Def Jam, but the game touches on every label, region and historical moment of hip-hop’s history. It’s almost a time capsule for hip-hop. From the 80s, you’ve got The Ruler, Slick Rick, blasting “Children’s Story.” Home emcees also have access to classics like Run DMC’s “Run’s House,” Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It,” Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” and “Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power.” The 90s is where this title really shines. There’s a spectrum of music ranging from hard core rap titles like “Juicy” by the Notorious B.I.G., “C.R.E.A.M” by Wu Tang Clan and “Ruff Ryder’s Anthym” to smooth flow titles like “I Get Around” by 2 Pac and “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” by Pete Rock & CL Smooth. There’s also more contemporary songs: “Best I Ever Had” by Drake, “A Milli” by Lil Jon and We Fly High by Jim Jones.

In Party mode you can play songs solo, as a duet or as a battle. Most gamers will probably skip the duet mode. This is rap game after all, which is all about the emcee battle. In versus mode, two players will rhyme head-to-head as the song’s music video plays. Before each song, you can enter a practice mode, which allows you to go over the entire music video or just the parts you’re unfamiliar with. This is a nice touch when practicing on your own. You can also read over the lyrics before a song and see historical facts about the song or artist. A blue and orange meter on the right side of the screen will measure who’s winning the battle as points are tallied. Just like in Rock Band or Guitar Hero gamers can earn added multipliers. The more successful lines you chain together, the more points you will earn. The game displays the current line being rapped as well as the next line coming up. You can skip over long non-vocal sequences in a video by pressing the Right-bumper.

Instead of monitoring your pitch, the game is tailored to pay attention to the actual lyrics. A yellow circle represents each word that appears, while a ball bounces on top of each word to help guide your rhyme flow. The ball bouncing can be unpredictable at times and doesn’t do much to help you out through the song, unless you already know the song. If you don’t know the song, it’s actually more of a distraction. Sometimes, the ball will hang in the air when the artist is holding a word, but there’s no way to adequately predict this. In this case, it would be better if the game gave you the option to hear the entire song once through before playing. While the menu selection preview offers a small loop from the track, it doesn’t help much with multiple lyricists on one song each with their own unique flow. If you’ve ever heard Twista “spit” a hundred rhymes a second, you’ll get the point. The Practice mode will help you on your own, but most gamers will gloss over this mode during a Party. For songs where singing is involved, gamers will see the familiar pitch meter from Rock Band.

At the end of every song, gamers will see Lyrics, Timing and Pitch stats – the latter is only reserved for songs with singing. Gamers are also given a ranking based on performance. Bomb a song and the game will call you “Garbage.” Kill it and you will be deemed “Off the Chain.” In career mode, gamers are also awarded up to five mics. These are added up to proceed through five levels of songs and to unlock special challenges and one of the five locked songs: “Big Poppa,” “Fight the Power,” “It Takes Two,” “Lean Back” and “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See.” Once you unlock the ability to play the song, you’ll actually have to complete a point challenge on the song so that you can access it in Party mode. These challenges are extremely tough and will require a lot of practice to earn maximum points.

If you’ve got a console camera, Def Jam Rapstar takes the rhyme competition to the next level. You can record yourself while you rhyme to upload to the community site. There, gamers can have friends vote to see whose video is the best. In Freestyle mode, you can also use Rapstar exclusive instrumentals from industry veterans Just Blaze, Premiere and DJ Khalil. If you want to make fancy music videos, Rapstar also offers a unique video-editing tool. Gamers can outfit their videos with chains, hair picks and various items for added glitz. The items are a little cartoony, but it’s all in good fun. Additional items are unlocked through career mode.

Rapstar drums up old memories of Video Music Box and Yo MTV Raps, but where are Crazy Sam and Fab 5 Freddy? Career mode could benefit from the added boost of a host, giving an intelligent play-by-play filled with trash talking or accolades. This would also benefit head-to-head battles.

Def Jam Rapstar is a definite boon to the music gaming. The set list is unmatched, with barely a “duck” in sight. With a few tweaks to the bouncing ball interface, newcomers to hip hop won’t be left befuddled and frustrated. The game can be purchased both with and without a mic. So if you’ve already got a USB mic, you’re set to go for single player. Rapstar is the karaoke game closet rappers have been dying for. The game is innovative in an industry that has left hip-hop out in the cold. So, check the mic and let’s get it on.

Def Jam Rapstar

Genre: Music/Karaoke
Platform: Xbox 360 (Also available on PS3)
Publisher: Konami
Developer: 4mm Games , Terminal Reality
Release Date: Oct. 5, 2010
Rating: 8.2 / 10

Source: TV.Com

Label Ready – Are You Asking To Be Enslaved? [Video]

Saw this very interesting video over at Kevin Nottingham. Young Guru, Jay-Z’s engineer, breaks down deals provided by major labels and encourages artist to go the independent route. Definitely a great watch. -FeSo

Saw this very interesting video over at Kevin Nottingham. Young Guru, Jay-Z’s engineer, breaks down deals provided by major labels and encourages artist to go the independent route. Definitely a great watch. -FeSo

Thanks To Dre, Now Everybody Can Beatbox

For just under $450, you can play “Let Me Ride” or “Next Episode” from your iPod or iPhone without any noise interference, on a Dr. Dre device dock.

Two years ago, iconic Hip Hop producer Dr. Dre revolutionized a new revenue stream for artists when he teamed with Monster to make the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones and subsequent earbuds. Now the Compton, California legend and the electronics company have diversified their line to include a music device dock.

Called The Beatbox, the Monster-manufactured, Dr. Dre-endorsed console sells for MFSP of $449 and is compatible for both iPods and iPhones, promising to cancel out noise-interference experienced with existing consoles. PC magazine has reviewed the product, heralding Dr. Dre’s Beatbox with an “editor’s choice” rating.

Other artists to endorse headphones with Monster include Diddy and Lady Gaga.

Source: HipHopDX

Reggae Music Great Gregory Issacs Passes Away

Perhaps best known for the hit ‘Night Nurse’ Gregory Isaacs is a pivotal figure in the development of reggae

In his teens, Isaacs became a veteran of the talent contests that regularly took place in Jamaica. In 1968, he made his recording debut with a duet with Winston Sinclair, “Another Heartache”, recorded for producer Byron Lee. The single sold poorly and Isaacs went on to team up with two other vocalists (Penroe and Bramwell) in the short-lived trio The Concords, recording for Rupie Edwards and Prince Buster. The trio split up in 1970 and Isaacs launched his solo career, initially self-producing recordings and also recording further for Edwards. In 1973 he teamed up with another young singer, Errol Dunkley to start the African Museum record label and shop, and soon had a massive hit with “My Only Lover”, credited as the first lovers rock record ever made. He recorded for other producers to finance further African Museum recordings, having a string of hits in the three years that followed, ranging from ballads to roots reggae, including “All I Have Is Love”, “Lonely Soldier”, “Black a Kill Black”, “Extra Classic”, and his cover version of Dobby Dobson’s “Loving Pauper”. In 1974 he began working with producer Alvin Ranglin, and that year he had his first Jamaican number one single with “Love Is Overdue”. Isaacs recorded for many of Jamaica’s top producers during the 1970s, including Winston “Niney” Holness, Gussie Clarke (“My Time”), Lloyd Campbell (“Slavemaster”), Glen Brown (“One One Cocoa Fill Basket”), Harry Mudie, Roy Cousins, Sidney Crooks, and Lee “Scratch” Perry (“Mr. Cop”). By the late 1970s, Isaacs was one of the biggest reggae performers in the world, regularly touring the US and the UK, and only challenged by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. Between 1977 and 1978, Isaacs again teamed up with Alvin Ranglin, recording a string of hits including “Border” and “Number One” for Ranglin’s GG’s label.

International stardom seemed assured in 1978 when Isaacs signed to the Virgin Records offshoot Front Line Records, and appeared in the film Rockers, in which he performed “Slavemaster”. The Cool Ruler and Soon Forward albums, however, failed to sell as well as expected, although they are now considered among his best work. In 1981, he made his first appearance at the Reggae Sunsplash festival (returning annually until 1991), and he moved on to the Charisma Records offshoot Pre, who released his The Lonely Lover and More Gregory albums along with a string of increasingly successful singles including “Tune In”, “Permanent Lover”, “Wailing Rudy”, and “Tribute to Waddy”. He signed to Island Records and released the record that finally saw him break through to a wider audience, “Night Nurse”, the title track from his first album for the label (Night Nurse (1982)). Although “Night Nurse” was not a chart hit in either the UK or US, it was hugely popular in clubs and received heavy radio play, and the album reached #32 in the UK. This success for Isaacs coincided with drug problems which saw him serve a six-month prison sentence in Kingston in 1982 for possession of unlicensed firearms. Isaacs claimed that he had the weapons only for protection, but it emerged that this was his 27th arrest and that Isaacs had become involved in drug dealing and had become addicted to crack cocaine. He celebrated his release from prison with his second album for Island, Out Deh! (1983).

When his contract with Island ended, Isaacs returned in 1984 with the “Kool Ruler Come Again” single, and began a period of prolific recording, working with producers including Prince Jammy, Red Man, Bobby Digital, Tad Dawkins, and Steely & Clevie, maintaining a consistent standard despite the volume of work produced. Isaacs then built a strong relationship with Gussie Clarke of the Music Works label. They began with Isaacs’ 1985 album Private Beach Party, and had a massive hit with “Rumours” in 1988, which was followed by further popular singles including “Mind Yu Dis”, “Rough Neck”, “Too Good To Be True”, and “Report to Me”. The association with Clarke continued into the early 1990s, teaming up with singers including Freddie McGregor, Ninjaman, and JC Lodge. He duetted with Beres Hammond on the 1993 Philip “Fatis” Burrell-produced “One Good Turn”, Burrell also producing Isaacs’ 1994 album Midnight Confidential.

In the 1990s the African Museum label continued to release all of Isaacs’ music, and that of artists he produced. In 1997 Simply Red covered “Night Nurse” and had a hit with it. Isaacs continues to record and perform live in the 2000s. In 2005 Lady Saw produced another version of “Night Nurse” with her toasting over the original lyrics.

Isaacs’ drug addiction had a major impact on his voice, with most of his teeth falling out as a result. Isaccs said of his addiction in 2007: “Drugs are a debasing weapon. It was the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid – the Cocaine High School. I learnt everything, and now I’ve put it on the side.”

He also performed at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Inauguration at Jamaica.

In 2007 he collaborated with the Spanish rap group Flowklorikos album Donde Duele Inspira.

In 2008, after some 40 years as a recording artist, Isaacs released a new studio album Brand New Me. The album received positive reviews from critics, such as this review from Reggae Vibes: “Gregory is back, and how! ‘Brand New Me’ is a very suitable album title for the cool ruler’s new album. He is back in a different style, more or less like we were used to from this great ‘lovers & roots’ artist”

His nicknames include “Cool Ruler” and “Lonely Lover”.

Diagnosed with liver cancer earlier this year, the illness then spread across his body, reports the BBC. Entering hospital, Gregory Isaacs sadly passed away at his home in London this morning (October 26th).

Perhaps best known for the hit ‘Night Nurse’ Gregory Isaacs is a pivotal figure in the development of reggae.

Amongst those paying tribute to the singer is Dancehall heroine Lady Chann, who wrote on her Twitter: “RIP to a great Reggae legend who passed over today. Greggory Issac… Salute to u. Xx xx”

Turn Your Speakers Way UP – Say You Will [Video]

Born in South Carolina and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens NY, G-Swagger came to a point in his life where he had to find himself and decide what path he needed to choose in order to become successful. Music became both an outlet, and his personal platform to ventilate on some of the unfortunate actualities he encountered growing up on the Beach 40th St. Public Housing projects in Far Rockaway Queens. Blessed with exceptional songwriting skill, lyrical brilliance, and a sharp outlook on life, the streets, love, the future, and the music business. Versatile, outspoken, perfectionist, natural born leader, are just a few words that describe the Queens NY bred Hip Hop Artist/Entertainer.

For more info, ask him yourself on Twitter. @IAMGSWAGG

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Where In The Hell Did The Hip Hop Go? – Aceyalone

After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone released his highly

Freestyle Fellowship are a rap group from Los Angeles consisting of rappers Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Self Jupiter and producer J Sumbi. Their vocal techniques focusing on the method of the freestyle, as well as a successful infusion of hip hop and jazz, established the group as forerunners in the sub-genre of jazz rap, and also placed them amongst prominent West Coast underground hip hop acts of the early 1990s like Hieroglyphics, Abstract Rude & Tribe Unique, and The Pharcyde. They are part of a hip hop collective known as Project Blowed.

Eddie Hayes, better known by his stage name Aceyalone, is an American rapper. He is a founding member of the Freestyle Fellowship. Apart from his role in Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone is also a member of Haiku D’Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and The A-Team (with Abstract Rude), and he is a co-founder of Project Blowed. After releasing a pair of albums with the Freestyle Fellowship, To Whom it May Concern… and Innercity Griots, as well as the 1994Project Blowed compilation, Acey signed to Capitol Records and released his highly acclaimed solo debut All Balls Don’t Bounce in 1995. He returned three years later with his second album, A Book of Human Language, a collaboration with producer Mumbles. In 1999, he released a self-titled group album with Haiku D’Etat. In 2000, The A-Team released their first album as a duo, titled Who Framed the A-Team?. Acey returned solo again in 2001 with his third solo album, Accepted Eclectic. In 2002, the Freestyle Fellowship returned after 9 years for the release of their third group album, Shockadoom. 2002 and 2003 saw two more solo releases, Hip Hop and the World We Live In and Love & Hate and another A-Team album (’Lab Down Under’). In 2006, Aceyalone released two more solo projects, first, Magnificent City, a collaboration with producer RJD2, followed by Grand Imperial.

“My” Drink And My 2 Step? Swizz Sued

Swizz Beatz slapped with a $1.5 Million lawsuit, claiming

Swizz Beatz welcomed his first child with wife Alicia Keys only a week ago, but the honeymoon is officially over. Antwann Frost, a songwriter who claims to have co-produced Cassidy’s hit ‘My Drink ‘n My 2 Step,’ has slapped Swizzy with a $1.5 million lawsuit, claiming that he got stiffed on royalties from the omnipresent club banger.

In the suit, Frost claims that Swizz assembled the drums while he created “all of the other original musical components that shaped and defined” the song. Soon after the track was released, Swizz broke him off $5,000 and gave him a 5 percent ownership over the song, while he and Cassidy split the other 95 percent. Frost rejected the offer and is now suing to acquire what he feels is rightfully his, which, according to the suit, is equal partnership in the song.