SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Task Force & Braintax – Rockstarz (Low Life Desserts) (Low Life Records)
The second single from the forthcoming “Food” compilation sees Low Life get um… jiggy with it. Well not really – this tune still has the grimey tinge that Low Life and Task Force have become renowned for, but there’s no doubt that in the right atmosphere this could be clubbified hotness. Raw Dog member Otis lays down some sparse electro-tinged grooves for Farma and Chester to spit their unique shit over. With Braintax adding some mic help-outs and Kylie and Will Young getting namechecked I think you can already tell that this is on some other shit! The remix meanwhile takes thing to an altogether more ominous place, replacing the electro flavour with harder drums and whirling jazz arrangements to great effect. The flip meanwhile? You NEED it! ‘You Know Who You Are’ sees Rodney P, Mystro, Farma G and Braintax linking up over Braintax’s beats and Shortee Blitz’ scratching to provide a veritable who’s who of modern UK Hiphop on the mic. The track just fucking BANGS! If for some strange reason you ain’t feeling Task Force, then this will convince you to pick this up. Go get it fool!
RATING: 9.5 / 10

ARTICLE: Don’t mean a thing…

Don’t mean a thing, (if it ain’t got that swing) (By Kenny Love)

I love the old Jazz standard, ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing.)’ Indeed, one of my all time favorites, writers Irving Mills and The Duke (Ellington) probably had no idea that it would fit so appropriately in so many areas today when they wrote it back in 1932.

ARTICLE: Shameless dam, or damn shame

Shameless dam, or damn shame? (By Kenny Love)

Being the ed-u-ma-cated fool I am, a recent article in the Birmingham Weekly newspaper got me to thinking (usually, a bad thing for me, at any point). The article reviewed the current well being of the two radio satellite stepchildren… XM Satellite and Sirius Network. Now, get this…

ARTICLE: Declining online music sales…

Declining online music sales (How to compensate for their current slump) (By Kenny Love)

According to a recent issue of EMarketer.com, comScore, an Internet monitoring company that gauges how well the ‘Net is performing in certain respects, reports that music sales dropped by 25% between the first three quarters of 2001 and the first three quarters of 2002.

INTERVIEW: Anthony Marshall

Anthony Marshall Interview (by DOKool)

Lyricist Lounge
Lyricist Lounge 2

The Lyricist Lounge, founded by Danny Castro and Anthony Marshall in 1991, has been the springboard of development for several of today’s Hip-Hop all-stars. Some of the Lounge’s participants include the late Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Mobb Deep, Lord Have Mercy & Rah Digga (both of the Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode squad), Mos Def, and Foxy Brown to name a few. All of these groups have since signed with major labels such as Bad Boy, Interscope, Loud, Elektra, MCA, and Def Jam.