I can’t explain to you how much respect I have for this producer/DJ. He’s not just a button masher, though I’m sure he’s done his share, Commissioner Castro is a mad scientist with his techniques. You can tell he puts a lot of time into his work and pays close attention to detail when constructing it. I think anyone can appreciate his unique way of chopping, manipulating samples and then layering those with played guitar riffs, smooth, catchy basslines, somber keys, or even his signature sound of sampling a record, chop it up, export it and then re-sampling it. This guy is a genius.
Preview it and then download the full thing to get 3 bonus tracks. Pay like you weigh, or don’t pay at all, it’s worth every cent that you think it is worth. Download the full 17 track instrumental album here.
Commissioner Castro – Castromentals.
Chances are you weren’t at RPI’s fashion show this year to see this, so you can check it out here. Ses da Great and Intell Hazefield perform “They Love Me” off of that Live Great mixtape. It doesn’t have the best sound quality, but you can pick up the mixtape at www.sesdagreat.com to get a full understanding of the fun, often hilarious lyrics in this track.
A half a year in the making, the mixtape is finally out. You’re going to like this. By Any Means – HandGunzHigh
Hand Gunz High release their 2nd music video. This time it’s over Lloyd Bank’s instrumental “Start It Up”. Topics include… Humphrey Bogart, “Kid Dynamite”, politics vs. strippers, and all types of hood matters. Look out for their mixtape “By Any Means”, releasing on February 6. #LyricsStillMatter
Ses Da Great is emerging as the voice of a small city (<30,000) in the middle of the Catskills whose violent crime rate doubles that of New York City’s. Before meeting this artist, all I knew about Newburgh, NY was that it was located somewhere in between Albany and NYC, and Orange County Choppers was filmed around there. “Ain’t Nothin’ Change” will drop you right into to the heart of Newburgh’s hood as Ses lends his people a message as strong as the voice delivering it. He channels the spirits of revolutionaries of the past with his socially conscious rhymes, conveying a message of “unity, triumph, non-violence, and respect for life” as well as raises awareness for the problems present in his hometown. This particular song is on his Star Power mixtape, a culmination of songs, creatively linked together by Mario samples, which each touch on different parts of his personality
Recently, I got a sneak preview of Ses Da Great’s latest project, Live Great. This project is different. It’s Hip Hop self help. The lyrics and production paint vivid imagery and depict Ses as a superhero to the hood, a divine entity, dropping lyrical nourishment to the masses starved by mainstream music. I’m excited for this release and I’ll be sure to have the link here on intellhazefield.com when it drops in February.
They say be the change you want to see and Ses is a symbol of the success anyone can achieve, emanating a positive light that could be seen by all of Newburgh and eventually the world.
Benji Blanco’s sometimes very precise-on-the-beat flow and powerful, crisp voice sound perfect on the boom bapping J Dilla tracks. My favorites on this are the first track, the concert intro sounding “Turn it Up,” and the bouncy “Livin the Life” blessed with a catchy, lush, melodic chorus rapped (and discreetly sung haha) by Ses Da Great.
Won’t take up much hard drive space, but much worth it even if it did.
Download BenjiDilla Vol. 1 for free here.