How man? No way. Did he write for a symphony orchestra? Does he write for a jazz orchestra? Come on, man. He’s just a rapper. There’s no comparison. I’m not putting him down or making a judgment or anything, but we come from two different sides of the planet. I spent 28 years learning my first skill. I don’t rap. It’s not the same thing. A producer has to have some sort of skills that enable him to be a producer. It’s totally different to know what to do with 16 woodwinds you know from piccolos down to bass clarinet. It’s a whole different mindset. No comparison. None.

Quincy Jones, regarding Kanye West

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53 notes   -  23 November 2010

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Uptown Swuite is back from his New Zealand tour and wasting no time getting back in the studio with DJ Flow to finish recording the next City Lights project, Church Street Blues. If you’re not familiar with Uptown or City Lights please do yourself a favor, stop hitting the snooze button and put their discography in your life. 
"Cause when the rain turn to sunshine, who would wanna spend they life, they life, they life…"
Can’t wait til’ this tape is done.(via latd)

Uptown Swuite is back from his New Zealand tour and wasting no time getting back in the studio with DJ Flow to finish recording the next City Lights project, Church Street Blues. If you’re not familiar with Uptown or City Lights please do yourself a favor, stop hitting the snooze button and put their discography in your life. 

"Cause when the rain turn to sunshine, who would wanna spend they life, they life, they life…"


Can’t wait til’ this tape is done.
(via latd)



C Plus x DJ Flow - G List (Feat. A.V.) [Prod. by Lee Bannon]

Yeah, I still write rhymes from time to time…no rhyme intended. This is the track I did with C Plus for his All On Me mixtape that Live at the DOJO released this past September. It’s funny, the first track that Plus and I ever got on together was a female track, it’s always good when we get together to write.

All On Me is now available on our YouTube channel, tell a friend to tell a friend to hit it up on your iPhone next time someone asks who the best up & coming MC is in California.

And just in case you haven’t downloaded All On Me yet —-> Here you go!

  -  22 November 2010

Horace Silver - Song For my Father [Artwork]
The original cover for Horace Silver’s Song For My Father that I did my best to recreate for yesterday’s ‘Father and Son' artwork.
How’d I do?

Horace Silver - Song For my Father [Artwork]

The original cover for Horace Silver’s Song For My Father that I did my best to recreate for yesterday’s ‘Father and Son' artwork.

How’d I do?



Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

—Charles Mingus

6 notes   -  22 November 2010

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AUDIO: Allowicious Vanguard - Father & Son 
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This song is an ode to a few things.Last year around this time, I was living with my father in the birthplace of the blues, The Mississippi Delta. My time in the Delta, along with all the music I made while down there, was a brand new experience for me. Not only was it my first time in the Delta, but it was my first time living with my father in a number of years. It was at this same time that I discovered Horace Silver’s album ‘Song For My Father’.Hold tight because the irony doesn’t end there.Horace Silver released ‘Song For My Father’ in 1965. He found inspiration to make the album after a trip he made to Brazil; a land as foreign to him as the Mississippi Delta was to me. What that trip for him birthed is an album with a title track that would later become one of Jazz’s greatest standards and one of my favorite compositions to date. I can only imagine if the reflections he had in Brazilparalleled the ones I had while in the Delta.So like I said, this song is an ode to few things: To the man that first composed the song, to the similar experiences that we shared, and to the men that helped make it possible for us to do so.Here’s to Pops.

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AUDIO: Allowicious Vanguard - Father & Son 

(click to DL)

This song is an ode to a few things.

Last year around this time, I was living with my father in the birthplace of the blues, The Mississippi Delta. My time in the Delta, along with all the music I made while down there, was a brand new experience for me. Not only was it my first time in the Delta, but it was my first time living with my father in a number of years. It was at this same time that I discovered Horace Silver’s album ‘Song For My Father’.

Hold tight because the irony doesn’t end there.

Horace Silver released ‘Song For My Father’ in 1965. He found inspiration to make the album after a trip he made to Brazil; a land as foreign to him as the Mississippi Delta was to me. What that trip for him birthed is an album with a title track that would later become one of Jazz’s greatest standards and one of my favorite compositions to date. I can only imagine if the reflections he had in Brazil
paralleled the ones I had while in the Delta.

So like I said, this song is an ode to few things: To the man that first composed the song, to the similar experiences that we shared, and to the men that helped make it possible for us to do so.

Here’s to Pops.


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Behind the Front: Day 1 of C Plus’ “Stay Up” Video Shoot

This shoot actually almost got cancelled because of the rain but almost as instantly as we hit record, the rain stopped; Some sort of rap miracle or something. Chuck T was courteous enough to let us use his legendary porch which we later found out was used in handful of other video shoots and even a XXL shoot, we’re glad to add C Plus’ video into those ranks. 

Stay tuned for “Stay Up” to drop in December just in time for your favorite holiday.
(via latd)

Behind the Front: Day 1 of C Plus’ “Stay Up” Video Shoot

This shoot actually almost got cancelled because of the rain but almost as instantly as we hit record, the rain stopped; Some sort of rap miracle or something. Chuck T was courteous enough to let us use his legendary porch which we later found out was used in handful of other video shoots and even a XXL shoot, we’re glad to add C Plus’ video into those ranks. 

Stay tuned for “Stay Up” to drop in December just in time for your favorite holiday.

(via latd)