Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hip Hop Production | The Audible Doctor x The Beatles - And I Love Her Instrumental EP

From the Audible Doctor's Soundcloud page:
"And I Love Her" is an EP of 6 instrumentals produced by The Audible Doctor made out of different cover versions of The Beatles' song "And I Love Her". This EP is dedicated to Mika. Download the EP here:…r/and-i-love-her

Bonus: The Audible Doctor - The Summer Tape

The Audible Blogger,

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Portugal, The Man vs. The World of Hip Hop | Terry Urban - Portugal, The Man & Friends

After Danger Mouse mashed up Jay Z's Black album and The Beatles' White Album, the mashup game seemed to grow tired and generic. However, recently we have witnessed a flurry of new mashup mixtapes that are, well... incredibly dope! This new release by Terry Urban falls into the incredibly dope category.

From Terry Urban's Soundcloud page:
"Terry Urban releases a new mashup album with Atlantic recording artist Portugal The Man called... Portugal, The Man & Friends. Terry combines samples from PTM's new album Evil Friends and some of his favorite rappers including Biggie, Hov, Yeezy and Cole."
Check it out for yourself:

Make sure you also check out these WUW? cosigned mashup mixtapes:
1. Biggie x XX
2. The Doors x The Clipse
3. Dert x Jose Gonzalez
4. The Black Keys x Big Boi
5. Coldplay x Jay-Z
6. Nas x Amy Winehouse

WUW?, The Blog,

New TV on the Radio Track | Mercy

It looks like TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has been busy with new TVOTR material, producing, remixing, and starting his brand new label. We are most excited about this new TVOTR track - Mercy.

Check out Sitek's Soundcloud page for his Federal Prism Label here.

Spotted @ Spin

Blogging on the Radio,

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cincinnati Hip Hop Production | Ill Poetic - Synesthsia: The Yellow Movement Instrumentals

Last November we blogged about the creative genius of Cincinnati's Ill Poetic and highlighted his project Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement. Today we are hyped to announce that Ill Po has liberated the instrumentals from that project.

Although Ill Poetic is gifted on the Mic, his true talent comes when he sits behind the boards and makes magical music. This instrumental release stands on its own as a piece art that pushes the boundaries of hip hop and music production.

Cincinnati Hip Hop | Jermiside - A Dream of Consciousness (Free Download)

If you enjoy what is in your headphones, check out Jermiside's 2011 release - Live and Let Live.

A Blog of Consciousness,

New WhatUpWally? Beat | White Boys On My Team

This is a new track for the smoked out southern freestylers (that may role with a couple white boys) that the WUW? production team has been working on. 

The sample comes from Gilbere Forte's track "Pray" off of the Pray EP that he dropped this year. We chopped the beat using Recycle and programmed the beat on the iMPC app for the iPad.

You can check out Gilbere Forte's Pray EP here.

White boys on my blog type harder,

Thursday, July 25, 2013

South African Hip Hop | Umlilo - Shades of Kwaai EP

This morning one of the WhatUpWally? interns, Cheeto - that's not his real name but that's what we call him because of his love for Cheetos (obviously) - rolled into the office on his razor scooter rocking a pretty dope fanny pack. Although, rolling into the office on a razor and rocking a pretty dope fanny pack should be a story in itself... we have something better. Cheeto woke up this morning listening to the new Blitz the Ambassador track "African in New York"on Soundcloud.

While brushing his teeth and combing his hair another track came up and made Cheeto swallow his toothpaste and stab himself with his comb. 

The track was from a South African producer/rapper and the track as "Living Dangerously." 

We immediately started googling Umlilo to get more information about the creator of this beautiful track but couldn't find much. What we do know is that he is dope, he has a twitter account, and a web page. The Cape Town artist blends K-Os style melodic rhymes and vocals with post dub influenced beats. We were also impressed with the MC Kyla Phil who joins Umlilo on Living Dangerously.

Post Dub African Blogging,

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

White Fear of a Racist Society - A Response to Romany Malco's Huffington Post Article

Earlier today we reposted a previous WhatUpWally? post on Facebook and received some expected responses. 

The usual OJ comment and then the angry, "I'm defriending you" comment. (Always wondered why some people make a big deal about unfriending someone of Facebook. It's just Facebook, not like you are forced to be friends with someone or read anything they post.) But then a good friend of the WUW? crew posted a link to a Huffington Post Article by actor Romany Malco. 

(We encourage you to read Malco's article before preceding, Click here to read)

Here is our general response:

We have seen this article posted a lot on Facebook today (all by white people). Our thoughts on the article have less to do with the article as much as why so many white people are excited to see a black person blame the black community for the death of an innocent kid.

In fact, we think that it highlights how strongly whites want to shield themselves from the actually existing racism in America. 
(For a great account of actually existing racism in America, read Questlove's recent article on Okayplayer)
Romany's  argument is a rehashed culture wars argument about how hip hop has ruined the black community when in reality the interaction between the media, music, white, blacks, and historically reinforced negative racial attitudes towards blacks and the black community. In short, the white community is not profiled and called to answer for every manifestation of negative imagery in the media or in popular music, Malco infers that black rappers are responsible for the style of music that record labels decide to release, radio decides to play, and whites decide to consume. He doesn't speak to the muti-dimensional aspects of hip hop that do not reinforce the negative images of the black community and why those artists do not receive radio play. 

The defense lawyers did a great job of reducing Trayvon Martin to a one dimensional representation of blackness by calling on the negative manifestations of the culture industry. They strategically played on the negative images of blackness to project this one dimensional caricature of blackness onto Trayvon Martin.
We do agree with Malco's assertion that any commentary on the Trayvon Martin case must be grounded outside of the mainstream media. The news media is in the business of attracting an audience in order to sell advertising. 

That is as far as we can go in a critique on a dialogue within the black community. Not really our place.

But when it comes to ending racism in America, it is not black youth that we should be pointing the finger at. It is not rap music. And it has nothing to do with black on black crime.

As a nation, we can only move past racism when whites own up to the system, recognize the history of injustice, stop blaming blacks for their own oppression, and begin listening to the voices crying out for justice and equality.

The burden is on white people. Whites built this country on genocide and slavery. Whites were given unearned opportunity through Jim Crow, and whites now marginalize blacks by blaming them for the system that whites created.

This isn't race baiting, this is history. This is an introspective look at the tragedy and privilege of whiteness. This isn't choosing one incident of murder to publicize, this is connecting the dots between Trayvon and American History.

So the real question is, why are whites so afraid to admit to complicity in a system of injustice? Why are whites so afraid of the racism that exists in society? Why are whites more concerned with being called out on their racism rather than eliminating the subconscious formation of racism that informs their worldview?

Maybe Chuck D was right,

Elvis Costello & The Roots - "Walk Us Uptown" (Official Music Video)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hip Hop Production | EXILE vs KANYE - I AM A GOD

Thoughts on Being White | White Racism and Music for Trayvon

There isn't much to be said right now that hasn't been expressed by African American leaders throughout the nation. WhatUpWally? stands in solidarity with Trayvon, his family, those outraged by this injustice, and those linking the murder of Trayvon Martin to the history of systematic injustice in America. 

The story of Trayvon Martin is the story of race in America. It is a story that white America has written and perpetuated. Many of us at the WUW? office are white and we accept our responsibility in perpetuating this system of racial injustice and commit ourselves as individuals as well as a collective to illuminate white racism as it exists in reality everyday.


Racism cannot end until whites in America recognize and accept responsibility for creating and continuing the American system of racism. In a time like this, we think it is important to listen to and learn from the voices of outrage coming from the black community. The media and individuals have too quickly attempted to silence talk about race by shifting the conversation to the "legal system." 

How can we learn if we don't understand - how can we understand if we don't listen - how can we listen if we tune out those who live with and speak of everyday racism?

And so we listen, to the words of Bakari Kitwana :

"The verdict didn’t come as a surprise to me. Living as a Black man in America has a strange and steady way of changing your perception of this nation as a refuge of justice. Politicized by America’s attitude toward Black men throughout my entire life, I have never received any social cues from my childhood years into adulthood that this nation values the lives of Black men, or Black life in general.

To the contrary, what is constantly reinforced and restated in everyway imaginable is the idea that in this country a white life is more valuable than a Black life. It’s part of our educational structure. It comes screaming daily through our news media, our criminal justice system, and from all three branches of the federal government, be it the Supreme Court, Congress or even the president himself." (read his full article here)

And we listen, to the artists capable of painting pictures that cut through rhetoric:

Although hip hop music is often scapegoated as a source of violence (which is another manifestation of white racism) it should be embraced for its power to speak truth with power. There has been a great outpouring of support from the music community (check out the article at Okayplayer). Here is a few of the tracks that have been released. We suggest that you put these tracks on rotation, reflect, and discourse about the the reality of racism. 

And we listen - it IS about race,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Music Musts | Emilio Rojas - No Same... No Regrets (Free LP)

Video | Emilio Rojas - Give the World to You

From the album No Shame... No Regrets

The Lineage of Chicago Hip Hop | Tree, Alex Wiley, and Gzus Piece (Free Downloads)

The Chicago hip hop lineage is as strong as any other city. Following the the progression from Common, No I.D., Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, Consequence, GLC, and Rhymefest to The Cool Kids and Kidz in The Hall - this emerging group of MC's, producers, and musicians inherits the banner of "leaders of the new school." 

Jessica, the WUW? Chicago correspondent, has turned us onto three newcomers who, along with Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Nico Segal (of Kids These Days), continue to carry the torch of Chicago Independent Hip Hop.

Leaders of the New Blog,

Video | Kanye West - Black Skinhead

Check out our Kanye West Anthology - Production and Performance Mix on Spotify

White Bloghead,

Friday, July 5, 2013

Imagine Tarantino Making Hip Hop Music | The Bullitts - They Die By Dawn and Other Short Stories

This is some of the next level hip hop creativity. The best way we can thin to describe the sound Jeymes Samuel as The Bullitts is - imagine Quentin Tarantino as a hip hop producer - that should be enough.

Production and Performance | WUW's Kanye West Anthology

Here is a Spotify playlist that we compiled to chronicle the artistic progression of Yeezus as an artist and a producer. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Music for 'Merica | The Apple Juice Kid - Lift Every Spangled Banner

Here is something fun for your 4th of July celebration. Hip hop producer and remixer, The Apple Juice Kid, mashes up the US National Anthem [Star Spangled Banner] and the Black National Anthem [Lift Every Voice and Sing] as a danceable party favor. 

Here's what he has to say about the mix on the Beat Making Lab website:
"A mashup is created by combining and synchronizing instrumentals and/or vocals from two or more different songs. In most cases mashups are tools for DJs and producers to get people to dance (for example: Apple Juice Kid’s mashup album Dance Clash). Here at Beat Making Lab, we like to do things a little differently. By mashing up the US National Anthem with the Black National Anthem we hope to spark some dialogue and reflection on what independence means in America."

The 4th of July BlogUp,

Mashup Mania | The Notorious B.I.G. vs. The XX - The Notorious XX Mixtape

This may be the best mashup album since the Grey Album. Shot out to the homies at Wait What for producing this album and make sure you pop over to their website to download some other phenomenal mashup projects.

The Notorious B.L.O.G.,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Download Now | Dustin Cavazos - Until the Summer Ends Mixtape

Dallas native Dustin Cavazos has been on his 2013 grind to say the least. Until the Summer Ends is Dustin's 3rd release of 2013. Following up January's In and Out of Sleep (available via iTunes) with the 1000 Days Ep, Cavazos promises to keep your head nodding and your mind engaged till the end of summer and the second half of 2013. Stream the album below and follow the download link to cop the album.

Make sure you follow Cavazos on Twitter and like his fan page on The Facebook.

Till the Blog Ends,

The Political Hip Hop Power Team | Killer Mike x EL-P - Run The Jewels (Free Download)

Run the Blog, 

Hip Hop From the Brass Section | Nico Segal (of Kids These Days) - Donnie Trumpet Ep

We are a little behind but WUW?'s Chicago correspondent, Brit Brit Brittany, introduced the office to Nico Segal's (the trumpet player of now disbanded Chicago Hip Hop Band Kids These Days) first sole release - Donnie Trumpet EP. 

Continuing where Kids These Days left off, most readers of WUW? will appreciate Segal's placing the trumpet at the center of this hip hop concept. The EP features KTD's frontman Vic Mensa so it feels like a natural extension of the original band but Segal gets the opportunity to show his skills behind the boards, making beats, rapping, as well as on the golden horn.

Long live the progression of hip hop as music,