Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Spring Heat

As most of you know I reside in Canada. Canada is known for its cold days and its colder days. Dont get me wrong, I love living here. I have one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world no more than a 20 minute drive away (Niagara Falls), and im not far from the U.S border. But its rare we see a warm day before the month of May. However, this past Tuesday was quite warm. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping and school was a write off. So I decided to join a few buddies of mine for some beers and a skate session. Its been a while since my feet touched a board, but i was really into it. It got me thinking back to the days where I worshiped every skater and how much I enjoyed playing Tony Hawks Pro Skater for playstation.

As far as music goes the soundtracks for Tony Hawks Pro Skater have always been highly influenced by hip hop. At the time I was only a youngin' but little did I know that one day some of these artists would make a huge impact in my life. For instance Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3 had featured artists such as Krs One, Del The Funky, X-Zibit, Redman, The Nextmen and even House Of Pain. I mean its no wonder I loved playing this game so much.

In-game Soundtrack

Track list:
The Adolescents - "Amoeba"
AFI - "The Boy Who Destroyed the World"
Alien Ant Farm - "Wish"
Bodyjar - "Not the Same"
CKY - "96 Quite Bitter Beings"
Del tha Funkee Homosapien - "If You Must"
Guttermouth - "I'm Destroying the World"
House of Pain - "I'm a Swing-It"
KRS-One - "Hush"
The Mad Capsule Markets - "N-Pulse" Motörhead - "Ace of Spades"
The Nextmen - "Amongst Madness"
Ozomatli - "Cut Chemist Suite"
Ramones - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Fight Like a Brave"
Redman - "Let's Get Dirty"
The Reverend Horton Heat - "I Can't Surf"
Rollins Band - "What's the Matter Man"
Xzibit - "Paparazzi"
Zebrahead - "Check"

(I dont believe in jacking links but I found these on a site by the name of tinydl without any write ups or any comments so I figured I would make it easy on my self and just share the wealth.)

Here is a link for more Tony Hawk Soundtracks

One of the first decks I ever owned was a World Industries. It had Royal trucks, Birdhouse wheels and Birdhouse bearings (fastest pair of wheels I ever owned). Willy Santos has been tearing it up for as long as I can remember and it really shows in this video.

The Upstarts - Got What It Takes

The Upstarts
are a hip hop group out of San Diego California. The Upstarts Consist of “Profile” of Sound Providers, “Price” (emcee) and “Iron Mike” (DJ/Drummer). Their music is very energetic and the album is a great listen. A stand out track for me is Grand Design featuring Grap Luva and Kev Brown. Freddie Joachim also shines on this track with the production keeping it jazzy.

Grand Design -

1. Got What it Takes
2. Paradise
3. Natural featuring Latanya Lockett
4. The Biz featuring Blest
5. Thursday Night
6. Times Right
7. Real Definition featuring Grap Luva
8. Stand Up
9. Grand Design featuring Grap Luva and Kev Brown
10. Boogie
11. So Nice
12. Trouble
13. Always

This is one you can definitely blast on a sunny day, skating with your buddies or just drinking some brew. Make sure you grab this one and like I always say, if you really enjoy it, buy it.


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Producer Of The Month - Freddie Joachim

Producer Of The Month

Its always nice when you find out about a new and up n' coming producer. I first came across Freddie Joachim almost a year ago when I first listened to Son of Ran's - A Tribute To Sky City. I also gave praise to Freddie for his work on Brawdcast's - Endure album in a previous post a while back. Ive been hitting Joachim's blog for the past couple months now, downloading his Podcasts which he films live for viewers regularly and peeping his sense of style for his love of music.

If your still curious about his resume check this out....

  • The ParanormL - "Jazz is the Fundamentals EP" label: Altered Vibes(2005)
    "Keep it Moving" - production
  • The EarthTones - "For All Seasons" label: indie (2005)
    "Building" - production
  • Untapped Sounds - "The Change Up Vol.1" label: Untapped Sounds (2006)
    "Marie feat. Choice37" - production
    "Shadow of Smiles" - production
  • Braille - "Box of Rhymes/Extra Box for Japan" label: Hip Hop is Music (2006)
    "Cooling Out" - production
  • Son of Ran - "A Sky City Classic" promo (2006)
    "Can I"
    "Brief Soul"
    "No Sunshizzle"
    "Gates to Cybertron"
    "Get Up"
    "As Long As There's You"
    "Ya'lls Truly" - all production
  • Doping Records - "Cool Out Remixes: Freddie Joachim" label: Subcontact (2007)
    "Mos Def - Mathematics Remix"
    "Talib Kweli - Rock On Remix
  • The Upstarts - "The Know How" label:Subcontact/Better Built Music (2007)
    "Got What it Takes"
    "Natural feat. Latanya Lockett"
    "Time's Right"
    "Real Definition feat. Grap Luva"
    "Stand Up"
    "Grand Design feat. Grap Luva & Kev Brown"
    "Always" - all production
  • Lauren Santiago - "Sundays EP" label: indie (2007)
    "Take it Back" - production.
  • The ParanormL - "Fundamentals" label: Swamp Records Japan (2007)
    "Experience feat. FatHed" - production
    "Golden Age" - production
  • Choice37 - "Diligence" label: Subcontact Japan/Untapped Sounds (2007)
    "Tomorrow feat. Othello" - production
    "Conversate Remix feat. Kero One & El Gambina" - production
  • The Smile Rays - "Party Place EP" label: Subcontact (2007)
    "Trust Remix" - production.
  • Brawdcast - "Endure" label: Subcontact (2007)
    "Night Walk feat. LMNO & N8"
    "Not Today feat. Francesca"
    "Leaving feat. Francesca"
    "Getback feat. Meta" "Soul Search feat. Sophistic"
    "The Ease"
    "Rest of Your Life"
    "The Prayer" - all production

  • There is something about instrumentals that get me moving while cruising in the jeep, walking around school or going for a nice run. What can I say, I love beats. I like abstract beats, smooth beats and the jazziest of beats. Freddie offers all of the above in a mix tape he offers for free on his blog.

    Freddie Joachim - Tiger *Instrumentals
    Download -
    1. Darkness
    2. Sauced
    3. Shotty
    4. Circles
    5. Just A Peace
    6. Winter Rainbow
    7. Sexual Chocolate

    Plus 2 additional Jay Z Bonus Remixes
    Ignorant S***

    Track # 2 Sauced

    In the mean time Freddie is working on an upcoming release of his debut album "In with time" due to release soon. Im looking forward to it and im hoping he catches some people off guard on how ill he really is.

    Be sure to check out his promo vids for "In with time" and drop him a line over at his blogspot.

    Promo Vid 2

    Promo Vid 1

    Peace & Enjoy!!

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008

    tPC- The O.N.E.

    Another dope release from tPC's new album A LONG STORY SHORT...