I made this mix-tape about a month ago for the drive down to Miami from Orlando for Winter Music Conference. With hopes that the homie Asher Roth would give a listen and take me on tour with him :) I haven't posted it anywhere else until now so hopefully it'll make it's way to him somehow. Maybe America's Best Dance Crew will hire me to make mix-tapes for the battles as well? Yeah I know, that'd be amazing... so give a listen and comment and pass it along to your area crew! much love and thanks for always supporting me. -AD
Today we officially lose Guru.
My days in youth were spent many a times rollin through Lake Mary and New Symrna Beach with my high school friends, Kurt, Leslie, Clint. I'm not one to get super sentimental over losing people. I'm pretty apathetic these days. The industry almost forces you to be this way. I am human after all.
Anyways, the reason why I chose to remember Guru as someone super influential to me is because I have so many memories surrounding the "Moment of Truth" Album.
My older bro and I used to throw crazy hip-hop house parties when we were in high school too. The 5-disk cd player in our kitchen usually consisted of A Tribe called Quest, The Roots, Gangstarr, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas. My borther was the Dj then. I just listened to "stick man music." (Saves the Day, Tortoise, Deerhoof, the Faint, etc.)
Even though I was always an indie rocker, I still loved hip-hop. It was the one sound that we could all agree upon. After a while I ended up with a similar CD collection as my older brother, then I went deeper into the underground, finding labels like, def jux, anticon and stonesthrow. The first batch of records I started playing out and collecting was all hip-hop-, downtempo, dub-reggae and experimental cuts.
Anyways, back to the Guru, if It wasn't for hip-hop and intelligent rhyme schemes, I probably wouldn't be the same music asshole I am today.
It just sucks I never got to see him or a Gangstarr Reunion Show before he passed.
I check rcrdlbl.com almost everyday for new releases...on Sunday I found Diplo's latest hit, a rework of Sunday Girl's "Four Floors." In my head I was like, "Yeah, I love this shit, the sirening intro and dubsteppy wobbles with the classical strings make for a beautiful backdrop for her longing vocals."
Sunday Girl. A name concocted by Jade Williams, a rising, 21-year-old singer who worked at a pet store every Sunday in Broxbourne (small commuter town outside London).
And if you're not familiar with who Diplo is, here's a good example via vimeo:
I WRITE ABOUT EVERYTHING, INCLUDING WHATEVER.