Pro Era Expansion

Their sound lifts me up, creates space in my cluttered mind – And I’ve been on them for a minute now, but recently I’ve been especially obsessed.

I spend ~3 hrs taking transit/day during the work week, so like a lotta people I cover my ears with speakers and bump some good feels. Lately, it’s been all about Pro Era.

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From Brooklyn, New York, these guys make Hip Hop that somehow suavely braids old with the new – with class, with ease, with a natural vibe & respect in their artistry. Their sound pays homage, while also bringing you something completely different. The group consists of Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, Dessy Hinds, Dirty Sanchez, Capital STEEZ (formerly, RIP) and a few others – a nuclear combination.

Favourite mixtape: P.E.E.P: The aPROcalypse (2012)

Favourite track: “Sorry Bonita” – Joey Bada$$ ft. Pro Era (2013 – off ‘Summer Knights’)

Burn & Listen Y’all, it’s been a while:

Sorry Bonita – Joey Bada$$ ft. Pro Era

Yours Musically,

Music Ingrnts.

Nitty in the Cities

Nitty’s back in the gritty, workin’ cities on her off duties, just for you and your fine tunies, so fine tune-it, your playlist that is and add this fine ass track to it.

Her latest video out ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ kicks the shitty rap nostalgia from radio bullcrap lingering in my mind and takes me back to a place where rhymes dine on beats. Not where beats dine on rhymes. Trust me I appreciate a fuckin’ beat. But there’s gotta be equal power – the fresh ass beat AND complimentary lyricism – somethin’ which is hard to hear in so-called ‘hip hop’ these days. Hip Hop is a way of life, a philosophy, a world view… not something you shit on.

The video shoots her travelling around London and Oslo, with cute little snippets of her chillin’, icing that tooth, sleepily cursin’ and being Nitty in the big cities.

So thank you, once again Nitty Scott MC., doctor of the emcee philosophy.

Nitty rock rockin' it

Burn that doobie and turn on your listening ears.

Yours confidently,

Music Ingrnts.

Lucky gettin’ busy

Actually, Luckyiam of The Mystik Journeymen, Living Legends, The CMA, and The Underbosses  never stopped gettin’ busy.

Abstract in his approach to creating classic sounds of Hip Hop and open to the direction it takes him, Lucky gracefully does and says whatever the f*ck he wants without sounding crude and offensive. There is evidence of constant change and progression in every step of his music career and he fears not the lands and people that have yet to be exposed to underground styles. In 2004, Lucky was one of the 1st underground artists to ever perform in Peru, and has traveled the world to spread his artistic insight.

Luckyiam: An emcee of versatility and inclusion in this globalizing world with ever-expanding potentialities. So it didn’t come as a surprise when I found his new project, Luck&Lana – rappin’ with a white girl? 

Yes, yes, y’all. But this is no V nasty crappy, born into a musical household, Lana Shea displays primo vibes, groovin’ with a natural funk. And she gets it, without the wannabe-esque fatalities that usually linger in ‘white girl’ lyricism.

So drop the race restraints and start listening.

Yours progressively,

Music Ingrnts.

Life Without Facebook Does Exist

A month ago.. I ended the madness. The chaos, the gossip, the creeping, the wondering, the over-thinking and the anxiety.

Challenge: Can you go a week without Facebook?

I hope this does not come as a surprise, but life does exist outside of the Facebook world. If it does, well then you are in some serious need of social media rehabilitation. That or treatment for mega photo creeping (may I kindly suggest a blind across your eyes?). This rehab…. this treatment… is not as difficult as one may think. Maybe because, alas, there is life outside of this god damn Facebook bubble that seems to suck even the most sensible people into cyberspace zombieland. Even a titty shake sometimes doesn’t wake em. If breasts can’t do it, who can?

So get that meticulous little finger of yours and drag the mouse up and exit Crackbook.

*Eyebrows raise*

You’re still not convinced it’ll make a difference in your life? Check it…

I have been without Facebook now for a month, and trust you me.. I was an avid Facebook user for years, since ’06.  This isn’t AA but if it was I know people would acknowledge this as a  real addiction problem.

What have been the benefits so far since quitting Facebook? A major difference I’ve noticed is a decrease in my anxiety and stress levels. I’m not having to worry about connecting and communicating with hundreds of people who are not even physically located nearby, I am focused on those I see in person in that present moment. Who knew so much anxiety could occur as a result of being responsible for all those ‘friends’ you have on Facebook!!!! What a disaster.

And if anxiety doesn’t seem to hit your system the way it does mine, how about all those hours lost to creeping, criticizing, mocking, and comparing others, sometimes even to yourself, which ends up being completely unrealistic and boring, not to mention extremely unattractive and dull. Stop being so self-absorbed!!!!! And for those who feel self-righteous, I have also screamed at myself for this and moved on.

Try life sans Facebook for one week. I promise you will realize how much of your energy is absorbed into social cyberspace, and then maybe you will trim the fat.

Trim that fat, you phat cat.

And if you’re a Facebook addict and decide to take on my challenge of a Facebookless life for one week, write a comment below giving your feedback.

Facebooklessly,

Music Ingrnts.

ps. Follow me, the hypocrit, on Twitter @ HyFiology

So Nasty

What is it about Nas that keeps us grounded throughout the 21st century? Despite all the beliebers (not capitalizing that shit cus it ain’t real), the hyped up yet dumb’d down lyrical content and silicon musical valleys upon which these catastrophes lay, how does Nasir Jones keep it real, literally? How has this MC, exploding in ’94 with his world renown album Illmatic, continued to grasp me and millions of other loyal listeners over the past  two decades? While other artists drift into consumer-driven, commercialized territories, losing the faith and respect of Heads all over the world?

These are an overwhelming # of important questions, but if you’ve always been a fan, you know EXACTLY why album Life Is Good, released in July this year, reflects the solid yet creative history of Nasty Nas. As a progressive artist with an old school palette, he somehow meshes together the two worlds of Old and New, leaving the listener salivating like a nostalgic eater. Am I crazy?? Or was that rhyme delicious enough to eat over and over again??

Nas.. you create necessary chaos within this possessed contemporary music industry. You keep me hopeful that one day, maybe just one day, a zombie apocalypse will unleash on today’s popular culture bubble, leaving behind only those fittest to survive….aka real artists.

I’m trying not to judge the leopard-print pants on that so-called “rapper” but it’s real fricking hard when processed rap is referred to as Hip Hop, GAAAHHHH!!! I could blab on and on..  those around me are frequently reminded of this viewpoint, to their great annoyance.

Life Is Good is packed with legendary files, don’t miss out!

Here’s one of my favorites: 

Yours truly,

Music Ingrnts.

Baked chicken, yams, bong tokes & the Doppelgangaz

What can I say.

I am up at 3 in the AM thinking about the choices I made today. Mostly the choices I made in the evening, producing results blessed in pleasures of crowded dinner plates and overflowing bongs that left aromas of oven baked goodness in either sense.

The commencement of my medicinal ritual must always be accompanied by music. Now who knows what y’all just rushed off to play… maybe some Lady Gaga, or Wiz Khalifa (can I slap yo ass?). But please, my people, reconsider.

I’m not telling you to reconsider your taste in music, or whether you actually have the ability to assess what good music is even though you can’t keep a beat.. No, no. I am just asking listeners to step outta their comfort zone every now and then. It’s healthy listening, just like healthy living – a soulful treatment.

Quit listening to radio crapola! I rarely turn it on but when I do it’s the same recycled shit playing over and over. Try to understand that this generic new sound is churning your brain to cheddah, yah.

Good music is easy to find, google that shit! And of course keep checking my blog, cuz you know you find that lovin’ here.

Today’s Burn & Listen:  the Doppelgangaz ‘Who Am I’

Yours truly,

Music Ingrdts.