Knights Update 10/18/13

Ahh feels good to be back on the grind.  Sure does.

A big thank you to everyone who made it out to The Crofoot a couple weeks ago.  The whole night was a blast, and that venue is surely quite dope.  I come bearing good news for all of you that didn’t make it out though, as we have another show coming November 23rd.  More information will be provided as the days go by, but for now, mark it on the calendar and get your ticket ASAP! The destination is Romeo, MI at the High Octane Lounge.  Hope to see you guys all there.

There are also plenty of other things currently going on at the Crunk Table, lemme break some of it down for you.

Sunday Meds 2

The fan favorite Sunday Meds is coming back for a second dose.  Expect a lot more from this one, as we’re taking it to the next level.  While still staying true to a new song release every week, videos, more shows, and fully comprehensive coverage will all take part in taking this thing to the next level.  Trust me you won’t want to miss this one.

Youtube Videos

The newest addition to our repertoire are the videos on Youtube we’ve been putting up steadily.  “Ronny P”, “Get Up”, and “Words Don’t Matter” have already been added, with many more to come.

These aren’t official music videos of course, those will also be coming shortly.

Above & Beyond, The Ronzo Show

Above & Beyond has been out for a little bit, so it should’ve already made it to your playlist by now.  But for all of you still not in the know, this project bangs.  Take another listen right here:

The Ronzo Show is coming soon (within a coupe weeks type of soon), and a single from it will be coming even sooner.  

-Ronzo

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Chuck Inglish – Came Thru / Easily ft. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul (Video & Audio)

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We’re all huge fans of Chuck Inglish at Ronzo’s Word, so it’s been nice hearing his production do so well since The Cool Kids separated.  Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Asher Roth, and many other aspiring MC’s sound right at home over Chuck’s simplistic style.

Another cool thing is the emergence of many more fully written raps from the producer-on-the-mic.  All the verses on here stay pretty simple and laid-back, with Chuck more than holding his own among Mac and Soul.

You can also see the dope video right here

These three collaborate quite often, and the results are always good.  More please.

-Ronzo

Nas Returns to His Roots

nasty nasTwo of the biggest pillars in East Coast Hip-Hop.  “NY State of Mind”, “Represent”, “Nas is Like”, all classic tracks.  Illmatic still holds up as one of the greatest albums of all time, a heavily Premier produced project.  The list goes on and on.

While I know I’m slightly late to talking about the release of this interview, I cannot help but salivate at the news of this deadly combination.  Nas fans across the world have been waiting for this full-length collaboration to happen.  Word is, in a recent DJ Premier interview at A3C Festival, WM40A was told of a new untitled collaboration between the two artists.

What do I expect? With something of this much magnitude, expectations are certainly high.  Everyone will be expecting a second coming of Illmatic.  They want the old Gang Starr signature scratches mixed with Nas‘ maze of complex rhyme schemes.

While the music will always be good when these two get together, the sound will most likely be something a little more new-age.  With that being said,  you’ll still get the classic boom bap drums and scratches you’re used to. Premier holds it down just as well as he always has.  Nas seems to be still on his game too, with Life is Good impressing many fans and critics.  The major difference will be the time between the original project (Illmatic), and this new untitled one.

Both artists will be approaching this album with perspectives of accomplished and successful musical careers.  Illmatic was the beginning of Nas’, and in the budding stages of DJ Premier’s  (Gang Starr already had a name, and a very important one at that, but neither Guru or Premier were at legend status yet).  His music back then involved a hunger that Nas doesn’t have anymore.  As an OG and frequently mentioned Top 5 Rapper of all time, the approach is obviously going to be different.

Now even though all of this may be true, I don’t think we should automatically assume that it won’t be what we’re expecting it to be.  Like I said, both artists are at the top of their game (Nas is clearly in the zone in two releases in two years) still, and are very relevant in the Hip-Hop community.  Let the hype train begin.  Once the release date hits the internet, the world will be waiting.

-Ronzo

Sunday Meds 2

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Thank you to everyone who made it out to The Crofoot this past Sunday to support the Dopamine Knights! The show was live and a truly great experience.

The future holds something even better though.  The second dose of Sunday Meds is right around the corner, with the first song dropping on October 20th.  The Dopamine Knights movement will be in full force, as more shows, videos, and projects are all coming your way.  Stay tuned, and get ready for Knights season.

-Ronzo

Dom Kennedy – Get Home Safely (Preview)

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With about a week away from the October 15th release date of Get Home Safely, Dom Kennedy and rap fans alike can hardly contain their excitement.  The long and winding road through mixtape after mixtape finally feels fulfilled with this official label release.

From various singles released in anticipation of the album, the feel seems very much similar to his older music.  That is not a bad thing by any means, as he has truly carved out a very unique style.  He knows what he’s got, and he knows exactly how to use it.

“Dominic” has been my favorite out of the couple songs released in anticipation for GHS.  Other songs released include “South Central Love” and “Erica Pt. 1” (which has a sequel on the album).  Smooth production is always at the forefront of Dom’s music, with sunny day grooves that sound heavily influenced by Old-School West Coast artists. The interesting part of his sound comes from the fact that he uses this influence for his sound, but then puts a twist on it.  Some of the songs on From the Westside with Love would fit just as perfectly with Snoop, Kurupt, or Xzibit in their prime.

The music promotes relaxation and peaceful vibes, perfect for warm weather.  His October release is strange in the grand scheme of things, as the majority of his older mixtapes have served as Summer soundtracks.  The album was originally scheduled for August, and was then delayed to October after a brief hiatus from the West Coast rapper.

Whether it was because of technical difficulties, or business maneuvers, or just simply taking a page out of Dr. Dre’s book to build anticipation, the album is now a week away and ready to be released to the fans who have been waiting for so long.  Along with the recent Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw mixtape release, and Problem’s rise to the mainstream, West Coast gangster rap is back on the scene.  Be sure to check out Get Home Safely next week.

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P.S. – Check out this Get Home Safely documentary, where Dom shows you around Leimert Park and explains the origin of his album.

-Ronzo