A lyrical onslaught from the 96 collective and an assortment of their gifted friends, opening for Fashawn at the Crocodile this past March. Enjoy.
Producer Def Dee ridin’ ’round shinin’ in this new clip for “C’mon Now,” an instrumental track from his Redefinition Records release, Deja Vu, which you can preview and buy below.
Quick shot to the dome from the 96 Pickup collective, vintage rap revivalists that includes, among others, producer Def Dee and rapper Alca who flash “Ultra Violet” in advance of Def’s upcoming LP which is due in September.
Honor Roll affiliate Bryce Bowden dropped the first video from his BZA The Damaga album. “Thursday” was produced by Mello Music Group’s Def Dee and the video was shot by A.K. Romero.
Today concludes 206UP’s Year End feature on the Best Seattle Hip Hop Albums of 2013. Below the jump you’ll find the blog’s Top 10 Albums of the Year (including a master list of all the albums considered at the very bottom of the post). Click on the album artwork or artist-titles for links to download or purchase.
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No, no not that Wizdom. This Wizdumb. He of the subterranean Town work, Basementality from late last year. Check below to sample that album’s wares. “The Listen” is Wiz’s latest video effort and it features one of your dude’s favorite producers, Def Dee, whose Mello Music Group debut, 33 And A Third, is also worth a spin.
Def Dee’s production acumen caters to that nebulous and finicky cluster of hip hop heads otherwise known as “true schoolers.” It’s an audience that favors the production stylistics defined by their arenose breaks, abrupt sample flips, and dexterous record scratches. I’m speaking of the Golden Era apologists, of course, and Seattle area producer (and Mello Music Group recording artist) Def Dee lives and breathes that “revival.”
33 And A Third is the producer’s first full-length album for the other MMG. It’s a work in continuity from his last full-bodied collection, Gravity, this blog’s favorite local rap album of 2010. 33 is yet more refined in the ways of traditional boom-bap and it’s clear Def hasn’t run out of ideas. He’s similar to our region’s other like-minded producers such as Jake One, Vitamin D and BeanOne in that all are virtuosos in the fine art of extracting fresh ideas from well-tilled soil. 33 is intended for a national audience but features local stalwarts like Grynch, Mic Phenom, Chev, and La. (Also, dig the Cortez jersey Def Dee is rocking on the album cover.)
Seattle-area producer Def Dee is about to “make it out” of the region (whatever that means) with the release of 33 and a Third on that fine purveyor of indie-ground rap, Mello Music Group. Watch for the album with guest features listed above on July 30. “All It Takes” is the warm up, a fine example of boom-bap eloquence featuring two Detroit spitters, Magestik Legend and Jamall Bufford, and upstate New Yorker, Hassaan Mackey.