I saw a video post last week by Jneiro Jarel aka Dr. Who Dat?He was a broken man, discussing how his computer with all his music went tits up. Albums worth of material yet to be released, poof, gone all gone to digital heaven. A few of us know that feeling all too well. Back up the back up, and yes, back that up too. This is his latest venture, Camouflaged Thieves and below that, DRC Music, with Damon Albarn, Dan The Automator and a large cast and crew of singers and players from Democratic Republic of Congo. Coming up third is ‘Brazilian Thought’, my introduction to Dr.Who Dat? and Jneiro. Different shizzle for sure. Jneiro’s website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQH_0dx7oUo https://youtu.be/63TAIaNxBuM?list=PLVrhVhZKxeYohXg4YEYwRYjrnPRe516xi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aae-WdRJluc
Spring Cleanin, it’s only now that I have come across this draft of a post that I started….uh, three years ago!
What don’t you get with mpfreeze? Information, that’s what.
Spending time gazing over album covers, checking artwork, info on the producer, studio, singers and players, engineers, catering, dealers, seeing the links to other artists etc. It’s a great thing. Which brings me to Nasa. The name featured on many Def Jux productions, Cannibal Ox, El-P, The Presence, Mr. Lif, to name four. He was the chief engineer for the label from 2000 to 2005. Been wondering what this cat has been up to, and I was brought up to date. After leaving Def Jux around 2005, he set up the label, Uncommon Music.
If progressive hip hop is your thing, hit his bandcamp, plenty to settle your nerves there, including his taking on Death Grips, get it for free.
I am not here anymore, because I am there, catching up on what he’s been doing since I initially started this post!
I saw the documentary about A Tribe Called Quest a few days ago, phew, bloody brilliant. It’s so well put together, the story, the editing, it could be released as a audio file and it would still carry the weight, be coherent. As the credits rolled, Madlib’s name appeared, and it reminded me I had this link to the Pefect Sound Forever piece on Madlib. It’s here.
Photo: Marcel Sison