Exponentially fresh.

For those of you not from here, this is a nice representation of how the Hip Hop scene is around here. One of my favorite DJ’s from the area, Alizay, asks K-Beta some questions that he answers in lyrical form. I wonder if they will be working on another mixtape…? I ran into Beta this weekend but haven’t seen Alizay in a long time. So seeing him on the tables in this video was definitely nice.

I took it back to the DMV again for this edition of The iPod Five. I especially love doing this series with producers, because I think the music they listen to in their spare time directly influences their craft the most. I have some producer friends and it’s hard to even watch movies with some of them, because they’ll be proclaiming how some little sound is going to get sampled. And they might just pause the movie and go do it. It’s kind of hilarious. But anyway this time around we got the homie T.E.F.L.O.N. sharing his iPod with us. Tef is an emcee/producer/engineer from Virginia most notably associated with Inner Loop Records, and can definitely give you some references to some dope tattoo artists. I’m also kind of loving his off-time music selection…see for yourself.

1. Nas – One Love

2. Freeway – Reppin the Streets

3. T.E.F.L.O.N. – Dead or Alive

4. Vinnie Paz – Beautiful Love

5. M.O.P. – Cold as Ice

I think it’s interesting that he keeps his own music on his iPod. I freak out if I hear my own voice, I can’t imagine being a recording artist and hearing my own…for fun. It’s pretty obvious that twinkie soft raps don’t exist in Tef’s life, and I definitely applaud that. And “One Love”? CLASSIC.

Elekt1 is a cool guy. I nagged him about describing himself for this post but he prefers I explain who he is in my own words, and that’s really who he is. He’s a cool guy who works with Inner Loop Records/Guns N Butter, and we share a ton of geographic similarities. My first legit job in NY was a couple blocks from where he used to live in Brooklyn, and somehow he ended up in the DMV in my original stomping grounds. It’s like we traded places. But even better than that, he’s a man who knows his music, and respects the elements of Hip Hop. I also feel immense sorrow for him that he left BK for the DMV, but you know, it is what it is. At least his iPod should keep him entertained down there, and his iPod five is definitely reflective of some good taste in music. And an iPod I might want to steal when he’s not looking.

Elekt1 says…“I’m picky about what enters the gates of USB on onto my iPod. So here’s what happened when I played. I like this idea and hope a lot more people show it love on your site.”

1. Lloyd Banks – Power Back

2. Rasco, Edo G, & Reks – Gunz Still hot

3. AZ, Sheek Louch, & Hell Rell – What Up

4. Crime Wave – Wild 4 Life

5. La Coka Nostra feat Bun B – Choose Your Side

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have fights to start and innocent civilians to mug or something, because those tracks got me in that street mentality mode. Damn!

I released a track from this earlier, and now the entire project is up for grabs. Inner Loop Records presents Soulful!’s Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks. This is like half rap, half instrumental album, 100% a great glimpse into the D.C. area Hip Hop scene right now. Track list below, as well as a link to a stream and download of the album via Bandcamp.

1. Mumbo Sauce & Drumbreaks (intro) – f/ Muggsy Malone & D.O.E. C.I.G.A.P.O.M.
2. Bass & My Flute
3. Season Opener feat. D. Julien
4. One 4 XO
5. Some Other Ship
6. Soulful! – Welcome Back
7. Soulful! ft. Cortez & IhsAn Bilal – EverybodyPeace (Not Around at the end)
8. Soulful! – Ike Hayes
9. Soulful! – Love Thing snippet feat. D.O.E C.I.G.A.P.O.M
10. MosEL & Zoe Indigo – Take It Up
11. Soulful! – Idlewild
12. Soulful! – WoodroWilsonBridge-That Mellow
13. Soulful! – CuzAndra (One 4 Slim)
14. Soulful!. Ishan Bilal – IhsAn’s Perspective (Interlude) feat. IhsAn Bilal
15. Soulful! – Rock N’ SOUL
16. Soulful! – OutHERspace
17. Mind Right feat. XO
18. Laelo Hood – Laelo Hood Skit (Interlude)
19. Soulful! – Takin’ Over-Lazy Eye
20. Soulful! – One 4 Kenn Starr
21. Soulful! – BEyourSelf
22. Soulful! – Gone Till November

[DOWNLOAD] Soulful! - Mumbo Sauce and Drumbreaks

Well that’s some interesting art work right there now, isn’t it? I’m sure there’s more than one guy in the D.C. area who enjoys the thought of some young woman covered in mumbo sauce. Anyway, Producers I Know and Inner Loop Records are teaming up to bring you Soulful!’s latest project. The first single features XO of Diamond District, and you can get it for yourself via the link below…what up, Dart?

[DOWNLOAD] Soulful! feat. XO – Mind Right

As far as the DMV Hip Hop scene goes, I fucks with the Inner Loop Records camp. Laelo Hood‘s Fuck The World available on iTunes now.

[DOWNLOAD] T.E.F.L.O.N., Laelo Hood, & Sketch – IL Special Ops (prod. by Grussle)