I finally got the pleasure of seeing K-Salaam spin live at the Rock the Bells New York stop recently, and yup…I’m still a fan. This guy is on the move, as evidenced by this video, because not only did he handle turntable duties for the Paid Dues stage, but he and Beatnick also managed to get to Brazil recently. This video details their trip down there. Oh, and they also produced an album for a Brazilian Hip Hop artist named Emicida. Nice. In case anyone from Brazil is reading this, they’ll be back on September 11th in Sao Paolo. Shit…Wish I was in Brazil!
Beatnick and K-Salaam are teaming up with M1 to release an EP and the above video is some behind the scenes footage of their time in the studio. Down below we have clips of K-Salaam on the turntables with Talib Kweli at their recent appearance at Brooklyn Bowl.
Damn I love me a good DJ set. Props, K-Salaam.
Looks like another good show will be coming to Southpaw this month. Big K.R.I.T. is headlining this one, also accompanied by Freddie Gibbs, Smoke DZA, and the homie Jah C. Plus, my partner in crime DJ Quiz along with K-Salaam will be spinning, which is always a win. Come through on April 26th if you’re in Brooklyn!
Another two hot but probably not-too-well-known tracks from the inbox.
First up? A guy I’ve never heard of before, John Public, an emcee from Jersey City who spits some bars over a 6th Sense beat. The track is called “Jack and Ginger” and seems to be giving me the urge to crack open this bottle of Absolut Brooklyn that is sitting right next to me. Hm. Anyway, it was a surprisingly good track from a name I’ve never heard of. Let’s see if you feel the same. If you like it, stay tuned to DJBooth.net as he will be releasing a free album (Re-Gifted: Thrift Shop Experience) on December 7th, featuring the talented Maya Azucena and production from 6th Sense, M-Phazes, and more.
Second is an offering from Beatnick and K-Salaam as they musically mesh K’Naan and The Paper Tongues. This is heat in alternative Hip Hop form. I’ll let them explain best…
“Greetings. So, I recently got a call from the good folks at A&M / Octone Records, in which they asked us to create a musical composition that contains elements of various songs from K’naan, & Paper Tongues; all meshed into one song. I am hesitant to call this a “mash-up,” simply because this would imply that we took an acapella and placed it over a pre-existing musical piece. This was not the case. Rather, this particular musical composition contains various acapellas (from the aforementioned artists) that have been intricately placed over pre-existing musical pieces, combined with a great deal of additional production.”