Our session at Q Division Studios in Boston this past Thursday was perfect. We spent the day hanging out with some killer guys in an insane studio making music that we couldn’t be more proud to call ours. We had the chance to play with some crazy gear (a real Neve console!), worked with some top notch pros, and came away with what could possibly be our best track that we have ever produced. Many thanks to Converse and Rubber Tracks for having us and for allowing us the opportunity to make this thing with them. Go grab some ballin’ new kicks from them today and please support everything these guys do because they are going way out of their way to make sure that independent music gets the support it needs. 
We are truly blessed guys right now.
We are giving it a listen to see if there is anything we want to mess with on the recording, but when it’s finalized and ready we will get it out to you all immediately. You will dig this track.

Our session at Q Division Studios in Boston this past Thursday was perfect. We spent the day hanging out with some killer guys in an insane studio making music that we couldn’t be more proud to call ours. We had the chance to play with some crazy gear (a real Neve console!), worked with some top notch pros, and came away with what could possibly be our best track that we have ever produced. Many thanks to Converse and Rubber Tracks for having us and for allowing us the opportunity to make this thing with them. Go grab some ballin’ new kicks from them today and please support everything these guys do because they are going way out of their way to make sure that independent music gets the support it needs. 

We are truly blessed guys right now.

We are giving it a listen to see if there is anything we want to mess with on the recording, but when it’s finalized and ready we will get it out to you all immediately. You will dig this track.

Breaking out these classics to celebrate a country based on protecting the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While this country is far from perfect, in America there is always that spark of hope that no matter who you are you can better yourself and help leave this world better than you found it. Have a safe and freedom soaked July 4th everyone!
Also, these shoes will be following us to our Rubber Tracks recording session in August where we’ll be laying down a brand new single! More information to come soon.

Breaking out these classics to celebrate a country based on protecting the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While this country is far from perfect, in America there is always that spark of hope that no matter who you are you can better yourself and help leave this world better than you found it. Have a safe and freedom soaked July 4th everyone!

Also, these shoes will be following us to our Rubber Tracks recording session in August where we’ll be laying down a brand new single! More information to come soon.

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The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.
I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

Matt Daniels set out to figure out who had the biggest vocabulary in hip hop. What’s amazing is not only who tops the chart but what big names are at the bottom. And while some may not be surprised with Aesop Rock’s #1 position or that DMX brings up the rear, Daniels’ analyses on Wu is worth the read and data alone.

tuneage:

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

Matt Daniels set out to figure out who had the biggest vocabulary in hip hop. What’s amazing is not only who tops the chart but what big names are at the bottom. And while some may not be surprised with Aesop Rock’s #1 position or that DMX brings up the rear, Daniels’ analyses on Wu is worth the read and data alone.

We’ve spent the last couple months avoiding the stage so we can focus on writing the next evolution of this group’s sound. The itch to play has been intense, but we have needed to take this step for some time. Unfortunately it’s an effort that needs solitude to flourish, and thereby we’ve had to quiet the need to perform in order to hone new music. 

Also, we know it’s taking us a bit of time to get this collaboration EP with Zumo Kollie out to you all, but we have a lot of moves to make and can’t afford missteps when bringing this to you all. There’s a free download up on of the single “I See” for you to have and to remind you of the music that’s coming. 

We love you all and want you to stick with us because each of you is a necessary slice of our motivation. Thank you.

We’ve spent the last couple months avoiding the stage so we can focus on writing the next evolution of this group’s sound. The itch to play has been intense, but we have needed to take this step for some time. Unfortunately it’s an effort that needs solitude to flourish, and thereby we’ve had to quiet the need to perform in order to hone new music.

Also, we know it’s taking us a bit of time to get this collaboration EP with Zumo Kollie out to you all, but we have a lot of moves to make and can’t afford missteps when bringing this to you all. There’s a free download up on of the single “I See” for you to have and to remind you of the music that’s coming.

We love you all and want you to stick with us because each of you is a necessary slice of our motivation. Thank you.

We put this here so you all would know that we have a new track that is a free download via our SoundCloud page. The tune is called “I See” and features Zumo Kollie rapping over a beat that we wrote. It’s part of a collaboartion EP we did with him. 

Not gonna lie, it’s preeeeetty killer. Also, again not lying here, you should go download it because you’ll dig it.

From Dylan - 

"Everyone, I believe, has that album, book, movie etc. that has significantly impacted everything they do artistically. This is that album. Now don’t go into it expecting to be moved beyond measure because that won’t, assuredly, happen. Just listen. If you love it, great. If you hate it, even better. This album changed my focus, drive and involvement in music. Maybe it was the contemporary back beats over familiar and not so familiar harmony or maybe it was the always-present attention to a simplified groove. Whatever it was, I was hooked from track 1. Everyone has a niche in jazz and I’d like to believe this is my niche. Notable tracks are Two Heads One Pillow and Love is All Around. Though, if I can be honest, the whole album is a highlight reel.”

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Cables running everywhere, cold coffee in the cups…‪‎creation‬. Working on unique approaches and interesting sounds.

Cables running everywhere, cold coffee in the cups…‪‎creation‬. Working on unique approaches and interesting sounds.

Over hip-hop’s life span there have always been debates about who is the best producer out there, but few have reached legendary status and been universally accepted as a game changer like J Dilla (Jay Dee) was. This week’s album is “Donuts”, a completely instrumental album that Dilla put together during an extended hospital stay and ended up being one of his last. He was know primarily as having the best drums of all time but his overall production style has never been able to be completely replicated or matched. I would take the time to list all the people he worked with and would eventually call him one of their biggest influences, but I would rather leave the discovery to you. For those into hip-hop, J Dilla is a name you need to know and explore. His work helped shape the music into what it is today. 

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We’ve been talking about this EP with Zumo Kollie for a bit, and now we want you all to have a piece of it. Please visit either our SoundCloud or Bandcamp pages and download the single “I See” for free. Absolutely 100% free to download and own. 

This is only the beginning. Dig this tune.

From Ben - 

"It’s been a personal belief of mine that there is music that you’re supposed to hear at a certain point in your life. Hear it earlier, it passes by you unable to make it’s impact, and you continue you on without ever taking a second listen. However, when an album or artist finds you at that perfect time in your life, just when your ear is searching for something, this sound can change your whole perspective. This is what our album of the week, Atmosphere’s "Seven’s Travels", did for me.

Back in the day, my big brother Brendon had an old Mazda 323 that was a hand-me-down from our uncle. Not a great car, but it meant independence, and since I didn’t have a license at the time it meant me getting a lot of rides from him. A common night would be to meet up with some friends of ours at a local IHOP to hang, eat stacks of pancakes, and hang for a bit discussing life as far as we had known in our few years. Since Brendon was the point man on these trips, he’d have rule over the CD player, and it was at this time that he was just starting to get into hip-hop, specifically underground, not widely known stuff. I was a dumb little music snob at the time who’s only real frame of reference for hip-hop was gangster rap that a bunch of kids I couldn’t stand listened to.

To this day, I remember exactly the corner we were at, the stoplight we were stopped at, the way the inside of the car looked, and the way the my brain lit up at the first few seconds of “Trying To Find A Balance”. Before playing it my brother prefaced the song with “this should change your mind about hip-hop” and god damn was he right. I had never heard an MC so honest, raw, or as self depricating as Slug was on this album. Couple that with Ant’s production with layers and layers of different sounds, all mashed together in one cohesive, pulse thumping set of tracks. This was what hip-hop COULD be.

Now, because of records like this, I do what I do. I make the music I make. Trying to get to that same self aware place that Slug was at when he wrote those rhymes, to make beats as intricate and complete as Ant does. Still working at it, but I’m getting there. Granted, there have been a lot of albums since and I’ve now opened my ears to all manners of music and sound (I dropped the music snob act a long time ago), but that memory remains. Its like the first time I heard Coltrane, Tom Waits, Mingus, The Roots, and artist that has shaped me. 

Always keep your ears open. Always be quick to surrender yourself to those moments. Always let your big brother show you his music.”

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