Friday, 27 June 2014

Watchdeez.blogspot.com Is One Year Old!


WATCHDEEZ.BLOGSPOT.COM has turned one today so just thought I'd say thank you to anyone who's checked it over the past 12 months. Also a big thank you to all the artists and friends who have made material that I've included on the blog. I really try to include music that doesn't necessarily get the coverage it deserves. Of course, there are a fair amount of mainstream inclusions but I genuinely enjoy everything I add on here.

Please continue to check back and share if you can. And I know you can. ;) 

I'll try to keep it interesting.

Thanks.

Gez


Now, here's a music video for you to enjoy from Marco Polo and Torae!




Monday, 23 June 2014

Zane Lowe Meets Rick Rubin (Video)

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On rare occasions the reclusive genius that is record producer Rick Rubin gives interviews. Here is one of those fortunate moments. He recently sat down to talk to Radio 1's Zane Lowe. They talk about some of the artists he's worked with over the years and all of the different genres he's been a part of in his career.

The full hour long interview can be seen below.



Danse - Brooknam (Video) & Danse EP

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Danse of BKLYN STICKUP drops a video to the intro of his recently released self titled EP which you can stream and download at www.BKLYNSTICKUP.com



E-40 - Bamboo (Video)

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The Bay Area's E-40 continues to prove why he is so prolific with yet another video. "Bamboo" is from his current project "The Block Brochure 4: Welcome to The Soil" which is out now. Parts 5 and 6 are also available.

Beat Butcha on Behind The Beats with The Drum Broker (Video)

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If you're unfamiliar with the production that Beat Butcha has supplied over the years, then you need to play catch up. From his early work with UK artists such as Paragon and Jehst, Mr. Probz from The Netherlands to the US heavyweights he's working with now like Mobb Deep and Danny Brown, that really is only the tip of the iceberg.

Get more acquainted with Beat Butcha in this interview for "Behind The Beats" with The Drum Broker.


Here's the full track "Timeless" from Mobb Deep's latest album.



Joell Ortiz - House Slippers (Video)

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As the members of Slaughterhouse continue to work on their next album together, one quarter of the group has put out the first single from his own solo record. Joell Ortiz drops the video to "House Slippers" which serves as the title to the album. Over production from !llmind, Joell talks about the comfortable place he is in nowadays hence the name of the track and album.

Watch the video below and after that check a short interview with him and The Heatmakerz who will be executive producers for "House Slippers" which has a tentative release in September. The single is available on iTunes now.


Sunday, 22 June 2014

DJ Jazzy Jeff & MICK - Summertime Vol. 5 (Mixtape)

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DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK are back with the 5th installment of their "Summertime" series. Download or stream below.



Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog EP

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Whether you believe this is an alter ego of Nas or not, this Your Old Droog EP is a solid project. Produced by El RTNC, DJ Skizz and Droog himself.

Download the EP below.

Bodega Brovas - Festivus: A Beginners Guide To Believing In Bodega (Mixtape)

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In the run up to their new album "Believe In Bodega" (which is mixed and mastered!), Bodega Brovas have dropped a free mixtape to tide you over. Joining Keynote, Travii and HeadKrack on "Festivus" with appearances are Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, The Regiment, 4-Ize of Disturbing The Peace and a host of others on production.

Download or stream the mixtape below. Check out more from Bodega Brovaz on their site too!


Skyzoo & Torae on Sway In The Morning (Video)

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Skyzoo and Torae recently appeared on Shade 45's "Sway In The Morning" to go back and forth with some freestyles. No pre-writtens. FREESTYLES.


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Action Bronson on The Truth with Elliott Wilson (Video)

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Rap Radar's Elliott Wilson catches up with Action Bronson while he was on a break from tour in their hometown borough of Queens, New York. They discuss his fan base, business in the industry and his upcoming new album "Mr. Wonderful".

Watch the video below.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Action Bronson's Fuck, That's Delicious Episode 2

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More of the same from Bronson in the second episode of "Fuck, That's Delicious" as he continues to explore eateries as he tours. There's something great about watching him enjoy his food. Pause.



Monday, 16 June 2014

Dilated Peoples - Good As Gone (Video)


With their constant touring and slew of solo albums, it's easy to forget that Dilated Peoples haven't dropped a group album since 2006. Eight years have passed by so quickly but now Rakaa Iriscience, Evidence and DJ Babu are back with their new single and video for "Good As Gone". The track is also produced by the legendary DJ Premier who comes through with an unorthodox beat that totally fits Dilated.

The new album "Directors Of Photography" is released on the 12th of August through Rhymesayers but is up for pre-order now.  You can expect production from Diamond D, Jake One, Alchemist, 9th Wonder and more.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Mr. Bongo on Crate Diggers (Video)

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As Fuse TV continue their recent sweep of UK vinyl enthusiasts, up next is a very important figure in the introduction of independent Hip-Hop vinyl outside of the US, as they interview Dave "Mr. Bongo" Buttle. From the opening of his store in 1989 to the selling of records to premier DJs back in the day, he talks about a host of topics.

Watch the interview below.

  

Friday, 13 June 2014

Edward Scissortongue - Teeth (Video)

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Edward Scissortongue returns with the second video, "Teeth", from his brilliant project "The Theremin EP".

"The Theremin EP" is available now on CD, Vinyl and on iTunes through High Focus Records.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Skyzoo & Torae on The Mixdown (Video)

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Skyzoo and Torae talk to Esteban Serrano about their recently released album "Barrel Brothers". For fans of the duo it's been a long time coming and they're happy to have finally put the project out there. They talk about the sound of the album and its contributing producers as well as why they chose to wait this long to collaborate on an official joint album.

Check the latest episode of "The Mixdown" for Fuse TV below.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Timeless Truth - Dominican Diner (Album Stream)

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Flushing, Queens' own Timeless Truth have put their latest album "Dominican Diner" up to stream in full. Listen below.

Timeless Truth -

"Dominican Diner is dedicated to everyone who reps their culture unabashedly. To Queens, NYC, ‘Lo heads, vintage gear addicts, graff writers, and hip-hop fans all over the globe.

The EP is entirely produced by Fafu and features guest appearances from Eliki and Maffew Ragazino. Dominican Diner was mixed by Fafu and mastered by John Sparkz."


Friday, 6 June 2014

D'Angelo at Red Bull Music Academy (Video)

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As part of last month's Red Bull Music Academy Festival in Brooklyn, D'Angelo gave a rare and quite extensive interview for a lucky few in attendance. There was also a guest appearance by Questlove of The Roots.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Cormega on Rap Is Outta Control (Video)

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Last month Cormega caught up with DJ Eclipse and Torae on their show "Rap Is Outta Control" and spoke on his upcoming project with Large Professor and his appreciation for his fans over the years.

"Mega Philosophy" is due in July.



A bonus interview from The Bee Shine.

Devin The Dude - I'm Just Gettin' Blowed (Video)

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When it comes to Devin The Dude and his usual subject matter, the title of his latest video "I'm Just Gettin' Blowed" could mean two things. This time though it's another account of his love of smoking those special cigarettes. With laid back production from Tha Bizness, Devin does what he does best.

The album "One For The Road" is out now.

Chuck Inglish - Legs feat. Chromeo (Video)

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Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids drops off a new video for the track "Legs" with a little help from Chromeo. The song is taken from his debut album "Convertibles" which is out now.

Mr. Thing on Crate Diggers (Video) / In The Loop: The Final Cypher Session

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Mr. Thing is one of the best DJs I've witnessed over the years. I've seen him quite a few times and he never fails to bring an amazing party to life. This is most likely down to his wealth of music knowledge and pretty impressive vinyl collection to choose from.

Check out the latest episode of "Crate Diggers" for Fuse TV with Mr. Thing in the video below.

Incidentally, Mr. Thing is the guest DJ at this month's In The Loop on the 20th of June. It's sure to be a special one as it is in fact the last night that Agent J, DJ A-Up and Bedos will be hosting. Be sure to look at the event page and get down if you can. It's a free event so you have no excuse to miss The Final Cypher.



Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Deeper (Video)

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib release a new visual from their collaborative album "PiƱata" for the track "Deeper". Gangsta Gibbs tells stories of how different people close to him have turned and hurt him through the years over gorgeous production supplied by Madlib.

The album is out now.

Method Man & Redman Live In Manchester

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Finally! Yesterday it was announced that one of Hip-Hop's illest duos will be hitting up Manchester on July 18th. Method Man and Redman will be making their return after a long time away from the city when they take over The Ritz.

Personally, I've been waiting forever for this as I missed them perform here previously and Method Man was absent at the Wu-Tang show I attended a number of years back. The Ticallion Stallion and the Funk Doctor Spock on my doorstep! Can't wait.

Tickets are on sale now through Skiddle here.

A few of their many great videos follow below.