Throwback to The Future

Life is cyclical. Actually, everything is i guess.

You’re born, you grow, consume crap, poop, get old, die, rot, convert into the same shit that will grow shit for another life to consume etc.

Music is the same way. Funny how what was considered “New” back in the day is now called “Old School” and soon what you listen to today will be the music old people rock to in the club while your kids sit there pointing and laughing at you.

I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that the music that i grew up to is now considered old school! Still i understand that especially in Hip Hop, the focus is always on the youngsters coming up with their own movements and interpretation of the art form. FML, i remember ditching school to buy the Doggystyle album haha That shit was on rotation non stop for a good two years at least and now you got people like Vince Staples saying the 90’s were overrated hahaha I understand his point of view and can see why he would say that, again emphasizing that hip hop is for and by the youngsters. Think about this for a second, Drake is someones Tupac. Future is someones R. Kelly. Travis Scott is someones Rza or whatever. Nuts.

So where do our legends fit in all this? Why is it that the Rolling Stones can still get love and respect like they just came out but our own legends get laughed at and blackballed? I don’t have the answer to be completely honest, but that may be something that will change with time, who knows?

Either way, i think it’s important for us to respect where we came from while looking forward to where we want to be. I’m not suggesting that people go back in time and stay there, but i am suggesting that people who love the music take a look at where it came from while simultaneously keep pushing their own interpretation of it.

My group, The Recipe, just dropped our latest project titled, “Throwback to The Future,” on which we re-interpret some of the old school music we grew up on with our own flavor. The process of recording this project was interesting and a new experience all together. We quickly learned that studio time is something that you have to dedicate yourself to if you want to get anywhere in this game. This is twice as important if you dare to touch classic material without making a fool of yourself. We tackled music from Big Daddy Kane, Grand Puba, Lords of the Underground and Ill Al Skratch among a few other classics. Some made the cut, others didn’t and will never see the light of day.

Now that the tape is out and i hope all you hip hop heads out there give it a spin and enjoy it regardless of your age or generation.

A few people have told me how they feel the tape sounds fresh and different!

Crazy how shit is cyclical right?

If my ramblings have made you curious enough to check out the mixtape, please check it out here:

http://www.therecipedxb.com

Click the image to visit our website and download or stream the mixtape.

Click the image to visit our website and download or stream the mixtape.

The track list .

On a side note, Albert Einstein was born before i was so fuck him and his thoughts, they are completely irrelevant to me and society in general. (This was meant to be humorous)

@Therecipedxb first iTunes single is out! Death to Get Here! #d2gh

What’s going world, non readers and random internet weirdos (stop watching Japanese porn and focus for a second will you)? Hope you are all well and enjoying life on this strange place called planet earth.

If you know me, i’m sure you are already sick of seeing me push our first official single “Death To Get Here,” but here is one more shameless plug in hopes that a few new faces will read this and fork out their hard earned 99 cents in support of our latest effort.

When you sacrifice so much and work as hard as we have, you can only hope that people will at least enjoy the music and maybe cop the track to

Either way this is my plug: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/death-to-get-here-single/id1029520032?ls=1

Stay tuned for a lot more from @therecipedxb

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1984 is here…happy happy joy joy..more news to come

You never know who is watching.

In case anyone with power reads this, everything is gravy round here son. Ninja we made it! I have no issue with your constant CCTV surveillance and random checks every time i walk through an international airport.

Here’s a true story for you to enjoy. I am a holder of an EU passport and was heading from the UK to NY for a quick visit, seems comfortable enough right? I got searched 3 times before boarding the plane. I even got randomly selected for another check before getting on the plane at the boarding gate! Thanks for making sure all my fellow passengers were safe from my deadly rhymes.

ON ANOTHER UNRELATED NOTE!

While everyone was busy gaying up their Facebook profile pictures last week, more of our internet rights were snatched away etc etc…look it up. Who cares, most people use the net for bullshit anyway right?

I wish i could learn how to farm or some shit….i’ll move to some rural area, grow my own food, put up signs warning trespassers not to come too close, grow a giant beard, hide a weapon in my beard for an emergency, get a dog and call him Batman, work out, listen to some boom bap shit and stay as far away from all this as possible.

Why don’t they teach people useful skills anymore? If all this automated life comes to a screeching halt and we have to survive a week without our local grocery stores or credit cards, what the fuck will most of us do? This is a system designed for you to learn skills and talents that allow you to thrive within it and no more. You become reliant on someone else to provide you with your most basic needs in life, not smart. I’m not any better, trust me. I am definitely a city person so i would be fucked in the Apocalypse.

In case the machines take over, here is one F**k you Skynet in advance.

Finally, every geek in the world had a semi after comic con thanks to the new Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Hope it ends up being a great movie. I have hope.

Suicide Squads trailer was also premiered but i have doubts about this one to be honest. Too many characters, bad director and a new Joker. I have faith that Jared Leto will pull it off but not sure if this is the right movie to premier the character in the DC Universe. A stand alone Batman movie would have been better for me but perhaps they’ll prove me wrong come August 2016.

This blog was actually written on the 14th but I forgot to upload it.

More news coming today!

Ice Cube is still one of the greatest

A long long time ago, in a time when the internet didn’t exist, when our only source of information was the idiot box or heavily censored magazines, i turned to Ice Cube for an education on black culture in the States.

With the impending release of the N.W.A biopic i came across a few video posts that Ice Cube has recently released on Youtube discussing the making of his album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. This album is still relevant today with the recent outbreak of racial police brutality etc.

Now imagine a shielded young brown boy in the desert that is listening to shit like Run DMC and the Fat Boys when suddenly he comes across an N.W.A album called Straight Outta Compton, basically i was mind raped by this shit. It was unreal, almost like i was exposed to a drug that opened up areas of my brain i didn’t know existed. I may be exaggerating a little here but i didn’t know jack shit about black culture and the shit these guys were talking about. I struggled to understand the slang, the violence, and the true value of what i was exposed to at the time. I was still a baby, a very lucky baby.

I would never have the money to buy the magazines (we actually used to get Rap Pages here for some reason) and i would read as much as i could while standing in the magazine isle at the local Supermarket. This is also the place i picked up my first comic, Spiderman Vs The Punisher, which i read till the pages fell apart. Fml, it was 6 Dirhams at the time.

Now back to the music, obviously information was limited and i was young so i didn’t even know that Ice Cube split from N.W.A. I’m not sure how my brother and i ended up with a copy of AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted but i played the fuck out the album and was intrigued by the messages this angry man was spewing all over it. It was like he was painting pictures in my mind and i was absorbing it as much as possible. I even remember writing down the lyrics bar by bar, rewinding and stopping the cassette to give me a chance to catch up. This process was made much easier when we eventually got an AKAI CD player.

Ice Cubes ability to tell a story and communicate with the listener is almost unparalleled even today. His work on Death Certificate was so dope and is still one of my favorite albums today. Predator, Lethal Injection, Bootlegs and B-Sides were all dope in their own right but to me, Death Certificate is his magnum opus.

Fml, even Westside Connections – Bow Down is an amazing piece of work that came at the height of the so called East-West wars. He went in on Common (Who came back hard as fuck though in the bitch in you) and even B-Real. The supporting cast on this project didn’t disappoint either with Mack 10 and WC, two hip hop household names too.

Who remembers when Cube and Dre were supposed to work on an entire project together called Heltah Skeltah like the track from the Murder Was The Case soundtrack. That’s a dream that never materialized.

Oh, also look up Hand of the Dead Body with Scarface…incredible. Scarface is another great.

The N.W.A reunion project with Snoop instead of Easy could have been an instant classic but again, nada.

His later work is not as dope as the older material but kept his name relevant and had spurts of genius too.

Regardless of the above disappointments, Ice Cube has and will always be one of the greatest to ever do it and if you haven’t listened to his catalog, do yourself a favor and go do it now.

Almost forgot, i had Kill At Will on a cassette tape where Cube was brandishing i gun, think it was a glock or some shit…can’t get away with that shit today unless your on a movie poster for some reason.

All my albums are in storage so i’ll have to buy this shit on iTunes if i want to listen to it again.

FUCK YOU ICE CUBE!

Peace

Bad music Rant and childish toilet humor.

My mother always said, don’t say a thing if you don’t have anything nice to say. She wasn’t the first to ever say it but she’s my mom and she’s pretty much always right. That being said, sometimes I just feel like I need to release some brain farts here just to maintain my sanity.

Now, we stem from a region that isn’t world-renowned for producing good music and i have been guilty of adding my own rabbit poop to the pile of crap publicized as representing the best we have to offer, however you would imagine that this trend would eventually end and a new crop of talented people would rise etc etc. Nope! Same old shit being regurgitated, re consumed, and regurgitated again in a never-ending disgusting vicious cycle. Is it the artists fault? Society? Money? The people running the magazines and radio? Perhaps a general lack of identity or just a sign of the times we live in where a guy can get implants and claim to be a woman trapped in a mans body and get more attention than the few hundred thousand people dying in conflict regions. Either way, it’s shit, sorry.

I recently witnessed the release of another example of the worst this region has to offer musically best described using any of the following; No talent, no originality, self-indulgent, processed, recycled, cliché, or just plain elephant turd on a beat. The best part is some people genuinely like this runny pile of diarrhea…maybe it’s a fetish or something. The DJ’s must feel like dung beetles trying to roll this crap into something manageable hahaha, i kill me. Some of you may read this and will probably hit me with the old tried and tested argument of “If you don’t like it then don’t listen.” Trust me i don’t listen to shit like this (go watch my video lol) and if i did i would probably be sitting next to you in some shitty club spending thousands on bottles and trying to hook up with prostitutes jamming to this cancer inducing excuse of a song. Only problem is i love music and it upsets me when this is portrayed as the music to represent me and my peers that actually make an effort to create something with a little more passion. 

Anyway, I’m not going to promote the person responsible for this atrocity and i doubt it would make difference even if i did since i have so many non-readers visiting this page.

Someone will write something very similar about me and The Recipe very soon when we begin releasing our music but i understand it comes with the territory and I’m fine with people expressing themselves about us, even if it is negative.

We’ll see soon enough.

Peace,

Kazumak!

It's probably all that Indo food i've been eating.

It’s probably all that Indo food i’ve been eating.

Vacation done, back to work.

Had a lot of beans yesterday so here we are again.

How’ve you been my rabidly loyal non readers? Good i hope.

We just got back from an amazing vacation in Bali and it almost felt like a long-winded goodbye to our lives before the storm…or so we hope. I drank a fuck load of Bin Tang, rode motorbikes (while sweating bullets and seeing my life flash before my eyes), partied in posh spots, partied in ratchet spots, drank the strangest Bali Beer concoction in a tower, attempted to surf, chilled by the pool in our villa, chilled by the beach watching the sun set, ran down a pitch black beach for no reason (seriously the sand was black too) ate the most amazing food i ever had, laughed, saw the Milky Way, ate some more (Shout out to Menega…look it up), took some Imodium, and basically had the time of my life.

I highly recommend Bali to anyone looking to get away and have an amazing time, which is basically everyone.

Not sure about you, but every time i go on vacation i feel like i never want to leave that place for obvious reasons.

Now that i have triumphantly returned and reality has crept back in, it’s time to get back to work. For the past year and a half me and the boys have been relentlessly working on music that we feel is the best we have created so far and it’s almost time to share some of that material with you good people and hopefully convince to listen, watch, share, enjoy, and eventually purchase our products.

Stay tuned and please feel free to hit me up directly if you have any questions.

Now for the greatest shit you will see on YouTube at the moment:

Peace

Go to: http://www.therecipedxb.com

Why God, why?

Why God, why?