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)

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@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

Still alive

I’ve never been the most prolific writer, and I’m not sure anyone even gives a shit to be honest, but here i am again talking shit and dropping brain farts on unsuspecting victims.

So where have I been? Who cares, I’m kind of back now. I still like wrestling, video games, superheroes, whiskey, beer and hip hop so not much has changed.

Consider this me putting the key in the proverbial ignition and getting ready to warm up a well rested engine.

News, music and random bullshit coming soon friends so stay tuned.

Now enjoy this shit again:

Slaughterhouse – On the House

Let me start this off by reminding all my children that sleeping on a couch is not comfortable or hygienic.

After listening to the mix tape a lot since my last blog I have decided that I like this shit and noticed that it takes a few listens to really get into it. Download it if you like bars and appreciate incredible lyricism.

I just copped (paid for since I support these guys) their new album on itunes and have been bumping it the entire drive from DXB to AUH.  Initial reaction is that it’s is extremely commercial.  That is not a criticism but an observation. I predict some backlash from the hard core heads that can’t see past their underground king status but I think the Slaughter boys do an amazing job convincing the listener why they are allowed to do what the Fuck they want at this stage of their careers. So far I’m enjoying it and can confirm that despite the commercial nature of the album the lyrics are still there with exception of a few intentially cheesy joints. In the words of P Storm, “You learn a lot about these guys personal lives,” which is dope and provides that balance it needs.

I’m out.