September 19, 2009

KRS-1/Buckshot: Blast Mastering

In a hip-hop clash we thought we'd never see, Blaster Master KRS-1 and Buckshot from Black Moon were together on one stage, flipping back and forth between their own classics and the soon-to-be-labeled classics off the surprising tandem's new disc, "Survival Skills."
The Trocadero in Philly opened up its century old building to host a free coming out party for "Survival Skills," which dropped only the day before, Tuesday. It was a dream meeting of sorts. And a form of education into emceeing, as KRS-1 explained from the stage. In fact the major theme from "Survival Skills" is real deal emceeing, and how the world's done itself wrong by believing, following and accepting fake, phony-ass rappers that constantly spit nothing but mindless nonsense.
While the highlight was witnessing these two icons on stage as one complete lyrical entity, it was also nice to hear the team's modern collaborations. Of course, the crowd - which screamed "Educate Me!" whenever KRS-1 grabbed the mic - erupted when the guys spit its classics.
Buckshot closed the show with "Who Got Da Props," while also dropping iconic Black Moon classics from the '90s, "Buck 'Em Down," "Who Got the Props," "I Got Cha Opin" and "How Many Emcees ..."
The Blast Master tamed the crowd with his hits "Sound of the Police" and "Bridge Is Over," while getting the crowd reciting loudly to the classic B-side "Hip-Hop Vs. Rap." The highlight, however, saw KRS-1 rapping over two classical pieces, including a mash-up of "You Must Learn" with the wedding march, "Pacabells Cannon."
Simply a great night for the 150 some odd people who took advantage of a unique blend of supreme rap minds on a quiet Wednesday evening in Philly. 

On the Beat: Sept. 17-23

Rap queens Salt-N-Pepa headline tonight's Back to the Old School concert at Trenton's Sovereign Bank Arena.


The condom-pushing rap queens bettered hip-hop’s public image with its controversial call-to-arms, “Lets Talk About Sex.” But lets not forget Hurby “Love Bug” formed the crew to kick up the party with his bouncy beats. And that’s what always happens to this day – 20 years later - when a deejay drops “Push It” on an unsuspecting crowd of old school heads. Maybe they’ll have their matching cardigans, skin-tight bodysuits and ginormous fake gold earrings on when headlining the “Back to the Old School” concert at the Sovereign Bank Arena (81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton) on Saturday night. Talk about a dance party: the show also features club classics from Rob Base “It Takes Two,” Snap “Power,” C&C Music Factory (“Gonna Make You Sweat”), Too Live Crew (“Me So Horny”), Tone Loc “Wild Thang,” Coolio (“Fantastic Voyage”) and Naughty By Nature (“Hip-Hop Hooray”). The Dynamic 3 plays, too. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28, $38 and $58. 


The Trenton mayhem music-molders buzz saw through the Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) on Saturday night with a sickening brand of machine-gun metal that’s as technically mind screwing as it’s punishing to the central nervous system. Show starts at 9 p.m. Earth’s Final Sunset are also on the bill. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Social Decay

The Jersey skate-core cats – headlining an all-day punk fest at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) Saturday – came from the ’80s so they used to wear painter caps and modeled their musical furies after both the NYC and L.A. hardcore scene of that era with classic slime-rock audio terrors closely resembling Murphy’s Law, Leeway and Suicidal Tendencies. It was announced on the band’s MySpace page in March the original lineup from 1985-87 was officially back intact with Dave Guiterezz returning on bass. Social Decay has “a few new songs … written” and had been “jamming a bunch of old stuff” for a select few shows. Saturday’s show is the only concert on the table now, the web site reads. Show starts at noon. Ash Monday, Down the Block, Kids Carry Germs and Shade Vision open. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

The Kennedys

New York husband-wife team’s folk and pop Americana – enlisting new members at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night – conjures up memories of Joan Osborne’s and Sheryl Crow’s early records. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $18 at the door. All-ages.  


In another of God’s many mysteries: these O.C. Christ-metal devil-slayers from the eighties remain a huge draw in New Jersey. So big, it was the Garden State that hosted the first “Stryper Expo” in 2000. The guys probably won’t have the giant glowing cross from their “To Hell With the Devil” tour hanging overhead when the O.C. dudes headline The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) on Saturday night. Just hope they forgot the ungodly leather-metal makeup of their “Against the Law” album. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30. All-ages.

Rose Funeral

Demonic Buckeye deathcore speed-dealer’s fear-inducing vocal haymakers and brain-straining guitar shreds – making a collision course for Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chamber St., Trenton) Sunday - plow into your dome with a spleen-damaging temper comparable to The Black Dahlia Murder. Show starts at noon. Sedna, Sicker Than Most, Grimus, Ender, Total Ruination, In Wake of the Plague, OLMEC, Crushed Beneath, The Grieving Process, Beyond Dishonor and The Doomsday Prophecy round out the bill. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.    

DJ Pat Money

Why? Because as a college student its your God-give rite to get wasted and naked with those boozed-up co-eds that get sloppy to the house beat dealer’s hip-hop mashups and pop electro every Tuesday night at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing). Sets start at 9 p.m. Free. 21-plus.

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Deejay Non-Chalant: Soooo Meaty

Deejay Non-Chalant rips it up at Six Flag Great Adventure's Hurricane Harbor Labor Day weekend.

Deejay Non-Chalant's Swedish Meatballs: Vol. 3 - Not Your Momma's Meatball mix tape has become a hot commodity around the Philly deejay circuit the last month or so. And since the South Philly slinger is On the Beat resident electro spinster, we get to post the new mix right here for free. It's pretty rad, and contains new tracks/remixes from MSTRKRFT, Amanda Blank, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pitbull and Simian Mobile Disco. Get it exclusively here. The track listings are below.

The Numbers Song – Acid Girls

Make Her Say (Afrojack Remix) – Kid Cudi, Kanye West and Common

Floating in the Sky (Bird Peterson Remix) – N.O.R.E. Feat. Kid Cudi

Heartbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix) – MSTRKRFT

I’m Not Your Toy (Data Remix) – La Roux

Might Like You Better (GRVRBBRS Remix) – Amanda Blank

Heads Will Roll (Passion Pit Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Reeling (Shuttle Remix) – Passion Pit

One More Chance (Alec Metric Remix) – Bloc Party

Rapture (Schizofonics Remix) – DatA

Toad’s Theme – Totally Krossed Out

We Just Came to Get the Party Started (Night Drugs Remix) – Disco Villians

 I Know You Want Me (Evol Intent Remix) – Pitbull

Welcome to Paradise (Disco Dust Mix) – Hostage

Come Back – Soulico

Burn Down The Disco – Lets Go To War

Necessary Evil – Hey Today!

Part Of Me (L.A. Riots Remix) – Chris Cornell Feat. Timberland

I Feel Alive (Shoes Remix) – 33Hz

Baltic Pine – Boy 8 bit

No One Sleeps (Viking Remix) - The Sounds

Bad Blood – Simian Mobile Disco

Nothing to Worry About (Teddybears Remix) – Peter Bjorn and John