Monday, July 11, 2011

Malakai Beats - Victory Over Dampness Under Fire

VICTORY OVER DAMPNESS UNDER FIRE marks the debut Malakai Beats mixtape. Spanning three years of beats and ideas and correspondences, this mixtape represents a variety of styles; in terms of both production and vocal performance, the tracks oscillate through different lenses, different stories, different interpretations. 29 tracks, released July 10, 2011.


AK • Apollo One • Caligula • Castro the Savage • Crazy 20 • Defcon 5 • Deraj the Scatterbrain • Humble J • Illuminati • J-Dirty • K.M. Ultra • Kamal • Lucky Rhymes • Lyrikill • Lyriscologist • Magus the Great • Maple Systems Road • MC Believe • MC Mega • MC Rebirth • Metaphorsemen • Phantom Queen • Record Breakers • Still Doe • Thirtyseven (of Algorhythms) • Tony Two Step • Tre Dizzy • Urban • Words Babylon • Zero Caige

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Digging @ Randy's Record Shop

The other day I hit up Randy's Record Shop, one of the better digging spots I've come across. In Salt Lake City there are several other second-hand places and a couple of other record stores I didn't check out. I was far too busy spending time scouring the shelves at Randy's. The people were super cool and they definitely carry on (what was described as being) the last of a dying breed. It's sad but true though. Legitimate independent record stores are getting a lot more difficult to find. When I was in the Bay Area there were few places around which catered to older formats, and sometimes not necessarily even newer vinyl releases. Usually, Half-Price was awesome to go to. At my particular location I had access to the best variety out of any other Half-Price.

But entering Randy's was like entering nirvana. They definitely know their stuff and have a passion for what they do. They had turntables set up to preview records but I was way too involved with searching as much area as I could. They had a good hip-hop section for newer releases. Everything was neatly divided. The jazz records were even given their own little nook which I must have spent at least an hour or two in. Quality was unmatched and prices ranged from 3 bucks to 40 bucks what from I came across. I can definitely recommend hitting this place up. Every other month they have a huge dollar special sale in a rented space across the street, an event I'm probably attending sometime.