Thursday, October 28, 2010

G-Koop & O-Man - Coltraney pt.1 featuring Prozack Turner

My Subkrew family member, G-Koop (best known for his work with Jake One) showed me this little series he's working on with O-Man.

Built from scratch (no samples) Koopa and O-Man take you on a journey from a humble honky-tonk piano to a real smooth/jazzy R. Ayers/J. Coltrane type vibe.

Prozack Turner (Foreign Legion) also makes a surprise appearance and does his thing on the freestyle tip. Solid.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wake Up In Neverland (Descry Remix)

<a href="">Wake Up In Neverland (Descry Remix) by descry</a>

A little remix I did for Youtube sensation, Clara C. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Closed Sessions: Outasight

When I first interviewed Outasight, I had no idea what was going to happen almost exactly a month later. In October 2009, Outasight signed a major label deal with Warner Brothers Records (under Asylum Records).

When that news hit, it made me proud instantly. One of my peers got a foretaste of greatness. I was ecstatic…telling all of my friends that this guy was going to become one of the greats. Fast-forward to the present now with LRG and Warner behind him, he’s been steadily on the path to completing his debut album, “From Here to There.”

So, it brings me great pleasure to post the newest song from one of my favorite artists, Outasight. Closed Sessions featuring LRG and Outasight!

Closed Sessions: Outasight Edition from Ruby Hornet on Vimeo.

Friday, June 4, 2010

TiRon - Mstrd

One of my favorite rappers and dude I like to do business with, TiRon, just released his newest auditory gem titled "MSTRD" DOWNLOAD THIS NOW!

And in case you missed it, Ketchup:

DOWNLOAD: TiRon – Ketchup (Mixed by DJ Low Key)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Futuristic - Flow Sessions v. 2

I met Futuristic, 2/10/2010, when he opened for Binary Star at the Terrace in Pasadena. I was pretty impressed at his ability to command a crowd and really brought the art of MCing alive that night.

Since then, I've helped him rock a show and lent a helping hand on his newest FREE offering--Flow Sessions vol.2.

The tape is hosted by DJ Kris Stylez of Black Wallstreet and you can find me on two tracks, "Letter Man" and "Plauge Mics."

Check it (click image for download):

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We're going international!

Yep, right to the motherland--Korea.

Korea's an interesting place for me because my heritage is rooted there. Not many people know, but there's an almost eerie, parallel past to what certain Africans experienced in the early days of the United States' history. Not in the sense of specifics as it was "yellow on yellow" crime, but the Japanese-Korean struggle is something that is very much along the lines of enslavement and cultural erasement.

These kinds of issues can be further discussed privately or on a college campus, so what I want to focus on specifically is Korean Hip-Hop. The Korean Hip-Hop scene has exploded since the early nineties and a lot of great MC's have emerged from the industry boom. Artists like 3534, Seotaiji, Tiger JK of Drunken Tiger, Jinusean, 1Tym, and DJ Doc, have all pioneered Hip-Hop's integration into Korean pop music. Those early industry leaders spawned what I would tag the "new generation" of Korean MC's. At the forefront of this "new generation" you would have the The Quiett, Tablo of Epik High, Dynamic Duo, Verbal Jint, Palo Alto, and many others.

However, one artist in particular intrigued me--a gentleman known as The Quiett.

I was hipped to The Quiett in 2007 while I was vacationing in Korea. I was on a personal journey to find a record store that had wax so I could craft new beats...and I have to say, trying to find records in Korea was like mining for gold--near impossible. The records that I did find were mostly turds, so after a day of searching I got fed up and wandered into a tiny little CD store that was about to close. I still remember that day, the weather was terrible...I was soaked from the rain...and bummed out that I didn't have any music to bring back with me to California. I walked up to the register, and in my terrible Korean I asked..."Do you have any good Hip-Hop? Not like hip-pop, but...that boom-bap stuff." The guy at the register looked at me so confused, and thinking about it...if someone asked me that I would have just said "eh, I don't know."

Anyway, the gentleman at the register was kind enough to direct me to The Quiett's Music (2006 Re-issue). I checked it out on the listening station and I was blown away.

Did Korea just really bring that boom-bap?! This record had everything I love about underground Hip-Hop back home...scratching, hard thumping drums, face lit up with a huge smile. It hit me. Though it took me a while to understand what he was saying (the rapid fire delivery was faster than any Korean I was used to), I could relate to the music.

Recently, I was exited to hear about his upcoming 4th album (man, has it really been that long?), Quiet Storm: a Night Record. With production from heavyweights Jake One, Slakah the Beatchild, Kev Brown, and DJ Mitsu...The Quiett is poised to once again create some facemelting, true Hip-Hop. Check it out.

The Quiett - Quiet Storm: a Night Record

01 Welcome To The Show
02 Never Q.U.I.T.T.
03 Be My Luv
04 Stars (feat. Verbal Jint & Swings)
05 Lonely One
06 Q's Way (feat. 샛별)
07 Game Theory
08 Airplane Music (feat. Basick, Rimi, Beenzino, Fana & San E)
09 시간이 왔나봐 (feat. Dead'P)
10 Old Records
11 Love/Hate (feat. Jinbo)
12 Shine 'Em
13 Be My Luv Remix (feat. B-Free, 'NUCK'넋업샨, Paloalto & junggigo)

Releases: 3.11.10

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What they're listening to v.2

I felt as if it was time to do a new version of what people are listening to. The last one I did featured Flying Lotus, DJ Benzi...was almost 2.5 years ago! So, here we go...

1. One Be Lo - B.A.B.Y. (Being A Black Youth)
2. Kidkanevil - Basho Basho
3. Sonnymoon - Golden Age
4. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
5. Alicia Keys - Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)


1. Janelle Monae - Cold War/Tightrope
2. Vampire Weekend - Contra
3. The New Morning Benders - Excuses
4. Erykah Badu - Window Seat ft. ?uestlove
5. Freeway and Jake One - The Stimulus Package

Kevin Robinson (Uncovered 3rd):
1. Ayomari - PB&J Solution
2. Cam'ron - Boss of All Bosses 2
3. Bloc Party - Intimacy
4. Empire of the Sun - Walking on a Dream
5. J. Futuristic & Yung L.A. - Batman & Robin


1. The Jaspects - The Polkadotted Stripe
2. Johnny Polygon - Rebel Without Applause
3. Hudson Mowhawke - Room Mist EP/Butter
4. Emilio Rojas - Bold and Arrogant Remix
5. Robert Glasper - Double Booked

Daniel Chae (Feats in Inches/
The Nehemiah Band):

1. Kanye West - Graduation
2. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
3. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
4. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
5. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

Aspect 1:
1. DJ Khalil - Chinatown Wars
2. Darkleaf - Beneath the Surface compilation
3. Afta 1 - unreleased LP
4. J.Bizness and Aiyro - Cali Fire Commission
5. Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue

1. Jimmi Hendrix - Purple Haze
2. Flying Lotus - Computer Face/Pure Being
3. Damfunk - Hood Pass Intact
4. Big L - Lifestylez Ov Da Poor and Dangerous
5. DJ Krush - Krush

Jackson Perry (A-Side Worldwide/Now On):
1. Miike Snow – Miike Snow
2. Empire of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
3. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
4. After The Smoke – Under The Influence EP (coming soon)
5. Denny Dreutron (Mayer Hawthorne + 14KT) – Black Future/People Change (coming soon on Stones Throw)

1. Apparat - Fractales pt I
2. Shapeshifter - When I Return
3. Koushik - Nothings The Same
4. Apparat - Headup
5. Cranberries - Ode To My Family

Cook Classics:
1. Miike Snow - Miike Snow
2. The Beatles - Abbey Road
3. Common - Electric Circus
4. Jimmy Cliff - The Harder they Come
5. The XX - XX

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Paved Paths f. Von Pea, MED, aDaD & Danny Brown

Illustrated by Jane Choi Design

I present to you "Paved Paths" off of my upcoming album "As Serenity Approaches."

The song was programmed by DJ Incise and features Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Stones Throw's MED, Chicago MC ADaD, and Detroit MC Danny "The Hybrid" Brown.

My sophomore LP titled "As Serenity Approaches" will feature Oddisee, Dumbfoundead, Donwill, Ohmega Watts, Substantial, Raashan Ahmad, John Robinson, TiRon, Theo Martins, Nieve and more....
Illustrated by Vanessa Maynard of No Heart

Check out the track HERE

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Ninja Starz

Almost 9 months ago (6/14/2009, when the Lakers won the championship), I threw a concert featuring some of my friends/colleagues under the guise "Ninja Starz."

Being Asian-American, it was only natural that I would have called it Ninja Starz seeing as I'm a part of a crew called Shinobeats.

Anyhow, the show featured Rathmatixx, TOKiMONSTA, U-N-I, Tiron, Ayomari, Tunji, Diz Gibran, Dom Kennedy, El Prez, H.O.P.E., and 2dopeboy's own Meka. Each of whom I respect and am a huge fan of. I'm proud that Los Angeles is starting to make its comeback and as a part of LA's next generation, I wanted to share this night with you. Enjoy.


H.O.P.E - H-O-P-E (Live @ Mountain Bar in Los Angeles, 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

H.O.P.E - The Girlfriend Song (Live @ Mountain Bar in Los Angeles, 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

El Prez

El Prez & Basicali - Revolutionary Cali Muzik (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

Dom Kennedy

Dom Kennedy Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09 from on Vimeo.

Tunji (True Greatness programmed by Incise/recorded & cuts by Descry.)

Tunji - True Greatness (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

Diz Gibran

Diz Gibran - Run Around (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angles 6/14/09 from on Vimeo.

Diz Gibran - Capital D (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

TiRon & Ayomari

Tiron - Sydney feat Ayomari (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.


U-N-I - Voltron (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

U-N-I - Castle Vee (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.

U-N-I - Land Of The Kings (Live @ Mountain Bar, Los Angeles 6/14/09) from on Vimeo.