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RIP Baatin from Slum Village 1974-2009

Slum Village forever

MP3: Baatin - Girl


VIDEO: Hardcore Gentlemen - Hardcore Gentlemen


HARDCORE GENTLEMEN is a early-mid 1990s rap group consisting of group members RAPZ KAOTIC, REEFER SUTHERLAND and KILLAH SILK. The group was based in Brooklynati, USA and saw great success with their classic and only single "HARDCORE GENTLEMEN" (DJ Jurx Records, 1994). Unfortunately, after selling a platinum single and a gold album (RUGGED & SMOOTH, DJ Jurx Records, 1994) their follow-up single, "BRUSH YA TEEF WIT IT" fell on deaf ears and led to the group's destiny of being one-hit-wonders.

Immediately following the release of their hit-single "HARDCORE GENTLEMEN" and in promotion of their debut LP, Hardcore Gentlemen toured the United States and parts of Canada, but ended the tour abruptly when group member KILLAH SILK was slapped with 14 paternity suits from 13 different women. A State Court jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and the rap group was forced to return home and try to maintain their momentum doing local gigs in Brooklynati. After the lack of success surrounding their touring efforts, the group faded into obscurity and is remembered only for their successful, self-titled single. They are regularly revisited on countless "Where Are They Now?" television shows profiling hip-hop acts.

So where are they now? In May of 2009, Hardcore Gentlemen attempted to do a 15-year anniversary show celebrating their classic and only single. The plan was to headline a show at Humphrey Lefty's (a concert hall in their own hometown) and to perform their hit 15 times in a row. Tragically, during the 5th performance of "Hardcore Gentlemen" the group became entangled in a fight on stage, resulting in a drawn firearm by one of their hypemen. Shots were fired, and while nobody was killed, two of the group's three members (RAPZ KAOTIC and REEFER SUTHERLAND) were arrested and are currently facing charges for concealing a weapon and endangering minors.


DOWNLOAD: Just Plain Ant - The New Black



MP3: Flavor Flav - I'll Never Let You Go

No description necessary. SMH.

Listen... I guess...


DOWNLOAD: NetBloc Vol. 23: We Invented The Compilation!

Of course we didn’t invent the compilation! Duh! No really! We didn’t… seriously! Why do you doubt me? Even though we didn’t invent them it doesn’t mean we didn’t perfect them… so here’s another perfect compilation for your soul to absorb via your ear canals. A collection of 11 tracks plus one sampler. That’s two bonus tracks on top of the standard 10 track line-up! Whoa! Crazy! I loved the Jay Slim release so much that I simply couldn’t contain myself to only one track. Then Just Plain Ant released the sampler of his upcoming release “The New Black” and I felt that it’d be a perfect addition to the line-up. In fact, I wish other labels/artists released samplers like this. I’d love to feature one with every netBloc release. Consider this an invitation to any of you who may be working on some music and want to begin promoting it early, send us a sampler and it’ll be considered for a future netBloc release. 1 track, no longer than 15 minutes and only send wav, flac or aiff files along with any info you'd like mentioned about the upcoming release. Send files to us via services such as or you can use our contact form to let us know you'd like to send us something and we can set you up with an ftp account to upload directly to the blocSonic server.

So what sounds can you expect this time around? Industrial, electro-pop, electro-funk, hip-hop, punk, rock, pop-rock and indie-pop from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US. Our netBloc releases are always an eclectic, international affair and this time is no different. By the way, if you’re a Boo Radleys fan, you might like to know that one of the featured artists is none other than Martin Carr. Check out his fantastic track “Why You Gotta Bring Me All This Rain?”. Check out the fatty 79 page PDF for details.

Thanks again to all participants and to all of you for checking out netBloc Vol. 23: We Invented The Compilation! Each and every one of you rock! Remember… share this! Give it to friends, enemies and strangers alike! Tell them how much netaudio rocks! When you’re done doing that, be ready… later this month on Tuesday, July 28th is the release of blocSonic’s second original release featuring one of our newest artists, the UK’s Formula and his “The Overcast Project”. A fresh release with complete production from him and featuring artists from the US, UK, Canada & Jamaica. The LP features artists signed to independent labels (LDZ - Dented records), major labels (Aynzli Jones - Mercury) and an unsigned MC called Isayu (from the Bay in Oakland). Then… on Tuesday, August 25th we keep the hip-hop flowing with our third original release by another of our newest artists Luck & Ripp and their “The Catastrophic Connection”. The short song structure, Luck’s intricate flow, Ripp’s deep, creative lyricism and UhOh’s simple loops and boom-bap drum style make the album seem like a bumrush with a softer side. From being “awoke to the ways of the world” to reminiscing on your childhood, this project covers all the bases. So keep your ear to the ground… blocSonic is rumbling on…


Mike Gregoire


NetBloc, Vol. 23: We Invented The Compilation


5-Second Reviews: 07-01-09


He scared the shit outta me w/ that "Chillin'" shit, but this mixtape shows that he's the same Wale that did "The Mixtape About Nothing". Solid effort



New music from the producer of the Kanye West/Beach Boys mash-up. Straight-forward hip-hop with a polished, cinematic feel to it.



Great songs and instrumentation, but by the time i had just gotten really into it, it ended. And now I'm gonna have to wait another year+ for the next part. Wack



DOWNLOAD: Junior Wong - The Spaceman Chronicles

Another beat release from Just Plain Sounds. Pure dopeness.

1. Coming of Age
2. Moon Money
3. Keep Your Worries
4. Stereolab Joint
5. Chess Club
6. Bush Bread
7. Goin' Places
8. Sky High
9. Donny and Roberta
10. Fly Slow
11. Come Live
12. Bedward's Church
13. Space... Cont'd

Junior Wong - The Spaceman Chronicles


DOWNLOAD: Oh.Bliv x JustPlainAnt - Black Soap

1. Kugichagalia
2. Off
3. They Belong To Me
4. 'Cuz I Need It
5. How You Want It, Pt. 2
6. Scavengers

Just Plain Ant
7. Too Thymez
8. Nothing Nothing
9. Don't Talk About It
10. Back To Here
11. Reachin'
12. Dean & The Casino Rhinocerous

Oh.Bliv x Just Plain Ant - Black Soap


DOWNLOAD: Wale x 9th Wonder - Back To The Feature

Via Blind I For The Kids

Wale and 9th Wonder return with a new mixtape, Back To The Feature, featuring Currensy, Tre, Young Chris, Freeway, Beenie Sigel, Lady Gaga, Joe Budden, Skyzoo, Talib Kweli, Joell Ortiz, UCB, Peedi Peedi, Black Thought, Tu Phace, Big Sean, Ken Starr, Mike Posner, Daniel Merriweather, Torae, Kingpin Slim, Duffy, Memphis Bleek, J. Colem, Jean Grae, Royce Da 5′9, Bun B, Dre (of Cool & Dre), Peter, Bjorn & John, K’naan, and Yael Naim. He didn’t lie about the features…geez! Partake.

Download Here!


The New Black (7-Track Sampler)

<a href="">The Lifetime Movie Villain by Just Plain Ant</a>


5-Second Reviews: 06-06-09


I thought this was another form of Pitchfork pretentiousness, but I was wrong. Truly beautiful, harmonious music. Notable track: Ready, Able.



If you want Black on Both Sides 2, fall back. Mos is spittin his ass off. True raw emceein.



Couldn't finish it. That's all. Still better than Busta b/c I didn't expect anything whatsoever.



Pixar does it again. Go see "Up" now. You ain't doin' shit but lookin' at my blog.


VIDEO: Tanya Morgan - So Damn Down

Just listenin to this song earlier. Glad to see a video.


VIDEO: Kanye West feat. GLC and Consequence - Spaceship

I wish this video actually got released. Best song on the album.

UPDATE: The entire video is up now.


DOWNLOAD: Oddisee - Odd Summer EP

Dope ass instrumental EP from one of my favorite producers out right now.

We are very excited to present Odd Summer, a (mainly) instrumental EP from Put Me On It family member Oddisee. It features three exclusive tracks - In Your Eyes, Sligo Creek, and That Day (instrumental). The photo in the artwork was taken by Oddisee, of Omdurman (Khartoum, Sudan), where he spent every summer growing up, swimming and fishing in the Nile.

Go for it: Oddisee - Odd Summer EP


5-Second Reviews: 05-27-2009


Raw hip-hop & R&B. If you're a fan of dope underground music, you'd be an idiot to pass it up.



These dudes are 3 for 3. Very eclectic. Definitely something fresh for heads that are seeking something new.



Originality will get you places. More people need it. Muhsinah has it, and it made her come out with a perfect album in my opinion. Still playin in my car radio after a week. And I drive a lot.


I promise I don't feel as good about all releases as I do about this week's. I mean it would be great if all releases were this great, but they ain't.

DOWNLOAD: Charlie Hilton - Good Food

1. (00:04:10) Charlie Hilton - Good Food (Feat. Sleaze, Brad Oh.Blivion & Jayslim)
2. (00:03:15) Charlie Hilton - Patience (Feat. Show Tufli)
3. (00:04:35) Charlie Hilton - Tears Of Our City (Feat. Kid Fly, Adele & QuESt)
4. (00:02:54) Charlie Hilton - Pour Me A Tall Glass (Feat. Fuze)
5. (00:03:07) Charlie Hilton - Instant Gratification (Feat. Frank Ramz)
6. (00:04:44) Charlie Hilton - Losing My Mind (Feat. QuESt, Choze & Neija Jane)
7. (00:03:35) Charlie Hilton - One (Feat. Khalil)
8. (00:02:43) Charlie Hilton - Dedication To Women (Feat. Jay Burna)
9. (00:03:42) Charlie Hilton - Written In The Stars (Feat. XV)
10. (00:02:40) Charlie Hilton - Tell Me I'm Dreamin' (Remix) (Feat. Karizmatik)
11. (00:03:28) Charlie Hilton - Superhuman (Feat. Frank Ramz)
12. (00:03:15) Charlie Hilton - Final Fantasy XV (Feat. XV)
13. (00:02:20) Charlie Hilton - Smart To Talk To God (Feat. brandUn DeShay)
14. (00:08:11) Charlie Hilton - The Last Supper (Feat. Frank Ramz, Tunes, Wing Span & Marky)

Playing Time.........: 00:52:39
Total Size...........: 79.35 MB

Charlie Hilton - Good Food

Propz to for the post.


DOWNLOAD: Hollyweerd - Candy for Kleptos

3 for 3, fellas. Keep it up. Fresh, original music outta ATL. If you don't know, learn.

Hollyweerd - Candy for Kleptos


VIDEO: Charles Hamilton gettin' punched in the face.



Get ready for Charlie Hilton

Coming May 27 on Please check it out!!

Tears of our City (feat. Kid Fly, QuESt, and Adele)

Losing My Mind (feat. QuESt, Choze, and Neija Jane)

Superhuman (feat. Frank Ramz)


DOWNLOAD: Jay Slim - The High Life

Second release from Just Plain Sounds

1. Higher Learning
2. Oh So Yes (feat. Brad Oblivion)
3. Star
4. The High Life
5. Get Up
6. That Joint About That One Saturday
7. Tonight
8. Thought You Knew
9. What A Shame
10. Escapism
11. Ramblings of a Madman
12. Ain't No Love
13. Who Needs Forever? (feat. Sleaze)
14. It's All Over (feat. Sleaze and Brad Oblivion)

Download Here!


MP3: Tanya Morgan - Hardcore Gentleman

Had to do a spin-off. Funny ass track

5-Second Reviews: 05/14/09

I figured I'd start a series of 5-second album reviews.

With that being said...


Should be called "Still On That B.S." FOR GOD'S SAKE. DON'T DO IT. GAUGHD-AWFUL



I fucked w/ a few joints. Definitely no Blackout!, but I still enjoyed listenin' to it. Especially right after the above.



Definitely my favorite of the 3 today. Very pleasant listen. Breath of fresh air. Def peep it. "Hardcore Gentleman" is my shit.


More soon, I guess.


Keep your eyes open...

May 19th. Look out.


Em went in...



HOW I GOT OVER!!!!!: Interview w/ Black Thought

Nothing needs to be said other than that

Hip Hop Game's interview w/ Black Thought

Another Rosario Dawson Post

b/c thats apparently what's bringin' the traffic in. READ THE REST GOTDAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wu-Tang Meets Blue Note

Wu-Tang Albums Reimagined With Blue Note Art

I'm bout to put these in my ipod in place of the original cover.




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Great mix! even has 2 new De La tracks (which you NEED to check out)


MUSIC: Mayer Hawthorne and The Country - Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote Remix)

Great remix to a dope song. Peep it.





VIDEO (kinda): De La Soul - Big Mouf

NEW DE LA!!!! thats that shit right there!!!!

MUSIC: Brad Oh. - Love

Love (Redux) - Brad Oblivion

New old song from the JPS camp. Give love to all your friends and family. "The Beauty of Imperfection" and "Rugged Tranquility" coming soon!

Download here


VIDEO: Raekwon (feat. Ghostface Killah and Method Man) - New Wu



MP3: Jay Slim - Get Up

Get Up - Jay Slim

Latest track from the High Life coming in May


DOWNLOAD: Joey Ripps and Faze Two - Waking The Dead

So much in one day. We started off the day by lauching Just Plain Sounds with "The Bailout". Now we have a release from another JPS artist, Joey Ripps. It's his collaboration with Faze Two called Waking The Dead. It also features production by yours truly. Peep it in support of dope RVA music.

Its been along time but we're finally done with this. over 2 years and many beers we concocted our ode to mid 90's hiphop. featuring Dx, 13adLuck, Jessica Van Lear and production by Just Plain Ant, Fam Nice and many others. download, burn it and pass it out.

Joey Ripps and Faze Two - Waking The Dead

DOWNLOAD: Braintrust - The Bailout

It's here. The first release from Just Plain Sounds. Braintrust's "The Bailout" is something for the party people. GO FOR IT!

Braintrust - The Bailout

VIDEO: DivaSpeak TV EP: 49

I love this show.

Oh yeah, Braintrust album later tonight.


VIDEO: The Foreign Exchange - Take Off The Blues (feat. Darien Brockington)

The Foreign Exchange feat. Darien Brockington - "Take Off The Blues" from The Foreign Exchange on Vimeo.

Been waitin on this one


VIDEO (kinda): Samon Kawamura - Try (feat. Aloe Blacc)

Real talk. Just listen.


VIDEO: 9th Wonder Makin' A Beat for Nas

Don't bullshit us, Nas. For real.


VIDEO: Reflection Eternal - Back Again

Reflection Eternal - Back Again [Talib Kweli] from Radio Planet on Vimeo.

Can't wait for this album. This track is a sign that they'll come correct again.



So for a while now, I've been wanting to set up my own record label. Just so I could push artists that I think are very talented. Our premier release, The Bailout by Braintrust, will be out on April 20th so look out for that. Other artists include Jay Slim, Brad Oblivion, Sleaze, and Joey Ripps. I'm always looking for new talent. So if you're interested, hit me up.

Be on the lookout here and @ the Just Plain Sounds website.


THROWBACK: Canibus feat. Youssou N'Dour and Wyclef Jean - How Come

I love this joint

The Anticipation...

Inglorious Basterds

Funny People

Where The Wild Things Are (most anticipated)

Movie theaters are gettin a shitload of my money this summer.


Not a fan of April Fools Day,

but this is pure comedy.

Shouts to Chris Cornell.

New Nine Inch Nails album titled "Strobelight"


New interview w/ Just Plain Ant

Cavalier Tableau Daily - Interview: Just Plain Ant

You know what to do.


Wow, so I'm thinkin' Charles Hamilton should just stop the lies

Click here for the story and comments (via Fresh Selects)


THROWBACK: Trick Daddy - Shut Up

Don't ask me why.


Purpa Rock Co Kane

Shit don't make sense. Literally.

VIDEO (kinda): Slum Village feat. Marsha - Cloud 9 (Snippet)



Wow, can't say I expected this

Can't say I even remembered dude for a while, but one of my homegirls sent me this joint.

Sources report that early Thursday morning rapper Magoo, real name Melvin Barcliff, was found dead in a hotel room in Portsmouth, Va. Hotel owners said that they checked in "Magoo" two days ago and hadn't heard anything from the resident since the check-in. The cause of death has not been determined. Surrounding the rapper was an MP3 player and a notebook. Writing within the tablet, showed the derangement of a musician, disillusioned by the industry that had "chewed him up and spit him out". Police were called because a hotel associate stumbled upon an unconscious man inside the room. The rapper was believed to be visiting Virginia for a recording session, though he had not had a record out in quite some time. More details to follow.

RIP Magginoo

VIDEO: Mos Def - Words

I hope the message @ the end is true. If it is, I hope it's good.




DOWNLOAD: Joey Ripps - The Remnant (Mixtape)

This is my dude Joey Ripps' mixtape, The Remnant, featuring production by myself. Look out for the album coming sometime in the near future

1. #1ne
2. Silent Knight-Featuring Bliss produced by Just Plain Ant
3. Throw In-Produced by Just Plain Ant
4. What i Gotta Do-Produced by Catastrophe
5. Bang, Bang-Featuring 13adLuck produced by Mesta
6. Diggin out ya Face-Featuring Dx and FazeTwo
7. God Be With Me-Featuring FazeTwo
8. BarFly-Produced by Devize
9. Love is Love-Featuring DeadHeir on Guitar Produced by Catastrophe
10. Stay High-Featuring 13adLuck Produced by Just Plain Ant
11. The Plain Truth-Produced by Bobby Handz
12. Miles From this Place
13. Miles From this Place Reprise(Goodnight)-Produced by Just Plain Ant

Joey Ripps - The Remnant (Mixtape)




DOWNLOAD: Sleaze - The Ocarina of Rhyme (Mixtape)

Speakin' of Vintage Youth new releases, my man Sleaze has dropped his mixtape, The Ocarina of Rhyme. Shit is crazy and I know anyone who played "The Ocarina of Time" will appreciate it. Don't sleep

Sleaze - The Ocarina of Rhyme


New Shit for Ya

This is that oh so fresh right here. For those of you that don't know about Vintage Youth, it's a group that consists of Jay Slim, Brad Oblivion, and Sleaze with myself on the production. This joint is from 3/4 of VY, and will be featured on Jay Slim's album "The High Life" and Brad Oblivion's "The Beauty of Imperfection". I don't usually toot my own horn like talkin' bout, but this track is crazy. Anytime you hear the name Vintage Youth, keep your ears open

Jay Slim and Brad Oblivion - Oh So Yes (prod. Just Plain Ant)


THROWBACK: Busta Rhymes - Fire

Forgot about this joint until I was goin thru Busta's discog today. What happened to dude?!??!?!?!??!


VIDEO: Rick Ross feat. John Legend - Magnificent

Anybody that knows me knows I don't fuck w/ Rick Ross, but I can't front like I wasn't ridin around on this nice 80 degree day w/ my windows down blastin' this.



Don’t call it a come-back… allow Just Plain Ant to re-introduce you to blocSonic
by michaelGregoire

Yo Ant! I think you’re too deep for ‘em!

Well we’ve finally come back with that real ish… some real hip-hop for you fiends out there! Coming to you straight outta Richmond, VA. Just Plain Ant’s “Dig Deep” is our premier Original release and it’s available in all the same formats that you’ve come to expect with our netBloc compilations:

* Available in a choice of three high-quality audio formats — Lossless FLAC, 320kbs MP3 and 192kbs MP3.
* Complete album art is available in three formats — EPS, PDF and TIF.
* 40+ page PDF booklet with complete liner-notes, lyrics, photos and album credits.

“Dig Deep” is a shining example of what the independent music world has to offer. It’s also an authentic and innovative hip-hop album that refuses to be boxed in by quick and simple comparisons. With this album, Ant has brought together a terrific bunch of co-producers, vocalists and emcees that have all added their own touch in such a way that doesn’t make this producer-driven album feel like a compilation. Conceptually, there’s no doubt that this album is a whole.

Thanks to Just Plain Ant for his interest in having blocSonic release “Dig Deep”. Also, thanks to Sleaze, EENJ, Jay Slim, Alex Murphy, Elijah, Joey Ripps, Brad Oblivion, Caitlin Meissner and Yarrow Lutz for being a part of this fantastic album. Finally, thanks to Christine Lockerby for her fantastic photographic work.

Still to come this year are two more Original releases (which are scheduled to drop every four months) and more regular netBloc releases. In other news…
blocSonic 2.0!

As you may know from previous posts, we at blocSonic have long been shopping around for the perfect PHP framework. After much trial and consideration, we’ve come to the conclusion that the Yii Framework is perfect for our needs. What you now see in your browser, blocSonic 2.0, is now powered by Yii and PHP. Goodbye Ruby on Rails.

Due to a complete retooling/rethinking of the database schema, we chose not to port users from the old database. What that means for you is that if you previously had a user account, you’ll need to re-register. We’re very sorry about the inconvenience, we just felt that the user system needed a complete overhaul. Currently, the user system is quite limited to only offering no-approval commenting and a profile page. A more fully-featured messaging system and other user features will follow in the coming weeks.

We hope you enjoy the new look and the fresh sounds! Thanks for stopping by… remember… share the music. Burn copies for friends and strangers… peace!



oohhh shit. takin it back


VIDEO: K-Os - 4, 3, 2, 1

Glad to see another album coming soon from K-Os.




11 Days Left... (via BlocSonic)

Cover of Just Plain Ant's 'Dig Deep' to be release by on February 24th

By the look of our blog and our Twitter feed, you’d think blocSonic has been asleep at the wheel for the past month/month and a half. Nothing could be further from the truth. It all began last year when we realized that Ruby on Rails just wasn’t cutting it for us. The regular crashes and slow loading times became too much. We then began an incredibly long hunt for THE killer PHP framework to build blocSonic 2.0 on. After trying, testing and re-trying nearly every major framework, we came across Yii Framework and we fell in love. It’s on! 2.0 is coming just in time for our first original release.

On February 24th, the new will be accompanied by a rich, soulful and above all… meditative hip-hop release by the talented producer/artist Just Plain Ant. The aptly titled ”Dig Deep” sees Ant stepping up his game both conceptually and technically.

One of the problems that usually plagues producers when releasing albums in their own right is the "compilation" effect. Because their albums tend to feature a variety of emcees and singers on top of their productions, the albums usually end up feeling like a mish/mash of tracks that don’t sit well with each other. “Dig Deep” is definitely not among those albums. It’s unmistakable, the care and attention that Ant invested in this release.

You’ll also be hard-pressed to place a neat and tidy label on the sound. You’ve got straight up soul-dripping jams such as Still’ Dreamin (Featuring Jay Slim), Can’t Say Goodbye (Featuring Elijah) and That Goodbye. Then you’ve got Hush which is less “hip-hop” than it is trip-hop/acid-jazz or minimal electro and Dig Deep (Featuring Alex Murphy) which is straight up glitch with a hip-hop feel, appeal to it.

As with our netBloc series, “Dig Deep” audio and album art will be available in multiple formats:

  • Audio: Lossless FLAC, 320kbs and 192kbs LAME encoded CBR MP3
  • Album art: PDF, EPS & TIF
  • Liner notes: 30-40+ page PDF

If my endorsement isn’t enough for you to eagerly anticipate the forthcoming release, you'll find a couple mp3s for your aural pleasure in the album track-list below:

  • 01 Hush (7:26)
  • 02 Anti-Love (Featuring Sleaze) (4:33)
  • 03 32 More (Featuring EENJ) (5:41)
  • 04 Still Dreamin’ (Featuring Jay Slim) (5:06)
  • 05 Dig Deep (Featuring Alex Murphy) (5:45)
  • 06 If You’re Not True To Me (5:11)
  • 07 Can’t Say Goodbye (Featuring Elijah) (4:23)
  • 08 Good Night (Miles From This Place) (Featuring Joey Ripps) (5:27)
  • 09 In The Air (Featuring Brad Oblivion) (5:32)
  • 10 Love Letters (Featuring Caitlin Meissner and Yarrow Lutz) (2:24)
  • 11 That Goodbye (4:35)
  • 12 End of the Day (Featuring Jay Slim) (6:21)

Mike Gregoire


VIDEO: Black Milk - Losin' Out (feat. Royce Da 5'9)

Yes. One of my favorite tracks on the album.


R.I.P. Dilla: 3 Years Today

Didn't feel like typing the whole thing.

A Suite for Ma Dukes (via Classic Drug References)


I've bigged up dude a couple times on here

but this is my shit. I can't help but do it again.

Dert - Talk Strange: A Beat Tape Inspired by Bjork