Stro Elliot is an incredible producer and performer. Plain and simple. His productions mold the past and the present into futuristic soul splashed gems that turn heads whenever they are heard. His ability to breathe new life into already classic records is one of the reasons he is one of the most respected producers of the day. From The Summer Love Song, where he beats the shit out of Kool and the Gangs perennial classic Summer Madness, to the absolutely ridiculous flip of Soul II Stro, to Virginia Wolf, where he sings about relationship woes, it's all flawless. Street Corner Music is proud to present the debut LP from one of the best to do it.
Chicago producers Scud One (Cult Classic, The Dirty Science, 2013/2014) and T-White (The Gift Vol. V, Street Corner Music, 2014) have been working together musically for the last four years. Scud One is a producer and lyricist whose work on Cult Classic and Don't Drink The Kool-Aid - alongside artist Denmark Vessey - was called "organic and thoughtful, political and soulful, and without being quirky or removed from the streets" (Daniel Isenberg - Nahright.com, Complex Magazine). Scud One has worked with artists including Quelle Chris, Guilty Simpson, and Exile, among others. T-White is a music producer, and animator whose record debut was the fifth volume in the ten-volume "The Gift" series compiled by House Shoes (Street Corner Musicª). He has produced for Denmark Vessey on Don't Drink The Kool-Aid and 2015's Martin Lucid Dream; T-White produced the single "Don't Smoke K2" which was featured on NPR's "Songs We Love".
"Steven Tyler" - a title derived from the combination of both artists first names . Scud One (Steven) and T-White (Tyler) focus on the integration of beats, interludes and spoken-word comedy skits delivered with absurd - and sometimes sardonic - wit. It's a packed album, filled with colorful sounds, spacey artwork and irreverent humor throughout. As a collaborative effort, it showcases the strengths of both its producers, and makes for a unique blend.
Steven Tyler is being sponsored by Chroncierge. Steven Tyler will be released on both vinyl, and cassette, and thanx to Chroncierge, both will be green! Chroncierge will also be putting out a limited time strain called "Scudzy White" in support of the album. Steven Tyler is hard as fuck. - House Shoes
Jake One's discography reads like a who's who list of some of the greatest AND most successful artists in the history of hip hop. That's what makes him truly unique. Blurring the lines between the underground and overground. Providing sonic backdrops for such incredible emcees as De La Soul, Scarface, Freeway, MF Doom, Evidence, Casual, Elzhi, Brother Ali, and Rakim among others, but polishing that same formula and providing records for the likes of Drake, Rick Ross, T.I., 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, J Cole, Wale, Dom Kennedy, and Royce 5'9", Jake One is one of the exceptions that has worked equally with both of these sides of the industry. Exceptionally. "Prayer Hands", a collection of instrumentals created from gospel sources, includes some of those recordings amongst others that all remind you that Jake One has pretty much become the go-to producer for any major artist that wants some real hip hop shit on their album. And understandably so. His discography is one of the most reputable in the game. On October 21st, Street Corner Music and Rappers I Know are proud to present Jake One's "Prayer Hands"
Doc Illingsworth has been cranking out heat in Detroit for years now. Whether it be solo, instrumental, or rhyming and providing the sonics for his crew Detroit CYDI, his discography has grown as long if not longer than many of his contemporaries. I felt that a full length LP of his work was long overdue. No better time than the present, right? So we made it happen. Better late than never right? Hopefully this will be the first of many for Illingsworth. It took a minute, but it's definitely Worth The Wait...
House Shoes is proud to present the first-ever physical release of Danny Brown’s Hot Soup Instrumentals, his debut album released in 2008 prior to the release of The Hybrid.
Featuring production by Quelle Chris, Nick Speed, and Danny Brown himself, Hot Soup immediately propelled Danny Brown into hip-hop’s national consciousness and solidified him as one of Detroit’s most electrifying live performers.
With his most recent Fool’s Gold album carrying Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” status, fans are hungry for a deeper look into the mind of one modern hip-hop’s most charismatic and controversial artists.
Let It Go – the debut LP from Detroit native House Shoes.
It feels wrong, though, to call this a ‘debut’ record because it doesn’t sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee Unreleased EP (1996), and Phat Kat’s classic Dedication to the Suckers (1999) on his own imprint. He’s produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He’s DJ’ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list.
Technically, however, this is his debut LP. One that hip-hop ‘know-somethings’ have been asking for (for years). One he’s probably been holding on to for a while. One he’s finally letting go.
Let It Go is a full-length album boasting features by the ‘heavyweights’ and the ‘hungry’ alike; balanced between artists accustomed to hip-hop limelight, and those still chasing it.
The project bats with a heavy-handed Motown roster. Detroit-bred collaborators include Big Tone, Moe Dirdee, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, and Danny Brown, among others. Los Angeles (Oh No, MED, The Alchemist, Co$$), Norfolk (Nottz), St. Louis (Black Spade), New York (Roc Marciano), and Chicago (Chali 2na, of Jurassic 5) pinch-hit throughout the project.
Songs like ‘Dirt feat. Oh No, Alchemist, and Roc Marciano and ‘Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father’are tough to picture on the same project if listened to separately. In the context of Let It Go, however, they feel blood related and well placed.
Shoes delivers an album that sound like an album (and not a mixtape) – no small feat in the topography of today’s music. He blends the songs, instrumentals, and interludes into a sequence that sounds like they all belong to something bigger than their time stamp and signature. Individually, the songs are strong; soaked in that neck-snapping, gritty-drummed, trouble-water-soul-sampled thing that makes hip hop magnetic. To dissect the album into its parts would miss the point, though.
The triumph of Let It Go is the full hour of music, not any fraction of the 60-some-minute run time.
SIDE A 1. Let It Go (the Beginning) feat. Shafiq Husayn 2. Empire / Get Down 3. Goodfellas To Bad Boys feat. Moe Dirdee / Dank Interlude 4. Dirt feat. Oh No, The Alchemist, and Roc Marciano / Jeedo Interlude 5. Time feat. Big Tone / Hex Interlude
SIDE B 6. Crazy feat. Black Milk and Guilty Simpson / BahBahBahBah 7. Last Breath feat. Nottz, Oh No, and MED / Mayer & Shoes 8. Keep On feat. Co$$ aka Cashus King / Helluva 9. Sweet feat. Danny Brown / Quelle Interlude
SIDE C 10. So Different feat. Chali 2na / Moody Interlude 11. Everything (Modern Family) feat. Fatt Father / Without You 12. Sunrise feat. Black Spade / Love 13. Trouble feat. Moe Dirdee and MarvWon / Royce Interlude 14. Nails feat. Quelle Chris and Guilty Simpson / Broken
SIDE D 15. Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose / My Brother 16. Cry Now / Gone 17. Roller Coaster feat. SelfSays and Fat Albert Einstein 18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions (Bonus Track)
Instrumental version of House Shoes' debut LP, "Let It Go." House Shoes considers this instrumental version of the LP as his proper debut since he sequenced the instrumental version first, and then put MCs on the tracks to ensure the album had the proper movement musically. These beats were created between 1999 and 2011.
SIDE A 1. Let It Go (The Beginning) - Instrumental 2. Empire / Get Down - Instrumental 3. GoodFellas To Bad Boys / Excursions - Instrumental 4. Dirt / Bad Ass - Instrumental 5. Time / Nowhere To Run - Instrumental
SIDE B 6. Crazy / BahBahBah - Instrumental 7. Last Breath / Pimp Shit - Instrumental 8. Keep On / 'Til Infinity - Instrumental 9. Sweet / Noodles - Instrumental
SIDE C 10. So Different / Moody - Instrumental 11. Everything (Modern Family) / Without You - Instrumental 12. Sunrise / Love - Instrumental 13. Trouble / Slaves - Instrumental 14. Nails / Broken - Instrumental
SIDE D 15. Castles / My Brother - Instrumental 16. Cry Now / Gone - Instrumental 17. Roller Coaster feat. Fat Albert Einstein - Instrumental 18. Empire Reprise feat. Sam Beaubien of Will Sessions - Instrumental
Mixed by Scott “Tenacity” Martin at The LAByrinth, Hollywood, CA Mastered by Mags Vinyl Mastering by David Cheppa Photos by Eric Coleman
House Shoes’ lead-off release The Time EP is a precursor to his forthcoming full-length debut album Let It Go. It features original production by Shoes with features by Detroit Emcees Big Tone and Danny Brown, as well as Los Angeles songbird Jimetta Rose.
“Better later than never,” some might say, about these releases from House Shoes. He has been an integral piece of the landscape of Detroit hip-hop for the better part of 20 years. He’s produced, DJed, and dot-connected for a generation of Detroit artists who have taken the sounds of their city on world tour. From his work alongside J Dilla and Big Proof, to Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Danny Brown – he has helped to shepherd Detroit’s hip-hop into prominence. His solo endeavors are long overdue, and much awaited.
You can’t rush creation, though – and no matter how late fans might feel it is, House Shoes, The Time EP, and the following Let It Go LP, are arriving like they had an appointment.
“The past no longer exists, and the future is yet to happen / the present time is only as long as the moment that I’m in it; I’m feelin’ every millisecond passin’.” From the needle-drop, the filthy-neck-snapping drums under chopped synths on ‘Time’ featuring Big Tone sets the stage for a showcase of Tone’s humble bravado. He raps about the need to have ‘right now’ in order, and how he keeps his watches in sync.
‘Sweet’ featuring Danny Brown, the second offering of the EP, lays an understated and confident hi-hat over layers of bass guitar riffs and strings stabs that might actually inflict bodily harm. Danny spits with his patented lack-toothed style and a considerably rougher hand than the preceding Emcee. As is usually the case with Brown, it works as designed, with witty chest-puffed punch lines like “you study what I author / your arms too short – my reach like Tarver…” and plus he’s “got butta like George Washington Carver.” Bravo.
The third plate in his Chef’s tasting menu, ‘Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS)’ featuring Jimetta Rose, sounds like it is playing through different speakers than the first two courses – the song feels like it’s coming from the clouds. Created in tribute to the late Jovan ‘J1’ Coleman (Drummer for Dam-Funk / Mazter Blazter, producer, and a friend to Shoes and Rose) – Jimetta sings for all of the people who carried us in the past; the people who we carry on for now. The song closes with an audio clip from an interview with J1 before his passing.
The 12” release also includes two exclusive instrumentals titled ‘Suspended’ and ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’ that are not available on the full-length Let It Go release later this year.
Time feat. Big Tone - Clean
Time - Instrumental
Castles (tHE SKY IS OURS) feat. Jimetta Rose - Clean
Sweet feat. Danny Brown - Dirty
Sweet feat. Danny Brown - Clean
Sweet - Instrumental
No More Mr. Nice Guy
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