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Tag Archives: Decon
Black Milk, Album of the Year Fat Beats/Decon More than an audacious claim, Black Milkâ€™s Album of the Year chronicles a period of tragedy, including his friend and Slum Village member Baatinâ€™s passing in 2009, and adjusting to indie stardom … Continue reading
Chali 2na has finally completed his debut solo album Fish Outta Water. How long did it take him? He started work on the project before Jurassic 5 broke up in 2007. A “street album” promoting it, Fish Market dropped way … Continue reading
Aceyalone is preparing to release a new project, Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones, on Decon Records. The album was tentatively slated for last November, but has since been pushed back to February 10. (February 25 update: The release date is … Continue reading
This summer, Decon Media launches the Fresh Rhymes and Videotape tour. The multimedia company is long overdue for a showcase. It has created several dynamic projects over the years, from Common’s classic “1-9-9-9” video to Dilated Peoples’ The Release Party … Continue reading
By now, it’s well established that Z-Trip is the modern progenitor of the mashup, thanks to his groundbreaking 2001 mix CD with DJ P, Uneasy Listening. But you’d be surprised how few of the Music for Robots crowd that jock Diplo, Danger Mouse, Girl Talk, Donna Summer, et al give him props.
Oh well. Z-Trip’s got plenty of fans anyway, especially on the West Coast. He’s got a whopping 400,000 friends on MySpace — top that, Greg Gillis! And he’s got a new project, too. It’s his first since 2005’s Shifting Gears, and it’s for a video game, the forthcoming All-Pro Football 2K8. Z-Trip’s All Pro features guest shots from Chali 2na, Rakim, Aceyalone, Gift of Gab, Slug, dead prez and many others. Highlights include a revisit of Rakim’s "Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em" and a remix of Rush’s "Tom Sawyer," a prime cut for turntablists back in the day.
Z-Trip’s All Pro comes out July 31 on Decon Records. He’s also heading on the road to promote the CD: tour dates and track listing are below.
Decon Media, a New York-based creative agency and record label, has been issuing hip-hop related projects for much of the decade. Its highlights range from DVDs (Team Ice Cream Vol. 1, a video featuring Pharrell Williams’ Ice Cream Skake Team) and music videos (Common’s classic "1-9-9-9" clip) to audio/visual endeavors (the Hiero crew’s One Big Trip) to standard hip-hop compilations (the ongoing NBA 2K series) and artist albums (Aceyalone’s critically lauded Magnificent City).
This summer will bring a new slate of Decon Media releases. It kicks off with The Release Party from Dilated Peoples, a 3DM project. (3DM stands for Three Dimensional Media, the format Decon uses for its DVD/CD endeavors.) The DVD portion accumulates a decade of video footage featuring the L.A. vets, from their early ABB salad days to their Capitol years. The CD will include several songs, the first material they’ve issued since that Capitol deal ended last year. The Release Party drops on July 31.