Thursday, November 29, 2012

ATX - Kenny Gee - Heisman

Kenny Gee is a 15 year old MC from Austin, TX. Check him out. Always good to hear the voice of the youths. Also notice he is wearing an Atlanta Braves hat, the biggest selling sports hat at Lids this past year in Austin. Why? Because its a big ass A and Austin doesn't have a signature Austin hat, yet... dun dun dunnnnn. Finna go down. Enjoy this.

ATX: Talib Kweli, 10YR, Lyric Michelle, DJ Notion, Y MAS!
Saturday Night AT THE MOHAWK!

MAYNE HOLD UP! It's really goin' down! Saturday night at The Mohawk right here in AustinSurrealVille, Knuckle Rumbler & Proper Entertainment Present Talib Kweli with A LIVE BAND! And live bands opening up, ala 10YR and Lyric Michelle with a DJ/Drummer combo. It's gonna be live real talk.

And before it all gets going you can catch some of Austin's livest up and coming talent from 5-8pm inside, including: OT23, SubKulture Patriots (fresh off tour!), Mindz Of A Different Kind and DJ Cortez! Mo bang for your buck!


The Mohawk
912 Red River
Austin TX
LYRIC MICHELLE ON AT 9PM SHARP! Don't miss her Austin debut! And 10YR finna blow your mind if they haven't already. This is gonna be jammin.

What I'm Most Excited About Right Now

The best reality rappers in the biz about to put it down with Shane Eli it's really goin' down. I've heard a couple tracks, and in the words of my brother Tuck, "the revolution is here." Rest in Peace to Octavis Berry. It's real.

See the League of Extraordinary G'z on tour with Scotty in a city near you January - March 2013. Reality Rap Is Not Dead.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 on Houston & Dallas

Another fine production from the good folks at Noisey. Pretty good look at Houston and Dallas 2012. Except they spelled DORROUGH wrong, lol. So amazing to see things like this come out tho and they really talked to some good folks outside the norm.

Pretty stoked with all the footage in here from the first Hip-Hop The Vote Event. Word to Fat Tony tha Realest!

Stream or DL The Nov. 25 AustinSurreal Show


Rob Bass, Easy Lee, LE$, Worldwide - Hindsight
A.Dd+ - Suitcases
Angel Haze, Lunice - Gimme That
Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Alchemist - Demolition Man
TreaTed Crew - The Bong
Cities Aviv ft. Rpldghst - I Drank Up All The Clouds
T.A. - NyQuil
T.A., Fatboi - Nigga Wit Attitude
Kydd, Deezie Fresh, ABT Music - You Got It Kid
Gary Clark Jr. - The Life
Nive Nielsen & Deer Children - The Christmas Song
The Fall - No Xmas For John Queys
Lyric Michelle - My Truth
The Reminders - Africa On My Mind
Deep Level - Mambotjie
K-Paul - Rubberband Dance
Sertified, Pimpin' Pen - The Plan
Karma Jonze - Illusions
Widowspeak - Ballad of the Golden Hour
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Holy Roller
Clinic - Miss You (Peaking Lights Remix)
Nadus - Higher
Freeway - Jungle
Gunplay - Drop
Tum Tum, Cornerboy P - Cutlass Supreme
Scotty - Ain't No Competition
Daedelus, Computer Jay - Flying Sail
Heems, Harry Fraud - Cowabunga Gnarly
Overdoz, The Futuristiks - Dear God
Killa Kyleon, Cy Fyre - Get High

Monday, November 26, 2012

Snow Tha Product - Cookie Cutter Bitches

Same could be applied to a lot of these mens, real talk. Just cookie cutter ass bullshit. And THAT is what I am most sick of real talk, I'm glad you feel me. Another one from one of the best in the game right now. Word to Snow Tha Product. #Uncut

South African Swag

The past two nights I have had very vivid dreams and in these dreams I was out in South Africa. My whole family was with me. I don't remember what they were all about, but I do know that this morning I got an email from my man Sbu and he sent me these two videos, and I wanted to share them with you. More reasons to GTFOOH and go to South Africa. Real talk. Also Afrika Implode-Explode® is a MOVEMENT. More on that later. This is totally unrelated, but pretty dope.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Worldwide Live at A3C #RedBullSoundstage

This was so amazing to see and be a part of. #Timeless

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

F1 Weekend Is Here (Almost)

So glad we have one good option for some old school, real hip-hop this weekend. As opposed to straight cheese outside of Aerosmith, I know ya feel me. Where will you be this weekend? Beauty Ballroom will be a good place to start Friday night. Brought to you by the good folks at SCOREMORE.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

UGK's Too Hard To Swallow Turns 20 Years Old and I feel old but thankful

Young Sama'an Ashrawi comes correct with this one for sure!

This video means a lot to me, it literally took me back in time to the daze when I was working for Murder Dog Magazine. Yes, for a few years my main gig was with a magazine, the best magazine in the history of hip-hop in fact, and my main job there was to travel from city to city, hood to hood, and interview up and coming rappers, DJs and producers for features that may or may not have ever come out. It was a crap shoot for sure, but it was the time of my life.

This was in the late 90's to the early 2000's, and I'd literally get a call from the editor, Black Dog Bone, and he'd tell me that he wanted me to go to a city and find out what is going on rap music wise out there. I literally went to Pittsburgh, Miami, Gary Indiana, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Honolulu, Kansas City, Minneapolis and way more towns, all through both the Carolinas, etc, just pulling up and getting with some key players and would photograph and interview rappers. From big to small. It was a dream job for me.

I was always a big supporter of UGK. I first heard them when their first EP dropped (Banned!) and saw them right around when Too Hard to Swallow came out (many, many times, when they'd show up lol). I used to tell editors at lesser magazines how important they were to us in Texas, and they'd always tell me to shut the fuck up. One big time magazine editor even once told me, right around when Dirty Money came out, "Nobody cares about UGK." This went on for years.

But in the streets, one thing that always stood out to me was 99% of the rappers I would interview from the east, south, west, midwest, Canada, etc, 99% of them would mention UGK as a major influence on their careers/music. 8Ball & MJG came up a lot too. I'd talk to straight hood dudes, backpackers, nerds, playas, whatever, and when I'd ask who influenced them, UGK came up more times than they didn't.

So seeing this video is really amazing. From obvious choices like Killer Mike and A$AP Rocky, who you already know for sure were influenced by UGK to not so obvious ones like People Under the Stairs and Brother Ali, everyone on this video gives it up to the men who made some of the most compelling and soulful and meaningful rap music of all time, UGK. Makes me miss Pimp C so much. Rest in Peace to the Pimp, Long Live Bun B, and big ups to Sama'an and to everyone who takes documenting the real within our culture seriously. Every hip-hop head needs to see this.

Fat Tony ft. Old Money - BKNY

One of Houston's finest comes with an ode to Brooklyn and I have to say I fill dat. For I once upon a time lived in Brooklyn, in Clinton Hill in fact, on Clinton Ave in fact between Dekalb and Lafayette. It was a little different back then in 1994, but then again what wasn't. This is off Fat Tony's next album, Smart Ass Black Boy, produced entirely by Tom Cruz I am pretty sure, due out in 2013. Very excited for this as 2013 is Tony's year real talk I no ya fill dat.

Did you know that Fat Tony is gonna do a tour in Nigeria next year? It's happening for real. I am listening to Naija FM right now in fact, catching up with current events and current jams. Word to the motherland we are going the fuck back to Africa. It's real.

AustinSurreal Show 11/4 & 11/11 2012
Playlists and Links

Well well well this is crazy, but I had a few people ask me this week if I did my show on Sunday, because they didn't see it posted here on AustinSurreal. So I guess that little (extremely little) effort works to an extent. Oi vey I need to post more here, I know, I know, at least the show links. Whatever. Here's the past two weeks shows. They really were jammin. If you missed em you can catch them below, stream or download. Own that shit. I know ya fill dat.

Playlist November 4, 2012
Big Tuck - So Sophisticated Remix
Cassius Green - Fat Back Belly
Black C of RBL Posse, San Quinn, Andre Nickatina - How It Is
100s - My Activator
Slimm Calhoun - No Problem
Cool Nutz, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kalico - Affiliation
Hoodstar Chantz, Aye Jay, Wil - Runnin' Shit
Kendrick Lamar, MC Eiht - M.A.A.D. City
Gary Clark Jr. - The Life
Plan B - Drug Dealer
Worldwide, Serified - Bang Swang
Tunk - Bon Appetit
JJ Doom - Guv'nor
Institutional Prostitution - Sonia Bitch Ass Up
Jean Grae - Kill Screen
Jasiri X, Invincible, Rhymefest - Candidates For Sale
Soundfounder - Aw Yeah
Boom Baptist - Summer JobMake Out Scene
Chrome Canyon - Carfire On The Highway
Kid Koala - 8 Bit Blues (Chicago to LA)
JJ Doom - Viberean Sun Part 2
BP, Young Mike, Big Pokey - Street Niggaz
Fame, Chalie Boy - Y'all Ain't Working
Red Eye, Blq Poet, Nickle Plated - Oh Baby Now
Dirty & Nasty - The Residence
GT Garza, Zro, Slim Thug - Like What You See
Throwbacks - We Keep It Movin'
Pharoahe Monch - Damage


Playlist November 11, 2012
Pharoahe Monch - Damage
Lyric Michelle - This & That
Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson - Truth Be Told
Bunz - Race to the Moon
Mikki Ekko, Clams Casino - Pull Me Down
Jonti - Saturday Night
Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa - Know Betta
Gary Clark Jr. - Travis County
Chrome Canyon - Memories of a Scientist
Hundred Waters - Thistle (AraabMusik Remix)
JJ Doom - Banished
Trinidad James - All Gold Everything
Dirty & Nasty - All Black Everything
Heavenz To Mergatroyd - Foxycutioner
Ethereal & the Queer Show - Cosmotopia
Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter
IO Analog - You Slay Me
Iman Omari - Energy
100s - Ice Cold Island
Express - Candy Coated Rocketship
Kyle Lee, Worldwide - Ridin Thru My City
Mad One & Ruler Why - Peace of Mind
Heems - Juveniles Detained at Guantanamo Bay
Homeboy Sandman - Illuminati
Melokan - Iluminati
Yelawolf, Travis Barker - Funky Shit
Sniper E, Dizzee Rascal - Live-O
Fiend, Mr. Marcelo - Writings On The Wall
Soundfounder - Aw Yeah
Nick Hook - Call Me
Kinder - Night Kites


I'd love to hear your feedback on the show. Please leave a comment below or hit me on the email,, and remember, a lot of what I play comes directly to me from people like you so please send me some new music. From anywhere in the world, all styles except pop. I mean, you know, illuminati pop. Everything but that. THANKS!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DAM featuring AMAL MURKUS - If I Could Go Back In Time

This is the type of thing hip-hop needs for real. And it comes from one of our cultures most powerful acts, DAM from Lyd, Palestine! These are my boys right here for real, I love everything they do. A true voice for the entire Middle East. Please read the translation below of the lyrics to this song. I won't spoil the surprise, but Dam not only covers a topic that many won't touch, they also came up with a concept that most people in hip-hop don't even try to do anymore. Its a truly unique technique. Telling the story backwards. So brilliant, so powerful. This is what I need more of in my life. Viva Palestine! Viva Dam!

Arabic script: If I Could Go Back In Time
‏Suhel Nafar:
‏Before she was murdered, she wasn't alive
‏We'll tell her story backwards from her murder to her birth
‏Her body rises from the grave to the ground
‏The bullet flies out of her forehead and swallowed into the gun
‏The sound of her echo screams, she screams back
‏Tears rise up from her cheeks to her eyes
‏Behind the clouds of smoke, faces of her family appear
‏Without shame, her brother puts the gun in his pocket
‏Her father throws down the shovel and wipes the sweat off his forehead
‏He shakes his head, satisfied from the size of the grave
‏They pull her back to the car, her legs kicking
‏Like a sand storm, she's erasing her own tracks
‏They throw her in the trunk, she doesn't know where she is
‏But she knows that three left the house and only two will return
‏They reach the house; throw her to the bed in violence
‏"So you want run away huh?" they wake her with violence

‏Amal Murkus (Chorus)
‏If I could go back in time
‏I would smile
‏Fall in love
‏If I could go back in time
‏I would draw

‏Mahmood Jrere:
‏She dreams before falling asleep
‏We'll tell her story backwards, maybe understand
‏The clock hands move right to left
‏She reconstructs her steps as if she were lost
‏She sleeps prepared, money for the taxi
‏Plane ticket and passport under her pillow
‏Answer: leave the clothes in the closet; she plans to wear a new life
‏Question: what if they ask what the suitcase is for?
‏She went to bed, leaves table
‏Eats well, she must act today
‏Her nose stops bleeding, that's what they see
‏But it's a fresh wound; before they will beat her she will beat them
‏Her mom says "your life is like heaven"
‏She's right, if you taste the forbidden you better know someone is watching
‏Two hours before dinner, the phone hangs up
‏Her mom is shocked "the flight is delayed"
‏Phone rings

‏ Amal Murkus (Chorus)

‏Tamer Nafar:
‏Before she answers, she isn't even asked
‏The story is like the logic in her life, all backwards
‏Her hands up in the sky, begging for help
‏Their hands up in the sky reciting the Fatiha (ceremony before marriage)
‏The calendar page moves one day back, the time is
‏Afternoon, the argument is over, her brother commands her
‏Blood flows from her lips to her nose
‏A sound of a fist, his hand jumps from her face
‏It's the first time in her life that she says "NO!"
‏Her mom announces happily "tomorrow you will marry your cousin"
‏If I look through the album of her life
‏I won't see a photo of her standing up for her rights
‏It's hard, the pages are stuck to my hand
‏Her past full of blood and tears
‏But we promise you, from her murder to her birth
‏Their expressions filled with anger as if someone announced a crime
‏"Congratulations, it's a girl"
‏The beginning.

Arabic script:Freedom For My Sisters

The Niyat ft. Tabu - Gun State

These dudes right here! Been doing it for years. Some of the hardest lyricists ever. Love to hear raps where the MCs interact instead of just the typical verse hook verse shit. I saw Jneiro Jarel the other night at The Flat and he brought out his original group Nubian Nomads. This week has been one great memory after another. Both The Niyat and Nubian Nomads used to be up in my first club night ever (lol at "club night") The Hip Hop Coffee Shop. Now Jneiro has a whole album with MF Doom and the Niyat is still killing it and we are all walking tall, 20 years later. #inspiring

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ice Cube - Everything's Corrupt

#YESWECAN Thank you Ice Cube. Still coming with it. Sums it all up quite nicely here.