Saturday, December 21, 2013

Courtesy Tier drummer Layton Weedeman Shares his List of Favorites from 2013

Photo courtesy of Leyla Lacheri
Drummer Courtesy Tier / DJ Laytonic
When I first contacted Layton about contributing to this years Best of 2013 list.
I was more than confident he'd bring something completely unique and interesting to the table. Drummer for the Brooklyn's
The Courtesy Tier. A band whose EP
 'Holy Hot Fire' had me singing it's praises to anyone and everyone willing to listen. It wasn't until we started talking about his other passion that we bonded over vinyl records, soul music, hip hop and specifically, Detroit's own J. Dilla Layton's list and attention to passionate detail was more than deserving of his own post.
I can only hope we can drag him in from time to time to drop some key knowledge from the underground,  Here's to seeing that through. Thanks kid. James Damion

DJ Laytonic  Beats, Rhythm, Life
The Courtesy Tier Bandcamp

Joey Bada$$ x J Dilla - Two Lips (single)
I've been hearing about this young MC from Brooklyn, Joey Bada$$ over the year, and heard a few tracks that I really liked, but didn't go much further into finding more from him.
Just last week, he released a new track rhyming over an unreleased J Dilla beat and I instantly fell in love. Not only is the track lo-fi and fresh, the J Dilla Foundation pressed a limited amount of 7" singles with all proceeds going towards schools in low income communities paying for musical instruments and programs.

With a totally awesome marketing campaign through Stones Throw Records earlier this year releasing three cassette mixtapes, each borrowing artwork from three different popular American brands, Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and the first Apple iPod, artist-on-the-rise,
Jonwayne released his first full-length "Rap Album One" just a few weeks back with immediate underground and critical acclaim. True rap music at it's best. 

Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip - Thank You (single)
Veterans to the hip-hop world, Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip team up on this really fun and cool sample of the Alicia Meyers original with some help from Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
Keep an eye out for the new Busta full-length Extinction Level Event 2 scheduled for released early 2014.

Drake - Nothing Was The Same (full-length)
With all the hype that surrounds this artist, I had to give it a listen and see what all the talk was about, and I was not disappointed. You can laugh and criticize if you wanna, but this album sounds incredible production wise, and lyrically can be relatable if you forgive the parts where Drake mentions money and how big his house is. If you're a sucker for love and stories of heartbreak, then you'll really appreciate Drake singing the blues.

Say what you want about Kanye West, dude knows how to make music and change the game. Always staying on the forefront of innovation musically, Kanye did not make an album you can listen to at the club. This is raw and hardcore music that is powerful and unsettling. Definitely a favorite of 2013.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib ft. Karriem Riggins - City (single)
One of my favorite producers of all time next to Dilla, is Madlib. Pretty much anything he puts out I'm interested in. Gary, Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs has been in the rap game for quite awhile, but never hit my radar until he teamed up with Madlib for an upcoming
full-length. Here is a single released for the Adult Swin Singles Series.

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Deeper EP
A couple tracks here from the upcoming full-length with Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Hardcore rap lyrics reminiscent of N.W.A. meets funky, soulful, beat making from one of my favorite producers. The sample based tracks alone will satisfy any hip-hip aficionado and
Freddie's hardcore rap lyrics make you feel like your cruising around on rims rolling through the intensity of the ghetto. Real music.

Steve Arrington & Dam-Funk - Higher (full-length)
On a lighter note, Slave front man and veteran to funk music, Steve Arrington teamed up with west coast groove-funk producer Dam-Funk for a powerfully fresh and fun collaboration called "Higher". Funky beats and positive words, this album will make you want to get high and move your body. A solid listen from beginning to end.

Homeboy Sandman - The Plot Thickens (single)
I really dig this MC from the Bronx, Homeboy Sandman, but sometimes his releases can be hit or miss in my opinion. I still check out everything he puts out, which I guess says something about the type of artist he is, but this track in particular is so good.
Beats by Brooklyn native Keith Edwards, I love the feel and flow of this track.

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