Ketch-Up 7/12/08: Danny Brown x Maestro x Amanda Diva

Ya boy’s had some quality material hit the nets this week. Let’s run down the list.

+I have an interview with previously-blogged about Danny Brown up on Check it out: he talks about working with a Roc-A-Fella A&R in New York, his studio chemistry with Nick Speed, and why he wants to collaborate w/The White Stripes’ Jack White.
….On a related note, click here to download Hot Soup, his new album that I’ve been raving about since I got it a few weeks ago.
….Also, even though it’s not a feature, click here for my news piece on Royce Da 5’9″. He filled us in on the “leak” of The Revival, release dates for his upcoming projects his upcoming projects and how he broke his arm overseas.

+In the new installment of Producer’s Corner, I chop it up with Maestro – the beatsmith behind Lil Wayne’s “3 Peat,” “Kush” and “Prostitute,” along with Ice Cube’s “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It.” He explains how being a classically-trained musician helps his hustle, what it’s like to work with Weezy F., and how he helps the competition and they still can’t phuck wit him. Click here to check his music, his blog, and his MySpace. Below: his remix to Ne-Yo’s “Closer,” which absolutely shits on the original.
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+In a new installment of Speech Is My Hammer on HipHopDX, I pay tribute to the multi-talented hip-hop Amanda Diva. I give a rundown of her career, and talk about how much of an inspiration she is to me.
….As a bonus, click here for my throwback interview with her for HipHopDX’s Fashion section.

+Last but not least, join my new Facebook group: “William E. Ketchum III Is My Favorite Hip-Hop Journalist!” Why? Because I am. If I’m not, join it anyway and support the movement. (P.S.: In hip-hop terms, “movement” is about as cliche as “bling” and “swagger,” in case you didn’t already know.)

Anyway, I’m outty 5000. Getting ready to go to Detroit with Smack (and maybe the Identical Variant crew?) to see the homie Royce Da 5’9″ and D12 reunite in concert, and to hopefully link up with the homie Kim O. in the process.



    Nice…. sounds good!