November 13, 2013
Damn son, I fell off. I vowed to never neglect my baby, Westcheddar, and I have. I’m sorry fam. But I’ve been busy as shit with my actual babies, and taking care of business working my full-time job and writing for NahRight and doing other side work. And in the meantime, I dropped an album on iTunes! My first official album release ever after rapping for almost two decades (that’s crazy). It’s called Local Legend, and it’s ten of my favorite tracks of all-time, on one album, put together to tell my story and showcase my MC and production abilities. I’m very happy with how it was received, and I want to make sure it’s the top post here on Westcheddar while I’m off doing other things. Gonna post a bunch of Local Legend related stuff below. Ready? Heeeere we go…
Local Legend Album Stream
WNYU Interview with Dharmic X
Stan Ipcus “Cap” (Bonus Track)
Stan Ipcus & Friends LIVE! at Webster Hall feat. Matty B, Roga Raph, Denzil Porter, Marlon “Moshe” Sobol, Matisyahu, and Peter Rosenberg (11/4/13)
As for my writing, stay tuned to NahRight for my feature work, and this link below to THE WALL OF IP, which is all my feature work in one spot. I update it every time I have something big published.
Peace to all my Westcheddar fam. I’m out here. Follow me on Twitter for a daily feed of all the stuff I’m listening to and watching and feeling in general, and updates on all my published work and rap life. And I’m on Instagram as well!
Holler at your boy!!! Cheah…
August 5, 2013
I interviewed my favorite rapper of all-time, Action Bronson, for the third time recently. I’m trying to be the Howard Cosell to his Cassius Clay. LOL. Anyway, we spoke about his recent European tour, and his touring life in general both on and off stage, for my latest NahRight The Green Room feature. Check it out below…
And to follow, I spoke with Party Supplies about their upcoming sequel to Blue Chips…
Also, you HAVE TO check out this video of Bam Bam performing live from a nursing home in the UK. It popped up after our interview, or else I would have definitely asked about this. Too much fun.
“Thanks guys. Now I’m gonna hand out chocolates.” Amazing. Peace family.
July 26, 2013
Westcheddar correspondent Billy Henderson was back on the scene at this year’s annual Best of Westchester party, hosted by Westchester Magazine. It’s the party of the summer in the 914, and as always, Billy blessed us with his Top 5 Tables at the event….
It’s that time of year again. The Best of Westchester Party 2013 popped off Wednesday night. Bill Murray, great weather, fake asses (goddamn) and my cousin Lars all made an appearance. I was half drunk on the 6 train when I wrote this Top 5, sitting next to a Bronx State escapee and a teenage girl who was convinced that everyone on the train wanted to hear Chris Brown mad early in the morning. Me, I was turning up the Willie Hutch. Let’s get into it.
71 Water Grant Street
Yonkers, NY 10701
For years Chef Peter Kelly walked around like he ran the BOW party. This year he proved it. Not only did he bring Bill Murray and his new vodka line, he had the best dish there. A Thai marinated grilled shrimp with fresh watermelon, kafir lime, toasted cumin and goat cheese. It read and looked confusing. I’m still wondering why it tasted so fucking delicious. God bless Chef.
2. Mt. Kisco Seafood
477 Lexington Avenue
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
These guys show up every year. All shucking and no jiving. 1600 Oysters from B.C. and Strong Island. Simple yet perfect.
3. The Tarry Lodge
18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
First time appearance for this place. They had mortadella profiteroles and a crostini of corn purée and crumbled pancetta. Slammin’.
4. The Cookery
39 Chestnut Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Chef Dave was in the house again this year with the best meatball in the county. Simple, delicate, delicious, and square.
5. Haymount House
25 Studio Hill Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
This place had a few things but their gazpacho with pikachoo crab hit the spot. Cold. Smooth. Crab. Winning combination.
That’s the fuckin’ list. Shouts to Uncle Ralph for another great party, Slovenia vodka, Bill Murray, Westchester MILFs, Chef Bronsolino, and Lars. Stanley Ipcus and Westcheddar…… you already know. See ya next year.
Thanks for another epic recap, Billy! Gotta get babysitters for next year’s party. Been too long since I was in attendance. Peace to Lawyer Mike. One.
July 24, 2013
Okay, I’m giving this new Williie the Kid and Alchemist EP Masterpiece Theatre a very sincere and serious co-sign right now. From top to bottom, this shit is awesome. I’ve been telling my friends who have never heard of Willie that if you love old Wu-Tang shit, you will love this. Alchemist killed all the beats with hard drums and crazy samples, and Willie is nice as fuck on the mic. I’m really impressed. Watch the lead video for the project, “Halal Tuna,” listen to his collabo leak off the EP with Action Bronson and Roc Marciano, and then read our exclusive NahRight Listener’s Guide where Willie himself walks us through each song. Link to purchase the whole project is HERE. Best five bones I’ve spent in a long time.
“Medusa” f/ Action Bronson and Roc Marciano
Hip-hop is alive and well, people. No worries.
July 24, 2013
I’ve been wanting to share this story properly for a while now. Thanks to Pigeons & Planes for publishing. Check it out.
July 24, 2013
I had the pleasure of interviewing my fourth member of Wu-Tang Clan, U-God (above left), to set off our new series called The Green Room, where we talk to artists about their life on tour. This is one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever done. Lots of great stories and memories, and I found a couple ill videos too. Must read for Wu fanatics. Link below.
July 24, 2013
I’m not the biggest fan of the new Jay-Z album, but this “Holy Grail” song with Justin Timberlake is so fire. Instant classic. I literally get chills watching clips of them performing it live. The daytime vid above is my favorite, even though it gets cut off, from the Verizon Wireless Festival in the UK. The one below is dope too, and has the full song. Also overseas. Watch both.
July 11, 2013
Yo! My boy Roga Raph, formerly known as Kaliph, dropped a new music video for his self-produced song “Bad Intel.” This track is dope. I remember when he first played it for me months back, I was buggin’, like, “Yo, this shit is crazy!” He’s a guy who always was sampling old soul records, so when he came with this hard, futuristic shit, I was really impressed. Check out the video above. Aiight!
July 10, 2013
To celebrate Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, I put together a collection of early Jay-Z videos for NahRight. Check the intro, and the link below…
This Monday, Jay-Z will officially give the world his latest LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail. We’ve already seen a rollout unlike any other hip-hop album release in history, complete with a surprise NBA Finals commercial drop announcement, an exclusive Samsung deal and app that under Jay’s #newrules put MCHG at platinum status before one CD hit stores, and a two-week trolling period filled with lyric sheets, video clips, and no actual music that raised the album’s anticipation to an all-time high.
At midnight on July 4th, when the album was first made exclusively available to Samsung phone holders, we all sat and listened, praising it and picking it apart, comparing it to his past efforts. Even the least crafty iPhone owners were able to get their hands on a leak, and if not, they tuned in to Funkmaster Flex, who played MCHG in its entirety on Hot 97 for all to enjoy. It was an epic night for hip-hop, and another notch on the belt of the most accomplished rapper ever.
While examining Jay’s evolving greatness, and discussing where his new LP ranks amongst the rest of his discography, it’s important that we also take a sec to think back to his humble beginnings, before he ever even had an album out. Hov’s come along way since he was making guest appearances alongside Brooklyn greats Big Daddy Kane and Jaz-O in the early ‘90s, and putting out his own on-location Caribbean music videos without a record deal. So as we toast to another Jay-Z win, let’s revisit 5 Pre-Reasonable Doubt music videos that introduced us to his phenomenal MC talents, and hinted at how successful he would one day become. Respect this here.
The holiday has already passed, but this list I made for Green Label should hold up through the summer…
Fellow writer Jesse Serwer just put a list together on Complex of old Jay-Z songs from before Reasonable Doubt, and it’s dope. Lots of gems and great info. Check it out HERE.
July 10, 2013
Okay, so I did my first NahRight feature on Action Bronson last week. Check the intro, and then click the link to read in full…
There’s no question that Action Bronson had a huge 2012. The Flushing, Queens rapper, best known for his crimson beard and foodie flows, released two of the best projects of the year—Blue Chips with Party Supplies and Rare Chandeliers with Alchemist—and made a ton of guest appearances too, solidifying himself as a hip-hop heavyweight not to be fucked with on the mic.
In 2013, he’s taken his career to another level, earning an overdue spot on the XXL Freshman cover, releasing his first big radio smash “Strictly 4 My Jeeps,” and dropping his long-awaited EP with Harry Fraud Saaab Stories via Atlantic Records. Plus, he’s been on everyone’s project, from A$AP Rocky’s to Mac Miller’s to Chance The Rapper’s to Prodigy & Alchemist’s. Let’s face it, Bronsolino is a star, and everyone in hip-hop from up-and-coming artists to legendary MCs in the game now recognizes that.
It’s only June, but after compiling a playlist of our favorite 2013 Bam Bam tracks earlier this week, we decided that we should take a moment to highlight the wealth of dope collaborations he’s already done this year. We’re bound to hear more before the ‘13 is out, but sometimes it’s important to pause and celebrate history while it’s still in the making. These are Action Bronson’s 10 Best Collabos of 2013 (So Far).
Also, check out this ridiculous solo cut Bam Bam let fly recently. Shit is my new favorite song out by a mile…
Get at me….cheah.