A new project dropped today from Terumasa Hino and DJ Honda:
Terumasa Hino was born in 1942 in Tokyo City. He moved to New York in 1975 and worked with a who’s who of jazz. In 1989 Hino became the first Japanese artist to sign with the legendary esteemed American jazz label BLUE NOTE. Throughout the years Hino’s success in Japan and his career has been likened to that of Miles Davis; as they both experimented with jazz/rock fusion and also played the same instrument; the trumpet. In the past few years Terumasa Hino has teamed up with legendary hip-hop icon, dj honda and formed a new sound of fusion blending heavy beats and scratching.
LL clearly read my article about him and decided to get his shit together for this guest spot on Action Bronson‘s remix. Pity that the rapping mummy Lloyd Banks is on this instead of Curtis though. SAAB Stories drops next week.
Back in 2010 I received a recording of a TJ Swan demo recorded from Tim Westwood‘s show in 1988 titled “Mellow Love”, although someone claiming to be affiliated with Swan then contacted me and demand that I remove the track on the grounds that: “This was a practice session. Swan wrote and sang the song to get a feel for it”. He also claimed that a bunch of TJ Swan music was about to drop, but three years later we’re still waiting.
In the meantime, Rap Blog Godd noz recently blessed me with a few more cuts which may have been intended for Have No Fear Swan Is Here. or are simply more “practice sessions”. The first track, “Sensitive Love” features Swan flexing his microphone techniques and busting some rhymes, while “Love Is Blind” is more of an uptempo number on the Al. B Sure tip. Was Marley Marl involved with these tracks? Are they finished LP cuts or just demos? Sadly, there’s also no sign of the lost Big Daddy Kane/MC Shan cameos that I hoped for…
New album cut from Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo‘s Seize The Day album, which dropped today and is an excellent example on Non-Progressive Rap done right. File under the ever-expanding Brooklyn Anthem category.