Dubstep LA Mixtape Preview courtesy Plastician


See here for the Dubstep LA mixtape: dubstepped or GetDarker

This is going to be the summer that dubstep exploded. The growth over the past year or so has been rampant with an estimated tenfold more shows in San Francisco so far this year than last year. This is only going to continue in the face of this mixtape due to come out in about a month. I don’t even have the full tracklist but the bits that I’ve heard destined for the mix make me know that this is going to get rinsed everywhere, including grocery store speakers, pop radio stations, and so forth. Whether this is good or bad is up for debate. Personally I love this sound and know that it will keep evolving. I was blown away when I first heard produers like Joker or Gemmy that they didn’t have hiphop MCs queueing to flow over the tracks and now it’s finally happening.

Alexander Spit

Living Legends

Snoop Dogg

Xzibit

The mixtape is called “Mr Grustle and Tha Russian Present Dubstep LA.There are at least 6 tracks on it though I’m not sure on the official tracklist. Plastician (rinse.fm, Terrorhythm, Surefire) is mixing the tracks for the mixtape and sampled a bunch of them yesterday on his weekly rinse.fm radio show (download). I got so excited that I’m going to post samples from the set. Some of these are predictable, but some really blew me away, especially the Grouch and Eligh vs Vex’d cut. These previews are low quality with talking over them but I don’t care, give it a listen and take it in.

Before I post these I have to give credit to the people that have been producing similar work for time, notably DJ Nappy and the Rock The Dub THUGSTEP series (free downloads there), Dread Foxx, gWorm (see his recent mix), AC Slater (check here), Rx and Chae Hawk (check Malt Liquor on Rx’s space), KidLogic with the cali remixed EP (he as another one coming out this summer), and the Totally Unauthorized album by MRK1 and Chimpo.  Late breaking additions: forgot the remix tendencies of 6blocc, Parson, and the Dumbsteppaz. Also check out this early tune from Nebulla plus DJ Dore on La Dubstep Nostra.

Right, back to the mixtape. The general theme is existing dubstep productions iced by a variety of hiphop MCs. Beats are pretty raw and edgy including two bits from Chase & Status. First up, the first one released and the one that started a HUGE discussion in the scene about the future of dubstep, Snoop Dogg Millionaire:

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And Plastician’s remix of Snoop Dogg Millionaire (I like this one much more):

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Now for the freshness. I’m starting off with the track that I was feelin the most which is The Grouch and Eligh of Living Legends over the Jamie Vex’d remix of Scuba - Twitch. Listening to a teaser of this track is like eating just one pringle: leaves you wanting more and more and more.

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Next we’ve got Murs vs Chase & Status - Madhouse. Madhouse is a SERIOUS tune in a similar style to Eastern Jam and Saxon. Murs rips it. Love this one too.

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Fifth tune is from Alexander Spit based here in San Francisco over Rusko - Mr. Chips. Again this one is BAD. When I first envisioned MCs over dubstep it wasnt over tracks like Chase & Status and Rusko’s productions, but man it works well.

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Last but definitely not least is Jimmy Jams vs Rustie & Joker - Play Doe. Play Doe has been asking for an MC from day and I’m amazed it took this long to get one on it. Jimmy Jams destroys the mic, big sounds.

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The only other info I have is that there’s a still unheard tune with Xzibit vs D1 which has serious potential. Gotta get the mixtape to hear that one :)

For more info check twitter/dubstepla, twitter/djplastician, and this site. Now looking forward I’d really like to hear Busta Rhymes, Aesop Rock, Keak da Sneak, and tons of other MCs over dubstep, especially over the sounds of folks like Joker, Jakes, Gemmy, Guido, Plastician, Noah D, Starkey, and so on. Gonna get wild this summer!!!

The last thing I’ll say is to the haters both in press and in the forums is that a musical style is made to evolve. Dubstep itself evolved from dark garage and is currently an alamgam of many different genres of music. To claim that something like the introduction of American hiphop MCs to the sound of dubstep will “commercialize” or “ruin” the sound is shortsighted. This sound is a new dimension in dubstep, yet another sound that falls under the name of “dubstep.” The exact reason this music is so magical to me is because of the variety of sounds that are all “dubstep” so adding another dimension just means for more diverse mixes. Tell Miles Davis that by recording Bitches Brew he ruined Jazz. Tell Elvis that his sound ruined the blues. Tell Grandmaster Flash that mixing breaks ruined funk. And if you’re really not feeling it then just don’t play it.

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23 Comments

  1. it aint the rapers who spolied dubstep its the ruskos and the chase and status’s!
    that dude over joker and rustie is garbage, but murs on the chase and status tune improves it.

  2. vexd track is called twitch

  3. thanks andy, was suspicious of that one :)

  4. The Twitch and Play Doe remixes sound fresh!

    I don’t think that hip hop sounds good over the wobble tracks though, there’s already too much going on in the tracks, sound too busy to me

  5. Im not liking the way that true dubstep is headed. MC’s over dubstep can be good, but not in a hip-hop sense.

  6. Shouts for bigging up DJ Nappy. I’m dropping a mix on RTD tomorrow that features some of his dopest refixes alongside a host of new(er) dubstep tunes from the likes of Jakes, Trillbass, Coki, Stagga and others!

    Wasn’t the Dubstep LA mixtape supposed to drop this month?

  7. I’m confused as to the release date myself. The dubstepla twitter has little info but claims May 22, but Plastician in the show said both that it was coming in June and that it was about a month off.

  8. The Dj Nebulla DJ Dore “Gettin Doe” by Czar Black dupstep mix is da shit!!.. One of my faves all the way!.. Wicked!!!

  9. Booooring!!!! all those U.S. based producers suck……Boring!!!! big up my dutty artz movement! real U.S. producers!!!!

  10. Right. This is pretty strong language but yes Dutty Artz is a notable omission in the original post. Too many people doing good things to remember them all off the top while writing something. I gotta say though that I think that the tracks and artists featured in the original post are quality and an exciting new direction.

    Big ups to Dutty Artz for sure.. Shadetek has been producing dope beats for time. Reign w/ Skepta is one of my all time favorite grime tracks, the recent Jahdan Blakkamoore showcase mixed by Shadetek on XLR8R has been getting rinsed for ages on my ipod, Sub Swara is on the hot shit and recently killed it in SF, Juakali’s bashment session at the Kush Arora CD release party in SF was amazing, DJ /Rupture’s guest appearance at Tormenta Tropical here went off, etc.

    Nothing but love from this direction.

    Also, FYI to all the most recent release info I have is June 3 for the mixtape. Still not sure on the accuracy of this.

  11. [...] Elucid for taking it further (trust, he has some shit coming); shouts to SNF at dubstepped.net for the recent big-up. Shouts to DJ Cable and DJ Tipz for all of their support, as well as the legions of DJs worldwide [...]

  12. Big up bro, good article and thanks for the support!

    LADN dubztep mix/digi release droppin summertime.

    Peace!

  13. DUBRAP SINCE 06

    stay tuned for:

    RICKY-SWITCH presents:the DUB-RAP MIXTAPE VOL.1. feat 1DROP

    dropping JUNE09

  14. GanjaFarmer

    “Tell Miles Davis that by recording Bitches Brew he ruined Jazz. Tell Elvis that his sound ruined the blues.”

    Hold on, this is NOWHERE as groundbreaking and novel as you think it is for you to make a comparison between Bitches Brew and your LA Mixtape.

    Just putting vocals over an already made track isn’t terribly innovative. It’s missing the point.

  15. Hehe, you’re totally right GanjaFarmer, that was a bit of an exaggeration on my part :)

    I just wanted to make a comparison to others that had worked to evolve sound in music and am not trying to say that this mixtape is as groundbreaking as Miles Davis’s work.

    The true innovation as you say will come with producers making tracks motivated by the sounds in dubstep for MCs to flow over originally. This mixtape is just the first step.

  16. its here dubrap.com
    (auto download)

  17. yo f the haters

    they have plenty of time to complain …

    they dont do anything

    keep doing things mr plastician

    and rinse the f out at smog

    REEEEESPECT!!!

  18. Eh, some of this is OK, that gangsta shit is not. If MCs wanna rap over dubstep, that’s fine, sometimes, but dubstep is about the SOUND and the FEEL, not about bitches and money and ego-centric rappers trying to get up on top of the sound. If you think that’s a good move then I gotta question whether you ever loved dubstep - or hip-hop, for that matter.

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  20. [...] it on the ground. BENGA is fire and you all need to know this. This first came on my radar on the Grustle and Tha Russian Present Dubstep LA. comp a couple months [...]

  21. not feeling this, dubstep should stay uk

  22. does anyone know where to get these tunes unmixed?

  23. Here’s links to all the ones I know that have been put out… some are still not released, including that Grouch & Eligh tune which to me was the hit of the entire mixtape.

    Xzibit vs D1: http://www.getdarker.com/articles/xzibit-ft-u-n-i-so-what-free-download/

    Murs vs Chase & Status - http://www.okayplayer.com/news/Audio-Murs-Madhouse-.html

    12th Planet vs Ras Kass - http://mediacontender.com/2009/08/04/12th-planet-vs-ras-kass-west-coast-dub/

    Rx vs Chae Hawk - http://www.dubstepforum.com/rx-feat-chae-hawk-malt-liquor-t90033.html#p1249031

    Eve vs Benga - http://www.thefader.com/2009/08/04/eve-me-n-my-prod-by-salaam-remi-benga-mp3/

    Snoop Dogg vs Chase & Status - http://vainzine.blogspot.com/2009/03/download-snoop-dogg-snoop-dogg.html

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