“Three key steps to leading a rewarding and enriched life:
(1) Wake up. (2) Be awesome. (3) LISTEN TO PRESERVATION.”
– Yasiin Bey
We end the week with some more heat (as if we need it here on the East Coast) from The Empire State’s own Preservation. He drops “Disorderly Conduct” off of his compilation Old Numbers, which features appearances by Yasiin Bey, Jean Grae, Jemini the Gifted One, Minnesota and Edo G and on the rise artists 32 FX, Yahzeed and Milly Mango. Preservation is known for his extensive work, production, and DJing for Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) and this debut as a leader is a collection of years of work and collabos with a variety of artists. Preservation is a both a talented producer and DJ, and his reworking of Bey’s 2009 record The Ecstatic aka The REcstatic raised eyebrows to those who were unfamiliar to the NYC native. A DJ, digger, and producer for 20 years, Preservation has not just been the tour DJ for Bey, but DJed produced the music for season six of Russell Simmon’s Presents Def Poetry, and has the skills as a photographer and cinematographer as well. He launched his label Mon Dieu Music in 2012. The label offers a variety of cross genre projects.
“Disorderly Conduct”, the video (also directed by Preservation), brings it back to the days of VHS. With guest appearances by Lyle Alzado’s infamous Club commercial, vocal snippets from Red Foxx and Jimmy Walker, Kung Fu flicks, Queensbridge newcomers 32X flow nicely over the Preservation crafted beats. Gritty and catchy, “Disorderly Conduct” fills in the gaps in NYC Hip Hop that are missing. Lone gone are the sleepy, molly filled nonsense that dominate the airwaves in the Big Apple today. Preservation’s choice of samples (the gritty guitar/ bass lines) dominate but don’t overpower the other elements that make up this song and are an adrenaline injection to the lazy sound we too often hear. His production reminds me of somewhere between Thes One and Jake One, beautifully crafted with obscure samples that get the job done. The beats are hard for the street, but intelligent enough to turn a beat head’s neck to try and find out what the sample is. (That’s just me, I go for the beat/sample first, and the vocals later.) The two in this song blend nicely, and when Preservation puts together a DJ night later this year, complete with MCs dropping by to spit, I’m sure you will hear this one in the line up. Don’t lose faith in Hip Hop people, it may go sideways, but when an album and song like this is dropped, there is still hope. Good music is still fighting the good fight and Preservation is helping the cause.
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