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It’s been quite a while.

My crew Dues Paid is releasing a free album soon! The LP will be entitled ‘A few reciepts from the shoebox’. This is the shoebox full of reciepts that we’re gradually taking to IRD to prove them we paid our dues.

So while putting together this LP, we ended up with a heap of tracks that just weren’t going to fit. We’ve got 17 tracks currently on the real deal. There are more that it would have been nice to have on there, these we have packaged up into this thing called ‘A few outtakes from the shoebox’.  You can listen to it right now via the player below, or you can download it by clicking on the name of the album in the player. You then click on the link ‘Download Album’ and Bob’s your Uncle, you’ve got yourself  ‘A few outtakes from the shoebox’.  Should play very nice on your iPod, all the tags and stuff should be looking real nice-like.

Word to your Mother.

‘A few reciepts from the shoebox’ will be available on our bandcamp site, hopefully by the end of the month.

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading, or id3 tags, or artwork or anything.

Follow me on twitter yo! http://twitter.com/GavinDamage

Peace

Leary

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Dues Paid baby

Whats happenin readers?

It’s been way way too long since an update on here, so now is the time..
We formed Dues Paid a few months back, and we’ve been busy little bastards since. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a few fresh tracks  and a few oldies maybe. You can listen to them right off this blog here, or you can visit http://www.duespaid.bandcamp.com to check the whole lot. Keep tuned in for more tracks, we’ll be addin’ them.

Dues Paid Industries is a conglomerate of like minded peeps  making some dope as hip-hop in Wellington NZ. Members are Ridge Jaggers who makes all our beats,  and emcees Po’ Cus, Leary, Sativa and Heist. Asian beats the boxes like none other. We’re all over the show, so we not often in the same place at the same time, but there’s usually at least 3 of us kickin it around town.

We used to be the Hazardous Dukes in Dunedin a few years back, you can peep our older ish here

Anyway, we’re startin to get back into some gigging. We’ve got a gig lined up for Thursday, April the 16th at Sandwiches in Welli’s and anyone reading this in Welli should come on down and support the boys, we’ll be bustin party tunes via wax,  and performin a bunch of original stuff never before seen on stage.  Shit is gona be good times.

The party is a Ghost Dubs nite put on by the Strictly 138 fellas in Wellington. These blokes bring the finest in dubstep, no question. Cheers to the fellas for puttin us on, lets shake the place down!

Keep an ear out on radio Active this Thursday nite, we should be up in the place to have a yarn. More details to come when I find out more.

Anyway, cher for reading, hope you have a listen to what we’ve been upto.  And leave some goddamn comments goddamnit!

Leary.





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Blackalicious and Lateef the Truth Speaker perform at SFBH, Wellington.

Blackalicious and Lateef the Truth Speaker perform at SFBH, Wellington.

This gig sold out like last week, and I think there was something in the region of 380 tickets sold for it – on a side note, im prety stoked with paying $48 aye. I mean, Kanye West & Nas is going to be $140 bucks.. please – so as you can imagine, it was packed in there.. This made for a pre-ty damn sweet atmosphere though.

After waiting about twenty minutes in the coat-check line, and then waiting about 15 minutes to get a drink, I could take notice of the tunes and my surrounds.

San Francisco Bath House is a prety sweet venue; the speaks aren’t too bad, and they have a good selection of liquor. On support we had DJ’s Sticky Fingers and Don Luchito. These guys played a top selection of classic tunes, but it was kindof weird; their decks were at the back of the dancefloor, like.. on the dancefloor. It’s not like it was bad, it wasn’t. But it was just kinda weird. Top beats from the fellas, ‘specially afterwards when I heard some real classic shit.

Enter Blackalicious.

My memory is never that reliable, so I may have the following ‘rundown’ all wrong, but: Chief Xcel, Gift of Gab, and their 2 awesome backup-vocals girls started off with Alphabet Aerobics, and did a bunch of newer-skool stuff from The Craft. Lateef then joined Gab at center-stage,  and those 2 guys just proceeded to bring the fucking roof down. The hyped-up capacity crowd was like putty in their hands aye, and at one point seemed like they had more than they had bagained for in Wellington. They were like “Wellington make some nooiisee” and Welli made noise alright, Welli just didn’t stop making noise for a good minute or 2. Mad love for the Quannum fellas..

Highlights:

  • Deception off the album NIA –  This track is so ill; the hook is absolute money, and the whole track has a real mint feeling in general, this was sweet live.
  • It’s Going Down from Blazing Arrow – One of my favourite Blackalicious tracks, again it has a hook like fire, it was so good hearing/seeing this in super-fuckoff-mega-HD (commonly known as real life)

Surprises:

  • I may have been outside having a ciggy and missed them, but I didn’t hear the tracks Make you feel that way, and Swan Lake. It could be cos they’re pretty chill tracks, and they really were about rockin the party. But surprised cos they were both pretty big tracks for them, Swan Lake was before its time imo, and I think Make you feel that way was a single..
  • I don’t think there was anything from Melodica EP.. boo

A good mix of everything Blackalicious really. Epic.

The Welli crowd.

The Welli crowd.

SFBH was at full capacity, but I reckon it’s a well judged capacity. I had my camera with me, and you can see a couple of the photos in this post. I was trying to get right to the front of the crowd all night, with minimal success. People were literally shoulder to shoulder in there, and I was being manhandled by the crowd (I’m no stick figure). Pretty sweet though, made for a great atmosphere where everyone was loving it so much. Great support from Wellington, props. And nice work San Fran.

Cheers for the drinks to those that bought me drinks, and shouts to Haze, Theif, Sticky, Korean Indian Man (KIM), Paul T, Vega and respective crews!

You can see more of the photos here

Peace

Leary.

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…Nuff said.

Last nite was Dj Skitz and Rodney P. They played alongside some mint local support at Wellington’s San Francisco Bath House on Cuba st.

These fellas really know how to rip a party eh, and they should know. True vets from the UK, Daddy Skitz and Rodney P have been at the fore of hip-hop for waay more than a minute now. Fueled by Uncle Jack (Daniels) and an appreciative crowd, the duo basically ripped shit up for about 3 hours.

A good all round mix of original tracks, 3rd party bangers, and liasing with the crowd. Rodney P’s presence onstage is hard to ignore, and Skitz provided some great support on his mic. The fellas are all about having a good time, and this was certainly conveyed by their performance.

Props to Kerb & Juse One from The Wanderers for holdin it down, and some mean cyphers out back too cher!

Props to NiceUp for organising such a mint nite, and nice to meet you guys. Good to catch up with a top crew of mates too. Props to one and all, i had a bloody good time (though im paying for it rite now). I am a shadow of a man.

Following are some photos, you can also see them in their larger forms here

Peace

Leary

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