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EMPT Exclusive: The New York Groove Mix by Barry Poppins & Falcon Punch

I’m not guilty You’re the one who’s guilty The lawmakers and politicians The Colombian druglords All you who lobby against making drugs legal Just like you did with alcohol during the prohibition You’re the one who’s guilty -Nino Brown, New Jack City (1991) There are several things that I realize and think about every day. They’re […]

EMPT Classics: Say Goodbye to Hollywood

No I’m not leaving LA but I was curating the music for a latin restaurant called Paladar Latin Kitchen this morning and I came across one of my al time favorite songs – La Fama by Hector Lavoe. The song is about Fame and all it’s complexities, a salsa classic. In this world, when you chase something […]

NaS – Back When

You love to hear the story, how it all got started…” Something about this verse hit me hard today. I grew up in Harlem during the 90′s, during Giuliani which means it wasn’t the prettiest of times but it wasn’t the 80s. NYC was tough if you were a sucker, but for most people in […]

Nas — Bye Baby

2012 was a year of newfound loves, and so many ones gone astray.  It was a year of new beginnings, and endings that were a long time coming.  It was a year of beautiful births and painful deaths.  It was as beautiful as it was tumultuous, and as profound as shallow.  But, if you are […]

Nas – Cherry Wine

Remember when Nas was just a baby MC? Illmatic was released almost 20 years ago, and here he comes again with a flow you can’t deny. Nas has been ranked as high as #4 on lists of the greatest MCs, and his new album, Life is Good is an exercise in emotional recovery and acceptance. Cherry Wine is simple and smooth with […]

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Roy Ayers et Nas & DMX

You are looking at the man himself Roy Ayers.  In a time frame of almost 50 years (dating up until the present), Ayers has been releasing and working on projects spanning almost every genre of music.  The handful of Roy Ayers sampled beats I have made in my day never got placed onto albums, but […]

Kool G Rap – Fast Life (Feat. Nas)

The time has come. We gotta expand, the whole operation, distribution. New York, Chicago, LA. We gotta set our own mark…” I always like to look for inspiration in weird places and its crazy how a certain event or relationship can make you more determined than ever. This life game has a certain knack for […]

Everything I Love

The world at my sneakers, Gold pieces moulded with Jesus features, Give streets the fever from the way I spit the Ether, Came on the scene at 19 a gritty fiend for – Money, power, respect, get it by any means uh. New Yorker, slick talker, walk like a brick flipper, Decimal doctor, multiply to […]

Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Chic et Nas

I’m late, but I’m here, and feeling especially blessed this time around.  Sorry sample fiends for the delayed fix, but this weekend has been dedicated thus far to the presence of a new life in my world, my niece Maggie Elaine.  The music “game” tends to occupy my entire thinking sometimes and obscures my perspective […]