Interview: Getting Crunk With Crizzly

Posted: January 28th, 2015

Just before embarking on his highly-anticipated, nationwide Real Thugz Tour, Chris Marshall—the man known as Crizzly and the undisputed king of crunkstep—took some time out to exchange a few words with us here at Bassrush. Sharing his plans for world domination, Crizzle digs deep with an inside look into some of his studio essentials, a few playlists, and a glimpse into the future of his new label venture, Slice Gang.  


What were the best hip-hop records of 2014?
Let me open up my iTunes. Okay, a few of my favorites this year were T.I. & Young Thug’s “About The Money,” Travi$ Scott’s “Drugs You Should Try It,” “Smile” by Beatking and Fat Pimp, “Errrbody” from Yo Gotti, and Drake’s “Believe Me.” I could keep going on!

We know you enjoy gaming when you’re on the road. What are some of you favorite titles?
I still play N64 religiously, mostly Super Smash Bros. I just got the new Wii U and the new Smash Bros. and I can say that I’m addicted. I also play some Destiny, but that stuff takes a lot of time to get good at!

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without in the studio.
Yerba Maté [and] my MacBook Pro—that’s about all I need, to be honest. My studio has turned into a hotel room after all these years of touring. When I get home to my actual studio, it’s unnatural. [Laughs]

What’s one Crizzly Ableton production tip you could give away to fans?
Create a template so that when creativity hits, you’ve got everything set up and ready to go!

What are your plans for 2015? Anything fresh we should be on the lookout for?
I’m doing my first solo headlining tour called the Real Thugz Tour. We’ve announced phase o of the dates and are about the release the second with even more dates! I will also be launching my new Slice Gang Label, in which I will be releasing my own originals and tracks of my friends. Moving forward, I want to focus on myself, the people I care about, and not so much about what others are doing. The newest stuff I got has a bunch of my Texas homies rapping on tracks. I want to open people’s eyes to the talent Texas has to offer; put the city and state on my back as much as possible. 

I even started my own weekly with a squad of longtime homies. These are people I’ve known forever who were with me when I was setting up at malls spinning for people shopping at Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters. It’s all coming full circle, and I’m trying to take it back to that hometown vibe from where it all started.

Speaking of your home state, what’s the greatest thing about being from Texas?
Being able to eat a breakfast taco at 6pm. Done-boom-blam-bladow-fin.

Tell us about your Real Thugz Tour? Who will be joining you?
It’s a tour that starts off 2015 with a bang! I’ll be alongside my homies Antiserum, LAXX, and K Theory. Dotcom just hopped on a few dates as well. He’s been a Slice Gang member for a while.

What is it about the Insomniac and Bassrush crowds that set them apart from everyone else?
They’re the best, hands down! The energy they bring is second to none across the whole country. So many memories have been made thanks to [Insomniac Headliners]. So much energy!

What are you favorite toppings? You know we had to ask!
Pineapple and pepperoni. Now I’m hungry, thanks.

Parting words for the #pizzagang?
#pizzagangordie #slicegang #realthugz #texas #thatsthatshitthatmademe #dirtysouth #realcrunkshit #yezzir #holup #party #plur #southernhospitality #lifted #liftedatx #lifestyle #weoutchea #grind #hustle #havefun #amen #facts #love #tybg


Check the Real Thugz Tour phase one dates here.


By Amanda Ross


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Sam Binga & Redders Blaze It Up On

Posted: January 28th, 2015

Sam Binga comes out of the gates with a storming EP for the always-essential Critical Music crew. Formerly known as Baobinga in his breakbeat days, Binga has upped the BPMs into the 160-170 range and seems to have found his groove.

Using jungle and drum & bass as a template for his new venture, Binga links up with his go-to man Redders, who kicks some hard vocals atop the grinding beats and basslines that Binga does so well. Picking up where his single “AYO” and the highly-touted “Lef Dem” from Critical’s Underground Sonics LP left off, the Tek Nuh Chat EP brings the heat on all fronts with an extra-sweet re-lick of “Lef Dem” from Enei to round things out proper.

As if that wasn’t enough, Binga and the crew went all in on an old-school, skate vid-inspired video to go along with the title track, which should get you in the proper mood to cop these digitally or on limited blue vinyl.


By Chris Muniz

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V Recordings Re-Releases Seminal Ed Rush & Optical Single

Posted: January 27th, 2015

Hard to believe it’s been 17 years since Ed Rush & Optical first graced the likes of V Recordings with the classic cuts “Funktion” and “Naked Lunch.”

Released months before their Wormhole LP that would help change the face of drum & bass forever, this seminal single serves as a timely reminder of the ways in which the forward-thinking vision of the duo was also firmly grounded in the timeless roots of funk and soul.

It’s no wonder then that V Recordings has selected this groundbreaking single as the first in a series of limited edition colored vinyl represses that will be rolling out in the coming year. Presented in a clear PVC case with a double-sided card insert displaying the original single artwork, this limited orange vinyl release is an essential addition to any self-respecting drum & bass collection. You can pick it up here.


By Chris Muniz

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Kennedy Jones Reveals #KJPayday Initiative

Posted: January 26th, 2015

Beloved on the festival circuit for his energized DJ sets, diverse production, and occasional MC duties, the irrepressible Kennedy Jones may add the title of philanthropist to his bass music resume. 

As a token of his appreciation to his many supporters, Kennedy (KJ) has organized a fun monthly program with a simple goal: randomly select one fan per month and pay a bill of their choice, freeing up money and alleviating financial burden. KJ hopes this gesture will help his fans pursue their goals or merely enjoy a night out with their friends.

Look for the hashtag #KJPayDay & #TeamKJ on Twitter and Facebook to get involved!


By Amanda Ross

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Atlantic Connection Departs With Inspired Final LP

Posted: January 26th, 2015

With an expansive back catalog spanning various spectrums of electronic music, Atlantic Connection (aka Nathan Hayes) has proven himself to be a valued American DJ/producer. Having announced plans to move away from original material, Hayes closes his Atlantic Connection chapter with the sentimental Human, his final LP.

Complete with an introduction, interlude, and ending, Human offers an impressive assortment of deep and rattling cuts, revisiting old skool warehouse vibes, footwork, future bass and neo soul. Vocal tracks are also abundant, with top notch wordsmiths like Tunde Olaniran on two beats (“Geppetto” and the cerebral “Go”), drum & bass MC Tali on “Gratitude,” and Jarell Perry on “360.” Human plays like a film score, and is a fitting departure for an accomplished and celebrated producer. Grab AC’s Human LP on Atlantic Connection Music here.


By Amanda Ross

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Mayhem Shows Love To Fans With New Mix Series

Posted: January 25th, 2015

Seasoned producer Anthony Rotella (aka Mayhem) drops a new series for true trap heads entitled Trapanese Vol 1. The virtual mixtape is led by Hoodrich’s Snypa and celebrates Mayhem’s 70k follows on the cloud. 

Find Atlanta-flavored beats with verbal assault from Lil Silk, Migos and Rich Homie Quan. Download Trapanese here.



01. TK N Cash – “Mind Right” (produced by Stooopid Beatz)
02. Migos – “Take Her” (produced by Phenom Da Don x Dee Money)
03. Rich Homie Quan – “Water” (produced by London On Da Track)
04. Bankroll Fresh – “Hot Boy” (produced by Cassius Jay)
05. MACTurnUp x Lil Silk – “Geekin” Remix (produced by Mayhem)
06. Sonny Digital – “Good” (produced by Sonny Digital)
07. Snypa – “Bounce That” (produced by Mayhem)
08. Migos – “All Good” (produced by Cassius Jay)
09. Rich Gang – “Keep It Goin” (produced by London On Da Track)
10. Lucci – “Know No Better” (produced By J. Caspersen)


By Amanda Ross


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