Descry – As Serenity Approaches

Posted in NINJA RELATED, NINJA TRANSMISSIONS on August 29th, 2011 by Descry

As Serenity Approaches


As Serenity Approaches is finally here!


Descry has convinced me that Hip-Hop is still thriving with these tracks

Thank you Descry! If there really is a gap in Hip-Hop right now, where something’s “missing…” This man’s filling it. Good feeling music. Love it!
-Eligh (Living Legends)

I’m super super picky when it comes to Hip-Hop. But Descry’s “Money Won’t” is one of my favorite jams out.

This record is really going to catch people by surprise!
-David Reyneke of

Well worth the wait.
-Gifted Thought of


About This Album:

From the great mythologies of DJ forefathers like Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa (from Zulu Nation to the formation of the Native Tongues), to the rise of N.W.A. and the prominence of LA Hip-Hop…most of my childhood was spent wrapped in love with samples and drum breaks.

Growing up in the 90’s, solid albums were delivered in droves and artists like Rakim, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, Outkast, 2Pac, and Biggie really solidified Hip-Hop during my youth. There were tons of incredible beats like Showbiz’s “Soul Clap” or Dr. Dre’s “Nothin’ But a G Thang” and rap quotables were readily available for my aural pleasure like Nas’ opening verse in Illmatic, “Rappers I monkey flip ‘em with the funky rhythm I be kickin/Musician, inflictin composition.” But amidst all of the “Golden Era” classics, there was one producer that really defined Hip-Hop for me. That man was Pete Rock.

I spent countless hours listening to Pete Rock productions like “Escape,” “Grown Man Sport,” “To Each His Own,” “Fakin’ Jax,” “TROY,” “Carmel City,” and “Straighten It Out”…but there was one LP by Pete that really blew my mind—Soul Survivor.

Soul Survivor was an album concept I revered and essentially inspired As Serenity Approaches. Pete crafted these ultra smooth, yet hard hitting beats, featured MC’s he personally enjoyed listening to, and did all of the DJ scratches himself. The ultimate one man band. As Serenity Approaches is built on that same blueprint—I made all the beats (with help from a few friends), got a few of my favorite MC’s (the only ones I missed were Blu and Elzhi) and did all the scratches myself. Thus, what you are about to listen to (or just heard) is an extremely personal affair and something I have slaved over since 2006.

So, I just want to thank you for supporting Hip-Hop. You, the fan, are appreciated more than words can describe because without you…there would be no us. I understand that the market is over-saturated, so for you to contribute in this way IS Hip-Hop.

YOU are Hip-Hop and this is my journey to Serenity.

Descry @ Heavy LA

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29th, 2011 by Descry

Descry @ HeavyLA (7/14/2011)

Two weeks ago, I (Descry) had the chance to spin at a new dubstep weekly created by Daddy Kev (who also created the famed Low End Theory club in LA). It was an amazing evening as I got the chance to spin before two of my heroes, 6Blocc (formerly known as B-Boy 3000 or R.A.W.) and DJ Muggs. Both dudes were mad dope and were real good peoples.

Also had a chance to hang with Strangeloop, Tully (My Hollow Drum), Frank (the best security cat around these parts), DJ Nobody, Keon Supreme, and the legendary Myka 9. Dudes were hilarious and definitely made for an extremely entertaining night. You should definitely check it out when you have a chance!

Intuition of Knocksteady

Posted in NINJA RELATED on July 7th, 2011 by Descry

Intuition’s a rapper named after an epiphany involving a dead dog, his mom, two bald eagles, and a Native American shaman. It’s really a fascinating story…you should ask him about it as I would butcher the story. Anyhow, it’s been a while since we’ve spoke so I decided to ask him a few questions to let you get familiar with this recent Alaska to Los Angeles transplant.

Descry: I’ve heard you used to work at a golf course. How would you rate your skills on the greens? Would it be safe to assume that you are the greatest rapper/golfer in LA?

Intuition: Oh man…digging deep. My short game used to be pretty mean, I liked to “let the big dog eat” but my driver had a mean hook. I haven’t golfed in probably 5 years so I’m sure there are a handful of rappers that would sh!7 on my game now.

Music-wise, you’ve ruined two albums worth of songs available for free at Will this become a yearly series we’ll have to deal with? Please tell us you have a proper album on the way.

I’ll probably do a couple more of those I Ruined These Songs For You projects because I have a lot of fun with them, but am definitely working on a new record with Equalibrum.

Your last album was titled “Girls Like Me,” do you find that girls still like you to spite you because you’re a rapper? Are girls smarter now that everyone in LA is a DJ, producer, or a MC?

Now that I stay so busy with Knocksteady I haven’t had too much time for the lady folk. It’s a sad state of affairs really.

Living in LA, you’re exposed to a lot of different ethnicities and cultures. As a result, this city provides a plethora of food choices. If someone were to come to Los Angeles for the first time, where would you guide him or her for a great meal?

Sh!7…the corner of my street has 2 Indian spots, 2 Mediterranean spots, a Mexican joint, a Chinese joint, a Thai spot, and a pizza spot. I would just tell them to come over and kick it.

On the flip, what would you recommend he or she avoid?

The red sauce at King Taco. You’ll end up with volcano ass.

What’s your biggest personal LA pet peeve?

Traffic is so cliche to complain about…so I’ll say Hollywood ass chicks that stay texting while you’re talking to them.

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts authored by you on How did you get involved with the movement, and define your role as Renaissance man?

A renaissance man is just a person with expertise in a number of different subjects.  All of us at Knocksteady wear a lot of hats, so we all fit the bill. I got involved after I got laid off from my last job and reached out to them. They offered me an opportunity to help them build, and it’s been going great so far.

Do you find that your talents as an artist allow you to interview guests in a more meaningful way on Knocksteady TV? That said—do you prefer being the interviewer or the interviewee?

I think I try to come from an educated and relatable perspective when I’m interviewing folks. It’s like anything else, you need to practice to get good at it. I found I was decent at it a couple years ago doing it with Grindtime, but I’ve really been working on getting my chops up doing Knocksteady Live. It’s getting to the point where I’m more comfortable asking the questions than answering them.

Lastly, 5 album’s you’re currently listening to?

The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
Death Grips – Ex-Military
James Blake – James Blake
Washed Out – Within and Without
Toro Y Moi – Beneath The Pine


Rap. Rap. Rap.

Posted in East Coast, NINJA RELATED, NINJA TRANSMISSIONS, West Coast on March 29th, 2011 by Descry

There was a time when the DJ was called the backbone of Hip-Hop…a tastemaker that brought new content to listeners in a creative and unique way. Pioneers like Kool Herc, Africa Bambaatta, Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grand Mixer DXT, and Jazzy Jay all introduced new music and captivated an audience even before there was a genre of music called rap.

So, I present to you my newest mixtape titled, Rap. Rap. Rap. In the same vein as the pioneers, absolutely free. No catch.

This project features no complex trick mixing or annoying “DJ” voiceovers because I made the focus to be all about the music, just like the pioneers. The artists showcased on this tape are a few of my own personal favorites–Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Drake, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Lil’ B, Raekwon, Blu, Pac Div, and Frank Ocean.

What is unique to this particular mixtape is that 47:55 features an exclusive snippet from my upcoming sophmore album As Serenity Approaches. The album will feature a few of my favorite artists like Danny Brown, Oddisee, Roc Marciano, One Be Lo, Raashan Ahmad, Tanya Morgan, Clara C, TiRon, Outasight, Theo Martins, MED, Y-O (of U-N-I) and of course my Subkrew team. Check for it dropping mid-April 2011.


Thank you for your support! Please spread the word if you enjoy the tape!
Mixtape download (click here)
For promotional purposes only. Mirror 1

Malicious of the Clipse

Posted in East Coast, NINJA TRANSMISSIONS on January 28th, 2011 by Descry


I was wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (filthy)
So much so, I had left my family forsaken
A troubled soul whose heart was often achin’
So much dough, but my spirit ever so vacant
Foul and fragrant I was taken off course
The road ahead should have ended me in divorce…


Last night what I’d seen made my life change…made my life change


The Brothers Thorton (Malice and Pusha T aka The Clipse) have officially been in the rap scene since 1997 (when they first signed to Elektra), a time when rap was returning to a more “conscious” state. People were actively looking for Hip-Hop with intelligent content. Rawkus Records was starting to build serious momentum and two murdered legends, 2Pac and Biggie, were still fresh in people’s minds.

When one thinks of the Clipse, two things come to mind: cocaine and wordplay. Yes, Pusha and Malice mainly rap about serving that powder white, but they’ve both delivered their share of incredibly complex lines to elevate them beyond the average mainstream rapper. Throughout their discography, they have been critically acclaimed; however, it wasn’t until their mixtape in 2005, We Got it For Cheap 2 that solidified their place in middle America’s rap radar.

Come 2011, Pusha T now runs with Kanye West’s GOOD Music label (last seen delivering his lyrical ability on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), but the eldest Thorton, Malice, has taken a more passive role. He’s temporarily stepped aside from rapping and decided to independently release an autobiography. Wanting to share his experiences within the music industry with those who are willing to read, this is Malice—rapper turned author.

Read on for the full interview >>

Descry – Paved Paths f. Von Pea, MED, aDaD & Danny Brown

Posted in NINJA RELATED, NINJA TRANSMISSIONS, West Coast on February 15th, 2010 by Descry

Illustrated by Jane Choi Design

I present to you “Paved Paths” off of my upcoming album “As Serenity Approaches.”

The song was programmed by DJ Incise and features Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Stones Throw’s MED, Chicago MC ADaD, and Detroit MC Danny “The Hybrid” Brown.

My sophomore LP titled “As Serenity Approaches” will feature Oddisee, Dumbfoundead, Donwill, Ohmega Watts, Substantial, Raashan Ahmad, John Robinson, TiRon, Theo Martins, Nieve and more….

Illustrated by Vanessa Maynard of No Heart

Check out the track HERE

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Posted in NINJA TRANSMISSIONS on February 12th, 2010 by Shinobeats

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