May 29, Saturday 7PM
PABLO, Cubao Expo

We're going all the way LIVE.
TONIGHT....or in a few hours. Kitakizzle!



From Verse to Converse.


Some MC edutainment from the prolific wordsmith, Talib Kweli...

From open mics to solutions, I got a collage of answers
And a ten point program just like the Black Panthers
One: First respect yourself as an artist
If you don't respect yourself then your rhymes is garbage
Two: Make sure your crew is as tight as you
‘Cause when them n----s fallin’ off, they gonna bring you down too
Three: Understand the meaning of MC
The power to move the crowd like Moses split the seas
Four: Know your s--t and don't ever be blunted
If you don't know what the words mean then your rhymes mean nothin’
Five: Kick facts in the raps, and curse with clarity
What's a curse when language is immersed in vulgarity?
Six: We gonna fix industrial poli-tricks
S—t, they made an art form out of ridin’ dicks
Seven: We soldiers for God needin’ new recruits
So if you rhymin’ for the loot, then you’s a prostitute
But Eight: Acknowledge that you need food on your plate
In order to say your grace, make sure your business is straight
Nine: We buildin’ black minds with intelligence
And when you freestyle, keep the subject matter relevant
Ten: Every MC grab a pen
And write some conscious lyrics to tell the children
I'll say it again, every MC find you a pen
And drop some conscious s--t for our children
The Manifesto. 

This was actually his third verse on "The Manifesto", 
which was part of the Lyricist Lounge Vol.1 compilation. 
One of the best verse compositions I've come across.
Simple and with universal substance.
Let's get back to the dirt ya'll.

peep the full lyrics and listen to the song here:

On that note, what would you rank as really well-written or delivered verses/songs?
I can already think of A LOT.
And the question isn't just for you hiphop heads out there...

Happy listening.

- Switch



swamped with the album...

takin a break with a couple of tunes

Slowly simmering...





May 29, Saturday 7PM
PABLO, Cubao Expo

We're going all the way LIVE.
See you out there, space aliens!



dj d'tech's soundcloud

Weekly Drops of Sake Bombin' Mixtape
Live mixtapes recorded @ Izakaya Greenbelt 2 every Satnight.
More mixtapes to come....



what up yall?  check out this music video from one of our Locked Down fam...

ill-J - "pagbabago "
produced by Chrizo
directed by Syke
cinematography by Umph
executive producer is Jigger for Locked Down Entertainment

also, be on the look out for the music video of "The Grind" by People's Future...coming soon...Peace!

- UmphOne


Anything Goes Thursday!!!

What up fuddiduddies!!!

I'm just reminiscing about back in the day before high-tech was high-tech. You know... when music and video came on tapes; video game consoles only had the A & B buttons, and you didn't have an option to "save". Rewinding and blowing into cartridges was part of enjoying your media. Things were so much simpler than... hehe...

Here's a few clips that are throwback to those simpler times!

...I seriously want a NES consol!!! Duck Hunt Rocks!!!

Now whats a throwback with out a song and dance number...

This clip is to recognize that we all have a little NERD in us all!!!

Till next week... PEACE!


An Ode To Street Art

This is a snippet from a post I published in my Multiply blog yesterday. I thought I'd share it here as well...

The walls outside Vinyl on Vinyl (The Collective, Malugay St, Makati) were beautifully tagged by our local artists.

--Taken from Wikipedia --
Artists have challenged art by situating it in non-art contexts. ‘Street’ artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them.
The motivations and objectives that drive street artists are as varied as the artists themselves. There is a strong current of activism and subversion in urban art. Street art can be a powerful platform for reaching the public, and frequent themes include adbusting, subvertising and other culture jamming, the abolishment of private property and reclaiming the streets.
Other street artists simply see urban space as an untapped format for personal artwork, while others may appreciate the challenges and risks that are associated with installing illicit artwork in public places.

However the universal theme in most, if not all street art, is that adapting visual artwork into a format which utilizes public space, allows artists who may otherwise feel disenfranchised, to reach a much broader audience than traditional artwork and galleries normally allow.

Just wanted to share that with ya'll today. And I was also thinking how it would be cool if we can have a lot more busker-street-type musicians here. I mean, by definition, we can all render ourselves street artists as well right?

Oh, and here's samples of our homegrown talent:

(i'm sure there are a lot more out there)

I guess at the end of the day, if you don't feel that you personally like, support or appreciate such things, then the proper respect to the craft is all we need :)

Good day friends.

- Switch


tu(n)es day

starting off the afternoon with some freshly brewed java...

here's some tunes for y'all

My cosmic messenger has arrived...it's time for me to travel...


devirginize mondays comedy jams

nothing makes life better than laughter and music, so here are a few tracks that particularly come to mind...




NOT THEM - "Ramen" Music Video from A.K.A Media on Vimeo.

diggity delphi


MISC sessions updated!

There's new photos uploaded in our "MISC sessions" photo album, which contains pictures from our recording sessions. 

<-------click the picture to view them!

fillin' in friday...

- Tibbz


Anything Goes Thursday!!!

Howdydoodi y'all!!! Here's some clips of some of my all time favorite jams from back in the day!!! Ain't nothing like Hip Hop Music!!! I miss the G-Funk ERA funked out with a gansta twist!!!

"keep their heads ringing"

"this dj"


"fantastic voyage"

"ghetto jam"



Hello, Pop Culture? Wake Up Call.

Just another clip I wanted to share with everyone today before I sign out.
Ironically, I am posting this on a blog that will eventually be linked and shared on Facebook.

But the girl speaks the truth...and the truth is always worth squeezing our mind grapes.

Technology has made us too accessible lately.
If you cant write me, call me, page me, two-way me, chirp me,
or text me then you must be standing right next to me.

See to me, this is new-age stalking and its scary on some
chain-mail if i dont send to five friends i wont find my true love type ****.
and you see i am so sick of hearing from people because we have
become addicted to these wireless connections,
and i see devices replacing the physical,

i mean what happened to "Okay give me the time and place and imma come see you"
now its "Okay give me your name and your email and imma do a search for you".

And im confused how we accept cell phones, monthly plans, overages, and activation fees
and then have the audacity to be mad our speech aint free.
And i mean its good to keep it touch but i could do that from a distance, for instance,
i will call you when i get home after nine so i wont waste my daytime minutes.

Yeah to a point, i do it too but sometimes
you gotta say **** myspace cuz i need my space
and tell facebook i want my face back!

See we all perpetuate this and whether you realize it or not, you welcome the government
cuz we say **** the patriot act but we do their job for them
cuz every time we fill out a profile or an about me box or a questionnaire
we inform them we getting too close for comfort and its only getting worse.

Next we'll be posting obituaries and bulletins downloading corpses
and emailing somebody just to get a hearse.
We are giving people reasons to stalk, spy, and be nosy
but we dont care as long as your profile allows pictures and comment posting.
We are obsessed with people getting to know us assuming that they will keep it at a distance.
**** i have to admit it, i dont know half the five hundred and twenty four people on my friends list.

And This is our problem, we cant deal with the face to face so we let technology replace the space that people are supposed to feel. lets face it we are internally afraid of whats real. and we forgotten that physical contact is more important than our number of contacts

so we settle for convenience forgetting that physical contact is more important than our number of contacts so we let public access get excess even if its at our privacy's expense.

You feel that silent rush of both agreeing with her words, BUT also trying to defend your use of the aforementioned technology?

Yeah, me too.

- Switch

p.s. Thank you to the lovely Ms. Michelle Callanta for sharing this with me.

Always Renew Your License To ILL.

To All Concerned:

This is to remind you that the deadline of your license to ill is fast (and constantly) approaching. The people, the true powers-that-be, are waiting with bated breath on your every move, keeping their ear stuck to every sound you make.

Time and taste are as complicated and discriminating (sometimes pretentious) as ever, and you can be drowned out, replaced and forgotten as easily as Trapper Keepers.

Please be aware that keeping your license is an honor, bestowed by the people on your uncanny talent and creative staying power. It is a question of staying the same, or constantly changing.

It is a challenge...nay, a feat...to be conquered by only the respected best (see attached example videos below).

We wish you all the luck in finding that peace upon which you will tightrope between keeping an organic signature sound, while also pushing the limits of reinvention.





The Mighty Miscellaneous

'round two (the truth)

There is no escape
from the windowless shade
that divides my line of sight
from the heat outside;
there are no scripts
that aren't witty tricks,
concealed by the veil
of our erstwhile tale,
undiscovered and frail
like pain-stroked wings
emerging from its tessellated jail.

Soften my palm with your touch.
I'm just a pawn within the rush
like a letter in a line that's running too much.

Swimming in tandem
down a steep slalom -
I am reborn with cool.

Let soothing delusions
cascade the days
of the myriad spaces
that hint at your sunlight;
which stagger and hide
with a will to define
what is already disguised.

May my memory be true.

- Tibbz


uninety-two's day

The UNITE gig at u92 completely revived our enthusiasm for the album, since we haven't performed in awhile, even though our set was cut down to only two songs.

<------ [click the picture to view the photos from that night]

As soon as we arrived at the station, we were able to catch the Out of Body Special perform their set, and they rocked it as always.  

LockedDown cats were also present that night: Bagetsafonik, Gaijin, People's Future and Ill-J.  We were blessed enough to peep PF's set in the booth, as you can see in the photo album.  As for the rest of the LD fam, we subsequently caught their performances on the radio as we headed home. 

But before retiring for the night, we stopped by ABABU for a late night dinner. As Kev (UMPH) said, "If we can't get drunk, we might as well have some good eats. "

As we insatiably consumed our food, the folks at Ababu were tuned in to real time updates on the ballot counting.  I thank the greater forces out there for allowing our nation to have a relatively peaceful and swift election.  I beg those same forces for new leaders that will hopefully bring better days.

To read on an alternative angle on election coverage, the folks over at Bulatlat.com provide a different perspective than what is currently portrayed in the mass media.  

And so....since I'm still fighting off the ill-effects of Tanduay, here' s good ol' Wes, Joshua Redman and my fav of all time, Bob James, to pick-me-up and add spice to my morning java:

Coffee and cigarettes. Sip and smoke.


devirginize mondays at U92 fool

to continue the theme of devirginization, we the misc... are currently at the office of the U92 radio station waiting for tado and ramon to get our set on!!!

this happens to be our first time in the station and we are ready to rock it regardless.

also elections is coming to a close today, and we are hopeful we will elect a leader that will take us to the next level... not... well maybe... everyone deserves a chance, the filipino people most of all.

so to get things going for this monday let us hook you up some funky tunes we been trippin on lately called soweto kinch, fucking ill especially after hearing that gay ass bone thugs album, whata shame i tell yah, anyhoot here is some soweto kinch class.


enjoy folks

election day

In the spirit of a peaceful elections, we will be performing live on U92 92.3 FM.

Tune in! We're on air around 730PM today!


misc sessions

It is a hot and blazing Sunday indeed.

As the country gets ready for elections, we get ready for our gig to ease the tension that this time brings. 

We've added some pictures from a few jam/recording sessions in the studio. We'll be updating this photo album as our LP progresses, so stay tuned!


funky brass for dat azz

For this week's funky friday blog, we got some brass for dat ass!  Here are some groovy tunes to set the weekend vibes off proper...

Hypnotic Brass Band live on Jools...

one of my favorite jams, brassed out!  wish they taped the whole song...

youngblood brass band covering MJ...

Roy Hargrove ft. Renee Neufville (Zhane)

- UmphOne

soundtrip to fill in the gap between words...

Dave Liebman
"Drum Ode"

PLAY:  -8 on the 1200's = more soul to my my feeble ears...

Index and thumb won't lift the needle...tripping tripping tripping all the way through to the end. 

No favorites. Eclectic and balanced at the same time. 

Good energy.  Good vibes.  Cosmic collisions throughout the tides.

A1 - Golf Dance
A2 - Loft Dance
A3 - Oasis
A4 - The Call
B1 - Your Lady
B2 - The Iguana's Ritual
B3 - Satya Dhwani (True Sound)

Dave Liebman - soprano+senor sax, alto flute
Richard Beirach - electric piano
Gene Perla - electric and acoustic basses
John Abercrombie - electric and acoustic guitars
Jeff Williams+ Bob Moses - drums
Patato Valdez - congas, electric congas
Steve Sattan+Barry Altschul - percussion
Badal Roy+Collin walcott - tablas
Ray Armando - bongas, percussion
Eleana Steinberg - vocal


20 Classic Hip Hop Album Covers Recreated in LEGO

Welcome to another humpity-hump day folks...

Now that we're running on the album timeline, one of the items for major consideration (as with any other artist/group out there) is the ALBUM COVER.

Many iconic albums have been defined and remembered by their cover. Even artists have been scrutinized for that single image that sticks out at you from any rack or digital playlist. And sometimes (although sad), the cover art is the only thing people will remember from your album.

Personally, one of my favorites will always be Tribe's "Midnight Marauders" album art, which shows an entertaining headshot collection of early ’90s hip-hop. Featuring the hiphop pioneers of the time, the cover art and booklet paid homage to a defining age, while the album itself brought it to the next level.


Digital artworks, paintings, logos, illustrations, modern art, photographs, typography, and all other versions or combinations of such have all been used and seen in the millions of albums out there. Each one visually trying to claw its way to be noticed, to be unique, and to be remembered. But above all, each one (the good ones at least) trying to stand for something.

So I guess the question for us, and by "us" i mean you as an individual too and not just for MISC, is this:

What would YOUR album cover be?

Sorry for the long preamble, but anyway....on to the subject of this blog:

20 Classic Hip Hop Album Covers Recreated in LEGO

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Thank you for your time and attention. I know how valuable these commodities are nowadays. Peace and love to everyone.

- Switch.


To's Day


Soweto Kinch - "Conversations of the Unseen"

Soweto Kinch - alto saxophone/emcee
Femi Temowo - guitar
Michael Olatuja - double bass
Troy Miller - drums

special guests:
Eska Mtungwazi - vocals
Abram Wilson - trumpet/vocal

This album was released in 2003.

Eclectic and mind-bending, feel yourself slowly transcending...

- Tibbz

Fruit Punch!!! Pero SpIcy

Something A Few of The Misc Boy Are Watching In Their Spare Time Is "How To Makeit in America"...

Just Thought I'd Post Something Up Since No1 Got To Post For Monday!


The Topic of Top 5

It's always a staple topic during random drinking sessions, road trips, or maybe even to break those awkward silences between sips of coffee...

Your TOP 5.

And this has taken many permutations such as top 5 albums, top 5 artists, books, soundtracks, live performers, movies, women, ways to prepare pork...the list goes on and on.

Sometimes the question is even situated in a very colorful scenario such as....
"Ok, you're stranded alone on an island with a CD player and just 5 albums that you will listen to for the rest of your life (or for a year)...what would they be?"


"Ok, you're picking up a girl for a first date. Your iPod (for some twisted reason) can only play 10 songs...what 10 songs will you load on it knowing that it's going to be the songs playing in your car for the ride?"

Indeed, the topic of Top 5's is always either easily answered or will leave you stumped and undecided - sometimes even changing your answer multiple times after you hear other people give their picks.

So, in celebration of an extra day without work, maybe you can spend it coming up with your own creative "Top 5" list.


Miscellaneous album out in August 2010!

- Switch

Taking 5 on a Sunday

On a Sunday Afternoon, we take a quick breather from the album grind, and enjoy the company of our families. 

So in the spirit of taking 5...here's one of my favorite songs of all time...

To cap it off...Here's an interesting mashup: