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“After DJ Nature 12”, SWAT come through with a devastating & loving homage to The Basement Boys’ and Amiri Baraka’s 2001 jam “An American Poem” Loose real , earthed out percussive house of the highest order. –Vinyl Underground

120 BPM AF (2017)

120 Bpm Af by Leron Thomas

Malik Crumpler produced Brochure and Gamez.
Leron Thomas est un trompettiste de talent, c’est un fait . Leron Thomas est un jazzman, sa conception d’une musique libre et éclatée en est la preuve. 120 Bpm Af en est il pour autant un disque de Jazz?  Hmmm… ce n’est pas si évident que ça. Ce disque est insaisissable, il capte les ambiances et sonorités du moment pour les mélanger en une musique bouillonnante. La couleur hip-hop, le ryhtme electro, le chants soul et les instrumentalisations jazz . 120 Bpm Af est tout ça et beaucoup plus encore.” – @ musikplease.com

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Every Lil’ Bit (Madison Washington Refixture) | Zen the Sharpshooter | bbs001ep

“Wonky beats and woozy melodies, pitched vocal cuts and mournful strings. Rhythmic fragments of melody breathe in and out, punctuating the start-stop breaks. On the flipside, Malik Ameer features on a Thatmanmonkz remix, and turns the whole affair into a slamming rhythmic hip-hop stormer. Perfectly punctuated rhythms and rhymes float above the remixed original. Top stuff. ” –Piccadilly Records

“Black Beacon Sound’s debut release delivers a large dollop of rhythmic hip hop. The original edit, from Zen the Sharpshooter, is a vocally melancholic number suitably partnered by laid back, easy rolling drum patterns and sample cuts. The B-side plays thatmanmonkz’ and Malik Ameer’s heavier refixture, slamming a distinctive drum pattern and bass sequence that nests comfortably underneath the melody.” –Eastern Bloc Records

 

April 21, 2016 a Reading For Prince Rogers Nelson (Unnameable Books BK, NY 2016)

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Columbusing by thatmanmonkz (Delusions Of Grandeur 2016)

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“Baked features the deep poetry of NYC’s Malik Ameer on this dope jam full of urban flavour.” –Juno Records Review
“Baked is another classy thatmanmonkz take on Hip Hop featuring Malik Ameer on the mic.” – hhv.d
“Fans of thatmanmonkz and his label will surely embrace this project, and I suspect most folks with appreciation for new wave soul music formats would also approve. In the end, Columbusing has enough dance floor-ready cuts to appeal to the Beatport single track shoppers, while also achieving more than enough fluidity and quality to be listened to from track one to fourteen as an LP.” – DANCE PARTY CHRONICLES
“With a thumping hip-hop beat that’s carved right out of the West Coast, ‘Baked’ with Malik Ameer has that forward thinking cosmic vibe popping off over those old school sensibilities, reminiscent of the sort of stylings Quaimoto and Dam Funk bring to Stones Throw.” – BBS
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 CLIQUISH LERON THOMAS (Heavenly Sweetness 2015)
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“I literally had to stop what I was doing to sit down and soak this album up. It’s like nothing else out there right now. Funky soul and driving bass lines meet hard indie rock riffs and electro pop sci-fi weirdness. 11 self-penned cuts and a Jan Hammer cover.” –Blues & Soul Magazine, London 1/12/15

“Leron Thomas is truly an original voice in the music world and “Cliquish” refuses to conform to any traditional expectations. The most impressive aspect of the album, though, there is never a moment when Thomas loses the audience, which is a testament to his charisma and huge talent.” –Evan Crandell, 24ourmusic.net 13/12/15

“This is music equally suited to commuting during drive time or lighting up candles and incense to relax after a long day.”
Chris Campbell, NPR Music 8/26/15

(​(​(​(​(​(​(​Inevitable Mutations​)​)​)​)​)​)​) (On-Point 2015)

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Review By THE STANDARAD BRUSSEL 2015

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short film featured onQuail Bell Magazine NYC, 2017

 

(((10,000 HOURS +))) (Weird Music 2014)

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“Djet’s Dance has the oomph on top that will take you to the far reaches of Goa or perhaps an Indonesian temple; have your favorite kind of incense in tow and ready.”-Hypursuit

“Max Tucker and Malik Ameer are New York based production duo Weird HappYness. Together they take us on a musical trip with their debut album ‘(((10,000+ hours)))’ that is not so much weird, but an eclectic and quirky mix of jazz, electronica and experimental sounds” –Lets Be Brief

“Are you weird? Do you like to be happy? Me too.  I found some friends who specialize and excel and those very things, they are the aptly named Buddhist funk outfit Weird HappYness.  Hailing from New York this melodiously inclined pair of acoustic rebel rousers can raise low self-esteem to an all time high.” – Locash Magazine

“Longtime Imageyenation homie Malik Ameer, known for kicking conscious Raps over firebrand Funk beats, has teamed up with musician Max Tucker for a foray into sludgy instrumental music. The two, as Weird HappYness, bring their Jazz and Funk sensibilities to the realm of experimental Electronica and Hip-Hop production a-la Dilla, FlyLo, DâM-FunK, and Juba Dance, on ‘(((10,000 Hours +))’ Malik, Max, and their collaborator Leron Thomas, were nice enough to make their initial offering free to download to those of us who might wish to join them as they embark on this new sonic exploration. You can also check out a couple of cuts, including the somnambulant, Kraftwerk-y, backwards beats, and Jazzy skronk of “Tipping to the Point”, in a much more visual milieu via a handful of YouTube uploads.” –Imageyenation

“As the newly released material continues to garner interest from experimental music enthusiasts, one of the album’s most popular songs, “The Ascent of Rose” has already been featured on Jazz FM.” –AM World Group

“Weird HappYness’ new 8-track album features a great mix of experimental jazz, funk and soul, electronica and hip-hop” –Music Existence

“One of the album’s most popular songs, The Ascent of Rose is regularly featured on Jazz FM and has quickly become a fan favorite.” –World Net Daily 

“Features a great mix of experimental jazz, funk, soul, electronica and hip-hop” –Dopeminds 

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Take It.. (OP12) Leron Thomas  (On-Point 2014)

“Leron Thomas makes it clear with his latest project ..Take It that he has no intention of being bound by genre or held back by being independent. With a soulful electronic vibe Thomas delivers his most challenging album yet. Co-produced with Malik Crumpler, one would never guess this was recorded by the two, home-studio style in NYC. The tracks weave in and out with a knowing sense of chord progression, cutting wit and moments of hilarity. Coupled with new music videos, Thomas shows he has no intention of slowing down and has a seemingly endless pit of creativity.” -2013 live4ever.uk.com

“Now Thomas is doing so with the release of his new EP, Take It…. On it, Thomas is going a more experimental route, weaving and mashing his smooth voice with layers of sounds and electronic touches. It’s so much more than a jazz release.” –Anthony Dean-Harris, nextbop.com

“The evocative and performative song is coupled with an eerie video montage of vintage school clips and really eerie, creepy clown painted children.”
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Train: Khalil Anthony (Urban Folk Music 2013) & SM-12-002 : Khalil Anthony “thatmanmonkz reworks EP”  (Shadeleaf Music 2014)
“‘Needed You Bad’ opens with the sample begging the listener ‘Won’t you love me just a little bit?’. Then starts the infectious groove, pulsing beats and blues interludes. Love it. Taken from Khalil’s latest LP ‘Train’, the remix has a great, dirty bass line.” –Backseat Mafia

Khalil Anthony‘s Needed You Bad makes for an excitingly perverted track; perverted in that good, thrilling sense of course. It starts off with a twisted Prince-esque pump, cuts to a jazzy Gene Kelly-like vocal bite then slips effortlessly back into the thumping sexed-up main body of the song. It all feels rather like a dream, a sequence of bizarre happenings and sensations that manage to merge together deliciously and effortlessly. Picture yourself walking through a fair ground, passing a broken Jack in a Box making out with Judy Garland , when all of a sudden  you look up to see Prince floating by on a soft cloud of leather. Or something like that anyway.” – STAMP THE WAX

“Needed You Bad taken from his latest LP ‘Train’, fuses blues samples, a raw, spoken word / sung hymn to yearning & that, by now trademark roughed up & heavy duty T.M.M MPC rhythm work. For the dub, we get an irresistible rump-shaker with a killer KDJesque bassline, custom made to make you move !” –Phonica Records

“We’ve picked Needed you Bad – Thatmanmonkz Dub as tune of the day because it’s been destroying dance floors for us since it’s first spin, but hold tight as all four tracks are killers.
Real music for real people” –Groovement Soul 

“Needed You’ is first to be given the ‘Monkz’s treatment. And what an absolute belter it is! This track bumps, shuffles and roles along in a manner that is impossible to resist. Anthony’s achingly beautiful vocal sits astride an infectious beat that will leave you getting your groove on wherever you may be. Seriously, if this doesn’t plaster a massive grin across your face, you may want to get yourself to a doctor and ask him where your soul is. ” –Mind Grub Audio 

“First of all, you need to know what you need. This track has an irresistible groove capable of getting even the most dedicated wall flower to the dance floor. Which dank corner of a second hand record shop they went digging for this sampling artillery is anyones guess. Anthony and Monks circle, but just be thankful they have this ability.The track is underpinned by what only be be described as pre 1940’s crooning. However the genius lays in the fact that it has been thrown in reverse to create the whole vibe of the track. Couple this with choice cuts of Anthony’s vocals and this track is definitely setting an early benchmark for the stable shadeleaf in 2014.” –Soul1

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(((({{THAT OSIRIS EFFECT}}})))  (Harlem Works 2012)

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“After meeting at the funeral of a mutual friend, lyricists Seven Divine and Malik Ameer began making music together in ’96. Due to high school challenges their collaborative project was never completed until recently with the overdue album The Orsiris Effect. With a sound that is as lyrically ambitious as it is rhythmically hypnotizing, this duo is a must listen for any hip-hop enthusiast. Seven Devine currently resides in California while Malik Ameer claims New York as him home.” –2012 Mendoza
“Seven Divine and Malik Ameer, put together a very original EP, full of dope beats and rhymes. Definitely worth checking this one out.” –The Word Is Bond.com
“With a sound that is as lyrically ambitious as it is rhythmically hypnotizing, this duo is a must listen for any hip-hop enthusiast…It’s no secret that New York has always been on top of its rap game. Looking back, some of hip-hop’s brightest stars claimed NYC as their home turf. Now in 2012, it’s clear that the East Coast is still raising an impressive crop of lyricists” -Epitonic.
“From Brooklyn to Queens and beyond, each borough boasts a roster of up and coming hip-hop acts that are as diverse as they are talented. Take a listen and get acquainted with the new class of New York hip-hop featuring funny guys Das Racist, professional stoner Action Bronson, and the lyrically ambitious Malik Ameer.” –iHeartNYC

Home is Where The House is (Edgetone Records 2011)

“The stylistic disparity is stimulating: complex patchworks of texts and phonemic intricacies are designed upon techno pulses and more difficult metres, inserting quarter tones, looped clusters and absurdist glottolalia whenever this is felt as appropriate (“When It Reigns It Powers”, “Lookout For The Wolf” and “Buckwheat Passacaglia” being major demonstrations of compositional talent in that sense).” -Touching Extremes

“OK, this is different. Malik Ameer raps over oddball grooves and arresting layers of scat singing (or “phonemic emanations” as they put it) by Lorin Benedict. The scat sounds like some kind of encrypted poetry, and the twisted, abstract raps are delivered in an urgent but fractured manner that throws everything off balance… if it ever was in balance. It’s all pretty damn cool.” –KZSU 90.1 Stanford University FM ..

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Just because it’s a dream don’t make it a lie (Harlem Works 2011)

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AMBER HYMNS (Satori Ideas 2011)

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Dead Mediums, you know the escape (Satori Recordings 2009)

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“-Turn your shadow into water.” (Harlem Works 2008)

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Roseline (Satori Recordings 2007)

Malik Ameer & The Madmen : The Roseline

The Roseline is by no means perfect, but that is its enduring charm. The Madmen are not attempting to create a radio album, but instead to explore the boundaries of music and genre. The album is worth owning for the Church moans on In the Smashan and the jazz piano on Jivatma Sings; however, listening to the work as a whole allows a greater appreciation of the underpinning motivation behind each track.” –The Egoist Review

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Nothing Better To Do (Satori Recordings 2006)

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“Enchantement leads to…” (Harlem Works 2005)

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Sanctified (Satori Recordings 2003)

Malik Ameer : SANCTIFIED

Every now and then you hear a track or a cd by an artist who you have never heard of but you really enjoy. In part this is true about this album. Malik Ameer hailing from Oakland, California brings a very funky, jazz influenced sounding release with positive, social conscious lyrics.” – ozhiphop.com Australia

“Have you ever listened to an album and had basically no feelings about-neither good nor bad? If not, this could be the first one for you. This feeling of nothingness certainly isn’t desirable, and surely wasn’t the intent of Malik Ameer, but it at least saves Sanctified from being a thoroughly unpleasant listen. At very worst, you might come away thinking “Well, it wasn’t bad.” That basically summarizes this album.” –Rapreviews

 

Drapetomania (Hip Hop Infinity Records, hhi  2001)

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“This record is something very uncomfortable for you. It makes it even hard for us to approach it and appreciate it as something that’s supposed to entertain us. Unless we can take this in, as something to be listened to with the same respect and open soul, as we’d be listening to someone telling us about his struggles from past days in person. What then also means that we have to give this album a different kind of respect (but no rating). Unless you can be ignorant enough to not give a damn.” – Tadah @ Urban Smarts 

“Their inclusive ‘hate the system; not the individual’ rhetoric such as “The only colour I despise is the green!” And their right-on incitements like “some of us must change the world to survive in its clutch,” coupled with their jam-session instrumentals mean that The Unseen are probably going to be more appealing to fans of acts like Asian Dub foundation, fun-da-mental or Rage Against the Machine than the uncompromising and deliberately controversial tone and stance of acts like Da Lench Mob, Paris, Ice Cube et al. Whereas the AOR rock world has the likes of REM, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen to keep its fans in a state of contemplative misery, Jiggyfication and its celebration of vacuity and apathy has consolidated its grip on hiphop. Subsequently, the emphasis has been shifted from the cathartic and edutaining properties of hiphop in favour of moronic escapism. Like a lone pebble in this ocean of gloss, The Unseen offer socially conscious feel-bad music because sadly, not ”Everybody knows..” ” Sometimes I love it, other times I loath it..it all depends on whether you are prepared for your pop music to be hard work…” -Goldie UKHIPHOP.com

“This is a listening album, something you should be listening to alone, preferbly on the headphones, with particular focus on the lyrics. Childen Of The Night will produce a lump in your throat. I can feel him on this track. The best track on here is Drapetomania. The song is just dope. One of the few tracks in Hip Hop that almost made me cry. Peep this with an open mind.” –Africas Gateway.com

“Don’t get me wrong though; it’s not that Malik doesn’t have good lyrical ideas – he does. But listening to him rap, I start to wonder whether the field of music was really the proper route for him to take. See, all of the album’s lyrics are printed inside the CD booklet, but the thing is, they seem to translate a whole lot better written on a page than pressed on wax.”- Rap Reviews

“”In an album of risky and singular choices, any mistake stands out. To The Unseen’s credit, these are few. “Trance Form” may be the weakest track, or it just may be a poor song to open with and the chorus on “Talkin’ Heads” may be repeated on too many times, but these are minor quibbles. There is an apology for “minor sonic deficiencies” in the liner notes but, if they exist, they are so swallowed in the tremendous music that they disappear. This album, devoid of filler, is a passionate, honest, experimental and traditional ode both to those who have stood up to oppression before and those who still toil under its weight.” –Hiphopinfinity.com

 

 

Fishin’ In Troubled Waters (Hip Hop Infinity Records, hhi  2001)

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“Further and more on the calm side, while it still being intense, is the The Unseen offering Beyond Addiction, that features the poetism of Malik Ameer, along with the live instruments of his back up. This is comfortably left side, being also a confident step further in developing their style.” –Urban Smarts

 

 

The Nightmare (Aware Music 2000)

It is with that in mind that I’ve embarked on a journey to bring you some real underground hip-hop music. First stop on that journey is Oakland California and a a crew called The Unseen, fronted by emcee cum spoken word poet Malik “Ahkenaten” Ameer. The brother and his band have been slangin’ harder than a bunch crack dealer for seven years, out the trunk & hand to hand in order for their voice to be heard. On their current project — The Nightmare — that voice comes through loud and clear, like one crying in the wilderness. With production handled by Malik and his band-mates the disc sports a stripped down vibe that blends programmed drum tracks with live keys and other instrumentation to give it a very original sound.” –Keter Tzadik  12/2000 Imageyenation.com

“Okay, this is not for all people. Straight up. Then again, it is for all people. It will not solve the case of hip hop vs. live instrumentation, as it’s ‘abstract minimalism’, is stretching the boundaries of what is considered rap / hip hop. The courage is remarkable and deserves a nod. The lyrics are refusing to babble, as they are taking reality angst and makes them hearable for your ears. The sound structures are complex buildings that sometimes obey to rectangles, but at other times, refuse to do just that, like they’d be designed by Hundertwasser. And we can’t force that onto anyone. We can suggest it to everyone, it being a exciting chapter in ones one musical upbringing. But in the end, as some people in the jury will voyeuristically, and excitingly view the explicit and uncensored pictures of violent crimes, others are just disgusted. The same goes for this record.” – Urban Smarts.com

“As with any live band production may tend to take the forefront, but Aton’s lyrics are nothing to be slept on. Intelligent social commentary and a high energy delivery make him a very well rounded emcee and make this album strong in all aspects. The Nightmare is great on many levels and, depending on your love of music, this album will likely be more suited towards those with tastes extending outside the realm of hip-hop. If you love live instrumentation and like hearing new and different takes on things, you’ll probably like The Unseen. Open minded people enjoy.” – Noyz319  www.ugsmag.com 

“Frontman Malik Ameer is possessed by frustrated outrage and so his grievances are not so much rapped as screamed, groaned, sneered, slurred and yelled like …” UnitedKingdomHipHop.com

RAP TAPES (1993-2000)

The Unseen (2000) duet with Alex Foster

STATE OF THE ART (1999) duet with CeeNeye aka Currency

Swamp Music (1999)  duet with Alex Foster C.T. featuring CeeNeye

ELASTIK (1999) solo EP

Many Scars (1999) featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child, Drift, CeeNeye aka Currency, Prac Nast, Jayleez, Big B, Relic, Ant Mars, AKIBA, P-NASTAY

Figure 8 Nigga Shit Maniac Music (1998) featuring Herman Roberts III, Drift, Problem Child, CeeNeye aka Currency Infinite, Prac Nast, AKIBA

Awkward (1998) featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child, Cee-N-eye aka Currency Infinite, AKIBA

Split Personalities (1997) featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child Da Menace and BALANCE

THE NYMPHOS (1997) duet with Herman Roberts III featuring Jared & Alfonso

ZOINK, The Man the myth the legend (1997) comedy music album featuring Zoink a bisexual god from a haunted house in ancient Grease and Jared & Alfonso

Jaded: Diary of the miserable ones (1997) featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child, Balance

Bitter Doctrine (1997) featuring Herman Roberts III, Problem Child

MYOPIA: The art of going blind (1996)  featuring Carlos Becknell

Graveyard Thoughts (1995)  solo

Bloodshot The Wizard (1994) solo

Hilarious (1993) solo project

 

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