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WATCH: Mr Lacey - Laced Freestyle # 1

As you might have read, my ole pal Mr Lacey is back from his four year adventure in LA, the most of which he spent living in Compton. Yeah, that Compton. In the first of a new series of completely improvised LACED FREESTYLES, we get a little glimpse into what the hell happened.

I am proud to present these special moments in time to you, my beloved readerlistener, and I hope that you enjoy them as I do!

Mr Lacey makes his return to wax on the first joint from ATD25, which will drop TODAY.

YES!

HOORAY!

Oh, and let us know if there's any questions you have for Lacey that you want answered in freestyle when he's next in Don Studios (which will be very soon). HE IS THAT ABLE!

Boys, Back, In, Town

OMFG YOU GUYS! I WENT OUT ON FRIDAY NIGHT!

No, really. I did. Oh You Tee. In Old Street. Many reunions. And a mission to NOT GET DRUNK AND WRITE OFF THE WEEKEND. Could it be done?

Well, it started with the gym. Actually, it started with me rushing out the house late for the gym, then getting upset cos I hadn't had time to put Jackie Chain's Haze on my Z Phone, and that was what I wanted in my ears. Then I was like, HANG ON, I AM IN THE FUTURE, so I pulled it up on Youtube on my phone while I waited for the train to come. Then I downloaded it on the bus. It took less time to download than it took to write a tweet about how I was downloading it.

LIVING IN THE FUTURE

Yes. So I was in a good mood when I met Jeres outside the gym, and we did 300 reps on The Machines and 100 sit ups on the big bouncy balls, then we went back to Jeres' gaff, where he made me fried haloumi baguette and I schooled John Doran from The Quietus on Lil B, swag, cooking, and Alabama hip-hop. I know my shit. He was appreciative, and I felt like a fountain of knowledge, which is a good feeling. Henrik Palmgen must feel great all day, that dude is like a little Swedish encyclopedia.

Oh, and Jeres has, typically for Jeres, become a filthy gym addict. He's a member of two gyms now, and goes at lunchtime and in the evening. He is on some three month quest to become a HENCH MAN. Not a henchman, that wouldn't suit him. He's more supervillain material really.

Anyway. Serendipitous synchronicity occurred in the Old Blue Last, when I bumped into one of my new PR dudes after just finalising the deal with his boss a few hours earlier. We were in the Old Blue Last to see my old buddy Nik Moore, himself a press officer, one of the first people who kinda took me under his wing a bit and gave me advice and stuff when I came to London. He used to look after Motorhead, and always PRed mental rawk bands called things like Powerhawk. On this particular occasion the band he had playing was called Turbowolf. You couldn't make it up. Or maybe you could. I sometimes think Nik Moore creates these outfits by sheer will. This lot were a swirling frenzy of tie-dyed eyeball vests and 70s moustaches. Their amp kept blowing up, but they crowdsurfed regardless. And this was the top room of a pub, one must doff one's cap in such instances.

Never mind that though, guess who's back?

Lacey's back.

Mister Lacey. Back. From his 4 year adventure in Los Angeles after a spectacular clusterfuck of a breakdown of the life he'd built for himself. He met us outside the pub with his trusty steed JCB in tow, and it was like he'd never left, bless his heart. He was wide eyed, head spinning like a top. "Where are all the hot Mexican chicks?" he kept stammering. "This is weird!"

Down the road, at Camp, the Southern Hospitality boys where hosting the second Player's Ball, and they'd promised me they'd play that Jackie Chain record if I came.  So off we went. Pixel was in Camden celebrating his birthday, so we hollered at that lot and lo they came too. So there was a big ass mob of us hanging out by the cloakroom, going apeshit every time a banger came on, which was roughly every 3 minutes.

The Players' Ball is the club night I've been wanting in London as long as I can remember. They play those great big down South ANTHEMS I love so dearly. They play relatively obscure mixtape tracks. They play Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross and Cam'ron and UGK. Hell, they even dropped a lil' Lil B in the early part of the night. I was in swag heaven. I spent a great deal of the night stood on a chair so I could talk to ten foot mountain beast Tego Seigel about rap music while I did my Don Dance (I shall have make one of those instructional videos for Don Dancing one of these days, but it basically involves working your elbows and your shoulders and rocking what Pixel calls "and edgy pout"). I did a lil' bit of cooking too.

Yeah, we had a grand ole time. And guess what?

Two whiskey and cokes and one shot of something aniseedey.

I DID NOT GET DRUNK.

I did miss my stop reading about a Ja Rule video on my Z Phone (yeah, I know), necessitating a half hour walk home in the drizzle. But I enjoyed that.

Saturday I spent working my ass off till 5 am and listening to the new Yelawolf/Trae Tha Truth record on repeat.

And Sunday?

Sunday saw the musical reunion of me, Lace, and Pix.

Be

Ay

Kay

Looks like ATD25 is go. I wasn't planning on that just yet, to tell you the truth. But according to this text file I've got on my desktop, I'm 5 songs deep already. DAMN!

PS: OK, you eagle eyed winners can buy that incredible and legendary ATD1 T shirt. YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Third Hand Wire Riffs

EDIT:  From September 2006! The first ATD mixtape/LP, wherein I produced and self-recorded in my very own gaff an album plus worth of songs on a theme (Britpop samples) and called it a mixtape. I'd just started leraning a bout compression, the self mastering is shocking, I hadn't learned to EQ vocals yet, but still the people loved it. There's some genuinely ACE stuff on here, some wonderful guest turns from my extended "Don Squad" family and I am, in retrospect, very proud of it.

ATD, Nu Olympia, 12/06/12

PS - Because I keep getting asked, the sleeve references the famous Patsy Kensit/Liam Gallagher "Cool Britania" Vanity Fair cover.

 

 

Original text:

OK, this is a fucking LP, first. Everything on here is by me, and my people, made especially for this tape, apart from three joints which appeared on previous ATDs and fit the theme.

I'll post a list of the sampled artists in a few days, but right now, you can have fun guessing. If you don't know anything about 90s indie, ask Jeres. WORD!

TRACKLISTING

Akira The Don - BOOM! (Remix) ft. Lethal B & Narstie Akira The Don ft JTWR - Daydreamer Akira The Don & Dego Brown - Melon Men Akira The Don - The Tree Akira The Don - The Fuzz ft Jack Nimble & JTWR Akira The Don ft Narstie - Gitmo Akira The Don & JTWR - Adored Son Of King Rebel - Angels Akira The Don & Marvin The Martian - The Girl From Mars Akira The Don ft Bashy - Wake Up Bashy Akira The Don & Envy - Enveh Don’t Give A Fuck Mary Turner - Something Changed Akira The Don ft Sage Francis - Shopping For Guns Akira The don ft JTWR & Miss OddKidd - AIDS and STDs Swine - We Are The Swine Akira The Don ft Narstie - Wonderwall Akira The Don & JTWR - Fuck All The Phonecalls Akira The Don ft Sage Francis - Slowdown Symphony Akira The Don - Speedway

 

 

 

 

Third Hand Wire Riffs

EDIT:  From September 2006! The first ATD mixtape/LP, wherein I produced and self-recorded in my very own gaff an album plus worth of songs on a theme (Britpop samples) and called it a mixtape. I'd just started leraning a bout compression, the self mastering is shocking, I hadn't learned to EQ vocals yet, but still the people loved it. There's some genuinely ACE stuff on here, some wonderful guest turns from my extended "Don Squad" family and I am, in retrospect, very proud of it.

ATD, Nu Olympia, 12/06/12

PS - Because I keep getting asked, the sleeve references the famous Patsy Kensit/Liam Gallagher "Cool Britania" Vanity Fair cover.

 

 

Original text:

OK, this is a fucking LP, first. Everything on here is by me, and my people, made especially for this tape, apart from three joints which appeared on previous ATDs and fit the theme.

I'll post a list of the sampled artists in a few days, but right now, you can have fun guessing. If you don't know anything about 90s indie, ask Jeres. WORD!

TRACKLISTING

Akira The Don - BOOM! (Remix) ft. Lethal B & Narstie Akira The Don ft JTWR - Daydreamer Akira The Don & Dego Brown - Melon Men Akira The Don - The Tree Akira The Don - The Fuzz ft Jack Nimble & JTWR Akira The Don ft Narstie - Gitmo Akira The Don & JTWR - Adored Son Of King Rebel - Angels Akira The Don & Marvin The Martian - The Girl From Mars Akira The Don ft Bashy - Wake Up Bashy Akira The Don & Envy - Enveh Don’t Give A Fuck Mary Turner - Something Changed Akira The Don ft Sage Francis - Shopping For Guns Akira The don ft JTWR & Miss OddKidd - AIDS and STDs Swine - We Are The Swine Akira The Don ft Narstie - Wonderwall Akira The Don & JTWR - Fuck All The Phonecalls Akira The Don ft Sage Francis - Slowdown Symphony Akira The Don - Speedway

 

 

 

 

ATD11: The Hundredth Monkey

Once again I stayed up all night and got this thing done when the sun came up. It was nice to hear 2 Unlimited again. I ended up with loads of unmixed stuff, so ATD12 will be coming sooner than you may think. I'd like to thank Narstie and Bashy and Solo and Oddkidd and JTWR and YT and Tre for safeness and cleverness. And you for listening. I am a little emotional right now. Love is love. Tracklisting: Nat King Cole - Nature Boy Akira The Don ft. JTWR, MissOddKidd, Solo & Narstie - Diamonds Are For Wankers Akira The Don - Kick In The Wonderwall ft. Oasis & Biggie Gnarles Barkley - Crazy Doctor, Bearman, L Man & Purple - Let It Go Bearman - Picnic Ears - Happy Dayz Bashy - Never See Me Fall Skinnyman - I'll Be Surprised Loco Locas - Super Mario Trife Da God - Drugz Chesney Hawkes - I Am The One And Only The 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster - Love Turns To Hate Busted & McFly - Build Me Up Buttercup Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You Pet Shop Boys - Shameless Paris Hilton - Screwed Akira The Don - Limits In Check ft. 2 Unlimited & Busta Rhymes Akira The don ft. Bashy & YT - Remerge Meads Of Asphodel - Jihad - The Grisly Din Of Killing Steel Bravecaptain ft. Akira The Don - Jerusalem Akira The Don - Kill All Hippies Dead ft. Biggie & PRML SCRM Trick Daddy - I Wanna Sing Why Lout? - No Lisence Fee John Cale - Paris 1919 Akira The Don - Over The Rainbow

ATD3, The Mixtape

Tracklisting: Rick James feat. ATD - Mary Jane Storyteller: The Boy Who Cried Wolf Bad Religion feat. Sage Francis - Let Them Eat War Skinnyman - Fuck The Hook Ghostface & Trife - Paychecks Shawn Wigs - Daily Routine Braintax feat. Jehst - Riviera Hustle J-Zone feat. Jehst - Stairase To Stage Skinnyman - Hayden JTWR - Life Is Beautiful Ice Cube - Gangsta's Fairytale ATD - Even Ratboy FEMA Kid's Rap Cypress Hill - Fuck Westside Connection Westside Connection - Cross Em Out ODB and Macy Grey - Don't Go Breakin' My Heart Giorgio Moroder feat. Phillip Oakey, CNN, MOP and Dizzee Rascal - Together In Electric Dreams (ATD Mix) Leonard Cohen - Take This Waltz Dizzee Rascal VS DMX - Where he Rascal At (Kon-tempt Mix) PE, Kanye, Coltrane - Bring The Noise (Jay Smooth Mix) Stush - Dollar Sign Atari Teenage Riot - Death Of A President She-Ra's Theme Sage Francis feat. Sole - I Apologise MWR - Ya Sha3bi The Iron Sheik - FOX KRS and Lord Finesse - freestyle Wu-Tang Clan - freestyle Piranha Deathray - Dirty Linen (ATD's The Death Of A Showman Remix)