Beijing – LA Connection: Naughty Ray New Single


Different directions, but were all going the same way...

I recently got my hands on a copy of Lil’ Ray AKA Naughty Ray‘s new single, recording with LA Local Legend Aidge Rock of The Aesthetics Crew. There is an original track and a remix, and both are fiiiiiire.

See below for more on The Aesthetics Crew and keep an eye out this week for my upcoming biography and interview with Lil’ Ray, Beijing’s premier Battle MC. In the mean time, enjoy this taste of Beijing’s finest going global.

This Way by Lil’ Ray featuring Aidge Rock (The Aesthetics Crew)

Naughty Ray feat. Aidge Rock – This Way (Original Version)

This Way (Petenut Remix) by Lil’ Ray featuring Aidge Rock (The Aesthetics Crew)

Naughty Ray feat. Aidge Rock – This Way (Petenut Remix)

From The Aesthetics Crew Myspace Page:

In the hallowed brew-school tradition of cup-in-hand rhyming at backyard house parties, the Los Angeles-based Aesthetics crew is here to put the fun back in the funk. Somewhere in between “too jiggy for my diamond studded toothbrush” and “so underground it hurts to take off my backpack,” they are simply committed to saying whatever is on their minds. From Jazz champions to Hungarian comedians, they have mastered the art of flipping old samples to deliver an entirely unique and personal feeling in their music. The heavyweight combination of Indi’s MPC 3000, DJ Props’ SP1200, and a warehouse full of records is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Firm believers that an MC’s delivery should rock like Donald Byrd’s horns over his rhythm section, Aidge & Indi’s vocals are distinct and powerful. Unlike many artists who separate their lyrics from the instrumental side of the art, the Aesthetics Crew considers their vocals to be part of the music, much like a single instrument amongst the rest of the band. Their lyrics will make you think, laugh, and more than likely, crack a brew.

The Aesthetics Crew is exactly what their name implies; they represent everything beautiful about this art form, and won’t stop until their names are synonymous with the forefathers they grew up listening to. Let Aesthetics into your eardrum once, and they’ll be in your brain for a lifetime.


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