Thursday, November 25, 2010

We recently finished our final video in a series of singles for our last LP 'A Shot in the Dark'. In preparation for a limited album re:release with additional material for the same project, as part of a larger campaign that consists of various mediums, we've continued to pay homage to those who came before us, to the artists we grew up on, to those we drew great inspiration from - all in support of our new videos, new EP with re:release & new mixtape - set to drop in succession first quarter 2011.

We present to you, the first piece:
New Notes to Self T-Shirts.
After gaining De La Souls personal approval on our last run of very popular T's, it gave us the balls to pay homage to other hero's of ours who built the very foundations of what we know as rap music today, the reason we exist and make music the way we do.
5 designs. Designed by PeeKay Art Dept & Course of Study Creative.
Limited run.
Cop one.

Stay posted.

Notes to Self

ps. Do you remember the first time you heard a record, that became an instant classic? Tell us about it.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Evidence - The Cold Weather Remix prod. Bronze One & Book

Evidence just released this new remix to his song "The Cold Weather."

It's produced by Bronze One and Book

Download it here

This remix is amazing!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

No Mas X Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden

This makes me want to get on my shit immediately. James Blagden aint playin'. Incredibly well done. and super bad ass, no question. ps. Dock Ellis was the real deal.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Rest in Peace to the Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal - love goes out to the family & close friends of the Boston-bread/Brooklyn-raised rap icon Keith Elam aka GURU of the Legendary Gangstarr foundation.

I remember purchasing their 2nd LP 'Step in the Arena' on cassette tape with my own loot at the age of 10, and doing the Bart-Man all the way out of Sam the Record Man's like I had just copped the realness. and I did. Shit was REAL. I remember that album changing the way I thought about music, it so did - it was '91 and I had NEVER heard shit like it. Rap had become my shit since first hearing Larry Smith with Whodini in the mid 80's - and I know that dates me - but Prem & Guru quickly became my shit with that record, and every Gangstarr record that followed, they never disappointed. Peace to Brand Nubian in '91 too, great year, started penning my own raps that year overtop Prem & Guru.

Shouts to my Ma for sorta putting me on to Gangstarr inadvertently, she new the biz, well. And shouts to my Pop for checking them Live with me at an outdoor music festival in like '95/'96 I think.

This is a loss we should not let fade.

1966 - 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Who are you feeling right now?

This is Swamp Donkey of the mighty Notes to Self, I'm chilling with my man Bronze, my man Rosh and my man Dope you know he's dope...

I was just thinking to myself, aloud, I wonder who people are feeling right now? There's a lot of new rappers coming up and I want to know who has caught your ear. Who're you bumping this month, this week, today even.

Drop a comment let me know.

Side note - Notes is working on some cool shit right now. More news on that soon.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jay Smooth - Lyricism and Capitalism

I thought this was kinda interesting. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Today a Thank You

Today someone told me that they bought our album and really loved it. They said "I've had tons of friends in bands and most of them weren't very good, but you guys are really something." OK, it was friend, but still...

I wanted to say thank you to all the people who have ever said or wrote anything nice about the album or the group, either to me or to someone else. Sometimes we forget to say thank you. Sometimes we forget that connecting with people and making an impact is what it's all about. Sometimes people buy our album digitally and don't even get to see our thank you page. We really love y'all.

Thank You for Today.

Thank You.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I guess I haven't been to Greenwood station in awhile, cus I missed this one. But this shit is AMAZING. Pardon the camera-phone esque pic.

I've seen cats have a "coffee time" style sign before that said "Coffee Style" or something like that before but... this is an actual flip of two different restaurant chains in one. And they were both Mr. something - and now they're Sir something. This is the greatest flip of all. Its like Nottz produced this sign.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kardinal Offishall - We Gon' Go - director Chris G.

Peep the new video from your boy Kardi. Directed by Chris G. same guy who brought you our homie SHAUN BOOTHE'S "POOR BOY" video. Check below if you haven't seen that yet it's live! Come on, yall know T.O. does it BIG.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Check out these wicked promo videos by the homie DJ Babu. Cameos by Dilated Peoples and the Beat Junkies. Anyone who can identify what SWEATSHIRT Babs is wearing in the second video gets a high five.


Monday, January 25, 2010

20 Classic Hip Hop Albums. Lego versions.

This was actually posted on FormatMag like 2 years ago, and I somehow never saw it. My god. Check out the URL below for more fun. Some of these are so funny.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


We did this interview for Cypher a little while ago. Peep the footage.

Monday, January 18, 2010

OKAYPLAYER.COM Review of A Shot in the Dark

Check out this dope review of our album from OKAYPLAYER.COM

Notes To Self
A Shot In The Dark
BBE : 2009
84/100 Posted on 01/12/2010

In a world of over-produced, commoditized hip hop, it’s strangely comforting to hear the scratch of a turntable these days. The tool that once laid the groundwork for the culture has since been pushed to the background (not backing an MC) and become a novelty for many contemporary artists. Not Notes to Self. Notes to Self are a five member Canadian based hip hop collective anchored by the 2003 World DMC Champion, DJ Dopey, plus two rappers, a rapper/producer, and a writer/illustrator. Wait, an illustrator? Yes, an illustrator. Remember those four elements of hip hop? Notes to Self do, and their debut LP, A Shot In The Dark, is a refreshing reminder that those founding elements are still relevant today.

To be fair, Notes to Self are not the only ones making boom-bap hip hop these days, but A Shot In The Dark is such a well-rounded full-length debut that it’s hard not to get a little excited. By no means are they hip hop traditionalists, Notes to Self more re-contextualize the jazz-based beats and relatable lyrics of the early 90s into our contemporary musical landscape. From the opening track, “Yellow and Grey,” it’s clear that Dilated Peoples have played a major role in their development, not only in their production and turntabalism, but flow as well (Fittingly, they are joined by Dilated on the album’s bonus track, a remix of “Yellow and Grey,” and Evidence on “Nobody”). In fact, Notes to Self are the first to acknowledge the influence that their musical idols have had on what they do, citing Nas’s “Made You Look,” on the laid-back “Days Like These,” and waxing poetic over first hearing De La Soul’s Stakes Is High on “Midnight Oil.”

It’s their passion for hip hop and its history that sets Notes to Self apart. While A Shot In The Dark is not without a lyrical misstep or two, the pros drastically outweigh the cons on an impressively consistent and well-polished debut LP. Like a Canadian mish-mash of Dilated Peoples and People Under the Stairs , Notes to Self bring a refreshing breath of honesty and fun to hip hop that is so rare these days. Throw in a hugely talented DJ and all the elements are there for what is much more than a simple shot in the dark. Note to self: Keep an eye on these guys, because they have an exciting future ahead of them.

-Matt Scroggins

Thanks to Dave G. Ginny and Matt S. for making this happen.