Halloween Hop

October 31, 2008

In celebration of the illest holiday ever, I thought Bass Rocks could do a little something special.  Over the past twenty plus years, hip-hop has seen it’s fair share of twisted music.  Whether it’s super-gutter beats, or lyrics that take things a little too far, there are definitely some groups out there that see things in a much darker light.

So without further ado, I give you the gulliest rap songs ever made…

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Computer Love

October 31, 2008

Ghostface: “Computer Love”

What’s better than Ghostface rhyming directly over old soul/R&B joints?  I’m going to have to say nothing…

Proper look Nah.

Now, we all know whenever Royce the 5′ 9″ and DJ Premier get together it’s something special.  For example “Boom” and “Hip-hop” (both Preemo beats) are by far Royce’s best joints to date…That is until they dropped “Shake This.”  I can’t even express how important music like this is for the continued maturation of hip-hop as we know it…This shit is bananas.

Oh, and I know I’m pretty late on posting this joint, but I was also pretty late on checking e-mails from early October.  I can’t believe I missed this.  Lesson learned son!

Royce, Preem, and Rick Cordero talk about making the “Shake This” video after the jump..

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Monster Music

October 30, 2008

Braille (Prod. S1): “Frankenstein”

Peep game on the latest track from an MC by the name of Braille, with production by S1 (of Strange Fruit Project fame)…You gotta love hip-hop with a Halloween theme, expecially when it comes in the night before my favorite holiday.

I Don’t Care

October 29, 2008

For this week’s Bass Radio, I thought I’d bring it back to the basics…More specifically New York in 1988.  This was around the same time Rakim and Big Daddy Kane were kinging it, and hip-hop was in it’s prime.  With that said, there was an abundant supply of talented groups, that have since been forgotten about.  Audio Two is one of these groups.  The above is the title track from their debut LP I Don’t Care.

While the video is pretty hilarious (I’m bring back the double fist-pumps by the way), “I Don’t Care” gives a good example of Milk’s lyrical ability, and the duo’s overall dedication to rocking the crowd.

Milk is chillin, Giz is chillin…

In One Week

October 27, 2008

Now, I know this isn’t a political blog, but I couldn’t resist.  Obama is truly moving people all across the globe to believe in an era in change.  His latest speech is about as moving as anything I’ve ever heard from a public speaker…A change is coming, and I can’t wait another second:

One week.

After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George Bush, and twenty-one months of a campaign that has taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are one week away from change in America.

In one week, you can turn the page on policies that have put the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street.

In one week, you can choose policies that invest in our middle-class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom-up so that everyone has a chance to succeed; from the CEO to the secretary and the janitor; from the factory owner to the men and women who work on its floor.

In one week, you can put an end to the politics that would divide a nation just to win an election; that tries to pit region against region, city against town, Republican against Democrat; that asks us to fear at a time when we need hope.

In one week, at this defining moment in history, you can give this country the change we need.

Don’t forget to vote on November 4th, 2008.  This is by far the most historic presidential race in recent memory, and its about time for some much-needed change.

Continue on for the remainder of his “In One Week” speech:

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Best Album of 2008?

October 27, 2008

I know it’s a bit early, and some of these haven’t dropped yet, but I thought I’d give the readers a jump start for this years “Best Album of 2008.”  My Bass Rocks will decide the finalists early January, so polls will remain open until then.

Right now it’s a close one, so I’m not sure how this thing will go.  There was a good mix of underground (The Knux, Guilty Simpson, Murs), mainstream (T.I., Lil’ Wayne), and throwback (Q-Tip, Large Professor).  Some of these albums didn’t live up to the hype, while others excelled beyond expectations.  Here’s the list for right now:

Guilty Simpson: Ode to the Ghetto
T.I.: Paper Trail
Nas: Untitled
Jake One: White Van Music
Madlib: WLIM AM: King of the Wigflip
The Roots: Rising Down
Murs: Murs for President
Common: Universal Mind Control
Q-Tip: The Renaissance
The Knux: Remind Me in 3 Days
Large Professor: Main Source

I put Wayne in there too, just to keep it all the way PC.  You can only vote once, so keep it trill…

UPDATE:  If you have another album in mind, leave a comment below and I’ll adjust the poll accordingly.

Track List:

01. Universal Mind Control
02. Punch Drunk Love (Feat. Kanye West)
03. Make My Day (Feat. Cee-Lo Green)
04. Sex 4 Sugar
05. Announcement (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
06. Gladiator
07. Changes
08. Inhale
09. What a World
10. Everywhere

Oh, and it’s available December 2008 if you were sleeping…Hip-hop is looking good!

The Reading

October 27, 2008

Asher Roth: “The Reading (Prod. Nottz)”

Even though dude gets flack for sounding a little too close to Eminem, he can still spit with the best of them in 2008.  Actually, he reminds me of a young Marshall during his Emfinite and Rawkus days.  Good stuff here, so I can’t really be too mad.  At least there are still lyricists out there who get shine.  Preach!

Good find Nah.

Large Professional

October 26, 2008

Let’s face it…It’s been a long minute since we heard any new material from Large Pro.  While his recent material has been solid for the mosr part, he’s been lacking that spark that made him so dominant in the early 90’s (Breaking Atoms, Illmatic).

His latest contribution to the rap game Main Source, is exactly what we’ve been waiting for all these years.  Actually, listening to this record is the equivalent of time traveling back to 1994.  Large Professor definitely lives in his own world, which is permanently stuck in this era.  This was the same time that SP-1200 and MPC beats were the hotness and size 13 Timbalands were the regular…After listening to the first two tracks and reading through the booklet, you’ll be quickly reminded of all the above.

Continue on for the rest of the review..

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