I Got To Have It

July 31, 2009

So crucial.  I’ve known this track for years, but never put Ed O.G as the man behind the classic.  Yesterday I came across this gem on 12″ and bugged out when everything came full-circle.  Trying to get doubles now..

Sleeping!

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House of Flying Daggers

July 31, 2009

Raekwon (feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface, & Method Man): “House of Flying Daggers (Prod. Dilla)”

This just isn’t fair…Dilla dog makes another classic anthem, and the Wu-family kills it like it was 1993 again.  This is a definite win for The Chef.  The hip-hop gods are pleased.

Can Only Built 2 come out already?

Props NR.

PREVIOUSLY: Tracklist w/ Producers

Ambitionz As A Fighta

July 28, 2009

2Pac: “Ambitionz As A Fighta”

There’s been a recent influx of unreleased 2Pac material lately, but this is definitely my favorite.  “Ambitionz As A Ridah” is a certified classic, but the Mike Tyson-themed remix is pretty dope too.

The ironic thing about this track is that he was shot and killed following the infamous Vegas Tyson fight back in 1996.  Craziness.

Via Nah.

Blue Scholars Sign

July 27, 2009

BlueScholars

Another win for Seattle…Aside from Jake One coming out with the upcoming Stimulus Package with Freeway this summer, the Blue Scholars have just been signed to Duck Down Records.  Their last album Bayani (2007) came out on Rawkus and saw a good amount of success, selling around 20,000 copies so far.  Here’s a snippet of the press release:

SEATTLE, WA, July 27th, 2009 – Walking away from numerous record label offers, Blue Scholars will release several upcoming projects through a unique partnership formed with Duck Down Records, and Seattle’s Caffe Vita Coffee Co.

On August 25, 2009 Blue Scholars will release “OOF!” their newest collaborative multi-media project and the first release to be distributed through their new venture.

Dru Ha, CEO of Duck Down Records states, “I believe Blue Scholars is positioned to be one of the next important groups, not just in hip hop, but in music worldwide, and I want Duck Down to be a part of that. They bring their progressive ideas not just to their music and lyrics, but also in the way they think about and do their business.”

Sounds like a good deal for both sides…

Eye Know

July 25, 2009

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, it’s only right that Bass Radio pay homage to one of the greatest records from one of the greatest groups to ever do it.  “Eye Know” is one of the dopest from the LP and one of my personal favorites…

Coroner’s Music

July 23, 2009

O.J. Simpson (Madlib & Guilty Simpson): “Coroner’s Music”

First leak off the upcoming Madlib/Guilty combo from Stones Throw Records.  It’s really good to hear the pairing of these two underground heavyweights, because like Madvillainy 2, it sounds too good to be true.  Apparently, not only is this project actually happening, but is officially releasing this fall.  Can I get a moment for hip-hop?

Props Stones Throw.

OB4CL2 tracklist with production credits included:

01. Return To The North Star (Feat. Papu Wu) (Interlude) (Prod. Bt)
02. House of Flying Daggers (Feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah & Method Man) (Prod. J-Dilla)
03. Sonny’s Missing (Prod. Pete Rock)
04. Pyrex Vision (Prod. Marley Marl)
05. Cold Outside (Feat. Suga Bang & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Atl)
06. Godfather (Feat. Inspectah Deck) (Prod. Rza)
07. New Wu (Feat. Method Man & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Rza)
08. Penitentiary (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Bt)
09. Criminology 09 (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Bt & Rza)
10. Fat Lady Sings (Prod. Rza)
11. Canal Street
12. 10 Bricks (Feat. Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah) (Prod. J-Dilla)
13. G-hide (Feat. Ghostface Killah) (Prod. Negro)
14. Rockstar (Feat. Inspectah Deck & Gza) (Prod. Rza)
15. Catalina (Feat. Busta Ryhmes) (Prod. Dr. Dre)
16. 40 Deuce (Feat. Jadakiss & Styles P) (Prod. Scram Jones)
17. Walk Wit Me (Prod. Scram Jones)
18. We Will Rob You (Feat. Slick Rick, Gza & Masta Killah) (Prod. Allah Justice)
19. Have Mercy (Feat. Beanie Sigel)
20. Surgical Gloves (Prod. The Alchemist)
21. Nigga Me (Prod. Dr. Dre)
22. Mean Streets (Feat. Inspectah Deck) (Prod. Allah Mathematics)
23. Kiss The Ring (Feat. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killah) (Prod. Scram Jones)
24. Ason Jones (Prod. J-Dilla)

Wait…RZA, Dilla, Dre, Alchemist, Marley Marl, and Pete Rock?

Anyone else really looking forward to OB4CL2 (looking at you Benner)? Everything I hear from this is bananas, and it seems that all the right moves were made, with the timing on point.  Hip-hop needs an album like this right now, from one of it’s forgotten gods.

There was a time not too long ago when Wu was running rap, and Raekwon was spoken of in the same sentence as Nas and Biggie.

“New Wu” after the jump..

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Happy B-Day George

July 23, 2009

Well, Happy Belated Birthday anyways.  Shout out to one of the most sampled artists of all-time, and the mastermind behind the legendary Parliament and Funkadelic albums.  “Atomic Dog” continues to get play, and is synonymous with some of the best rap records ever recorded (I’m looking at you Snoop).

Yesterday marked his 62nd birthday…Thanks for keeping it all the way funky George.

Cuckoo

July 21, 2009

Slaughterhouse: “Cuckoo”

Slaughterhouse is back with another album leak entitled “Cuckoo,” with production by DJ Khalil.  They all go in on this one, leaving nothing behind on the lyrical tip.  The best part about this crew, is the fact that they appear to be challenging each other with every song that comes out.  I can’t decide if Crooked I or Royce get the “W” here though..

Via Nah.

This Really Sucks..

July 20, 2009

Apparently, MCA found what appears to be the early stages of cancer (of the lymph node) and will need some resting time for surgery and recovery.  Good news is this is very treatable, and will take him a few weeks before coming back to full speed.  So no need to panic, but cancer is never a word people like to hear…

With this comes an obvious postponing of the album release (The Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1), as well as all upcoming live shows.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Yauch family, and hopefully this will pass and the recovery process will be speedy and painless.

PREVIOUSLY: Too Many Rappers