Best of 2009

February 9, 2010

As I’ve been on a blogging sebattical for several months now (my bad), I never got around to giving a proper “Best of” list for 2009 albums.  Keep in mind these are records that My Bass Rocks messes with, and while most are straight hip-hop/rap oriented, there are some that expand this genre (and then some).  Without further ado, I give you MBR’s Best of 2009 List:

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Is Stones Throw Back?

February 1, 2010

After a couple years of waiting for Stones Throw to get back in rhythm, I have a good feeling that things are starting to turn around for the label.  With recent disappointments from the underground staple (i.e. James Pants and Baron Zen), I recently read their current/upcoming lineup through a promotion in the new Waxpoetics and it looks like this:

Strong Arm Steady: In Search of Stoney Jackson

Dam-Funk: Toeachizown

Guilty Simpson & Madlib: OJ Simpson

Guilty Simpson killed it with his debut back in 2008 (review), and I’ve been waiting on Toeachizown for years now.  Could this mean there’s some momentum for the label moving forward?  Hip-hop heads would love a strong 2010 from Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, and the rest of the lineup, so here’s hoping they continue dropping classic material.  Madvillainy 2 would be a nice touch…Come on son!

I just picked up the new Strong Arm Steady today, so stay tuned for a review.

50 Cent Starting A War?

November 4, 2009

Good timing too…What would an album release from the G-Unit general be without some sort of beef to fuel it?  Recently, 50 got on the radio with Beanie Sigel to talk all things Jay-Z.  More specifically, how he messed up in the whole Roc-a-Fella split, including turning his back on his most loyal label mate and friend.

In the end of the interview, it seems that a G-Unit deal between Sigel and 50 is underway (again), which will just add fuel to the fire.  Honestly, Beanie getting a record deal is something that needs to happen, so why not G-Unit Records?

I’m really hoping this is only the beginning to the 50/Jay war, because this would be a healthy feud for hip-hop.  Jay-Z is getting a little too comfortable in his spot, and 50 would love such a challenge from the jigga man.  50 FTW?  We all know Jay-Z can make an effective diss record (“Takeover” anyone?), but I can’t wait to hear the track that 50 will drop.  He’s a nasty dude, and his new album Before I Self Destruct is significantly better than Blueprint 3 if you ask me.  Get him Fif!

Via NR.

Sample Heaven

September 29, 2009

Last weekend I came across a record I’d been looking for since the beginning of my crate digging days.  Tom Scott’s The Honeysuckle Breeze (Impact), is infamous to hip-hop fans for being the original sample behind Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s timeless anthem “T.R.O.Y.”  Tom Scott absolutely kills it on “Today,” and the second those infectious horns hit, it’s over.  This is by far one of my favorite findings yet, and even though my savings account took a little bit of a hit, it’s one record that is well-worth the investment.

Also, it got me to thinking…While this is easily one of the illest samples of all time, what other OG samples make the cut?  In no particular order, I thought I’d throw together a quick list of samples that live in infamy among the hip-hop community.  Check below for the results..

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Going through my extensive collection of late 90’s hip-hip CD’s, I stopped to reminisce on albums like The Artifacts’ That’s Them, Soundbombing II, and High & Mighty’s Home Field Advantage.  During my high school years, these albums were instant classics, and for me still remain timeless to this day.  Keep in mind, this was the beginning stages of Napster, where CD sales still dominated, and Puff Daddy was going 4 x platinum like it was nothing special.  This was a great time not only for music, but hip-hop especially.  Album release dates were treated like the opening day for The Dark Knight, with people waiting in line outside Tower Records for the latest Jay-Z album.  I was usually first in line, with walkman in hand, most likely looking forward to getting a fresh copy to blast in my boombox when I got home.

I’ve recently come to the realization that I will never get this type of feeling again from new music.  Not that the music itself isn’t good, it’s just a whole separate world that I have yet to get comfortable with.  Today, albums come and go from our consciousness like eating a turkey sandwich from the corner store deli.  Typically, the album drops, the music consumer buys or burns the album, gives it one to three listens in the following two weeks, then moves onto the next.

I blame the internet for this phenomenon.

Continue on below..

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The Posse Cut

July 2, 2009

After recently scoring Kurious’ classic 12” “I’m Kurious,” with “Mansion and a Yacht” on the B-Side I got to thinking…”Mansion” has to be one of the dopest posse cuts to come from the golden era, and there were a significant amount of similar tracks during this time worth mentioning as well.  Posse cuts were the regular on most classic full-lengths from the 90’s, so why not do some back-tracking and pay homage to the ones that shined the brightest?

Without further ado, peep below to see which of your favorite posse joints made the cut..

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How Did I Miss This?

May 21, 2009

Above is the first single of Cali’s own Fashawn, which features Dilated Peoples front man Evidence.  The album Boy Meets World drops in August, with Exile providing all production duties (thank you Lord).  If you know anything about Exile, then you know about his instant classic with Blu that released in 2007 (review HERE).

This is definition of what hip-hop is missing.  Real lyricist with real beats.  This is now #1 on my anticipation list.  Cotdamn!

Fashawn interview with Peter Rosenberg on Real Late (Hot 97) after the jump..

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Asher Roth is to hip-hop bloggers what Swine Flu is to CNN.

I usually keep my mouth shut over pointless banter like this, but this is one of those subjects that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.  The infamous “nappy-headed hoes” comment is the biggest thing in hip-hop right now, which is not only laughable, but incredibly pathetic for a genre that is (and has been) stuck in a black hole.

Keep on to hear what I mean..

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I know EVERYONE is on dude’s jock, but I haven’t heard anything to make me start doing back flips yet.  Now, I’m not going to dog Drake this early, but just watch the above and tell me this shit isn’t wack.  I guess the 2009 version of an MC calls a “freestyle” reciting lyrics they wrote on a goddam BlackBerry…He also gets nervous towards the end because he can’t find more material to read off his phone in time.  Just rhyme yo!!!  That’s what hip-hop is about!  Also, he keeps going “Uh,” “Young!” and “Ho!” like Jay-Z and “Yeah!” like Lil’ Wayne in between rhymes (really dude?).  Does he actually have an original style, or is he really this boring?  Oh, and this is what a freestyle looks like homie (not to say that they are equal by any means):

G.O.A.T. – Too $hort?

April 19, 2009

Beeeeeeeetch!

For this debate on G.O.A.T. potentials, I have to take it to the West Coast.  Not only that, but the most important figure from the California rap scene.  Too $hort is one of the more respected names in hip-hop, but doesn’t receive the amount of shine that he truly deserves.  While everyone thinks of Tupac (California transplant) or Snoop Dogg when they think of the West, Too $hort put this side of the country on the map in the early 80’s.  He paved the way for such hip-hop legends as E-40 and Mac Dre, and is a true contender for G.O.A.T. status.

Here’s why..

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