Who Dat (No Saints)

April 27, 2010

J.Cole: “Who Dat”

Newest track from one of the youngest in charge.  J.Cole has a nice flow and appears to actually like to make good (hip-hop) music.  Not mad at this at all…

More MC’s in the same vein as Fashawn, J.Cole, and (even) Drake is a good thing.  Do I sense a resurgence?

Via. NR.

Boy Meets World

October 29, 2009

Months ago I went to a Wale show out at Mezzanine, and opening up for him was my new favorite duo Blu & Exile.  The group I came with was more so into the headliner, but I’d heard too many great things about Exile on the MPC and Blu on the mic to be swayed.  Plus, the best hip-hop album I’d heard in years Below the Heavens was still getting heavy rotation.

Their set was incredible, managing to hit nearly every track on their debut, which was a dope thing to see.  But just as they were about to call it a wrap, this little guy comes running out (ala Phife Dawg at every De La Soul show I’ve ever been to), and starts spitting with a vengeance.  I mean, this dude came onstage with a purpose, and that purpose was to rock the crowd.  In my many years of going to shows, it’s pretty obvious who carries the weed in the group, and who runs shit.  This guy was definitely in charge of the stage, no question about that.

After about 2 songs from this unknown rapper, he belts out “My name is Fashawn…Buy my upcoming album Boy Meets World, entirely produced by this man here (*points at Exile*).”   I was sold.  Just like that, my anticipation for his debut LP started.

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Late pass (again).

Recently copped that Purple tape sequel, and couldn’t be any more impressed with the official outcome.  OB4CL2 has been in limbo for what feels like a decade now – first in the hands of Dr. Dre and Aftermath, then independently, until finally reaching EMI.  Just as this LP reached a Detox level of anticipation, Chef Rae gave us the final street date, along with production credits, and full track list.  Not only did the hype continue, but the slowly leaked album tracks sounded nice, which helped the Wu-general’s cause.

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Blueprint 3

September 3, 2009

Advanced copies and leaked downloads have been running rampant since early this week, and since I was able to get my hands on a copy earlier than expected, I thought it only right to share my thoughts.  Blueprint 3 has been on everyone’s radar since first being announced last year, following his disappointing return to hip-hop with Kingdome Come.  The subsequent releases of “Jockin Jay-Z” (fire) and “Brooklyn Go Hard,” had Jay-Z fans foaming at the mouths, eagerly waiting to get their hands on the final product.  Once No ID and Kanye West were announced as Executive Producers, it seemed the stars had finally aligned.

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Cruising through the New Release section at Amoeba last weekend, I came across an album I hadn’t heard about for some time.  The El Michaels Affair is a funk/soul group from NYC, and are an extended part of the Dap Kings family tree (along with Budos Band, etc.).  They became famous from their exclusive 45″ releases of classic Wu-Tang covers (i.e. “Glaciers of Ice” and “C.R.E.A.M.”), and after doing some local shows with Raekwon himself, demand for a full length cover album had skyrocketed.

That being said, this was a couple years ago, so seeing Enter The 37th Chamber chilling on the shelf was pretty surreal and caught me off guard.  Needless to say, I grabbed a copy with the quickness.

Thoughts after the jump..

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Blackout! 2

May 30, 2009

It’s been nearly a decade since Meth & Red released an official follow-up to their 1999 classic Blackout!, and the obvious sequel has been long overdue.  The first album got serious rotation in the late nineties/early 2000’s, and still sounds fresh to this day when played in the blaster…Two important points in favor of the “classic” argument.

There has never been a more animated duo in hip-hop, and the overall energy these two bring when combined is off the charts.  Whether on stage (if you haven’t witnessed this you’re tripping) or through the mic, Red & Meth stretch out a wide array of feelings…From laid-out weed anthems, to bang-your-head street joints, they have all areas in between covered.

It’s been a long time coming, but well worth the wait..

Review after the jump.

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Relapse

May 19, 2009

It’s been four long years without music’s favorite villain, and it seems that the general public has gotten a little too comfortable in his absence.  Well, Marshall is back in full force with his latest LP Relapse, which means it’s time to get uncomfortable once again.

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Born Like This

April 24, 2009

DOOM (aka MF Doom aka Zev Love X) has remained out of the underground hip-hop spotlight for the better part of 4 years, with his last official release dropping back in 2005 (The Mouse and The Mask).  It also doesn’t help that he hit some controversy last year, by allowing skinny impostors wearing the mask to rock “MF Doom” shows in his absence (several times in a row).

Having been extremely influential and consistent during 2004-2005, the above factors wouldn’t seem to bode well for a successful return after 4 years of  no material and bad publicity.

With that said, I was pretty apprehensive when it came to getting excited over a new DOOM album.  After all the time that had past, and all the hate he was receiving from his fan base, the new LP was sure to backfire…Right?  Right?

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Instant Classic?

December 4, 2008

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Wow, I missed the bus on this one pretty hard (August 2007 release date)…My boy got me a copy of Below the Heavens a couple days ago and insisted I give it a listen.

Start to finish this album is bananas.  From production (Exile) to lyrics (Blu), there isn’t one aspect of the record that brings it down by any means.  Actually, I should probably put that differently.  This is a perfect record all the way through.

With that said, how was I tripping so hard?  Was it just me, or did other people sleep on this release too?

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Black M(ill)k

November 10, 2008

I was in Amoeba last weekend, on the hunt for some new music.  Aside from scoring the first Jungle Brothers LP Straight Out the Jungle, as well as the 12″ of Group Home’s Supastar, I wanted a new record to blast in my iPod.  I’d heard great things about the new Knux joint (review soon), so I figured I’d grab a copy there.  Turns out, they hadn’t received the shipment of these CD’s yet…What?

However, sitting next to the register was a shiny new copy of Tronic, the sophomore effort from Detroit beatsmith Black Milk (Fat Beats).  I’d been tripping so hard off that new Jake One, that I totally forgot about this release.  His debut Popular Demand was pretty dope, and I could see the potential there for hip-hop greatness..Needless to say, I kept it real.

Peep game below for my thoughts on Tronic..

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