Archive for November, 2009


Clipse – Dealing With Dealing & Music

Til The Casket Drops

I been waiting on Clipse’s Til The Casket Drops for about three years now, as many fans have been. Pusha T and Malice comprise one of the few duos that has stayed consistent in the quality of their music – lyricism, content, imagery, production – throughout label woes and industry bullshit.

This album seems to be no different.

It’s got the singles, the R&B-friendly jams, and the street anthems. But the one aspect of the Clipse that I’ve admired the most is their ability to go beyond glorifying their surroundings, whether drug dealing or the music industry. This portayal of the darker side started with “I’m Not You” and has been a steady theme throughout the rest of Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury.

The ways in which each Thornton brother deals with their past and present is increasingly intriguing. It’s the reason why I had to rewind TTCD’s opening track “Speak of Freedom” about five times before proceeding.

Over haunting guitar riffs provided by Sean C & LV, “Speak of Freedom” depicts each MC’s perspective on their struggle with music as life. “Music’s been nothing more than a self-made prisonPusha spits, commenting on how it has affected friendships and relationships in his life. He notes that he’s “in the same group, but I don’t feel my brother’s pain/ Not to confuse, I was sentimental all the same/ I just don’t feel nothin’, I’m numb by the will to gain.” It’s an anamoly to hear a rapper talk about the downside of the grind, since many hide their emotions behind bars bragging about their hustle.

Older brother Malice, continues to warn of the consequences experienced as an entertainer,Nevermind my car, careful what you wish for/ Behind every curtain, the devil and his pitch fork.” He also comments on jealously, lust & love, noting he was “happy being piss poor.” He provides the other side of flaunting his riches – the side that few are ever real enough to mention.

It’s not often you find this dynamic combination in hip-hop, as Clipse walks the line between shining and sinning for an accurate portrayal of both sides of the high life.. before the casket drops on all of us.

Download: Clipse – Speak of Freedom


Track List:

1. Speak of Freedom (Produced By Sean C & LV)
2. Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat. Cam’ron (Produced By The Neptunes)
3. Kinda Like a Big Deal feat. Kanye West (Produced By DJ Khalil)
4. Showin’ Out feat. Yo Gotti Produced By The Neptunes)
5. I’m Good feat. Pharrell (Produced By The Neptunes)
6. There Was A Murder (Produced By DJ Khalil)
7. Door Man (Produced By The Neptunes)
8. Never Will It Stop feat. Ab-Liva (Produced By Sean C & LV)
9. Eyes On Me feat. Keri Hilson (Produced By The Neptunes)
10. Counseling (Produced By The Neptunes)
11. Champion (Produced By The Neptunes)
12. Footsteps (Produced By DJ Khalil)
13. Life Change (Produced By The Neptunes)


OutKast Instrumentals


Just as the title says, I’m hookin up some OutKast instrumental albums today, ATLiens and Aquemini in particular. You can find the samples to all their albums on the right sidebar. With these, you’ll be able to focus in on some of Organized Noize’s best productions.

If you have any of their other instrumental albums or individual tracks, hit me in the comments or e-mail. Much appreciated!

Speaking of the greatest duo in hip-hop OutKast.. What happened to Sir Luscious Left Foot dropping this year? And an Andre 3K solo LP? AND an OutKast album? At this rate, we won’t hear any new stuff from these two until the most talentless rapper alive Gucci Mane gets out of jail. I’m praying that they get it together sooner than that.

Check both albums in one link below, Enjoy!

Download: OutKast – ATLiens & Aquemini Instrumentals


What Are You Thankful For?

Sexy Turkey

.. That’s the question I’m posing to my faithful readers today on this glorious American holiday. What is it that you are thankful for? Hit up the comment section with your answers.

I’m also hooking up some of my favorite song about giving thanks. These are hand-picked from my personal collection, I hope y’all like ’em.

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving all, Enjoy!

Download: Bob Marley – Thank You Lord (Vocal Version)

Dido – Thank You

DOOM – Thank Yah

Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got

Maze & Franky Beverly – I Wanna Thank You

Stevie Wonder – Thank You Love


Sample RJD2’s Tin Foil Hat EP

Tin Foil Hat EP Vinyl

I know I’m probably not authorized to post the entire Tin Foil Hat EP, the latest offering from producer extraordinaire & multi-instrumentalist RJD2, so I’ll hit my faithful readers up with a couple tracks that I like and let you holla at me if you need it hunt down the rest.

The ex-Def Jux musician returns on this EP to the instrumental soundscapes fusing hip-hop, experimental, and hints of dub, funk & trip-hop that highlighted his first two albums Deadringer and Since We Last Spoke but were missing almost entirely from ’07’s The Third Hand.

If you like the songs below, pick up your copy of the Tin Foil Hat EP as part of RJD2’s 2002-2010 collection on Amazon.

Big thanks to Jeff Weiss (whose writing I greatly admire and openly envy) for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: RJD2 – Before or Since

                           RJD2 – Thine Platetarium


Live Re-Mixing 101


I’ve been meaning to post this for a minute, but this annoying thing called real life got in the way of blogging right quick.

I got this mix in my inbox last week and I’ve been bumping it steadily ever since.

Remix crew Keys N Krates, comprised of DJ Jr Flo, keyboardist Matisse & drummer Adam Tune, flip some classic hip-hop records for an organic, real-time podcast called Live Re-Mixing 101 presented by Urb Magazine.

Listen as Matisse reinterprets Just Blaze’s instantly-recognizable melody from Jay-Z’s “Public Service Annoucement.” Also, hear Jr Flo scratch the Aretha Franklin sample from Mos Def’s “Miss Fat Booty” and Lauryn Hill’s eloquent vocals from “Fu Ge La” float smoothly over Tune’s live drums. Definitely ain’t no fakin’ the funk on this one!

I highly recommend turning the volume up and letting this half-hour podcast mix rock. Whether you’re in the whip or at the crib with your peoples, I’ll bet my bottom dollar this impresses.

To find out more about Keys N Krates, hit up or their blog

Shout to Armando for sending this over, Enjoy!

Download: Keys N Krates – Live Re-Mixing 101 [SoundCloud Link]


The Natural

The Natural Front

Aw shit! Looks like another highly-anticipated project dropped, right on time as HTT homie Emilio Rojas links with DJ Green Lantern for The Natural

This tape boasts some dope producers, including Green himself, Sean C & LV, Charlemagne, Keelay & Zaire, Boi-1da, 6th Sense, & Nottz. I’m looking forward to hearing Rojas spit some flames, seeing as Recession Proof was one of last year’s illest projects.

Peep the download link & tracklist below. Shout to K Nott & Co for the heads up and the man himself for the link, Enjoy!

Download: DJ Green Lantern Presents Emilio Rojas – The Natural

The Natural Back


The Drawing Board

Brokn Englsh

It’s here! Jersey’s own Brokn Englsh has released their album The Drawing Board produced by Def Dom (nice name, fam!) of the Akai Pros for the recession-friendly price of free.99.

I haven’t listened yet, but I have a feeling this will be extra dope judging from the leaks thus far. I’ll be spinning this heavily when I’m home from the office.

Be sure to let the fellas know what you think. Check out the download link and track list below, Enjoy!

Download: Brokn Englsh – The Drawing Board

1. Intro
2. I Will f/ Pardon The Stranger
3. Ya Dig f/ 8thW1
4. The Joy Of Beat Making (Interlude)
5. No Words
6. Dust
7. The Prince Debacle (Skit)
8. Stat Quo
9. The Last Straw
10. Make It Alright
11. Cherry Popper
12. Make Some Noise (Scratches by MentPlus)
13. Yes I Am f/ Daniel Joseph
14. Shut Shit Down


Cop Today: 50 Cent, John Mayer, Felt, Rakim & More

50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct (CD & DVD)

Morning all, We’ve got some quality discs dropping today. I’m especially diggin’ the new John Mayer Battle Studies and Fiddy’s Before I Self Destruct but I was surprisingly disappointed by Rakim Allah’s The Seventh Seal. I need another run-through to finalize my opinion on each, though.

The new Felt record is impressive but I’d rather hear Murs & Slug over Ant’s production than Aesop Rock’s, something just doesn’t fit. The duo sounds more natural over Ant’s backdrops but their third effort A Tribute To Rosie Perez isn’t bad at all.

Ready to support the artists? Click on the covers or text to scoop your very own copy at Amazon and listen for yourself, Enjoy!

John Mayer – Battle Studies

Felt – A Tribute To Rosie Perez

Rakim – The Seventh Seal

Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Message To The Other Side (2 CD)

Edan – Echo Party


I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman [Video]

Here’s the video for a song guaranteed to be on my year-end listk-0s’ “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman” featuring Saukrates & Nelly Furtado on the hook.

The video, directed by X,  is pretty simple which is dope since the song says a lot on its own. This cut is off Toronto-native k-os’ album Yes!, which is dropping on iTunes on November 17th and physical copies in February ’10.

Shouts to the homie Hallway J for the hook up and my hard drive for the bonus download below, Enjoy!

Bonus Download: k-os ft. Saukrates & Nelly Furtado – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman



Wu-Tang (still) is for the children

R.I.P. Russell Jones a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard a.k.a. Dirt McGirt a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus a.k.a. Ason Jones a.k.a. Osiris the Father a.k.a. Joe Bananas a.k.a. Drunken Master Styles a.k.a. Ill Irving the Murderer.. Whew.

He died 5 years ago today. Wow, time flies. I saw Wu perform the February after ODB passed. It was an emotional night in Manhattan, I’ll never forget how it looked with everyone putting their lighters in the air for the fallen soldier. Moving, indeed.

For more, head over to Kevin Nottingham as they kick off their ODB tribute weekend today. Peep one of my favorite Dirt Dog videos “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” uncut as I’m sure it’s one of yours too. Enjoy!

Corleone, Hold the Throne



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