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09
Jan
10

Writers Build: The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Non-Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

Gramatically-incorrect, but who cares?!

We’ ain’t done just yet, Writers Build is still in full effect!

And you probably thought all I listened to was hip-hop.. Ha! Gotcha.

In between spinning Mos Def and Raekwon this year, me and my homie Jaap van der Doelen (of The Rap Up and Maasland FM fame) took some time to expand our horizons beyond the realm of rap. What we found were some extremely great projects by a gang of non-hip-hoppers.

Our lists cover many typesof music, including R&B, pop, reggae, soul, dubstep, jazz, rock and even afro-funk (yes, I may have made that genre up, but it’s true). Check these out when you’re not in the mood for neck-snapping beats or lyrical onslaughts.

Click the covers or links to support the artists, Enjoy!

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

Dom

1. Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement [MP3 Download]

2. Michael Jackson – This Is It [MP3 Download]

3. Melanie Fiona – The Bridge [MP3 Download]

4. Matisyahu – Light [MP3 Download]

5. Alicia Keys – The Element of Freedom [MP3 Download]

6. Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka

7. The Kickdrums – Just A Game

8. Chrisette Michele – Epiphany [MP3 Download]

9. Ryan Leslie – Ryan Leslie [MP3 Download]

10. John Mayer – Battle Studies [MP3 Download]

11. Norah Jones – The Fall [MP3 Download]

12. J Rawls & John Robinson present Jay Are – The 1960’s Jazz Revolution Again [MP3 Download]

13. Maxwell – Blacksummers’night [MP3 Download]

14. Serani – No Games [MP3 Download]

15. Whitney Houson – I Look To You [MP3 Download]

16. Trey Songz – Ready [MP3 Download]

17. Flaming Lips – Embryonic [MP3 Download]

18. Leona Lewis – Echo [MP3 Download]

19. Keith Jarrett Trio – Yesterdays [MP3 Download]

20. Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue [MP3 Download]

Honorable Mention: Zero 7 – Yeah Ghost [MP3 Download]

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information Vol 3

Jaap

1. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information, Vol. 3 [MP3 Download]

2. De Staat – Wait For Evolution

3. Arctic Monkeys – Humbug

4. Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You [MP3 Download]

5. Dub Colossus – A Town Called Addis [MP3 Download]

We’ve come a long way in the Writers Build segment, we’ve got a couple more posts left before we’re done. Stay tuned!

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07
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2009

The Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2009

It’s all come down to this. All the effort, pain, and struggle from artists and bloggers alike culminates now as three writers’ crown the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2009.

Aight, so I’m exagerrating a lil’ bit. And, admittedly, I’m lying through my teeth. We actually still have some more lists after this. But this is like the Rose Bowl – the grandaddy of ’em all!

I went kinda crazy with this one, because this type of ish excites me. It was an exceptional year for individual tracks, as we pulled songs from albums, mixtapes, CD singles, and even vinyl to present you with 3 separate lists of dopeness. These aren’t your averages lists, as you’ll see when you peruse them. We flipped it differently, I hope you’ll have fun while listening.

My fellow contributors this time are:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

J Nicholson, Cornerstone Promotion National Mixshow/ Lifestyle Marketing

I’ve hooked up download links below for you to scoop each list in its entirety. If you’d rather me upload each track, well too bad! drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do.

Hold the Throne’s Writers Build proudly presents the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2009, Enjoy!

Raekwon & Ghostface

Photo Credit: Dallas Penn

Download: HTT Writers Build – Dom CorleoneBest Hip-Hop Songs of 2009 Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1:

14KT – Hello

50 Cent – Man’s World

6th Sense – Thoughts

Alchemist ft. Maxwell & Twista – Smile

B.o.B. ft. OJ Juiceman & Bun B – I Am The Man

Beanie Sigel – Why Wouldn’t I

Big Boi ft. George Clinton, Too $hort & Sam Chris – For Your Sorrows

BK-One ft. Black Thought – Philly Boy

BK-One ft. Phonte, Brother Ali & The Grouch – Here I Am

Black Milk – Dreams

BlakRoc ft. Mos Def – On The Vista

Blame One ft. Blu & Exile – Wonder Why

Blame One – Documentarian

Bobby Ray – Put Me On (Reebok Classic ’09)

Brother Ali – Breakin’ Dawn

Brother Ali – Palm The Joker / Good Lord

Cam’ron – Silky (No Homo)

Clipse – Freedom

Clipse ft. Kanye West – Kinda Like A Big Deal

Diamond District – Back 2 Basics

DJ JS-1 ft. OC & Pharoahe Monch – Ridiculous

DJ Quik & Kurupt – 9x’s Outta 10

Donny Goines ft. Che Grand & Izza Kizza – She Likes

Doom – Rap Ambush

Doom – That’s That

Drake – Fear

Drake – November 18th

Drake – Say What’s Real

Drake ft. Bun B & Lil’ Wayne – Uptown

Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem – Forever

Drake ft. Lil’ Wayne & Young Jeezy – I’m Goin’ In (Remix)

Eminem – Beautiful

Eminem – Tim Westwood Freestyle (“Respect My Conglomerate,” “Alchemist,” “Chonkyfire”)

Fabolous ft. Jeremih – It’s My Time

Fashawn ft. Blu – Samsonite Man

Finale – Pay Attention / Interlude – Beat The Drums

Freddie Gibbs – G.I. Pride prod. Just Blaze

Fresh Daily – Untucked Nunchucks

Ghostface Killah – Stapleton Sex

J Dilla ft. Havoc & Raekwon – 24K Rap

J. Cole – Grown Simba

J. Cole – Lights Please

J.Period & K’naan ft. Kardinal Offishall, Steele & Bajah – Belly Full (Bob Marley Tribute)

Jadakiss ft. Nas – What If

Jay-Z – D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)

Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

Jay Electronica – Exhibit A

Jay Electronica – Exhibit C 

Joe Budden ft. Wale – Tito Santana

Joell Ortiz ft. Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9 & Crooked I – Move On (Slaughterhouse Mix)

K’naan – Wavin’ Flag

K-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

Kanye West ft. T-Pain – Flight School

Keelay & Zaire ft. Tunji – Addicts For Real

Kid Cudi – Soundtrack 2 My Life

Kid Cudi ft. MGMT & Ratatat – Pursuit of Happiness

Part 2:

Lil’ Wayne – Ice Cream

Lil’ Wayne – Watch My Shoes

Lupe Fiasco – The National Anthem

Lushlife – Until The Sun Dies

M.O.P. – Forever & Always

Maino ft. T-Pain – All The Above

Marco Polo & Torae ft. Masta Ace & Sean Price – Hold Up

Method Man & Redman ft. Saukrates – Ayo

Method Man & Redman ft. Bun B – City Lights

Mike Posner ft. Big Sean, Donnis & Jackie Chain – Smoke & Drive

Mos Def – Casa Bey

Mos Def – Supermagic

Mos Def – Workers Comp

Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli – History

Nas ft. Marsha Ambrosius- If I Ruled The World ’09 (Smirnoff Signature Mix)

Pac Div – Mayor

Pill – Trap Goin’ Ham

Raekwon – Surgical Gloves

Raekwon ft. Cappadonna & Ghostface – 10 Bricks

Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa – Kiss The Ring

Raekwon ft. Lyfe Jennings – Catalina

Raekwon ft. Method Man & Ghostface – New Wu

Rakim – Holy Are You

Random Axe – Monster Babies

Red Cafe ft. Jadakiss, Rick Ross, Fabolous, OJ Da Juiceman & Diddy – Hottest In The Hood Remix

Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J . Cole & Mos Def – Just Begun

Rhymefest – Exodus 5.1

Rick Ross – Mafia Music

The Roots – How I Got Over (Live)

Royce Da 5’9 ft. Crooked I – Gun Harmonizing

Saigon ft. Just Blaze – Gotta Believe It

Saigon & Statik Selektah – Spit

Sean Price ft. Law & Rock – Hot

Sean Price – Petro & Royce Da 5’9 – Goodnite!!!

Skiggy Rapz ft. Tienus – Today

Skyzoo – The Opener

Slaughterhouse – Microphone

Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock

Souls of Mischief – Tour Stories

Tanya Morgan – So Damn Down

Tiye Phoenix – Master Plan

UGK – Da Game Been Good To Me

Wale ft. Melanie Fiona & J. Cole – Beautiful Bliss

William Cooper ft. Stoneface & Majesty – Free prod. BP

Mos Def

Photo Credit: Drop Magazine

Download: HTT Writers Build – Jaap van der DoelenBest Hip-Hop Songs of 2009

1. Mos Def ft. Slick Rick – Auditorium

2. Raekwon ft. Ghost, Meth & INS – House Of Flying Daggers

3. Slaughterhouse – The One

4. Red & Meth ft Bun B – City Lights

5. K’Naan & J.Period ft. Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

6. Slum Village ft. Marsha Ambrosius – Cloud 9

7. Clipse – Freedom

8. Wale ft. K’Naan – TV In The Radio

9. Jay Electronica – Exhibit C

10. Beastie Boys ft. Nas – Too Many Rappers

 

Doom

Photo Credit: Stones Throw & The New Yorker

Download: HTT Writers Build – J NicholsonBest Hip-Hop Songs of 2009

1. Jay Electronica – Exhibit C

2. Busta Rhymes ft. Billy Danze – Undescribable

3. Doom – Ballskin

4. Nas ft. Marsha Ambrosius- If I Ruled The World ’09 (Smirnoff Signature Mix)

5. Rapper Big Pooh ft. Darien Brockington – Move

6. Jet Audio ft. The Kid Daytona – Lose Your Mind

7. Royce Da 5’9 – I Gotta Shake This

8. Pac Div – Mayor

9. Redman & Method Man – Mrs. International

10. Busta Rhymes ft. Show Money – Try Your Hand

11. Busta Rhymes ft. Spliff Star & Reek – Piano Man

12. Skillz – 2009 Rap Up

13. Raekwon ft. Jadakiss & Styles P – Broken Safety

14. Raekwon ft. Inspectah Deck & Masta Killa -Kiss The Ring

15. Sean Price- Pork Chops & Applesauce

16. Slaughterhouse ft. Pharoahe Monch – Salute

17. Joe Scudda – Trunk Rattle

18. J Dilla ft. Black Thought – Reality TV

19. J Dilla ft. Lil’ Fame of M.O.P. – Blood Sport

20. Marco Polo & Torae ft. Masta Ace & Sean Price – Hold Up

21. Mos Def – Workers Comp

22. Mos Def ft. Slick Rick – Auditorium

23. Doom – Gazzillion Ear

24. Redman & Method Man – Dangerous MC’s

25. Guilty Simpson – Stress

26. Najee – Cold Outside

27. De La Soul ft. Raheem Devaughn – Morning Rise

28. J. Cole – Lights Please

29. J. Cole – Grown Simba

30. 50 Cent – Strong Enough

31. Skyzoo – The Opener

32. Busta Rhymes – Fate Of The World

33. Skyzoo – For What It’s Worth

34. 50 Cent – Redrum

35. Drake ft. Phonte & Elzhi – Think Good Thoughts (Really from ’05 but was released this year)

36. Royce Da 5’9 ft. Bun B & Joell Ortiz – Hood Love

37. Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J . Cole & Mos Def – Just Begun

38. Fashawn ft. Planet Asia – The Score

39. Redman ft. Ready Roc – Coc Back

40. 50 Cent – So Disrespectful

41. Fashawn – Lost In NY

42. Ed. OG & Masta Ace – Little Young

43. L.E.G.A.C.Y. ft. Sean Price & Phonte – T.K.O.

44. Snoop Dogg –  I Wanna Rock

45. The Roots – Choir Fire

46. Pac Div – Whiplash

47. Pac Div – Young Black Male

48. Jay-Z ft. Kid Cudi – Already Home

49. Eminem – My Mom

50. Raekwon ft. Cappadonna & Ghostface Killah – 10 Bricks

05
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Mixtapes of 2009

The Best Mixtapes of 2009

And, we’re back in action!

Last year, mixtapes dominated both the internet and the streets. There were all sorts of dope projects, from blend-tapes and remixtapes to artists going in over original beats and widely-used production. The lists compiled here cover many of these and everything in between.

Our contributors, once again:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

J Nicholson, Cornerstone Promotion National Mixshow/ Lifestyle Marketing

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

… And yours truly, of course.

Per usual, click the covers or titles to purchase or download your copies. Let’s get it goin’, Enjoy!

No Ceilings 

Dom

1. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

2. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

3. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

4. Michael Jackson & DJ Jazzy Jeff  – He’s The King, I’m The DJ [via UNDRCRWN]

5. Pill – DJ Burn One Presents 4180: The Prescription / The Empire & DJ Skee Present 4075: The Refill

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up [via DC to BC]

7. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

8. The Cool Kids & Don Cannon – Gone Fishing [via OnSmash]

9. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

10. Drake – So Far Gone [MP3 Download]

11. Freddie Gibbs – Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik

12. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual [via The Rap Up]

13. Memory Man – Wu-Tang Clan vs. D.I.T.C. [via Get Right Music]

14. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

15. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

16. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

17. Nipsey Hussle – DJ Whoo Kid, The Empire & Jonny Shipes Present – Bullets Ain’t Got No Names Vol.3

18. Pac Div – Church League Champions

19. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

20. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

Honorable Mentions: Emilio Rojas – DJ Green Lantern Presents: The Natural, K-Salaam & Beatnick – Never Can Say Goodbye, Raekwon – Blood On A Chef’s Apron, Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – Sample Junkies

 

K'Naan & J. Period - The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

Jaap van der Doelen

1. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

2. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

3. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

4. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

5. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up

7. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

8. Jadakiss & Green Lantern – Kiss My Ass (The Champ Is Here Pt. 2)

9. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

 

J. Period Presents - The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

J Nicholson

1. J.Period Presents – Q-Tip The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

2. J. Cole – The Warm Up

3. J Period Presents – The Best of Mary J. Blige Vol. 1-3

4. Black Milk – Purple Tracks

5. DJ Jazzy Jeff – Live From Nowhere (90’s Mix)

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

7. DJ Neil Armstrong – Sweeet Pt. 2

8. Busta Rhymes- I Bullshit You Not

9. Marsha Ambrosius- Yours Truly Mixtape [via Metal Lungies]

10. 50 Cent – War Angel

11. 50 Cent – Forever King

12. DJ Chonz – Peaceful Journey Mixtape (MJ Tribute)

13. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

14. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

15. Pac Div – Church League Champions

16. Brinks Boys Presents Raekwon – Staten Go Hard Vol.1 [via Flawless Hustle]

17. Raekwon- Cuban Revolution Hosted by Memory Man

18. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

19. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

20. DJ Premier – New, Rare & Unreleased (Mixed By DJ Loscar)

 

Diz Gibran - Soon You'll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

Trav Glave

1. Diz Gibran – Soon You’ll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

2. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

3. Buff1 – It’s A 1derful Life Hosted by DJ Rhettmatic [via Grand Good]

4. The Problemaddicts Presents – The Guest List

5. Kooley High – Kooley Is High Hosted by K-Salaam [via illRoots]

6. Zilla Rocca – Bring Me the Remix of Zilla Rocca [via So Much Silence]

7. Brown Bag Allstars – The Brown Tape

8. Illite – Champion Mixtape

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

11. Tiron – Ketchup Mixed by DJ Low Key

12. Jermiside – Die Jerm Die Mixed by DJ Low Key

13. yU – Before Taxes [via Fresh Selects]

14. Adrian Champion – Stars & Stripes

15. Small Professor – Resurrected The Remix

16. Cee & Bekah – The Soul Movement, Vol 3: The Final Chapter Hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban

17. Tanya Morgan Presents i-El – The Prelude [via OkayPlayer]

18. Charlie Smarts – F’Alex

19. LoveJones – Love Potion Number 9th The Hangover [via Refined Hype]

20. Ullnevaknow – The Color Purple

.. We’ve still got a few more Writers Build segments to go. Stick with us, now!

03
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

Movin’ right along in our Writers Build segment, let’s break down the Best Instrumental Albums of 2009.

Contributors this time around are:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

The musicians noted here range from full-bands to production crews to one-man beat-making gurus. Whether widely-available to purchase on Amazon and iTunes or pushed on blogs or Bandcamp for free.99, the quality is evident from the jump. Enough of my yappin’, let’s get into the picks.

Click the covers or titles to purchase or download, Enjoy!

Writers Build: The Best Instrumental Albums of 2009

El Michels Affair - 37th Chamber

Dom

1. El Michels Affair – Enter the 37th Chamber  [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

2. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

3. Exile – Radio

4. Paul White – The Strange Dreams of Paul White [MP3 Download]

5. Nicolay – City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya [MP3 Download]

6. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

7. Madlib – Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute To Dilla [MP3 Download] (Cosigned by Jaap)

8. Diego Bernal – For Corners

9. Blazo – Alone Journey

10. Dert – Talk Strange (A Beat Tape Inspired by Bjork) [Shout to Crate Kings for the link]

11. Eligh – Gandalf’s Beat Machine Level 3

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

14. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

15. Blueprint – Sign Language

16. Nheap – Skymotion

17. Shano – A Butterfly In Boston

18. Inf – The Go Round [MP3 Download]

19. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy [Shout to Trav for the link]

20. Lambent – Smoothness Extract [MP3 Download]

21. Oddisee – Odd Summer / Odd Autumn [Shout to OkayPlayer for the links]

22. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound [Shout to HipHopProduction for the link]

23. RJD2 – Tin Foil Hat EP

24. Samiyam – Man vs. Machine

25. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

Honorable MentionsCrust & Grimes – Bleezy Listening, Esoteric – Saving Seamus Ryan (Instrumentals), The Herbaliser Band – Session 2 [MP3 Download]

Diego Bernal - For Corners

Trav Glave

1. Diego Bernal – For Corners

2. Blueprint – Sign Language

3. Exile – Radio

4. Kid Hum – Fossel Fuel

5. Batsauce – Spy vs. Spy

6. Hippo – Father Funk Mother Salsa Son Flava

7. 14KT – Nowalataz LP

8. Apollo Brown – Make Do

9. Damu & Y Society – Travel At Your Own Pace Instrumentals

10. Blu – Open [Shout to the homies at TSS for the link]

11. Oh No – Dr. No’s Ethiopium [MP3 Download]

12. Kan Kick – Beautiful: Opus of Love Deeper Than Flesh

13. K-Def – Beats from the 90’s Vol 2

14. Lateef Dameer – Dairy of a Ballad Drummer

15. RCA Miles High – Da Beat Tape

16. Alex Stange – The 45 Project

17. Blockhead – The Music Scene [MP3 Download]

18. Big Quarters (Brandon Allday & Medium Zach) – Zip Disks Break

19. Sound Scientists – Instrumentally Sound

20. Es Nine – Light of Day Instrumentals





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