Posts Tagged ‘Clipse

08
Jan
10

DJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Questo & Black keep their vision to the sky, the rest have their eyes on the road. Fitting.

I’ve been a long-time, outspoken fan and critic of the Legendary Roots Crew. When they became the house band for Fallon’s new gig after Def Jam put so much time into marketing their CDs (#sarcasm), I was ecstatic that they’re hard work was finally recognized on a larger scale. Plus, after raiding the OkayPlayer store yesterday during its 50% discount sale, it’s only right I post this.

The generous DJ Heat recently compiled all of The Roots’ live renditions to date with guests of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Performances include Q-Tip, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Luda, Ghost, Rae, and, well you can read the tracklist for yourself. It showcases the Philly band’s single “How I Got Over” in its pure form, plus that Clipse set is damn near phenomenal.

Download link and track list below. Shout to 2DB and Heather for the heads up. Artwork by Shake. Oh, and props to the only whiteboy in the group, bassist Owen Biddle, for holding it down for us soulful yet melanin-deficit brothas, Enjoy!

DownloadDJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Track List:

1. The Roots – How I Got Over (Live)
2. Ludacris – I Do It For Hip Hop / Last Of A Dying Breed (Live)
3. Mos Def – Casa Bey (Live)
4. Beastie Boys – So Whatcha Want (Live)
5. Black Star – History (Live)
6. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock (Live)
7. Ghostface – Baby f. Raheem DeVauaghn (Live)
8. Wale – Pretty Girls (Live)
9. Raekwon – Catalina (Live)
10. 50 Cent – Baby By Me / Do You Think About Me (Live)
11. Clipse – Popular Demand f. Black Thought (Live)
12. Clipse – Grindin’ f. Black Thought (Live)
13. Q-Tip – Barely In Love (Live)
14. Goodie Mob – Soul Food (Live)
15. Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (Live)

03
Jan
10

Hold the Throne presents Writers Build: The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2009

 

It’s that time again!

With my new blog this year, I’ve decided to do something different. I rounded up some talented bloggers and taste-makers for a segment I’m calling Writer’s Build. Our first mission? Tackle the Best Hip-Hop Album of 2009.

Give a warm welcome to our contributors today:

Boris, a.k.a. Dj01 of Metal Lungies

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

This year, although hip-hop was dominated by singles and mixtapes, there were some extremely dope albums if you made an effort to find them. The diverse selections we’ve compiled cover every end of the spectrum, from commercial releases to independent efforts. Each writer took it in a different direction, so I’m proud & excited to present the first annual Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2009.

As usual, click the album covers or titles to support the artists that dropped quality material this year, Enjoy!

Disclaimer: The views & opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of Hold the Throne. Except for Dom’s choices, of course.


Dom

1. Mos Def – The Ecstatic [MP3 Download]

2. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II  [MP3 Download]

3. Brother Ali – Us [MP3 Download]

4. Eminem – Relapse [MP3 Download]

5. Doom – Born Like This [MP3 Download]

6. KiD CuDi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day [MP3 Download]

7. Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2 [MP3 Download]

8. Clipse – Til The Casket Drops [MP3 Download]

9.  J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid [MP3 Download]

10. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 [MP3 Download]

11. Wu-Tang Clan – Chamber Music 

12. BK-One – Radio do Canibal [MP3 Download]

13. Fashawn – Boy Meets World  [MP3 Download]

14. Masta Ace & Edo G – Arts & Entertainment [MP3 Download]

15. Diamond District – In The Ruff [MP3 Download]

16. Souls of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge [MP3 Download]

17. K’Naan – Troubadour [Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version]

18. UGK – UGK 4 Life [MP3 Download]

19. Royce Da 5’9 – Street Hop [MP3 Download]

20. O.C. & A.G. – Oasis [MP3 Download]

Til The Casket Drops

Boris B.

Clipse – Til The Casket Drops [MP3 Download]

In terms of my most anticipated album of the year, I was a little worried when I first heard “Kinda Like a Big Deal” but after a few listens it really grew on me and restored my hope. After your typical label BS/delays, the album finally delivered. With the best album intro since forever with “Freedom,” The Brothers Thornton struck a good balance with working with The Neptunes and other producers.

Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 [MP3 Download]

Definitely not better than Blueprint, but my favorite release of his since The Black Album. It irks me that people are looking for the “old” Hov on this, when its clear he is a different person with evolving tastes and views. “Already Home” is my favorite track on this album with a great hook featuring CuDi and great strings on the beat; just perfect.

Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II  [MP3 Download]

This is one of my favorite Wu-Tang solo albums of all-time, thank God that it survived all the drama of getting it released. With Rae leaving Aftermath ,I was praying to the Wu-Gods that it wouldn’t be some low-budget album with throwaway beats, that would be a disgrace to the classic OG Linx album. All of the Wu cameos were on point, Rae even found Blue Raspberry (who I last heard on Apathy’s 05 album) to join him again. Makes me wonder of how many Rae x Dre gems are in that infamous Dre vault?

Wale – Attention Deficit [MP3 Download]

In terms of anticipated album for me, heck, I’ve been waiting for this for more than 2 years. I really liked Attention Deficit, some people said that it was cohesive enough or it lacked a vision.. do you not see the title? It captures Wale perfect as a person; watch some of his candid videos, or go to a concert of his, his mind is all over the place (in a good way). Who else can go from having Lady Gage to Dave Sitek?? To me personally, I feel like it was one Just Blaze banger away from being perfect.

KiD CuDi – Man On The Moon: The End of Day [MP3 Download]

Favorite album of the year to vibe to this year by far. With relatable song content, the melodies are perfect, the beats are great, and the the album’s story is very well executed. If you are looking for Cudder to bust some impressive technical abilites with his flow or something, this isn’t the album for you. The dude just makes songs that you want to listen to.

Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel [MP3 Download]

ML‘s favorite Canadian producer hooks up with Torae on a great effort to capture the great dynamic between one MC and one producer. Just a great consistent boom-bap sound with Torae’s sharp lyrics through out the entire thing. “Crash The Party” made me want to attend parties in Timberlands only.

Eminem – Relapse [MP3 Download]

A comeback, sorta, kinda, maybe? A few tracks off this album, not gonna lie, I really didn’t like. But tracks like “Beautiful” made me hopeful for future Eminem releases. Bonus cut “My Darling” didn’t really fit the album but was one of my favorites and very over-looked. C’mon son, can you really hate 20 tracks of Dre beats (looks like Em took a step back from producing this go-around)?

Maino – If Tomorrow Comes [MP3 Download]

I’m probably the only person that but this album on any lists, any postion, but I gotta speak my piece on Maino. To me, his voice is the most genuine of any rapper that’s come out in years. He may not be the most adavanced rapper, but he can definitely write a song that is real and from his heart. If anything, Maino shows that when he works with a good producer like Just Blaze, Swizz, or J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, he can make a banger, though some of the other tracks it’s a hit or miss.

UGK – UGK 4 Life [MP3 Download]

My favorite Southern album of the year, a well-executed swan-song for the legendary duo. They pulled it off without any guests or producers that outshine the duo. Nothing flashy on the album, just vintage UGK tales throughout. Pimp C would be proud. R.I.P. Pimp C.

Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse [MP3 Download]

If you tried to capture a rap battle royale on a CD, it would probably sound something like this. This album just has four dudes rapping their ass of non-stop. I found myself replaying songs numerous times because you always missing something in the rapid-fire raps. Based off this effort, give these guys a major budget and I know they are cabable of creating a classic.

Rick Ross – Deeper Than Rap [MP3 Download]

Hate Rawseeee all you want, but your favorite rapper wishes he had his ear for beats as Deeper Than Rap probably had the production of the year. Yeah, the collabo’s carried Ricky on a few instances but overall the album was very enjoyable.

DJ Quik & Kurupt – BlaQKout [MP3 Download]

I can’t even recall the last great West Coast album with a MC/Producer team that was this good. Virtually no guests or singles disturb this G-Funk session. Now, if Kurupt could just get that Pete Rock collabo album out..

Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City [MP3 Download]

The only rapper that could do R&Bish type stuff without me itching to press the “skip” button (see Jadakiss – The Last Kiss). I mean, Ghost had me listeing to Lloyd AND a Cheetah girl on the same album? You know it must be good. 

Jaap van der Doelen

1. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II  [MP3 Download]

2. Mos Def – The Ecstatic [MP3 Download]

3. Royce Da 5’9 – Street Hop [MP3 Download]

4. Blakroc – Blakroc [MP3 Download

5. Doom – Born Like This [MP3 Download]

6. K’Naan – Troubadour [Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version]

7. Souls Of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge [MP3 Download]

8. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid [MP3 Download]

9. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse [MP3 Download]

10. Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2 [MP3 Download

Born Like This

J Nicholson

1. Doom – Born Like This [MP3 Download]

2. Jadakiss – The Last Kiss [MP3 Download]

3. Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2 [MP3 Download

4. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid [MP3 Download]

5. Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel [MP3 Download]

6. KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills [MP3 Download]

7. Mos Def – The Ecstatic [MP3 Download]

8. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II  [MP3 Download]

9. Skyzoo – The Salvation

10. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City [MP3 Download]

11. Fashawn – Boy Meets World [MP3 Download]

12. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 [MP3 Download]

13. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse [MP3 Download]

14. Camp Lo- Another Heist [MP3 Download]

15. Royce Da 5’9 – Street Hop [MP3 Download


 Trav Glave

1. Paten Locke – Super Ramen Rocketship [MP3 Download]

2. Poorly Drawn People – Motion Not Emotion [MP3 Download]

3. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid [MP3 Download]

4. Cunninlynguists – Strange Journey Volume One [MP3 Download]

5. Brother Ali – Us [MP3 Download]

6. Aarophat & Illastrate as Black Noise – The Black Noise LP

7. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati [MP3 Download]

8. Blame One – Days Chasing Days [MP3 Download]

9. Skyzoo – The Salvation

10. Dynas – The Apartment [MP3 Download]

11. Fashawn – Boy Meets World [MP3 Download]

12. Tha Connection – Love Royale [MP3 Download]

13. Finale – A Pipe Dream & A Promise [MP3 Download]

14. 5 O’ Clock Shadowboxers – The Slow Twilight

15. Slum Village – Villa Manifesto

16. LoveJones & Phys Edison – Sunday Drive [Shout to Flawless Hustle for link]

17. People Under The Stairs – Carried Away [MP3 Download]

18. Nite People – What Do You Mean You People

19. DJ JS-1 – Ground Original 2: No Sell Out

20. Pseudo Slang – We’ll Keep Looking

21. Illogic – Diabolical Fun

22. Low Budget – LaserDisc

23. Cunninlynguists – Strange Journey Volume 2 [MP3 Download]

24. Diamond District – In The Ruff [MP3 Download]

25. Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel [MP3 Download]

26. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II

27. Blaq Poet – Tha Blaqprint [MP3 Download]

 

 

More Writers Build year-end goodness coming soon, keep it locked..!!

29
Dec
09

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2006-7)

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

*Sinatra voice* When I was 21 (2007), it was a very good year..

Click the covers or names to boost my Amazon affiliate cred buy your own copies of albums that will be remembered. Forever. Enjoy!

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2006

1. Ghostface Killah – Fishscale

2. J Dilla (Jay Dee) – Donuts

3. T.I. – King

4. Clipse – Hell Hath No Fury

5. Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

6. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor

7. Cam’ron – Killa Season

8. The Roots – Game Theory

9. Jay-Z – Kingdom Come

10. Rhymefest – Blue Collar

Honorable Mentions: The Coup – Pick A Bigger Weapon, Cunninlynguists – A Piece of Strange

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

1. Kanye West – Graduation

2. Talib Kweli – EarDrum

3. Blu & Exile – Below the Heavens

4. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

5. Jay-Z – American Gangster

6. Little Brother – Getback

7. Black Milk – Popular Demand

8. Redman – Red Gone Wild (Thee Album)

9. Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth  

10. UGK – Underground Kingz

Honorable Mentions: 50 Cent – Curtis, Common – Finding Forever, Pharaohe Monch – Desire, Hell Razah – Renaissance Child

Only 1 more year left, then we’ll close it out with a treat ’09. Stay tuned..

26
Dec
09

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2002-3)

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

You can’t stop me, babe

Let’s continue with my picks for the Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade, 10 from each ’02 and ’03.

Click the covers or names to buy your copies at Amazon, Enjoy!

Best Albums of 2002

1. GZA / Genius – Legend of the Liquid Sword

2. Eminem – The Eminem Show

3. Scarface – The Fix

4. Clipse – Lord Willin’

5. Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly

6. Styles P – A Gangster and a Gentleman

7. Nas – God’s Son

8. The Roots – Phrenology

9. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse

10. Talib Kweli – Quality

Honorable Mentions: Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow, DJ Shadow – The Private Press, Nas – The Lost Tapes

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2003

1. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’

2. OutKast – A Love Below / Speakerboxxx

3. Jay-Z – The Black Album

4. Jaylib (J Dilla & Madlib) – Champion Sound

5. Little Brother – The Listening

6. The Diplomats – Diplomatic Immunity

7. Gangstarr – The Ownerz

8. T.I. – Trap Muzik

9. Viktor Vaughn – Vaudeville Villain

10. Joe Budden – Joe Budden

Honorable MentionsBrother Ali – Shadows on the Sun, Madlib – Shades of Blue

Next Up: Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2004-5, keep it locked..

11
Dec
09

Sound Table 12/11/09 Featuring Elzhi, Method Man & Redman

Boomboxin'

Stacy Epps, lookatdemlips!

Cot damn, I been neglecting my Sound Table series where I routinely feature some of the illest new songs, mixtapes, EPsetc on the ‘net. My bad!

We’ve got a few choice bangers to get you through this blistering cold Friday (notably for my Tri-State readers).

Method Man & Raekwon collab’d for a track supposedly off their album with Ghostface Wu Massacre, dropping February of next year. I can’t possibly express what it means for hip-hop to start a new decade with a semi-Wu-Tang album. It could will be one for the ages.

The most exciting project on this edition of Sound Table is Detroit MC Elzhi’s The Leftovers UnMixed Tape, a collection of the Slum Village rep’s features, remixes and rarities. Bolstered by production from Black Milk, Jake One, & Oh No, this will hold hip-hop heads over until Elmatic or The Feed. Weren’t they both supposed to drop this year? Whatever happened to that? Sheeeeeit (c) Clay Davis.

On top of that, there’s a fine selection of leaked tracks below to choose from to load up the iPod, including a remix to African songstress Nneka’s song “Walking” with the 2nd best rapper alive Jay Electronica and a brand new jam from Sade(!!!). Get ’em while you can, party people.

Big thanks to Aaron M knobbz, Jeff Weiss, LegendNick & my external hard drive for the audio, Enjoy!

Sound Table

Elzhi - The Leftovers UnMixed Tape

Download: Elzhi – The Leftovers UnMixed Tape

01. The Great (Prod. Oh No)
02. Deep (Prod. Black Milk)
03. Contra (Feat. Danny Brown) (Prod. Apollo Brown)
04. Like This (Prod. Black Milk)
05. Red, Black And Green (Prod. Black Milk)
06. Glow (Prod. Jake One)
07. Living (Prod. DJ Dez)
08. Dream (Prod. Jake One)
09. The Crowd (Prod. Leef)
10. Dedication (Feat. Fes Roc) (Prod. DJ Dez)
11. Colors Remix (Prod. DJ Spinna)
12. Flyest (Feat. Smitty) (Prod. Denmark Vessey)
13. 5 Man Hustle (Prod. Black Milk)
14. Clash Of The Titans (Feat. Vstyles, Royce da 5′9″, Rapper Big Pooh & Phat Kat) (Prod. MoSS)

Download:

Common – Start the Show (Extended Version)

Del The Funkee Homosapien & El Michels Affair – Bring Da Ruckus (Remix)

Drake ft. Colin Munroe – Runaway Girl

 Joell Ortiz & Novel ft. Cristyle – Stressful

Bonus Track: Joell Ortiz – Make It Without You

Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz – Blackout

Nneka ft. Jay Electronica – Walking (J. Period Remix)

Raekwon & Method Man – Meth Vs. Chef Part II prod by Mathematics

Sade – Soldier of Love

Vinnie Paz ft. Clipse – Street Wars (Blend)

Wale – Say Something Freestyle

08
Dec
09

Review: Clipse – Til The Casket Drops

I’m extra excited today. No, it’s not JUST because the Giants whooped the Cowgirls OR bc Rutgers’ football team got their 5th straight bowl bid.

It’s ’cause I dropped my first review in a HOT minute. Not just that, I got to contribute to one of my favorite hip-hop blogs. Maybe you’ve heard of it? 

*Drumroll*

Hip Hop Is Read!

It’s run by a close friend of mine from the West Coast, the incomparable Ivan Rott. If you haven’t heard our OutKast sample set collabs yet, check out the sidebar. Also, we’re cooking up some more stuff in the near future. Stay tuned!

Excerpt:

TTCD is distinctly different from Lord Willin’ and Hell Hath No Fury – primarily due to the production roster and song concepts – though a common thread is the embodiment of each rapper’s struggle, whether dealing drugs or making music, which leads to celebrating triumph despite immense pressure. Sadly, the focus is on the joy this time rather than the labor required to attain it.

 

Click Here for the Full Review: Clipse – Til The Casket Drops

29
Nov
09

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

TTCD

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)

19
Oct
09

Events This Week: CMJ Showcases

 

CMJ

Here’s a rundown of some dope CMJ showcases this week, check out the full schedule here. Be sure and cop some tickets, support the artists.

I’ll be in the building for two maybe three of the events listed here. Hit me if you wanna link up, Enjoy!

Today

The Warm Up

2DB x illRoots present The Warm Up Hip-Hop Showcase
Santos Party House

Tuesday

Clipse

Clipse
Hiro Ballroom
Presented by MySpace Music, Socialight & Digiwaxx

Southpaw
 
Southpaw
8:00 – DJ Souljah
9:00 – Jasmine Solano
9:30 – Stalley
10:00 – Mr. Move
10:20 – Trouble Andrew
11:00 – Wiz Kalifa
11:40 – Puba
12:10 – U-God
 
Wednesday

Better Recognize

B.B.King’s Blues Bar & Grill
Better Recognize
Presented by OnSmash & NahRight
Raekwon
Styles P
OJ Da Juiceman
Wacka Flocka
Kidz in the Hall
Curren$y
Donnis
Pill
Emilio Rojas
Stalley
DJ Green Lantern

BB

Drom
Presented by Brooklyn Bodega:
Hosted by Wes Jackson
6:00 – DJ Parler
7:00 – Those Chosen
7:20 – Kimberly Nichole
7:35 – Jesse Boykins III
7:55 – Diamond District
8:15 – Big Sean
8:35 – Pac Div
9:00 – DJ Parler
11:30 – Miz Metro
12:30 – Terry Poison
 
Thurs

 

Roc Raida RIP
 
B.B.King’s Blues Bar & Grill
Adiar Cor Presents A Celebration for Roc Raida
11:00
DJ Craze
DJ A-Trak
Rahzel & DJ JS 1
X-Ecutioners
Styles P & DJ Green Lantern
Sadat X
D.I.T.C.
Busta Rhymes

SOBs

S.O.B.’s
Presented By Elitaste & Nue Agency
7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Shawn Chrystopher
Freddie Gibbs
Pill
Brandon Hines
Camp Lo
2am Club
Theophilus London
Mike Posner & Big Sean
DJ Jesse Marco
Hosted by Jabari

Audible Treats CMJ

Southpaw
Presented by Audible Treats
9:00 – Jern Eye
9:30- Illa J (J Dilla’s brother) & Frank Nitt
10:00 – Finale
10:30 – Oddisee
11:00 – Kam Moye aka Supastition
11:30 – Trinity (A.G., Sadat X, DJ Jab)
11:55 – Tanya Morgan
12:30 – Souls Of Mischief
DJ Keelay
 
Friday

FE
 
B.B.King’s Blues Bar & Grill
11:30
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte & Nicolay) w/ YahZarah, Darien Brockington, Carlitta Durand, Zo! & The Els
 
Saturday

DD
 
Gramercy Theater
Presented by Duck Down Records
8:00 – Da Beatminerz (DJ Evil Dee & Mister Walt)
9:00 – Team Facelift
9:20 – Skyzoo
9:45 – Marco Polo & Torae
10:10 – Blue Scholars
10:45 – Kidz In The Hall
11:20 – Rustee Juxx/Smif N Wessun/Sean Price/Heltah Skeltah/Buckshot as Boot Camp Clik

07
Aug
09

12 Albums You Should Look Forward To More Than Thank Me Later

Ouch!

Unless you’re sleeping under a Dwayne Johnson [II], you’ve caught wind that Toronto, Canada’s golden boy Weak Knees Drake is buzzin’ more than his Martian-like mentor before going, well, anywhere.

With the extravagant amount of jock-riding coverage dedicated to Wheelchair Jimmy, one might be under the impression that his album was the only upcoming release that mattered. Fret not, hip-hoppers, there’s plenty of illness to look forward in the remainder of ’09 to if Auto-crooning makes your ears bleed.

Here’s a list of 12 upcoming albums beyond what Young Money fan-boys and Stan-girls would want you to think. You’ll Thank Me Later.

(In alphabetical order)

Big Boi

Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot

Scheduled Release Date: Sometime in the 4th Quarter

The world flipped upside-down when OutKast released Speakerboxxx/A Love Below in ’03 as two completely unique individual projects by Big Boi and Andre 3000 packaged together, eventually going platinum (though that’s open to debate). Late in ’08, the ATLiens promised a solo LP each plus a ‘Kast disc – high aspirations for two cats we haven’t heard much from in years. Sir Luscious Left Foot will be the first of the three projects, yet it doesn’t have a definitive release scheduled. Critics have mixed feelings about the leaked tracks – “Ringtone” is a Autotune-infected flop while “Royal Flush” featuring 3 Stacks & Raekwon and the snippet of smokers anthem “For Your Sorrows” are wet dreams for purists. I’d still rather listen to Big Boi on an off day than be subjected to the torture of “Best I Ever Had” repeatedly on a certain New York radio station.

Sneak Peak: For Your Sorrows (Snippet)

Bobby Ray

Bobby Ray (B.o.B.) – The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Scheduled Release Date: Sometime in the 4th Quarter

Name change aside, Decatur’s Bobby Ray is at the top of the freshman class essentially due to his versatility. Not only is dude capable of spitting relentlessly unconventional rhymes, he plays multiple instruments and isn’t afraid to go way outside the box, drawing comparisons to fellow ATLien Andre 3000. Boasting a solid mixtape effort in B.o.B. vs Bobby Ray that was as much neo-soul and rock as it was hip-hop plus entertaining on-stage theatrics, Bobby will draw the attention of OG heads and hipsters alike to his debut The Adventures of Bobby Ray. The only question that remains is when we’ll actually hear it.

Sneak Peak: Put Me On

Us

Brother Ali – Us

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

If you don’t know about Minneapolis’ Brother Ali, you’re truly missing out one of the industry’s most naturally-gifted MCs. Rhymesayers Entertainment signee Ali has been hard at work for almost a decade telling personal stories of discrimination, coming-of-age difficulties, societal setbacks and spirituality, making it clear that staying true to yourself is the only real definition of real. His The Truth Is Here EP was better than most rappers’ full-length efforts this year plus he pleasantly surprised fans last week by announcing the details his fourth disc US. Teaming up with soul-hop producer Ant (of Atmosphere fame) and enlisting Chuck D, Freeway and Joell Ortiz for guest spots, Ali is setting us up for a disc that could be ranked among the year’s elite projects. Close-minded listeners need not apply.

Sneak Peak: Us produced by Ant

Clipse

Clipse – Till The Casket Drops

Scheduled Release Date: October 20th

Malice & Pusha T are no strangers to struggle. From hustling white girl growing up in Virginia, grinding their way up the food chain and fighting various record labels before releasing a tepid sophomore album back in ’06, the Thornton Brothers are long overdue to begin anew. Some would complain that the duo has always been a critics’ favorite but has failed to register widespread recognition due to lack of support from their previous labels. Till The Casket Drops will be backed by Columbia and the brothers’ own Re-Up Gang Records, showcasing a top-notch production cast including The Neptunes, Rick Rubin, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and DJ Khalil. Let’s hope the lackluster “Eyes On Me” featuring Keri Hilson doesn’t make the cut and lead single “I’m Good” with Pharrell generates the type of hype that Clipse deserves. Yughck!

Sneak Peak: I’m Good ft. Pharrell

BP3

Jay-ZBlueprint 3

Scheduled Release Date: September 11th

There’s not much I need to say about why the best rapper alive Shawn Carter’s third and final Blueprint installment should be highly-anticipated, it speaks for itself. Regardless of your opinion, “Death of Autotune (D.O.A.)” was the most hyped song out of New York in the past few years. Hov’s live performance of the album’s intro taking shots at various personas piqued interest and a semi-decent radio single “Run This Town” with Rihanna and Kanye West will hold us over until we get more leakage. With ‘Yeezy & No-ID primarily handling production duties and limited guest appearances (only Nas, Kid Cudi & Mr. Hudson plus the aforementioned), it will be interesting to hear the direction Hov takes sans Auto-tune and independent, as BP3 will be newly-established imprint Roc Nation’s first release. I pray “History” makes the cut, but seeing the track list, I doubt it. Either way, Hov is a living legend that your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper looks up to. How could you not be excited?

Sneak Peak: Run This Town ft. Rihanna & Kanye West

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona – The Bridge

Scheduled Release Date: August 18th but Amazon says September 22nd. Also, I think it came out overseas already.. Confusing? Yea, I know.

Regardless of what genre you place songstress Melanie Fiona in, there’s no doubt girl can sang better than her light-skinded, caterpillar-eye browed T-Dot brethren. The 26-year old possesses star qualities –  she’s already toured alongside Kanye West in Europe and her single “Give It To Me Right” has been in heavy rotation, at least in the Tri-State, which is an extremely difficult market to please. Expect Fiona to showcase her multiple-octave vocal ability plus a spellbinding knowledge of R&B, soul, reggae and hip-hop on The Bridge well beyond her years. Don’t believe me? Check out her mixtape with Roots drummer ?uestlove for a small taste of what’s to come.

Sneak Peak: Ay Yo

Kamaal

Q-Tip – Kamaal The Abstract

Scheduled Release Date: September 15th

Tribe frontman Q-Tip led a team of talented musicians back in 2001 for Kamaal The Abstract, a cornucopia of jazz-hop grooves and organic pop tunes that has yet to see the light of day.. Until now. A lucky few have already heard a rough copy before the Abstract’s suffered from industry rule #4080, so all heads should be excited that Battery Records is publishing the final version later this summer. For the impatient, any bootlegger seasoned internet technician should be able to get their hands on it. I still say cop this when it drops next month.

Sneak Peak: Abstractions featuring Kenny Garrett a.k.a. Truth (Link coming soon, Word Press buggin’ right now)

7th Seal

Rakim – The 7th Seal

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

Arguably the best MC of all time, Rakim Allah’s third solo effort competes with Detox with respect to giving hip-hop fans blue balls, year in and year out. A decade after The Master, Rakim will craft The 7th Seal utilizing his spirituality (“G” is the 7th letter, stands for God, 7 continents, etc.) and veteran microphone mastery. Lead single “Holy Are You” dropped last month, giving hope to those of us who’ve been waiting since Kanye dropped out of college and Fitty was calling out wankstas rather than being a video prankster that the R would reclaim his throne from a bunch of fradulent characters (I’m looking at YOU Weezy. Best rapper alive? You must be joking.).

Sneak Peak: Holy Are You

OB4CL2

Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2

Scheduled Release Date: September 8th

Once again, this is a prime example of a long-delayed album. Sharp-tongued Wu-Tang Clan representative will finally drop the sequel to mid-90’s classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx to a generation of anxious admirers. If the leaked material is any indication, we may be witnessing history. “New Wu,” “Criminology ’09” and the J Dilla-produced “House of Flying Daggers” are all rawer than George Jung’s product not to mention Rae’s mixtape Blood On The Chef’s Apron is better than most rappers’ albums. Combine legendary producers RZA, Dr. Dre, Pete Rock, and Marley Marl with the Chef’s mafioso rhymes alongside Wu-Tang clansmen plus Slick Rick, Busta Rhymes, Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss and Styles P, and we may be witnessing history, people. That’s today’s mathematics, knowledge God!

Sneak Peak: House of Flying Daggers ft. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface & Method Man

The Roots

The Roots – How I Got Over

Scheduled Release Date: October 15th

Sneak Peak: How I Got Over

The hardest working band in hip-hop, if not all genres, is finding time between Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and their residency at Highline Ballroom to record their ninth studio album. Black Thought describes the LP as “more positive” than Rising Down and Game Theory, paralleling America’s shifting political atmosphere. Though it’s difficult to replicate The Roots’ energetic live shows in the studio, lead single “How I Got Over” is still a soulful ode to overcoming life’s toughest obstacles. Implementing original instrumentation courtesy of ?uestlove, Captain Kirk Franklin, Kamal Gray and the rest plus featuring talented lyricists like Pharaohe Monch, Phonte and Blu, How I Got Over should be an intriguing listen. I’m particularly excited to hear the crew cover eclectic composer Frank Zappa’s instrumental jam “Peaches en Regalia.” Just don’t count on Def Jam to promote this disc, as they have more important things to worry about.

Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse

Scheduled Release Date: August 11th

At this point, including this is merely a formality as most of you have probably heard it already, multiple times if you’re anything like me. Billed as a supergroup, Slaughterhouse may be the closest thing we have to a modern-day A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul – as my homie Rizoh points out, there is absolutely no weakest link in the group. Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz & Crooked I all bring something to the table while simultaneously avoiding stepping on each others toes. There is debate about who is the least impressive, but those types of arguments are futile when you’re dealing with such high quality hip-hop. This will easily be in most critics Top 5 of 2009, if not numero uno. For those that want to support, you can pre-order a copy of Slaughterhouse on iTunes now. Prepare yourself for audio massacre.

Sneak Peak: Microphone produced by Alchemist

Wale

Wale – Attention Deficit

Scheduled Release Date: September 22nd

Although the most promising freshman of XXL’s class of ’08 has yet to drop an official album, Wale has consistently put out fresh material with The Mixtape About Nothing and Back to the Feature while holding down various guest appearances and headlining his Attention Deficit tour. The Capital City verbalist and proud sneaker fiend’s debut will comment on the music industry’s haphazard approach while infusing cunning witticisms over funky rhythms & go-go style beats from Mark Ronson, David Sitek and Glitch Mob – picture Camp Lo meets Chuck Brown. I’ll forgive for recruiting Gucci Mane for his latest single, since it’s not half bad. I’m also not ashamed to admit I still bump “Chillin’,” which most of you know is uncharacteristic as I’m an outspoken Lady Gaga hater. Hopefully Attention Deficit is the dose of Ritalin that cures rap’s unfocused, ADD-plagued modus operandi.

Sneak Peak: Pretty Girls ft. Gucci Mane

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Royal Court & Sound Table 6/29/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

Fathers of Rap Volume 3: Michael Jackson (In Case You Are Sleepin’) [via HHIR]

7 Best and 7 Worst Moments from the BET Awards [via TRU]

Big Boi Pimp Slaps NYC [via Dallas Penn]

Lady Gaga’s Maxim Spread [via The Amajanese Blog]

 
Miss Armour

[Miss Armour reppin’ Union, NJ]

Sound Table:

Clipse ft. Keri Hilson & Pharrell – Eyes On Me (CDQ) [via Splash]

DJ Premier’s Michael Jackson Tribute Mix [via HypeBeast]

Lupe Fiasco – Ladies & Gentleman (Snippet)

Lupe Fiasco – 2 Ways (Snippet) [both Lupe snippets via LupE.N.D. Blog]

Styles P – The Ghost Sessions (Mixtape) [via Steady Bloggin]





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