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)

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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)





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