Posts Tagged ‘Drake

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

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

09
Dec
09

Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness [Video]

Here’s the visuals for one of my two favorite cuts (the other being “Soundtrack 2 My Life” off Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day.

I must’ve played this song ’bout 50 times when I first downloaded the album, it just has a vibe that I was feelin’ at the moment dealing with some ish. The video is decent, effectively capturing Cudi’s melancholy featuring Ratatat’s production and MGMT on the hook but.. Where are they?

Drake and Consequence cameo, Brody Baker directs, and Josh Harnett & Alex Orlovsky produce.

Shout to Heather for the info and Ruby Hornet for the YouTube-age. Enjoy!

23
Sep
09

Ready To Fly

Front

This is one for all you Drizzy stanboys and girls.

Blend-tape expert DJ Noodles flipped a bunch of Drake acapellas for Ready to Fly, a collection of mash-ups reinterpreting songs by the Toronto native. Presented by Broken Cool and Dat Piff, it features Jay-Z, UGK, Kanye West, John Legend, Trey Songz, and of course the Martian.

Bump this as you throw on your trusty hump-day cardigan.

Download link and back cover with track list below. Shout to the good homie Adam, Enjoy!

Back

Download: Brokencool.com Presents… DJ Noodles x Drake “Ready To Fly” Mixtape [Alternate Link]

 

15
Sep
09

Still Alive & Breathin’

Hip-Hop

Click the covers to cop these titles out today on Amazon. Hip-Hop is alive!

M.O.P. – Foundation

Q-Tip – Kamaal The Abstract

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day [Deluxe Version]

Nicolay – Shibuya (City Lights Vol. 2)

KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills

Drake – So Far Gone EP

26
Aug
09

Forever

Lebron

The passion and the flame is ignited
You can’t put it out once we light it

The moment we’ve all been waiting for – Drake, Kanye, Weezy & Eminem on the same track, “Forever.”

Shady’s verse >>>> 95% of rappers’ this year.

Shouts to Ian for the audio, Enjoy!

Drake ft. Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & Eminem – Forever prod. Boi-1da

25
Aug
09

Sound Table 8/25/09

Jessica Biel

Y’all know who.. (c) The Roots

Beanie Sigel – All For It

Birdman ft. Lil’ Wayne & Drake – Money To Blow

Brother Ali – Breakin’ Dawn

Clinton Sparks ft. Pitbull & Fatman Scoop – On To You (Main)

DJ Jaycee – Afternoon Delight (RIP Aaliyah Mix)

Fly Gypsy ft. Nas, 2Pac & David James – Imagination

Jay-Z – Reminder prod. Timbaland

Kid Cudi – Cudi Zone (Rough)

Little Brother / Foreign Exchange – BBC Radio 1 Live Session [Shout to Nicolay!]

MAGr ft. Blu – Laminated Looseleafs prod. DistantStarr

Raekwon ft. Cappadonna & Ghostface – 10 Bricks

Raekwon ft. Lyfe Jennings – Catalina

Rhymefest – Binary Code prod. BKS

Rick Ross ft. The-Dream, Twista & Krayzie Bone – All I Really Want (Remix)

24
Aug
09

Obligatory Jay-Z & Drake Post

Hov

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the long-awaited cut “Off That” by Hov & Drizzy off Blueprint 3 produced by Timbaland.

I’m content with Drake solely on the hook since I’m positive he can’t keep up with the living legend just yet. I’d also love to hear more from Timbo on BP3, but No-ID and Kanye ain’t bad at all.

Peep the download links below. What do y’all think?

Jay-Z ft. Drake – Off That [Alternate Link]

20
Aug
09

Sound (& Video) Table 8/20/09

For today’s edition of the Sound Table I had to include some new videos storming the innanets. Up top is “Run This Town” from Jay-Z’s upcoming LP Blueprint 3 featuring Rihanna & Kanye West, down below is the remix to Jamie Foxx’s “Digital Girl” with ‘Yeezy, The-Dream & Drake.

After that are some gems, including a demo tape from Eminem’s early years and the album that B.o.B. should put out if Atlantic wasn’t bullshitting taking their sweet time. It reminds me of Little Brother’s Getback all over again.

Ready? Enjoy!

Sound Table

Black Milk – In The AM

B.o.B. – Should Have Been The First Album (Mixtape) [Shouts to Shake]

Drake ft. Nipsey Hussle – Killers

Eminem – Demo Tracks – 1988-1991

Genius/GZA – Cold World – CD Single – 1996 [Shouts to Freestyle Madness]

DJ Haylow – The Legendary DJ Premier Mix [Thanks Kev!]

Killer Mike ft. OJ Da Juiceman – In The Kitchen 

Pitbull ft. B.o.B. – Across The World prod. Jim Jonsin

Sene – PaperPlanePushers (prod. Blu) [Shouts to the homie BMUSE at Always Hustle]

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg & Raekwon – 100 Miles & Running

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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