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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

22
Jul
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 7/22/09

Bitesize Lauren

Today’s New Jersey Beauty: Bitesize Lauren of Glen Gardner, NJ

Royal Court:

10 Butter Face Women We’d Probably Still Bag [via Complex]

Mr. Chi-City vs Keri Hilson [via TSS]

Piano-Playing Cat Makes Orchestral Debut [via YouTube]

R.I.P. Gidget, the Taco Bell Chihuaha [via USA Today]

Three Things Guys Hate To Hear [via Fly Guy Chronicles]

Sound Table:

Amerie ft. Rick Ross, Cain, Jadakiss & Nas – Why R U Remix

Bun B, Talib Kweli & Colin Munroe – Don’t Die prod. Beatnick & K-Salaam

Fabolous ft. Drake – Throw It In The Bag (Remix)

Ghostface ft. Raheem Devaughn – Baby

Guilty Simpson – Coroner’s Music prod. Madlib [Shouts to Khal]

MC Lyte – Rocking With The Best

Red Cafe ft. Ray Lavender – Them Lips

Slaughterhouse – Cuckoo

Termanology – Nobody’s Smilin prod Statik Selektah

04
Jul
09

4th of July Half Time Mix

Happy 4th of July

While I’m working on a half-time recap piece for one of my favorite websites (you’ll know soon enough), I put together this mix of some of the year’s best hip-hop tracks thus far.

You’ll hear everything from mainstream jams by Fabolous and Maino to underground gems from Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, a concise wrap up of the best of the first half of ’09.

Spark up the BBQ (among other things, if that’s ya style), grab an ice-cold Old English and bump this for the ingredients for a dope Independence Day celebration, Enjoy!

Download Hold the Throne’s 4th of July Half Time Mix

Track List:

  1. 6th Sense – Thoughts
  2. Alchemist ft. Evidence, Blu, Talib Kweli & Kid Cudi – Therapy
  3. B.o.B./Bobby Ray – Put Me On
  4. Brother Ali – Good Lord
  5. Doom – Rap Ambush
  6. Drake ft. Lil’ Wayne & Young Jeezy – I’m Goin’ In (Remix)
  7. Eminem ft. Dr. Dre – Old Time’s Sake
  8. Fabolous ft. Jeremih – It’s My Time
  9. Finale – Pay Attention – Interlude (Beat The Drums)
  10. Jadakiss ft. Nas – What If
  11. Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)
  12. Joe Budden ft. The Game – The Future
  13. K’naan – Wavin’ Flag
  14. k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
  15. Madlib – The Main Inspiration: The Coltrane of Beats
  16. Maino ft. T-Pain – All The Above
  17. Mos Def – Casa Bey
  18. Reflection Eternal – Back Again
  19. Slaughterhouse – Wack MCs
  20. Tiye Phoenix – Master Plan
  21. Wale ft. Lady Gaga – Chillin’
  22. Wu-Tang Clan ft. Raekwon, MOP and Kool G Rap – Ill Figures
28
Jun
09

Review: Sneaker Pimps NYC Recap

Sneaker PIMPS

[Edit: Found some videos of the performances at 2DB via Miss Info, Jadakiss’ is above]

Friday night brought sneaker heads, video gamers, skaters, hip-hoppers, and skinny-jeaners of all sorts together for Sneaker Pimps NYC, a sneaker showcase and concert at Terminal 5 in Manhattan sponsored by Verizon and XBox.

Upstairs

I showed up unfashionably early, made my way to the way top because the main area wasn’t open yet. The lady friend and I checked out some sweet kicks, like the homie rocking the SB Blazer “Kiss”, then spotted the empanadas at the bar.

A heads up to anyone headed to Terminal 5, the chicken empanadas are ON FIRE. Even taking medication for these head-aches I’ve been suffering from lately, I had to scoop a Heinekin before the festivities to quench the California forest fire-esque burning in my throat.

DiscoBall

Doors opened finally, we headed right in and proceeded to post up somewhere where shorty could see. I wanted to go to the first floor but she insisted on the 2nd so her petitite self could see. Dah well, as she wished.

RIP MJ

In typical hip-hop fashion, doors open at 8 but the real concert didn’t start til closer to 11. Being only a semi-sneaker head, I spent my time critiquing the opening acts and checking out the various booths. That MJ drawing got much better throughout the night, wish I got a before and after shot but I didn’t stay ’til the end.

Seattle

The first act was some duo from Seattle that I don’t feel like Googling with one member rocking skinny jeans, a blazer and a yellow scarf. Oh, and the music was lame too.

Don't Sleep On The Ladies

I dipped off to check out some of the booths. The Female Sneaker Fiends definitely held it down on the 2nd floor, as did the bartender for hooking me up with a couple more Heinekins.

DJ Clark Kent

In between sets, big-time sneaker head DJ Clark Kent held down the 1’s and 2’s. He rocked a fire Biggie/Brooklyn set then the obligatory Michael Jackson mix, though he didn’t play “Billie Jean” it was still a quality tribute.

Ferris Bueller

Really, the only opening act worth noting was Ferris Bueller from Texas since his set was the only one that wasn’t garbled nonsense about “going to clubs and doing drugs” or other generic shit. One group signed to Duck Down records brought out Buckshot, I didn’t get any pics but I recorded some video that’s not cooperating with me right now.

I hadn’t heard much about Ferris Bueller before the show, but his set was crisp and quite entertaining, what a relief.

Wale

Wale

After what must have been the longest game of rock-paper-scissors ever to decide who would open the billed acts, DC’s own Wale took the stage. He looked energized performing “Back In The Go-Go,” crowd-pleaser “Nike Boots” and single “Chillin.” He then almost got into it with a heckler before tossing a pair of squeaky-clean sneakers to the crowd. This was my first time seeing him live, and I’m impressed. He’s got star qualities – charisma and the ability to connect with the crowd – I hope he makes it big, at least semi-big [II].

Cool Kids

Next up was Chicago/Detroit duo The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish & Mickey Rocks. The highlights for me were a blend of “88” over the instrumental from Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” and a thumping rendition of “Champions.” They ended with a lackluster “Pennies,” so I’d say overall it was decent. Nothing more, nothing less.

Jadakiss

Glancing at my watch Blackberry, I knew I could only catch one more act now that the undercards were done. Blame it on me taking the train in to the City or hip-hop taking its sweet time. I choose the latter.

Yonkers veteran and D-Block representer Jadakiss ran through his deep catalog, smashing oldies like “Knock Yourself Out,” “We Gon’ Make It” and “Welcome To D-Block” from his earlier days then new jams “Can’t Stop Me” and crowd favorite “Who’s Real.” ‘Kiss is one of the more overlooked rappers of the past decade, so it was great reminiscing on his thorough career.

Crowd

Unfortunately, I had to skip out right before heavyweights Clipse and Big Boi to catch the last train to Jersey, planning FAIL. The homie JFK informed me Clipse did a short 3-song set and Big Boi killed it. Figures I’d miss out, however I got back to the Garden State safely.

If I can get the videos I shot uploaded, I’ll post separately. Until next time.. Peace!

25
Jun
09

Event Reminders: This Weekend – Sneaker Pimps NYC, Beyonce, & Babyface

Friday, June 24th:

Sneaker Pimps NYC

Sneaker Pimps NYC featuring Big Boi, Clipse, Jadakiss, Cool Kids & WaleTerminal 5 [Buy Tickets]

Beyonce

Beyonce – Wachovia, Center – Philadelphia, PA – [Buy Tickets

Sat, June 25th:

 Babyface

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – NYC – [Buy Tickets]

11
Jun
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 6/11/09

Royal Court

Since this new blog is a work in progress, I noticed I haven’t been posting as much actual music as I used to at Blogger. Let’s change that, shall we? First is Royal Court, a collection of sweet posts from around the blogosphere then the first installment of Sound Table, my picks for some ill MP3’s. Enjoy!

Royal Court:

The Roots Push Back New Album (Rap Radar)

XXL Freshman Class Mid-Terms (TSS, shouts to David D)

Charles Hamilton’s Greatest Fails: A Retrospective (Complex)

ALIFE NYC Art Gallery Opening Tomorrow (via Herfection)

Public Enemy & The Roots Live Video + Audio (Always Hustle, shouts to Ben)

Donny Goines x IMKING (Nah Right)

 

Sound Table:

(What do you all prefer as far as uploading sites.. Megaupload? ZShare? Talk to me!)

Cam’ron ft. Vado – La Bumba

DJ JS-1 ft. Large Professor – Like This

Jadakiss ft. Styles P, Drag-On, Eve, Swizz Beatz, Sheek Louch & DMX – Who’s Real Remix

Jay-Z & Young Jeezy – Put On x D.O.A. (Live)

L.E.G.A.C.Y. ft. Phonte, Chaundon, Sean Price – TKO prod. Khrysis

Lil’ Wayne ft. Gucci Mane – We Be Steady Mobbin’

Maino ft. Chris Brown – Don’t Be Scared

Marco Polo & Torae – Combat Drills (Bonus) [Check the sidebar to buy Double Barrel now]

Mary J Blige ft. T.I. – Do It Again

Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli – Little Brother

Shano – A Butterfly in Boston (Instrumental CD) [Shouts to Broken Cool]

Trey Songz ft. Drake – Invented Sex





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