Posts Tagged ‘Keelay

04
Jan
10

25 Hip-Hop Albums That Deserved More Shine in 2009

25 Hip-Hop Albums That Deserved More Shine in 2009

I’ll be rolling solo for this list, and we’ll be back to the Writers Build segment soon.

Here are my choices for 25 Hip-Hop Albums That Deserved More Shine in ’09. These were either under-appreciated, didn’t sell well (blame it on the consumer), or were under the casual listener’s radar. Don’t worry, that’s what bloggers are here for.

Do your part to support these albums by clicking on the covers or titles to buy or download your copy, Enjoy!

The Salvation

1. Skyzoo – The Salvation

Let me just say this up front – this is the most complete album on this list. My first introduction to Brooklyn’s own Skyzoo was Cloud 9: The Three Day High, his collab with producer 9th Wonder. Rumored to only take 3 days to make, I was unimpressed by its lack of vision or cohesiveness. It felt rushed, most likely because it was. I shrugged off future mixtapes and features because I held a grudge against Sky for essentially wasting my time.

The Salvation turned out to be the exact opposite.

Set out to make his “most personal” piece of work to date, it is evident Sky brought his heart and soul into the booth with him this time around. It’s the type of album that, due to its density and subject matter, I had to replay it entirely over again the instant it ended. Whether it was the intense imagery of “The Beautiful Decay” or poignant revelation of “Necessary Evils,” I found myself focused on every line to extract as much as I could about Sky’s unique story.

I haven’t even mentioned that The Salvation is backed by some of the game’s most consistent producers.  In addition to 9th Wonder (whose Jamla Records distributed the disc alongside its owner Duck Down Records), the line-up remains stellar – Just Blaze, Illmind, Black Milk, Nottz, and Needlz produce the majority. I can’t even choose one that stands out among the rest, even lesser known Best Kept Secret, Eric G, and Cyrus the Great flipped heat-rocks.

Sky’s opus was one of the few times this year that I connected with a record for longer than the album’s duration. It’s times like these that I am thankful we demand more from today’s MCs, as only a select few are fit to rise to the challenge.

Days Chasing Days

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

I admit that even I slept on this at first. However, after revisiting it recently, the San Diego native’s no-bullshit approach to rap is appealing on many levels. Blame One is a working man’s MC (a la Talib Kweli or Brother Ali), which makes Days Chasing Days a blue-collar ode to struggling to maintain one’s family and reputation. I mean, with a heavy cosign from Exile (who produces 6 cuts) and beats from Black Milk, Oh No and Kan Kick, how could you not listen?

Ridin' High

3. Keelay & Zaire – Ridin’ High [MP3 Download]

I’ve been upping this one since I posted the sampler at my old blog. Cross-coast production crew Keelay & Zaire crafted an album of smooth tunes and smokey soundscapes ideal for MCs like Phonte, Planet Asia, Emilio Rojas, and Blu to slay verbally plus singers like Darien Brockington and Femi to let loose. “Addicts for Real” featuring Tunji is a true hip-hop anthem amidst cookie-cutter wannabes. 

The Truth Is Here

4. Brother Ali – The Truth is Here EP [MP3 Download]

Brother Ali had one hell of a year. Between touring nationwide with Evidence and Ali’s DJ BK-One during the Fresh Air tour, he not only recorded a Top 5 album (Us) but churned out a 9-track EP that was more thought-out and well-developed than most artist’s full-length efforts. “Good Lord” and “Palm The Joker” are among the realest shit he’s ever wrote. No T-Pain.

Crime Pays

5. Cam’ron – Crime Pays [MP3 Download]

Easy now, purists. Don’t get your panties in a bunch. If you don’t take Cam too seriously, this album is actually pretty good with its comical one-liners and relentless rudeness. I’d much rather listen to Cam’s seasoned ignorance than the nonsensical grumbling of Gucci Mane, premature trap-rap of OJ Da Ju’man or off-key rantings of Lil’ Boosie.

6. Beanie Sigel – The Broad Street Bully [MP3 Download]

7. Tiye Phoenix – Half Woman, Half Amazin’ [MP3 Download]

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

9. Blakroc – Blakroc [MP3 Download

10. Lushlife – Cassette City [MP3 Download]

11. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati [MP3 Download]

12. Slum Village – Villa Manifesto

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

14. DJ Quik & Kurupt – BlaQKout

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

16. k-os – Yes! [MP3 Download]

17. Q-Tip – Kamaal The Abstract [MP3 Download]

18. Donny Goines – Breakfast Club

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

20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City

21. Fresh Daily – The Gorgeous Killer (In Crimes Of Passion) [MP3 Download]

22. William Cooper – Beware of the Pale Horse [MP3 Download]

23. Nickelus F – Heathen

24. Saigon & Statik Selektah – All In a Day’s Work

25. Sene & Blu – A Day Late and A Dollar Short [MP3 Download]

 

We’ll be right back to Writers Build after these messages..

22
Dec
09

Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting

Some Kind of Seasons Greeting

Whoa now!

Here’s a holiday treat from the homie Keelay (of production duo Keelay & Zaire) in the form of “Some Kind of Seasons Greeting,” a 12-minute instrumental mix featuring musicians The Park & Nate Mercereau. I’ll let Kee explain it:

I just wanted to get this collection of Music/Beats out to everybody as a seasons greetings, something to vibe to as you do whatever it is you do at this time of the holidays. All of the music below was created by myself, and some of the most amazing musicians I know, The Park and Nate Mercereau. We all have a couple projects coming together very soon and this is just a little sample of what it is going to sound like.

This will help you keep it funky & soulful during the holidays. Shout to my good friend Reyn & Co. at Potholes In My Blog for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: Keelay ft. The Park & Nate Mercereau – Some Kind Of Seasons Greeting [Mediafire Link]

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

26
Aug
09

PIGS

One Be Lo

I caught wind of this from the homie Keelay, and now it’s official! Congrats to One Be Lo (of Binary Star) for signing with MYX Music Label, I’m looking forward to hearing more dopeness from the Michigan MC.

Here’s the first cut off his upcoming album B.A.B.Y. called “PIGS” featuring Mike Posner. You can already guess the subject matter, and this one knocks!

Shouts to MYX for the MP3, Enjoy!

One Be Lo ft. Mike Posner – PIGS prod. Mike Posner

11
Aug
09

Closer / Pimp Dreams

Deep Rooted

Keelay & Zaire

We’ve got two new fresh tracks from some artists that might fly under your radar but definitely deserve your attention.

First up is a new cut from San Diego soul-hop collective Deep Rooted featuring Exile behind the boards. The crew’s feel-good music continues on “Closer,” with a dope melody sung by Just Brea and verses from Johaz and Mr. Brady. Be on the lookout for more leaks from their album D.E.E.P. R.O.O.T.E.D. on Clear Label Records, commanded by Tajai of Souls of Mischief. Shouts to Audible Treats for the MP3.

Deep Rooted – Closer prod. Exile (Right Click – Save As) [Buy it on iTunes here]

Next up is some close fam of HTT, new music from production duo Keelay & Zaire featuring Slo-Mo. “Pimp Dreams” boasts the unique technique that Kee & Zee debuted earlier this year on Ridin’ High, one of the best projects of the first half of ’09 (available now on iTunes). This particular song is off the Potholes In My Blog Presents… Transmitting Live Volume One mixed by DJ Traumatix. Shouts to the good homie Reyn for the audio, Enjoy!

Keelay & Zaire ft. Slo-Mo – Pimp Dreams





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