Posts Tagged ‘Phonte

29
Jan
10

Album Review: Strong Arm Steady – In Search of Stoney Jackson

Strong Arm Steady - In Search of Stoney Jackson

Strong Arm Steady – In Search of Stoney Jackson [MP3 Download]

Stones Throw Records | Blacksmith Records

By Mookie

Back when Death Row Records dominated the West Coast rap game, a loose collective of Cali-based emcees including frontman Xzibit, formed Strong Arm Steady and built a considerable buzz on the underground circuit with a number of popular mixtapes. Since then, X-to-the-Z along with a handful of other members left the group, making Strong Arm Steady a trio composed of Mitchy Slick, Phil Da Agony, and Krondon.

In Search of Stoney Jackson is the group’s second studio album, and the first to be released on Talib Kweli‘s label, Blacksmith Records Stones Throw Records. With exclusive production from the legendary Madlib and features from the likes of Phonte (of Little Brother), Evidence, and Planet Asia among others, on paper, this project couldn’t look much better.

The actual result proved to be less than amazing. While Madlib holds up his end on the production, masterfully crafting a number of impressive, sample-heavy beats, Strong Arm Steady disappoints lyrically on the majority of the album. Phil Da Agony sounds awkward as he fumbles through most of his verses, almost as if he was rhyming off the top of his head the whole time. And while Krondon‘s efforts are quality at different times throughout the album, it’s not enough to single-handedly support the group when Phil didn’t bring his A-game and Mitchy Slick is borderline absent, only appearing on two of the album’s 18 tracks.

 But don’t write Stoney Jackson off just yet, guest appearances save this album’s replay value. Phonte comes through on the opener Best Of Times with the smoothest of hooks and Talib Kweli drops a dope verse on the Roxanne Shante-sampling Get Started. Unfortunately, some guest spots hurt more than they help. Like the cluttered True Champs that unsuccessfully squeezes in verses from 5 different rappers.

 As I mentioned before, Madlib really makes sure there’s not a negative comment to say about the production on this album. Songs like “Pressure,” my personal favorite, make it impossible for you not to bob your head to the bass-infested beat. The same ensues on the mean-mug worthy “Ambassadors”, while he flaunts a more laid-back style on “Chittlins & Pepsi”.

 If your a big fan of Strong Arm Steady, In Search of Stoney Jackson might be a disappointment as it clearly sits on the shoulders of good guest features and exceptional production, but if your just looking for some quality underground West Coast rap, pick this one up – it’s worth a spin.

28
Dec
09

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2004-5)

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

Let’s keep it movin’, shall we?

Click the covers or names to bolster my Amazon affiliate account buy your copy at Amazon. Enjoy!

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2004

1. Kanye West – College Dropout

2. Madvillain (MF Doom & Madlib) – Madvillainy

3. The Roots – The Tipping Point

4. Murs & 9th Wonder – 3:16: The Ninth Edition

5. Masta Ace – A Long, Hot Summer

6. De La Soul – The Grind Date

7. Foreign Exchange (Nicolay & Phonte) – Connected

8. T.I. – Urban Legend

9. Cam’ron – Purple Haze

10. Nas – Street’s Disciple

Honorable Mentions: Royce Da 5’9” – Death Is Certain, Twista – Kamikaze

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2005

1. Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter II

2. Common – BE

3. Kanye West – Late Registration

4. The Game – The Documentary

5. Sean Price – Monkey Barz

6. Young Jeezy – Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101

7. Juelz Santana – What The Game’s Been Missing!

8. Notorious B.I.G. – Duets

9. Danger Doom – The Mouse & The Mask

10. Quasimoto – The Further Adventures of Lord Quas

Honorable MentionsBeanie Sigel – The B. Coming, Black Market Militia – Black Market MilitiaEdan – Beauty and the Beat

We’re half-way through the decade, stick with me ’til the end! Next up, ’06-7..

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

28
Sep
09

Street Hop Sampler

Royce

Here’s something to start the week off proper.

Check out the snippets for one of my most highly-anticipated 4th quarter albums, Royce Da 5’9’s Street Hop.

I wish Primo produced more of this, but the track list looks dope regardless especially that Phonte feature and the Bun B & Joell Ortiz collab. I’m also interested to hear those productions by Mr. Porter and Green Lantern.

Shouts to DJ Premier Blog for the link & list, hopefully this will hold you over until it leaks drops on October 20th. Enjoy!

Download: Royce Da 5’9″ – Street Hop Album Sampler

Track List:

1. Gun Harmonizing (Feat. Crooked I) (Produced by Emile)
2. Count For Nothing (Produced by Streetrunner)
3. Soldier (Feat. Kid Vishis)
4. Something 2 Ride (Feat. Phonte)
5. Dinner Time (Feat. Busta Rhymes)
6. Far Away
7. The Warriors (Feat. Slaughterhouse) (Produced by Streetrunner)
8. …A Brief Intermission (Skit)
9. New Money (Produced by Streetrunner)
10. Shake This (Produced by DJ Premier)
11. Gangsta (Feat. Trick Trick)
12. Mine In Thiz (Produced by Mr. Porter)
13. Street Hop 2010 (Produced by Six July)
14. Thing For Your Girlfriend (Hoe Jack) (Feat. Kay Young)
15. On The Run
16. Murder
17. Bad Boy (Feat. Jungle Rock Jr.) (Produced by DJ Green Lantern)
18. Part Of Me (Produced by Carlos Broady)
19. Love From The Hood (Feat. Bun B & Joell Ortiz) (Produced by DJ Premier)

05
Sep
09

Here I Am (Full Lyrics)

BK-One

Here’s a fresh collab for your Saturday afternoon. Brother Ali’s DJ BK-One is hopping behind the boards for his upcoming LP Radio do Canibal, and “Here I Am” is the first leak off the project featuring Phonte, Brother Ali & The Grouch.

If this is any indication of the album, I’m dumb excited for it! Here’s the release:

Better known as Brother Ali’s DJ, BK-One takes his years of experience as a DJ and puts on his producer hat joining forces with up and coming Twin Cities beatsmith Benzilla to craft a Brazilian musical bed for some of Hip Hop’s most engaging MC’s. Rádio Do Canibal features appearances by Scarface, Slug (Atmosphere), Black Thought (The Roots), Brother Ali, Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Murs (Living Legends), Phonte (Little Brother), Haiku D’ Etat (Aceyalone, Myka 9 & Abstract Rude), Blueprint, P.O.S. (Doomtree), The Grouch (Living Legends), I Self Devine, Toki Wright, Aby Wolf and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

This one’s got a fresh summer BBQ feel with a groovin’ bassline and sparkling chimes. I hooked up the download link and typed up the full lyrics below.

Shouts to the homie BMUSE at Always Hustle for the heads up, Enjoy!

BK-One ft. Phonte, Brother Ali & The Grouch – Here I Am

Lyrics:

Phonte

Back in the day, they used to say I was a man-child
Moms looked at me, was like “Oh you a man now?”
Taught me to walk like a warrior, eyes up, shoulders back
Lookin’ like a aggin ’bout to stand trial
Made me exactly who I am now
It made me one of the livest aggins walkin’ and realest aggins spittin’ hands down
Taught me to stand down
And always man up
‘Cause then I’d never give in to a hand-out
One man army slash rhymer martyr
Don’t need a little guac, I need the whole avacado
That bullshit they play ain’t got nothin’ to do with ‘Te
That’s Maury Povich rap, homie I am not the father
And I am not to bother
With those who don’t do the real
I be on that Sugar Hill, no business with a Carter
My purpose is to separate the classic from the fodder
‘Te bring it, and make you sing it like the alma mater
Let’s go!

Chorus:

Like the way I move, like the way I groove out on the floor
Like the way I walk, like the way, yeah it’s all yours
Make the fellas rock, make the ladies sing, girl that’s my jam
Except nothin’ less ’cause if you want the best, then here I am

Brother Ali

Yeah baby, here I’m is
They say Ali bout his, he’ll never be outdid
Fuck bein’ half great, I got to be five-fifths
Everybody clap your hands to the beatbox kids
I believe in this shit
Could never be opposite
If I didn’t, I would not and try to eat off of this
They talkin’ bout the greatest MC’s ever lived
Tryina’ give ’em good reason to put me on that list

Shit, you ain’t in this discussion
You simply interruptin’
I’m as good as gone, y’all ain’t good for nothin’
My stomach grumblin’, isn’t it?
Man we eatin’, y’all are just bitin’, that’s inconsiderate
Quit your nibblin’, nobody’s feelin’ it
You beatin’ a dead horse, that’s not killin’ it
We livin’ this, y’all are visitin’
Get a grip, it’s never too late for you to fix your shit
It ain’t set in stone ’til you dead and gone
Don’t want ’em sayin’ stud walked tough but could’ve flown
So when the sun rise, the shine get on his grind
He could look down and smile and see that I’m on mine
.. Phonte, out, yeah!

Chorus

The Grouch

Have you ever seen a dreamer lock his dreams up?
Sabatoged himself like his thoughts don’t mean enough?

Well I ain’t tryina’ be that, you got me cleaned up
Can mix the yellow with the blue and get the green stuff
Ain’t no time to be scared and sad
What I gots much rarer and that
I do care but in fact
I don’t care what you think
Though I been there before, I now know more
I more know me
I’m livin’ to my full capacity

Tryina’ spill a little game and soak a splash or three
Focus past the obvious, ask of me
More than ya average, half a G
‘Cause I could hear the birds chirpin’ and feel the words workin’
Whether curb surfin’ or smokin’ herb surfin’
Today you’ll catch a wave
Let your guard and be free or that’s a slave
.. And this is true!

Chorus

30
Aug
09

11 Ultimate Hip-Hop Trios

New Wu

With the dream-team of Ghostface, Raekwon & Method Man forming like Voltron possibly even before ’09 kicks the bucket, heads everywhere should be drooling over the possibility of an album from the Wu-based trio.

Similarly, the three-headed monster Random Axe comprised of Black Milk, Sean Price & Guilty Simpson leaking “Monster Babies” off their upcoming collab album this year was monumental.

These combos really are dreams come true. So I got to thinking, what other combinations of MCs would hip-hop heads like to hear? Here are my choices for 11 of the ultimate hip-hop trios:

Jay-Z, Nas & Eminem

Jay-Z, Nas & Eminem

Group Name: Greatest of Our Time

Rakim, Kool G Rap & KRS-One

Rakim, Kool G Rap & KRS-One

Group Name: Veteran’s Day

Kanye West, Talib Kweli & Pharaohe Monch

Kanye West, Talib Kweli & Pharaohe Monch

Group Name: Guerilla Monsoon

Scarface, Bun B & Slim Thug

Scarface, Bun B & Slim Thug

Group Name: Anti-Confederacy

Q-Tip, Black Thought & Common

Q-Tip, Black Thought & Common

Group Name: Rewind Power

Snoop Dogg, B-Real & Redman

Snoop Dogg, B-Real & Redman

Group Name: Smoke Break

Posdnuous, Phife Dawg & A-Plus

Posdnuos, Phife Dawg & A-Plus

Group Name: Under Rated

T.I., Ludacris & Big Boi

T.I., Ludacris & Big Boi

Group Name: Bottom’s Up

Black Milk, Royce Da 5'9 & Elzhi

Black Milk, Royce Da 5’9 & Elzhi

Group Name: Motor City

Brother Ali, Jay Electronica & Blu

Brother Ali, Jay Electronica & Blu

Group Name: Add Verbs

Wale, Lupe Fiasco & Phonte

Wale, Lupe Fiasco & Phonte

Group Name: Fresh Breath

 

What about you? Who would be your choices for hip-hop trios?

18
Aug
09

True Love

Apathy

I remember back in high school being a big fan of Apathy’s work, especially the devious remix of the White Stripes’ hit “Seven Nation Army” with Emilio Lopez. A lil’ while after that I fell off following his work with the DemiGodz but hopped back on [II] when he joined Army of the Pharaohs. Dude is a beast with the lyricism and often times hilarious although completely offensive. For those unfamiliar, picture an indie version of Eminem mixed with Noreaga’s recklessness.

Here’s a new cut called “True Love” from the ultra light skinded Connecticut rapper’s upcoming LP “Wanna Snuggle” featuring none other than Phontigallo. Props to Matt from MAC Media, Enjoy!

Apathy ft. Phonte – True Love

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

16
Jul
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 7/16/09

 Natalia Rose

Jersey Beaty: Natalia Rose of Northern NJ

Royal Court:

Death of Timberland [via Daily Mathematics]

I Will Never Get Tired of Rosa Acosta Stretching [via The Rap Up]

Ridiculous Rap Lyrics #130 Featuring Method Man  [via Broken Cool]

Ron Paul Healthcare is “Not A Right” And Obama’s Plan Will Cost More Than $1 Trillion [via Yahoo! Finance]

The Dangers of Leaking Music: 5 Cautionary Tales [via Complex]

Twitter Hack Raises Questions on Security [via NYTimes]

 

Sound Table:

Brown Bag AllStars – “Get Ready” (Prod. by Marink) [via TSS]

Killer Mike ft. T.I. – In My City(prod. Don Cannon) [via 2DB]

Marc Mac ft. Phonte – Take A Trip [via TSS] (Right Click – Save As..)

Nas – Nasty Nas Demo Tape – 1991 [via Freestyle Madness]

Thom Yorke (of Radiohead) – All For The Best [via OS]

24
Jun
09

Royal Court & Sound Table 6/24/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

B Is For Bob: How Bob Marley Got Censored For Kids [via Complex]

The 10/10 Club of Rap: Class of ’99 vs Class of ’09 [via TRU]

Tim Burton’s Version of Alice in Wonderland [via Think Common]

Politics As Usual: Iran So Far Away [via HHIR]

Barney Frank Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana [via Crooks & Liars by way of Ivan]

Madlib’s 30-Minute Jazz Mix on Gilles Peterson’s Show [via Way More Fresher]

Question In The Form Of An Answer: A Convo With DJ Quik & Kurupt [via Passion of the Weiss]

I Will NEVER Pay $990 For Kanye’s LV Sneakers [via Sneaker Files]

 

Kenlly

Kenlly from Bound Brook, NJ [inspired by TSS & Hurricane I, I’ll be bringing you local ladies with my Sound Table posts from now on, Enjoy!]

Sound Table:

Dead Prez ft. Bun B – Don’t Hate My Grind [via Yours Truly] (Buy Dead Prez & DJ Green Lanter’s Pulse of the People now)

De La Soul – Stakes Is High Era Rarities 1996-98 [via T.R.O.Y. Blog]

Drake – Think Good Thoughts f. Phonte & Elzhi (prod. 9th Wonder) [via Shake]

The-Dream – Hit It On The Road [via LowKey]

Emilio Rojas – A Million [via eskay] (Rojas’ new mixtape The Natural coming soon! This track won’t be on it, though)

La Coka Nostra ft. Snoop Dogg – Bang Bang [via Dre]

Raekwon ft. Noreaga & Joell Ortiz– Beauty [via thekidLEGEND]





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