Posts Tagged ‘Talib Kweli

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.

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05
Jan
10

Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) – The RE:Union mixed by Statik Selektah

The RE:Union

For the first official mixtape post of the year, we’ve got a heater compliments of Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek and Statik Selektah.

The Massachusetts-bred DJ/Producer spun together a fresh mix of new, old and rare Reflection Eternal material, including the banger “Just Begun” with Jay Electronica, J. Cola & Mos Def.

I’m dumb excited to hear how Kweli & Hi-Tek sound on the new jawn “Hang Ups” and how Statik mixed this particular tape, since he’s a beast when it comes to sequencing and scratching.

Check back for more updates on the upcoming RE album and any leaks that hit the ‘net.

Shout to Year of the Blacksmith for the heads up, Enjoy!

Download: Reflection Eternal – The RE:Union mixed by Statik Selektah

1. Intro
2. Revolutions Per Minute
3. In This World
4. Hip-Hop (Unreleased)
5. Back Again
6. Wishing On A Black Star
7. Just Begun ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole, & Mos Def
8. Come Around ft. Termanology & Royce da 5’9 (produced by Statik Selektah)
9. Internet Connection
10. Let It Go ft. Dion
11. Testify ft. Styles P
12. Time
13. The Thrill Is Gone ft. Styles P (produced by Statik Selektah)
14. Can We Go Back
The Reflection Eternal Classics:
15. Fortified Live ft. Mos Def & Mr Man
16. Chaos ft Bahamadia
17. The Express
18. Respiration ft. Common & Mos Def
19. Definition ft. Mos Def
20. RE:Defininition ft. Mos Def
21. Move Something
22. Ghetto Afterlife ft Kool G Rap
23. The Blast RMX ft. Erykah Badu
24. Good To You (produced by Kanye West)
25. Get By REMIX ft. Jay-Z, Mos Def, Kanye West, & Busta Rhymes
(produced by Kanye west)
26. Back Up Offa Me
27. Piano (Hi Tek ft. Ghostface)
28. Music is Life (Hi Tek ft. Nas)
29. Hang Ups (NEW Reflection Eternal not on album)
30. Outro

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..

23
Dec
09

100 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade (2000-01)

Hip-Hop Records

With the decade coming to a close, it’s time to highlight the best records in hip-hop. I’ll be running down my choices for the 10 Best Albums of each year until we finally arrive at the Best of ’09 to close things out. I’ll be covering a lot of material so feel free to comment on my picks, as I’m always down for a debate. Click the album covers or names to purchase your copies of albums that will be remembered throughout hip-hop history. Let’s go!

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2000

1. Ghostface – Supreme Clientele

2. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

3. Outkast – Stankonia

4. Common – Like Water For Chocolate

5. Big L – The Big Picture

6. Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) – Train of Thought

7. Jurassic 5 – Quality Control

8. Dead Prez – Let’s Get Free

9. Wu-Tang Clan – The W

10. Jedi Mind Tricks – Violent By Design

Honorable Mentions: Big Punisher – Yeeeah Baby, De La Soul – Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, M.O.P. – Warriorz, Slum Village – The Fantastic Vol. 2

Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2001

1. Jay-Z – Blueprint

2. Nas – Stillmatic

3. Masta Ace – Disposable Arts

4. J-Live – The Best Part

5. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary Vol. 1

6. Ghostface – Bulletproof Wallets

7. Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein

 

 

8. 2Pac – Until The End Of Time

9. Aesop Rock – Labor Days

10. Cormega – The Realness

Honorable Mentions: , 7L & Esoteric – Soul Purpose, Pete Rock – PeteStrumentals, Redman – Malpractice

Stay tuned for my Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2002-3 list coming soon..

23
Dec
09

Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def – Untitled [Radio Rip] prod. Hi-Tek

Kweli, Jay Elec, Cole & Mos 

Now THIS is exactly what hip-hop needs.

Talib Kweli & DJ Hi-Tek recruit some of the illest spitters in the game for this cut produced by Hi-Tek himself. This particular radio rip is from Just Blaze and Jay Elec-Hannukkah on Tony Touch’s Shade 45 show last night.

Can’t wait until the CDQ is liberated, who will be first? We’ll surely find out soon, it’d be a dope Christmas present..

Shouts to Heather for the pic & Usershare link and Dre for the Mediafire link, Enjoy!

Download: Reflection Eternal ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole & Mos Def – Untitled [Radio Rip] prod. Hi-Tek [Mediafire Link]

21
Oct
09

Sound Table 10/21/09

Boombox

Do The Right Thing with the Lasonic i931 Boombox, it’s iPod-ready!

Haven’t been as persistent as I should be with my Sound Table segments, my apologies. So here’s some fly music to get you through the rest of hump day, Enjoy!

Sound Table

David Banner ft. Twista, Naledge, Rhymefest, Skooda Chose & Lisa Ivey – Something Is Wrong (Remix) Prod. 9th Wonder

DJ JS-1 & O.C. – Life

Emilio Rojas – Bold & Arrogant Prod. M-Phazes

Exile ft. J. Mitchell – Your Summer Song

Idle Warship (Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Noble) ft. Skyzoo – Go Brooklyn

   Idle Warship – Party Robot

Jern Eye ft. Mistah F.A.B. & Zion I – Get Right

Lil’ Wayne ft. Brisco – I’m The Truth (Full Version)

Potholes in my Blog Presents The Ozone Mixtape [Shouts to the homie Reyn]

Ryan Leslie – I Choose You

Slaughterhouse ft. Bun B – The One (Travis Barker Remix)





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