Posts Tagged ‘Tiye Phoenix

13
Jan
10

Tiye Phoenix – Down (The Armageddon Theme)

Tiye Phoenix

Here’s a fresh leak by the homegirl Tiye Phoenix, who should have been on your radar long before now with last year’s Half Woman, Half Amazin’.

“Down (The Armageddon Theme)” is off Kevin Nottingham, DJ Booth & HipHopDX‘s recent mixtape HiPNOTT Records 2010 Takeover. Scoop the full tape at DJ Booth here.

Chalk this track up as another example of why I call Tiye the best up-and-coming female in the game (Nicki who?). Not only does she spit hot fiyah (no Dylan), she also controlled the MPC and flexed her vocal muscles on the hook. Look for something special soon here at HTT featuring none other than Tiye P.

Shouts to Kev for sending this one over, Enjoy!

Download: Tiye Phoenix – Down (The Armageddon Theme)

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..

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
16
Jun
09

Event Reminder: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 6/18 – 6/21

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

From luminary MC’s Notorious B.I.G. & Big Daddy Kane to respected lyricists Jay-ZAZ, FabolousMos Def & Talib Kweli, from underground stalwarts Smif-N-Wessun, M.O.P., Black Moon & Jeru Da Damaja to famous females Lil’ Kim & Foxy Brown, there’s no denying Brooklyn’s impact on hip-hop history.

For the past 4 years, Brooklyn Bodega has celebrated the borough’s musical & cultural influence by hosting the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.  Hit the jump for more details about this year’s Festival.

Continue reading ‘Event Reminder: Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 6/18 – 6/21’





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