iTunes hip hop indie spotlight

April 15, 2009

So I’ve been complaining about how this first quarter has been a disappointment for hip hop…but I am quite pleasantly surprised by the picks that iTunes made for its “indie spotlight” for the hip hop genre.

What I’ve been spinning a lot is this German producer combo called JR&PH7.  These guys are pretty sick…no flashy rap but soulful and eclectic. Lots of great talent presented and there are some solid underground mcees on it.

JR&PH7 – The Standard

Also check out Mr. Lif.  Solid mcee from Boston.

Mr. Lif – I Heard It Today

And check out Blame One’s new album.  I think it was mostly produced by Exile who did some crazy stuff with Blu.

Blame One – Days Chasing Days

Check these albums out…some great finds via iTunes (who would have thought).


New Jada

April 15, 2009

Didn’t know Jadakiss dropped his “last” album in The Last Kiss:

Jadakiss – The Last Kiss

I been listening and it’s pretty much the same stuff, but it’s not bad.  I think Jada’s style is still better than a lot of other New York rappers and his “ehhhhh haeeee” is instantly recognizable, but I think there were some serious expectations after a 5 year hiatus.

Ehh…give it a spin.