July 17, 2010
I heard this song on hot 97.1 and my head couldn’t stop thumpin.
Fat Joe is STILL killin it. I dunno why hip hop overlooks him…maybe cuz lean back made it to the suburbs.
Also didn’t know he’s about to turn 40.
But still…this is a sick track.
Fat Joe – No Problems
July 5, 2010
Didn’t see this for a while, but new Reflection Eternal (Talib and DJ Hi-Tek) album is pretty good.
Reflection Eternal – Back Again
April 21, 2010
Didn’t know Guru passed away on April 19th. I loved most of the Jazzmatazz works that he did on his own, but more importantly, his work with DJ Premier as Gang Starr will remain significant in the ever changing state of hip-hop.
DJ Premier solidified his position as one of hip hop’s greatest producer because he fashioned complex sampling techniques with gritty 808s. Guru then laced his laid back and jazzy rap on top. This was the sound of Gang Starr: grit, yet smooth.
Guru was a champion for the fusion of jazz and hip hop. He remained consistent, never stepping beyond his mastery of fluid, easy-going rhymes. Guru enlisted the efforts of many, yet no one (maybe MC Solaar) could ever replicate soulful delivery.
I remember & reminisce on the first time I heard Gang Starr. The beats made you think of the streets of New York, and when Guru started rapping, you would feel like he’s guiding you through the politics, crime, and every day drama of the streets.
I really hope hip hop recognizes Guru as the definitive jazz / hip hop MC of all time.
Here are some links to check out his work.
Gang Starr – Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr
CD 1: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BRFP3X6D
CD 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?jln3y03jiu3
Guru – Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1
April 5, 2010
Great release by Statik Selektah. Check it out.
Statik Selektah – 100 Proof: The Hangover
March 1, 2010
It’s been a while. I noticed that a lot of the hip hop blogs I’ve followed in the past have been shut down. I guess that means I should tread cautiously…haha.
I want to just post a track from Jay Electronica. Sick beat called Exhibit C. Probably one of the better beats I’ve heard this year.
July 15, 2009
Finally got my hands on Busta’s new album.
Busta Rhymes – Back On My B.S.
I know it’s been out for a while and a bunch of these songs have been playing on the radio since like last year, but ehh.
Despite what a lot of the critics say about this album (metacritic: http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/bustarhymes/backonmybs ), I think Busta has successfully accepted and adapated to hip hop’s ever changing style. A lot of folks rip on Busta for the beats he rhymes over, but honestly, you should listen more for Busta’s fast, rib-stickin’ delivery as it continues to shine in a fresh new way. And lately he’s been ripped for using a slower, softer style, but this album shows his Jamaican roots and his brilliant interplay of fast rhymes. And “true old school” hip hop heads criticize Bust for not delivering another Woo-Hah!! or the efforts of an emerging Timbaland, but this album displayes Bust’s versatility and his ability to reapply his style to a different generation.
Even when you hear even Arab Money, it should just make you laugh just like his old tracks. I used to love watching all of Busta’s music videos from the mid to late 90s because they were freakin hiliarious.
Y’all remember Dangerous? Busta is white? Fish lens effect? Busta as Sho Nuff? Awesome. I could watch this video over and over.
Busta always got in trouble when he tried to be hard core, so I contest that Busta only truly excels when he portrays his playful, in-your-face, raw, big-mouth persona. The best way to listen to Busta is not to over-analyze, but just…well…laugh.
But then again, if you don’t find Busta funny, then you might not care.
Anyways…here’s what I mean.
July 13, 2009
Chali 2na of Jurassic 5’s new album, Fish Outta Water:
Chali 2na – Fish Outta Water
I’m really diggin Lock … Down with Talib and Don’t Stop with Anthony Hamiliton.
When J5 first came out, they earned a lot of fame with both underground and mainstream crowds. I was surprised one day to hear a group of asians bump J5 in their Honda Civic…I didn’t know whether to be proud or embarrassed, but hey, it’s all good.
A lot of these tracks have been released before, but I think Chali is the best of the J5 crew. He has a very unique voice, sorta old school and slightly soulful. Sorta like a 40 yr old uncle spittin rhymes on the back porch.
If you’re a bit skeptical, check out this music video: