Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wade Waters- Return Of The Kings The Mixtape

This is definitely somthin' that underground heads need to check for. While Soulstice and Haysoos (Wade Waters) have already released two albums since the release of this mixtape, I always felt that this mixtape was so much fuller and about a lot more than a traditional mixtape. It's filled with gritty drum loops acompanied by soulful sample chops (supplied courtesy of 9th Wonder, Oddissee, Arsenal, Shuko and Analogic among others) this tape has all original production, guaranteeing to turn my head and the head of any other self respecting hip-hop critic that is tired of hearing corny, lame brains freestyle sloppilly over some beat that's on the radio all day, Yuck. Give me some Shuko beats to snap my neck to and lemme hear a cat kick some rhymes about somthin real and not materialistic. Lemme hear some Wade Waters. Soulstice; the premier MC is a different kind of artist all around. It's rumored that he holds down a very prestigious day job in D.C. and does this music thing on the side. Damn, if money is this good part-time, I can't wait to see how nice he is when he turns in that suit and tie. He's very determined in his rhymes and yet he never spares any of his raw intelligence. He's not kicking knowledge yet he sounds smart and comes off witty as hell. There's no time for you to question his techniques however as he and his partner in rhyme Haysoos go back and forth exchanging verses and lines. This is a true representation of where new artists that call themselves hip-hop should be doin'. This mixtape is immensely honest and smart, and powerful, soulful, production gives this tape a lot of replay value. The true indication of how good their later albums were to be.

-Dominick L.

01. Right Back
02. Beautiful 8
03. Ellis
04. Listen Up
05. Corners
06. Return Of The Kings
07. Rock Solid
08. Live And Direct
09. The Quickening
10. Street Box
11. Magic Hour
12. Around My Way
13. The Melody
14. The Conversation
15. Like This
16. Always Searching
17. Get By

Pass: MD

4th Disciple - One Man: Crime And Punishment '07

One of the most slept on producers in the Wu is bringing forth his unique brand of Rza-esque, moody, heavy drum laden bangers for all the Wu nerds who spend their time scowering the net and Shaolin Bodega's for this man's product. It's not like 4th is overlooked, it's just that his team is so over run with great producers. Of course they got Rza who garners so much respect and gains so many accolades for pursuing all the different avenues the game can offer, but many don't realize that thw Wu is also home to True Master, Bronze Nazereth, Mathematics, and many, many others who are nice behind the boards. There isn't much time or space for 4th to be doing what he does. However, being the responsible, self-motivated artist that he is, 4th Disciple always compiles his stuff and puts it together for his die hard Wu heads and just overall keeps his underground buzz going strong. This tape is unique, expect somthin different, lol, and even a Juvenile appearance.

-Dominick L.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

T.I. To Remain In Jail For At Least Another Week

T.I. will remain in a Georgia jail, where he is being held on weapons charges, for at least another week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said he will have another hearing next Friday to further consider conditions proposed by the rap star's lawyers that could prompt him to release their client until his trial.T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, Jr., was arraigned at Friday's hearing. He entered a plea of innocent to the weapons charges.


.......yeah, so I've been fallin off a bit in the news department, didn't even document the whole Michael Vick thing (I will on his sentencing date in Dec. tho) or the OJ stick up or even how Prodigy is gettin locked down, but I gotta speak my piece on this shit man. First off, it was bad enough that this fuckin idiot was taking up cache'ing illegal weapons as a hobby, but the fact that he was up there on all these daytime shows and interviews fuckin frontin like he's a good guy is the straw that broke the camels back. I'm sick of all these fake ass entertainers and actors actin like they are model citizens, when every real muthfucka, who lives in the real world (myself) can tell that they're some slime balls.

I mean who really thought T.I. was a good guy? Just cause you throw on a young ass, bright, $80 dollar, peach colored Polo don't mean your any less of a scum bucket. And while I admit, perhaps maybe I am being a little harsh on Clifford Harris (I mean, it's not like he pissed on an underage female and then videorecorded it) I am not being too harsh on his lil' punkass alter ego T.I.. Fuck the bullshit, this moron created an image and then began to believe his own lies. Muthafucka you are not a gangster, you never will be a gangster, real gangsters have an extra sense about their criminal activity, they have an instinct for the street that most of the time (excluding minor skid bids) keeps them from being incarcerated. One of the inate abilities that a "real" gangster might call apon in his day to day life is the ability to read people, for example the skill to know when the fuck your being setup by your own gotdamn body gaurds would prolly rank right up there with not shooting yourself with your own gun (Lil' Wayne), doing quasi homosexual stuff (lil Wayne) and not snitchin on your superiors (Prodigy). Either way you see it, T.I. is losing in this situation. If he does manage to get off, his once squeaky clean image that was good enough for Chevrolet (fuckin' sellout) to have him in a plethora of commercials and for him to appear on mainstream late night and daytime talkshows is now gone. He may have just created T.I. for the fans, and the lil' fake thugs, but now he might have to actually become T.I. to survive, both in prison and on his records when he is released.

-Dominick L.

Illa Ghee- Bullet And A Bracelet

The tireless MC from Sumner, Brooklyn returns with another really good mixape. Really it's so unfair to refer to this as simply a "mixtape", it's so much more. I find it to be more of a street album. It's got some unbelievably effective production courtesy of Team Demolition (which Illa gives credit to throughout the CD, gets sorta annoying) a new production team that evidently has their shit together. The overall mood of Illa's throughout is very story like, as he delves into personal experiences and translates them into gripping street tales. There are a number of good tracks throughout the beginning of this joint but I found the hardest beats and the best bars came toward the end. There's a lot on this, including some relatively intriguing interludes that find you listening to Illa as he sort of conversates with himself and the listener all at once. This is a great effort and it's so good, I think because the overall formula is a throwback to how albums used to be made; One producer and one MC for the majority of the album. It's refreshing and familiar and never does it feel dated. The only guest feature is a worthy one in Prodigy, smh, and he under excels in his verse as expected. Way to go into the booth and write a verse on the spot P! At any rate this is a must for anyone seeking somthing edgy, yet you still wanna be entertained by more than mindless thuggery throughout most of the verses and songs (see the new IM3 album, lol.)

-Dominick L.

01. Intro 00:53
02. Project Illa 03:12
03. Walk With A Shotgun (feat. Prodigy) 03:29
04. Run From Me 03:24
05. My Image 02:41
06. Interlude 1 01:29
07. Yeah It's Me (What's Up?) 02:43
08. Maintenance Man 03:36
09. Bullet & A Bracelet 03:16
10. Bomb Diggy 03:29
11. Caviar 02:49
12. Beautiful Lie 02:32
13. Interlude 2 00:30
14. Pick His Face Up 03:24
15. For The Visual 03:55
16. Illa-Ocrates 02:40
17. Lift You Up 03:43
18. Damp Ladder 03:40
19. Outro 02:47
20. Breathe 02:06

Legal Hustle Ent. presents Got Beats?

Cormega and Legal Hustle are bringin' all the beat fiends somthin that's sure to please in Got Beats, The Production Series. Mega and his imprint have gathered some of the illest beatsmiths in the game and decided to put them all in one dope beat compilation. Of course there are appearances on this joint from longtime Cormega collaborators like Alchemist, J-Love and Ayatollah, but don't overlook some of the newer more unfamiliar names on this disc either....Moonshine, Emile and AX all contribute nicely to an instrumental album that I'm sure will become a cult classic in underground circles for years to come. This lineup was so impressive it leaves you salivating for an MC worthy enough to bless these bangers. Real highlights were the beats submitted by some of the veterans....DJ Premier, Ski Beatz and Buckwild all bring their signature sample chopping and rugged boom bap drum patterns in for this special occasion. Not to be overlooked The Bronx bred duo The Heatmakerz drops in and delivers a purely riviting beat, and perhaps the best one on the the 13 track Lp. This is a sorely needed element that hip-hop needs right now. We need more of an emphasis on good production. The current production in the game has recently started declining severely, but hopefully if more shit like this keeps droppin a few of these up and coming producers might decide to buy that sampling drum machine instead of that synth laden keyboard.

-Dominick L.

01. Moonshine - Instrumental 01 02:28
02. Ski Beatz - Instrumental 02 03:03
03. Heatmakerz - Instrumental 03 03:23
04. Alchemist - Instrumental 04 03:43
05. J Love - Instrumental 05 01:42
06. C Mill - Instrumental 06 06:13
07. Ayatollah - Instrumental 07 03:33
08. DJ Premier - Instrumental 08 04:00
09. J Garfield - Instrumental 09 03:27
10. Emile - Instrumental 10 03:01
11. Jae Supreme - Instrumental 11 01:15
12. AX - Instrumental 12 03:24
13. Buckwild - Instrumental 13 03:54'The%20link%20 is%20not%20active!%20It%20has%20been%20Deleted!')

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Infamous Mobb- Reality Rap

The extremely hardcore rap groups in hip-hop are slowly disappearing, especially on the east coast. These days there's only a handful of decent groups and duos back east (MOP, The Lox, etc.) that are still going strong and consistently dropping worthwhile music. IM3 is out to make a name for themselves, and so far if you've been paying attention you know that they've been doing just that. Already dishing out two very good, very well produced albums IM3 is on the verge of taking the spots of all the older now defunct hardcore acts the east coast was once producing at blinding rates. Their newest album, Reality Rap is an example of just how well connected they've remained with each other, their neighborhood talent and some of the best producers out there. Boasting guest spots from Erick Sermon, Prodigy, Big Noyd and ACD as well as production from names like Alchemist (a consistent contributor to all of their albums, who also raps on this go round) the trio from Queensbridge remains a force to be dealt with.

-Dominick L.

01-Infamous Mobb - Capitol Q (03:28)
02-Infamous Mobb - Who Can U Trust (03:43)
03-Infamous Mobb - Borderline (02:52)
04-Infamous Mobb - Betti Bye Bye feat. Flame Killer (04:34)
05-Infamous Mobb - It's A Gift (02:57)
06-Infamous Mobb - Blauu! (03:52)
07-Infamous Mobb - Get It Poppin' feat. T. Nitty (02:59)
08-Infamous Mobb - Streetz Of NY feat. Erick Sermon (04:30)
09-Infamous Mobb - Muzik 4 The User feat. Chinky (03:50)
10-Infamous Mobb - We Here feat. A.C.D. & P-Wonder (04:20)
11-Infamous Mobb - That Smell feat. G3 (03:30)
12-Infamous Mobb - Reality Rap (03:41)
13-Infamous Mobb - The Cypher Skit (01:28)
14-Infamous Mobb - 4/20 feat. Un Pachino (05:28)
15-Infamous Mobb - Double-El feat. Big Noyd (02:32)
16-Infamous Mobb - Closer feat. Twin (02:50)
17-Infamous Mobb - Handle Ya Business feat.Prodigy (03:33)
18-Infamous Mobb - Hustle Hard feat. Alchemist (04:59)

Quan-Most_Anticipated- (Hosted By P-Cutta And DJ Silk)

The one time protege of Nas has returned. Don FerQuan; the multi talented MC slash soul vocalist who was just recently running with Nas until personal troubles quelled their business relationship, has surfaced with a new helping of his powerful and resonant music. While many doubted whether or not Quan would be able to return to the game at all (he was recently arrested and charged for his apparent role in a robbery) given his recent parole violation. Yet Quan has managed to hook up with one of the street's most sought after DJ's in P-Cutta, who's Street War's mixtape series has garnered him many accolades. This tape boasts many highlights as well as some can't miss material from The Don. The production is surprisingly good in spots. Be sure to check out "Q.U.A.N" and "Music Is My Life".

-Dominick L.

01. 1:30 Intro b/w Freedom Or Death Skit ████▓ ████▓ 02. 3:36 Push It ████▓ ████▓
03. 2:51 Might B The Day (I Ride) ████▓ ████▓
04. 2:45 Can't Tell U Nothin ████▓ ████▓
05. 3:29 If You Want It Feat. Young Dexx ████▓ ████▓ 06. 2:59 Hood Politikz Part 2 ████▓ ████▓
07. 4:42 Music's My Life Feat. Floetry And Paul Taylor ████▓ ████
08. 3:17 Q.U.A.N. (Quite Unfu*kwitable At N'ything) ████▓ ████ 09. 3:07 Just For Cake ████▓ ████▓
10. 4:37 Get Money Gang Feat. Kingz Nation ████▓ ████▓ 11. 3:34 Criminal Minded ████▓ ████▓
12. 1:27 In Between The Streetz ████▓ ████▓
13. 2:25 Same Ol' sh*t ████▓ ████▓
14. 5:11 How We Survive Feat. Kingz Nation ████▓ ████▓ 15. 5:01 Prove It Feat. Thug Relation ████▓ ████▓
16. 2:25 Hood Politikz Part 1 ████▓ ████▓
17. 4:54 G-Call ████▓ ████▓
18. 3:12 Girl U Know Feat. Lee Carr ████▓ ████▓
19. 3:23 Simply Riden ████▓ ████▓
20. 3:54 I Ain't Mad Atcha '07

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Smif and Wessun- The Album

The uncanny BK duo that has spawned so many of hardcore hip-hop's favorite bust-yo-ass-then-puff- an-L anthems has returned with a new offering for their fans and newcomers to their music. The Album, is just as it is; a real album for real heads. Complete with undeniable production and a unbashful recourse from the two main performers, this album is no disappointing return from a long hiatus. And while many will scratch their heads at the lack of BCC affiliates, don't let that discourage you, newcomers Chucki Starr and Million Styles prove to be worthy of the guest features they inhabit. All in all a strong effort from Tek and Steele.
-Dominick L.

01. See The Light 03:56
02. Gotta Say It (feat. Chuckii Star) 03:15
03. Trouble 03:41
04. K.I.M. 2000 (feat. Loudmouf Choir) 02:53
05. P.N.C. 4 Life 04:06
06. Gangster's Prayer (feat. Million Styles) 03:51
07. Stomp Thru (feat. Joell Ortiz & Rock) 03:17
08. Who Gonna Save Us 03:49
09. Still Fighting 03:06
10. Yeah 03:55
11. Movie 03:57
12. Can't Stop 03:52
13. I Can't Feel My Face (feat. Loudmouf Choir) 03:15
14. Still Here 02:55

props to Kawz on the link!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

J-Love presents...ThoroTracks The Saga Begins

Emerging from the ever changing, fiercely competitive NYC beat making scene is the Queens, NY production duo ThoroTracks, or The ThoroTracks Production House as they've come to be known in the business endeavors. Comprised of Sam and Jay the two beat enthusists have spent years paying their dues DJing and producing. All the hard work has paid off, as the two now have worked with this laundry list of artists: Royal Flush, Tek of Smif & Wessun, Mic Geronimo, Screwball, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Killah Priest, Black Poet of Screwball, Sean Price, Nygz, Blitz, The Cella Dwellaz, Casual of Hieroglyphics, Killa Sha, ACD, Planet Asia, Hell Razah, Timbo King, A-Alikes, Genovese, Ali Vegas, Crhyme Fam, FT, Troy Slugs, El Da Sensei, Poison Pen, Mike Reka, First Cousins, Meyhem and Final Chapter. Considering that they're still rather underground and not really known that well they should only continue to churn out great, grimey stuff.
-Dominick L.

Little Brother- Get Back

There isn't enough time in the day to describe to you how badly we need a group like Little Brother in the game right now. They're smart, they're witty, they have a presence about them that is just so unique and not contrived, it's literally like a breathe of fresh air everytime they do they're thing. While their first offering to us The Listening was nothing short of fantastic in the way of their social commentary and production, it flew significantly underneath the radar. Today the group has made a few changes, most notably the absence of long time collaborator and in house producer 9th Wonder (only one track on this album is produced by 9th). Despite the lack of airy, soulful looped beats that 9th is known for this album crushes mostly everything else dropped this year. Recruiting names like Ill Mind, Hi-Tek, Nottz and Denaun Porter to produce tracks on this album, surprisingly the group's messages and sound is still very much the same; it's still teetering on brillance. With songs like "Good Clothes", "That Ain't Love" and "Dreams", Phonte and Big Pooh disect some of the backwords thinking that goes on in the hip-hop community and does some reflecting on just where they stand in the game. This album is a spectacular display of what Hip-Hop could be and my opinion of anyone that ain't gonna get down with this is that your sleepin big time man. Little Brother has arrived in the form of a 11 track sophmore album that gets 3 1/2 outta 4 stars from me man.
-Dominick L.

01. Sirens (feat. Carlitta Durand) ... [prod. by Illmind]
02. Can't Win For Losing ... [prod. by Illmind]
03. Breakin' My Heart (feat. Lil Wayne) .. [prod. by 9th Wonder]
04. Good Clothes ... [prod. by Illmind]
05. After The Party (feat. Carlitta Durand) ... [prod. by Khrysis]
06. Extra Hard ... [prod. by Denaun Porter]
07. Step It Up (feat. Dion) ... [prod. by Hi-Tek]
08. Two-Step Blues (feat. Darien Brockington) ... [prod. by Nottz]
09. That Ain't Love (feat. Jozeemo) ... [prod. by Illmind]
10. Dreams ... [prod. by Rashid Hadee]
11. When Everything Is New ... [prod. by Zo!]

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Rza- The Instrumental Experience

For many that have been clamoring to have all of Rza's illest beats all in one place and in good shape, here you are; The good people over at Think Differently music (Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture, Dreddy Krueger presents The A&R Experience etc.) have put together their latest offerig ion the form of an instrumental L, that features many of Rza's latest bangers and some of his landmark beats, a must have for all Wu heads and production enthusiasts alike.
-Dominick L.
01 08:29 The Samples (Intro) ██
02 02:40 Wu-Tang 7th Chamber Part 2 ██
03 03:06 Black Mamba ██
04 03:04 Diesel ██
05 02:01 Ya'll Been Warned ██
06 04:21 Knowledge God ██
07 04:32 Child's Play ██
08 03:08 Chamber Music ██
09 03:00 Severe Punishment ██
10 03:37 7th Chamber ██
11 02:40 For Heaven's Sake ██
12 02:18 Camay ██
13 04:15 Ice Cream ██
14 04:18 Triumph ██
15 02:52 State Of Grace ██
16 04:36 Run ██
17 03:00 Brutality (The Grindz) ██
18 00:16 Hollow Bones ██
19 02:52 Reunited ██
20 04:53 Domestic Violence ██
21 02:20 My G.O.D. ██
22 02:13 Duck Seazon ██

Jeru The Damaja- Still Rising

Many a BK head's dream has come true! Jeru is back man, and while he returns minus that great DJ Premier production that was sucha great back drop for his lyrical and poignant verses, his latest offering Still Rising, is a very worthy effort in both those departments despite some serious time off for Jeru, and a lack of any real huge production features. Yet all the heads that were bobbin they necks to his music in the 90's know that Jeru is someone that needs to be peeped out no matter what, even if he was gettin tracks from a slow kid up his block that made beats on a Casio. One track to make sure you check out is Quantum Leap.
-Dominick L.

01 Intro ██
02 02:16 The Crack ██
03 04:08 The Prophet ██
04 03:17 Ghetto ██
05 04:12 Murdera ██
06 03:50 Quantum Leap ██
07 04:23 History 101 ██
08 03:33 How Ill ██
09 01:09 Will Grow (Interlude) ██
10 03:56 Dirty Bomb ██
11 02:58 NY ██
12 03:26 Juss Buggn' ██
13:52 Airplay ██
14 04:19 Kick Rocks ██
15 04:38 Hold Tight ██
16 05:22 Streets ██

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Killa Sha- God Walk On Water

Killa Sha has patience. I mean when you talk about guys in the game that have really lived the hip-hop life, there's no one that could say they have more than Sha....I mean he ran with Marley Marl and The Juice Crew back in the day, he's from the same projects as Mobb Deep, Tragedy Khadafi and Nas. he has worked with everyone worthwhile in NY besides Hov. He's released a few street albums and made countless, mixtape appearances, I mean, he's done it all and seen it all. Lets fast forward to 2007. Already hittin the streets with a few mixtapes this year, Sha finishes up with his latest offering God Walk On Water, his long awaited solo retail album. Coming complete with guest spots from his QB bretheren and old running mates Havoc and Tragedy Khadafi, Sha also employs the talents of Brooklynite Ill Bill, Staten Islander Trife Da God and Queens legend Large Professor. This album resonates with that good, hardcore sound that Sha decorates with his no holds barred, heavy spillage flow. From the jump, Sha delivers some great tracks. Cuts like "Nourishment", "Air", "Unbroken" and "A Thing Called Love" keep the gutter/soul vibe moving throughout the early sections of this album. The backside of the album gets considerably more thugged out, when we find Sha switching gears from being reflective and speaking on a range of topics to having him go further into his ghetto renditions of spoken word gun bussing and life in the slums, however the production stays on point thru the whole album. It's a solid effort, jam packed with Sha's best work and some of his newest material. A good buy right here, that patience of Sha's is beginning to pay off.
-Dominick L.
01 - Intro
02 - Nourishment0
3 - Air
04 - Deep Thoughts
05 - Unbroken
06 - One Hand Wash The Other (Feat. Tragedy Khadafi & Trife Da God)
07 - A Thing Called Love
08 - Work The Plan (Feat. Havoc)
09 - Tune Of Life
10 - Piff (Feat. ACD)
11 - Front Lines (Feat. Large Pro)
12 - Maskaraid (Prod. by Jewelz Polaar)
13 - Come on (Prod. by Large Professor)
14 - Cash
15 - Mr Ni-Eve (Feat. Dressa)
16 - Stick & Move (Feat. Born Unique & Ill Bill)
17 - Un Believable

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The NYG'z - Welcome To G-Dom...presented by DJ Premier

If you follow underground hardcore shit than the group NYG'z dropping an album has literally got to have you amazed and full of excitement. For awhile now the duo known as the NYG'z (Panchi & Shabeeno) have been circulating dope single after dope single on many a popular mixtape. If you followed any of the Diplomat affiliated Purple City crews early tape's (many of which were damn near classic) than chances are you've heard them there. For the hip-hopper who deals with more accredited names, you most likely have heard them on a DJ Premier mixtape. In fact the duo is signed to Premier's "Year Round" record label imprint and prior to this street album had been featured on Gang Starr's Moment Of Truth album. Many of The NYG'z dopest joints have hardcore stamped all over them, and Premo's gritty, boom bap sound serves as a perfect backdrop, while Emile and newcomer production extraordinaires Thorotracks aslo contribute strongly. Not only that, but the two have also secured some pretty dope feature spots on this release that include M.O.P. and Blaq Poet from QB. While once again many purists will take comfort in knowing some really talented street acts are co-signing NYG'z it's relative newcomer St. Laz that might be the cat who steals the show in terms of having the nicest feature verses. The only quarrel I could see some fans having with this whale of an album is that there are only 7 Premier produced tracks, but fear not Hardcore Hip-Hop loyalists.....Premier and The NYG'z are set to release their entirely Premo produced debut retail album , Pros And Cons, somtime in 2008. Til' then enjoy a well produced and lyrically bruising effort from Panchi and Shabeeni, the two latest additions into the already surging Gang Starr Foundation crew.
-Dominick L.
01. Itz On feat. Rave 04:41
02. Ya Dayz R #'d 03:58
03. 3 Man Weave (feat. Reef, Hustle & Mic Ock) 04:23
04. Laundry Kings (feat. St. Laz) 03:53
05. SufferinÆ (feat. Rave & Fizzy Wo) 04:11
06. Get 2 Tha Point 03:25
07. G'z & Hustlaz (feat. Rave) 03:04
08. Welcome 2 G-Dom (feat. Rave) 04:21
09. What Kinda Life (feat. Raw) 03:07
10. Giantz Ta Thiz 04:23
11. Bow Down (feat. Blaq Poet & Rave) 03:09
12. Broken Dreams (feat. Imani Montana & Versatile) 02:25
13. Raps 4 U (feat. Boy Bucka & Harlem Fatz) 02:51
14. Bullseye (feat. Troy Sluggs, Royal Flush, J.U.I.C.E) 03:53
15. Black Buddafly (feat. Rave & Aisha) 04:24
16. Strength 04:13

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

J-Love Presents... The Outdoorsmen - Last Of The Dyin Breed

J-Love has long been my last hope for New York underground mixtapes DJ's. His tireless work ethic and glistening product have grown over the years to become a very trusted name when it comes to exclusives, real mixing and of course his highly slept-on boom-bap style of production. Few mixtape DJ's or just DJ's in general are as talented as the Richmond Hill, Queens native. J-Love maintains many great connections, from The Rza, Ghostface, M.O.P., Cuban Link and Slick Rick to LL Cool J, 50 Cent and Mobb Deep. If your favorite rapper or rap group has ever roamed the underground rap scene in New York, J-Love knows them or has worked with them. Certainly J-Love has attained a boat load of noteriety in the streets for his tapes and production, but what about his rapping? Yes, for some time now the pudgy Half Puerto Rican, half White (not sure what nationality he is) DJ/producer has been trying his hand at rhyming. Much to my initial surprise I found that he wasn't half bad. The content and voice were there, but the delivery is sloppy and he tends to sort of ramble, not putting enough emphasis on the most poignant moments in the verse. Enter in his newest project; a very new set of faces he's proclaimed as his group "The Outdoorsmen". Consisting of 7 very capable Mc's including himself J-Love makes this tape so much more memorable by adding a great twist... All the beats are vintage DJ Primer joints; all his best beats from the 90's on down. Way to fucking go J-Love, way to fucking go. Not only is that a completly original idea, it's ambitious. Some of these beats ("A Million" "Nas Is Like" "Above The Clouds" etc.) have already been ripped down by some of the best artists to ever fuck with the game, and now someone is going to attempt to freestyle over them? Too, too ill son, and a great way to showcase new talent. And while clearly the Outdoorsmen with the most lyrical dexterity are Take It AKA Cano, Meyhem and Killa Sha. New comers J steel and Animal are more than game in most of their verses, but aren't too lyrical. Expect the average gun toting, bitch fuckin', block huggin, crack slingin' stuff from them two. The biggest disappointments are like most would expect, J-Love's lack of progression in his flow. He's just too sloppy to listen to most of the time, but he gets an "A" for content, mos definitely gets an "A" for that. He's one of the few New yorkers I've actually heard get up and challenge the current climate within NY hip-hop and he does so convincingly and authoritively. Scolding the radio DJ's for their horrid taste in music, and for follwing trends. Attacking the new, very metro sexual style of dress popularized mainly in New York, and finally critiquing all the fake thugs in the industry. While this tape is sure to fly under the radar and miss a lot of younger heads, it has struck a major chord with a purist like myself, who's musically stuck in the 90's. I'm anxious to hear more new stuff from the whole Outdoorsmen clique, as I await vol.2. In the mean time I'm sure J-Love will continue to pump out great mixtapes, and work on that flow.
-Dominick L.

01. J-Love, Killa Sha, Meyhem - NY State Of Mind 2007 04:13
02. Take-It, J-Love, Mercy - It's All Real 02:41
03. J-Love, Meyhem, Take-It - Speak Ya Clout 03:14
04. J-Love, Killa Sha, Mercy, Meyhem - Bust Ya Shit 03:45
05. J-Love & Animal - Who's Gonna Take The Weight 01:35
06. J-Love - J-Love Is Like 03:08
07. Meyhem - Rapperz R In Danger 02:43
08. Killa Sha - The Comming 02:06
09. Take-It - Invincible 02:13
10. Meyhem & J-Love - Dirty Rotten 02:32
11. J-Love, Mercy, Jay Steele, Take-It - Boom 03:45
12. Jay Steele - Wild Cowboy 01:40
13. Animal, Science, Action Bronson, Take-It, Mercy - Up 04:54Against The Wall (feat. A.G.)
14. J-Love & Killa Sha - A Million 02:19
15. J-Love, Action Bronson, Take-It, Killa Sha - Doe In Advance 03:15
16. Meyhem - Above The Clouds 01:43
17. Jay Steele & Take-It - Dat Shit 02:28
18. J-Love & Take-It - Family Connection 02:30
19. Meyhem, Action Bronson, J-Love, Mercy, Take-It - Extra Extra 03:35
20. J-Love - Take It Personal 03:01
21. Killa Sha, Meyhem, Jay Steele - Bring Da Rukus 03:57
22. Meyhem - Betrayal 01:01
23. J-Love & Mercy - All 4 The Cash 02:14
24. Jay Steele & Action Bronson - Volumptous Cracks 03:14
25. J-Love - MC's Act Like They Don't Know 02:31
26. Killa Sha - Ya Don't Stop 02:58
27. Mercy - Code Of The Streets 01:5428. J-Love, Meyhem, Animal - Bitches 03:50

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

9th Prince- Prince Of The City Mixtape

In what seems at times to be a never ending and far too vast roster of talent, most Wu affiliates end up releasing massive amounts of great work and never gaining the proper noteriety for their efforts. Names like Solomon Childs (Theodore Unit), Trife Da God (Theodore Unit), Dom Pachino (Killarmy), The Wisemen (Bronze Nazereth's crew), Street Life (Method Man's protege), Shyhiem and countless others ring out in my head as some of the people that should be gaining attention in NY and around the country for their music, past and present. Yes, there are many Wu afilliated Mc's and groups that don't get their just due. Enter in Killarmy. A group that boasts some of the Wu's most skilled and talented up and comers. Dom Pachino is a lyrical cyclone, is just as interesting as he is menacing and is a skilled beatsmith. Berretta 9 is so sought after and prized amongest cult Killarmy fans the mention of his name on any net message board almost always provokes question about his forthcoming album and new projects. The rest of the group is pretty mysterious but yet still always in demand. Killa Sin, Islord and 9th Prince (Rza's younger brother) are all key components to Killarmy's unique and militant style. No question they're all talented and sought after. No question. But all of the hardcore fans will always tell you one thing the same everytime they speak on them, and that's 9th Prince is the glue that holds them all together. A rare talent, 9th is versatile and non chalant in his delivery, but can change the pace of his flow in an instant and not lose a beat ( a la his brother Rza). He is a true talent and his first mixtape release Grand Daddy flow is considered in Wu circles to be a solid effort. His new project Prince Of The City is sure to please any hardcore Wu head, and for those that haven't gotten familiar with his completely original style, don't hesitate to grab this. There are plenty of features from his Killarmy bretheren, and the production rivals that of a retail Wu release. The only drawback to this joint is that everything on it ain't brand spankin', but it still is more than worthwhile.
-Dominick L.
01 00:50 Intro ██
02 00:47 Whatever We Want ██
03 01:42 Serving Justice ██
04 02:11 The Writer (Snippet) ██
05 01:59 Unite To Fight Ft Shogun Assason ██
06 02:19 Black Jesus Ft U-God ██
07 01:41 Militant Ft Beretta 9, and U-God ██
08 03:04 Burn Bridges Ft The RZA ██
09 03:37 The Bottom Line ██
10 04:16 Banned From The Radio ██
11 02:38 Full Moon Ft Killa Sin ██
12 01:58 Cold Wind ██
13 03:06 War Face Ft Raekwon, and Hoffa ██
14 03:45 Honeycomb ██
15 02:45 Murder Venue Ft Islord, and Killa Sin ██
16 00:49 Nonchalantly ██
17 00:41 Valentine Day Massacre ██
18 00:28 Bronze Nazareth Interlude ██
19 03:19 Sniper Challengers ██
20 01:30 Prince Of New York (Snippet) ██
21 01:09 Last Poet ██
22 02:18 Roll With The Rush Ft Trife Da God ██
23 04:14 Foolish Ways ██
24 03:12 What's Goin' On Ft The RZA, and Blue Raspberry ██
25 03:20 Lady Sings The Blues Ft Islord ██
26 02:25 Nuttin Ft Christbearer ██
27 01:17 Which Way You Going Ft Beretta 9 ██
28 03:20 Feel It Ft Islord ██

Saturday, September 15, 2007

DJ Diggz and Rated R- Potent Product pt. 3

Once again Diggz and Rated R, the finest new mixtape DJ's out there hit you with all the exclusive street shit you'll be needing to get you thru the rest of September. Jam packed as usual this tape boasts 33 all new joints, among them you come across new Dipset, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep and some exclusives from ne comers to the D-Block and Writers Block camps. It's a pretty good listen, especially if you follow the underground real closely, tracks to check for are "Iron Hand" by Killa Sha, produced by none other than Pete Rock and "I Know" from Queensbridge Vets Un Pacino and A-Dog.
-Dominick L.
01- 04:32 A-Mafia-Before_I_Met_CamronÛ²Û
02- 03:44 Hell_Rell-Key_To_The_CityÛ²Û
03- 02:33 Havoc-Get_Off_My_d*ckÛ²Û
04- 02:30 50_Cent-Rap_JuggernotÛ²Û
05- 02:00 50_Cent-Dont_Wanna_TalkÛ²Û
06- 03:12 Mobb_Deep_&_Big_Twin-Shorten_Ya_StoryÛ²Û
07- 03:57 Wu_Tang_Clan-Watch_Ya_MouthÛ²Û
08- 03:33 Hell_Rell-187Û²Û
09- 02:05 40_Cal-Dead_Poets_SocietyÛ²Û
10- 02:51 Stack_Bundles-King_Of_The_Soft Û²Û
11- 03:08 Un_Pacino_&_A-Dog_(Acd)-I_Know_(Larry_Lo)Û²Û
12- 01:59 Ty_Nitty_(Im3)-It_Goes_Down_(Larry_Lo)Û²Û
13- 03:17 Showtime-The_Struggle_(Havoc)Û²Û
14- 01:09 M._Reck-Hustlin_GrindinÛ²Û
15- 02:49 Jr_Writer-Slug_It_OutÛ²Û
16- 01:30 Juelz_Santana_&_Lil_Wayne-I_Love_ItÛ²Û
17- 03:50 Byrd_Gang-I_Love_My_bi*chesÛ²Û
18- 01:34 Jim_Jones-Rockstar_ClickÛ²Û
19- 01:53 Chubby_Baby-Flippin_MoneyÛ²Û
20- 01:45 40_Cal-FreestyleÛ²Û
21- 01:40 Cassidy-It_Aint_EasyÛ²Û
22- 01:53 Obie_Trice_&_Saigon-Wanna_Know_Pt_2Û²Û
23- 01:18 Saigon-9th_WonderÛ²Û
24- 03:22 Killa_Sha-Iron_Hand_(Pete_Rock)Û²Û
25- 02:12 La_The_Darkman_(Amg)-CheckÛ²Û
26- 02:30 Boogz-I_Can_Digg_It_(Rated_R)Û²Û
27- 03:50 Sheik_Sinan_Mista_Encore_&_Shotti-Freestyle Û²Û
28- 02:30 P_Jigg_(Crawlin_Linx)-FreestyleÛ²Û
29- 00:53 Fred_Money_(Writers_Block)-FreestyleÛ²Û
30- 01:16 Ahk_(D-Block)-FreestyleÛ²Û
31- 01:39 Hollyhood-Place_Ya_BetsÛ²Û
32- 03:06 Dynasty_&_Crewz_Mega-FreestyleÛ²Û
33- 00:29 Outro

Pitch Black- Revenge

The extremely underground and lyrically bruising Mc's from BK are back with another installment of their more than worthy brand of street- hop that is guaranteed to once again reel in old fans and create many new ones. Garnering beats from long time collaborator DJ Premier as well as securing a joint with perhaps the most sought after street producer in the game now in Alchemist, look for another strong showing from Pitch Black.
-Dominick l.
01 - Nice (Feat. Styles P) (Prod. by DJ Premier)
02 - Revenge (Prod. by Marley Marl)
03 - Rep Da Hardest (Prod. DJ Premier)
04 - What You Gonna Do (Prod. by DJ Premier)
05 - Symphony (Prod. by Marley Marl)
06 - Momma
07 - Put It In The Air
08 - It Aint Shit To Me
09 - Put In Work
10 - Lets Go
11 - Block To The Boardroom
12 - Stomp (Prod. by The Alchemist)

Friday, August 31, 2007

The Beatminerz- Unmarked Music Vol.1

One of the best production crews returns with their latest release Unmarked Muisc Vol. 1. Not to disappoint the hardcore Beatminerz fans, this release is 16 tracks deep, and then is a loaded up with 16 more tracks that are remixes of the remixes so to speak. There are few Lp's that will be released this fall that will have the replay value that this one does. Far too many of todays producers focus on the shallow components of beatmaking; things like the sample and the hi-hat pattern dominate many of today's top beatsmith's "things to do well list". While on the other end of the spectrum we have the Beatminerz, who are, and always have been devoted to the more worthwhile intangibles of beatmaking that has made them houshold names. Things like basslines, thick snares and of course their trademark "static" are all elements that the Beatminerz have always had a firm grip on. These days there isn't much difference from their storied work on monumentous projects like Black Moon's "Enta Da Stage" and "Full Eclipse" and their newer projects like "Fully Loaded with Statik", except for their use of newer workstations that have a much longer rate of sample time. The great thing about the Beatminerz is that even though they have the new equipment available to them (Mpc 2000, 3000), they often still use their older equipment (Sp-12, Sp-1200), such is the case for their 2001 release "Brace For Impak", where many a beat- head, would read through the production credits and find out that some of the rawest joints on the album were produced using machines that first came out in the late 80's. The progression in the Beatminerz sound is somthing that you can relate to a fine luxury line of cars. For example the Corvette. When it first came out, it was a revolutionary design that quickly became a favorite amongest consumers. The Vette continued to be a quality line of automobile, evolving in design and style over the years, but maintaining the basic principles of it's original model, pleasing the older heads who were around when it first debuted, yet managing to reel in new, younger fans as well. The Beatminerz unlike the Corvette probably would have never needed to evolve, but I think they wanted to push ther creative proces in order to stay relevant. Of course they'll always have die hard fans that will support whatever they drop, the Beatminerz are a group that trys to invent new sounds, yet still preserve the true esthetic of Hip-Hop. They manage, quite easily to do just that with Unmarked Music. Enjoy.
-Dominick L.
01. The Halftime Show Intro! 01:52
02. The Loot! 05:20
03. Healthy Mighty 03:15
04. Continuing Tha Saga 03:22
05. Chickenology 02:02
06. Action (That Is Affirmative) 03:54
07. I Dont Know You 04:55
08. Settin It Up 02:34
09. 1 Minute Of Torture 01:19
10. Knuckle Up! 04:00
11. Knowledge Of Criminals 02:03
12. Do What We... 03:33
13. Locked 04:18
14. Kept Thoro 02:44
15. A Letter To Mama 04:11
16. Youngest In Charge (Terrel Rockwell Outro) 05:37
CD 2
01. The Halftime Show Intro! (Remix) 01:52
02. The Loot! (Remix) 05:20
03. Healthy Mighty (Remix) 03:15
04. Continuing Tha Saga (Remix) 03:23
05. Chickenology (Remix) 02:03
06. Action (That Is Affirmative) (Remix) 03:59
07. I Dont Know You (Remix) 05:12
08. Settin It Up (Remix) 02:33
09. 1 Minute Of Torture (Remix) 01:20
10. Knuckle Up! (Remix) 03:59
11. Knowledge Of Criminals (Remix) 03:40
12. Do What We... (Remix) 03:33
13. Locked (Remix) 04:18
14. Kept Thoro (Remix) 02:44
15. A Letter To Mama (Remix) 04:11
16. Youngest In Charge 06:13 (Terrel Rockwell Outro) (Remix)
props to Kawz!!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Top Shelf 8/8/88

"Introduction: 17 years ago a small recording studio, TOP SHELF, located in the basement of a brownstone in the East Village section of New York, was looted during the Thompkins Square riots of 1988, displacing the recordings of many soon-to-be Hip Hop stars. The studio had been the meeting place for many rappers, neighborhood kids, and producers that would later be responsible for the greatest period of the Hip Hop age, "The Golden Era." A search commenced soon after the recordings were lost, but nothing was ever found. So sought after were the tapes, they soon acheived Holy Grail status amongst Hip Hop circles. Despite years of searching, and dozens of hopeless crusades, the tapes remained lost. No one was quite sure who took them or where they were... until now.After an extensive investigation and search that lasted two years, the recordings have finally been recovered by Fab 5 Freddy and myself (Benjy Grinberg). They were found dozenss of miles from the site of TOP SHELF in an abandoned strage faciilty in North Jersey. ...We sought after the lost recordings of TOP SHELF because they were rumored to be among the hottest songs from that era, and we thought it was a tragedy that the world never got to hear them. It turns out that these two-inch tapes are truly a treasure chest--a time capsule of the energy and excitement of 1988 Hip Hop."

1. Fab 5 Freddy - Intro
2. Black Sheep - I'm The One
3. Big Daddy Kane - Like That, Y'all
4. Biz Markie - My Name Is...
5. MC Lyte - Listen Up
6. Grand Puba - Let's Go
7. Smooth B Of Nice & Smooth - I Want My Money Back
8. Graig G - Catch A Lyrical Beatdown
9. Chubb Rock - Chubb Rocks The Party
10. Special Ed - This Mic
11. Doug E Fesh - It Ain't Nothin
12. Jungle Brothers - Back In The Jungle
13. Just Ice - I Run The Streets
14. Melle Mel & Grandmaster Caz - The Battle Is On
15. Master Ace - Revolution's 'Bout To Start

Cornel West & BMWMB ....Never Forget: A Journey Of Revelations

"Dr. Cornel West, one of America's most prominent black intellectuals, has teamed up with Hidden Beach Recordings to produce one of the most important and socially-conscious music projects to be released in 2007. On the heels of the Don Imus controversy, topical debates on the political and sociological effects regarding the use of the N Word and America's searching for answers to the question "Now What?" all are addressed in the context of this CD. This compelling body of work features Cornel West as a conductor who orchestrates a symphony of hip-hop and r&b recording artists and producers in the delivery of a resounding message that offers music as a positive force to effect change, awareness and solidarity. Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations is a riveting, thought-compelling approach to raise the consciousness of the mainstream music consumer through a positive lyrical approach. It exemplifies a level of love, unity, solidarity, and loyalty designed to the give the world a force of good in the form of music, especially Black music, in these bleak times. "
1. Bushanomics (Talib Kweli)
2. America (Black Thought, Rah Digga, Iriz & Lucky Witherspoon)
3. Still Here
4. Dear Mr. Man (Prince)
5. 911
6. N Word (Tavis Smiley & Michael Eric Dyson)
7. Welcome to Chi (Rhymefest, Neo Abassy & Malik Yusef)
8. Mr. President (KRS-1 & M-1)
9. Keepin It PI (Killer Mike, Doey, Roc & Lucky Witherspoon)
10. Chronometrophobia (Andre 3000)
11. Gonna Be Alright (Dave Hollister & Chuckii Booker)
12. Matter of (Lenny Williams)
13. Soul Sista (Daryl Moore)
14. The Man's Gonna Getcha (Gerald Levert)
15. Man Gonna Getcha (Gerald Levert & Waynee Wayne) (Bonus Track)
16. What A Matter Of (Lenny Williams) (Bonus TracK)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

J-Love presents Big L In Memory Of Vol 2.1

01. Dangerzone Produced By J-Love 03:26 ̦
02. Ebonics DJ Premier Rmx 03:00 ̦
03. Way of Life Feat Fat Joe 02:36 ̦
04. Now or Never (Unreleased) 03:23 ̦
05. Games Females Play (Unreleased) 03:27 ̦
06. Who Slidin With (Original Version) (Unreleased) 03:42 ̦
07. Thick Feat A.G. & O.C 03:34 ̦
08. Fall Back Feat Kool G Rap 02:45 ̦
09. Where You At Feat Big Pun (Unreleased) 02:18 ̦
10. Platinum Plus Feat Big Daddy Kane 03:36 ̦
11. Flamboyant (Unreleased) 02:31 ̦
12. Back In My Hood Feat Party Artie (Unreleased) 02:11 ̦
13. Hit It (Unreleased) 03:34 ̦
14. The Nicest Feat Big Pun 2 Pac Notorious B.I.G (Unrel 03:13 ̦
15. Live At The Spot Feat Royal Flush 01:18 ̦
16. All Love Feat Fat Joe Lord Finesse A.G. 03:23 ̦
17. Stand Strong Feat Ditc 04:14 ̦
18. Dignified Soldiers Feat Ditc 04:00 ̦
19. Shit Is Real Freestyle (Unreleased) 02:08 ̦
20. Fucking With Rmx Feat Ditc 02:42 ̦
21. Uptown Kids Feat Mcgruff Mase Camron 06:52 ̦
22. Get Your Feat Ditc 04:08 ̦
23. Fed Up With The Bullshit 02:49 ̦
24. You Know What I M About Feat Lord Finesse 04:30 Ì

Saturday, August 25, 2007

DMX House Raided.....12 Pitbulls, Weapons found...

Just when we thought X was ready to stop with the bullshit and turn over a new leaf, he runs into adversity once again. Many believed that X was finding a new way out in his new hide away in Cave Creek, AZ.....but it now seems he was up to somthing a little bit more reminiscent of his destructive past.

Maricopa County Sheriff deputies reportedly rescued 12 distraught pit bulls from DMX's Cave Creek, AZ residence on August 24th.

DMX was not at his home when the raid occurred, (thankfully). Sources tell 12 News deputies also found a large cache of weapons, another twist and perhaps damnning fact for the Yonkers NY, native.

-Dominick L.

Grandmaster Roc Raida - Beats, Cuts, Skits

The Grandmaster returns! If you love authentic, crafty, and unabridged turntable showmanship than Roc Raida and his latest release "Beats, Cuts, Skits", is pretty self explanatory, but very understated...he should've added a superlative adjective in front of the title, somthing like "dope" or "nasty". This tape is far too ahead of the game, and yet still reminds us of a better time in hip-hop; a time when your skills spoke for you, and you coulden't get in the game unless you had some. This release drips with hip-hop authenticity, it's even all mixed down into one MP3 file, today's CD equivalent to yesteryear's Cassette Tapes, that were continous in play. If your an old head searching for an album that has somthing worthwhile, a creative structure, filled with great production, drop in's from some of the best in the game including DJ Premier, Smif & Wessun, Saigon, De La Soul, Fat Joe, M.O.P., Black Thought, and of course his X-men bretheren Mr. Sinister, then this is for you. For the hardcore Raida fans expect another worthy effort outta this album, he once again bypasses the allure of gettin' paid, and avoids putting anything on this compilation type album that would sully his dignified underground existence. In other words, Raida kept it real, no commercial bullshit on this joint either folks. Some joints that you will recognize on here are "Hip-Hop 101" by Aasim, "The PJ's" by Ghostface, Trife & Black Thought and "Let It bang" by M.O.P., and perhaps a few others depending on how down you are these days, but either way, now all them crazy joints is all in one place courtesy of Roc Raida.

-Dominick L.

01. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Intro (Think It Over)
02. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Raida's Theme
03. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Hip Hop 101 (feat. Aasim)
04. Grandmaster Roc Raida - The Truth Remix (feat. Fat Joe & Aasim) 05. Grandmaster Roc Raida - The Truth (feat. Smif-N-Wessun)
06. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Break The Style Down (feat. Party Artie & AC)
07. Grandmaster Roc Raida - How U Want It (Remix) (feat. Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, A.T.C.Q.)
08. Grandmaster Roc Raida - The What Gong Show (Skit)
09. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Let It Bang (feat. M.O.P.)
10. Grandmaster Roc Raida - X-Ecutioners Style (feat. Black Thought) 11. Grandmaster Roc Raida - No Joke (feat. Saigon & Grafh)
12. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Hey Thug (Skit)
13. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Live From The PJ's (feat. Ghostface Killah, Trife Da God, Black Thought)
14. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Back To Back (feat. Scram Jones)
15. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Another X-Excution (feat Dilaed Peoples) 16. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Burn That Ass (feat. Wayne-O)
17. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Hip Hop Shit (feat. UTR)
18. Grandmaster Roc Raida - I Got You (feat. Aasim)
19. Grandmaster Roc Raida - The Regulators (feat. Roc Marciano & Sly Boogie)
20. Grandmaster Roc Raida - The Thug Vs. The Backpacker MC Battle (Skit)
21. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Funky Piano (feat. Wayne-O)
22. Grandmaster Roc Raida - Ill Kick Your Ass


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Friday, August 24, 2007

Remy martin- The BX Files

Here she is, fresh outta lockup after alledgedly poppin a former associate over a missing check from her purse in front of a's the first lady of Terror Squad. While I in no way, shape or form support what Remy is accused of doing that night, I will say this.....she's always handled her business, both in and outside of the booth, it's just a damn shame that she took it upon herself to go to the extreme..alledgedly.....anyway, I just hope that wasn't her that pulled the trigger, but at the same time I do realize that this chick stole from her. Took over a grand man....I know guys that would do much worse for less than a c-note. Anyway, on to the music.....Remy is serving up a much grittier album for her street hop heads with the BX Files, and I'm not surprised that this is a lot better than that farse of a debut album she put out over a year ago. It seems to me that when Remy goes hardcore in her music, it just comes out so much more natural and uncontrived....she sounds so at home rapping about the bottom, rather than the top, an ironic fact considering she went thru hell to get there and despite recent events, shows no signs of returning to the bowls of the unforgiving Bronx ghetto she was raised in. While most of this album is a true reflection of Remy's lyrical capabilities, some tracks are dated, making an already short Lp, even shorter. All in all it's a pretty worthy effort tho, Remy still has a knack to reel in many listeners, male and female alike into her world thru her music, and holds her own on various cuts alongside some of the premier street artists of today in Papoose, Main-O, Jae Millz and Murda Mook. This is a great introduction to Remy's work, if you haven't heard of her, but if your familiar with Reminisce Martin, you proabably won't be overly impressed.

-Dominick L.

01. Remy Intro 01:31

02. Where My bi*ches @ 03:07

03. No Bet Chill 03:38

04. Tek 9 (feat. Murda Mook) 04:08

05. Rapid Fire 01:13

06. Influentials (feat. Papoose) 02:36

07. Get Money, Stay Fly (feat. Jae Millz) 02:30

08. So Hot 03:02

09. Loadin' Clipz (feat. Maino) 03:49

10. Let's Get It On 03:56

11. Y'all Don't Really Want It 04:00

12. Me 02:48

13. Outside Lookin' In 03:24

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Clinton Sparks and Talib Kweli- Get familiar The Blacksmith mixtape street album

The mixtape king of Boston has teamed up with the lyrically conscience voice of Brooklyn people! Yes Clinton Sparks and Talib have joined forces to bring the people an exclusive look at some of the material Talib has been steadilly working on for his new imprint Blacksmith Records. Taking the mixtape circuit on very quietly, yet full of potent music don't be surprised if you hear some classic mixtape material from both of these two's storied underground careers, including some older collaborations from the two. All in all this tape is not hugely based on exclusive cuts and mixing, but rather just some good drops and an outstanding music selection from Clinton Sparks. If your looking for rampantly good production, this tape is also for you. Don't miss Mr. Sparks contibutions as well as a look back at a classic track from Hi-Tek's "The Chip" album produced by the Cincinatti beat king. All in all it's a healthy dose of Talib, right when you need it...(his new album ain't my cup of tea) we all wait for his future Blacksmith projects with labelmates Strong Arm Steady and Jean Grae, who'll you'll also get a chance to "get familiar" with on this tape if you haven't already.

-Dominick L.

01 . Talib Kweli - Intro (Produced By Clinton Sparks) [ 01:20 ]
02 . Talib Kweli - Go With Us (Feat. Strong Arm Steady) [ 03:54 ]
03 . Talib Kweli - Man On Fire (Produced By Clinton Sparks) [ 02:54 ]
04 . Talib Kweli - The Level (Feat. Styles P) [ 03:21 ]
05 . Clinton Sparks - Interlude [ 00:53 ]
06 . Talib Kweli - Bobby James 2007 [ 03:13 ]
07 . Talib Kweli - Young Fresh & Clean [ 02:51 ]
08 . Talib Kweli - The Ones (Feat. Jean Grae) [ 03:06 ]
09 . Clinton Sparks - Interlude 2 [ 00:34 ]
10 . Talib Kweli - Lie A Lot [ 03:48 ]
11 . Clinton Sparks - Buy You A Drank (Stumbles Mix) [ 03:39 ](Feat. Talib Kweli)
12 . Clinton Sparks - Interlude 3 [ 00:35 ]
13 . Strong Arm Steady - One Step (Feat. Talib Kweli) [ 06:01 ]
14 . Hi Tek - Let It Go (Feat. Dion & Talib Kweli) [ 03:37 ]
15 . Clinton Sparks - Interlude 4 [ 00:31 ]
16 . Talib Kweli - My All [ 03:02 ]
17 . Clinton Sparks - Interlude 5 [ 00:25 ]
18 . Talib Kweli - Bossin Up [ 01:57 ]
19 . Talib Kweli - Outro (Produced By Clinton Sparks) [ 01:44 ]
20 . Talib Kweli - Kweli Says Go [ 01:16 ]
21 . Clinton Sparks - Get Familiar [ 00:57 ]

Raekwon presents ICEWATER: Polluted Water

The Chef Brings you his latest shaolin protege's debut album in Polluted Water, a thugged out, no holds barred journey into Staten Island's wild side. Sure to please any hardcore officionado, this release is packed with great production as Raekwon extended his hand to some of his connections, enlisting help on the boards from street sound molders like Emile, Ez Elpee, SC and Mizza. The Icewater cats are pretty saavy on the boards themselves as they lean on their own camp (Icewater Inc. Productions) for production duties on 2 songs as well. This is a far cry from Rae's first group The American Cream Team, but judging by most of Icewater's lyrical ability and unwavering commitment to hardcore verses, I can see why Rae decided to get down with them. While this release does have a few missteps in the forms of guest spots, it's still an overall worthy effort.....

-Dominick L.

01. Ice Water - Animal (Produced by Scram Jones) 03:49
02. Ice Water - Do It Big (feat. Raekwon & Busta Rhymes) 03:59 (Produced by Dready)
03. Ice Water - Actin' Fly 03:40 (Produced by Kenny Whitehead & Karriem Roulette)
04. Ice Water - Ice Water (We Still Runnin') 03:53 (Produced by Domingo)
05. Ice Water - Hip-Hop Tribute (feat. Raekwon) 03:54 (Produced By Emile)
06. Ice Water - Love Don't Cost A Thing (feat. Method Man) 04:08 (Produced by Mental Instruments)
07. Ice Water - Let's Get It (feat. Raekwon & Three 6 Mafia) 03:24 (Produced by SC)
08. Ice Water - Click Click (feat. Raekwon) 04:45 (Produced by Jamie Franks)
09. Ice Water - Mercy Me (feat. Flo) 04:31 (Produced by Ice Water Productions)
10. Ice Water - Gangsta (feat. Flo) 03:42 (Produced by Ice Water Productions)
11. Ice Water - I'm A Boss (feat. Raekwon & Rick Ross) 03:46 (Produced by EZ Elpee)
12. Ice Water - Knuckle (feat. Raekwon & Pimp C) 04:32 (Produced by Trife)
13. Ice Water - Murda (Produced by Fury) 03:59
14. Ice Water - All Night (feat. Jagged Edge) 03:15 (Produced by Kiri Grazes)
15. Ice Water - Move (Produced by Focus) 03:05
16. Ice Water - Tell Me How You Like It 03:27 (feat. Raekwon & Remy Ma) (Produced by Supa Dave West)
17. Ice Water - Baby Love Me (feat. Flo) (Produced by Mizza) 06:17

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Foxy Brown Sent To Jail

Foxy Brown appeared in court today (August 21) and was sentenced to a stay in prison by Judge Melissa Jackson, for violating her probation.

Brown, born Inga Marchand, was ordered to prison until her next hearing, which takes place on September 5.

Her incarceration stems from an incident that took place in July, in which Foxy slapped her nieghbor smack dab in her grill piece with, of all things, a cell phone (August 15). Foxy's bad luck didn't end there....the next day she was stopped by police and was arrested for alledgedly giving authorites a fake name and driving on a suspended license and a suspended registration.

Foxy just also recently announced that she was pregnant and engaged to be married. Good Luck Foxy, keep your head up ma!

-Dominick L.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Strong Arm Steady- Deep Hearted

For many hip-hop fans that reside in the city of angels, there is only one group that truly combines the history, skill, talent and connections to properly represent the coast. Enter in Strong Arm Steady; a collection of now only 3 mc's (one time member Xzibit has left the group) that are all a true cut above the rest when it comes to the music. Comprised of the street saavy and straight forward San Diegan Mitchy Slick, the half latino, half black, pot- enhaling, lyricist Phil Da Agony, and the lurching, Cali raised, Brooklyn educated, albino Krondon. I really haven't been excited about any particuliar group in a long time, especially any from Cali, but as soon as I heard that these Likwit and beat Junkie affiliates were gonna drop as a collective I was instantly intrigued. While both Phil and Mitchy have already released solo albums this is the world's first look at the somtimes awkwardly recieved Krondon. Although he's the heart of the group in my opinion, many heads don't check for S.A.S. simply because of his appearance...a fact that doesen't phase them in the least, they just keep making solid music. At first the only time most of their loyal fans could get in tune with their unique brand of music that is 1 part pure hip-hop, 1 part Cali gangsta music, 1 part stoned frenzy...was when the trio dropped their now legendary independent mixtapes.....the group has also been heard doing many guest features alongside the underground's elite. Collaborating on Talib Kweli's Beautiful mixtape series as well as working with Hi-Tek for his sophmore album has proven to be a big payoff for S.A.S., as they now find themselves releasing their fist retail album comprised of some of their biggest mixtape bangers as well as serving up a healthy dose of new material.....the sky is the limit for these guys now, as most of L.A.'s underground hip-hop scene is becoming more and more familiar these "Gold Chain Music" maker's are sure to bring a smile to any enthusiast's face, and with production on this project coming from the likes of Madlib, DJ Khalil, Da Riffs, DJ Babu and Evidence, S.A.S. is putting their stamp on the game right now.

-Dominick L.

01. Intro (feat. Jack Nicholson & The Game) (prod. by Dubb Knox) 01:48

02. The Movement (feat. Planet Asia) (prod. by Thayod Ausar) 04:17

03. U Ain't Me (feat. Chamillionaire, Ras Kass, & Xzibit) 04:44(prod. by Da Riffs)

04. Bloody Money (feat. PnB & Jelly Roll) (prod. by DJ Khalil) 04:25

05. Co-Operation (feat. Dilated Peoples) (prod. by DJ Babu) 04:09

06. Clean Up (feat. Saukrates & Black Thought) (prod. by Madlib) 03:26

07. One Step (feat. Talib Kweli) (prod. by Blaqtoven) 03:33

08. I Can't Wait (feat. Tha Liks & Stylistic Jones) 04:01(prod. by Thayod Ausar)

09. King In The Deck (feat. Planet Asia) (prod. by Da Riffs) 04:18

10. Come & Get Me (feat. Ina Williams) (prod. by DJ Khalil) 04:57

11. My Homies (feat. Blaqtoven) (prod. by J Thrill) 04:15

12. Streetlights (feat. Talib Kweli) (prod. by Evidence) 04:36

13. On The Grind (prod. by J Thrill) 03:40

14. Wreckless Words (prod. by DJ Khalil) 03:5115. Dirty Dirty (feat. Juvenile) (prod. by J Macc) 03:21

Friday, August 17, 2007

C.L. Smooth- The Outsider

A new dose of none other than Mr. C.L. Smooth, where we find our hero in a reflective process and definitly in a transitional point in his career. Filled with some new oddities (a track with J.R. Writer of Dipset) and some great moments that remind us of the past (a live performance of T.R.O.Y. in holland) there is little left to be desired from C.L. after this new retail mixtape is over with except........a new project with his old buddy Pete Rock. Make sure you check for "War Of The Roses" and the "Heaven Only Knows remix".
-Dominick L.

01. C.L. Smooth - Intro...All We Ever Know
02. C.L. Smooth - I Need A Boss (Remix)
03. C.L. Smooth - No Justice
04. C.L. Smooth - Impossible (J. Period Remix)
05. C.L. Smooth - I Gotta Love (Live! In Holland)
06. C.L. Smooth - Down With The Kings (Live! In Holland)
07. C.L. Smooth - Warm Outside (Drawzilla Remix)
08. C.L. Smooth - Gorilla Pimpin'
09. C.L. Smooth - Is It Really You?
10. C.L. Smooth - The Outsider
11. C.L. Smooth - Get Back
12. C.L. Smooth - Straighten It Out (Live! In Holland)
13. C.L. Smooth - Love Is A Battlefield
14. C.L. Smooth - War Of The Roses (feat. Butter Verses)
15. C.L. Smooth - Smoke In The Air (Live! In Holland)
16. C.L. Smooth - Who You Gonna Trust?
17. C.L. Smooth - Mezmorized (feat. J.R. Writer & Scales) (B Rock Remix)
18. C.L. Smooth - Heaven Only Know (John Legend Remix)
19. C.L. Smooth - American Gangster (feat. SJ & Young Bred)
20. C.L. Smooth - American Me (Live! In Holland)
21. C.L. Smooth - T.R.O.Y. (Live! In Holland)
22. C.L. Smooth - DJ Shakim (Outro)

Blu and Exile- Below The Heavens

A breathe of freesh air into the game, MC Blu serves up a raw and unadultered glimpse into his 22 year old life. From tales about boyish crushes to fighting back tears at his own grandmother's funeral, this album is as expressive as it is poignant. Infused with many thoughtful and infectious beats, Blu's running mate Exile of Emanon (Just Exile for short) is a new breed of producer, providing soundscapes that have both character and mood, this album's catchiness is 50 percent to blame on him. A can't miss for story lover's and real heads, make sure you check out this wonderful and exciting new look at what the world is today......below the heavens.

-Dominick L.

01 blu & exile - my world is.. 03:41
02 blu & exile - the narrow path 05:09
03 blu & exile - so(ul) amazin' (steel blazin') 04:39
04 blu & exile - juicen' dranks (ft. taraach) 03:45
05 blu & exile - in remembrance of me 04:04
06 blu & exile - blu colla workers 04:31
07 blu & exile - dancing in the rain 04:26
08 blu & exile - first things first (ft. miguel jontel) 03:50
09 blu & exile - no greater love 04:15
10 blu & exile - show me the good life 05:23 (ft. aloe blacc & joseph)
11 blu & exile - simply amazin' 03:30
12 blu & exile - cold hearted (ft. miguel jontel) 03:12
13 blu & exile - the world is (below the heavens..) 04:27
14 blu & exile - you are now in the clouds with 03:49 (the koochie monstas)
15 blu & exile - unlisted bonus track 07:26
16 blu & exile - unlisted bonus track 03:00
17 blu & exile - unlisted bonus track 04:36

Monday, August 13, 2007

Nas presents Nashawn Mass Destruction

There's been a quiet buzz going for Nashawn ever since he dropped his first rhyme in the game. Many would contribute Nashawn's new found popularity to riding the coattails of his cousin, Nas....who just so happens to be considered by many as the greatest street poet of our time. Well, it looks like many "people" are just going to have to fall the fuck back after they listen to Nashawn's latest offering Mass Destruction. A new helping of his somtimes hard to find, but always entertaining and head nodding music. Nashawn is a skilled Mc, and many have been patiently waiting for him to put something new out. Known mostly for his Infamous "Write Your Name" track, where a brash Nashawn finds himself dissing Cam'ron and company oh so viciously, Nashawn is now whispered amongest many to be the true heir apparent to Nas's throne. Re appearing from his past endeavors as "Millenium Thug" (Nashawn's old monikor) many were expecting the same old thugged out, over the top block music on Mass Destruction, however you'll be pleasantly surprised to find that Nashawn's range is vastly improved. Be sure to check out "Take A Picture" feat. Nas, "A Huned" and "All Summer Long" feat. Jungle and G-Wiz. He's grown, but many of his hardcore fans will find Nashawn hasn't totally jumped of the bridge, far from it to be exact, keeping most of his work firmly embedded in the street.
-Dominick L.

01. intro 01:25 ÛÛ

02. number 1 02:30 ÛÛ

03. slow it down 02:58 ÛÛ

04. somebody gotta die featuring jungle 02:44 ÛÛ

05. bossed up featuring nas 02:58 ÛÛ

06. understand 02:25 ÛÛ

07. a huned 01:41 ÛÛ

08. in jail 03:57 ÛÛ

09. we gittin it 03:15 ÛÛ

10. follow me 03:01 ÛÛ

11. my style 02:17 ÛÛ

12. da carlot 02:31 ÛÛ

13. that money 02:44 ÛÛ

14. rat ass niggaz 04:26 ÛÛ

15. fait ball 02:34 ÛÛ

16. take a picture featuring nas 02:33 ÛÛ

17. all summer long featuring jungle and g-wiz 03:37 ÛÛ

18. its true 03:43 ÛÛ

19. hustlin 03:10 ÛÛ

20. bring it 02:39 Û

Thursday, August 9, 2007

DJ Cuzzin B presents 9th Wonder Leaky Beat Vault Hosted by David Temple

It's no secret that one of the most prolific underground producer's of our time is 9th Wonder. Whether it's the fact that he eventually ended up doin tracks for Jay-Z after coming up using no really expensive equipment, and just one measly software program, that well, is more commonly associated with mediocre techno compositions rather than soulful, infectious, head nodding hip-hop beats. But that's 9th Wonder for you, continually proving that old addage "It's not ya pencil, it's how you write your name". Many producers today have taken a page from his book and tried to imitate his signature soulful loops, but few ever really capture his amazing knack for being consistently on the scene....meaning you never have to wait too long for a new 9th Wonder project or for him to do some work on someone else's project. In between all the work 9th has been known to let a few jewels fall between the proverbial "cracks", and DJ Cuzzin B has brought it upon himself to bestow upon the masses many of those amazing beats that 9th had hidden away or that just didn't make it on to your radar. As an added bonus Cuzzin B mixes all the tracks down to one file in the new age style of old school mixtapes......this is a great collection of 9th beats, a can't miss for true 9th fans.
-Dominick L.

*Sorry, No Tracklist*

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Boot Camp Clik- Casualties Of War

Back with another dose of that good ole' boom bap, thugged out, buddha laced hip-hop fury, is the great 8 aka BCC fuckas! Casualties of war is a compilation of tracks that didn't meet the team's first album of 07'; Last Stand's final cut. But don't dispair, this is far from just a bunch of dusty half ass throw aways. Quite a few of these tracks are brand new and being released simply for the fun of it. Sure to please all the hardcore BCC enthusiasts and back packers alike, Casualties packs a serious punch. With production from Dan The Man, Nottz, Coptic, Marco Polo and Soul G amongest others, this album's sound is rooted solidly in the bowels of the underground, which is a fact that is sure to please. Track's to check for are the 9th Wonder produced "I Need More" and "I need Mine" prod. by the canadian sensation himself, Marco Polo.
-Dominick L.

01. Intro (Preformed By G-Tang)
02. The Hustle (prod. by Coptic & Soul G)
03. Bubblin' Up (prod. by Nottz)
04. What You See (prod. by Dan The Man & Fred Bear)
05. BK All Day (prod. by Dan The Man & Chris The Four)
06. My World (prod. by Marco Polo)
07. I Need More (prod. by 9th Wonder)
08. Jail Song (prod. by Jaywan Inc.)
09. A-Yo (prod. by Coptic & Soul G)
10. Casualties Of War (prod. by Marvel)
11. I Want Mine (prod. by Marco Polo)
12. Everyday Shit (prod. by Soul G & Coptic)
13. Words From TEK (prod. by Moods & Vibrations)
14. Yesterday (prod. by Dub Z)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Joe Budden- The Album Before the Album

While many have since dismissed Joe Buddens as a real priority over at Def Jam, many others who follow the underground mixtape circuit know the tremendous un tapped potential that Budden possesses. Too many heads in Jersey already know that as far as mixtapes went Budden's Mood Music part 2 was relatively untouchable in terms of how far ahead of the pack he was with his lyricism and story telling on MM3. Budden has since developed into a true urban legend; scarcely appearing in public, only droppng a new track or blog entry once in a blue moon and maintaining still, his crown as the best on the east coast. While I liken him to being the east coast version of lil' Wayne, I think most will agree that the two share many of the same qualities at this moment including a die hard loyal fan base and perhaps some over hyped mixtapes. Either way you look at it Budden is a definite problem for those that underestimate him. The labels that turned their backs on him early on watched as he crafted radio friendly club bangas like "Pump It Up". Many of those who thought he was through as a true lyricist and thought he coulden't duplicate the oral prowess that he displayed on his early tapes were left with their jaws on the floor as the nation rejoiced in Mood Music 2. Budden always seems to bounce back and turnm the tables, as he walks toward a new album and most likely many new mixtapes before he drops, we are left to wonder whether or not if Budden will ever truly blow, or just remain a solid underground threat.
-Dominick L.

1. Im Back 3:55
2. What Would Happen Ft. Stack Bundles 4:20
3. The Future 6:20
4. Cold World Ft. Musiq Soulchild 4:52
5. I Keep That 3:26
6. Outcast 3:03
7. The Pump 3:39
8. Stained 5:04
9. Only You 3:14
10. Pop Off 4:42
11. Suntin Ft. Coke 5:24
12. This Is For 4:01
13. Is This My Life 2:47
14. Three Sides A Story 8:29
15. Bullshit Rappers & Metaphors 3:56
16. Bonus Track 7:07

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Guns-N-Butter present Raise The Hammer Vol.3 Hosted by P-Cutta

There hasn't been a compilation for me to rave about in awhile, I don't knoiwif this is due to the fact that most camps are stagnant these days, the culture of the game is to go for yours alone or the fact that most good compilations take awhile to put together.....whatever the reason, I really haven't been singing the praises of any one particuliar camp in that regard. Then like all things music, you discover somthing that restores your confidence just when your faith was leaving you the most. I stumbled upon this while aimlessly on one of my favorite websites (props to that man Frak for rippin this) when a cat known for handing out ill shit put this up. What a find it was man....from top to bottom, start to finish this is easilly one of the best joints i've bumped all year. Focusing on Starr Blazz, K-Beta and William Cooper, these Guns N Butter Bretheren rip down every track with much ferocity and reckless abandon. The production is insane, my next mission is to find out who did some of these tracks, namely "A- Alikes pt. 1", "Walk The Pavement", "No Retreat" and "Outta Jail" because those track inparticuliar are stellar examples of great gutter hip-hop production. Providing sounds back drops that ranged from heavy soulful Rock sampling to good ole' original concepts (someone in the Guns and Butter camp is nice on a keyboard). It's a hardcore release. All of the tracks touch on the struggle, the pain, the grittiness of hip-hop. Many who think their bumpin somthin hard when they pop in their lil uncle murder cd's need to check this out, they ain't heard shit yet. Check for guest spots from Nore, Nature, Timbo King, Cashmere, Tragedy Khadafi, Dre Robinson, Bad Seed, Bronze Nazereth, The Wisemen and Blue Raspberry.
-Dominick L.

Intro- Theme Song

Alkaline Minds- Starr Blazz

Live llegal- K-Beta

Walk The Pavement- Smif & Wessun IllNoise

Somthings Wrong- Akir & TK Rose

Theme Song Interlude

Nothing To Hide- Bronze Nazereth & The Wisemen

A- Alikes pt. 1- Bloodsport, Majesty and William Cooper

Easy Now- K-Beta

Hip-Hop Is Outta Control- Ankh Amen Ra

Hands Of Change- Starrblazz

Can't See Me- Digga

Ain't Nobody- JR Get Money and Dre Robinson

Piece Of My Thug- Starrblazz

The Grimiest- Nature & Nore

Raise The Hammer- Sketch & K-Beta

Eat Em' Alive- Illnoise

You Won't Win- Starblazz

Guns n' Butter Interlude

Smoke Witcha- Bad Seed

Straight Death- Tragedy Khadafi & Starrblazz

Ice Journals- Starrblazz, Timbo King, K-Beta and William Cooper

Outta Jail- Cashmere

No Surrender, No Retreat- Starrblazz, Blue Raspberry & William Cooper

Click, Clack- Jake The Snake

Ain't No Killa- That Boy O

Had A Dream- Illnoise

Another Day- K-Beta

Where I'm From- JR Get Money

Credits- (Beatz by Stu Bangaz)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

HalfTooth Records presents Median's Relief In The Making Mixed by DJ Low Key Hosted by 9th Wonder

Justice league fans rejoice! Median is droppin an ill ass mixtape all up on ya heads. The Carolina native and emcee extraodinaire is prepping all the hardcore J League fans for his upcomming album set to drop real soon. Til then there's plenty right here to keep even the staunchest Justus League fan calmly take a seat and begin to nod his head in approval and anticipation. And while quite a few of these gems you've already heard, keep ya ears open for a few new remixes and a few exclusives. I mean when your lookin at a production lineup that has 9th handling 13 tracks, Khrysis doin 4, Nicolay doin 5 and M-Phazes, Von Pea and Marshall Law chipping in some serious bangas, there's little doubt people will find a problem with the sound of this tape. Take my advice and just let the man Median guide you through a verbal tour of his mind, soul and what's coming up next from him. This is a solid effort, and a must grab for any Median/9th Wonder/J League/Khrysis/Nicolay supporter.
-Dominick L.
1. 9th Wonder Intro
2. Median - Comfortable (prod. by 9th Wonder)
3. Foreign Exchange - All That You Are feat. Median (Original Mix/Nicky Van Halen’s 1987 Monsters of Rock Tour Remix/Nicky Fagan’s Eye Should Know Better Remix) (prod. by Nicolay)
4. DJ Low Key - Mixing In Action #1 Freestyle feat. Median
5. Median - Doing Dances (prod. by 9th Wonder)
6. Median - Rize feat. LaDehra (prod. by Khrysis)
7. Big Pooh - Scars feat. Median (prod. by 9th Wonder)
8. Median - Golden Ticket feat. Tanya Morgan (prod. by Von Pea)
9. Von Pea Guarantees A Classic
10. Median - Powershift (prod. by Nicolay)
11. Median - M.A.D. (Median Alleviates the Drama) (prod. by 9th Wonder)
12. Cesar Comanche - Get Ready feat. Median (prod. by 9th Wonder)
13. Edgar Allen Floe - The Great Adventure feat. Median & L.E.G.A.C.Y. (prod. by 9th Wonder)
14. Spectac - Life Ain’t Easy feat. Median (prod. by FortyI)
15. Median - Personified (Remix) (prod. by Khrysis)
16. Median - How Big Is Your World? (prod. by 9th Wonder)
17. Little Brother - Shorty on the Lookout feat. Median (prod. by 9th Wonder)18. L.E.G.A.C.Y. - I’m A Star feat. Median, Chaundon & Joe Scudda (prod. by Khrysis)
19. Kenn Starr - Back At It Again feat. Median (prod. by M-Phazes)
20. Median - Balance (prod. by 9th Wonder)
21. Median - Yeah Right (prod. by Khrysis)
22. Jean Grae – Stories feat. Median (prod. by 9th Wonder)
23. Median - What Would You Do (prod. by Ant B)
24. Median – Straight N Narrow (prod. by Marshall Law)
25. Foreign Exchange - Be Alright feat. Median (Easy Breezy SundayAfternoon Remix)(prod. by Nicolay)
26. Median – Maglite (prod. by 9th Wonder)
27. Median - Visionary (prod. by 9th Wonder)
28. 9th Wonder Outro
29. Median – If Then Statement

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Agallah- Fuck A Purple Chain

Agallah has long been one of my faorite hardcore underground cats. Both his beats and his rhymes are poignant and hard hitting, a quality that a lot of producer/emcees lack. Although I would have to give his production the edge over his rhymin' these days, Ag manages a good effort more often than not in the category of energy. This tape is a treat for real Ag fans, as he blesses us with 24 all new bangas on his new imprint Comin Up Clutch Ent. No freestyles, no filler, just great music all from the Brownsville born, Harlem transplant. This tape also seems to serve as somwhat of an explanation for recent occurances, Namely the beef between Ag and Tru-Life and the story behind the alledged jacking of Ag's Purple City Byrdgang chain. Two tracks are devoted to letting Purple City head honcho Shiest Bubz and Dipset frontman Juelz Santana air their feelings out about the situation. The interviews are more than surprising. Fortunately for the real fans there's also plenty of music on this tape that far outweighs the childish beef interludes. Some of the tracks are pure, uhhhm, how would Ag put it...."Cocaine Piff". I'm happy to report his hi hat patterns are still mean as hell, his kicks are hitting harder than ever, and of course the sample game is still inspirig many a producer to get out there and start diggin'. This tape is a can't miss for all those fiendin' for Ag's best shit, and a great pacifier til' he drops another Lp on our heads. Be sure and check for "86' Era", "Lord Behold" and "Are You Real" with The newest BK standout St. Laz. This is a surprisingly good look from our favorite emcee and producer The Don Bishop Agallah, and a great look at the current pavement pounding direction he's taking with his lyrics and production. Make sure you peep this, mixtapes just aren't this good nowadays, as Ag provides what could easilly be the best Purple City mixtape ever!
-Dominick L.

1-Intro-The God of War
2-Respeckt Tha Jux
3-Last Man Standing
4-Juelz Speaks
5-Enemies Eyes
6- Imma Gangsta
7-Lord Behold
8-86 Era
9-Not Ready feat Shiest Bubz
10-Are You Real? feat St Laz
11-Ohhh I Wanna 12-O.T.
13-Dollaz Circulate Feat. Ike Eyez & Shiest Bubz
14-Celebrate feat Shiest Bubz
15-Shiest Speaks
16-My Lifes Tha Shit feat Shiest Bubz
17-Prisoner feat Ike Eyes
18-Confessions of a Don
19-Gingerbread Man
20-Its My Block (Remix) Feat. Tupac (R.I.P)
21-Slowin Up
22-Recognize Tha Voice
23-Hoods and Macks feat D Doubler (RIP)
24-Brand New 25 -M.A.S.T.E.R. P -Sean Price feat Agallah (Bonus)

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