Saturday, January 14, 2017

Earl Sweatshirt 'Chum'

Earl Sweatshirt's 'Chum' (off his album, 'Doris') was a close second for favorite track in 2013 (Statik's 'Bird's Eye View' was 1st). It's probably the first track of his I really stopped and paid attention to because I was under the impression (from reviews and videos) that his music was not for me. I was misguided, although he does roll with a young crew that does stupid shit, lol. That aside, when you hear bars like: 'It's probably been twelve years since my father left, left me fatherless / And I just used to say I hate him in dishonest jest / When honestly I miss this n#gga, like when I was six / And every time I got the chance to say it I would swallow it...' I can tell you without question, the teenage me resonates so much with those bars, and I imagine a good amount of his fans do too. It all comes down to the art & sky's the limit for a young kid with as much talent as he possesses. 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside' was solid too.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Sam The Sleezbag & DJ Mekalek '#SleezbagMekalekTape'

Sam The Sleezbag & DJ Mekalek '#SleezbagMekalekTape'

Sam The Sleezbag & DJ Mekalek team up to present their 3-disc set, "#SleezbagMekalekTape", showcasing some of hip hop's most respected artists from the East Coast. Spanning the first two discs is ninety minutes of exclusive freestyles and songs from the personal vault of Sam The Sleezbag -- all meticulously scratched, cut, mixed and blended in true mixtape form by DJ Mekalek. The third disc contains a 30-track bonus collection of unreleased joints and lost freestyles. The duo, consisting of New York based audio engineer/producer Sam The Sleezbag, and Rhode Island based DJ/producer DJ Mekalek, refuse to comply with modern day formats, and deliver nothing but the best quality music. The 3-disc set came out last August (2016). Peep the tracklist above for the expansive list of underground MCs on the mix & stream it below. 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Soul Survivors 'In God We Trust' 12" (2000)

Soul Survivors 'In God We Trust' 12"

I first heard Soul Survivors on the Easy Mo Bee compilation, ‘Bee Mo Easy Presents,’ that had his group Rappin Is Fundamental, Da Nation and 2 cuts from Soul Survivors. I wouldn’t say I was overly impressed with that record, but enough to take interest when I saw the ‘In God We Trust’ 12" on Hit Mob Entertainment. The sticker labels always caught my attention, if I'm keeping it a buck. With production from DJ Hard Rock and M16, who was part of the crew with C4, Soul Survivors put together a nice joints with 'In Good We Trust' and 'We Rock The Mic.' I particularly dig the A-Side, 'In God We Trust,' but they came with straight bars over a familiar break on 'We Rock The Mic,' so either way, it's a solid 12" release. Only thing, don't bother to use the cleans, they are super choppy. The record was released in 2000, but it sounds like it may have been recorded in the late 90s. You can stream and/or download the full 12" by clicking HERE.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Nicky D's 'The Grey Area' (2013)

Nicky D's The Grey Area

I remember Nicky D’s project, ‘The Grey Area,’ hitting my inbox 3-4 years ago - my first thought was, is that a Diamond D ‘Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop’ cover? Say word. With a co-sign from DJ Booth, I listened to the project and really enjoyed it, even with peaking audio levels on a few tracks. Nicky D’s & the producer, Rick Hughes, kept the production and flows tight and reminiscent of the golden era. There were a handful of familiar samples, which come off as odes to the originals, and even some work on the boards from Mista Lawnge of Black Sheep. As far as the content, well Nicky D’s was 18 at the time of recording, so you hear that in some of the lyrics, but I can remember myself at 18, too lol. The project from the LA spitter is still available for free download from DJ Booth, consider revisiting it, then follow the breadcrumbs to discover his more recent releases.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Cult Classic Records Presents (Album Stream)

Cult Classic Records Presents 2017 Compilation

'Cult Classic Records Presents' is a winter compilation of new music from the London label, Cult Classic Records. The compilation highlights tracks from upcoming projects scheduled for release throughout 2017. Producer Thomas Prime compiled, arranged, and mastered the project, which also features Uppeach, SamuraiGuru, Vessel, Anna Morley, Lancet, Thieta, Sickmind193, TwoDaysToAlaska, Terrane, and more. The label has been very consistent with their blend of hip-hop and instrumental releases as a representation of global hip-hop since they were founded by Thomas Prime & Bob42jh back around 2011. To get more familiar, visit their Bandcamp and review all the projects they've released since their inception. I've got a lot to catch up on myself!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Venomous2000 x Trilian 'Sounds Of The Great Ones'

New Jersey's Venomous2000 has a new album with Serbian producer, Trilian, called 'Sounds Of The Great Ones.' The album is a great piece of hip-hop that I highly recommend; it features The Artifacts, Cella Dwellas, Reks, Inspectah Deck, Tiye Phoenix, and more. For a sample, check out their track 'Know Things' below, featuring DJ TMB. They are running a campaign to press up a limited edition vinyl release, so vinyl heads: you'll want this in your collection, support it HERE.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

ATCQ, Thank You 4 Your Service!

A Tribe Called Quest

Sitting here, thinking about A Tribe Called Quest - even with the passing of Phife - it's clear what a tremendous (positive) impact they still have on the culture. Seeing Jarobi solidified back in the fold and recording makes me happy too, that's a good dude right there. They still have a lot to offer and I hope they can keep it going together because we're gonna need voices like theirs in our generation. Tracks like 'Dis Generation' beg for visuals that will make us pause and reflect. Either way, definitely keep family close to heart and bigs up to Tribe; Rest in Peace, Phife. Oh, and it's definitely not too late to cop 'We Got It From Here ... Thank You 4 Your Service,' I know we haven't seen the last of promo for the album, not by a long shot.