Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Aarophat & Illastrate as Black Noise, The LP (2009)


"Both Aarophat and Illastrate decided to merge as a group to generate a remedy for the lack of quality in Hip-Hop music. After listening to the album, it's hard to imagine that they actually met 14 hours before recording a single note. Aaro bonds his intense, intricate rhymes to Illa's nostalgic, boom-bap soulscape. The album consists of rugged instrumentals, along with aggressive percussion and heavy bass that allows Aaro to strategically map out his lyrical takeover while pulling listeners in. Using his insightful lyrics and an effortless flow, Aarophat gracefully walks the tightropes while Illastrate's production is gritty, yet friendly and inviting. The chemistry between the two is undeniable and the world will soon agree." You can and should stream it below. Instrumentals, too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Apathy & O.C. "Perestroika" (Album Stream)


"Apathy (Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs) and O.C. (D.I.T.C. - Diggin' In The Crates) combine forces to form 'Perestroika', a supergroup inspired by the cold war being waged on the rap industry. Anti-mainstream propaganda has become a bit of a cliche, so instead of speaking out against the unflattering direction that today's hip hop music has gone in, Apathy and O.C. have taken action by building a pillar in the ruins of what's left of true school hip hop. Picture the first time you heard Wu-Tang Clan's debut album "Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers" and were immediately swept up in to a dark Kung Fu movie, with the sound effects and painted visuals - "Perestroika" is intended to have the same effect... except it transports you to Cold War, Soviet Russia. From the Kremlin, to small villages affected by the economically devastating times of Perestroika, this album is a salute to the underdog and all those who are able to survive the coldest winters. Not entirely conceptual however, the album allows both wordsmiths to flex their greatest strengths over solid head-nodding East Coast-styled production. Showing up for the cause, guests Celph Titled, Slaine, Marvalyss, Kappa Gamma and Jus Cuz add to the palate alongside production that is mostly handled by Apathy, with MoSS and Illinformed (The Four Owls) contributing tracks as well. In a time of worldly political conflict and scandals, this project plays as the perfect soundtrack to the madness." - Apathy

Friday, September 22, 2017

Rapsody "Laila's Wisdom" (Album Stream)


"Laila's Wisdom is the second studio album by American rapper Rapsody, released by Jamla Records and Roc Nation. It is Rapsody's first album released under her partnership with Roc Nation. The album features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar (who Rapsody previously worked with on Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly), Anderson Paak, Busta Rhymes, Lance Skiiiwalker, Black Thought, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Musiq Soulchild, among others." This is the album I've been waiting for from Rapsody! A lot can be said, but it's best you listen for yourself so stream it in full below.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Biz Markie "Doin The Mud Foot" (Converse Promo Tape, 1990)


Well said by The Martorialist, re: Biz Markie & Converse tape: "13 years before Jay-Z gave away his first and only mixtape with those Reebok kicks of his, which turned into Keith Richards' face after a couple of wears, Converse teamed up with Warner Bros Records for a free Biz Markie promo cassingle which came free with every pair of blue-on-white Cons basketball hi-tops in 1990. Nothing for the radio, just 2 tracks of exclusive prime-era Diabolical: Off The Top Of My Head is Biz's version of DJ Cool V's To My Boys, while Non Stop Rockin' is a historical curiosity given that it's a precursor to Biz's Nas demo + the sample-source for Biz's own Studda Step. Catch the vapors below..."

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L "Illegal Business" (Mix)


Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L have consistently released dope mixes & here's one of their earlier joints from the winter of 2013. The "Illegal Business Mix" was originally a double-sided mix, the A-Side featuring an intro from DJ Clark Kent & featuring tracks from Real Live, Redman, Smoothe Da Hustler, Cormega, Cru, Fat Joe & Pun, Blahzay Blahzay, CNN, The Lox & Biggie, Mobb Deep, Nas & more! The B-Side kicks off with an intro from the G.O.A.T., DJ Premier, the dives into tracks with Nas & Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang Clan, Rapper Noyd, Gang Starr, Tragedy, Biggie, Royal Flush, Big L & even more. If that doesn't speak for itself, then this mix isn't for you! Otherwise, click play and listen below. (Update): Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L only had Side A up on Soundcloud, but fortunately DJ Step One now has the full tape on Mixcloud so once again props to him for the stream. Listen...

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

DJ Chief One "1993" (Mixtape)


Sharing another dope throwback mix from DJ Chief One; this one covering the year 1993, arguably one of my favorite years in Hip-Hop music! Squeezing over 70 tracks into this mix, suffice to say he covers a wide range of releases from '93, including tracks from A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Rakim, Black Moon, KRS-One, M.O.P, The Coup, The Beatnuts, Dr. Dre, Da King & I, Shyheim, Masta Ace, Knuckleheadz, Common, Souls of Mischief, Tragedy, Rumpletilskinz, Dred Scott, Biggie, Flavor Unit, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Tha Alkaholiks, Yall So Stupid, Hard 2 Obtain, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, The Nonce & more! You don't wanna miss this one, dig into the mix below.

Monday, September 04, 2017

DJ Obsolete "Reminiscence" (Instrumental Album)


"Reminiscence" is a dope instrumental album from beatmaker DJ Obsolete from Cologne, Germany. I saw it originally released digitally & on cassette earlier in the year, it's now being released on Vinyl via Postpartum Records - limited to 250 copies. Hard-drums and vocal chops, it's got a nice boombap feel throughout all 20 tracks, dig into it below and click through to order the vinyl.