Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Roc Marciano "RR2: The Bitter Dose" (Album Stream)

"With multiple modern rap classics already under his belt, last year Roc Marciano liberated the first half of his two part project titled Rosebudd’s Revenge. If the initial offering showcased Marc reestablishing himself as the innovator of the present rap wave then RR2 - the Bitter Dose will cement Roc Marciano’s status as its linchpin. From the opening bars of “Respected” to when “Power” finally fades out he fashions another top to bottom high end sonic experience that will be both envied and emulated for years to come while he administers a double dose of pimpin’. Production on RR2: The Bitter Dose is handled by Roc Marciano in addition to Animoss (Arch Druids) (on “Bohemian Grove” & “Happy Endings”), Don Cee (Arch Druids) (on “C.V.S” & “Major League”) and Element) (on “Respected” & “67 Lobby”). Knowledge The Pirate appears on both “Bohemian Grove” and “Major League” while Action Bronson contributes a verse to “Corniche.” Whether it comes to hard bars, slick talk or hustler wisdom, Roc Marciano is unmatched. The Bitter Dose is nothing more than an American master lecturing a captive audience. It’s a guidebook on how to manipulate the English language and convey ideas and concepts that will evoke a wide range of emotions."

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jericho Jackson (Elzhi x Khrysis) Album Stream

9th Wonder lit the fuse when he took to his Instagram to announce word that a collaborative album was in the works from two of the dopest to do it in this game of hip-hop—Elzhi and Khrysis. It caught everyone by surprise. With the pairing solidified, the two become one as Jericho Jackson became the name of their collaboration, their movement, as well as the name of the album. Fueled by 11-tracks and one lone guest appearance in Amber Navran, Jericho Jackson comes on the heels of Khrysis’ Grammy-nominated work with 9th and Rapsody for Laila’s Wisdom and is the follow-up to Elzhi’s 2016 solo project Lead Poison. So, without any further ado, please press play on this adventuristic sonic ride, and share your thoughts... - via OkayPlayer

Monday, February 26, 2018

Nipsey Hussle "Victory Lap" (Album Stream)

This is an incredible album! I don't dig into mainstream projects too often, but Nipsey's business sense and positivity in the community opened me up to his music. How can you not support a kid with talent and a mind like his? Still unsure.... listen to the title track with Stacy Barthe, and you'll be locked in, too. From years of grinding independently, he capitalized on the buzz he generated, and it appears that all the stars have lined up for this near-flawless release of "Victory Lap." Stay on the right side of things, and keep thriving young brother, the respect and legitimacy you've earned is hard-fought and well-deserved. Listen to his official debut, "Victory Lap" down below...

Monday, February 26, 2018

Zoom & Rectape "Delivery" (Album Stream)

Zoom and Rectape, two Strasbourg (France) beatmakers are proud to present their debut album "Delivery." The project features Masta Ace, Big Shug, Illspokin, Shine Sinatra, Edo G, M-Dot, Dominique Larue, and more. The minimalist production allows for a nice boombap aesthetic combined with nice flows from all the MCs. If you like traditional boombap and sample-based hip-hop, this is a project to check out. "Delivery" is available on vinyl, click to support, and listen below.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ill Conscious "The Prerequisite" (Album Stream)

There are marketing books that'll tell you, "If you try and let the music speak for itself, no one will hear it." With that, it saddens me to see albums released in the digital age without a press release or at least a blurb, to provide context with which to listen to the music (or post about it). And yet, I've seen many albums with little to no press, no backstory, no nothing that sell out and are cult classics, spreading like wildfire through the forums and torrents and social media accounts of fans. Enter Ill Conscious, a supreme lyricist from Baltimore, MD. He put out projects with Chopped Herring that caught my attention (2015), because I'm a vinyl head & a Hip-Hop head, who keeps an ear to the street. There's no way a super-lyrical MC of Ill Conscious' caliber is gonna fly below MY radar, no sir lol. That said, I still can't provide any context to the releases, unless I bug the man for an interview. With that understanding, this post is only able to share that this latest release is a 10-track offering, which features Supreme Cerebral, DJ Audas, Jay Royale, DJ TMB, Yung Miss, Guy Grams, DJ Grazzhoppa & Papitas. The breadcrumbs I just dropped, I hope you dig for more info on these artists. A great blend of beats and great lyrics; reminiscent of the 90s, in 2018.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Take It Personal Podcast "Evidence Episode"

"On episode 23, we’re joined by Evidence, who just released his 3rd album Weather or Not. We cover everything from his passion for photography to growing up with QDIII and Red Foo (LMFAO) as well as memories of making scrambled eggs with James “Sonny Corleone” Caan. We talk Rhymesayers, Kanye West, Dilated & Alchemist too. Is there another Step Brothers album in the works? Who are his favorite producers of all-time? What's DJ Premier like to work with? We got the answers Sway. We even play a game of 6 degrees of Evidence. In addition to a grip of Ev tracks, we have music from Apathy, Grand Analog, Skyzoo, Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla, A$AP Rocky, David Banner, Rapsody, Q-Tip, Kurious and Ghostface Killah. From all of us @ TIP, our hearts go out to all the family, friends and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The gun control conversation has to be discussed all day, everyday until change is finally made. The future is ours! We dedicate this episode to all our neighbors in Parkland and our good friend James Murphy. R.I.P." Listen below.

Monday, February 19, 2018

O.C. "A New Dawn" (Album Stream)

O.C. drops the second phase of his trilogy of DITC Studios albums, with A New Dawn. Following on from the critically acclaimed, Same Moon Same Sun, the D.I.T.C. crew member O.C. again drops another album of pure quality for old and new heads alike. The 16-track LP features production from Showbiz, Motif Alumni, Dark Keys and Gwop Sullivan. Nuff said, listen to O.C.'s latest LP below...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Exile "Baker's Dozen" (Instrumental Album)

Fat Beats Records presents volume eight in their Baker’s Dozen series, an exclusive series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music. Each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. Volume eight highlights LA producer Exile, who breaks down his creative process saying, "Making music from nothing, pre-internet you had to teach yourself or make homies with the local legend to drop gems on their process of making beats. Now you can take classes on how to make beats. It doesn’t matter if you use a Roland MS1 or MPC 2000XL, sampling records or sampling yourself playing the keys… get lost in the music, stay thankful, and remember the feeling of why you do this. That is my process." Every volume’s limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, and comes equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. Stream it below.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Arsonists "Lost In The Fire" (Album Stream)

Composed of D-Stroy, Q-Unique, Freestyle, Jise-One and Swel Boogie these Brooklyn spitters were among the most creative wordsmiths and energetic live performers during an extremely fertile period of boom-bap that included the Lyricist Lounge, Rawkus Records, Fat Beats Records and the Stretch & Bobbito show. On the group’s motivation, D-Stroy revealed “we were focused so much on our love of hip-hop that it kept us off the streets, away from drugs, all of us in my parent’s house rhyming and recording.” Though the group dissolved by 2002, the members have kept heads ringing in the entertainment industry including solo releases and forays into film, TV and radio. Summing it up D recalls “I was hosting an event for Nike and one of the executives came up to me and spit one of Q-Unique’s verses verbatim to me. It’s like a whole generation of young heads and college students grew up on our music and are doing something for the movement as well.” “Lost In The Fire” includes unreleased gems including tracks with J-Live, High & Mighty and Mass Influence as well as six new tracks from the group (the first in over fifteen years!) with guest appearances from Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks) and Ill Bill (La Coka Nostra, Non-Phixion). The physical copies include a deluxe edition of the group’s classic debut album “As The World Burns” (released in 1999) which yielded such underground anthems as “Blaze”, “Halloween” and the “Session.” - Arsonists

Friday, February 16, 2018

Pete Flux & Parental "Infinite Growth" (Album Stream)

"Infinite Growth is an enthralling hip hop odyssey that emphatically marks the debut full length project of intercontinental duo Pete Flux & Parental. As a musical entity, the pair have matured significantly over the course of releasing several singles and an EP. Both emcee and producer have clearly been sharpening their swords to a micron edged blade tip; and this album is the manifestation of both individual and reciprocal artistic development. Parental’s beats paint a rich and varied instrumental landscape; melodic piano and guitar chords generate a serene aura like rippling alpine lakes, while heavy hitting drums stand tall like the jagged peaks of the Pyrenees. The vivid soundscape is then colored by the cascading multisyllabic rhyme schemes of Pete Flux, who deftly switches flows to complement each musical microenvironment. The twelve tracks within this album contain enough diversity of sound to satisfy any hip hop enthusiast. Pete and Parental pay musical homage to the pioneers of the genre that came before them; but are also carving out an inimitable style of their own." - Kamir Hiam (The Find Magazine) via Bandcamp.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Digable Planets 'Reachin'' 25th Anniversary Mix

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the classic Digable Planets' 1993 debut LP 'Reachin'' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)', Chris Read has crafted another excellent mix with samples, album cuts and more. Peace to Doodlebug, Ladybug Mecca & Butterfly for pushing boundaries of music and elevating the culture with every stroke of music they've created over the years. "Pulling from the jazz stacks cause it's Sunday / On the air is incense, sounds to the ceiling / Tried to get this feeling since Monday / Looking out the window watching all the people go / Bugging off a funny vibe cause now it seems they're equal..." Catch the vibe below, mixed by Chris Read.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DJ ZID "Shadows" (EP Stream)

DJ ZID is a DJ and producer from Zurich, Switzerland. A good dude, I've had the pleasure of choppin' it up with him a few times over the years. For his latest EP, he drops off 6 jazzy hip-hop joints that feature Silent Knight, Awon, Pete Flux, Tiff the Gift, dkay and more. Catch the vibe...

Monday, February 12, 2018

David Begun "A Sense Of Blu" (Album Download)

This newest mashup album combines the lyrical verses from California's own Blu with mid-90's boom-bap instrumentals from Common's Resurrection to create "A Sense of Blu." A production classic featuring works from No I.D. and Y-Not, Resurrection was a seminal hip-hop album and a classic in every sense of the word. Blu's style has always been considered a throw back to this same lyrical period and this project imagines what it would be like if he truly were thrown back into 1994 and the golden era. A phenomenal mash-up, stream (download) the full project below.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

J Dilla "Whatupdoe Vol.3" (DJ Rhettmatic Mixtape)

Today is February 7th, 2013 (2018)….which means it is the birthday of one of the greatest Hip Hop Producers of all time, James Yancey aka J Dilla. It is incredible that every month of February for the last 8 years that Dilla's life & music is celebrated around the whole world. It is also bittersweet because he was taken from us in such an early age when it looked like he was really ready to take the world by storm. I've been very lucky & blessed to be part of his close circle of friends when he moved to Los Angeles. Not only was he was a talented individual and one of the nicest & humble guys I ever met, he was also a private person… definitely don't want to get on his nerves…LOL!! I know there's a lot of Dilla Tribute mixes out there, and me personally, I don't think there's anyone that can out top a Dilla mix that was made by my fellow Beat Junkie & the 3rd Member of Jaylib, the Funky President himself, J.Rocc. The only one who can possible come close would be our good friend, Houseshoes. I already made 2 mixes a few years ago, but I was inspired again to work on another one. I tried to finish the mix late last night but got real tired….I just finally finished this mix before the day was over. I definitely was trying not to repeat songs like I did on my previous Dilla mixes but sometimes you can't help going back to his classic catalogue. Anyways, here's my third installment of my "J Dilla Whatupdoe" mixes, a 30 minute vibe mix. Unfortunately, we also lost another Musical legend a few days ago….Mr. Donald Byrd, and i actually added the original "Think Twice" song to the mix as well as Dilla's version, in paying homage to the legendary musician. Rest in Peace to Donald Byrd…..and Rest In Peace & Happy Birthday to J Dilla. - Rhettmatic 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Thelonious Martin "A Dozen For Dilla" (Volume 2)

Thelonious Martin returns on Dilla's birthay again, to pay tribute to Dilla's memory with Volume 2 of "A Dozen for Dilla." This second volume is even better than the first (in my opinion), which is already saying a lot. There are a lot of Dilla mixes and tributes, as well as his own releases on this site, so at times I feel like it's a bit of overload, but on his Born Day we're gonna celebrate him as the legend he is and make sure that fans continue to rep for Dilla! I'm proud to share this project to make sure fans follow the breadcrumbs to see how Dilla's influence has expanded the sound and created teachers out of students. Dig into "A Dozen For Dilla, Volume 2" below. 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Elcamino "Elcamino" (EP Stream)

"Elcamino" EP by GXFR's own Elcamino featuring guest appearances by Prodigy, Westside Gunn & Conway. The alternate artwork above is silk screened by hand and designed by producer, Bozack Morris. Limited to 20 only. You can order via the Buffalo MC's Bandcamp page & listen below.