Monday, January 28, 2019

Propo'88 "Jazzvolution (We've Got)" (Mix)

"For over a decade now, Dutch DJ and producer Propo’88 is “skilled in the trade of that ol’ boom bap”: both as a stalwart beatmaker for the Da Shogunz crew (with emcee Blabbermouf as a frequent collaborator) as well as on his own: his 2017 solo debut, Astronomic Delight, is loosely based on 70s jazz rock/fusion and features emcees such as Glad2Mecha, Hex One, Wildelux... The mix features music by DJ Cam, Dilla, Suff Daddy, J-Live, Guts, Soul Jazz Orchestra, Ghetto Philharmonic. And new Jazzvolution-tracks by Medline, Shin-Ski, Amerigo Gazaway, and Propo himself." - Find Mag.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Trends Of Culture "When Trend Men Come" (Album Sampler)

Originally due to be released in 1995, the lost 2nd album from Trends of Culture 'When Trend Men Come' has finally arrived courtesy of GRR/Heavy Jewelz and is a must-have for 90s rap fanatics! Featuring the original 11 track album (remastered from the impossible-to-obtain promo tape and sounding great) PLUS 3 bonus demo tracks from the same era (the demos are pretty rough but have been restored as best as possible). I've been waiting on this album since '95 when they dropped the 12" for "Make A Move," not to mention their cult-classic debut "Trendz..." and the remix to "Who Got My Back," which convinced me a follow-up was coming soon. Approaching 25 years later, the wait is over, check out the snippets of "When Trend Men Come" below & hit the tags.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Good People "Good For Nuthin" (Album Stream)

"Good For Nuthin'" is the dope new release from Emskee & Saint aka The Good People. Entirely produced by Saint, The Good People are back with some of that freshly baked New York hip-hop, featuring some heavyweight collaborations with Large Professor, Sadat X, Cella Dwellas, Kool DJ Red Alert, Lil' Fame (M.O.P.), Napoleon D Legend and more. You can stream "Good For Nuthin" below or pre-order the limited edition vinyl; 350 copies with artwork and layout by the good homie, Mr. Krum. Much respect to Emskee, who always reaches out and holds down my artists, a true New York OG that is a shining example of how to move with integrity in this industry.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Take It Personal Podcast "2018 Year In Review"

"Our Year In Review show features our favorites joints from 2018. It's our longest episode ever, so you might have to limit your consumption to an hour a day for the next week or so. We break down our favorite albums, we hand-out our MVP awards to the best rapper and producer of the year and play armchair A&R suggesting some of our dream collabos. We also have the man who absolutely bodied all his ’18 features and has created quite the buzz for himself lately, Pharoahe Monch. Pharoahe shares with us his favorite albums and collabos of ‘18 and what’s in store for 2019. And since we were in the super group mindset, Pharoahe tells us some funny stories about the short-lived Psychic Friends featuring himself, Black Thought, Common and Jeru The Damaja."

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A.J. Munson "Cigarettes & Coffee" (Album Stream)

A.J. Munson, the CA beatsmith, recently released "Cigarettes & Coffee," a 16-track LP featuring Verbal Kent, Pawz One, Rapper Big Pooh, Reks, Chris Orrick, Ruste Juxx, M-Dot, Tha Soloist, Recognize Ali, the homie Jason D, and lots more. I'm not a fan of cigarettes or coffee, but I'd imagine it took a lot of both to get through the process of producing for - and collecting verses from - all these talented MCs on his debut vinyl release. There are a total of 19 MCs and 3 DJs! More importantly than that, it doesn't sound like a compilation, each track & the project as a whole sounds cohesive. For the vinyl lovers, 350 copies will be pressed, the bulk of which will be traditional black wax & are available over at Vinyl-Digital (not sure if there is a US distributor in place). I've worked with Vinyl Digital indirectly for the One Be Lo (Binary Star) releases they had over there, they do solid work so order with confidence. In the meantime, stream "Cigarettes & Coffee" below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WNOL "Day Dreams" (EP Stream)

WNOL stands for "When No One’s Listening." The duo consists of emcees named MCRE (from Connecticut) & Think 2wice (from Portland, Oregon). They linked up with J57 in 2018 and inked a deal with 57’s FiveSe7en Collective record label as well, creating the ‘Day Dreams’ EP that dropped today (Jan 16th). Features include Copywrite, I.N.F of Dead Rabbits and female vocalist Little Thousand. All beats were produced by J57 – one track was co-produced by Rob Viktum. The Artwork was created by Marvel Comics illustrator, Chris B. Murray. Props to J57, listen below...

Monday, January 14, 2019

KLIM Beats "Crystals" (Instrumental Album)

"Crystals" is the latest full-length instrumental album from Ukrainian producer, Klim Beats. I've posted a handful of his past projects, and he continues to release music consistently. It feels like there's a new beat tape in my playlist twice a month, and they stay in rotation. This latest LP is 13 tracks strong, more of that crisp production you've grown accustomed to from Klim Beats. Dig into the archives for some of my favorites from his back catalog & cop the limited edition vinyl being presented by Village Live Records. Stream Klim Beats' "Crystals" below.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

HouseShoes "Magic 2018 Rap Shit Wrap-Up" (Mix)

Broken into two parts, HouseShoes has shared a mix of his favorite rap tracks as a wrap-up for 2018. Trusting his ear and ability to get his hands on stuff I may not be up on yet (especially out of Detroit), I'm always open to what HouseShoes has to offer, and it's always on point. The wrap-up includes tracks from PRhyme, The Alchemist, Freddie Gibbs, Vic Spencer, Westside Gunn & Conway, Roc Marciano, Jamal Bufford, 14KT, Estee Nack, Denmark Vessey, Illingsworth, Dibia$e, and so much more; you have to dig through it to appreciate it. Listen to Shoes' best of 2018 mix below...