Monday, July 29, 2019

Supastition "Sacrifice EP" (EP Stream)

After taking a long hiatus after the release of Gold Standard and a strenuous 60+ city U.S. tour, Supastition returns with the self-produced Sacrifice EP. The project features guest appearances from Blueprint and Yamin Semali as well as scratches from DMC Germany champion DJ Robert Smith. The project speaks on everything from learning to sacrifice your own dreams for the betterment of your family to the negative effects of attention and social media. Of course, there's some bars on here too! All songs were written, arranged, recorded, and produced by Supastition. Graphic design is handled by the artist himself. In March 2019, Supastition’s wife was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer. All proceeds from this release will help to cover the medical costs and other expenses accrued during the surgeries and hospital stay. If there's ever been a Supastition music release that needs your support then this would be the one. Your support would greatly be appreciated. For t-shirts, hats and limited edition physical CDs, click HERE.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

EL Maryacho "Planting Seeds" (Album Stream)

This is Swiss producer EL Maryacho's Planting Seeds album. I'd posted about his beat tape That's Soul a month or two ago, and even then, I had very little information to go from. With this latest release, we're told that, "This album includes songs from 5 different releases, fully produced by EL Maryacho." With 10 tracks in total, Nowaah The Flood, Estee Nack, Recognize Ali, Ice Lord, and Al.Divino rhyme over the beats - with a few instrumentals thrown in to round out the album. It's dope, so listen below and hopefully more info to share will be released with future projects. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Book Of Rhymes Podcast: Mic Geronimo (Episode 8)

Book of Rhymes is a brand new podcast, hosted by Donwill of Tanya Morgan and executive produced by Classic Material x Mika. After successful episodes with Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Benny The Butcher, Marco Polo & Masta Ace, Pharoahe Monch and more, the Book of Rhymes podcast is back with episode 8 featuring Flushing Queens' own, Mic Geronimo. Listen as Donwill speaks to Mic about growing up in Queens with Large Professor, how he got his name, how he started rhyming and DMX and Jay-Z's beef on his record 'Time to Build'. Check it out below...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Killa Kidz "In The Mental" (Demos EP)

The owner of Chopped Herring Records says, "So, True Force aka Tirrell (Killa Kidz old manager and exec producer) hits me and says “Bob, I found more DATs!!!”. “No shit?” I said. And then the files started to come. Multiple versions and recordings of unheard and unreleased material from the early days of Queensbridge’s dopest undercover crew. Included was the 1995 bomb and first ever group recording “In The Mental”, the title of this excellent follow up to 2013’s “1996-1997 Phenomenon EP” on Chopped Herring. In total we received 7 joints from 1995-1997 off the original studio DAT’s. There are only 350 copies pressed, so try to get ya'self one, ASAP. Hit up the tags for more information about the Killa Kidz, and as always, R.I.P. Killa Sha! Listen to the snippets below.

Monday, July 22, 2019

38 Spesh x Big Ghost Ltd "A Bullet For Every Heathen" (Stream)

Big Ghost Ltd. aka The Mighty Hands of Zeus went from an outspoken music critic writing for respected blogs to being one of the most consistent Hip-Hop producers of the last 3 years. 38 Spesh has been grinding in the game for more than a decade, but it’s the collab albums he’s dropped in the last three years that have made him one of the most buzzing emcees in this new era of hardcore Hip-Hop. So, with both artists having similar trajectories and an affinity for collaboration, it was only a matter of time before they linked for something monumental. The two have put together an offering titled "A Bullet For Every Heathen" that has all the trappings of a classic: a rich, cohesive sound, evocative rhymes…and Lukey Cage talking his shit. There’s even contributions from the UK’s finest as SonnyJim co-produces “Master Your High,” and Giallo Point does the scratches on “Black Moses” and “Extendos.” And, of course, the guest line-up is largely Spesh’s Trust Comes First family, which includes The Queen of Upstate, Che Noir, hook specialist Klass Murda, and lyrical pugilist Black Geez. The only other features are extended fam from Rochester, Eto and Street Justice. Listen below and look out for more from Spesh & Big Ghost real soon.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Anti-Lilly & Phoniks "That's The World" (Album Stream)

"That's The World" from Houston emcee Anti-Lilly and Portland, Maine producer Phoniks is the third installment of their hip-hop trilogy which featured 2014's "Stories From The Brass Section" and 2017's "It's Nice Outside". After going from exchanging beats over email in 2014 to now touring the world together the chemistry between the two has never been more evident than on their latest release. Once again Anti-Lilly is laying his therapy sessions on record, speaking on his substance abuse, trust issues, relationships and coping with his parents divorce. But despite the negativity he touches on, the young Houston poet embraces the duality of life—taking the good with the bad and trying to find a ray of light in dark times. His outer pressures help craft the jewels he lays over Phoniks jazzy production as he showcases his mature, honest perspective across the albums 12 tracks. “Peace family, I just wanted to take the time to dedicate this album to you... This album is inspired by one of my closest friends who inspires me. This album is built off of my entire life experience to this point. Thank you for your patience with me, God Bless.” - Anti-Lilly.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Reckonize Real "Bridges & Tunnels" (Album Stream)

Following the release of last years collaboration LP with Guilty Simpson, producer Reckonize Real started building on a concept sparked by an unreleased bonus track the pair had recorded. Connecting with lyricists around the country to represent their respective cities over tailored beats that bridge the gap between them. Bridges & Tunnels does just that with songs about harsh surroundings, vivid interactions and social issues told by talent from across the country including Guilty Simpson (Detroit), Blu (Los Angeles), Rasheed Chappell (New Jersey), The Bad Seed (Brooklyn), Nowaah The Flood (Dallas), Jamal Gasol (Niagara Falls), Teek Hall (Detroit), Mayhem of EMS (Boston), Paranom (Massachusetts), Junclassic (Jamaca, Queens), Vic Monroe (Chicago), Glad2Mecha (Arizona) and Antonia Marquee (Ohio). Stream Reckonize Real's production album Bridges & Tunnels below...

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cam'ron "Who Is Cam'ron" (Press Kit, 1998)

"Cam'ron introduced himself to the public via the savage single "3-5-7," b/w "Pull It" (featuring DMX), a track from Untertainment's Woo Soundtrack album. He began recording Confessions of Fire late last year and reflects, "the first few months were hard for me because I wasn't used to writing in the studio. But after a while I got used to the schedule and I was in there almost every day for about eight months. Once you feel you're making one hot joint after another, the confidence and your output goes way up." Confessions of Fire begins with Cam'ron being led through a jungle swampland filled with eerie howls and ghostly screams into a promised land where money and success are there for the taking. What follows is a sonic theater portraying the life and good/bad times of Cam'ron and thousands of street kids just like him. The album depicts all the pain, glory, fear and triumphs found in all inner cities today." Check out the video to "3-5-7," cont'd below...

"The tracks come fast and furious. From the fearful intro, Cam'ron immediately goes into "Glory," the tracks victorious horns perfectly illustrating the range of emotions found in Cam's life story. The fast and furious "3-5-7" loops the theme from classic TV's "Magnum P.I." and it's lyrics match the hectic feel of a chase scene. Another jam, "D-rugs," personifies addiction by making it a neglectful mother that chooses a tragic, cheating man over her children. "That's my favorite song, because it's a universal story," says Cam'ron. "Addiction is so common in America today; everyone can relate to it." Elsewhere on the album, Cam'ron continues to guide the listener through his life story, putting the curb on a relationship with his best friend's girl ("Wrong Ones"), flosses mack-style in a Caddy ("Pimp Is A Pimp"), and on one of the album's strongest tracks, negotiates for a longer life with the Grim Reaper ("Death"). Whether flashing guns or roses, Cam'ron represents several facets of life."

Saturday, July 20, 2019

DJ Mike Nice "Built To Last" (Mixtape)

Peace to the homie, DJ Mike Nice. Back when I had my oldest blog, Mike Nice would always reach out with the super rare, unreleased tracks and demo cuts to build about. You'd know him from Upstairs Records or if you've heard a rare demo or unreleased joint, he's probably behind it being unearthed and hearing the story behind it. I saw this mix tape years back through The Digger's Union - naturally, it was the tracklist that caught my eye... It's got demos and freestyles from artists like Mobb Deep, The Notorious B.I.G., Cypress Hill, Ghostface Killah, Nas, Jay-Z, 2Pac, The Alkaholiks, Mic Geronimo, Slick Rick, Grand Puba, Akinyele, Kool G Rap, Ei8trak, Sheek, Lord Finesse, EPMD, Method Man, Raekwon, Big L, Rakim, Biz Markie and lots more. Unfortunately, I don't know much else about it - I don't have the original art or release date, but better late than never.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Nas "The Lost Tapes 2" (Album Stream)

The Lost Tapes is one of the most storied projects in Nas' CAREER. For over 15 years fans have been awaiting the follow up, Lost Tapes 2. This album is a full collection of Nas’ most personal and favorite records. The Lost Tapes 2 features unreleased tracks from Nas' last four studio albums, Hip Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012) and the album that he scrapped in favor of NASIR (2018). The project includes production from the RZA, Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, Kanye West, No I.D., Pete Rock, The Alchemist and more. If you click HERE, you can read the letter that was sent to Def Jam executives by Nas urging the label to put the project out for his fans and accusing them of mishandling the project and its budget. All these years later, it's finally here! Listen below...

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Union Blak "Union Blak Friday" (Blak Gold Edition)

Birmingham based producer Sir Williams and New Jersey, Kentucky import, now London-based rapper Kimba have both been honing their crafts on the US and UK underground for some time, flying slightly below the radar which allowed them to cross paths via the internet in 2007. Through the digital underground tracks were passed back and forth and an instant chemistry was born between the two artists. Since 2007, they have been picking up great support across the board with heavy support on different platforms from the likes of De La Soul, Kiss FM''s Shortte Blitz, Chuck D of Public Enemy and across the BBC Radio Network from 1Xtra to Radio 1 and BBC London. Their debut project ''Union Blak Friday'' featured UK pioneers Blak Twang and DJ 279. It's thumping yet soulful. Full of beats, rhymes and life, void of any cliches. Recent comparisons have been made of them to the likes of Gangstarr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Slum Village. The project was originally released in 2014, but has now been reissued as the Blak Gold Edition, listen below via Bandcamp.

Monday, July 15, 2019

DJ P-Sol & Neil Nice "Ladies First" (90s Hip-Hop Tribute Mix)

Beats, rhymes and life... a celebration of women in hip-hop, on the art of the mixtape tip featuring MCs like Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Left Eye, Nefertiti, Patra, Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia, Nonchalant, Heather B, Paula Perry, The Lady Of Rage, Lin Que, Precise, Treep, Mama Mystique, Apani B-Fly Emcee, Helixx, K-Swift, Mecca Star, Jean Grae aka What What, Nikki D, Ladybug Mecca, Ninety-9, Mary J Blige and Monie Love. Original design and illustration by Andrea Pascual. Listen...

Monday, July 15, 2019

O.C. "The O-Zone Files: Rare Demos & Unreleased Tracks"

Massive collection of rare songs, unreleased demos, remixes, mixtape exclusives and freestyles from DITC’s own legendary O.C. With 7 solo and 6 collaborative albums under his belt, Mr. Omar Credle compiles some of his best but hard-to-find work including many classic recordings spanning from his first demo recordings in the early 90’s, all the way into his seasoned sounds during the early 00’s. Of course, all of his Diggin’ In The Crates cohorts pop up here including the late great Big L, along with his Organismz Crew (a la Organized Konfusion and Mr. Complex). With 51 tracks, this compilation is intended to quench the thirst of any die hard O.C. or DITC fan, and bring to light many sought-after cassette dubs that now have been digitally remastered. Listen to The O-Zone Files below...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Blu "Soul Amazing Part 8" (Mix)

Here's the 8th installment in the official Soul Amazing mixtape series by Blu, which showcases various feature verses he's done. If you're a fan like I am, you scoop up all the content from Blu and appreciate having these mixtapes in your collection. Volume 8 has verses that appeared on tracks with Nolan The Ninja, Blame One, Beatnick & K-Salaam, Smoze DZ, Klaus Layer, Declaime, Josh One, Cashus King, Planet Asia, Exile, John Robinson and lots more. Click the tags below for past releases.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Inspectah Deck "Champer No. 9" (Album Stream)

Inspectah Deck is one of the founding members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), 2019 has seen the re-emergence of Wu-Tang. From Good Morning America, to Jimmy Fallon, to ringing the bell at the stock exchange, Inspectah Deck and his crew have been busy. The veteran wordsmith has enjoyed a successful solo career as well. Going back to his ground breaking debut, Uncontrolled Substance, to The Movement, and Manifesto, Inspectah Deck isn’t afraid of stepping outside the box. He has achieved underground success and critical acclaim from his CZARFACE albums with 7L and Esoteric, including recent albums with DOOM and Ghostface, respectively. Now, the Shaolin MC is back with a banging new solo album titled, "Chamber No. 9" featuring Deck shining on the mic over some classic gritty production. Album guests include Cappadonna, Streetlife, and Hellfire. Production is handled by up and coming Danny Caiazzo and Boo Bundy. 'Chamber N0. 9' is certainly another brick in the wall for Deck and the Wu legacy. Get ready to enter a brand new chamber! Check it out below...

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Book Of Rhymes Podcast: Pharoahe Monch (Episode 7)

Book of Rhymes is a brand new podcast, hosted by Donwill of Tanya Morgan and executive produced by Classic Material x Mika. After successful episodes with Black Moon, Smif-N-Wessun, Benny The Butcher, Marco Polo & Masta Ace and more, the Book of Rhymes podcast is back with episode 7 featuring Southside Queens' own, Pharoahe Monch of the legendary group Organized Konfusion. Listen as they dig into the background one of the greatest lyricists from Simply II Positive MCs to Organized Konfusion to solo material; building on writing techniques and lots more. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Cousin Feo "Provoleta" (EP Stream)

Provoleta is the new EP from Los Angeles eMCee Cousin Feo. The EP is entirely produced by Dre Mendoza whose production is subtle but soulful with warm strings, synths and a boombap aesthetic. Along with the release, they shared the following info: "This latest project is an ode to the greatest footballers in Argentina and all the kids worldwide playing in the streets trying to make their way outta them. Supreme to all parties involved." The EP features Codenine, Panamanian Dro, Che Uno, Von Poe VII, Flashius Clayton, Lord Juco and 1-800-Call-$ol (quite an interesting name). I've been seeing this album all over my timeline; I had to finally take the time to listen. Dig in...

Friday, July 05, 2019

DJ Jazzy Jeff x Mick Boogie "Summertime Vol.10" (The Mixtape)

We've reached the 10th anniversary of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie's classic mixtape series, Summertime! Each year they provide us with a soundtrack to the summer for our BBQs, pool parties and all our dopest social gatherings. This year, Volume 10 includes tracks from The Isley Brothers, D'Angelo, OutKast, The Eagles, Biggie, Jay-Z, Mims, Commodores, Lil Jon, EPMD, 2Pac & Dr. Dre, Warren G, Grand Puba, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Biz Markie, Nas, The Roots, Das EFX, Common, Father MC, Big Daddy Kane, Drake and lots more! Listen to another classic mix below.