Thursday, October 31, 2019

Apollo Brown "Sincerely Detroit" (Album Stream)

Detroit has an indelible legacy in hip-hop. From artists like J Dilla to Black Milk, from Denaun Porter to Apollo Brown, Detroit's music has a sound unlike any other. When Apollo Brown set out to create the tribute to his home, he knew he needed to do the city justice. Featuring over fifty Detroit artists, Apollo Brown’s new double disc album, “Sincerely, Detroit,” is a love letter to the culture. From different eras and different walks of life, veterans and newcomers alike lend their styles and deliveries to the twenty-one track album. Featuring artists like Royce Da 5’9”, Black Milk, Trick Trick, Elzhi, Slum Village and many, many more, “Sincerely, Detroit” is a nearly comprehensive look at the styles and flavors of Detroit. While the world watches Detroit for influence, Apollo is back to remind people that Detroit sets a standard for others to follow and is a creative haven for Hip-hop.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

RJ Payne "Leatherface 2" (Album Stream)

RJ Payne drops off his latest project Leatherface 2 just in time for a spooky Halloween celebration. The potent lyricist is signed to Benny The Butcher's BSF imprint, and delivers a hard-hitting record with sinister artwork to match. The project features Benny the Butcher, Ras Kass, Freeway, Daniel Son, Che Noir, and more! RJ Payne's elite lyricism and charisma shine through once again, matched by heavy production on Leatherface 2. Dig into it below... and Happy Halloween! Vinyl coming soon.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

DJ Lazy K "Butta Mixin Rican Part 2" (Mixtape, 1996)

Here's a dope mixtape from '96 by DJ Lazy K, Butta Mixin Rican Pt.2. Born in Mexico, and raised in Madrid, Spain, and Switzerland, DJ Lazy K has been holdin' it down since the 90s. This particular mix includes tracks from Nas, Shyheim, Redman, Lost Boyz, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Common, Kool G Rap, Smoothe The Hustler, Mobb Deep, Tragedy Khadafi, as well as multiple freestyles from members of the Wu-Tang Clan; Mic Geronimo, and more. Wu-Tang and Jay-Z embraced her early, listen to the mix below...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Madwreck "The Raw Exotic" (Instrumental Album)

Madwreck returns to his roots with his newest instrumental album, "The Raw Exotic". Produced on the coveted Roland SP-404sx, this eagerly awaited full-length is an auditory exploration of golden era inspired beats, dripping with analog saturation. Madwreck's "The Raw Exotic" is a destination vacation deep in the heart of a concrete jungle, and you do not wanna miss it. Listen below!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

T. Eric Monroe "Rare & Unseen Moments Of 90's Hip-Hop" (Books)

T. Eric Monroe is opening his historic vault of 90’s photography to preserve and promote the legacies of iconic personas who shaped Hip-Hop culture. With 3 volumes of Rare & Unseen Moments of 90's Hip-Hop, the books feature thousands of intimate moments in music history. Monroe’s body of work represents a fresh and unseen perspective of cultural icons from the 90’s Hip-Hop Community, at a time before the internet, social media, and digital photography. A large majority of his images were never published and kept out of all commercial outlets, archived away for decades. This archive was safeguarded from public consumption… until now! Additional images below of Nas, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, and the Funk Doc himself, Redman. Consider placing your order HERE and I also recommend checking out a nice feature in Juxtapoz Magazine for more info.

Friday, October 25, 2019

38 Spesh Presents "1994" (Album Stream)

To celebrate the 25th year anniversary of one of the best years in Hip-Hop, 38 Spesh has put together a special compilation titled “1994.” The album features some of the heaviest spitters in underground Hip-Hop right now, and they are all rhyming over classic beats from the year 1994. However, this isn’t a mixtape, 38 Spesh actually went and remade each beat and added his own unique flavor. Listen to RJ Payne, Elcamino, Daniel Son, Eto, Rasheed Chappell, Grafh, Planet ASia, Hus Kingpin and Griselda's Conway the Machine & Benny The Butcher + more, streaming below...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Killa Kidz "Phenomenon" (Reissue)

This Queensbridge collective was made up of rappers Prince A.D., Mr. Ruck, Supurb, Psycho Child, and Baby Sham. Their 12" to Phenomenon was originally released in 1997 on Young Life Records, and despite a small buzz in the underground, their music was mostly overlooked back in the 90s. Without label interest, the Killa Kidz disbanded. Mr. Ruck became known as Ruc Da Jackal or The Jackal, Psycho Child became known as Mr. Challish or Challace, and both appeared on Hip-Hop compilation albums including Nas’ QB’s Finest. Of course, Baby Sham became a member of The Flipmode Squad and Prince A.D. later became known as Killa Sha who released a handful of singles, mixtapes, and albums during the 2000s. Killa Sha was also affiliated with Tragedy Khadafi’s 25 II Life label under which he dropped some classic singles including “Three The Hard Way” with Headrush Napoleon. Killa Sha sadly died in 2010 due to complications from Diabetes and that put an end to any kind of reunion of the group. Prior to his passing, Sha gifted me a sealed copy of this 12" at Fat Beats. Fortunately, labels like Chopped Herring Records have reissued their records, and Dope Concepts Media released it on CD, too. Props to the website, What Went Right With, for some of the background info. Hit the tags for the "Lyrical Flava" 12" and more from Killa Sha (R.I.P.). Listen below.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Homeboy Sandman "Dusty" (Album Stream)

"Picasso claimed that the purpose of art is to wash the “dust of daily life off our souls.” Homeboy Sandman asks on Dusty, “Why would I complain when I’m alive making art?” In the course of his Mello Music debut, the Queens virtuoso answers himself with 15 soul-assessing confessionals that sweep the entropy and daily static, the distortion and psychic silt of modern life onto wax. This is sacred dust, alchemical practice to convert anxiety into the highest form of creativity. It is rapping ass-rapping rapped better than your favorite rapper. Let Sandman tell it: the sound is dusty. These bars are his id. He’s not trying to save the world on this record or even save himself. These are the unmasked impulses and desires locked away for a long time - some of them from before he ditched the legal world for decapitating mediocre MCs.... Rap containing multitudes and cosmic dust. Exact as a science, loose as an improvised spiritual." - MMG. Enjoy Homeboy Sandman's Dusty LP below...

Monday, October 21, 2019

Black Moon "Rise Of Da Moon" (Album Stream)

Black Moon returns with Rise of Da Moon. The 15-track album features Method Man, Smif N Wessun, and Rock of Heltah Skeltah. The project is entirely produced by Da Beatminerz. The CD is a custom digipak with a die-cut silhouette of Buckshot, 5FT & Evil Dee, with a 9.5" x 28" poster and 8-page booklet with exclusive photos from the recording sessions. The Dewgarde brothers, Evil Dee and Mr. Walt, deliver on the thick production, and as a whole, Black Moon remains true to their original Bucktown roots and backpack aesthetic. Method Man's guest verse on "Ease Back" is a definite show-stopper, make sure you check that out! You can stream Rise Of Da Moon below.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Eto x Flee Lord "RocAmeriKKKa" (Album Stream)

Flee Lord and Eto release their collaborative effort, “RocAmeriKKKa,” with a title alluding to the duo’s hometowns of Rochester and Far Rockaway, as well as Ice Cube’s classic “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.” These two venom spitters recruited many of their regular collaborators to provide the soundscapes on this offering, including V Don, godBLESSbeatz, Tricky Trippz, Fith, and Big French. However, to spark off the LP they got a beat from the god Green Lantern! Further, they kept the guests to a minimum, choosing to only invite 38 Spesh and singer Imanii Skyy to get down. Available on CD and Vinyl through their Bandcamp and also at record stores like Fat Beats. Listen below...

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Stu Bangas "Discernment" (EP Stream)

Discernment is the new EP from Boston, MA producer Stu Bangas. The EP is 7 tracks featuring Ill Bill, Hus Kingpin, Blacastan, SmooVth, LMNO and more, but the real stand-out track is from Connecticut lyricist, Apathy. Brutal Music is the label home, and that should tell you enough about the aggressive production and hard-hitting lyrics you should expect from this EP. Listen below...

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Common "Resurrection" (25th Anniversary Mix By Chris Read)

This weekend marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of Common‘s classic sophomore LP Resurrection. The follow-up to his 1992 debut, Can I Borrow a Dollar?, the album is produced almost entirely by No I.D., with contributions from Ynot. With a heavy reliance on jazz, samples on the LP come from the likes of George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, and the the Modern Jazz Quartet among others. The album spawned two popular singles, the timeless ode to hip-hop’s ever-changing nature, “I Used to Love H.E.R,” and the Ahmad Jamal–sampling title track, “Resurrection.” In celebration of the album’s landmark anniversary, Wax Poetics teamed up with WhoSampled to present this exclusive mixtape of album tracks, alt versions, interview snippets, and of course sample material used in the making of the album. Once again, mixed by the talented Chris Read. Check it out below! Track list.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

DJ Lazy K "Butta Mixxin Rican" (Mixtape, 1996)

Another dope Lazy K drop from '96; the first of three mixtapes in the Butta Mixin Rican series. There's a lot of dope freestyles on this tape from Memphis Bleek, Musolini & Maze, Portorok, Half-A-Mil (R.I.P.), 50 Cent & Royal Flush, and Negro League, as well as cuts from Busta Rhymes, The Lox, Big Pun, Jay-Z, Cappadonna, Method Man, Sporty Thievz, Goodie Mob, The Luniz, Cocoa Brovaz, Sauce Money, Mase and more exclusives. The mix was released on cassette and CD, both through the infamous Tape Kingz in Brooklyn. Dig into the mix below, and more to follow...