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Friday, November 28, 2014

GHOSTFACE KILLAH - "Homocide"

The singles from Ghostface's upcoming concept album "36 Seasons" are really shaping up, "Homocide" is like the fourth or fifth now and is another certified banger. The Revelations and Ghost sounds absolutely fantastic together, this is brilliant! The track features Theodore Unit member Shawn Wigs and spitter NEMS. The album is out on December 9, but already now you can hear two minutes snippets of all the songs via Juno.co.uk.


MF GRIMM & DRASAR MONUMENTAL - "Glaciers Of Icex"

You know we are HUGE fans of MF Grimm and Drasar Monumental over here at The Lost Tapes, and when they form like the unit that they truly are close to no other duo, artist or crew can come close. The chemistry on the first two installments of the "Good Morning Vietnam" trilogy both received best albums of the year in our yearly contdouwns (2011 and 2012) recently, and as I reported this Tuesday the final and third installment, subtitled "The Phoenix Program" was finally unveiled to the masses on wax and CD. Wer've heard the incredible six minutes sampler, and now comes the first official single to really make your neck hurt - a slamming joint entitled "Glaciers Of Icex".  Over a jazzy, laid back beat created through Drasar's multi-layered approach creating a chaotic soundbed of beauty that lets MF Grimm's well-thought out lyrics really shine. Absolutely beautiful joint, so be sure to TURN IT UP and head over to Vendetta Vinyl Vietnam ASAP to purchase your copy on CD or wax. If this is not one of the best albums of the year, I'd be very suprised, that's my word!

[EP] AUDIBLE DOCTOR - "Can't Keep The People Waiting"

You know we're huge fans of The Audible Doctor here at The Lost Tapes so I'm glad to annoucne that the BBS' finest is back with a brand new EP called "Kan't Ceep The People Waiting". If you digt the nostalgic soultastic boom bap of The Good Doctor's previous efforts, I can promise you won't be dssapointed in the eight songs presented here. Especiallly as it features excellent performances by Bumpy Knuckles, Hasaan Mackey, Consequence, Astro, John Robinson, Guilty Simpson, and  lott of good verses from our main emcee. Be sure not to sleep on this, because this one bangs HARD without losing the smooth soul elements. 

The digital release can be purchased for 7 USD via Audible's Bandcamp and you also get the option to test the project out beforehand by previewing the extended play in full. All songs produced by Audible Doctor, with hooks and background vocals on many songs by Davenport Grimes. Feelin' good about this one, for sure - Audible Doctor one of the most underrated producers around, that's my word!

BUMPY KNUCKLES / PREEMO - "Bars in the Booth #6"

DJ Premier continues to put his work in the legendary HeadQCuarterz studios (p/k/a D&D Studios) by inviting some of the best lyricists in New York to go in over one of his exclusive beats. We previously heard excellent sessions with Dres of Black Sheep, Papoose, Loaded Lux, AG and Jakk Frost, and now its hardcore emcee #1 Bumpy Knuckles going IN over a real '90s type of beats complete with a beautiful live jazz bass that sounds fantastic in between the excellent work between Foxxx and Preem. I saw these two perform "The Kolexxxion" album a couple of years back and it was absolutely mindblowing, and this takes me right back to the best joints on that LP. I really hope that this "Bars in the Booth" series keeps on coming; I would gladly buy a limited edition 12" mini-album with all these crazy sessions. We'll have to wait and see but until then, en-the-fuck-joy!

[Documentary] PHRYME - "Raiders Of The Lost Artk Pts. 1 & 2"

There's so much dope music coming out these last days of 2014. To be honest, I haven't really had to much money to buy records lately, but I am deifnitely going to buy Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow", Ghost's "36 Seasons", Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier's "PHryme" and MF Grimm/Drasar's "Good Morning Vietnam Pt. 2". Preem and Royce has always sounded like hip-hop gods together (just check my recent compilation if you missed out on it, that's been really going warm in my iPod since I made it). The album is coming closer every day, with the official release date being December 9, and a couple to three singles have been unleashed on the world so far and all of them have litreally blown my mind. Released on their own PRHYME label, the album is something between an extended play and an LP, as it's made up of nine tracks but as long as they are as incredible as the stuff we've heard so far this should undoubtedly be one of the year's best. 



We¨ve heard and seen the videos for the title song, "U Looz" and "Courtessy" so thats a third of the album there alreaddy, but to me stuff like that has never mattered. If it's a timeless classic which I hope it will it would¨t matter to include a two year old (case in point, 1992:s "Halftime" appeariong on "Illmatic" in the summer of '92). Interestingly enough, its also a sort-of-collaboration with Adrian Younge as all the samples used on the record comes from his catalouge. Complex.com has premiered a two-part documentary on the album (clocking it at around a total 20 minutes) documenting the process of the album with interview clips incorporated. Check 'em out above, and cick on the links in the second paragrapph to watch the music videos if you missed 'em before. Thanks to Complex for this great evening.

[Mixtape] DEBONAIR P Presents - "HYDRA BEATS" Megamix

For those really into the rawest underground hip-hop of the mid-'90s should be well aware of the Hydra labels/crews impeccable "Hydra Beats" 12" EP series that ran for a couple of years. The series featured several installments of pure, dark boom bap hip-hop at its finest with each record focusing on one or two of the finest underground producers associated with the label, which included excellent instrumental sets from Godfather Don, The Beatnuts, Ghetto Pro's, E-Boogie, A Kid Called Roots, Mike Heron, Nick Wiz, and a few others. As these are quite hard to come by this day, we should all be thankful that the great producer/remixer and DJ/collector Debonair P has put together a 79 minutes mix of some of the finest beats found on the majority of the volumes for our listening pleause. It's been floating around the net for a while but I never posted it before, and this is something you most def wan't to hear if you want to put on a screwface and nod your head HARD. A huge thanks goes out to Debonair for making this happen, we are all extremely grateful. Peep the tracklist below, and if you want these in your collection eBay and sites like that are your best choice. Check out the tracklist below and stream or download the entire mix up top. TURN IT UP!!

01. A Kid Called Roots - Ghetto Love
02. Godfather Don - Creepin
03. A Kid Called Roots - Brooklyn
04. The Beatnuts - Purse Snatcher
05. Godfather Don - As The World Burns
06. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - Strictly Ammo
07. Godfather Don - Pure Elevation
08. Nick Wiz - Finally
09. Godfather Don - She'S Gone
10. A Kid Called Roots - Brian Leech
11. Godfather Don - Fist Full of Pastelles
12. A Kid Called Roots - Thug Tones
13. Godfather Don - Fuck It Up
14. E-Boogie - And You Don't Stop
15. A Kid Called Roots - Black Italians
16. Godfather Don - Talk About
17. The Unsociables - Queens Side
18. Godfather Don - Where I'm Coming From
19. A Kid Called Roots - West Bass
20. Godfather Don - One In Your Ass
21. Nick Wiz - Mind Crusher
22. Godfather Don - Buster
23. A Kid Called Roots - Choosen
24. Godfather Don - To the Bank
25. E-Boogie - Funky Piano
26. The Unsociables - Shotguns Loaded
27. A Kid Called Roots - Drop Top Ride
28. The Beatnuts - Highly Recognized
29. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - ???
30. The Beatnuts - Relax Yourself
31. Nick Wiz - For Da Mental
32. The Beatnuts - Gonna Fly
33. Godfather Don - Ream-embering Ivy
34. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - Where The Cash At
35. The Beatnuts - Original
36. E-Boogie - Rock On
37. Godfather Don - Pay Back
38. The Beatnuts - Hip Smasher
39. E-Boogie - And Da Fat Lady Sings
40. Mike Heron (Ghetto Pros) - Joey & Ann
41. Godfather Don - Call Me A Cab
42. Nick Wiz - Starite
43. A Kid Called Roots - Mike Heron
44. E-Boogie - Da Muthafuckin Man
45. Nick Wiz - Four Elements
46. Mike Heron (Ghetto Pros) - Thinkin' Of Vic
47. Godfather Don - Executive Technology
48. Sean C - Keep It Reala
49. The Unsociables - Recognize
50. The Beatnuts - Crab Ni@@as
51. Godfather Don - Cream of Corina
52. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - Sex
53. A Kid Called Roots - Don't Question It
54. Godfather Don - Depressed
55. The Unsociables - Forever
56. The Beatnuts - I Want It With You
57. Godfather Don - Dark Church
58. The Unsociables - On My Way
59. DJ Fusion - Sunday Diggin'
60. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - The Hutchison Joint
61. The Unsociables - RIP Lil Spunk
62. The Beatnuts - Jungle
63. DJ Fusion - Live
64. A Kid Called Roots - Spring Action
65. Nick Wiz - Over Drive
66. The Beatnuts - I Can’t Relate
67. DJ Fusion - Stolen Moments
68. Nick Wiz - Lockness
69. A Kid Called Roots - Matty C & Free
70. Godfather Don - Combustible
71. DJ Fusion - For Good & Forever
72. VIC (Ghetto Professionals) - Yeah
73. E-Boogie - Girl Sings
74. Mike Heron (Ghetto Pros) - Beefsteak With Rice & Beans
75. The Unsociables - 1 Time Lullabye
76. The Beatnuts - The Chase
77. Mike Heron (Ghetto Pros) - Ego Trippin
78. Godfather Don - Beep Lance
79. Sean C - Across 110th
80. Godfather Don - Unreliable

DURAG DYNASTY - "All Types Of Shit"


When Tri-State, Planet Asia and Killer Been hooked up with producer The Alchemist and formed the Durag Dynasty, releasing several incredible street singles, which was about to be followed up by the full-length album "360 Waves" I was absolutely flabbergasted. While the album was really ill it didn't quite live up to my ridiciiously high expectations but it was definitely a very stellar outing, both from a production and lyrical standpoint that took some time to grow. Now the trio is back with a new song, produced by OHNO, called "All Types Of Shit". Check it out up top, and it will be interesting to see if this is a first street single from a new album or if it's a song that didn't make the first LP. Either way, I can dig it!

DE LA SOUL Ft. CHUCK D - "The People"

De La Soul is such an incredible group; the trio has constantly been churning out quality music of the highest degree since 1989, have moved with the times and has managed to stay relevant while staying true to their roots - a true feat for sure. The latest single from the Strong Island trio is a beautiful joint with a lot of funk influence and a progressive beat that really brings out the beat and wittiest of the producing emcees. As if that wasn't enough they have invited another true hip-hop legend in the form of the immortal Chuck D which really brings his A-game here. 

Though the Soul has mostly released side projects, albeit good ones, such as the "Nike: Are You Runnin''" project and the concept album Pos and Dave released in 2012. But with singles like the unbelivable Wu-Tang homage "Get Away", the J Dilla mixtape ("Smell The D.A.I.S.Y.") and the announcement of another free EP produced by Pete Rock and DJ Premier to be followed by an official full-length album next year promises some extremely good things. I'm not sure which of these projects will appear on, but I believe it will be from the forthcoming album as it doesn't sond like a Preem or Soul Brother production. Either way its another strong offering from the gang so be sure to pump, pump it up and visit WeAreDeLaSoul.com to read more about the song and download the track gfor free.

JAGGED EDGE Ft. GHOSTFACE - "Getting Over You"

This kind of came out of leftfield, but this is definitely getting a post for two reasons. One, I'm super hyped about the kind-of-Wu-renaissancce as I'm sure you are aware of by now if you follow The Lost Tapes. Second, Ghost is one of my all time favorites and one of his main strengths for me is how he can make incredible R&B tracks and mindblowing hardcore crime narratives and some straight up nasty sex shit without ever sounding forced. "Getting Over You" is the new single by '90s R&B/soul group Jagged Edge, that features Ghostface going in with a strong verse over a vintage soul beat that would sound perfect on the underrated "Wizard Of Poetry". I just wish there would be another Ghost verse but it's definitely worth a spin, so check it out. Spotted @ the excellent WTCFoLife Blog, so props y'all!

[Album] BRONZE NAZARETH - "Food For Thought Vol. 3"

December is definitely shaping up to be one of the best Wu-Tang Clan related months in the years of music for several years. Whie I'm super hyped for the official Clan allbum "A Better Tomorrow" which drops on December 2; the album leaked yesterday in full and sounds as dope as I would've had hoped with real stellar verses and a good mix of the old and the new RZA/Wu sound. It really sounds great as a cohessive front-to-back listen. Then of course you got Ghostface's new concept album "36 Seasons" with impeccable live band The Revelations and producer Fizzy Womack, etc. is bound to be another powerful release, dropping the very same day on Tommy Boy nonteheless (kind of funny that both GFK and Wu dropped their respective new albums on the same date the last time around as well). 

Now official Wu-Elementz producer and Michigan emcee Bronze Nazareth returns with the third installment in his "Food For Thoughts", featuring Bronze's vintage soul heavy boom bap type sound that is sure to put the screwface oon a lot of the times. It's interesting to know that Bronze pretty much thought Apollo Brown everything he owned, even giving him his first equipment, and was part of the Wisemen at one point yet, despite the extreme similarities in their style, I don't think I've heard Brown shout on Bronze Nazareth on a record yet. "Thought For Food III" features Bronze's traditional hard hitting soulscapes over his ever improving lyricism and that ever growing flow and is definitely worth your time. Featuring cameos long time collaborations from peeps such as Willie The Kid, Wisemen and Lord Jesseiah. You can stream the entire album via Bronze's Bandcamp below, where you can also purchase your copy in CD or digital formats. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

[Album] WU-TANG CLAN - "A Better Tomorrow"

YES, it is finally here - the first Wu-Tang Clan full-length album since 2007's "8 Diagrams" is now available to stream in full via Warner Music Germany's official YouTube channel. I wasn't sure we were ever going to hear another Clan album but it is very welcome and I've been a fan of most of the singles so far so this is about to be a damn interesting 60+ minutes. The majority of the songs are produced by The RZA; track #1 is co-produced by Rick Rubin, tracks 3 and and 7 are produced by Mathematics, while tracks 8 and 11 are produced by 4th Disciple. The production credits does not give credit to Adrian Younge for "Crushed Egos" but according to his Twitter account he did in fact produce the beat ... The song "Felt" goes hard, DAMN!

[Out Now] MF GRIMM & DRASAR MONUMENTAL - "GMV III: The Phoenix Program"

Hell yeah, this is what I've been waiting for! The legendary MF Grimm and the super skilled Drasar Monumental has prepared the final installment in the "Good Morning Vietnam" trilogy, and if you loved the two first albums like me you will definitely not be dissapointed this time around. Going all in with mindblowing beats and superbly crafted lyrics "The Phoenix Program" should find its way to any serious hip-hop collectors collection. Check out the sampler above and head over to Vendetta Vinyl Vietnam to purchase the album on CD and/or LP (click on the PayPal links in the post) (also don't sleep on the crazy mix by Drasar at the bottom of the page). For those of y'all who never catched the first two records, there's a nice package deal for all three albums on CD. DON'T SLEEP!!

WU-TANG CLAN - "A Better Tomorrow"

Yup, here goes the title track off Wu-Tang Clan's sixth full-length album, "A Better Tomorrow", which of course hits stores on the 3rd of December. I actually haven't listened to it yet as I haven't decided if I want to hear more singles from the LP or just wait til' the whole package is available. A little weird to have two songs with the "A Better Tomorrow" in their catalouges though but as long as the music is bumping it's all good, right.

GHOSTFACE KILLAH Ft. AZ - "Blood On The Streets" / "Double Cross"

As you should know Ghostface Killah is not only on the wall for Wu-Tang Clan's soon-to-be-here "A Better Tomorrow" but he's also coming out with his own solo album on December 3. "36 Seasons" is something like a spiritual follow-up to "12 Reasons to Die", not only because it's produced around a live band but also because the entire album forms a crime narrative and even comes with a comic book. The last two singles from the LP both features AZ who does a great job as usual; "Blood On the Streets" is also produced by one of my favorites, The 45 King. You can pre-order the physical album on CD or LP from Get On Down or Amazon.

APOLLO BROWN / RAS KASS Ft. SEAN PRICE - "Impossible Dreams"

Apollo Brown and Ras Kass' recent collaborative project definitely featured some top-notch moments of raw hip-hop with a message (how heavy is that "Deliver us From Evil"?) and it turns out there was at least one stunning moment left on the cutting room floor. "Impossible Dreams" features the impeccable Sean Price who is a great fit for both Ras and Apollo's styles.