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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

COMMON - "City to City" (Target Bonus)

The Deluxe Edition of Common's "Nobody's Smiling" have been going pretty warm in my earphones these last few days, and my homie Ant a.k.a. ZiLLA blessed me with an extra joint from the album called "City to City". This funky banger is an exclusive to the Target edition only, and just like the rest of the project its produced by No I.D. I'm definitely feeling this more than a couple of the lesser tracks on the ordinary tracklist so I think it's only right y'all get to hear this.

Timbo King - "God's Image"

Timbo King, the lead emcee from Royal Fam and one of the illest Wu-Tang Killa Beez, is back with another single. The smooth groove "God's Image" is produced by WRDOZE (yeah me neither), mixed by Chris Conway, and features the brilliant jab at Christ Bearer "I'm not that Killa Bee that cut off his bee sting".

[Album] LEWIS PARKER - "The Puzzle 2 - The Glass Ceiling" (Instrumentals)

Continuing with Lewis Parker, this summer sees the release of the instrumental version of his excellent second installment in his "The Puzzle" album series; "The Glass Ceiling". To me Parker might just be the most overlooked producer working in the biz right now - sure he's had some major placements on albums by Ghostface Killah and most recently he laced many of the hottest joints on Shabaam Sahdeeq's new LP but this cat deserves to be on everybody's radar for sure. "The Glass Ceiling" features 30 sample based beats with boom bap drums that together creates a lush, brilliantly arranged sonical concept LP that proves that Parker's music sounds as classy with or without vocals. The 2xLP deluxe edition (featuring a bonus 10" record) is available for pre-order @ King Underground Records and will be delivered on August 18. The digital version, however, is already available for purchase and can be previewed in its entirety below. Of course if you haven't heard the original vocal version of "The Glass Ceiling" , which features Sadat X/Shabaam Sahdeeq (on the instant classic "Walking On A Razor Pt. 2"), yU, John Robinson, T.R.A.C., and more including of course Lewis Parker himself, be sure to peep it ASAP!

LIL' DAP - "Code Of Silence" / "Self Esteem"

Yes I am aware that this was released as far back as four months ago but how can I fron't on a relatively new Lil' Dap banger produced by the always incredible UK beat monster Lewis Parker? The track is called "Code of Silence" and was released on limited 12" and digital EP back in April on King Underground Records; aside from instrumental, accapella and an exclusive remix of the A-side the release also comes strapped with another Dap/Parker collabo called "Self Esteem". Order the wax @ KU's Online Store or cop the digital via their Bandcamp (where you can also stream the entire project, see below). This shit goes HARD!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

[Video] SLIMKID3 & DJ NU-MARK - "Boom Boom Fiya"

The second single from the extremely highly anticipated full-length project from former Pharcyde member's SlimKid3 and the extraordinary DJ Nu-Mark is here and it's called "Boom Boom Fiya". It doesn't quite grab me as the first leak with Del and Murs ("Bouillon") but as I know from "Broken Sunlight" you really need to hear the entire album in its entirety to truly get how truly brilliant it is. The tracklisting is looking serious to say the least and August 28 is the date! Pre-order the wax from Delicious Vinyl.

Side A
1. Work Hard (featuring K-Natural)
2. Let Me Hit
3. I Know, Didn't I (featuring Darondo)
4. Fade To Black (featuring J-Live)
5. No Pity Party

Side B
1. What Are Words For
2. King (featuring Diamond D & K-Natural)
3. Bom Bom Fiya
4. Godzilla Or Gamera
5. Bouillon (featuring Del & Murs)

Side C  & D- instrumentals

[EP] KOOLADE Ft. MASTA ACE & CRAIG G - "The Juice Crew EP"

Croatian producer Koolade is best known for producing Masta Ace's fantastic "Beautiful" from his "A Long Hot Summer" LP. Now the two has teamed up again a long with Stricklin and Craig G for a three track EP that Koolade has given the title "Juice Crew Special". It was released about a month ago but I totally missed out on its original release and I'm sure I'm not the only one. This is definitely some smooth shit, with two versions of the Masta Ace/Stricklin' joint "Love Crazy" that was recorded some time ago. The Craig G joint "From The Soul" was originally recorded in 2011 but none of these records has seen a release previously. All instruments, production and artwork by Koolade, and you can stream the entire thing below.

Also in case you missed it, Koolade also released a powerful single with two other legendary New York emcees in Diamond D and Sadat X called "The Natural" back in February. In case you slept on that when it dropped definitely be sure to check it out below and support it @ iTunes.

[Album] COMMON & NO ID - "Nobody Smiling"

I gotta be honest in that I was slightly dissapointed on my first couple of listens of Common and No I.D.'s just released "Nobody Smiling". Mainly because it wasn't quite what I expected; you can tell that the lush arrangements of the production has heavily influenced Dion from working with Kanye West and vice versa, which is not a bad thing in my opinion. It's not a perfect album, but the more I listen to it the more I'm feeling it, the song "Rewind This" is one of Common's best songs in a long while, and "Kingdom", "The Neighborhood", "7 Deadly Sins", etc are simply brilliant music. It does need the three bonus tracks offered on the Deluxe Edition and I'm glad that at least they are not just iTunes bonus but are actually available in physical formats. You can stream the entire thing via Spotify below, and when you've finnished listening to the album be sure to check out this magnificent interactive video conversation of Lonnie and Dion discussing and breaking down the LP track by track - it's a real interesting watch. Cop the Deluxe Edition of "Nobody Smiling" at Amazon (interestingly enough both the regular CD and the Deluxe version shares the same price).

[Album] KLAUS LAYER - "For The People Like Us"

German turned American boom bap producer Klaus Layer a.k.a. Captain Crook recently released his second album on Redefintion Records (following the outstanding "The Adventures of Captain Crook". I posted a couple of singles from this one a while back but thanks to Redef's Bandcamp page for the LP you can now stream/preview the entire album as well as purchasing a digital copy for $8. The instrumental album features 12 songs that makes for a great front-to-back listen which is the way I highly recommend you listen to it.  The album is of course also available on 12" vinyl from Redef's shop. Don't sleep!

SUPA DAVE WEST - "Let's Rock"

I always felt that Supa Dave West always been a bit too overlooked a producer amongst hip-hop heads despite lacing countless classics for De La Soul as well as ocassional bangers for J Dilla, Ghostface, Planet Asia, Phife Dawg, E-40, Talib Kweli, Masta Killa, Slum Village and more. Therefore I'm real glad to announce that the live drummer and producer is finally coming into his own, working on several solo projects and hooking up with quality label Redefinition Records. First out is the instrumental concept LP "Beat Boxing" which is set for an August 19 release. This will be followed by the companion piece "Spit Boxing" which will be an emcee record and the third installment in this trilogy will be a breakbeat record entitled "Chop Sticks". As if that wasn't enough he's also hard at work on the next De La album, got LP:s with yU and Blu in the work and has recently been in the studio with Faith Evans. In other words, there's a lot to get hyped about here - and the first single from "Beat Boxing", "Let's Rock", is promising great things. Check it out above and pre-order @ iTunes (where you can also see the tracklist). Vinyl and cassette editions will drop via Redef in September so stay tuned for more info on that!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

PLANET ASIA - "Off The Turf"

Planet Asia keeps the heat coming with a great ear for beats and well-written lyrics as he once again hooks up for Gold Chain's Music DirtyDiggs for his new single "Off The Turf". Unqestinably a rewind worthy joint; according to DirtyDiggs Soundcloud this is a single from Diggs' upcoing solo album which will be mostly instrumental. Check out DirtyDiggs' Soundcloud for more exclusive collaboratioms by Asia, Hus Kingpin, Rozewood, Rasco, Mitchy Slick, and more.

DYNAMIC DUO x DJ PREMIER - "Aeoa" / "Animal"

Recently Korean hip-hop group Dynamic Duo announced that they have been over at D&D Studios with DJ Premier recording "A Giant Step" vinyl. The first announcement made it seem that the trio had actually recorded a full-length LP together but as the record now has been releeased it turns out that its a two-track 12" record, produced by DJ Premier and featuring the two tracks "AEOA" and "Animal", two cuts featuring the emcee duo of Choica and Gaeko getting busy over some vintage C. Martin boom bap. Band "AEOA" up top and peep "Animal" below, and be sure to turn that volume up! Also you can check out the official music video for "Aeoaright here.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

[Album] CORMEGA - "Mega Philosophy"

Cormega is by far one of the realest and best artists out there, just like Large Professor is without a doubt one of the sickest producers to do it. Their past track record as a duo speak for itself ("Journey", "M.A.R.S.", "The Come Up", "Focused Up") so the news that the two Queens' legends was about to collaborate for a full-length album was obviously an early contender for album of the year on paper. And though a bit too short at only 33 minutes it does not dissapoint in the slightest and will go down in history as a legendary album. Both Extra-P and 'Mega sounds brilliant on here, though perhaps a little suprisingly many of the beats are more laid-back than some might have expected. But there's definitely no weak tracks here, far from it - the album hit stores on July 22 on CD and cassette with vinyl LP following August 8 but for some reason Spotify has already uploaded the album so if you have that software just press play below and get that head banging! Shouts to Big Rob for noticing that Spotify jumped the gun on this slamming album.

EDIT - For those of y'all who aren't signed up to Spotify you can now stream the album @ DJBooth, but I strongly recommend y'all support this by purchasing a physical copy; it's short but potent as hell.

ROME CEE x ILLCONSCIOUS - "Life's A Bitch 2014"

Baltimore's Rome Cee is one of the most interesting underground artists doing it right now, and he's far from lazy with his output. His latest single is the powerful, yet somewhat laid-back "Life's A Bitch 2014" produced by Ancient Sounds and features Rome going bar for bar with anoter talented spitter by the name of Ill Conscious X. The joint will appear on a project entitled "No Titles" that should be out this fall. Don't sleep!

The UN - "Time For Some Action" [2004]

The UN's much too slept-on album "U N Or U Out" is finally starting to give its proper credit due to Roc Marciano's imressive solo ccareer. The 2004 album has been out-of-print for yeats (luckily I managed to pick up a cop when it was still avalanle. Beside the '04 debut, they also dropped he strong mixtae "World Domination" and Roc's street album "Strength Or Honor". Hopefuly we will eventually get properly mastered versions fóf those tapes as well, as Fat Beats has reissued the original debut album in a beautful digipck with two hard knocking bonus tracks. Now the quartet and Fat Beats have unearthed a previousy unreleased banger called "Tiime For Some Action" for the same that's truly the deifnition of a slammig hardcore hip-hop cut. I'm not sure where this will end up; perhaps a 7" single, but eiter way TURN IT UP!!

UGLY HEROES - "Naysayers & Playmakers"

The trio known as Ugly Heroes (produer Apollo Brown; emcees Verbal Kent and Red Pill) released their self-titled debut as a unit in late summer last year. Now one year after the fact the trio is once again gearing up for a new project to be released in digital format on MMG August 19 with a vinyl release coming soon after. Labeled as an Extended Play, the 12" record actually features five new songs, including one joint that's a collaboration with Murs, while the flip side is made up of four bonus cuts. The first single "Naysayers & Playmakers" is vintage Apollo Brown with its pure soulful boom bap that sets the perfect platform for Red Pill and Verbal Kent to get busy to. iLL!