Friday, October 22, 2010
Statik Selektah is probably my favorite "underground" producer of the moment and has been consistently doing his thing for a minute now, delivering gritty East Coast styled Hip-Hop production, lacing an array of artists, ranging from street cats like M.O.P. & Sean Price to backpack faves like Consequence & Wale. His albums haven't been chart toppers but he's managed to keep the torch burning for the Champion hoodie/Timbaland crowd as well as the Nag Champa/licorice chewstick heads and for that alone he gets props over here.
On the other hand, I've never been the biggest fan of Boston rapper, Termanology. He's a straight forward lyricist & while he's gotten better over the years (Last year's Time Machine: Hood Politics VI is underrated), I never really looked at him as anything other then an "underground" cat with alot of good relationships & better production.
On their first full collaboration album as the group, 1982, both Statik & Term deliver what their known for, beats that are heavy on the boom bap & rhymes that'll make you run it back like Darren Sproles. But on this joint, (featuring the Trill OG, Bun B & fellow Beantown crooner Masspike Miles) Term & Statik flip the script & do the unexpected...a song for the radio. Peep...
1982 (feat Bun B & Masspike Miles) - "You Should Go Home"
I can't front, I fux widdit...as you should.
Statik Selektah & Termanology are 1982 in stores Oct. 26th.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Directed by Creative Control
Every time Coodie & Chike get behind the lens, you know to expect something dope but these videos they've been making with L.E.P. are some of their most inspired work.
Each new clip plays out like a movie, taking Moonie & Count's cinematic concepts to the next level visually. Synergy at it's finest.
I haven't talked about Chicago's L.E.P. Bogus Boys but they (along with Gary, Indiana's Freddie Gibbs) are making it known that the Mid-West is more then skinny jeans & V-necks. They got gangster shit too. I'll prolly do a thorough write up on their upcoming Gangsta Grillz sponsored mixtape, Don't Feed The Killaz Vol. 3, which drops Halloween night, but I'm saying it now, just judging by the couple of songs that have leaked, this mixtape is gonna open alot of eyes & ears to their movement.
Word is, L.E.P. & Creative Control have a couple more joints in the stash but this joint hit the 'net a few weeks back & I still can't stop watching it. I think it's that La Roux sample. Kills me every time.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Not as big a fan of S Dot as I was in my youth, but he's still one of the most important & compelling figures in Hip-Hop. Any insight into what makes him tick is worthy of some attention. So when word of his upcoming book hit the RSS feed, I was all
“On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and publisher Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, are set to release Decoded, the first book written by the multi-platinum, 10 time Grammy Award winning entrepreneur and icon. Unique in every sense, Decoded is a narrative journey through the lyrics and life of one of the most prolific artists of our time.
Featuring an image of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach on the cover, the beautifully designed, fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from JAY-Z’s extensive catalog. By telling the stories behind some of Jay-Z’s most famous and provocative lyrics, Decoded offers an intimate, first-hand account of an artist, his work, and the culture that so powerfully shaped him.
In addition to the hardcover release, Random House will publish Decoded as an eBook, as well as an interactive iPhone/iPad application that will include exclusive video and customizable content that will allow users to delve into a deeper Decoded experience.”
"When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics-not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC-are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to."
Decoded by Jay-Z with Dream Hampton in stores Nov. 16th.
If you fuck with Hip-Hop in any way at all, Jay-Z fan or not, this is gonna be a must purchase.
Bonus: Head over to HHDX for a look at the artwork & packaging for Jay-Z's upcoming greatest hits collection.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The first single off of Pilot Talk 2. Seems like Curren$y and Ski went for the quick flip, as they ready their second full length collaboration this year. Hey, as long as the quality of the music doesn't suffer, I can't be mad at em and judging by this single, I don't think quality is gonna be a issue.
Bonus: Mr. Peter Parker caught up with Spitta for a nice interview and they spoke on a number of topics, including Curren$y's early influences, his feelings on being an independent artist, thoughts on his homie Wiz Khalifa, his love of wildlife and the reasons why Michael Knight is the coolest dude ever.
Curren$y loves the kids.
Pilot Talk 2. November 16th. Get fly.
Just A Thought: SkiBeatz is the illest. Just thought I'd say that.
Off of Vado's much anticipated Slime Flu
1. Council Music
3. The Greatest
4. Beat Knockin’
6. Wake Up
7. Rugby Down
8. The UN
9. Bullets & Gun Smoke (Feat. Meek Mill)
10. Crimesquare (Feat. Griff)
12. Filthy Game (Feat. Jae Millz)
13. Shooter (Feat. Cam’ron)
14. Speaking In Tungs (Feat. Cam’ron)
Support my slime. Cop that.
Props to Shake for the hookup.