среда, 11. децембар 2013.

Real Brothers - Soul Controllers [1992]

Real Brothers
Raise The Flag
I'm A Get Mine
Keep It Smooth
Another Drug Song
Two Heads Are Better Than One (T.O.A.M.P.)
Soul Controllers
Ya Burnin' Yourself
Dream Seq. (Now We Got Africa!)
Ease It Down
What's Next?
Mom Taught Me

This is very specific album. You can clearly see transition between new and old style of rhyming, topics vary from conscious to everyday ghetto stories, production styles vary from g-funk to boom-bap, etc... but the most important is the solid dose of originality that comes from Real Brothers approach. They're from San Francisco, and maaybe you'll manage to find some similarities with Clever Jeff''s talk, especially in attitude.

Pyro [of The Kraken] - Propaganda [1998]

Propaganda (Acapella)
Propaganda (Clean)
Propaganda (Dirty) 
Propaganda (Instrumental) 
Status Quotient (Clean)
Status Quotient (Dirty)
Status Quotient (Instrumental) 

"Pyro, a former member of a rap group called The Kraken, was a graduate student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University when he recorded “Propaganda” b/w “Status Quotient.”1 This is worth mentioning because both songs sound like they were written by a scholar who converted heady, opinionated, religiously inflected prose essays into fiery rap verses. That might seem like a sarcastic jab at the late 90s indie rap philosophy of aesthetics that forgives unpolished vocalists so long as their lyrics are adequately literate, but in this case it is a sincere compliment. Unlike the many tepid or sloppy rappers of the era, Pyro recites his rhymes with an intimidating amount of conviction. His delivery is impassioned, and his flow is riddled with imperfections that actually work in his favor by humanizing his sermon." [quoted from TROY blog, take a look at the whole article here]

понедељак, 09. децембар 2013.

B Flatt & Tyranny - Back To Basics [1996]

MC’s MC’s MC’s
Back To Basics
Now The Purpose
Much Respect
Like This
What Can U Doo
Best Of Success
Type Of Place To Raise Kids
Niggas Know I Drop
Mind State
To The Beat
Crushed By Your Dreams
One Fo The Money
Miss Me
Words Untold


"B Flatt "Back To Basics" the Hip-hop EP was an independent release from the Big Noise camp that defined a new level of quality, soul and organic music as folks from the tri-city area built their catalog. With radio play and interviews from collage stations like San Jose Sate as well as performing with names like Rasco in downtown San Jose B-Flatt and Tyranny brought you that authentic hip-hop feeling before it's time. As a testament to this selections are still in rotation today on Big Noise Radio generating positive fan feedback! In 1995 the project was produced by Noiseman on an Akai S1100 and sequenced in Cu-Base then mixed on a Soundcraft 24 track Spirit mixer. Vocals were recorded on a Tascam MS16 tape recorder. This album is a classic hip-hop collectors item. B-Flatt aka B Malik from Oakland CA can also be heard hosting shows on Big Noise Radio."

среда, 04. децембар 2013.

Bahamadia - Good Rap Music [2006]

Good Rap Music
Real Love
Serious Part I
Buck Season
Culture Cut
Reign Prelude
Serious Part II
Good Rap Improv
Thank You

This is probably the most slept on Bahamadia's album... In the worst case its solid album and you should listen to it any way because you know who Bahamadia is. Its very specific album, in 2005/06 you didn't have too much people that could recognize it's quality and thats the main reason for bad reception of it. Kev Brown and Hezekiah, amongs others, did some production and its very soulfull, while Bahamadia drops some simple and deep conscious lyrics.

Endemic – Terminal Illness Pt. 2 [2013]

Intro feat. DJ Switch
King s Indian Attack feat. Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Bronze Nazareth & DJ Switch
High Society feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx & Afu Ra
Purple Hearts feat. Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7 & Salute Da Kidd
Royal Flush feat. Planet Asia, Ruste Juxx & DJ Switch
Capos feat. Roc Marciano, P.R. Terrorist & Kevlaar 7
Outbreak (Interlude)
Babylon Reload feat. Killah Priest, Hell Razah & Shabazz The Disciple
Political Criminals 2013 feat. P.R. Terrorist, Bugsy Da God & Cyrus Malachi
Circle Makerz feat. Tesla’s Ghost & Ray Vendetta
Calisthenics feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Sav Killz & Bugsy Da God
Elite (Interlude)
Cardinal feat. Supreme, Darkim Be Allah & DJ Switch
20/20 Vision feat. Tragedy Khadafi, Skyzoo, Kevlaar 7 & Salute Da Kidd
Diamond Knights feat. Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper & M9

Endemic is beatmaker/producer from the UK and this is his second album. Concept is well-known - one producer - many guest rappers, but the key moment that makes difference between Endemic's and similar releases is that he doesn't make boring generic beats. There are some very interesting guest names for me, like that of Triple Darkness mcs, Darkim Be Allah from Fame Labs, Roc Marcy, and I'm specially glad to here some new Hell Razah work. Most of the rappers did the good job with rhymes, and if you like the sound of Wu classics and UK hip hop than this is the album for you.

The Outfit - Soundtrack To Life [1999]

Jas Mace and Marchitect were introduced to each other through little league baseball in their hometown of Newark, Delaware. It was later realized that the two shared more than just a passion for sports, but also for hip-hop music. They began writing raps and recording music at Marchitect's house, which is also where their group's name was created. The origin of the name is the street address of where the two emcees honed their production and emceeing skills.
Marchitect's older brother, Grouchy Greg Watkins co-CEO of AllHipHop.com, organized a group called The Outfit. The Outfit released three 12" singles and a full length album on Oblique Recordings, a label that was also created by Grouchy Greg Watkins. The first 12" was released in 1995 and featured "Beauty of the Week" b/w "3 Mics, 2 Marks, and 1 Jas." In 1997, The Outfit released their second 12" that featured the songs "Why I Don't Know"/"Day In, Night Out" b/w "The Outfit Presents"/"Rise and Shine." Their final 12" release was in 1999 and featured the singles "Outta Sight" b/w "The Telephone." The 49ers were featured on all three of these releases. In 1999, The Outfit finally released their first and only full length album called The Soundtrack to Life.
The members of The Outfit eventually went their separate ways, but The 49ers continued recording. (quoted from wiki)

The Livest
A Love Supreme
The Fort Knocks
Beauty Of The Week
What's The Deal
What Ya Got lyrics
3 Mic, 2 Marks, 1 Jas
Why I Don't Know

I like this album, for me it's maybe even better than most of newer 49ers's stuff. Rhymes and beats are pretty simple and minimalistic but they stick to the essence...

Melanin 9 - Amulets

Written by Melanin 9.
Produced by The Summit.
Cuts by DJ Pings.

Melanin 9 "Amulets" 12" Maxi-Single coming in early 2014 on Blunted Astronaut Records.

недеља, 01. децембар 2013.

Terror Green - 45 Stitchez" ft. Bobbito & Lord Sear

Check Terror Green's Demo EP - here

Mood Swingaz - The Blessin' [1998]

This single contains only 2 tracks, I will upload the whole album theese days... but check this for now, very original production style, especially for '98 (I'm sharing it mainly because of the instrumental versions)...