Marsha Ambrosius is following up on her excellent mixtape from earlier this year with Yours Truly: Revisitied. Former Aftermath producer Focus (who’s apparently going by TheRealFocus now) is at the helm once again and his production sounds as extravagant as ever.
I’m officially excited to hear Sacramento producer Lee Bannon’s mixtape Me & Marvin when it drops tomorrow. Every track will sample Marvin Gaye. Between this and the last song we heard, Me & Marvin is shaping up to be something special and not just formulaic soul samples.
This is the first I’ve heard of Philadelphia producer/rapper Lushlife. The beat is great – a chopped up rock sample interspersed with vocal samples – but the verses leave something to be desired. Off his sophomore album Cassette City.
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Really, Jay? Boxes marked “Auto-Tune” exploding? I can’t be too mad, he got the OG T.I. to play his chauffeur and Jigga apparently plays cards with Harvey Keitel on the regular. And Kobe’s in there too.
RZA finally cleared the air regarding the Chamber Music album: “Chamber Music is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album — but it’s pretty close.” RZA told Billboard that the idea to make a vintage Wu-themed album without samples was producer Bob Perry’s idea. Instead, Brooklyn-based band The Revelations provides live music. (wait, what about El Michels Affair?)
So for the record, Chamber Music is only a side project, which I think is appropriate. Some will laud the album for being a more traditional Wu-Tang affair than 8 Diagrams (hi haters!), but it doesn’t have the magnitude of a real Wu-Tang album.
A little catch-up on one of my favourites from the South, Killa Kill from the Ville, a.k.a. Killer Mike. Mike is smarter and better than your favourite rapper, and he’s been putting some fantastic tracks lately.
There’s a few tags on these, but they’re mostly pretty quiet. “Pay Up” is allegedly a Detox reference track (certainly nothing newthesedays), but it doesn’t really matter; it succeeds on its own merits, a stellar storytelling track with an appropriately late night vibe.
“My City” and “Man Up’” are both off the new Greg Street/Grand Hustle mixtape. “My City” is a tour through Atlanta, blessed with a thundering Cannon beat. “Man Up” is just some quality shit talk over blaring horns.