Monthly Archives: April 2010
I wasn’t expecting much when I loaded up Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift. Before this week, I had never listened to E-40 beyond the singles that got nationwide attention. “Quarterbackin’” is the only one that comes to mind, actually. Three songs in, I realized I’d been missing out. The minimalist beats,..
Cam’ron and Kid Cudi? AND Alchemist? Apparently, Cudi was just as surprised as anybody to see his name alongside Killa Cam. Explains “The Cud,” man did yall hear that Cam and Vado joint im on? i did that hook awhile ago with the OG Alchemist (m0re beats please) and i..
For those occasions where you want to be hood and romantic. Hoodmantic. Off Minneapolis rapper Tony Bones’ album Talk of the Streets, which is out now. Download: Tony Bones – Make You Smile (ft. Termanology) via Xclusives Zone Sphere: Related Content
If Flying Lotus’ space odyssey Cosmogramma gives you a headache, you may find his contributions to Jose James’ Blackmagic more agreeable. Blackmagic already lies in a gray area between between jazz and soul, but FlyLo’s three songs (these two plus “Code”) make it even harder to categorize. You should probably..
Starlito is officially my new favorite rapper. There’s something magnetic about the way he delivers vivid raps despite sounding half-asleep/constantly inebriated. On Living in the Past, DJs Dolewite and Scooby of Grind Hard Radio have Lito rap over pre-2000 beats, a concept similar to Joell Ortiz Covers the Classics, but..
Former Shady Records artist Bobby Creekwater lays his Atlanta flows over a sparse, minimalist beat. If his project Not Now But Right Now sounds anything like this, he may escape his reputation of ‘that guy who used to be signed to Eminem.’ Download: Bobby Creekwater – I Hear Em Talkin..
The Neptunes always give Lupe beats that are a cut above their standard bass-synth fare. “Love Letter” is a great mix of 80s and 90s pop. Alicia Keys sings an epic extended hook; between this and “Empire State of Mind,” Alicia Keys is on a roll when it comes to..
Another one from the K.R.I.T. Wuz Here mixtape dropping May 3. Between Curren$y and Devin the Dude, Big K.R.I.T’s guests on this tape have consumed enough weed to wake up Bob Marley. Download: Big K.R.I.T – Moon & Stars (ft. Devin the Dude) via The DJ Booth Sphere: Related Content
Statik Selektah and Bumpy Knuckles team up for this slow, menacing banger. Download: Bumpy Knuckles – Put The Beats On’M (produced by Statik Selektah) via Xclusives Zone Sphere: Related Content