As much as I’d like to write ‘album of the year’ and step away from my keyboard with a self-important sense of accomplishment, I know Big Boi’s new album deserves stronger praise. With Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty and The ArchAndroid, Big Boi and Janelle Monae..
Monthly Archives: June 2010
I love how Daedelus’ creepy vocals make me feel like my house is haunted. This track comes from Proximal Records first compilation Proximity One: Narrative of a City. His remix of Baths’ “?” has a similar effect. Download: Daedelus – Off Angles Edges via Pop & Hiss
Unexpected crack from Jazmine Sullivan. Missy Elliot flips the “Impeach the President” drums, “Affirmative Action” by the Firm, Biz Markie, and Dougie Fresh for a track that should send you stumbling down memory lane in multiple directions. First rapper to spit over it gets a Metal Lungies fanny pack.
Renaissance Gangster saw DJ Burn One feeding Memphis rapping machine Starlito East Coast sounding beats for an oddly successful marriage of country rap and old school samples. With this unreleased gem, Burn One further demonstrates his ability to make music that defies regional classification. This beat could easily go either..
Funky party groove from Zo!’s SunStorm LP, dropping July 27. On some Jagged Edge/112 shit, but more grown up. Sounds like it’s about to be a hot and sweaty summer. Download: Zo! – This Could Be The Night (ft. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington & Rapper Big Pooh) via +FE Music
I winced when I heard Big K.R.I.T. landed a deal with Def Jam off the buzz surrounding his mixtape. It’s encouraging to see Def Jam pick up a talented artist, but like many others, I’m afraid he might disappear into major label purgatory. For now, vibe to K.R.I.T.’s awesome blend..
You know, we could have had a lot of fun with T-Pain’s funny little sound, but no, artists and labels had to jump on Auto-Tune and make it the focal point of popular music for two years. Those who emulated “Buy U a Drank” and “Lollipop” should have had the..
Reality’s Future History LLC Compilation will drop next week with a strong list of hip-hop blog approved rappers, though Torae clarifies, Listen, I’m not a blog rapper, just a rapper that they blog about. It would appear that Torae is just avoiding a label with a bad reputation (who really..
T.I. put all hit aggressive street shit on a mixtape called Fuck a Mixtape to sate his core fanbase before radio plays his new Lady Gaga/Rihanna singles for eight months straight. Aside from “Ready Set Go” with Killer Mike, the only other song from the tape worth repeated spins is..
Unfortunately, the two tracks featuring rappers are the only reason to listen to Dwele’s newest album Wants World Women. The rest is generic neo-soul whimpering. Download: Dwele – Dodgin’ Your Phone (ft. David Banner) Download: Dwele – How I Deal (ft. Slum Village)