Monthly Archives: November 2011

Common – Celebrate (produced by No I.D.).

Though it’s not the hardest cut we’ve heard from Common’s gangster-tinged The Dreamer, The Believer, “Celebrate” is the best one yet. The cheery exterior belies a ignorant core and Common sounds more comfortable than he does on “Sweet” or “Ghetto Dreams” (listen to both after the break). And he raps..

Zomby – Nothing.

Zomby’s 8-bit grooves are some of the few that I can get behind. The jumpy vocal samples on “Labyrinth” and the ominous, meandering “Trap Door” are high points. Also peep his awesome album Dedication from earlier this year. Listen to Nothing here. Sphere: Related Content

ScienZe – Perfect (ft. Melodi J.) (produced by J57).

ScienZe and Melodi J. share a sultry duet where they tell both sides of a relationship’s steamy climax. It’s immodest but not over-the-top raunchy, relying on transparent euphemisms rather than porno terminology. Hip-hop doesn’t do subtle very often, so get your fill. “Perfect” appears ScienZe’s When Skies Fall, which is..

G-Side – iSLAND.

iSLAND is the second release from G-Side this year, the first being The ONE…COHESIVE. The group took yet another left turn and went less bombastic with iSLAND. It’s still dramatic and spacey, just more focused. I daresay… more cohesive? Check out an exhaustive feature on G-Side and Huntsville rap in..

Scram Jones – The Hat Trick, Mixtape.

Scram Jones lives on the sidelines. I’ve seen his name on production credits for as long as I can remember, but I can’t name any of them. He acknowledges his lack of visibility on “40 Bar Flashback,” where he says, “Was cool like that before I could produce a track..