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Thursday, December 18, 2014

PRHYME - "PRhyme Time"

FILA, DJ Premier, Royce Da 5'9... Dat sound GOOD right there! "PRhyme" is out now on wax, CD and digital so go cop that.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FASHAWN Ft. EVIDENCE - "Dreams" [prod. by ALCHEMIST]

I'm a big fan of Fashawn's earlier work up and until his debut album, though I feel that he has kind of strayed from that path a bit too much for my personal liking lately. With his upcoming EP "FASH-ionably" (December 19) there's a good chance I and those like me will not be the least dissapointed as he has hooked up with Alchemist for the entirety of the projects production. The first single "Dreams" also features Evidence and is nothing but a certified banger. 

On a side note - this is the second time Fashawn and ALC has linked up for an entire project as the 11 song prelude to "Boy Meets World" did just that in 2011. Check out "The Antidote" below while we await the new EP.


Now THIS is what I'm talking about! It's a well known fact that Bumpy Knuckles has an incredible amount of unreleased material in his vaults, including collections with some of the illest producers around. We've already got the D.I.T.C. produced verison of "Crazy Like A Foxxx", "Music From The Man" with Jesse West and of course "The KolexXxion" with DJ Premier.

Foxxx's follow up to his classic "Industry Shakedown"; "Konexion" was originally supposed to be entirely produced by Pete Rock until he decided he wanted to go for a new sound. This means a lot of joints between these two legends have been kept in the vaults for the longest, so hopefully the release of the single "Rayon" means we will get to hear this collection sooner or later.

[EP] PLANET ASIA - "Zapco Exp EP"

Planet Asia takes it back to the '80s with his new free project "Zapco Exp EP" featuring five old school flavored cuts. The 808s are definitely kicking on this!

WU-BLOCK - "Wu Block Bizness"

Well this came out of nowhere, but I'm not hating. Sheek Louch and The Ghostfaced Killer is back at it again as Wu Block, and is releasing a project on Nautre Sounds called "Hidden Gems" on January 20. Whether this is unreleased music from the original "Wu Block" sessions or entirely new music remains left to be seen but til' then you can bump"Wu Block Bizness" up top. Here's what the note on Nature Sounds:

"The new Wu Block album "Hidden Gems" boasts 15 previously-unreleased tracks from Ghost and Sheek. "Hidden Gems" also contains a number of guest apperances from both camps, including Jadakiss, GZA, Masta Killa, Styles P, Cappadonna, Killah Priest, and more."

[Video] GHOSTFACE KILLAH - "Love Don't Live Here No More"

It's always a good thing when artists puts some effort into their actual music videos, and Ghostface usually don't hold back as we remember from his "12 Reasons" videos. His new stunningly good album is of course called "36 Seasons" and for the first single Tony Starks goes with the Kandance Spring assisted "Love Don't Live Here No More". Michael K. Williams getting busy too! "36 Seasons" is out now, cop it @ UGHH or your retailer of choice.

NATE DOGG - "Leave It Alone" [prod. by Dr. Dre]

Hittman, the co-star of Dr. Dre's magnum opus "2001", uploaded this terrific gem of an unreleased Nate Dogg song to his Soundcloud the other day. The track is called "Leave it Alone" and was produced by The Good Doctor and definitely has that classic late-'90s/early-'00s Dre sound.

[Video] DIAMOND D Ft. STEP BROTHERS - "It's Magic"

It's definitely magic when Diamond D joins forces with Alchemist and Evidence for the third single from his celebrated "The Diam Piece" album. If you haven't grabbed it yet, head over to iTunes, HHV or UGHH. And for the record I think I never got around to posting the video for the Pete Rock assisted "Only Way 2 Go" from the same album before, so that's what you see below.

[Video] FLIP Ft. AG - "Dreaming"

Smooth new single from Austrian producer Flip who joins up with the legendary Andre The Giant for "Dreaming". The song is lifted from Flip's "Reflections" which drops on Ill Adrenaline Records February 17. Other lyricists featured on the LP include eLzhi, Phat Kat, EDO G, Killah Priest, Guilty Simpson, Kev Brown, LMNO and Tragic Allies.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

[ALBUM] E-BLAZE - "For The Luv Of It Vol. 3"

D.I.T.C. affiliate Eric Blaze is back in time for the Christmas holday with yet another installment in his great "For The Luv Of It" series. This time he's wrapped up twelve songs for our enjoynment, just ready to download and consume. SO enjoy ya'll, and don't forget to TURN IT UP!

01. "Intro"
02. "Boos"
03. "World"
04. "Raw"
05. "Jen"
06. "Synth"
07. "Mary"
08. "Drama"
09. "Sanl"
10. "James"
11. "Chapps"
12. "Trois"

[ALBUM] DIAMOND DISTRICT - "March On Washington: Redux"

2014 was finally the year that Diamond District, the Washington trio consisting of XO, yU and producer/emcee Oddisee, Their album "March On Washington" was right on time giving the current status of what the hell is going on with the US (and here in Europe as well).  Welll-received by fans and critics alike, it was great to hear the trio going in again and much needed. And it was only yesterday that they released their remix album titled "Redux" to iTunes. The remix project features big names like Large Professor, Diamond D, Nottz, OhNO, Black Milk, DJ Skizz and more. Sounds very interesting, stream it or purchase it below. TURN IT UP!

Monday, December 15, 2014

[Album] D'ANGELO - "The Black Messiah"

The golden grail of modern soul music has just been unleashed on the sleeping population as D'Angelo has finally released his first new album in 14 years. Following up one of the greatest albums of all tiime, 1999's "Voodoo", is no small task but the twelve songs that D has perfected with The Vanguard on "Black Messiah" will very likely be considered a classic some years from now. Fans of the super talented multi-instrumentalist and singer will welcome this as a return to form I have no doubt and listening to the first few songs I can attest to this being some truly great shit. As of now "Black Messiah" is available via digital retailers sand can also be streamed via Spotify (see below). Guest features include fellow Soulquarians ?uestlove and Q-Tip as well as Parliament's Kendra Foster. Support D's return @ iTunes while we wait for physical copies of this funky monster. Christmas came early!

[Album] THE WHOOLIGANZ - Proposed Album

Today I got a truly crazy gem for all of the '90s hip-hop fanatics that love them some bass heavy Soul Assassins ish. Mista Mo approached me about putting this on the site for y'all to hear and for that I am very grateful! In case you've missed out on the scoop The Whooliganz was an early '90s hip-hop duo affiliated with Soul Assassins, but what really makes them interesting is its members - The Alchemist who teamed up with Scott Caan (yes, the son of Sony Corleone) to form The Whooliganz. After opening up some shows for Cypress Hill the group were signed to an album deal with Tommy Boy around '92 and started working on their debut. Though the album were completed the deal fell through after the first single, "Put Your Handz Up", failed to get the duo any real attention. As is often the case however, a very small number of promo cassettes were pressed up and has been sought after by hip-hop heads for years.

Last year we were treated to a rip of a snippet tape for the album called "Make Way For The W" but now thanks to Mista Mo I can present you with the real deal. Mo purchased the promo tape from Jamieson Grillo, a former Tommy Boy employee, and decided to share the goods with the rest of the world. Notice that this differ heavily from the aforementioned snippet tape, and features a bunch of previously unheard tracks, including several guest appearances by B-Real. Check out Mo's notes and the tracklist below and scroll down to grab yourself a copy. Mad thanks for this one!! EXCLUSIVE!

"This is not "Make Way For The W", the unreleased album. It's probably a demo tape intended for internal listening at Tommy Boy. The name "Make Way For The W" was probably taken from the song of the same name, which isn't on this but has surfaced on another demo tape. It is likely that versions of some if not all of these tracks would have been on the final album.

Versions of Time Goes On, Put Your Handz Up, Hit The Deck and Whooliganz were released on singles, the rest of the tracks are unreleased.

Time Goes On is incorrectly listed as "Whooliganz - Original" on the UK Whooliganz 12".
Put your Handz Up is a slightly different mix to the single version (e.g. the horns before the first verse).
Whooliganz is not the same as the single version. It is nearly identical but does not feature B-Real.
A version of T-Rays beat for "Keep On" was used for Wayne Smith - Under Mi Sleng Teng (Soul Assassins Remix)."

A1. "It's The Whoolies" [prod. by T-Ray]
A2. "Get A Grip" (Ft. B-Real)  [prod. by T-Ray]
A3. "Time Goes On" (Ft. B-Real) [prod. by T-Ray]
A4. "Put Your Handz Up" [prod. by DJ Lethal]
A5. "Hit The Deck" (Ft. Everlast) [prod. by Baka Boyz]
A6. "Back Off Me Yo" (Ft. B-Real) [prod. by T-Ray]
A7. "Crackin' Da Cranium" (Ft. B-Real) [prod. by DJ Lethal]
A8. "Interlude / Skit"
B1. "Keep On" [prod. by T-Ray]
B2. "Don't Mean Nothing" [prod. by DJ Lethal]
B3. "I Get Mine" [prod. by T-Ray]
B4. "On The Reel" [prod. by Baka Boyz]
B5. "Fat One" [prod. by Baka Boyz]
B6. "Whooliganz" [prod. by Baka Boyz]
B7. "Shout Out Track"
B8. "Shout Out Track" (Instrumental)


Thursday, December 11, 2014

[EP/Video] AUDESSEY as JACK JONES - "Motivate & Move"

Audessey really keeps impressing me with his releases, both as part of Soundsci and his solo releases (including the excellent side project with producer A Cat Called Fritz). His latest project is a spanking hot 7" single on WorldExpo Records under the name of Jack Jones, which should lead the way to a brand new album from the Atlanta-based emcee. Be sure to support the single via A's Bandcamp (also available with a T-shirt) and peep the single for "Motivate & Move" up top.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

[Documentary] PUBLIC ENEMY - "Prophets Of Rage"

Although it might not offer that much new information for the hardcore fan, I found the BBC produced TV documentary "Prophets of Rage" to be quite an interesting look into the life and times of the band that in no small part helped redefine hip-hop music. The majority of the hour is spent discussing the years around the masterpiece trilogy that is "Yo! Bumrush the Show", "It Takes A Nation of Millions..." and "Fear of a Black Planet" though it does cover things like Flava Flav's foray into reality TV (very interesting to see Griff, Chuck and Flav separately discuss this). Interviews with Flava Flav, Chuck D, Griff, the Shocklee brothers, Bill Stephney, DJ Lord, and a host of other people important to the legacy of Public Enemy makes this a well worth watch. I would also like to recommend writer Cristopher R. Weingarten's musings on "It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back", for me the best volume in the often excellent 33 1/3rd book series. Many thanks goes out to 808SHIRTS for the upload to YouTube of the documentary.