09-30-2012 § Leave a comment
Lots of big retail releases dotted this part of the year, compared to earlier – which is nice actually because the year started very slowly for me in terms of projects I was looking forward to. I ended up listening to a lot of older releases, especially from 2011’s strong year but things are coming around in time for a good end-of-year list! I can’t vouch for every release listed here, I can honestly say I’ve been quite lazy in terms of listening to and buying new music this quarter.
A great effort, minus a few tracks in the middle of the album. His 11th solo album, if you count “The Lost Tapes,” collection in 2002. I loved his previous collaboration album with Damian Marley, 2010’s “Distant Relatives.”
Blu & Exile’s follow up to their 2007 classic album “Below The Heavens,” originally released unmastered about a year ago & yanked offline, this is the re-release after it was finished. An amazing and soulful follow up, worth the wait for the high quality version.
Another I was real excited to buy, and I’ve loved it – some filler yes, and not the “same” Slaughterhouse but this is what fans hoped the release would be.
Additional tracks (& a free download) available here. Call it a prequel to his forthcoming album, “A Dream Deferred” which should be on my next list, with an October 2nd street date. I always pick up Skyzoo’s new albums, a dope and underappreciated artist.
DMX latest album, his first since 2006 & it’s got pretty good reviews so far on iTunes.
Curren$y & Harry Fraud link up for the “Cigarette Boats EP” (free – 5 tracks). Curren$y is always good, free Curren$y is better!
Mello Music Group dropped two releases this quarter, everything they put out is alright by me. Substantial’s “Home Is Where The Art Is” & 7even Thirty’s album “Heaven’s Computer” – both available on their Bandcamp page for stream / purchase in addition to iTunes.
This Kanye West G.O.O.D. Music label joint “Cruel Summer” dropped, on iTunes or AmazonMP3, plus rumor there is a “Cruel Winter” album coming too … I was dissatisfied Common only makes one track and it features 6 other MCs.
Brother Ali’s new album was on my anticipated list and it certainly has delivered based on initial impressions! An always dope and informed MC, Brother Ali has contributed another great effort to his thought-provoking catalog and right in time for the 2012 Presidential Election.
06-28-2012 § Leave a comment
Three more months are behind us in the year, which means it’s time for part two of four posts (maybe 5?) I’m planning on recapping. This list compiles April – June’s best releases in the forms of albums, mixtapes. Don’t forget to check out the 2012 first quarter releases post!)
REKS – Straight, No Chaser (produced by Statik Selektah) on iTunes
Ab-Soul – Control System (album) on Amazon MP3
4:20 The Classics presented by Statik Selektah & LRG (free download, one track blended)
Big KRIT – Live From The Underground album on iTunes
XV – Popular Culture (mixtape) free download at Live Mixtapes
Crooked I – Psalm 82 v 6 (mixtape) available on DatPiff mixtapes, free download
Smoke DZa – Rugby Thompson (album) [produced entirely by Harry Fraud] on iTunes
04-01-2012 § 1 Comment
The first quarter of 2012 is beyond us, and here’s a quick linkback to some of the hottest projects of the first quarter. I’m doing this so I can come up with an end-of-year post, but you can follow along as we move through the year rather than just at the end when a lot of these projects would’ve otherwise been missed in the freshness!
Slaughterhouse “Hammer Dance” (iTunes) single – Can’t wait for their new album, Slaughterhouse machine taking over with Shady behind the release. Crooked I’s newest mixtape got pushed back until further notice.
Apollo Brown & OC (from Trophies album (release date April 24th 2012) – my MOST anticipated project of 2012? Maybe so.
Brother Ali “The Bite Marked Heart” EP (February 2012) – Brother Ali’s newest entry just continues solidifying him as a top tier MC + Phonte has an awesome feature.
Action Bronson “Blue Chips” mixtape (March 2012) – Couldn’t hardly wait to listen when this dropped, and it was just as amazing as I expected from Action.
Ski Beatz Ski Beatz 24 Hour Karate School Presents “Twilight” (iTunes) (February 2012) – ignore the title, this is Ski’s best Karate School release & it’s comprised of “leftovers” Dame pushed him to release.
Wiz Khalifa “Taylor Allerdice” mixtape (March 2012) – not the best work, in my opinion but it’s a dope free album.
Schoolboy Q “Habits & Contradictions” (iTunes) (January 2012) – TDE keeps their releases going strong, after Kendrick Lamar’s last album Section 80.
JR & PH7, St. Joe Louis & Broken Englsh “My Favorite Demons” (iTunes) EP Album (January 2012) – one of my favorite producer teams, and two groups combine for an amazing experience. Real smooth Hip Hop.
Big K.R.I.T. “4EvaNADay” mixtape (March 2012) – perhaps my favorite project so far from the Def Jam signee.
Curren$y “Here” EP (February 2012) – always dope to hear new Spitta, even if it is only 5 tracks.