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Jazz “Tomorrow’s Yesterday”-Jazz Addixx

Drops Nov.1, 2013 Pre-Order HERE

True Hip Hop headz already know what time it is!! Not only was Jazz Addixx’ 2007 gem “Oxygen Refreshed” one of the most slept-on LPs in recent memory, it’s a personal classic of mine.  Now, fast forward to 2013, 6 years later, the duo of DJ Ragz (one of the illest DJ’s out there, period) and emcee, Mudd are back +1 (Unknown also splits the mic duties on “Tomorrow’s..) with the long awaited 20-track long-play, “Tomorrow’s Yesterday”.  I’ve heard the LP and it’s definitely kept up with the changing hip hop scenery of the half decade.  Stay tuned for a proper review and in the meantime, stream the non-album cut “No Need To Go” below!!

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The Wreck: Oct 10, 2013

by Travis on October 17, 2013

Wreck 10-13

I’ll let my partner in crime describe this one:

“October 10th edition of “The Wreck” with Jason D & Trav G on 89.9 KRBX & We took a break from our usual inability to remember an artists name or song from any time period before last week and instead blessed you with Trav G’s three picks of the week in a completely different order then we announced them. You just can’t get this anywhere else. Hip Hop, Sarcasm, and I can’t remember the other thing. It was going to be something cool though…” – DJ Jason D

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Evan HoltEvan Holt & Thelonious Martin – The Temptations

Download “The Temptations” HERE

I know I touched on Evan Holt & Thelonious Martin’s recent free release “The Temptations” a few days ago in my “Most Played For The Week” column, yet I have to bring more truth to the light on this insanely dope release as apparently headz are still sleeping on the product heavily!  Clocking in at only 11 tracks deep and just a shade under 30 minutes, technically, “The Temptations” is more of an EP release.  However, the fluidity, song placement, concept and construction of this product makes it feel like more of a complete album and when the album’s finale comes to it’s two-part completion, you’re only left fiending for more from this talented duo!

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Black Milk“No Poison, No Paradise” – Black Milk

Stream Album HERE

Release Date: Oct. 15, 2013 via Computer Ugly

Cop the “Bundle Pack” HERE

Since Detroit’s Curtis Cross A.K.A. Black Milk first appeared on the scene in 2001, damn time flies, with his appearance on S.V.’s “Dirty District”, I knew this cat had a bright future of him.  Not too many mufti-faceted, dual threats have exhibited the growth, year over year, album over album, that Black Milk has.  From his production contributions on “late” Slum Village product (meaning: post “Fantastic Vol. II”), to early solo workings such as 2005′s “Sound of The City”, Black has not only stepped outside of the box with his production, but matured even more so, lyrically.  With tomorrow’s release of the long-awaited, “No Poison, No Paradise”, released nearly 3 years after his 2010 opus “Album of The Year”, Black Milk has reached the pinnacle of his 12 year musical career.  I’m not saying that Black Milk can never top the masterpiece that is “No Poison, No Paradise”, because I was honestly expressing the same sentiment after 6 months of bumping “Album Of The Year” on a daily basis in 2010 as that album is a 2000′s classic to me.  However, this album is simply flawless…well, almost.  Let me expound…

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Eric’s Most Played For The Week

by Eric on October 13, 2013

Boog1. “In Tune” - Boog Brown

Purchase “The Late Bloom” HERE

Boog actually dropped “In Tune” back in the early summer months and it flew completely under my radar.  However, with the Oct. 8th release of her new LP, “The Late Bloom” (released via SoulSpazm), Boog is back on the scene hoping to duplicate the success of her collabo LP with Apollo Brown as Brown Study, which goes to show you how quickly time flies, was released over 3(!) years ago.  Produced by Bloggerhouse favorite, Illastrate (1/2 half of Black Noise, what’s up with a new LP fam?), “In Tune” is a simply stunning track.  Crisp drums courtesy of Illa, solid lyricism by Boog (who’s not only one of my favorite female emcees, but “emcee”..period) and a dope hook belted by Joe D.

Evan Holt2. “War With Myself”-Evan Holt & Thelonious Martin

Download “The Temptations” HERE

This lil’ 11-track LP was a very nice surprise when I downloaded it from last week.  I mean, I’d heard of New Jersey beatsmith Thelonious Martin and actually have a few of his instrumental projects on my hard drive, yet Evan Holt, whom hails from San Diego really opened my eyes.  “The Tempations” is a very dope, cohesive (ahem…one emcee, one producer…works every time!) album and Holt is a VERY capable emcee with one of those voices that you’ll remember.  Yet it’s the album’s finale, “War With Myself” that takes the crown.  More of a “two part” track, “War With Myself” elevates itself to new levels of dopeness at about 1:30 as the last two minutes of the track will damn near put you in a neck brace.

cj fly3. “Tug-At-War”-CJ Fly

Download “Thee Way Eye See It” HERE

Whoa!!  Pro Era strikes again!  I’ll admit Joey’s “Summer Knights” was somewhat of a letdown.  However, CJ Fly’s recently released “The Way Eye See It” not only tops Joey’s “Summer Knights”, it may very well be the best offering from the Pro Era Collective thus far, straight up.  This mixtape/album is very ill.  Tell me the Esta produced “Tug-At-War” doesn’t have that Pharcyde “LABCABINCALIFONIA”- feel written all over it!?  Other highlights from the LP include the Ab-Soul assisted “Sadderdaze”, which samples the same horns that 9th Wonder utilized perfectly for his remix of Nas’ “Ether” for his Nas remix project “God’s Stepson”. And, get this, Phife(!) of all the emcees in the world, pops up and hasn’t lost a step with his show-stopping appearance on “Seek Well”, which has the feel of “Beats, Rhymes & Life”.

nicky ds4. “Dumb Rappers” (Intro)-Nicky D’s

Download “The Grey Area”

Ok, so who’s the lil’ cracker kid with, in my opinion some of the most slept-on J’s (which, just goes to show you how old I am, I rocked my sophomore hoops season in High School) on on the cover?  Ok, secondly (thinking to myself here..), I’ll have to peep this as the cover is an ode to Diamond D’s “Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop”.  So, you can obviously see why I checked out this funky 10-track offering.  It’s safe to say, judging by the production of Rick Hughes who, basically (Mista Lawnge’s production of Chi’s “Age Ain’t..”, is jacked for “Age Ain’t Shit”) handles all of the production duties on “The Grey Area”, this duo did their homework.  Yes, the moniker “Nicky D’s” is somewhat cheesy, but this kid can spit!  While the rhymes are quite juvenile at times, which makes sense as dude is only 18 years old, the vibe of “The Grey Area” is straight up Golden Era, which is exemplified by the Intro track to the free download, “Dumb Rappers”.  Featuring the infamous Biggie vocal slice “dumb rappers need teachin” and the “Uggh/C’mon” from Black Sheep’s “The Choice Is Yours”, “Dumb Rappers” is the proper set off to a sound product from an emcee with plenty of room for growth, but a good start, nonetheless.

term-goya5. “Back In The Day”-Termanology

Purchase “G.O.Y.A.” HERE

Dang man…Termanology kills me sometimes!  I mean, dude is one of my favorite “guilty pleasure” emcees, but he’s so damn frustrating.  There is ALWAYS glimpses of his talent that shines thru as with “Back In The Day” (from Term’s recently released “G.O.Y.A.” LP), but he seemingly can’t really put it all together when it comes to a cohesive product.  Term is usually, for lack of better wording, “hated on”, yet if you ever peep the top sellers in the store, all of his releases are always in the Top 10 as “best sellers” the year(s) of their respective release.  However, as dope as Shortfyuz’ production is (he produced “G.O.Y.A.” in it’s entirety) on “Back In The Day” and lyrically, Term is a beast on this cut, the hook is lacking and actually takes away from the quality of the track.  Even so, there’s some dopeness to be found on “G.O.Y.A.” in the form of “Cocaine Eyes” and “You Ain’t Safe”, but half the album is forgettable.  Man, if Term could ever put it all together….watch out!!

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Here we go again, today I present some of my favorites from the nine-nickel in the form of “1995 SELECTIONS”. Boasting 114(!) cuts mixed and blended by yours truly, ’95 only serves as a subtle warm-up (from arguably one of Hip Hop’s finest years) for the 1996 & The Backpack ESSENTIALS mixtape that will be up later this week as well. Big shout to St.Mic for the final bouncing and mastering. As always, enjoy and peep the tracklist and download pt. II after the skip.

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The Wreck 9/19 & 9/26

by Travis on September 30, 2013

The Wreck

What’s up y’all, yeah it’s a Trav sighting, you don’t see those a lot these days. All good, my partner in crime, Eric, holding things down with the tightness. As you may or may not know, I’m involved with a local radio show that appears on the FM waves every Thursday 8-10 MST here in my local city. My man DJ Jason D, who is a log time bay area staple in the hip hop scene, cuts and scratches live on air, while I push buttons, move knobs and generally get in his way. It’s called The Wreck, and we push all shows to Here are the last two weeks.

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Eric’s Most Played For The Week

by Eric on September 29, 2013

Jmega1. “The Party’s Over”-JMEGA THE GOD (click to hear via BANDCAMP)

Download “Nig*az Iz Kingz Forever” HERE

Sh*t!  Prior to last week, why had I never heard of this cat!?  Released on Sept. 19, JMEGA THE GOD’S (of True Masterz), “Nig*az Iz Kingz Forever” is 21 tracks (25 in all will 4 interludes) of pure heat.  Not only is the production, courtesy of MighGawd, Purpose of Tragic Allies, Kwervo, Wheely, Sicknessmp, One Drop Beats, Dee Metto, DJ Bilingual, Don Ve, RTTC, and Gymleadermatt, absolutely stellar, this dude is one of a kind on the mic.  JMEGA sports one of the sickest flows, deliveries and voices that I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.  Yes, at 21 tracks deep, the album does slightly take a dip after “Bobby Johnson” (which is one of iller productions on the LP, courtesy of SicknessMP), yet it’s not that steep of a fall-off.

The first time I heard “The Party’s Over” I was thinking “where it the bottom in this track”?  In the theme of Roc Marc & KA, “The Party’s Over”, produced my Mighgawd, is pretty bare bones.  With the infamous “Impeach The President” sample as the meat of the track, a sharp hand-clap and..what I’m thinking is the same eerie sample that Preem utilized on the Group Home classic “The Realness”, Mighgawd sets a lovely backdrop for JMEGA.  Not only was I unfamiliar with J, but other than Purpose of Tragic Allies”, I hadn’t heard many of the producers featured on the LP either.  No matter, in most instances, production from so many outside sources can oftentimes lead to confusion.  However, that’s far from the case with “Ni*gaz Iz Kingz Forever”, being that the LP boasts quite a few of the best tracks that I’ve heard this year via “The Party’s Over”, “Bobby Johnson”,  “Super Scientific” and “Airships”.

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