You get the title of the post right? Just peep the two albums that accompany the post and you’ll put two & two together….yeah, just like I thought. Just a few quick notes, nothing really special but while conducting my daily rounds in “blog world” this morning I stumbled across a highly anticipated and almost forgotten release. If your anywhere near the Poor Righteous Teachers fan that I am you’ll be more than happy to know that Wise Intelligent’s long awaited follow-up to “Killin‘ You…For Fun” has leaked. Although I haven’t had the chance to listen to “The Talented Timothy Taylor-Back To School/1st Period” yet, it’s on my “things to do” list before the day is complete, and once again it’s brought to you be the wonderful folks @ HipHopBootleggers (endless props!!). Oh, and how could I forget? You can peep it HERE. The biggest “surprise” of the month goes to Aesop Rock’s new advance “None Shall Pass”, I DL’ed this morning at another site that debuts new music similar to HHB, BossPlayer. I actually picked up Aesop’s last joint ” Bazooka Tooth” at a BX while stationed in Iraq in 04′ and needless to say that CDis still over there, I may have listened to it twice. I always thought that Aesop was on some “way out there” shit. My initial impressions of this album are pretty good as Aesop sounds a little more “Hip Hop” on “None Shall Pass”. Aesop’s lyrical abilities have never been doubted but the beats on this album are just a bit more “down to earth”.While I need to give it a few more listens before I expound, I really do like the advance (oh yeah, there is an annoying voiceover that occurs twice within each song but it’s not unlistenable). Usually, I would have shunned another album remotely close to Aesop but there are some bangin‘ cuts on “None Shall Pass”. Be sure to check out the Breezly Brewin featured “Getaway Car” and the title cut “None Shall Pass”. With all the acclaim El-P’s “I’ll Sleep When Your Dead” has received, I’m anxious to see what will come of “None Shall Pass”. Truthfully, I think this is twice the album that El-P gave us. We’ll see….peep the advance to “None Shall Pass” HERE (props BossPlayer!!).
Lastly, today has to be one of the only days in recent memory where I have yet to listen to an inkling of Hip Hop. My oldest daughter & I where outside for a good portion of the morning (mowing the lawn, washing the ride, etc.), so needless to say I did get the chance to enjoy some music…just not Hip Hop. After downloading and listening to a few of DJ Hyphen’s “Sunday Night Sound Session” shows (see “Most Played”) , I was introduced to probably two of the only R & B tracks (if you will..) that he spun on his mixshows. I hate to admit it but I’m loving two tracks from two acts that I sort of shunned earlier in the year after hearing the full length from both and walking away unimpressed.Those two acts are Sa-Ra with “The Hollywood Records” & Robin Thicke with “The Evolution Of Robin Thicke“. While I have yet two let either album play in it’s entirety, there are two particular tracks that have both probably accumulated close to 20 listens apiece today. Those two tracks are Sa Ra’s “Ladies Sing” & Robin Thicke’s “Can You Believe”. I just love the chorus on Sa Ra’s joint and while I’m not completely sold on Robin Thicke’s ability to hold a tune “Can You Believe” is pretty damn soulful…especially for a white dude. Like I said..nothing really special, it’s just been a minute since I’ve enjoyed some good R & B (well, if that’s what you want to label Sa Ra). Anyway, that’s it for now…enjoy what’s left of your weekend and the posts ahead!…-Eric
With the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut “A Future Without A Past”, The Leaders Of The New School set out to prove that there was a whole lot more to this four man crew than just the happy go lucky, zanny rhymes that they garnered a far amount of attention for with “A Future….”. The group’s sophomore effort “T.I.M.E.” (The Inner Mind’s Eye) left some die hard fans of the crew in limbo, expecting to hear the subject matter that was displayed on album number one yet being blindsided by the more straightforward, hardcore if you will…”T.I.M.E” . Still, if you asked me which album from the group’s far too short lived career that I preferred it would without question be “T.I.M.E.” nine times outta’ ten. For one reason, the group displayed a much more “mature” stance on “T.I.M.E”, not only lyrically but also with the beats as members within the group handled the bulk of the production duties. Secondly, Dinco D (who was virtually silent on the group’s debut) pulled a Phife Dawg on us. If you listen to Tribe’s debut “People’s Instinctive….” and then their second disc “The Low End Theory” you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. With the exuberant Busta Rhymes at the helm, fellow members Dinco D, Charlie Brown & Milo formed a nice cohesive unit that feed very well off of each other’s vastly different styles. I believe the first single released from “T.I.M.E.” may have been “What’s Next” which was probably the cut that most resembled the group’s prior material on “A Future Without…..”. My favorites at the time of the album’s release in the winter of 1993 where the extremely bass-heavy “A Quarter To Cutthroat” and the irresistible horn loop of “Classic Material”. I can remember when I picked this album up along with a D.J. Magic Mike cassette ( I can’t seem to recall which Magic Mike album it was, but a song on the album sampled “Impeach The President”), hell….”T.I.M.E. hit just as hard, if not more than the Magic Mike tape and coincidentally Bass music is where Magic Mike made his check!! Listening to this album today, it’s still sounds fresh and even though the rumor mill stated that there was plenty of disunion within the group’s reigns at the time of the album’s recording, it’s hard to here it as the group’s chemistry overruled any of L.O.N.S’ naysayers. Here’s something that may surprise you, although Busta Rhymes was the true “clean-up” man in his heyday (see Craig Mack’s “Flava‘ In Ya’ Ear Remix) he wasn’t even my favorite emcee on this album…that title belonged to Cut Monitor Milo, who really stepped it up on this album and really had an interesting, entertaining flow and voice to match. In closing, the album’s centerpiece “Spontaneous” (13 Deep) which featured Leaders’ cronies Rumpletilskinz is the subject of today’s post and in my opinion one of the most overlooked posse joints ever. It’s a damn shame this would be the last full length that Leaders’ would offer to it’s starving listeners. And the so-called “reunion” joint that appeared on Busta’s solo debut “The Coming”…well, I would’ve done without it….-Eric
Looking back on fellow L.O.N.S’ pals Rumptilskinz‘ debut “What Is A Rumpletilzkin?”, it’s hard to believe that this album was actually released before L.O.N.S’ sophomore effort “T.I.M.E”. The reason I make the mention is simply because if you listen to “What Is A Rumpletilskin” and follow it up with “T.I.M.E.” you’ll be able to hear the obvious similarities and one would even go as far as to say that L.O.N.S’ may have patterned the overall feel of “T. I.M.E” after the sound of “What Is….”. Maybe not so much lyrically, but you will absolutely be able to hear the production similarities. Now, I may be off my rocker here and I’m too lazy to surf the net’ but I’m almost sure that this is the case as far as the Tilskinz‘ prior release. Yeah, it had to be because I picked this album up the night before I left for a week at Pittsburgh University for Basketball camp between my Junior & Senior year in High School. Oh, getting off the subject here a bit and also tooting my own horn at the same time…let me say that the highlight of my visit for the week long camp was being able to have open runs with members of Pitt’s squad at he time and being a 6’4″ junior throwing down an “and-1″ alley-oop over then Pitt big man Darren Morninigstar (who went about 7 Feet). I think dude actually played a bit for the Celtics then got released (rightfully so). Oh well…enough of my 10 seconds of fame. After appearing on Leaders’ “Sound Of The Zeekers” the Rumpletilskinz displayed much promise but one could easily group them amongst the likes of The Hoodratz and Onyx whom all shared similar lyrical styles (insert De La Soul vocal “those HARDCORE acts!!!”). Needless, to say this was the group’s “one shining moment” as they would fall off the face of Hip Hop shortly after this release. I honestly don’t remember any cut making any significant noise, and the album was slightly above average with no real stand out track. The highlight of the album would have to be it’s bass-heavy production handled almost primarily by member R.P.M. Still, don’t pass this one up as it is a pretty nice piece of nostalgia if you where any where near the L.O.N.S. fan that I was…-Eric