1. “Casualties Of War”-Boot Camp Click
Off their new release of the same name (which also features production from Moss, Marco Polo and a nice joint from 9th Wonder as well), “Casualties….” kinda’ has the same feel as the Marco Polo produced “He Gave His Life” from their previous album “The Last Stand”. I don’t know who this cat is (Marvel) that produced “Casualties..”, but if he keeps bringin’ heat like this he’ll be makin’ a name for himself in no time.
2. “H.I.P.H.O.P.”-Jazz Addixx
Damn, if your readin’ this, Ragz the “questions” are on the way. Anyway, I believe I mentioned this a few weeks back..but this cut from the superb “Oxygen Refreshed” shares the same feel and emotion for me as Marco & Ace’s “Nostalgia”. I love the “break” on this one…”From the old school comes a new degree….H.I.P.H.O.P., H.I.P.H.O.P., H.I.P.H.O.P.” This album has really become a bit of a “go to” joint for me lately.
3. “All That You Are”-Foreign Exchange
Had to pull “Connected” out for a few listens this past month and “All That…” is the first track that I listen to 9 times outta’ 10. Utilizing the same sample that made Blue Scholars “Loyalty” so addictive, Nicolay & Phonte truly do make an odd but extremely productive combination. Add a pinch of Median with a hint of D-Brock and you have a dope, uplifting track.
4. “One More Chance (Remix)”-Biggie
This track was included on the Ego Trip link that I posted up last week and I completely forgot how dope this shit really was (BTW, if someone has the “other” remix that rips the Marley & Craig G beat hit me up). Also, I picked up the remastered version of “Ready To Die” that included an additional disc that featured Big’s videos from the album and it really took me back to 94′. Man, everyone from Uncle Luke to D-Nice made a cameo in “One More Chance”. Don’t front even Puffy’s adlibs were even bearable when Bad Boy was runnin’ thangs.
5. “Love Is A Battlefield”-CL Smooth
Taken from CL’s new mixtape/leftovers from “American Me”……”The Outsider”. What can you do, right? It’s a rarity that we can get Pete & CL together on “one” track so you have to love it like there’s no tomorrow, even if the end result is less than spectacular. Even with the re-working of Pat Benatar’s 80′s smash (or was it late Seventies?) of the same name, “Love Is A Battlefield” wins on it’s “catchy” factor. This is actually the same beat that you can witness Pete Rock construct from the ground up, thanks to the YouTube clip posted below.
6. “13th Floor/Growin’ Old”-Outkast
Taken from Kast’s 96′ CLASSIC ATLiens, this track was accidentally omitted from my “Top 25 Beats”. The subtle piano strokes add soo much to the simple bassline and the chorus is just the right touch. Remember the days whe Dre was pre- Badu Dre & Big Boi was more focused on makin’ records than makin’ movies?(“Who’s Your Caddy!! WTF????). Gotta’ love Dre’s parting lyrics “Fat titties turn to teardrops, fat ass turns to flab, souls that was open wounds eventually turn to scab…”. CLASSIC!!
7. “F & F Daily C”- Thes One
You’ve already read my rant on “Lifestyle Marketing” posted earlier this week. I’ve never been one to revert back to “instrumental” albums after the first listen (other than “Entroducing” & “Donuts” that is) but I’ve really enjoyed what Thes One is doing with his clever production on this album and it just so happens that this is my favorite track from the better half of P.U.T.S.
8. “Far From The Average”-Jazz Addixx….yet again!!
Damn, this one actually dropped in 05′!! How did I ever overlook these cats? Crazy production and lyrics from Mudd (damn, that Puba sample was mad clever), while DJ Ragz “takes em’ out with tha’ fader”……”Please don’t even go there with that!!!!” (insert Puba voiceover). Stop sleepin’ on “Oxygen Refreshed”!!
9. “Looking At The Front Door”-Main Source
Does anyone have an extra copy of “Breaking Atoms” they wanna’ sell?? Between “Looking…” & “Just Hangin’ Out” this album has been in heavy rotation the past few weeks. For all those out there that are married I’m sure that you can emphasize with Large Professor on this one. Damn, Large Pro’s production on “Breaking Atoms” and Akinyele’s “Vagina Diner” sound so different it’s hard to believe that he handled all the production duties on both albums.
10. “Getaway Car”-Aesop Rock f. Breezly Brewin & Cage
Who would’ve thought that I’d enjoy Aesop’s new LP “None Shall Pass”? Hell, I liked it enough to pick it up at Hastings today! “Getaway Car” is just one of three extremely dope cuts (the title cut & “Catacomb Kids” being the other two) that pop up on the album. Cage brings his own unique style to the table and Aesop has always impressed me on the mic….it’s just some of his production is a little out there for me. And Breezly Brewin?? Is it just me or does Breezly have one of the dopest voices and flows in Hip Hop EVER??
Pete Rock “births” “Love Is A Battlefield”