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by Eric on August 30, 2007

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”

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{ 9 comments }

luis August 30, 2007 at 3:36 am

13th floor may be the most slept on mainstream 90s joint. It is in a class with Liberation, Git Out, and SpottieOttie… tracks that prove Outkast was on something way bigger than just rap records. So classic…

Dan Love August 30, 2007 at 8:48 am

Eric,

You know I’m always gonna dig anything PR related, but I was really disappointed with the ‘Love Is A Battlefiled’ thing on the CL Smooth album. It just doesn’t work with lyrics, whereas the instrumental on the YouTube clip sounds great. I’d love to get my hands on a copy of the instrumental: anyone?

Thanks for hipping me to that Jazz Addixx as well, some good stuff.

In a bit,

Dan

Travis August 30, 2007 at 1:56 pm

This could be a first, but actually agree on something. That “Causalities of War” is my favorite track from that album as well.

But I’ll agree with Dan, I’m not hipped on that “Love Is A Battlefield” joint…I’ve never been big on using 80′s pop hits as samples

Krisch August 30, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Only Marvel I know is an mc from Toronto, maybe it’s the same cat.
Seems like all of those from that circle do beats too. Just think of Saukrates, Kardinal or Solitair…

Krisch August 30, 2007 at 8:32 pm

If Dru Ha finds his way here, I got a question: How come the vinyl versions of all the latest Duck Down released ain’t got no production credits?

Does Brian Coleman have to write a book about “Hidden Production Credits”?

Ragz August 31, 2007 at 4:34 pm

wow, got a couple mentions on the weekly rotation……thank you! Its funny, that version of hip hop is actually not the beat that MUDD was rhyming to, there is another version of that song myspace.com/djragz that we originally recorded to. Once MUDD made that beat it was like wow, we gotta do something with that. The cuts for the hook, hahha I had to come up with that in like 45 minutes cause we were headed to the studio, so I thought, damn, what do I do? O yeah, Ill just grab this J Live acapella (huge fan of j live and the spinna production). On far from the average, that was actually the first song we ever did together knowing we were the Jazz Addixx so that went down in early 2000′s, I would guess 2001. I think mudd used some Al Hirt of all people for that main sample (dollar bin material).

Yeah man, Im always reading this blog, just being a fan of hip hop, its great to read what you guys put down. The top alltime lists, to what your feeling on new releases……..I can dig all that!

I didnt dig that love is a battle field track, but I liked the video clip. I would have been a fan of the CL song if it had a loud snare.

Nokizm September 2, 2007 at 1:16 am

if I had to create a top emcees list, Breezly Brewin would definitely be in the rankings!
Also, aesops flow shows some improvement on his new release

fer September 3, 2007 at 2:14 pm

I also agree with Breezly Brewin being one of the best voices in Hip Hop ever. I read not too long ago that he was going to make an album produced by Oh No. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that would be great for sure.

Anonymous September 14, 2007 at 8:26 am

Marvel is producer from Croatia.

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