Whaddup Peoples!!! I hope everyone is prepping for a fun filled weekend (only one more day to go!), I will be gone for a few days as I’m heading back home to PA to spend some time with my family. My Grandmother & Father are not in the best of health, so I’m looking forward to spending some time by their side as soon as touch down on PA soil. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a few tracks that I’ve had in steady rotation for the past month or so. Beware, most of the tracks do have that melodic “soulful” feel to them and most of the tracks are “newer” as well. I don’t know if it’s my age or just the fact that I’m becoming more musically inclined in my later years but lately I’ve been enjoying the “Panaceas & Blue Scholars” of the world. After hearing this compilaton I hope that you will too. So, without any further delay I bring you:
1. “Tear Him Down”-Luckyiam
Taken from Lucky’s third solo effort “Most Likely To Succeed”. Although, I’ve vowed to set some time aside to listen to this recent release from the Living Legends co-founder, I rarely make it past “Tear Him Down”. With a real nice drum track and clever sample placement, Luckyiam conjures up tales of “beating the odds”.
2. “Casualties Of War”-Boot Camp Click
Although the B.C.C album of the same title is now somewhat of an afterthought, this Marvel (another dope overseas cat) production is a crazy melodic track that finds members of the B.C.C. recalling their fallen comrades over a somber track.
4. “The World Is..(Below The Heavens)”-Blu & Exile
Just how fuc*in’ dope is this album, Blu takes the cake as the best lyrical performance on an album so far this year and Exile’s production is top notch. Just how many times has the Nas hook (“whose world is this?) been used in a track this year?
5. “Return Of The Renegade”-Cap D
More dopeness from the Chi, the album of the same title from All Natural member Cap D has been out for a minute now….but damn, where have I been? Soulful production from Tone B Nimble who’s also laced beats for Cap’s group All Natural as well as The Molemen.
6. “Don’t Judge”-Jazz Addixx
The production on this track reminds me soo much of Pete Rock’s production on “Main Ingredient”, but the track’s highlight comes at the 2:14 mark as DJ Ragz just slices shit to pieces and the song takes on a completely new identity.
7. “Work To Do”-Kidz In The Hall
With a dope Average White Band sample (damn I can’t remember who dropped that helpful tidbit in the C-box..Thanks!) and an uptempo drum beat to match, this track shows us a more mature side of Rawkus‘ next generation.
8. “Blue Ice”-Panacea
After sleeping on much of Panacea’s discography (to include “Ink Is My Drink”) my eyes have been opened to the melodic production from producer K-Murdock. “Blue Ice” has the most traditional Hip Hop feel on “The Scenic Route” and just happens to be it’s dopest cut.
9. “Life That I Know”-Rasul
Whaddup Ra!? Even though my fellow contributor may be M.I.A., I pulled Ra’s second mixtape/album “Opium Vol.II” (hosted by Statik Selektah) out for a few plays this week….I’d forgotten just how incredibly dope this cut is! Ra’s always been lyrically deep but this is a track that possess the same level of quality musically. Holla‘ at me Ra!
10. “Call You”-Mr. J Medieros of The Procussions
Damn, this is some deep shit here! Not quite on the same level as “Constance”, “Call You” finds Mr. J over yet another “self-produced” track expressing his thanks and love to his folks (how uncool is that, right?)
11. “Let’s Get Higher”-Stat Quo
Again, see the “Most Played For The Week” post. A completely different look for Stat that works beautifully and actually has me looking forward to “Statlanta“.
12. “What’s Next”-Y Society (Insight & Damu)
From another album that seems to have come and went. “Travel At Your Own Pace” is nice effort that needs to be heard and “What’s Next” is a track truly captures the essence of mid-90′s Hip Hop
13. “Telephone Wires”-Ill Poetic
Taken from Ill’s solo debut “Illumination”, which I’ve been listening to more then “The World Is Ours” lately. Some dousche bag left a comment stating that Ill wasn’t “lyrical”. Put 6 minutes and 52 seconds of “Telephone Wires” in your pipe & smoke it!
14. “Piece”-Choice 37 f. Blu
I just can’t get enough of this cat (Blu) and the production on this track is bananas as well. Taken from Choice 37′s recently leaked compilation “Diligence”, which is a fairly decent grouping of some of the Left Coast more “underground” talent such as Kero One & Aloe Blacc
From this Platinum Pied Piper’s compilation “The War LP”…someone help me out and tell me where the “anything you ask I’ll do” vocal sample comes from. I know that it’s from a mid eighties new wave hit, I just can’t put two and two together to save my life!
rom the Seattle area, they’ve been catching a little buzz over their “C.R.E.A.M.” re-working not so cleverly titled “K.R.E.A.M.” (Kicks Rule Everything Around Me). The fittingly titled “Soul Hop” is taken from U-N-I’s mixtape “Fried Chicken & Watermelon”. Keep an ear out for these two emcees, the mixtape is a nice showcase as U-N-I hit you with a well-rounded warm-up for the album.
17. “No Gods”-Arhcetype
Now, I don’t want to steal my dude Trav’s thunder here, I know he’s got a forthcoming review for this Kansas (yes, Kansas!) duo’s album “Bleed For Them”, but “No Gods” is a track that I absolutely had to post from their impressive LP. Just one of the many outstanding productions on “Bleed For Them”, stay tuned for more on Archetype!
18. “Still Love”-Soulstice
Yes, I know that I pretty much trashed Soulstice’s recent album “Dead Letter Perfect” in a recent “W.T.R. over Waking Your Daughter Up” review, but I’m definitely feelin‘ the “9th-Wonderful” production on this track courtesy of Aussie’s M-Phazes
Kool Kim in the house! I bumped this track quite a bit when the mixtape/album first dropped but no as much lately. I hope “Hood Treason” makes a few year end lists. Musically, this is the strongest cut from the album by far.
20. “Reminisce”-9th Wonder featuring The A.L.L.I.E.S.
I thought I’d throw this one in there for good measure, even though I doubt any of you haven’t already peeped “Dream Merchant II” yet. “Reminisce” contains another sample that I can’t quite identify. Help!!