Taken from Ohmega’s phenomenal new joint “Watts Happening” (what in the hell is David Chapelle doin’ on the album cover?), “Model Citizen” is one of those joints that won’t immediately grab you upon the first listen, but be prepared….it’ll soon grown on you like a bad fungus before you know it. Trav & I are gonna’ speak our piece on “Watts Happening” in our upcoming review series. With that being said, it’s been real hard for me to hold my in my affection for this album, cause’ I highly doubt you’d want to read about it twice. “Model Citizen” is simply amazing, Ohmega’s lyrics aren’t too complex but the beat is just the opposite. With a beautiful horn section and soothing background vocals, this track hits it’s apex near the 3:30 mark when all the beautiful sounds in the record come crashing together leaving you wanting more from this talented emcee/producer. All I’ll say is BUY THIS RECORD! I liked it enough to go and purchase Ohmega’s “The Find” at Best Buy yesterday. I don’t know if my two little girls are softening me up at my old age or what, but I’m just lovin’ “musically inclined” shit like ”Watts Happening” as of late.
From Mick Boogie & Kanye West’s free download “The Graduate” mixtape. This mixtape is pretty decent, I really like the 9th Wonder remixes in particular. A few important details have me a bit puzzled, I’m not really sure if “Good Night” is a new track from Ye’. I’ve never heard the lyrics on another Kanye track before, but the Mos Def assisted chorus does ring a few bells. Secondly, I don’t know who produced this bass heavy track with the catchy snare but it sure is fonkay! Oh, and please tell me that isn’t the dude from Philly’s Most Wanted on the last verse. The track listing for “The Graduate” doesn’t volunteer any of this good info, I guess beggars can’t be choosy!
Wow! Was I surprised to see this one up on Efficiency One late Tuesday evening. Fresh off a dope verse (I wouldn’t say “scene stealing” thanks to Phonte) on “Yellow Lines” from the advance of Cunnin’s “Dirty Acres”, Witchdoctor appears outta’ nowhere with his newest album “The Diary Of An American Witchdoctor”. I know that there were rumors floating around that this album was to be produced in it’s entirety by Kno, but I don’t think that is the case. Much like “The Graduate”, I can’t find production “creds” for this joint anywhere either! I really haven’t given the album a full listen just yet, but I’m lovin “Suicide Bomber” which reminds me soo much of “Dez Only 1″ from Withdoctor’s debut “A.S.W.A.T.”. If I’m not mistaken, this album is also being released in conjunction with Adult Swim which should be decent for distribution. I was surprised to find this in Best Buy yesterday, yet I couldn’t find the new albums from 9th Wonder or Little Brother which I thought was kinda’ odd.
After listening to “The Cube” on my computer all week, I finally popped it in the ride today. Man, I was blown away when I heard the underlying bass knocks…it totally switches up the whole tempo of the track. I actually listened to about 3/4 of this album today and I’m diggin’ what I’ve heard thus far. I felt lukewarm about Hell Razah’s “Renaissance Child”, aside from the obvious standout “Project Jazz” it’s hard to name another cut from that album. Looks like “Razah’s Ladder” is definitely gonna’ get a few spins from me this winter. Hmmm, the album actually has that “wintery” feel to it. So dig out your Carhartt hoodies and lace up your suede Timbs, Razah’s lookin’ to look down those cold, snowy East Coast winters with this banger.
From Junk Science’s follow up to the slept-on “Feeding Einstein”, and first release on their new imprint Def Jux. The jury’s still out on “Grandads’ Nerve Tonic”, but much like “Feeding Einstein” I’m sure that the album will be a “grower”. The one cut from the album that I’m definitely feelin’ is “Words From Pedro”. I guess I should maybe say “interlude” since the track only clocks in at 1:39, which is unfortunate cause I’m lovin’ the sample (I think Ed O.G. used that for a track on “Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto”). With a solid guest slot from the quirky Cool Calm Pete, this all too short cut is full of good times.
Comprised of Dee Jay Dust & Sev Statik, Sev Dust follows in line with other quality releases this year (Blue Scholars, Panacea, Mr. J, etc.) from the rapidly expanding Rawkus roster. “No 2 Ways” is just a “bare bones” posse cut complete with a dusty drum break and an looped guitar lick that will no doubt keep your neck snappin’. While the track is a bit lenghty (it’s a posse cut, what’d you expect?), it was still dope enough to keep me tuned in for five and a half minutes. Oh, and if you haven’t peeped SevDust’s “Back To Dust” don’t slumber this is a real solid album. As Use U AL peep it HERE or HERE
Gotdamn Nas! Bout’ time you hit me with some realness! I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I was extremely unimpressed with Nas’ gimmick album “Hip Hop Is Dead”. It’s a shame cause’ I love this cat! “Less Than Hour” has me on wits end anticipating his forthcoming release, even though it only features two “short but sweet” verses from Nasir Jones. I’m not big on Cee-Lo, but this collabo is nice! Nas keeps it simple with a familiar breakbeat and haunting organs that underlay the bassline. I was just listening to Nas’ “Greatest Hits” the other nite and I wondered “where’s the cuts from Nastradamus”, “what about “You Owe Me” with Ginuwine? Calm Down ya’ll, that’s a joke!
This was yet another “pleasant surprise”, that I picked up at Hip Hop Bootleggers. Just to familiarize you with Nomak, he’s a DJ who hails from Japan that is more or less the Hip Hop version of Moby. I popped this in when I started my 15 hour drive to PA two weekends ago, let’s just say that with all the stuff on my mind this album was very therapeutic. While the album does feature guest slots from Fat Jon & Abstract Rude to name a few, the true focus of this album is the beats. I love “Calm”, and it works out good for me because it’s something that you can play in front of your girl and the kids. “Calm” is not something that you wanna’ bump in your headphones on the way to the club or the gym but it is dope, instrumental Hip Hop loaded with mellow keys and recognizable breakbeats.
Yeah, I know that Joell’s prequel “The Brick..” to his Aftermath debut has been bubblin’ for a minute now but after catching the VIDEO for “125 Pt. IV (Finale) I fell in love with this track all over again. “Finale” is very similar to the video……very simple, very soulful & very emotional. Joell delivers some of the most sincere, heartfelt lyrics that I’ve ever heard spilled on one track. Plus, the 9th Wonderish beat only breathes that much more life into Joell’s rhymes. This cat is one of the torchbearers for the next wave of commercial Hip Hop, and I feel completely confident in dude’s abilities. Bring on the Aftermath album already! This dude’s gonna’ blow up….no question!
Damn, I can’t see why folks aren’t feelin’ “Get Back”! I seem to enjoy it more and more with each listen. Hell, Big Pooh (who’ve I written off more than once) even comes with a dope lyrical performance on the album. “That Ain’t Love” which features JL affiliate Jozeemo (who sounds like he belongs on Prince Paul’s “Prince Among Thieves”) is quickly becoming the highlight of “Get Back” for me. The live horns and soulful sample intertwine with L.B’s narrative lyrics for a formulary that serves as ”Get Back’s” most uplifting moment. This is just a “feel good” album that should end up on everyone’s “top 10″ by year’s end (damn, that rhymes), where it needs to be!