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Weekend Lite….blah blah blah Part One

by Travis on February 25, 2008

We are still experiencing the winter doldrums as far as new music is concerned. A few things have started popping up on the scene. Of course there is the eMC which seems everyone has an opinion about, either good or bad. I’m still kind of holding off on mine for the time being. Two albums that have grabbed my attention recently have been the Nicolay & KayTime:Line album. I was a little hesitant after finding “Here” to be less than what I expected, but I have to say this album is quickly fitting into major spins around this way. The production is excellent and although I’ve seen some people bash Kay’s lyrical skills, I don’t have a bit of a problem with the job he did on the mic. A very good album that I look forward to staying in the spins for most of the spring.

The other album is from Akrobatik. I received a promo copy of it a couple weeks ago and finally gave it some spins while I was on death’s bed a couple weeks ago. At first I thought maybe it was the fever, but after coming out of the crap, this album is still sounding good. Don’t get me wrong, I was a fan of the Perceptionists album back in ’05 and have liked some of the guest joints that Ak has dropped in out, namely the Smile Rays album last year, but I guess I just haven’t pictured myself to be into his music all that much. Regardless, there is some strong material to be found on “Absolute Value”, shit, the J-Zone produced joint is alone worth the price of admission.

Another surprise album is not even from this country. I’ve documented my “allergies” to any hip hop that is not made in the lower 48 states of the U.S. I’m not saying it’s right, I just tend to automatically ignore anything that comes from overseas. Yes, it’s rather ignorant of me, and one such album is trying to single handedly change that. The 4orce who is coming out on BBE, a label I hold with great respect, dropped an album called “Mind The Gaps Anthems Vol 2″, which Dan Love has the more “technical” information on the Brit. All I’m going to say is this is a damn good album that has all the requirements for a dope album, regardless where he is from. The production is masterful, with some dope tracks. Even the lyrics are good enough to keep me from being turned off by the accent. It’s something that should be checked out, where ever you claim as your home turf.

Here is a sample track for y’all to check out:
Never Shoulda Feat Marrisa Anglin

Alright, we are sooooooo far behind on material that has been sent to me. My apologies for slacking on posting this stuff for those who have sent me material. I have a ton of stuff I’ve behind on after being sick for over a week and this blog is one of them. So bear with me.

Goodies From The Inbox

Editor’s Choice of the Week

Frequency ActivismHip Hop In Strange Places

Coming straight out of Connecticut and New York, this group is comprised, from what I can gather, a couple MC’s in the name of Hired Gun and Mista Mayday and is backed by a live band of drums, bassist, guitarist, and sax and flute. Sure, the idea having a live band back a group is getting kind of…normal, for the lack of a better word, but it’s something I don’t have a problem with as long as it’s done well. This album is something that is probably best suited for those particular people that have an open mind when it comes to their hip hop, but those that do get into this kind of thing will not be disappointed.

From the groups Myspace:

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Frequency Activism is a CT/NY political hip-hop/soul/funk/jazz group consisting of vocalists Hired Gun (also of 3rd Party), PaintDragon (flute and saxaphone), and Stat, d.j./vocalist Mista Mayday, The Specialist on drums, bassist Sean Canedy and guitarist Matt Turcotte. In other words, a full funk band with emcees trading off with a jazz vocalist with dense, politically charged lyrics layered with a dj. Yeah.
Check for their first album, Hip Hop in Strange Places, in addition to solo albums and other projects by these artists.

Hired Gun, NJ born / BK residing emcee, has performed all over the country, from small clubs to large music festivals, and recently completed a 3 year run of a regular set at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. He has headlined the NorthEast Kingdom Music Festival alongside the Coup and Fishbone, and performed on the same stage as many hip hop luminaries. He is a member of the ESP crew, founder of Free Radicalz music, and co-founder of Say Word Entertainment. Though already several albums deep, including an album that recieved 4 stars in Urb magazine, he is readying to release his first solo albu, “The People’s Verses”.

PaintDragon is an artist/jazz vocalist from CT who has played all over New England with various jazz bands. Also proficient on saxaphone and flute, she is well known throughout the music/poetry/art community in southern New England.

Mista Mayday is a well known activist/musician from CT. He is secretary of the CT socialist party, a former member of the Demigodz crew, founding member of the ESP crew and former co-host of WHUS’s Boombox from the Boondocks, the legendary hip hop college radio show co-hosted by rapper Apathy. Mista Mayday has released many albums and mixtapes working with artists ranging from hip hop to the well recieved collaboration with New London, CT bluegrassers the Can Kickers.

Stat is the former front man of the Subterranean Beet Cooperative. A guitarist and emcee, he has performed all across the country, from NY to CA. His solo efforts have involved collaborations with producers all over the US and Europe.

The Hitfarmers – Joining Forces Bootleg

More overseas hip hop. The cats have been down with the Snowgoons in some kind of way, which escapes me at the moment. I haven’t personally listened to this mixtape yet, but usually the stuff (except that christmas joint) they put has been at least somewhat enjoyable.

<tt><tt>The Munich Germany based production team THE HITFARMERS, have be</tt></tt><tt><tt>en a<br />mainstay in the international Hip Hop scene.<br />They worked</tt></tt><tt><tt> on tracks with legendary Hip Hop acts including KRS-One,<br />Freedie Foxxx, Planet Asia, Afu-Ra, Army Of The Pharaohs...<br />just to name a few, One of the latest projects THE HITFARMERS took a<br />hand in, has been the mixing and mastering of the soundtrack<br />for highly recommended graffiti-movie WHOLETRAIN, currently running in</tt></tt><br /><tt><tt>cinemas across <span style="border-bottom: 1px dashed rgb(0, 102, 204); cursor: pointer;" class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1203140309_0">Europe</span>!</tt></tt><br /><br /><tt><tt>While entering the lab to start work on their official debut album</tt></tt><br /><tt><tt>sheduled for a late 2008 release, THE HITFARMERS - JOINING FORCES bootleg<br />is now avaible for free download on <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="background: transparent none repeat scroll 0% 50%; -moz-background-clip: -moz-initial; -moz-background-origin: -moz-initial; -moz-background-inline-policy: -moz-initial;" class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1203140309_1"></span></a> featuring<br />mixtape tracks, remixes and previously unreleased collabos they did with<br />Army Of The Pharaohs, Sicknature, Planetary, Ciph Barker, Mr. Malchau,<br />J-Spliff, Mesidge, Kosha Dillz, Little Vic, Critical Madness... over<br />the last months.<br /><br />Tracklist:<br />01 - Hifarmers ft. J-Spliff - The Harvest</tt></tt><br /><tt><tt>02 - Hitfar</tt></tt><tt><tt>mers ft. Critical Madness - Hail To The Fetus<br />03 - Hitfarmers ft. Mesidge, PhaizRok & C4mula - Light Em Up<br />04 - Hitfarmers </tt></tt><tt><tt>ft. Army Of The Pharaohs - Grown Men (Joining Forces<br />Remix)<br />05 - Hitfarmers ft. Little Vic - Get With It<br />06 - Hitfarmers ft. Mr. Malchau - The Harvest<br />07 - Mesidge ft. Planetary - Werk Of Art (Hitfarmers Remix)<br />08 - Hitfarmers ft. Ciph Barker - The Harvest<br />09 - Hitfarmers ft. Substance - 32 Bars Part.II</tt></tt><br /><tt><tt>10 - Hitfarmers ft. Mental Infinite - This Is Life<br />11 - Hitfarmers ft. Kosha Dillz & Sicknature - Joining Forces</tt></tt><br /><tt><tt>12 - Riot Squad - Money Time (Hitfarmers Remix)<br />13 - Hitfarmers ft. Army Of The Pharaohs - Grown Men (Original Version)<br /></tt></tt><br /><tt><tt><br />Download the HITFARMERS - JOINING FORCES Bootleg for free:<br /><br /><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1203140309_2">http://www.ra</span></tt></tt><tt><tt><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1203140309_2"></span><br /></tt></tt>

More Mick Boogie material….

Spectac & Amiri – L.I.F.E.

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For those hardcore North Carolina heads out there, you might remember Spectac as a Justus League affiliate of sorts that dropped an unofficial album with 9th Wonder waaaaay back in the day. Dude was nice on the mic and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, he never really took off and there was even some rumors that he quit the game. Those rumors were put to rest recently on the Lawn message boards, for the Justus League as MIDIMarc p osted up a free album from Spectac and producer Amiri. I have only been able to give this a quick listen, but people into that whole “North Kakalack” sound and positivity (no cursing on this joint) will pr obably dig th is project.

Spectac’s Myspace
01 Just Wasting Time
02 HelloGoodbye
03 Cross The Line
04 Hee Haw
05 Life
06 Lady
07 Dreams
08 Gone In 60
09 Lines
10 Snitch
11 Jealousy
12 Baby Boy
13 Fluety Loops
14 Right Now
15 Mythology
16 This Is It

More goodness found on The Lawn, what can I say, they have good music posted up there that I usually dig. I’m not familiar with DJ Paradime, but I am familiar with DJ Forge an d dude is pretty nice when it comes to making mixtapes. This one I can vouch for, I gave it a listen last night and this morning. Very good music and some exclusives. Worth checking out

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