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Tunes From the Inbox

by Travis on August 22, 2008

Three recent albums that were sent to me for consideration to be included on the site. I’m not going to lie and say I feel everything I post. True, WYDU is a pretty good reflection of the kind of music I’m feeling, but I also realize that my tastes and views aren’t the only ones out there. I like to add some variety that other people might feel, even if something isn’t necessarily my thing. That said, all three of these albums are enjoyable and worth at least a listen. Hip hop is so saturated right now, and trust me, I probably realize better than most people that there is too much music out there. I have more stuff sent to me and albums to listen to than I can even imagine. But all three of these are worth the time to sit down and listen to. I’m not saying they are for everyone, but I know there will be people out there feelin’ at least one of these. That said, on to the show…

Originally from Boston, MA and currently live in Orlando, Drect is a young MC coming up that has an unique sound, which is a refreshing attribute to have. He is also an budding entrepreneur, as he’s the CEO of Grind Time Recordings. In the 2007 World Rap Championships he garnered a 2nd place in ATL Division.

“My aim is to make original and creative music without coming out as corny. I just want to relate to people while being able to do me at the same time. An artist without versatility is hardly an artist at all.”

Don’t Need A Mask

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Kev Turner

I don’t know much about Kev Turner, other than he is from the the Philly/Jersey area and his MC style lives up to the name of the mixtape; Straight RAW. It’s straight up raw east coast hip hop, something that is kind of loss in today’s gloss and floss “dunn” music coming out of the east coast. Fans of the traditional east coast sound should check this album out. “I’m A Star” is one of those joints I can play over and over.

Kev Turner – The Straight Raw Mixtape

01 Intro (prod by J-Slant)
02 Bossin (prod by Sebmaestria)
03 Hard Rhymes Hard Hittin (prod by J-Slant)
04 From da Six-o
05 Hard at Work (prod by J-Slant)
06 Heavy Traffic
07 Mighty K
08 Truly Unstoppable (prod by J-Slant)
09 Spit Dat Crack
10 I’m a Star (prod By J-Slant)
11 The Big Payback
12 Get Down (prod by The Producer Z)
13 Git Deal Wit
14 Turn My Music Up (prod by J-Slant)
15 Hit Em Kev (prod by The Soundprophets)
16 Speed Of Light (prod by J-Slant)
Black Element album coming out on September 18th, 2008 called A Major Minority. I have a TON of new music to release before A Major Minority even drops (September 18th) and I will be dropping 3 MP3s to be dropped Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next 3 weeks. This segment is called Missing ELements and it’s showcasing myself and the producers who have put so much time and effort in this project, not to mention promote the album. The tracks which will be part of this Missing ELement segment are NOT on the album, but they are album quality tracks. I understand you are extremely busy, but if you could post these MP3s as timely as possible it would be greatly appreciated by me– due to the fact that timing is everything with this project’s promotion. So, attached I have the first leak, along with a promo graphic (which i have 9 of), thank you for your time and enjoy the music!

Black ELement – Ride It Out (Produced by Rami Afuni)

Whenever an animal is backed into a corner or it’s life is threatened, we have the instinct to fight back. The instinct is to survive and with war plaguing our nation over the last 40+’s years with ImAMajorMinority: pointless conflicts we as a people finally begin to seek for change. From generation to generation, though the technology of the weapons has changed the result and heartache stays the same. Families having loved ones fighting for a guy whose a million miles away, just so his son’s trust fund can get a little bigger. War no matter the time, it effects us the same way until we can’t take it anymore, until we ride out!

Missing ELements #2:
Ever since I first gripped the mic, people have been trying to tell me what I can or cannot do AND how I should spit over beats. Eventually, I realized 99% of these doods don’t know what the fuck they are talking about! When I was Sixteen years old I met Talib Kweli and dood changed the whole direction of how I approached music with just two simple words– “Do you.” So, I’m going to do whatever I want with music. If I feel a like making a heavy metal track– i’m going to do it. Fuck the naysayers…I don’t need Confirmation!”
Black ELement – Confirmation (prod. 6th Sense):

BONOUS: Black ELement – The Itis (prod. 6th Sense):


Exclusive 6 song preview of upcoming album Ill Bill Album…..

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YouTube video of Bill talking about the album:

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Fat Beats has just released a six-song sampler for this cross-genre epic, appropriately entitled The Hour Of Reprisal, which is set to drop September 16th. The sampler highlights the myriad sounds and flavors that have influenced ILL BILL ranging from edgy metal guitar parts to the raw hip-hop beats and production seen on every featured track. An ILL BILL verse has never been an aimless journey through 16 bars, but rather a threatening configuration of worldview, conspiracy theories, street corner politics and real-life experiences, and this album is no exception. Topics such as the war in Iraq, the unsettling and disturbing subject of racism, the senseless shootings at Virginia Tech University, the state execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams and countless others surface, minus any air of exploitation, but with a slash of brutal awareness of challenging times.

About the album: The highly anticipated second solo album from Brooklyn’s independent hip hop kingpin ILL BILL is finally scheduled for release on the Uncle Howie/Fat Beats label on September 16th, 2008. The former Non Phixion member and current La Coka Nostra riot-starter has surgically crafted a fine masterpeice featuring guest shots from Raekwon The Chef, Immortal Technique, La Coka Nostra, B-Real, Necro, Tech N9ne, Bad Brains, DJ Muggs, Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly, DJ Premier, Vinnie Paz and More.

Track Listing:
1. Babylon feat. Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage
2. Doomsday Was Written In An Alien Bible
3. Trust Nobody
4. A Bullet Never Lies feat Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks
5. White Nigger
6. My Uncle
7. Riya feat. HR and Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains
8. War Is My Destiny feat. Immortal Technique and Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly
9. Society Is Brainwashed
10. This Is Who I Am
11. Too Young feat. HERO and Slaine of La Coka Nostra
12. Pain Gang feat. B-Real of Cypress Hill and Everlast of La Coka Nostra
13. U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer)
14. Coka Moshiach feat. Raekwon The Chef
15. The Most Dangerous Weapon Alive
16. Soap
17. I’m A Goon
18. Only Time Will Tell feat. Necro, Tech N9ne and Everlast of La Coka Nostra

Slowly, the west is starting to make some noise once again. Of course there is The Game that is dropping soon, my favorite west coast MC, Ras Kass just dropped earlier this month. It’s a good thing to have a strong west coast for us hip hop fans, it gives us even more variety in the music we are exposed to. This album was sent to me by the MC himself, going by the name of C-San. For every album I post up, there are probably five that don’t make it. As I mentioned before, I’m not trying to be a dick and I post up albums that sometimes I don’t necessarily care for simply for the reason I don’t want my personal tastes to dominate the site. With that being said, I was impressed with this free album. The cat has a nice flow and delivery and really rides over the soulful tracks. He has that west coast swagger, yet still shows the hunger and desire of a young MC. There is a lot of potential here.

C-San – The Birth

01. Intro Ft Three1zero
02. Alive Ft. Kent Jamz
03. LA Life Ft. sleezy and Casey V
04. Rocking With Us
05. Whole World Fading
06. Im Back
07. Jose(Miami Vice SKit)
08. Miami Vice
09. The Weekend
10. My Crew So Live
11. Grim Reaper
12. Darkness
13. Gold Digger
14. The Life We Live
15. Domination
16. Respect Ft Akon
17. The Hustle Ft Kent Jamz
18. Outro


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