It’s been awhile since I’ve conjured up one of this “weekly” lists, which is unfortunate, because some good tracks have been glossed over. I keep track of these, but just don’t get them up on here when I should. I’m sure you all will get over and forgive me. It was all I could do to make myself sit down on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon and type this up.
Anyway, here it is, with my own tastes plastered all over these tracks, meaning they might not be the most popular cats making music, but I dig it, so that’s all that matters.
Does anyone else think this cat, Diz Gibran, sounds like Lord Finesse? Maybe he’s not as nice on the mic as Finesse, but his vocal tone and delivery is almost dead on. The production on “Once Again” packs one of those hidden banging bass lines that you don’t hear unless you have some nice headphones or a nice set up in the ride. The vocal sample adds a nice eerie flavor to the track. I can’t stop playing it.
Download his free project, Soon You’ll Understand. http://diznmoon.com/
My man Eric beat me to punch in letting the world know about the dopeness of “The Touch”, but that’s alright, as this song needs to be heard. A light string sample
Unfortunately, there is not a lot on this free EP, but this is some GREAT music. Produced by Sci-Fi (who you might remember doing some production for Tha Connection) out of Scotland, this three man group out of Washington DC just brings the classic hip hop sound.
1. The Touch – PROD SCI-FI
2. Get The Job Done – PROD —–
3. WYWF – PROD SCI-FI
4. Three Ears – PROD —–
5. Astound You – PROD ???
The Strange Journey album is moving like most albums that I listen to over and over again. Every other week, I have a new favorite track. Lately, it’s been “Hypnotized”. Tonedeff makes an appearance, which is more than enjoyable. All three MCs bring their sense of humor to the board, which is always a plus with me and Tone’s verse is one for anyone that has been shot down.
Anyone else waiting for that long delayed Chico & The Man album that is reportedly supposed to drop this year?
This is your wake up call. If you haven’t listened to PDP’s “Motion, Not Emotion” EP (which is for free, so you have no excuse), you really need to. This is another album that is going through the motions of having a favorite track every few weeks.
Trav’s Favorite Songs
Stress Filled Days, Might Blow Up, Ain’t Hard To Make a Million Dollars, Stealer’s Wheel, Better Off Dead, Motion Not Emotion
If you download it (and this is a totally legit download) and you like it, hit up them up and purchase a hard copy, you know those disc things that you can play in those disc thing players. Or just cop a shirt….either or.
01- Stress Filled Days [04:11]
02- Might Blow Up [03:50]
03- Aint Hard To Make a Million Dollars [04:25]
04- A Quarter Milli [00:38]
05- Sawbucks and Fins Ft ESH [04:33]
06- Stealers Wheel [03:30]
07- Elmer’s Lament Ft Labeless Illteligence [04:03]
08- Celebrity Rehab [03:39]
09- Way With Words [04:36]
10- Better Off Dead [03:42]
11- Static [04:20]
12- Motion Not Emotion [05:56]
5. Rhymefest – RNQ
I’m kinda of surprised I don’t see more mentioned about “RNQ”, since it’s a Primo beat. Am I late on this or something? None the less, Rhymefest keeps delivering and could start making me think my normal choice of Royce being the best straight up MC currently in the game. Primo keeps doing what Primo does, and that’s just bring the heat. Guru, you hearing this? Say your sorry or whatever it is you need to do to get back in the studio with Premier and we’ll forgive you for that crap that you just released.
01. Who is Che? [Intro]
02. Coolness [prod. by Scram Jones]
03. Native Tongue Medley Pt 1 [prod. by Scram Jones]
04. Native Tongue Medley Pt 2 [prod. by Scram Jones]
05. Native Tongue Medley Pt 3 [prod. by Scram Jones]
06. Deal’s A Deal (ft CL Smooth & Haffa) [prod. by Blick & Scram Jones]
vs Big Daddy Kane [prod. by Scram Jones]
08. Think About It! (ft Sadat X) [prod. by Scram Jones]
09. Tender Thug (ft Mike Payne) [prod. by Animal House]
10. SuperSonic (Chucky Cheese) [prod. by Scram Jones]
11. Wup Your Ass (Nice Peter) [prod. by Nice Peter]
12. Pulls Me Back [prod. by Matrax]
13. Party 4 Free (ft Gregg Nice) [prod. by Scram Jones]
14. Overpaid Lover [prod. by Scram Jones]
15. Exodus 5.1 [prod. by Animal House]
16. Goin In ( ft Queen Latifah) [prod. by Dub Sonata]
17. Memory Lane (ft. Doo Wop, Scram Jones & Nature) [prod. by Scram Jones]
18. Rhyme Slow, Rhyme Quick (ft Scram Jones) [prod. by Scram Jones]
19. Prove Myself (ft Haffa) [prod. by Scram Jones]
20. RNQ (Rhymefest) [prod. by DJ Premier]
I’ve never been one to proclaim myself a big Living Legends fan. I actually find myself struggling to stay awake most of the time I listen to them, but “Teach Me The Way”, is the second great song that The Grouch has been apart of in the past year. It’s got the classic “Slick Rick shakers”, for the lack of the technical term along with a great sampled hook.
Produced by The S Ence, I love production like the shit found on “Feelin’ Us”. It gives me the same feeling that I had the first time I heard Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “The Creator”. Then you throw in the chopped horn sample and it’s bound to find it’s way on my year end list. The MAGr crew is down with Zilla Rocca’s Beat Garden movement, who always manage to throw some bangers out.
8. Adrain Champion – Ms. Doorbell (Mos Def + White Stripes)
While I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened to a White Stripes album from start to finish in one setting, I do admire their interesting sounds that accompany their music. Since I’m can’t say I’ve ever heard the original White Stripes song that this is based on, I’m not sure if it’s a sample or a “mash up”, which I’m not usually not a fan of. Whatever it may be, I totally diggin’ this track and the whole entire project by Adrian Champion. I’m a big fan of any producer that can hook up a nice rock sample in a song and he does this quite well. I’d also like to dedicate this song to…….oh hell, you know who you are.
Download the entire project here: http://starsandstripesproject.com/
Mr. Lif returns with a his own unique sound and delivery. To lazy to go get my copy of this CD, I can’t recall right off hand who produced “Folklore,” but I’m digging it. This dude Dumbtron sounds awful familiar (I’m being sarcastic, no need to light up the comments telling me how dumb I am, at least not because I don’t know who it is), kinda of like one of my favorite MCs on the scene at the moment and another nice MC from J-Ville. Vinnie is always hit and miss for me, but I think he adds nicely to the track.
Who knew that Damu would sound this nice on the microphone? We all knew that he was a beast on the boards and should be worthy of a top ten producer on the scene right now, but “The Bright Side”, shows Damu can also hold it down on the mic. Not like a lot of producers that sound choppy and uncomfortable behind the mic, Damu is like an old pro as he spits with confidence.
Exile hooked up a great 30′s big band track for “Disturbed”. It sounds like something you would have heard on the last Amy Winehouse album, straight from Mark Ronson’s studio. Sean Price also drops one of the nicer verses I’ve heard from him in the last week or so.
12. Illogic – Violent Verbage
Ill Poetic does his best Bomb Squad imitation on “Violent Verbage”, and we all know how I feel about the Bomb Squad and any that can reduplicate their sound, I love it.
From the 2 Hungry Brother’s mixtape, “My Crew’s All Thinner”, the track “Walk Tall”, by 8thw1 has been a favorite of mine. Mainly due to the smooth production found on the song, the dude 8thw1 sounds much better than the previous projects I had heard him on. Track has been edited (there was a minute long speech at the beginning).
While the jury is still out on that De La Nike thing that was dropped a couple weeks ago, everyone seems to be diggin’ the last track on that project, “Forever”. Of course, the unconventional me is digging the single, “Big Mouf,” just a tad bit more.
I make no bones that I haven’t enjoyed a Talib Kweli project in a very long time and the fact that I rarely mentiond Hi-Tek should say something in itself as well. But damn, I love “Back Again”. The smooth butta track just sounds like something that would have sounded just as dope on their debut album. Now if the whole album sounds like this, I’ll take back everything bad I’ve written about Talib since that album he did with
Madlib a few years back.
It was a quick way to gain my interest, name a song after my own personal favorite year in hip hop, with “88 Soul”. Quamallah is one of the most consistent dudes in hip hop. Consistently dope and consistently slept on. I’m not sure if this track will gain him any new fans, but those of us who are up on this talented cat won’t be disappointed.
17. Nite People – Stage Fright
Nite People have been one of my favorite independent groups since they dropped Daily Living back toward the end of 2007. They are back again with a new album (more to come on that soon), which contains “Stage Fright”, that had me pushing “reverse” over and over again. Armed with an incredible horn sample, “Stage Fright” is bound to get the crew’s name out there more.
I like a good concept track, and “Death Note” by The UFO is as good as they come. The UFO has a drug overdose and takes a trip to hell. There he meets some fallen rap stars and discusses how they would view today’s oversaturated hip hop game. It’s actually a very laid back track, that helps the somber mood that it promotes. This song would have been higher if I would have done some posts earlier.
19. Brown Bag All Stars – Disappointment
This week, my man Kid Hum and Rock The Dub released Offshore Drilling, which featured cats rapping over Hum’s tracks from Fossil Fuel. I’m still getting used to some of the tracks, but this one by far sounds the most naturual. Brown Bag All Stars are a group that have appeared on WYDU multiple times in the past as well (haven’t forgotten about the Spotlight), so it’s got a lot of spins this week.
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1. CY YUNG “AUDOBON”
2. WHYGEE “KLONOPINS”
3. PREZZURE “NEVER SAY NEVER”
4. SUNKEN STATE “GINGIVITIS”
5. BROWN BAG ALL STARS “DISAPPOINTMENT”
6. JUNCLASSIC “ANGST”
7. JOULZ IL “FUEL (MY MICROPHONE)”
8. HELLZ YEA! “RTD ANTHEM”
9. L. CHANES “CHURCH”
10. PUGZ ATOMZ FT. PRIMERIDIAN & AWDAZCATE “THE RIDE”
11. BRAILLE “THINKING SHOES”
12. CY YUNG “CY DE B”
13. BLUE FACE (SKY 7TH & LOU SLEEFE) “50 YEARS”
14. BONUS TRACK: JUNCLASSIC “PASSPORT”
15. BONUS TRACK: SUNKEN STATE “CAVITIES”
The year 2009 might go down as the year of Oddisee. The cat has been everywhere this year, including in one of the best “out of nowhere” releases with his boys as Diamond District. Armed with an ill ODB vocal sample, this is some boom-bap ya in the face type of hip hop. Nothing more, nothing less. Loud drums and ill samples, sometimes that’s all you know for a classic hip hop song.