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“B-Side Wins Again” Eric’s “Most Played For The Week”

by Eric C. on November 21, 2009

1. “Thing For Your Girlfriend”-Royce Da 5′ 9″ f. K Young

With each passing listen, “Street Hop” starts to sound better to me.  When the album first dropped…well, needless to say, I wasn’t all that impressed.  However, I’ve been making quite a few 3-hour treks to the opposite side of the state on a weekly basis for the last month or so and I must say this is one of those rare cases where an album sounds better in the ride than in the headphones.  Honestly, there’s no way in hell that I should even remotely like “Thing For Your Girlfriend”.  Even worse, I think that I bypassed the whole track the first time that I listened to “Street Hop”, being that the first minute or so is a “promo” of sorts for “Hoe Jack” (listen, you’ll see).  Also, I can see where you can start to wonder if this is a K Young track as you tend to stay on the edge of your seat anticipating a few venomous bars from the Nickel Nine only to hear the continuous crooning.  Oddly enough, I enjoy it, call me crazy but this is my 2009 “Fu*king You Tonight” , of course, you should already know what I’m referring to when I speak of the original.

If you’re searching for the lyrical Royce we all know and love, keep searching.  Of course there are plenty of notable one-liners and metaphors sprinkled throughout “Thing For Your Girlfriend”, but it’s the Denaun Porter production that will really have your neck-snappin’ and your feet tappin’. I may lose a few readers for this selection, but fu*k it..why front?

2. “Lost One”-Danny!

Yes sa’, Dart and I have been raving about Danny! for quite sometime now (nearly two years). While other nameless “bloggers” continue to write this cat off as another Kanye offspring, “Where’s Danny?” will do nothing but make those same dudes look like complete imbeciles.  Sampling, you guessed it, Lauryn Hill’s classic “Lost Ones”, Danny delivers an honest offering that features his own one-of-a-kind, irresistible yet quirky production.  Since Dart beat me to the punch with my favorite track from the album, the Von Pea-assisted “Hoedown Showdown”, I had to settle for the second best thing.  I don’t wanna’ break down “Where’s Danny?” in it’s entirety for you just yet, as this album has stayed on repeat.  I’m sure you’ll be hearing and reading plenty more from this album in just a few days.  Also, peep Dart’s write-up as Danny! also made his list as one of the most anticipated artists to drop material in the forthcoming year.


3. “Someday”-Crown Nation

Yes, the random tweet that you see above is from some  jackass, namely me, who upon previewing Crown Nation’s (Denmark Vessey & Quelle) forthcoming LP, “Slutbag Edition” wasn’t too awestruck.  You see, the problem (not really) that occurred last night, was that I bumped “Slutbag…” after three consecutive listens to Danny’s “Where Is Danny!”, and damnit that album is REALLY good.  However, not quite up to snuff with the new Danny?, Crown Nation still has got some sh*t for datazz (c) GangStarr.  No need to keep rambling, peep Crown Nation listed as Dart’s number one act to look out for in 2010 HERE.  Sh*t, I even “Dart Adam’sd” (see the new XXL “Top 100″ list to get the gist of that one..) Crown Nation’s moniker in the tweet, but don’t sleep on this duo, Dart really hipped us to some sh*t with these cats!  The “D”(etroit) strikes once again, when is that talent pool gonna’ dry up?

4. “Before This”-Del & Tame One

Whomever linked up the Artifacts’ Tame One and S.O.M. (Souls Of Mischief, dummy) alum Del needs to get a pat on the back.  You would think, with both artists emerging from opposite ends of the country that their collaborative LP, “Parallel-Uni Verses” (ahh, you liked that build-up, huh?) just might not work….wrong!!  This LP is surprisingly, well…not really, GOOD!  Could you even imagine the amount of acid tabs that where digested throughout the recording sessions for this album?  I gotta’ give it to be Del and Tame, both of these cats have remained relevant for nearly a decade and a half, with neither experiencing much of a decline lyrically.

Produced by Parallel Thought (as is the whole album), “Before This” features a  breezy yet somewhat elegant backdrop that finds Del and Tame giving all you new jacks a quick rundown of their respective histories.  If you haven’t peeped the album just yet, don’t make the assumption that Tame and Del haven’t “adjusted” to Hip Hop’s ever-changing landscape.  Like Primo said “underground hip hop acts are like roaches, always livin’, never dyin”.

5. “2013″-Mr. SOS

Anyone remotely familiar with Cunninlynguists’ “Southernunderground”, should be well acquainted with Mr. SOS’s lyrical prowess.  After parting ways with the crew, and after dropping two solo mixtapes and an EP, Mr. SOS offered up a full length album the lengthy-titled, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” which was released in June, yet I never heard anything about the release prior to last week.

By opening the album with talk of the end of the world, Mr. SOS provides a somewhat nerve-racking look into what the future holds. Wasting no time after doomsday, the second track, “2013″, featuring production from Ricky Raw, opens with SOS repeatedly chanting “start it over again” over a soothing keyboard loop prior to talk of the earth’s demise.  With suggestions that SOS sees the world’s finale arriving sooner than later.

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Travis November 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

You and Dart could be the presidents of the Danny fan club hahaha….me, I still don’t get it the fascination with the cat, so count me in with the “nameless other bloggers”….

I played that SOS a lot when first came out, I’m going to have to break it out again…

Been meaning to check that Crown Nation…

khal November 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Trav – you might wanna check the Danny! shit out, at least this album. Alex Goose produced all of it, I believe, and he has some ill beats on it.

Vincent November 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

If you ever find the Parallel Thought instrumentals for that album , then please let me know ASAP!

Dart November 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

@khal: Alex Goose is a beast & he’ll be on my January producers list.

@Travis: You should hear “Where’s Danny”. It’s bananas. I’ll see what I can do about the Crown Nation unless Eric already took care of you.

@Vincent: Parallel Thought needs to drop at least a double album full of instrumentals


Travis November 21, 2009 at 4:25 pm

One of the cats (Denmark I think) hit me up at my email, and I said I was interested in hearing it, but never heard back from him

Eric November 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

You mean Danny! didn’t do the beats??

parallel thought November 21, 2009 at 10:53 pm

hey thanks for the support regarding the “parallel uni-verses” project, the instrumentals were just handed in to the label last week, so they should be available soon

Marty November 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

Yeah, it was mostly Alex Goose.

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