While uploading the DXA/Kevin Nottingham presented mixtape “Continued Progression” to my Ipod last week I was pleasantly surprised by the first track that randomly blared through my Bose speakers. While I have yet to find anything around the internet regarding the track’s artist, Need Not Worry, other than THIS, I gotta’ say this remix is one of the finest examples of capturing the essence of true Golden Era production in recent memory! I mean, the production on this joint is insane, and yet on the same token I’m not sure whom I need to give props to? Although, I might add that Need Not Worry bares an eerie vocal resemblance to AZ. Check this one out for yourself, and hit me in the comments if you can offer me any additional info on this track. -XO
The self-titled cut from XO’s free LP, “1.1.10″ starts the album off with a blast thanks to the marvelous groundwork laid by producer/emcee Oddisee. If any of you have been following the site for the last two months or so, I’m sure you’re wondering with all the ink that Detroit/DMV artists have been receiving from us, if those are the areas that we seem to cover. Not the case, it’s just that these cats have been consistently unveiling dope material on what feels like a monthly basis. I gotta’ admit though, with Oddisee handling production on 1/3 of “One.One.Ten”, it only makes you wonder what a full album of Oddisee would have sounded like underneath XO’s forceful, pull-no-punches delivery. Plus, I still gotta’ give the nod to last year’s “Realmatic” over “One.One.Ten” on the basis of monster cuts such as “On The Creep” and “Statistic”, still worth the MBs on your spare hard drive though. -Tone Liv
Remember waaaay back when in May of 2007, well not too long ago, but what seems like forever now, I praised the unappreciated and overlooked debut effort from Uncut Raw? “First Toke” which landed at #23 as one of my favorite LPs of the decade, almost looked like a bootleg album to me, simply on the basis on the lame cover-art, yet turned out to be nothing short of pure genius from the duo of Selfish & Fluent. So, here we are in 2010 and the Tone Liv who’s appeared on releases from the aforementioned Uncut Raw, City Slick’s “Antique Black” and Decay’s “Unlikely Hero” and also waves the same Green Llama flag. Tone has also released a few of his own projects such as “Beer for Breakfast” and the “Birth of Doggie Jones”, but it’s his most recent release “Super Hero Sandwhiches” that has really caught my ear. -Eternia
Not quite the bumrush for your ears that “First Toke” was, “Super Hero..” is paced by tracks like the featured posse cut “Combo #2″, along with plenty of twists and turns that make the album quite an interesting experience..to say the least!
Taken from E’s recently released “Get Caught Up” mixtape, “Everything” has ended up sounding just as fresh in 2010 even though, according to the story behind the track, was actually recorded in 2004. Damn, E ain’t playin’ on the M-I-C, imagine a team comprised of Eternia, Jean Grae, Boog Brown and Invincible..my GAWD!! I can’t wait to for the release of the Moss & Eternia’ “At Last” coming sooner than later, I’ve been singing this gal’s praises since since the summer of 2007. Eternia is definitely overdue for some well deserved propers, and “Get Caught Up” was the perfect warm-up from what I’m sure will be a huge hit from Eternia and Moss.
5. “Best Of Times”-Strong Arm Steady f. Phonte
Not considered “new” by any means, “Best Of Times” has been floating around the internet for around a month or so now, yet this past week was the first time I’ve had to fully enjoy the Madlib-produced “In Search Of Stoney Jackson”. I don’t think that this album was composed as a “Madlib in the studio/Strong Arm Steady in the booth” effort, per se, but more as a “J. Rocc gave us close to 200 Madlib beats to pick from” ordeal. Shoot, whatever the case, I might add that over the last 30 days, “In Search Of Stoney Jackson” has been one of, if not the most pleasant listen and will continue to be, as I’m havin’ a helluva’ time making room for anything else on my Iphone. Damn, “In Search Of..” just flows so damn nicely, I plan on giving the album it’s full “propers” later this week as I’m sure I’ll still be bumpin’ the hell out of it til’ then!