This week I’ll be reviewing ten new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Aspect One “Vibe Over”, Big Noyd “Queensbridge Chronicle”, Corrine Bailey Rae “The Sea”, Dibiase & P.U.D.G.E “Los Angeles Series 1/10”, Erik L & Illingsworth “Northern Connection”, K-Murdock “Piano-Rama”, Marv Won “Wayne Fontes Music”, Oddisee “Traveling Man”, RJD2 “The Colossus” and DJ Trackstar & Vandalyzm “Vandalyzm Is Not The Father″. For those of you unfamiliar to my review blog format, I don’t rate albums on a scale or assign them a numerical value out of 5 or 10, instead I merely answer the all important question of “Is it worth buying or not?”. Here’s how my recently revised “Cop It Or Not” ratings system breaks down below:
Opinions be damned. This particular project has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and should come with a Surgeon General’s warning and/or a biohazard sticker. It should only be handled by hazmat teams or bomb/demolition squads. To quote Common & Canibus, this album is your worst nightmare squared.
Oh No! This CD is a drink coaster/table balancer/doorstop/gerbil/hamster room divider/frisbee/discus/makeshift shield/last ditch choice for a visor/alternate shuriken choice. Sell this shit to whoever is dumb enough to buy it from you.
Maeby (Maybe)! Depending on your own set of personal preferences you might like this joint. Give it a listen first to see if it’s in your lane or not.
Mos Def! Cop the album when it drops…’Nuff said! Rest In Eternal Peace to Prince AD AKA Killa Sha & Apache
Best Jawns: Invasion, 1215, You Send Me, After Sex, Vita, Because, Tainted Love, Can’t Go For That, Swerve, Concert, Sparkle, Emeralds, Rock With U, Falling, One Melody, Fire, Livestream, Fling, Little Children, Forgotten, If This World Were Mine, GreenGlitch and Hanging On Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: This instrumental project punched me in the face from my first listen. Last year’s “Vibe Ready” really announced to the coming of Aspect One but “Vibe Over” states that he’ll be here to stay. If you’re a beat head or just a Hip Hop fan in general you need this is your life. Mos def
Best Jawns: Queens Chronicle, All I Got To Say, The Rules, Kilo Rap, Dreams, Pokerface, Money Time and Livin The Life Meh: Queensbridge Thuggin’, Where My Gz, QB Duo, Testify and New York Lights Hot Garbage: Get It Done Dart’s Take: This album was boring as hell to me. Lyrically, it’s a’ight. Production wise? A’ight. Overall, it’s a mediocre ass album and life’s too short to be bumpin’ mediocre ass albums. Maybe.
Best Jawns: Are You Here, I’d Do It All Again, Feels Like The First Time, The Blackest Lily, Closer, Love’s On Its Way, I Would Like To Call It Beauty, Paris Nights/New York Mornings, Paper Dolls, Diving For Hearts and The Sea Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: Corrine Bailey Rae experienced some real life heartache after her last successful album dropped and needless to say her new project “The Sea” has been well worth the years we waited for her re-up. This album is a monster and I can’t wait for the new Sade to drop (no FWMJ). I give “The Sea” a mos def easy.
Best Jawns: WTF, Thrilla Time Slime, Spacely Sprocketts, I Pity The Fool, Intro, Satta Marijuana, Blips Ahoy Mate, Afrilude, AwnMyDawn, Arab Incense and Smoke It Over Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: Dibiase & P.U.D.G.E completely murdered this instrumental project. Murdered it. It’s sickening like Monique’s unshaken legs…or Gucci Mane, period. Find it. Cop it. Play it loud. Another mos def.
Best Jawns: Northern Connection, Shogun Assasins, Galaxy Express, The Warriors Did It, Musical Addiction, Time Kills, Acirfa (Eve’s Dance), Reach, VSOP, Let’s Get It, Love Of Music, Planet Of Peace, Trifecta Would You Believe, Red Snow and Y Stop Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: Illingsworth & Erik L of Detroit CYDI dropped an ill album that will no doubt go under the radar in 2010. All you need to do is seek it out and listen for yourself to realize that quality Hip Hop is still around in abundance…just not on TV or the radio. Highly recommended maybe for “Northern Connection”.
Best Jawns: Intro, Star Seeds, The Chosen, The Up-Rizing, Instro-lude #1 (“Streisand”), A Better Kiss Goodbye, Hello Light, Concrete Jungle, Instro-lude #2 (“IGYB”), Mood Muzik, Tobias aka “A Jazz Tribute”, One Second Pause, Instro-lude #3 (“Mirage”), They Don’t Know, Strangers Are Hard To Find and The Gauntlet Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: I’ve never been big on Panacea. Some of you would want me to relinquish my backpack for saying that but I’d just stab you with a boxcutter if you tried. In any event, K-Murdock is still one of the best producers in the game and he skillfully exhibits why on “Piano-Rama”. I was pleasantly surprised with this entire project from beginning to end. I have to give it a mos def, too. Damn, now I look easy.
Best Jawns: Intro, Feel It, Get It In, What I’m On, Lay It On The Line, Stomp, You Ain’t A Soldier, Mad At Me, Do My Thang, Totally Awesome, Be Careful, Lay Down, Rock-A-Bye & Ways To Go Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: Marv Won dropped “Way Of The Won” last month, a ridiculous collection of unreleased material that shat on several people’s brand new albums. Marv topped that by dropping a proper album of new material that shat on “Way Of The Won” and several artists upcoming albums as well. I posted a link to it up on Bloggerhouse almost two weeks ago and you can just go there to here it for yourselves and purchase it. Yet another mos def.
Best Jawns: Goodbye DC, NYC, Paris, Miami, London, Khartoum, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Brixton, Lagos, Long Beach, Melbourne, Boston, Atlanta, Philly, San Fran, Stockholm, Inglewood, South Central, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, DC and Houston Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: This shit is insane. Just…damn. It just dropped this past Tuesday and my neck still hurts from my first listen. Another mos def.
Best Jawns: Let There Be Horns, Games You Can Win, Giant Squid, Salud, The Glow, A Spaceship For Now, The Shining Path, Crumbs Off The Table, A Son’s Cycle, Tin Flower, Small Plans, Gypsy Caravan, The Stranger & Walk With Me Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: This is a nice return to form for RJD2 as once he “abandoned Hip Hop” and decided to do his own vocals I sort of stopped paying attention to his output. He’s since dropped the Third Hand instrumentals and once I heard “The Colossus” it was hard to front on this excellent album of compositions and instrumentals. Yeah, it gets another goddamn mos def.
Best Jawns: The Flood, Awesome, Get Down, Move On ‘Em, The Matrix, Alone, Dear Moleskine, Fuck Y’all, I’m A G (Not Foreal), I’m On, Yeah Naaw, Untitled, So Disrespectful, Middle Of The Map & Callin’ My Name Meh: N/A Hot Garbage: N/A Dart’s Take: Why even waste any more time? Mos def. D/L it here NOW
Late Passes (For Doz Dat Slept):
Projects I’m Looking Forward To Reviewing Once They Leak…I Mean Drop:
Jay Electronica-Act II: Patents Of Nobility
Jay Electronica-Abracadabra: Let There Be Light
Big Boi-Sir Luscious Leftfoot, Son Of Chico Dusty
Pac Div-Grown Kid Syndrome
Blu-God Is Good
Drake- Thank Me Later
Alchemist & Oh No are Gangrene
Eternia & MoSS- At Last
B.O.B.-The Adventures Of B.O.B.
Billy Danze-Behind Gatez
Statik Selektah & Termanology Are 1982
Lil’ Fame & Termanology-Fizzyology
Phat Kat and Elzhi are Cold Steel
The Beatnuts-The Planet Of The Crates
Ski Beatz-Half Man, Half Amazing
Evidence-Cats & Dogs
Buff1 & Rhettmatic -Crown Royale
Apollo Brown & Boog Brown are UPS-Brown Study
Kidz In The Hall-Land Of Make Believe
DJ Muggs & Ill Bill- Kill Devil Hills
Jay Electronica x Mos Def x Curren$y-Center Edge Territory
Meth x Rae x Ghost-The Wu Massacre One.