1. “White Drapes”-Mos Def
Taken from From Michael Sterling Eaton’s upcoming album, “Mictape Vol. 1″, “White Drapes” just may possess what is my favorite production this year. “White Drapes” is intended to serve as a trailer of sorts for Eaton’s forthcoming contribution, but I hope it pans out to be an inclusion on the album. If not? What a waste….it’s hard not to nod along with this cut. “-Dibiase & Pudge
“-Dibiase & Pudge
While this track may or may not be “news” as “Smoke Over” served as Dart’s favorite cut a couple of weeks ago, this Dibiase & Pudge-blessed track has been a constant in my Ipod and car since it’s release. Fueled by a neck-jerking bassline that sounds like (really) someone is trying to escape from your trunk, “Smoke Over” is the first in a series of 10 10’s from LA based producers, a simple premise of 2 producers on each record every month starting from January 2010. Accurately described as the offspring which lies somewhere between J Dilla and Ras G, Dibiase is admittedly one of the more slept on producers out there who surely has some heat up his sleeve for the new decade.
I know, right? Hot Like Summer? Just doesn’t feel right that I’d just now catch on to this track in the dead of the winter after discovering it via DJ SAV ONE and his clever recap of the year that was, “Coming Up in ’09″ (not to mention, the tracks included on the year-end mixtape that I also slept on such as Homeboy Sandman’s “Angelz With Dirty Faces” and Action Bronson’s “Imported Goods”). Despite the oversight, I’ve always been particularly fond of the lyrical musings of Saukarates, especially his tracked that rolled during the outro credits of “The Boiler Room”, “Money Or Love”, but yet I don’t know what his exact intention is with this clip. Nevertheless, “Hot Like Summer” boast a haunting production from Tone Mason that only increases the anticipation for the (former/current?) Gillahouse affiliate Saukrates’ forthcoming LP, “Season One”. If there’s more of this and less of the music included in the promo video, I’m in!
Dude is just butter on hot bread lyrically, a two minute “donut” over an ill flute sample. But why do cats keep stating that this is inclusive on the recently released “Kimbo Price” mixtape? Not that I can find, anyway…By the way, is that Reef up in the video?
If you haven’t already, peep Dart’s take on the album HERE. While I don’t know if I would give the album a “Mos Def” (to each his own), if the full length would have showcased more of “Time Kills” (f. Sene), I’d be all in. Produced entirely by Erik L and Illingsworth, “Northern Connection” showcases the marvelous beat-stylings of both producers, as well as lyricists from the US and Sweden. For “Time Kills” the duo politics with Sene, who has been popping up EVERYWHERE (and KILLING sh*t, nonetheless) as of late for a track that production-wise reminds me alot of Invincible “Sledgehammer” from her album, “ShapeShifters”. The album is now available via Itunes, and while there are a few tracks included that aren’t to my peculiar liking, I wouldn’t have to argue a purchase, if for anything, “Time Kills” is such a dope track (one of my top 10 for the year, for sure) it’s nearly worth the pick-up alone.
Anyone else recall hearing Basic Vocab’s “Come Get With It” take an episode of “Entourage” to it’s close the season before last? Even though it’s been a minute, as Basic Vocab’s last effort, “The General Dynamic” dropped nearly 4 (!) years ago. Good to see this trio back on the map, but it’s even better to hear their latest offering “Prescription” (the second track released from the new album) which paves the way for their forthcoming LP, “The Better Way”. Essentially, an ode to their “field” of choice, “Hip Hop”, this track is fueled by an airy simple and the simplest of beat flips that arrives nearly the three-minute mark and takes the track to a close on a positive note.
7. “Lose Control”-Rashid Hadee
If you don’t already have it by now, Hadee dropped a dope ass re-working of Ye’s “808s & Heartbreak” back near the finish of summer titled “808s & Hadee” (someone shoot me a link if you got it, the UserShare jawn is down EVERYWHERE..). This is his take on Ye’s “Say You Will”, chopped to pieces and improving on the original. Simply put, Hadee is THAT DUDE, I haven’t heard a piece of wackness from him yet! Hadee, when’s the next solo album droppin’? C’mon Man.. (c) LL Cool J
There he goes again, this time the aforementioned Sene links up with 1/3 of Tanya Morgan,Von Pea for a clever take on relationships and the female species. And I gotta’ say, the duo of Von Pea and Sene go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly. I know that the trio of Tanya Morgan is fine and dandy, but if they ever need a fourth? Well, I’m just sayin…The first single from the Flawless Hustle project “Stay Flawless” is a dream and a treat – Sene and Von Pea linked up for some serious fury, trading verses over a head-nodding, string-driven banger. “Stay Flawless” also includes guest spots from: Prince Po, Jake One, Madlib, L.I.F.E. Long, D.Black, Vanderslice, Mike Schpitz, Zilla Rocca, Has-Lo, SK, Fatal Lucciauno, Spaceman, Curly Castro, Chill Moody, IllumiNessence, and many more.
I told my wife I want her to play this track each time I walk into a room. Just kidding, but being that so much dopeness has emerged from the “D”, it’s only right that the strongest track on Oddisee’s recently released intrumental “Travelling Man” is an ode to the place that gave us J Dilla. As a musician, life is often lived on the road. Each city leaves its imprint on the artist as they develop their craft. Touring, recording, and keeping up with friends and family took Oddisee beyond his hometown of Washington DC to Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. From cities like East Africa’s Khartoum in Sudan, to cosmopolitan jaunts like Paris & Tokyo. The influence of these travels can be heard on every one of the 24 tracks included on “Traveling Man”.
Each track was produced while Oddisee stayed in the city it was titled after. The result is a 24 city sonic tour of the world. Listen as Oddisee guides you through his instrumental journey around the globe. Visit the lonely winter streets of Detroit, festive San Francisco, hypnotic Khartoum – or let your swagger loose with the theme music of Chicago or the bounce of South Central. Oddisee sees the world, so that you can hear it.
10. “One Thing”(usershare)-Freeway & Jake One f. Raekwon
Damn, what a clever packaging idea! I haven’t had the urge to cop a physical CD in a minute, but judging from the video above, it’s hard not to wanna’ get your fingers on Jake & Free’s forthcoming (Feb. 16th) LP, “The Stimulus Package”. While the most recent “leak”, “One Thing” features the always effective lyrical stylings of Raekwon, the subject matter (snitches) found on “One Thing” is like beating a dead horse. Yet, the clever sample selection courtesy of Jake One, makes “One Thing” a must for your headphones.