Finally!! Damn, I’ve been waiting on an official MP3 for “The Essence” for nearly 3 months!! If you don’t know, or better yet, haven’t downloaded Boog’s “Grind Season Vol. I” (her mixtape with Illastrate) you need to slap yourself silly. Not only is “Grind Season” one of (if not, THE) best mixtapes to drop just two short months into 2010, it’s also one of the better albums. This sh*t only heightens the anticipation for Boog’s forthcoming LP with Apollo Brown as “U.P.S.”
THIS SHIT IS INCREDIBLE!! The beauty of Last.fm “recommendations” is that it sometimes (not to often), based on the contents of your coinciding Itunes library, Last.fm will stumble upon something as magnificent as Afta-1′s “Honey Dip”. Trust me, if you even remotely like anything you’ve heard from Flying Lotus, Afta-1′s “Aftathoughts” is your piece of cake, even if he could pass as Maxwell’s long-lost brother. With his instrumental album AFTA-1 gives you an opportunity to hear the music again. These aren’t backing tracks, this isn’t a beat tape: this is the soundtrack to your life.
You can find AFTA-1 eight hours in the future. He’s sitting on a supernova, shooting down Pluto moons with love; then running back and laying the track in your lap. Brush the moon dust off your clothes and plug in your speakers for a shape-shifting, time-collapsing, body-breaking, heart-merging experience. Be careful though: “Aftathoughts” will do some SERIOUS damage to your sound system, this album is filled to the rim with bottom!!
-Madlib & Guilty Simpson
-Madlib & Guilty Simpson
Yo, why has Madlib’s “Medicine Show” been receiving so many negative reviews. No Diggedy, Madlib is an obvious talent, and is somewhat of an acquired taste, yet “Medicine..” bangs, for real so I can’t quite comprehend what all the fuss is about. The “Medicine Show” is the first release of a one-a-month, twelve-CD series from Madlib on his own imprint, Madlib Invazion. Odd numbers in the series are original albums by Madlib, even numbers are mixtapes. I can’t wait to see what the future holds, Madlib is one of those cats who will frustrate the hell outta’ you when you’re diggin’. Just when you think you’ve got a “one-of-a-kind” sample, then you realize ‘Lib already implemented it someway, somehow. Good luck finding a leak of “Medicine..”, Stones Throw is one label I gotta’ give it up to, they do a helluva’ job shutting down “loose links” with a quickness!
Bisco Smith aka Bisc1, began to generate a solid following after the release of his 2008 debut album “When Electric Night Falls”. He followed-up “When Electic..” with 09’s “The Strange Love Project”, both the aforementioned albums integrated aspects of New York’s gritty underground Hip-Hop scene that Smith welcomed as both a club DJ and graffiti artist. On his latest release The Broadcast, a more conscious Smith is unveiled, with a different flow with production from J. Vegus. The strongest cut from “The Broadcast”, “Morning Breath” features a nice mesh of electro synths and breakbeats, while Bisc more than holds up his end of the bargain on the lyrical tip.
From the EP of the same name, “Memoirs & Melodies”, featured emcee Thaione Davis returns the favor to Melatone, whom also appeared on “Problems” from Thaione’s (featuring Rashid Hadee) “Still Hear” LP. Produced by Gensu Dean, one could just as easily chalk “Memoirs..” up as any solid piece of material from Hadee, who also produced four of the EP’s seven cuts.
Melatone’s style of emceeing touches on the ministry aspect of Hip-Hop and brings honesty to the forefront over rugged drum patterns courtesy of Dean and Hadee. Raised on the South Side of Chicago and inspired by older cousins who collected records, Melatone feels that it’s more about the music than the individual artist and that it’s time for authentic HipHop to find its way back into the current Industry. Melatone delivers heat with a “No Frills” approach, similar, in fact to Thaione’s memorable “Still Hear”. You can also peep Melatone’s “Pay Attention” E.P. that served as a warm-up for “Memoirs..” by clicking HERE.