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What's New In Dart's iPod #5 AKA The NBA Trade Deadline Edition

by Staff on February 20, 2010

This week I’ll be reviewing six new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: DJ Babu “The Beat Tape Vol. 2″, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime “Someothaship”, Gorillaz “Plastic Beach”,  LMNO “Push That Work”, Madlib “Medicine Show No. 2: Flight To Brazil” and Planet Asia & Gold Chain Military “Chain Of Command”. For those of you new to this blog, 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 patented “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.

Best Jawns: Intro, I Dont C U, K Dub, 2024, Earthfire, No Secret, Sunshine Days, Mr. Lone Lee, Hold The Mark, Sillu, Forever, Here I Am, Nelson’s Cesar Salad, Takeova, Ready, Reneg, Canned E, Do Not Dispute, G Yeah, Strive to Be A Godfather, Ghost Romper Room, Lil Juanito, Shack of Soul, Who Can’t Hear, Blackfoot, Kallen Durr, Mortay, Manferd, What R U Doing, Funkydromedary, I Heart U For All, Finally, Elec Trick Sim Phone, Innernathional Thylee, Phlip The Trac and I’m Gonna Stay

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: DJ Babu of the World Famous Beat Junkies dropped off his first batch of instrumentals back in ’08 and it was ridiculous. In 2010, Babs hit us in the face with almost 40 ridiculous slaps. If you don’t hear these instrumentals and let at least one Ric Flair “Wooo!” go, chances are you’re either deaf, have laryngitis or a Wacka Flacka Flame fan (in which case I feel sorry for your mother). This gets an easy mos def. Cop it on February 23rd.

Best Jawns: Shine On, Connect Game, Heaven or Hell, Get Up GoGo, Endure, Mages Sages II, fOnk 4 U, Rain Down, Pad Kontrol, Boogie, Heaven or Hell (LD Remix) and Endure (Oh No Remix)

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime (AKA Dudley Perkins)’s new project features production from Georgia and Dudley in addition to Black Milk, Oddisee, Flying Lotus and Oh No. Guest appearances from Kool G Rap, Rapper Big Pooh, MED & LMNO helped make this project even more ridiculous than I imagined it’d be based on previous releases by the duo before I even broke the cellophane on the CD packaging. That’s saying a lot given their track record. Mos def. Cop it now digitally on iTunes or physically on Feb 23rd.

Best Jawns: Empire Ants, On Melancholy Hill and Broken

Meh: Orchestral Intro, Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach, White Flag, Rhinestone Eyes, Stylo, Superfast Jellyfish, Glitter Freeze, Electric Shock, Sweepstakes, Cloud Of Unknowing and Pirate Jet

Hot Garbage: Plastic Beach and To Binge (for being 13 minutes long & mediocre)

Dart’s Take: I’ve never been into Gorillaz except for a handful of songs from their earlier days and this album hasn’t changed that any. I can honestly tell you that I feel like I just wasted 70 minutes of my life I could’ve easily spent shaving or doing laundry. I give “Plastic Beach” a well deserved oh no.

Best Jawns: Jump Start, Push That Work, Sound The Horns, Chi Girl, Cali Queen, I’m In, Make A Mark, Long Time Coming, Buzz Kill, It’s Time, Working, Recordmendation and On & On

Meh: Run It and Computer Crashes

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: LMNO is going to release 10 LP’s this year and he’s off to a damn good start already. Production by LD perfectly complemented LMNO’s bars and “Push That Work” is definitely a project you should consider copping if you’re an LMNO (or a Hip Hop) fan. I give “Push That Work” a recommended maybe.

Best Jawns: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Madlib did a blend of Brazilian Samba, Jazz & Funk that makes you want to go to your nearest aquarium, jump in the tank then attempt to German suplex a dolphin or a manatee real quick. I give this a mos def. Cop it provided you actually like music.

Best Jawns: At The End Of The Day, Riding For, GCM Meets ALC, Calzoni, Sadam’s Mansion, All Of The Above, It’s The Chain, Detention, Gold Chain War, Mad As Hell, Chocolate Honeys, Pleasure & Pain, Blood Lust, Organic Food, Back It Up, Chain Of Command and Future Shock

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Planet Asia & his crew Gold Chain Military spit bars over production from big names like Large Professor, DJ Babu, Alchemist & Evidence but the majority of bangers were contributed by Masterkraftsmen. “Chain Of Command” is unfortunately going to end up yet another quality Hip Hop release that’ll get slept on in 2010 while people will line up to cop some wack ass album by some lame bastard. I give this project a recommended maybe in hopes you’ll check it out.


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zippers February 20, 2010 at 10:18 pm

The new gorillaz album that you downloaded is a fake that is made of bsides from their second LP.

Dart February 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Is there any way I can get any space (as in line breaks ) between the pic at the end of the review (i.e. the maybe, oh no or mos def) and the NEXT REVIEW? They’re always too close together and I can never get any space between them. Everything else is fine as is. Thanks.

Vicious February 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm

about the madlib “Cop it provided you actually like music.” haha well said! sometimes i wonder with some people

El Gringo Colombiano February 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Dart, if u need a replacement for “oh no” “person” you can always roll with short track speedskater Apolo Ohno.

Zilla Rocca February 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

Son…that Georgia Ann/Declaime shit is harder than a ninja trying to impress God! (c) Andre Benjamin. This is why I always check your reviews before I cop anything.

Ricky February 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Ricky’s Take: Can’t wait for Babu’s “Beat Tape” and I just copped LMNO’s latest album and definitely think it should be moved up to “Mos Def” status but I feel like he has some better music up his sleeve coming soon (10 freakin albums!!!). The Planet Asia album is sub-par at best…his Gold Chain Military hurt the album

Dart_Adams February 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

@ zippers: I certainly hope so cuz I was fuckin’ bored outta my skull…


wade word February 23, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Dart,I always like your reviews. You are straight-ahead, justify your opinion, and definitely put me on to new stuff I might not ever encounter otherwise. One point of contention: A lot of times, you don’t list the artist or album name in your review. Not every album picture has either of these vital bits of info, so when I’m looking to cop the album/ search for the artist. I am lost.

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