Back with the part two of my recent listening habits, which I know you’ve alllll been waiting for quite eagerly. My listening patterns have been kind of weird this year. I’ve been doing a lot of work from home this year (read: I’ve been laid off) so I don’t have my iPod connected to my ears seven out of the eight work hours each day. That means I’m not listening to as many albums. I’ve been listening to a lot of separate tracks and the such. I’ll get back into the albums (but those are basically loose collection of single tracks anyway anymore) and I’m listening to a few while I’m playing Madden or working on sorting out my collection or cataloging what I own. For now though, some decent tracks floating around out there.
City Haze - Lost In Tokyo
Some might disagree, but for me, this was the rebirth of the RZA I grew up loving. Okay, maybe it’s just a brief appearance of the old RZA, but it’s got that Wu-ish sound to it. You know the sound, a beat that sounds like it could be on the soundtrack for a Kung-Fu flick. It’s slow, deliberate and plodding oriental sounds lace up the feeling and the new comer (to me at least) City Haze works his magic over it. This City Haze cat sounds like someone to be on the look out for, especially if he is bringing more producers like classic RZA to the table.
X.O. – 1.1.10
Oddisee continues to run a muck on other hip hop producers in the year 2010. No one can argue with the hot streak the DC producer is on, dropping a couple hot projects this year already (Traveling Man and Odd Winter). On “1.1.10,” he hooks up with fellow Diamond District member, .X.O, to craft up a piano beat that is top notch. A mellow piano loop provides the main soundscape as X.O. is at his best rhyming over the quality beat. This has the potential to be one of my favorite beats of the year, hands down.
Chapter Thrive & Ryan Stinson – By My Side
Some of you might remember the group Alphaghetto, that I pumped up on WYDU last summer. Well this is Alphaghetto group, minus the name. Now just known as Chapter Thrive & Ryan Stinson, the duo hooks up a somber yet dope track in “By My Side.” With Ryan Stinson on the beats, the song contains a somewhat dark feel as he hooks up a somewhat haunting vocal sample. This is all over a hammering drum break that works well with all the other elements that are involved in it. Chapter Thrive delivers his words that work perfectly with the feel and ambiance of the beat. I can see where some cats might say this is too emotional, but I’m digging the mood of the song.
Murs & 9th Wonder - 3:16 Part Two
The first Murs & 9th was great, the second album was…ehh. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t up to par with the first neither. For me, this kind of came out of nowhere. I probably heard they were doing something together again but just forgot about. Then “3:16 Part 2,” dropped and I was rather impressed with the end result. Murs is pretty consistent lyrically, you know what you are going get and he delivers on the track. 9th Wonder is the one that isn’t always the most consistent, he’s had his ups and downs over the past few years. The beat on this though is the 9th Wonder I want to hear. It’s classic 9th.
Outasight - Catch Me If You Can
A fellow blogger told me about Outasight’s “Catch Me if You Can,” which is produced by 6th Sense. I don’t know much about Outasight. I have a project or two sitting on my hard drive which I have yet to listen to yet, but after hearing this song, I need to get to them. It’s got some shades of some of the rock influenced Mos Def projects, but its’ that vibe that really gets me. It’s got that rock feel to it, but it’s done creatively enough to not be overly corny.