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What's New In Dart's iPod #11 AKA Let It Rain

by Staff on April 11, 2010

This week I’ll be reviewing twelve new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Alex B “Moments”,  Diabolic “A Liar & A Thief”, Erik L “The Soularp Suite”, Fatima “Mind Travellin’ EP”, Guilty Simpson & Madlib “OJ Simpson”, Jansport J “MoveMeants”, Knxwledge “Klouds”, Murs & 9th Wonder “Fornever”, Ron Contour (Moka Only) & Factor “Saffron”, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “I Learned The Hard Way”,  Various “Producer No. 2″ and yU “Before Taxes”. 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: At Channel One, Pad 5, Hot Chop, You And I Both Know, Nothing Is Always Something, Kick Drones, Talk It Out, Clicking Away, Getting To Know You, Show Me, Drip Splatter, Waste, Hide Extension, Impressions, Standing On Me, Seriously Again?!?! and Timing Correct

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This year has been full of ridiculous instrumental release and this is yet another one of them. It’s on the trippy, wonky, Dubsteppy side of things moreso than straight up beats but it’s still crazy. If you’re a beathead like I am then you can’t afford to sleep on this one. It dropped on April 6th & I give “Moments” a mos def. Cop it.

Best Jawns: Stand By, Frontlines, Riot, Reasons, Soldier’s Logic, Order & Chaos, I Don’t Wanna Rhyme, Truth Pt. 2, Not Again, Loose Cannon, 12 Shots, In Common, Modern Day Future, Behind Bars, Right Here and Self Destruction

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Diabolic’s album would’ve been reviewed already but the press copy I initially received comprised of nothing but snippets (?). This is a pretty good straight up bars heavy driving Hip Hop album with some political leanings as would be expected with a Viper Records release (It officially dropped on April 6th).

Lyrically this album is tight. Sonically, it sounds reminiscent of a JMT or an AOTP album at points. This is a positive thing and a drawback simultaneously. Overall I give Diabolic’s “Liar & A Thief” a maybe because it’s up to the individual fan @ the end of the day to determine whether or not this is their chamber…

Best Jawns: Electric Dreamland, Push It, Electro Spirit, Ascension, Extrasensory Perception, Disharmonic, Waiting For Contact,  Xirdneh Imij, Play It Loud, Go Hard, Epic Blue, L Kire Planet Soularp and Intruders

Meh: Freaky Deaky and Crisis

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Earlier this year Erik L. dropped the slept on “Northern Connection” with Illingsworth. Back in late March Erik L.’s new project “The Soularp Suite” was released and sonically it was yet another slept on album from Erik L. (Detroit CYDI). More pulsing electronic funk with rhymes from Frank N’ Dank & appearances from fellow Producers You Need To Hear Right Now alum Paul Mac Innnes made this a project worth your scratch if you’re a beathead. Recommended maybe. Seek it out.

Best Jawns: Higher, Warm Eyes, Soul Glo and On The Go

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This has been an eye opening year for vocalists on the beat scene as well. Fatima (Shafiq Husayn, Tettorybad & Floating Points) has captured the attention of the Brainfeeder/Dublab/Redbull Music Academy set as of late for obvious reasons. Her EP makes me eager to her what her finished album is going to sound like.

Production from Dam Funk, VeeBeeO and Funkineven are on point and I give the “Mind Travellin’ EP” another recommended maybe. It dropped back on March 22nd overseas. The sleeper must awaken.

Best Jawns: Prelude, Introduction, Pimp Rap Interlude, New Heights, Karma of a Kingpin, Think Twice Interlude, Coroner’s Music, A Friend’s Help Interlude, Back On The Road Again, Gone Crazy Interlude, Hood Sentence, Preacher’s Wife Interlude, Cali Hills, Something Bad (Intermission One), Something Good (Intermission Two), Scratch Warning ft. Frank, Hold Your Applause Interlude, Outside, Bow Wow Interlude, Mic Check 313, Trendsetters, 100 Styles and Outro

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Guilty Simpson spits brutal bars over equally disgusting Madlib slaps. I fully enjoyed this project, even the numerous interludes that made this a legitimate Madlib invasion in my eyes. I honestly don’t have any other grade to give this overall project but a mos def. I’s now available for purchase @ the Stones Throw site but the physical copy will hit store shelves May 18th.

Best Jawns: Wake Up, The Loneliest Man in Sound, Guard Ya Guns, MoveMeants, Tradition, Too Much, Victory Laps, Triumphant, Conception (Interlude), Conversations, Girl, Lay You Down, Came, Inside Her, Let Us Down, Life and Times, Regrets (Be Ourselves), Holding Back Memories, Apologetics, BrainWash, Masters to Slaves, Four Horsemen, Epiphany, Window Pane, Never Enough (Slow Down Love), Free, Foreward and God

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Damn. Jansport J has done it yet again. I had high expectations going in but even I was impressed with the final result. Jansport J told me that I’d dropped a few of his sample sources during my “Diggas Know” drops on Twitter but he killed “MoveMeants”. I give it a mos def. Go get it now. It costs $1! You can’t beat that.

Best Jawns: Enkounters, Wait, Pattern Klear, Bibimbap, Pastry, Give, Exekutive, Kollective, Remember Who You Are, Kling, Extrkt, Follow, Fade, Idontlikeitanymore and Advanced Fiber

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Goddamn. Shit. Fuck. Knxwledge’s “Klouds” gets a no brainer mos def. Houseshoes wasn’t fuckin’ kiddin’. Then again, does he ever? Get this. NOW. I can’t wait to hear what Onra is working on…

Best Jawns: Fornever, The Lick, Asian Girl, Let Me Talk, Cigarettes And Liquor, Vikki Veil, I Used To Luv H.E.R. (Again), The Problem Is…, West Coast Cinderella and Live From Roscoe’s

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This was pretty good. Kinda tame in some areas as Murs just floats through the project and gets bodied twice by Kurupt & once by Suga Free. He almost got bodied by 9th Wonder on “Asian Girl” as well to be honest. If you’re a Murs or 9th Wonder fanatic, cop it.

At  only 10 tracks long and with Murs not going hard lyrically at all I’d much rather wait for the instrumentals to drop and/or just cop something else. I’m curious to hear how the David Banner collabo LP sounds. Maybe. “Fornever” drops April 13th.

Best Jawns: Check It Out, Diner, Confused Nougat, Glad, Whipple Tree, Prairie Wind, Wondrous, I Only Know, Cheese Toast Feast, Goes To JP, Hop Scotch and Shoe Box

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I love Moka Only’s (numerous) albums. I also love his (numerous) Ron Contour albums. I also get them for free because I’m a blogger. This album is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end but that being said it’s 12 tracks (no interludes or skits, mind you) and it’s EVEN SHORTER than the Def Jam debacle called the “Wu Massacre”. Love the bars & production but “Saffron” gets a maybe. If you’re a Moka Only fan you should definitely cop it, though…

Best Jawns: The Game Gets Old, I Learned The Hard Way, Better Things To Do, Give It Back, Money, The Reason, Window Shopping, She Ain’t A Child No More, I’ll Still Be True, Without A Heart, If You Call and Mama Don’t Like My Man

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Sharon Jones. The Dap-Kings. Mos def. Why even waste time wasting keystrokes and heaping praise on this album? I still have like 12 more reviews to write, dammit!. It’s ridiculous, trust me. Buy it. It dropped on April 6th.

Best Jawns: Oil Fields (Devonwho Remix), Oil Fields, Inspirational Jumpsuit, Ure A Sta (Martyn Remix), Meeting With Medusa, Home, Nimbus, Yagmur, Ante Up, May The Force, Heavy Trnka, Stay Blazed, Walk, For The D (Harmonic 313 Remix) and ZX81

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Fat City had been putting out Producer No. 2 vinyl for the longest but at long last here’s the full CD. If you’re fan of the whole beat scene including the electronica influenced/Dubstep/Broken Beat/Wonky aesthetic then you’ll love this album/compilation.

If not, don’t even bother with it as it will just sound like a CD full of special effects from the 1980′s “Battlestar Galactica” series. I give “Producer No. 2″ a recommended maybe. It dropped on March 30th.

Best Jawns: Before Taxes Intro, Beats & Rhymes from March 25, Almost Time, Thought About It, Break Down, Corners, The Up and Up, Close, Fine, Lunchin’, Native, Memory, The Rock, In The Reign, MmHmm Instrumental and Brainwash

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I gave this album a mos def last year when it dropped for free. I’m giving this album a mos def as a mastered copy that will be released for retail purposes comes out on April 13th.

Dart’s Recommended D/L Of The Day: Self Says Something Out Of Nothing

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Marty April 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Agreed on ‘Fornever’. To me, it’s just good, too.

Coincidence UNO April 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm

That Self Says is very nice.

Dart_Adams April 13, 2010 at 12:07 am

Yep. That Self Says IS pretty ill…

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