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Eric's "Most Played For The Week" (Albums and Tracks)

by Eric C. on May 4, 2010


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-Pac Div

While not quite on the same level as Pac Div’s 2009 mixtape, “Church League Champions” (which, was better than most cats’ albums), “Don’t Mention It” is packed with catchy lyricism and trunk-rattling bass from one of my favorite trios in the game.  Hipsters? Ehh, who cares? These cats have soo much of what soo many lack, charisma and most importantly, talent.

Upon first listen to this week’s most played cut, “Overcome” it’s quite obvious that this track stands out amongst the remainder of “Don’t Mention It”, but in a good way.  When I first popped “Overcome” in the Beats By Dre mid-week, I thought:  “Damn, this track lacks that “Pac Div signature bottom”, then I took the mixtape out to the car…I was wrong.  I’m assuming you already have “Don’t Mention It” uploaded to your Ipod already, if not, get it yesterday.


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-Sene

Sene’s “Reality Bites” was probably my favorite album/mixtape/”collection of forgotten tracks” to emerge from the last week of April.  Whether it was this, the video-game inspired bounciness of “Follow Leaders”, the Erik L-assisted, majorly slept-on gem, “Time Kills” (which can be found on Erik L & Illingsworth’s “Northern Connection”), or the recently leaked, ode to anything but monogamy, “Options”, “Reality Bites” is packed to the rim with choice cuts from a cat whose turned out to be one of my favorite “underground” emcees in the game, whom also possesses one of the illest flows and deliveries out there.

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-Jay Electronica f. Diddy

After a fair warning from Just Blaze: “I shoulda’ just got Puff to do this”, near the closure of “Exhibit C”, someone took note, for better or worse, and added the nonsensical banter of one Diddy for what seems like nearly three of the six minutes.  I still have mixed feelings about “The Ghost..”.  I mean, both Exhibit C was a classic, no doubt, but as with “The Ghost..”, I could do without both Just Blaze and Puff going all “Who Shot Ya?” on us, there will be only one “Who Shot Ya?” and it will always be, in my heart, the B-Side of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa”.

Yet, we have Jay Elec, and I don’t know what it is about a cat who keeps the digital world in a frenzy while releasing one track every six months, but this cat is extremely intriguing.  And when Jay Elec raps?  I listen.  Dude has such a commanding delivery and focus that when paired with production such as this, it’s hard not to deem each track he’s released of late, an instant classic (minus all the unnecessary additives).  Anyway, what’s your thoughts on this track?  Should it have been trimmed down?

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(Final Mix)-Dela

Nearly two months ago, Dela dropped a 9-track beat tape that was his ode to Robert Gasper’s incredibly bold, tour de force of an album; “In My Element”. If you’ve never heard the Houston based, Grammy nominated, Jazz pianist’s work, please do yourself a huuge favor and pick up the 2007 album that dropped on the highly acclaimed (and well known to all Jazz hounds) Blue Note label. Yet, it was this past Sunday on “Scrunchface Sundays” (f. Dart & St. Mic on BobbleGods Radio) that Dart re-introduced me to “Jay Hova/Music”, prior to that I’d truly been sleepin’.  What makes “Jay Hova..” so darn catchy is the three “levels” of production that are incorporated into one single track.  PS. Dela’s take on the Slum Village classic “Fall In Love” is simply breathtaking.

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-Alex B

Yes, go ‘head and give me my “propers”. Yes, it was I who put maad cats onto Alex B’s ridiculous new album, “Moments” and my favorite production of 2010, the stunning “Impressions”.  No really, all humbleness aside, Alex B has been killin’ it since my first exposure to the talented beatsmith, via his introduction to blogosphere with the stellar, “You & I Both Know”.  On this free offering, the second dose of goodness from Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break, “Oscillations Part 2″, Alex steals the show with the haunting, groggy tones of “Murked”.  I swear, Alex could not have chosen a more appropriate name for this track, take one listen and I’m sure you’ll nod in agreement.

6. “4:20: Smoker’s Choice”-Slopfunkdust/Beat Fanatics

“White Rhino”-Illastrate

I’ma keep this short but sweet for ya’.  I semi-knew that this was dropping via Rappers I Know (and Dart) a few weeks ago, but somehow I let it slide out of my memory bank.  No joke cuzz-o, take your pick.  Oh, you said you want to hear some neck-snapping production from the likes of  Illastrate? No?  How bout’ Khrysis? Ok then, the highly underrated “YouTube Beat Tape King”, Jaisu?  I know you got eight bones to drop on this, cop it on Itunes TODAY!!  Damn near the best money I dropped on an album/compilation all year!

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-St. Mic

I can hear it already:  “Of course St. Mic is gonna’ make the “Most Played For The Week”, ya’ll gotta’ gotdamn radio show with the dude!”  Well, yes and no,  lemme ‘ expound.  Waaay back in October of 2009, when I reviewed the advance copy of St. Mic’s “Honest Music”, the cut from the album that I dedicated much of my attention to was the Mudd (1/2 of Jazz Addixx)-produced, “To Say”.   Yet, it wasn’t until this past weekend that St. Mic (via BobbleGods radio) re-opened my eyes to the “Primo-ish” tones of “Nothing More Than”.  Clocking in at just two and a half minutes, St. Mic flows like Dasani over a slick, bouncy production that will have the crown of your head tapping the top of you spine.  I used to say that St. Mic was the Guru of whiteboys (“It’s Mostly Tha’ Voice”), but with all the drama surrounding the Guru “camp” as of late, I don’t know how most cats would take that.

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-Broken Clock aka Seez Mics (Educated Consumers) & DJ Cam One

For those that don’t already know, Seez Mics is the lyrical portion of Educated Consumers, whom, with “Write Hear” and 2009′s “Hello Big Mama” have dropped some of the finest ‘ish the underground has had to offer.  But this time around, Seez has linked up with DJ Cam One  to create Broken Clock.  Their collaborative effort is now available for five bones via their BandCamp site (why doesn’t every starvin’ artist have one of these?).  In the true spirit of the Bomb Squad, arrives the hectic, “They Still Don’t Love Me”.  I mean, don’t get it twisted I loved Seez over some t.E.C.K.! production, but this little ditty may very well be Seez’ finest piece of work to date.  If this jawn doesn’t get you amped, you need to check your pulse!  Get it HERE.

9. The Heart & Brain (Tzarizm & Vis Major)-”Mbodiment” (Album)

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Ya’ll “vintage” NBA heads remember Terrence Stansbury, right?  For all you “new school” cats, peep game:  My dude Stansbury was the man who so-called “invented” the “Statue Of Liberty” dunk.  Pretty basic nowadays, right?  Ok, still, during his heyday, Terrence was the “dark horse” in nearly every NBA dunk contest he competed in.  Yet, to this day when you mention his name, cats are like, “huh”?  Well in the spirit of GangStarr, Pete & CL, etc. the duo of Tzarizm and Vis Major aka The Heart & Brain have dropped a “dark horse” of an album with “Mbodiment”.  I don’t wanna’ spill the beans on this jawn yet for my sake (a proper “review” is forthcoming later this week), but lemme’ just mention that our “April Mixtape” will feature not one but three (!) tracks from this duo that calls Domination Records home.  I’m tellin’ you…..

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-J Pinder

The hour has arrived for the release of Seattle MC, J. Pinder’s new and free EP Code Red which features production from Jake One, Vitamin D and Kuddie Fresh.  It didn’t take long for me to catch a vibe off this EP, especially when you have a Jake One-produced jump-off in the form of “All That Fire”.  Don’t know if you can recall, but this is the same cat who appeared on Jake’s “Big Homie Style” from “White Van Music”.  Don’t sleep, pick this FreEP up, HERE.

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Dart_Adams May 5, 2010 at 2:23 am

Nice! © Borat

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