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What’s New In Dart’s iPod #16 AKA The 2010 NBA Finals Edition

by Staff on June 4, 2010

This week I’ll be reviewing fifteen new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Anan Ryoko “Another Beginning”, Brenk & Mid Fella “Hi-Hat Club Vol. 4: Chop Shop”, Busy “Months”, Carlos y Gaby & GB “L.A. Series #5 10x10x5″, Drake “Thank Me Later”,  Homeboy Sandman “The Good Sun”, JFK (of Grayskull) “Building Wings On The Way Down”, Lorn “Nothing Else”, Mono/Poly “Paramatma“, Nico The Beast “The Beast Within”,  P.U.D.G.E “Idiot Box”, PackFM “I F*cking Hate Rappers”, Reef The Lost Cauze vs. Guns N Butter “Fight Music”, V.S. “The Lightning Campaign” and Vinnie Paz “Season Of The Assassin” . 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: Our Garden, All Day, All Night, Always, The Shape Of Love, Forever We Will Be, Just Call My Name, Stay, Just To See You Dance, Blue Sky, Another Beginning, What’s It All About, Possibilities, Action, Dreaming, Alive!, Sticks & Stones and Dreaming

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Love a lot of piano & a chilled out, laid back Jazz vibe with vocals? Cop this yesterday. If not, skip this and wait to get something much harder [II] instead. A lot of these tracks sound too similar to me so I’ll stick it with a maybe. It dropped on April 10th in Japan and worldwide. Features from Aloe Blacc, Ohmega Watts and Kero One.

Best Jawns: Intro Transformation, Don’t Fight It, Sign Skit, Cannibal Love, Concrete Jungle, Concrete Jungle Skit, Anutha Journey, Can’t Stop Interlude, Don’t Beat Your Wife Every Night, Crum Break, Ole Woam 2 (Aus Kaisamühn in die Wöd), Spread His Name Outro, Intro, Ready, The Game, Worms, Amateurs, Ha Ha Ha Ha, At The Chop Shop, Toni’s Theme, Bada Bing, Follini, 1, 2, 3 and Outro

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: DAYUM! Extremely hot shit from Brenk & Fid Mella. Melting Pot Music wins again. Mos def. Cop it. It dropped back on May 14th.

Best Jawns: Aft, A Camphoraceous Elixir, Phototaxis, Chitin, Dormant Presence, Qaqoon, Shade, Witch Hunt and Atlas Resounding

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: If not for the brevity of it’s length I would’ve given “Moths” a mos def. Look for it if your a beathead like myself. Highly recommended maybe. At only $5.99 on iTunes it’s a no brainer purchase if your heavy into this kinda shit like Eric & I are, though. It initially dropped back on April 19th.

Best Jawns: Happy Summer Solstice, In the Whirl Emote, Sugar Flowers, Sketches of Crop Circles Pt. 1-The Gallops, Sketches of Crop Circles Pt. 2 – Personal Creation and Sketches of Crop Circles Pt.3 – Harmonic

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: If it says “All City” on it then don’t hesitate to cop it. Carlos Nino, Gaby Hernandez & GB (Gifted & Blessed) come with some insane shit this time around. Mos def. Drops later on this June (8th 0r 15th). Next?

Best Jawns: Fireworks, Karaoke, The Resistance, Over, Show Me A Good Time, Show Me A Good Time, Fancy, Shut It Down, Unforgettable, Light Up, Cece’s Interlude, Find Your Love and Thank Me Now

Meh: Nicki Minaj’s verse & voice, Swizz Beats on a hook, The-Drake & The-Dream dueting and Lil’ Wayne’s guest verse

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Drake’s long awaited album is supposed to be the Autobot Matrix that lights the music industry’s darkest hour. It has a million copies confirmed to ship by it’s release on June 15th. I got my review copy about 30 hours before it leaked. Brilliant.

This album is genetically engineered to be a Summer album as well as one with about 8 potential singles out of the total 14 selections. If this album was made to maximize replay value, radio spins, commercial attractiveness and crossover potential then it was a home run. Is it a classic album? Not in my opinion it isn’t. Then again, we’re trying to sell records here.

I don’t consider Nelly’s “Country Grammar” to be a classic but I can find a great deal of CD buyers that disagree with me. Then again, they think Blu is a one hit wonder R&B singer and Tanya Morgan used to sing backup for her so they can all eat a dick hoagie sideways.

All in all, I give ‘Thank Me Later” a highly recommended maybe because I actually LIKE Drake. If you’re not feelin’ his shit you’ll hate this album. Straight up. Complaining about fame, being the man & getting blown by groupies with huge bangs mixed with R&B singing will just piss you off to no end. Everything isn’t for everyone, though. Next!

Best Jawns: Core Rhythm, The Carpenter, Not Pop, Yeah But I Can Rhyme Though, Table Cloth, Low Co., Mean Mug, The Essence, Strange Planet, Being Haved, The Things They Carried, Calm Tornado, Listen and Angels With Dirty Faces

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: High Water Music has previously released excellent projects from DJ Spinna & Fresh Daily in the past. This album is no different. Just like Fresh Daily’s debut last year came out of nowhere and smacked heads in the face with a Stan Smith from their blind side Homeboy Sandman’s “The Good Sun” did the exact same this year.

Production from DJ Spinna, Psycho Les of the Beatnuts, Ski Beatz, Core Rhythm, 2 Hungry Bros, J57 & newcomer M Slago amongst others provided the perfect sonic canvases for Homebody Sandman to pull out his verbal palette & easel to paint pictures on. Don’t sleep on “The Good Sun”. Mos def. It dropped on June 1st. Cop it here. Next!

Best Jawns: BWWD (intro), 12 Years, One Of These Kids, High School Sweet Heart, Still Running, American Me, All The Time, On The Regular, Mistaken Identity, What Happened To Piece, No One Can Stop Us, Passed It, Ignore The Hype, No Telling and Strangest Of Places

Meh: Mama Drama, Paranoid and The hook to “No One Can Stop Us”

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Pretty damn good album. If you’ve never heard JFK before and expect to hear a backpackery album you’ll be hella surprised by what’s playing in your headphones. Lyrically and sonically this is a solid project. One that will get slept on heavily this June (it dropped on June 1st). I give “Building Wings On The Way Down” a recommended maybe. Cop it here. Next!

Best Jawns: Grandfather, None An Island, Army Of Fear, Bretagne, Automaton, Void I, Void II, Tomorrow, Glass and Silver, Cherry Moon, Greatest Silence and What’s The Use

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: In a word? FUCK. Buy this if you’re a beathead. Mos def. It drops on June 8th via Brainfeeder.  Also don’t sleep on his previous release “Grief Machine”. Next!

Best Jawns: Art 9, Explosive Puppetry, False Flag, Black Box Matrix Death, Antibodies, The System Crumbles, Roots In Earth (Muladhara), Waters of Duality, Land of Love/Star Grab, Analysis (DNA)/Fire Passion, The Great Awakening, Spring Crossings, In the Air (Anahata), Lucid Day Dreams, Vibration (Vishuddha), The Mind’s Eye (Clarity & Vision), Let’s Take a Trip, FireWorks (Sahasrara) and 1000 Pedaled Lotus (Awakened)

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: HOLY FUCKIN’ SHIT THIS ALBUM IS GOOD! Mos def. I would try to describe it but if you’re a beathead it’s like trying to describe Hudson Mohawke’s “Butter” after the first full playthrough to a deaf person.  At 19 total tracks of face melting slaps you won’t be disappointed. Plus it comes on a USB card with an incredible amount of bonus materials via Tasteful Licks or you can just cop it from iTunes for much less. It dropped on May 25th and needs to be heard (and seen) to be believed. Next!

Best Jawns: Nachurally Gifted-Introduction, Wake the Beast, Number One Single, You Mean Everything, Never Stop, The Beast’s Symphony, One Time, Grown Man Music, What Do They Want, True Hero, Appear To Be, Golden, Heat of The Night, Darkness Falls, Make Believe and Last Ride

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I’m used to hearing albums where a rapper or an emcee spits bars about their imaginary life as a thug or even their criminal past. Occasionally, someone decides to make an album about their actual personal lives (like Kanye West’s “808 and Heartbreaks”) and recent experiences. Nico The Beast took some real life pain from his own life, his daughter’s surgery, the passing of his child and the loss of one of his own close friends in a car crash he survived and turned it into an album about survival, perseverance & new birth.

The album “The Beast Within” is eerily cinematic and just as the title implies, it about all of the people and experiences that comprise Nico’s life and result in his bars. There’s a point where we get past just rapping and it’s about more than just beats and bars. “The Beast Within” is the textbook definition of “real shit” and God bless Nico for sharing all of his pain & triumphs with us on this album cuz he’s a better man than me. I probably would’ve curled into the fetal position but Nico kept it moving, rose from the ashes, recovered, welcomed a new child into the world & made one hell of an album on top of all that.

I don’t know how you can put a rating on someone’s actual life & experiences put to music but I give “The Beast Within” a mos def. It drops on June 22nd. Don’t sleep.

Best Jawns: Elektric Werdz, Everything 2 Me, Merci Mercy Weak, Whut Happened, The Price Is Wrong B, Wholehearted, Lost Angela, Insensitivity, Don’t Get Too Huxtable, The Way I Feelately, Still Love Lost and Allow Me To Waste Time

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: P.U.D.G.E. uses recognizable samples and audio from television programs and adds his own production to them. If you’ve somehow managed to sleep on his All City 10” and “Don’t Touch My Drumset” which is on his Bandcamp page then you definitely shouldn’t sleep on this either. Mos def. It drops on Ramp Records July 27th but I’m giving you all advance warning so you pick up his other shit NOW. Stop sleepin’ on P.U.D.G.E.

Best Jawns: The Support Group, I F*cking Hate Rappers, The Show, Nasty, Wanna Know, The Kanye Look, Flux Capacitor, Take Our Place, Step On My Kicks, Tough Talk, Here We Go (Come On), Sire, I F*cking Like Everything, Closure and Absolutely Positive

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I totally feel the QN5 representative on the concept of this album, there is a dearth of fans in this Hip Hop shit lately ever since the Internet Age began, the Telecommunications Act got signed and executives became bigger than the artist’s themselves. Soon, everyone was a CEO or an armchair A&R, producer or a goddamn rapper. You go to shows & look into the crowd…a gang of ice grills waiting for you to get off the stage so THEY can rock next.

This album flows together nicely and the skits lead right into each song so well their an integral part of the project. PackFM’s “I F*cking Hate Rappers” gets a mos def from me. It dropped back on May 25th, get familiar (no Clinton Sparks).

Best Jawns: Intro, OPG Theme, I’m A G, Trigger Talk, Bosses, Get Me Outta Here, Suicide Slang, Lazy Sunday, Three Greats, Cut U Up, What We Rep and Sun

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: The production team of Guns N’ Butter (Stu Bangas & J-Scrilla) has an impressive resume of brutal, aggressive beats over the past few years and a long list of memorable tracks. They join forces with lyrical luminary Reef The Lost Cauze to construct an opus of hardcore beats and rhymes. Once you hear selections such as “OPG (Official Pistol Gang) Theme”, “I’m A G”, “Bosses”, “Suicide Slang”, “Lazy Sunday”, “Three Greats” or “Sun” you already know what the deal is.

“Fight Music” is thirteen tracks of driving beats with guest bars provided by beasts such as Kool G Rap, RA The Rugged Man, Vinnie Paz, Slaine, Big Noyd, King Magnetic, Akir, K-Beta & Bloodsport. Had the Boston Celtics heard this shit in the locker room before Game 1 of the NBA Finals they probably wouldn’t have played like punks last night. Mos def. Cop it here, here or here. It drops on June 8th via Enemy Soil. What’s next?

Best Jawns: Stay Schemin’, Fresh, Which Way To Go, All In Do Time, Dance, Evolve, Fade Away, Hatin’ A Lot, Smooth Talker, Last One Standin’, City Soul and The 20X Factor

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: V.S. is local product who produced an eye opening project that will unfortunately get slept on something serious. From the first listen I instantly impressed with the entire album. Boston area mainstays such as Insight (Y Society), Dre Robinson, City Slickers and Raydar Ellis alongside vets like Oddisee and up & comers like Green Street, Spits Nelson and even some nice offerings by V.S. himself.

I give “The Lightning Campaign” a highly recommended maybe, it dropped back on April 27th. Be surprised

Best Jawns: Intro, Beautiful Love, Monster’s Ball, Pistolvania, End Of Days, Righteous Kill, No Spiritual Surrender, Street Wars, Ain’t Shit, Aristotle’s Dilemma, Kill ‘Em All, Keep Movin’ On, Brick Wall, Role Of Life, Nosebleed, WarMonger, Paul And Paz, Bad Day, Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb, Drag You To Hell and Same Story (My Dedication)

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Vinnie Paz enlists an all star lineup of producers (Madlib, DJ Muggs, Lord Finesse, Fizzy Womack, 4th Disciple, Bronze Nazareth, MoSS & Shuko) and an all star lineup of collaborators (The Clipse, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Ill Bill, RA The Rugged Man, Block McCloud, Sick Jacken & Paul Wall) to produce a solid album consisting of  21 tracks of sonic brutality and lyrical aggression from beginning to end. This album is better than previous recent AOTP offering due to the variety in the production. I give “Season Of The Assassin” a highly recommended maybe. It drops on June 22nd via Enemy Soil Records.

Dart D/L Of The Day: Master Blazter (Dam-Funk, Computer Jay & J1) “Blazt Off

Dart’s 2nd D/L Of The Day: Donwill & Von Pea “The Sandwich Shop EP

Dart’s 3rd D/L Of The Day: Royce Da 5’9″ “The Bar Exam 3: The Most Interesting Man

Dart’s 4th D/L Of The Day: Slimkat78 “Soundfreakers Vol. 1

Dart’s 5th D/L Of The Day: The Cool Kids “Tacklebox


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Ivan June 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

RE: Drake’s album

I’ve gotta quote Abe Lincoln on this one: “People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.”

Pooch June 4, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Constructive Criticism (or maybe not really criticism), but can you put the name of the artist and album title in each individual review. Sometimes, it is not mentioned in the review nor on the album cover. So I have to go up to the top where you run down the list of the albums that you are reviewing, and then figure out what other reviews I recognize and where they follow in relation to them.

If I was just a one time reader, I would comment, but I always look for the Dart posts and reviews on here and Bastard Swordsman. Keep the posts coming!!!

By the way, everyone should be downloading Tiron’s MSTRD. Nuff Respect to Dart for putting me on to that.


Dart_Adams June 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

@ Pooch: I see how that gets confusing. I’m actually in the process of completely overhauling the whole format of What’s New In Dart’s iPod. I just haven’t figured out HOW to as of yet…

vital24 June 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Although you’re usually on point with your reviews – and i’ve copped alot new music that bumps after reading your write-up…this time I have some gripes. How does every release get a mos def or recommended maybe…U should have a more discerning ear, kid. Your becoming the Source – not wanting to offend any artists…Also you get the gasface for feeling that Drake release – Kids on the block would clown you if you came to the D banging that Drake. One.

Dart June 6, 2010 at 4:19 am

@vital24: I don’t give a fuck about “offending” people. I just wrote my opinion. The only album I received that week that I felt were boring or subpar to me got maybe ratings. If I liked them, I rated them accordingly. Period.

Look forward to next week where I’m gonna review Piles, Akon AND Taio Cruz then ask me if I care for sparing artists’ feelings. If something legitimately sucks or I’m not feeling it I’ll say so. Why would I lie? I ain’t gettin’ paid for this.

I was puttin’ people on to Drake back in ’05 & ’06 so why is this review so surprising. Search “Drake” on Poisonous Paragraphs. I picked dude as “One To Watch” back in February ’08. WAY before XXL or The Source even paid dude serious attention. I’mma do me. Thanks for the comment, though.


Eric June 6, 2010 at 5:16 am

shhheeeeeeet, I fucks with Drake…u can’t tell my Fireworks isn’t one of the dopest cuts to drop this year

Travis June 7, 2010 at 1:15 am

Fuck Drake, I’m one of the ones that the statement, “If you’re not feelin’ his shit you’ll hate this album” fits well. BUT, Dart doesn’t pull any punches and sure the hell doesn’t worry about offending anyone.

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