Yessir, I know it’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these, my evenings are usually filled (that is after the family usually hits the sack) with searching for piles upon piles of tracks to piece/blend together for our monthly mixes here at B-House. However, that’s not to say that there hasn’t been an overabundance of good tunes dropping on the daily over the last few weeks. Let’s get it started, shall we?
Taken From: “Almost There Remixes”
I gotta’ say, J57 of the Brown Bag All-Stars killed it on this remix! As if St Joe Louis weren’t impressive enough on their free EP, “Almost There”, the trio is back again, this time with a revamped version of the well-received outing. The only thing that kills me about this trio is their moniker, hailing from Jersey, their name indicates Nelly’s home state. You will find this track on the forthcoming “Old To The New II” blended with a certain Rakaa (Dilated Peoples) track, courtesy of yours truly! Keep your ears peeled for the trio of Elete (producer/emcee), Tom Chase (emcee) and Michael Cardigan (emcee) as they’ll be releasing their long-awaited LP, “30,000 Ft. High & Rising” later this month.
No, “If I” cannot be found on either of Trumaine’s “Beats by Trumaine”. Lucky me, Tru’ sent this over last week, after much begging and pleading from myself. Lucky for you, you know have entered the Trumaine experience. Hailing from Waukegan, Illinois Trumaine’s production have been featured on nearly every #Scrunchface show, but it’s “If I” that has got me banging my head against the desk as I type this. Don’t tell me that Tru’ isn’t on his “Rocky” sh*t with this one! Good Lawd!
Taken From: Ellis’ “Bluray E LP”
In case you didn’t already know, there’s more to Baltimore, Md. then “The Wire” and Carmelo Anthony. With the release of his free LP, the “Bluray E LP’, B-More’s finest Ellis has made me love emceein’ again. Hot on the heals of two solid videos, “Hardcore” and “Over Der Headz”, Ellis has proven that he’s a true throwback to the earlier days of Hip-Hop where it wasn’t necessarily about the beat or the “feature”. However, thankfully, “Confess” features some nice, Sunday-afternoon, production that meshes perfectly with Ellis’ unique vocals.
Taken From: Incise’s “Daily Methods”
Real talk, Incise laced Don Cerino with some breaker’s anthem-type production on the bouncy, “Written”. While the remainder of Incise’s “Daily Methods” tip-toes the line between Hip-Hop and just jazzy instrumentation (think: Nomak), the featured appearances from the likes of Nieve, Dan Johns, Tunji and the 49ers, make this album one that you shouldn’t be afraid to pump in front of your kids. You won’t have to dig too deeply within the album to find a few messages that truly hit home, over some decent, jazzy-tinged production to match.
5. “Freezing World”- Collective Efforts f. Dillon
Taken From: C.E.’s album of the same name
Yo, C.E.’s “Freezing World” just make a brother feel good! Also, just in case you missed out, be sure to peep our “B-House Approved” review of “Freezing World” HERE. Even though 1/3 of the crew sounds EXACTLY like Charlie 2Na, these cats, Dillon included on the title cut, have truly kept it real. A true throwback to the days when we had groups, Collective efforts have proven that we your crew is comprised of cats whom all have the same musical goal in my, the end result can be eye-opening.
Taken From: Vandalyzm’s “Megatron Majorz: Redux”
Yup, the pride of St. Louis, Vandalzym, unveiled the debut single from his forthcoming LP, “Megatron Majorz: Redux”, the Khrysis-blessed “Self Evaluation (Go In)” earlier in the week. Yeah, that was iiight, fortunately I’ve had the chance to peep the album over the last few days and there’s one track that makes be wanna’ bang my head up against a brick wall every-time I hear it, “Get Dough”. Now, PLEASE, someone help me out here, I’ve heard the backdrop for ‘Lyzm’s “Get Dough” on a “Low End Theory” podcast earlier this winter, does anyone have any idea who laced the instrumental? I’ve been searching up and down for it for nearly half of 2010. Oh, and “Megatron: Redux” is pure heat, but you’ll just have to take my word for it…
Taken From: TaG’s “The Name Is Tag”
Maaan, ya’ll are truly sleepin’ on TaG’s recent full-length, “The Name Is TaG”. Here’s just how much I like this release, I bought it…yeah, can you believe that ‘ish? To me, ‘TaG sounds just like his cousin, Black Milk, and not only does ‘cuz Milk appear on the album, he actually produces five cuts. Yet, on this outing, the feel-good, retrospective, “Time”, NametaG’s actual brother Black Beethoven steps up to the plate and delivers a round-tripper with thumping bass-knocks and a mid-’90s-ish’ horn loop that displays the Pete Rock influence. Oh, and lemme’ just throw this in there, even though they may sound alike, right here (TaG) stands the better emcee of the two.
Taken From: “Puzzles”- Various Artists
So just who is Hulk Hodn, I was kinda’ wondering that myself after being smacked in the side of the grill with Hodn’s show-stopping “Sin Wit’ Me” from the solid “Puzzles” compilation. Well, glad you asked, Hodn is one half of Testiculo Y Uno and hails from Cologne, Germany of all places. Of course, everyone by now should be very familiar with Brenk (who has since hooked up MC Eiht of all people, with some heat) and Fid Medla’s “Hi-Hat Club Vol. 4″, yet is was Hodn along with Twit One, who released “Vol. I” of the Hi-Hat Club series. It’d be wise to keep an ear open for this cat, “Sin Wit Me” knocks for days, and you will find this track blended quit nicely with Pete & CL’s overl00ked “It’s A Love Thing” on our second installment of “Old To The New”.
9. “Testify”-Dave Notti
Taken From: Notti’s free Beat Tape, “Hello My Name Is..”
Now, here’s an oldie but goodie! Nearly every weekend (for what seems like forever) I peruse my hard drive for the latest and greatest beats to feature on our #SCRUNCHFACE shows. Yet, for one of the fiercest instrumentals that we’ve featured during our time slot is a track that I featured nearly two years ago on WhenTheyReminisce. Of course, he’s released plenty more material since this, but it’s still nice to hear Notti’s progression as a producer over the years. Oh yeah, don’t blame me for the headache your bound to get after popping “Testify” in your headphones. Damn Notti! Where’d you get those drums!?
10. “Sparkles”-Shabazz Palaces
Taken From: “Of Light” EP
So, what’s the verdict on Shabazz Palaces’ “Of Light” and “Self-Titled” EPs? Well, you should know that Shabazz Palaces is Butterfly of the world-renown Digable Planets side project(s). Is Shabazz Palaces necessarily considered Hip-Hop? Ehh, that’s up for argument, but no matter the case, I absolutely love Butterly. There’s no denying that dude absolutely stole the show on the Jake One posse cut, “Home”. The beats on both of the Shabazz Palaces outings could be considered Dub-Step, but “Sparkles” is the closest thing to hip-hop production that you’ll find on either EP. Yet, both of these projects are a must cop if you’re searching to find some quality product outside of hip hop’s confines.