Various Artists – Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go: Vol. 2
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Fresh from the A3C Hip Hop Festival, this nice little compilation features a large variety of emcees and producers, some well known and some not so well known. There’s some nice tracks to be found, WYDU/Bloggerhouse fav, Arablak, shows up (finally) with a track produced by Shade Cobain. It’s good to hear Arablak again and he attacks the track, bringing the ferocity that he has in the past. Boog Brown continues her streak of hotness as well with two different tracks, one produced by BH approved, Tzarizm. It even features more well known underground stalwarts such as Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Reks and Termanology. You are going to find something for everyone, making this one of the better compilations I’ve heard in awhile.
Fokis – A Vintage State of Mind
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Fokis has been around for awhile at least, as I seem to remember him dropping a project a few years ago. He’s back this year with a tribute album of sorts and it’s actually kind of a cool little idea. They are interpolations of his of classic tracks, hence the vintage theme the album has. Of course some work better than others, but it’s kind of cool to hear the changes and such. You have artists such as King Tee, Sadat X (who hosts the mixtape) and others making appearances and/or alluded to or covered. It’s an interesting and creative project that is well worth the price tag it has, which is FREE, fools. Go and download and just enjoy something creative.
Jonny Hammond – Barry White Money
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Okay, so it’s just a song, but it marks the return of sorts of a couple of my favorite artists. If you followed WYDU back in the day you know I was a big fan of The Nite People, and the newly formed group, Jonny Hammond, contains two former members. E The Real and DJ Manipulator should both be familiar if you’ve been around these parts much in the past. The combine forces again to bring us “Barry White Money”, which is pretty damn dope. E always has this calm and cool presence on the mic and DJ Manipulator makes boom bap records better than your favorite boom bap producer, fo’ sure! These two will be dropping an album this year and I for one am looking forward to it.