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Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (60-50)

by Eric on December 20, 2011

60. “Love Shots” – Lloyd Banks

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Found On: “The Cold Corner 2″ Mixtape

W.T.F.? Lloyd Banks?  Yes ‘sa, I can’t quite recall whom it was that put me on to his mixtape (which, undoubtedly takes the crown as the year’s best cover art), “The Cold Corner 2″, but I can’t front.  This mixtape is actually half way decent, straight up.

My favorite cut from the mixtape arrives from the most “credible” (at least, by underground standards) producer Nick Speed, with his grainy production found on “Love Shots”.

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The Audible Doctor has remixed a lot of records throughout 2011 and he’s selected a few of his favorites to put together as a free project. All of the songs are official remixes approved by the artists.

The vocal version of the project is available for free download and the instrumentals are available for sale digitally.

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Stream the first single from the upcoming set “Gigantic, Vol. 1″ featuring some of the underground’s finest: Guilty Simpson, Von Pea, Blueprint, Buff1, Stik Figa, The Wrecking Crew (Zilla Rocca, Has-Lo, and Curly Castro), and more. The album drops digitally on January 24th, 2012 via Diamond Media 360 with physical arriving shortly after. Also, look out for “Gigantic, Vol. 0″, a remixtape (that’ll be on actual cassette!!!) presented by rockthedub.com on Jan. 3rd. Peace.

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Today, enjoy the non-album bonus cut from yU “Can’t Hide” (ft. EyeQ) produced by Slimkat78. Slimkat78′s production features vocal sample and chopped up horns while yU and guest MC, EyeQ, trade verses. The combination between yU, EyeQ, and Slimkat78 seems effortless while yU and EyeQ’s chemistry is undeniable.

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Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (69-60)

by Eric on December 19, 2011

69. “The Windsor” – Diz Gabran & Moonshine

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Found On: “The Return” (FreEP)

Well, well, well…wasn’t Dizzie and Moon’s “The Return” a nice surprise.  Prior to it’s release near the start of November, I was honestly re-adding Diz’ “Crooks & Castles”-presented mixtape “Soon You’ll Understand” (which dropped back in ’09) to my Itunes library.  While “The Windsor” is not quite on the level of Diz’ “Impossible” from “Soon You’ll..”, it’s pretty darn close.  Just wish Diz & Moon would drop a full-length proper LP already though.

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Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (79-70)

by Eric on December 19, 2011

79. “Work It Out”-Grap Luva

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Found On: “Neva’ Done” EP (Redefinition Records)

With over 15 years in the game, Grap Luva a.k.a. “the younger soul brother”,  finally released the long-awaited “Neva’ Done” EP, just prior to Thanksgiving on Damu The Fudgemunk’s (serving as a co-owner), Redefinition Records.  With solid production from Joc Max, who produced the selected cut, “Work It Out” (also, the LPs first “leak”), Kev Brown (who produced the title track) and the aforementioned Damu, “Neva Done” is a solid EP.  However, “Work It Out” coupled with “Neva Done” are the only two vocal cuts that appear on the EP.  I honestly would have loved to hear Grap on the mic throughout the remainder of the EP. Even so, a solid pick-up that plays nicely “back to back” with K-Def’s “Night Shift”.

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Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (89-81)

by Eric on December 18, 2011

89. “The City”-Rashad & Confidence

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Found On: “The Element Of Surprise” (Ill Adrenaline Records)

After dropping another slept-on LP earlier in March, 2011 with Beneficence’s “Sidewalk Science” (which contained 6 productions from the likes of the legendary Diamond D), Ill Adrenaline Records just recently unveiled what I consider to be one of the year’s best LPs, in the form of “The Element Of Surprise”, which finds production from Confidence, who hails from Philly and the fluid lyrical techniques of Brooklyn representative, Rashad.  Crafted in the form of early classics from Preem/Guru & Pete/CL, Rashad and Confidence stick to the one emcee/one DJ format as it works wonders on “The City” and the remainder of the LP.  Apparently, not to many headz are sleepin’ on “The Element Of Surprise” as it finds itself sitting atop UGHH.com’s “Best Sellers” for December.

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Eric’s Top 100 Tracks of 2011 (100-90)

by Eric on December 16, 2011

100. “Make It Big” – 9thmatic a.k.a. 9th Wonder f. Khrysis

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Found On: “The Wonder Years” (It’s A Wonderful World Music Group)

As uneven as 9th’s long-delayed, 0ft-pushed back “The Wonder Years” was/is,  one of the more surprising and unexpectedly stronger tracks to appear on the compilation of sorts, found the lyrically deficient (depending on your “measuring stick”) 9th Wonder posing as his emcee alter ego, “9thmatic” over a funky, sporadic and bouncy self-produced heater alongside 9th’s equivalent on the production tip, Khrysis, whom also makes an unexpected lyrical cameo.

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