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To follow up on last week’s mix “Indie ’94″, “Indie ’95″ is yet another mixtape that features some of the most prolific underground, and I mean UNDERGROUND, joints from the depths of 1995. This go round you’ll find indie classics from the likes of J-Force, Sic Sense, The Cenobites, One Deep, Finsta Bundy and many more. 60 tracks deep, “Indie ’95″ will hopefully shed some light on what you’ve been missing from a year that boasted classic records from the likes of Raekwon and Mobb Deep.

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Epidemic“Somethin’ For Tha Listeners”-Epidemic

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Eric’s Take: ” Not “newbs” to the underground hip hop sphere by any means, Epidemic a.k.a the duo of Hex One & Tek-nition have been quietly releasing some of the most quality LPs in the last few years. “Somethin’ For Tha Listeners”, the duo’s 2013 release is no different. While last year’s release “Monochrome Skies” was heavily slept-on in some circles, real heads had the album mingling amongst the heavy hitters as some of the top underground Hip Hop dropped in 2012. Whereas, the production on “Monochrome..” was handled almost solely by Jesse James, “Somethin’ For Tha’ Listeners” is backed by unknown producer, Esco, who masterfully crafts some of the year’s most elegant, breezy production.

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Now we are in business!! Bloggehouse is back once again with another insane mixtape. This time “Indie ’95″ features a blend of some of the finest underground singles from 1994, to include slept on acts such as: Ready Ta’ Roll, Mr. Voodoo, Ground Floor, 5one6, Native Nuttz and many more! Please excuse the sound quality as it isn’t the best, but props to St. Mic for mastering the final mix and tidying things up as best as we could. A fun listen and a nice trip down memory lane for all you old vinyl heads. Enjoy!!!

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Thaione“The Joys Of Life & Pain” (Jericho Lounge Music, Released: 5-7-13) / Purchase “Joys Of Life..” HERE

“Control”

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“Glass Ceilings” (Etcetera)

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I may be a bit biased with this review, so be it.  However, it’s no secret that Chi-Town’s Thaione Davis quickly become one of my personal favorites with the release of his “Still Hear” in 2009.  Solely produced by Chapter 13′s, and an under-appreciated emcee/producer himself, Rahid Hadee, “Still Hear” ended up as one of the top 5 releases of that particular year.  Considered a personal classic, I’m having second thoughts after really enjoying his May release “The Joys of Life & Pain”.  It saddens me when I view various RateYourMusic, Complex and virtually every “thus far/mid-year” and “Best Albums of The Year” list, this opus is nowhere to be found.  Yet, I’m battling between this release, Blame One & J-57′s “Walk In The Sun”, Epidemic’s “Somethin’ For Tha’ Listeners” and the recently released (just this Tuesday) collaborative effort from LMNO & Evidence, “After The Fact”, as to which is the finest album of 2013?

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Midaz“AU” Another Universe-MidaZ The Beast (HipNott Records, Released: 8/20/13)

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“Icing On The Cake”

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After releasing a slew of underground heat to include “The El MidaZ Affair”, “Muggs vs. MidaZ”, “MidaZ vs. Pete Rock” and last year’s EXTREMELY, almost CRIMINALLY overlooked outing “Loops”, the O-Zone’s very own MidaZ, just recently released his highly anticipated debut “AU” on HipNott late last month to much acclaim.  Already being touted as one of 2013′s finest outings, Trav and I had very high expectations of this album leading into it’s release after coining MidaZ as a modern day Kool G Rap.  Hit the jump to see the Bloggerhouse collective’s thoughts on “AU”…

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Backpack Heat 13 Vol.I

Prepare yourself for an abundance of mixes released by yours truly this week as I’ve finally had the chance to upload them. You know it’s bad when St. Mic had to send me the mastered links three separate times after each expired for download. Out of all the mixes I’ve done for Bloggerhouse, this may very well be my favorite. Comprised mostly of tracks from the first half of 2013, Vol. 1 is an hour and twenty minutes of non-stop heat. Stay tuned, as I just completed Vol. II this weekend and I’m awaiting the final master. ALSO, for all you indie heads, I’ll be releasing some of the best indie tracks from 1994 & 1995 in two separate mixes this week as well! Hit the jump to download…

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In promotion of today’s release of the debut album from MidaZ The BEAST, the DMG emcee drops off the official video to his latest single “Champion of The Block”.

AU: Another Universe is OUT NOW everywhere. Stream/buy it on Bandcamp and DJBooth, cop it on iTunes and all other digital retailers. Compact Discs are available at UGHH, Fat Beats and more!

On a side note, this dude is the 2013 Kool G Rap, “AU” review poppin’ off soon….

Eric

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dre-murray-grmod-500“Gold Rush: Maybe One Day” (Dropping July 9, via Collision Records) Pre-Order via Itunes

“Sutter’s Mill”

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Soooooo, it’ s been quite some time since my last “review/post” here at Bloggerhouse.  Where have I been you may ask? Simply stated, LIFE.  Quite a few things have changed with me personally these last few months.  First and foremost, my faith in God has arisen, which was previously non-existent, being in Iraq for two years has a way of doin’ that to you.  Growing up in the Catholic church was all I knew.  After become married to my wife Tara in 2004, we bounced from Church to Church, always at my request, as I was never comfortable in any of them and I shunned the Lord’s word.  I’ll save you the whole “spill” but I nearly lost my marriage after 10 years and along with that, my two daughters.  Simply put, would I want my Daughters, whom are now 6 & 7 years of age to grow up and marry someone like their father?  The answer was a resounding “NO”.

Fast forward two months later, and while I’m still a work in progress and still striving to be the best me daily, my marriage is stronger than ever, improving daily and I’ve found scripture and incorporated it into my everyday life.  The “F” bombs have ceased and basically my whole perspective on life has changed.  I’ve always been the best Father, just a poor husband, in the words of my Wife (which, in retrospect, she was completely accurate). Yet, I’m even closer with my daughters and I’m becoming that “man they would want to marry”.  Still, I have plenty of faults, I’m not perfect, but it was time for a change.  This is where the world of Christian Hip Hop came into my life, namely the subject of today’s review, Dre Murray and the W.L.A.K. collective (Dre, Christon Gray, Alex Faith and Swoope).

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