Monday, March 30, 2009

Nicolay & Kay - Time:Line (2008)

Don't let the cover fool you this isn't some R&B type shit right here. Very nice production from Nicolay provides a perfect backdrop for Kay to lay down some really nice and smooth rhymes. Don't sleep and buy it if you are feeling this release.

1. Time Line
2. Blizzard
3. The Lights
4. Through The Wind
5. What We Live
6. I've Seen Rivers
7. Tight Eyes
8. As The Wheel Turns
9. The Gunshot
10. Grand Theft Auto
11. When You Die
12. Dancing With The Stars



Blaq Poet - Rewind (Deja Screw) (2006)

This album is heat from front to back. Production from DJ Premier and other NY heavy beat smiths lace this album with a raw and gritty sound. It works extraordinarily well with the fierce lyrics and delivery from Blaq Poet. This is a must hear and hopefully a must purchase.

1. Bang This
2. Ghetto S**t
3. Message From Poet
4. Bomb S**t Feat: KL, J Roc & Verse
5. Bloody Mess
6. Watch Your Back
7. The Cash
8. My Ni**a Feat: Team Shug
9. What Ya’ll Gonna Do?
10. Poet Has Come r
11. You F**ked Up
12. After All This Time
13. Rhyme Crime Boss
14. Hard to Believe
15. Psycho
16. Still Flippin’
17. The Cash PT. 2
18. Mind Of A Criminal Feat: Teflon, KL and J Rocc



Saturday, March 28, 2009

Brand Nubian - One For All (1990)

Brand Nubian's 1990 debut album. It's got a nice jazzy feel, not quite sure if they were with the Native Tongues but it's got a vibe similar to Tribe and De La albums of the time. Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar have excellent styles on this album, real smooth delivery. My favorite songs "Slow Down", but they're all great.

1. All for One
2. Feels So Good
3. Concerto in X Minor
4. Ragtime
5. To the Right
6. Dance to My Ministry
7. Drop the Bomb
8. Wake Up [Stimulated Dummies Mix]
9. Step to the Rear
10. Slow Down
11. Try to Do Me
12. Who Can Get Busy Like This Man...
13. Grand Puba, Positive and L.G.
14. Brand Nubian
15. Wake up (Reprise in the Sunshine)
16. Dedication



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

I'm sure you have all heard of the musician named "Eric Clapton" and if you haven't you must live a life entirely sheltered from rock music. He is one of the greatest guitarists ever, ranking up there with Hendrix and B.B. King. Well in the late 60s Clapton developed a love for one of his best friend's wives, Patti Boyd, who was married to George Harrison of the Beatles. He got severely depressed, became a heroin addict, the works. Out of this misery he made one of the best rock albums ever in Layla. He teamed up with Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers, and made this blues-rock masterpiece. I listen to this album accompanied with alcohol when women treat me wrong, as which usually happens. "Layla" is easily one of the greatest rock songs ever, not even exaggerating. Download this.
  1. "I Looked Away" (Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock) – 3:05
  2. "Bell Bottom Blues" (Clapton) – 5:02
  3. "Keep on Growing" (Clapton, Whitlock) – 6:21
  4. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" (Jimmie Cox) – 4:57
  5. "I Am Yours" (Clapton, Nezami) – 3:34
  6. "Anyday" (Clapton, Whitlock) – 6:35
  7. "Key to the Highway" (Charles Segar, Willie Broonzy) – 9:40
  8. "Tell the Truth" (Clapton, Whitlock) – 6:39
  9. "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?" (Clapton, Whitlock) – 4:41
  10. "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" (Billy Myles) – 6:52
  11. "Little Wing" (Jimi Hendrix) – 5:33
  12. "It's Too Late" (Chuck Willis) – 3:47
  13. "Layla" (Clapton, Jim Gordon) – 7:05
  14. "Thorn Tree in the Garden" (Whitlock) – 2:53


Five Deez - Kommunicator (2006)

My favorite album from Five Deez this time. The production is what stands out on this album (as well as other Five Deez albums) because of Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician produces all of it. Really good album thats short and sweet so check it out and BUY IT.

1. Kommunicator
2. Fugg That
3. Let the People Know
4. Black Rushmore
5. When the Silence Is Gone
6. So Good
7. Fifth Degree
8. B.M.W.
9. From Sorrow
10. Sapphire
11. Last Time



MneMonic - MneMonic Radio (2008)

Solid hip hop release from MneMonic here. Nothing too remarkable but it is a nice listen regardless.

1. Mnemonic Radio
2. Fire
3. Notice Me
4. Across The World feat. Percee P
5. Cocaine
6. Are You High
7. LA's Finest feat. Planet Asia
8. Callin'
9. I'm Loving You
10. Lost Angels feat. Luckyiam.PSC
11. Hip Hop Rebel
12. 100 Years Old
13. Ain't No Thang
14. I Go Crazy feat. LMNO
15. Holdin It Down
16. You Are The One
17. Trouble Sleeping
18. Goodbye feat. Phil Da Agony
19. Freedom
20. Anything



Self Scientific - Change (2005)

Great album from Self Scientific. Lyrics and production are very nice throughout creating some good hip hop for your ears.

1. Intro
2. Change
3. Balance (Feat. Kombo)
4. King Kong (Feat. Bun-B)
5. Tears
6. When I Die (Feat. Planet Asia)
7. Weight Of The World
8. 2 Step
9. Live N Breathe
10. Love Bird (Khalil's Theme)
11. Understand Me
12. Futurist
13. What You Need
14. Chace's Theme
15. Free Will



Sunday, March 22, 2009

Temple of the Dog (1991)

In 1990, Andrew Wood of Seattle grunge band Mother Love Bone died of a heroin overdose. His roommate, lead singer of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, took his drummer Matt Cameron to the remaining members of Mother Love Bone in discussion of a tribute album to the late musician. The two members of Mother Love Bone, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, were already in talks with Mike McReady and Eddie Veddar on a project which the following year would turn into Pearl Jam. For one album, this mix of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam teamed up into a grunge supergroup for Temple of the Dog. This is a classic grunge album and the duet of Vedder and Cornell on Hunger Strike is orgasmic.
  1. "Say Hello 2 Heaven" – 6:22
  2. "Reach Down" – 11:11
  3. "Hunger Strike" – 4:03
  4. "Pushin Forward Back" (Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Cornell) – 3:44
  5. "Call Me a Dog" – 5:02
  6. "Times of Trouble" (Gossard, Cornell) – 5:41
  7. "Wooden Jesus" – 4:09
  8. "Your Saviour" – 4:02
  9. "Four Walled World" (Gossard, Cornell) – 6:53
  10. "All Night Thing" – 3:52



Thursday, March 19, 2009

Saigon - All In A Days Work (2009)

Album from Saigon and Statik Selektah that took only 24 hours to complete. Short record but Saigon is pretty on point and the beats are laid back and smooth.

1. To Be Told
2. So Cruel
3. The Rules
4. My Crew
5. Prepare For War
6. Spit
7. Lady Sings The Blues
8. Lose Her
9. Goodbye
10. The Reason
11. I Warned You (Bonus)


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SOS Band - Greatest Hits

1. Just Be Good To Me (Single Version)
2. S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dat Dat Dat Dit Dit Dit)
3. Take Your Time (Do It Right) (Part 1)
4. Tell Me If You Still Care (Single Version)
5. The Finest
6. High Hopes
7. Just The Way You Like It
8. Weekend Girl (Single Version)
9. Love Won't Wait For Love
10. Groovin'
11. Have It Your Way
12. Borrowed Love
13. It's A Long Way To The Top
14. Sands Of Time
15. No Lies



My favorite band at the moment. 80's R&B/Funk. Lot of classics/sampled songs.

Sun Ra - Lanquidity (1978)

Sun Ra was a jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his "cosmic philosophy", musical compositions and performances. Sun Ra's music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians; his music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer of electronic music, space music, and free improvisation, and was one of the first musicians, regardless of genre, to make extensive use of electronic keyboards.

Ra was a master at twisting known musical idioms into his idiosyncratic vision, and Lanquidity proves to be a stirring, mesmerizing example of this vision. The music leads us in an unsettling direction, to a secret world where the lumbering grooves at first seduce with their simplicity, then intoxicate with their richness, until finally the darker sound textures overtake you and drop you in a place you had not imagined before.

1. "Lanquidity"
2. "Where Pathways Meet"
3. "That's How I Feel"
4. Twin Stars of Thence"
5. "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)"



Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nonfiktion - Creative Differences

This classic Sacramento album, is a collaboration between rappers Gangsta Dre and Young Jayda. Originally released in 1996 it went out of print soon after, re-released in 1998 on Black Market Records only to go out of print a second time. One of my favorite albums out of Sacramento. Fans of Brotha Lynch will not be dissapointed, though this is not on the same siccness that Lynch comes with.

RUG Records (1996)

1. Willfully and Unlawfully (feat. Mr. K-Getta)
2. Raw Game (feat. Lo-Skee & Mr. K-Getta)
3. Burgandy Day (feat. LeMay & Melle Mel)
4. Soldier
5. Puttin it Down (feat. Insane & Psycho)
6. Highway Music
7. Life Gets Hard (feat. Marvaless)
8. East-West Party (feat. Mike Mayfield)
9. Murder Pays
10. My Joint
11. Smoke One (feat. Mr. K-Getta & Lo-Skee)


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stone Temple Pilots - Core (1992)

Jigga already posted one classic grunge album released on September 29, 1992, Dirt by Alice in Chains. Core was Stone Temple Pilots debut album and a bit different in style than Dirt, though a landmark album of the grunge rock period. The album has a generally hard sound to it, but select track such as "Creep" and "Plush" go for an easier sound. "Creep" is easily one of my favorite rock songs ever, and a top 10 from the 1990s alternative scene. They really changed their style up after this album and got way more experimental, but this is a great starting point for STP.

1. "Dead & Bloated" 5:10
2. "Sex Type Thing" 3:36
3. "Wicked Garden" 4:05
4. "No Memory" 1:20
5. "Sin" 6:05
6. "Naked Sunday" 3:50
7. "Creep" 5:33
8. "Piece of Pie" 5:24
9. "Plush" 5:13
10. "Wet My Bed" 1:36
11. "Crackerman" 3:13
12. "Where the River Goes" 8:26



Sunday, March 8, 2009

Levitatorz - Live @ Somewhere (2008)

Dope underground hip hop album, check it out.

1 Intro
2 Pure Mathematic - Levitatorz
3 How We Do It - Fresh Air feat. Dre-Da
4 ryad's Bubble - Lushlife feat. J.Sands
5 Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix) - Prest feat. Sadat X O.C. & Large Professor
6 De Ja Vu - Inst - Dagha
7 Conquerors - Dagha feat.Al-Jabra
8 King Of Rock Bottom - Mr.J.Medeiros feat. DJ Vajra
9 Stoerokinit - Time Machine
10 The Muzik - Smooth Current
11 Let You Slide - Inst. - Shin-Ski
12 Dimlite Groove - Shin-Ski
13 It's All Real - Inst. - Shin-Ski
14 Early Dayz Amazement - Inst. - ShinSight Trio
15 What Makes The World Go Around - Shin-Ski
16 Kick Snare & Steps
17 Interlude
18 Fabulous - 12' Upg Edit - Smooth Current
19 True to The Game - Smooth Current
20 Levi-Cuts
21 Strain of Stairs - Smooth Current
22 Worldwide - Fresh Air feat. Alexx Daye
23 Bottle Rocket - Levitatorz feat. Lushlife
24 Reprise - Cradle
25 Mountains - Time Machine
26 Make It Fresh - Levitatorz's Up 2 Da Sky Remix - Project Move
27 Sand to the Beach - Ave.To
28 Peace of Mind - Shin-Ski feat. Melodee
29 Edo - Ave.To
30 Outro


Inverse - So Far (The Collection) (2008)

Incredible street album from Inverse that offers production from Kno among others. This is a must listen if you enjoy soulful hip hop or just laid back beats.

1. So Far
2. Remember The Name
3. Everything Is Beautiful
4. Spotlight Ft Just Will
5. Til The End Ft Trek Life and Deacon The Villain
6. Constellation Ft A-Dub and Nieve
7. I Believe
8. We Can Fly Ft Mud
9. Hiphopsoul Ft Noah King
10. Wanna Groove Ft Tatyana Ali
11. Sunnycalifornia
12. Look Around
13. All My Tomorrows
14. One Step



J-Live -The Best Part (2001)

Great album from the ever consistent J-Live. Great beats and smooth lyrics make for many quality listens.

1. Outside Looking
2. Intro
3. Got What It Takes
4. Don't Play
5. Vampire Hunter J
6. YES!
7. Them That's Not
8. Kick It To The Beat (Feat. Asheru & Probe)
9. Wax Paper
10. Timeless
11. Get The 3rd
12. School's In (Remix)
13. R.A.G.E.
14. True School Anthem
15. Inside Looking Outro
16. The Best Part
17. Play
18. Braggin' Writes Revisited
19. Epilogue



Saturday, March 7, 2009

RIDES Soul Mix

55 of my favorite Soul and R&B songs, to give you a bit of variety. Enjoy.

Al Green - Tired of Being Alone
Al Green - Love and Happiness
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Express Yourself
The Coasters - Down in Mexico
Commodores - Easy
Curtis Mayfield - Little Child Runnin' Wild
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
The Dramatics - In the Rain
Earth, Wind & Fire - Reasons
Etta James - At Last
The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You
The Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron - Whitey On The Moon
Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
The Isley Brothers - Shout, Pts. 1-2
The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
The Isley Brothers - That Lady, Pts. 1-2
Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Liftin' Me) Higher and Higher
The Jackson 5 - ABC
James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
James Brown - Down and Out in New York City
Lionel Richie - Hello
Martha And The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1
Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy
Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
Otis Redding - I've Been Loving You Too Long
Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
The Ronettes - Be My Baby
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - The Tracks Of My Tears
Smokey Robinson and The Miracles - The Tears Of A Clown
The Spinners - I'll Be Around
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go
The Supremes - Come See About Me
The Supremes - I Hear a Symphony
The Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You
The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone


Monday, March 2, 2009

Van Morrison - Moondance (1970)

Moondance is one of my favorite rock albums and a perfect album to set some romance if you're with a girl that likes classic rock. It's classic rock but it's a mix of various genres, kind of soul and R&B, jazz, folk all mixed in one. Van Morrison's got a fantastic singing voice and it's so unique. I highly recommend you guys check this album out if you like rock at all, atleast download it for the title track, it's a classic. My favorite song is "Glad Tidings".
  1. "And It Stoned Me" – 4:30
  2. "Moondance" – 4:35
  3. "Crazy Love" – 2:34
  4. "Caravan" – 4:57
  5. "Into the Mystic" – 3:25
  6. "Come Running" – 2:30
  7. "These Dreams of You" – 3:50
  8. "Brand New Day" – 5:09
  9. "Everyone" – 3:31
  10. "Glad Tidings" – 3:13


Daz Dillinger - Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back (1998)

A west coast classic, Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back is the debut album from Daz Dillinger. Daz was one of the last remaining artists on Death Row after its collapse in '96. The album was also the last Death Row album to feature any kind of G-Funk production, the style which initially made Death Row famous. Since Daz was one of the last of a dying breed, he largely moved on to different techniques after this album, this could be considered the last hallmark of the musical trend.

1. Gang Bangin' Ass Criminal (feat. Kurupt, Soopafly, Tray Deee, Bad Azz, Techniec)
2. It's Going Down (feat. Kurupt)
3. Playa Partners (feat. B-Legit)
4. It Might Sound Crazy (feat. Too Short)
5. Our Daily Bread (feat. Kurupt)
6. In California (feat. Val Young)
7. Initiated (feat. 2Pac, Kurupt, Outlawz)
8. Oh No (feat. Tray Deee, J-Money)
9. Retaliation, Revenge and Get Back
10. O.G. (feat. Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg)
11. Baby Mama Drama (feat. Big C-Style, Lil' C-Style)
12. Only For U (feat. Big Pimpin' Delemond, Val Young)
13. Ridin' High (feat. WC)
14. The Ultimate Come Up (feat. MC Eiht, Bad Azz)
15. Thank God For My Life (feat. Bad Azz, Tray Deee, Soopafly, Big Pimpin' Delemond)
16. Why Do We Bang (Outro)



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