Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Typical Cats - Typical Cats (2001)

Hey guys. Long time no post.
Contrary to their name, Typical Cats is not your ordinary batch of emcees. Spawned from a radio station (the WHPK Wednesday Night Rap Show), Qwel, Denizen Kane, Qwazaar, J-Rok, Kid Knish, and DJ Natural put out material that's probably different from what you're used to hearing. The use of piano loops and jazz sampling flawlessly goes with each lyricist's rhyme style. This album is amazing and definitely worth a few rotations.

  1. Intro
  2. Reinventing the Wheel
  3. Any Day
  4. Qweloquiallisms
  5. It Won't Stop
  6. Snake Oil
  7. Natural Causes
  8. Take a Number
  9. The Manhattan Project
  10. Too Happy For Qwel
  11. Live Forever
  12. Cliche
  13. What You Thought Hops
  14. Thin Red Line

Lushlife - Cassette City (2009)

Great album from Lushlife that comes full of smooth sounds and a little something to say. They play actual instruments (no samples I believe) as most of the production is handled by Lushlife himself. After giving this many listens its safe to say this is one of the more impressive releases of 2009.

1. Innocence
2. Daylight Into Me
3. The Kindness
4. Meridian Sound (Part One)
5. Another Word For Paradise
6. Until The Sun Dies
7. The Songbird Athletic
8. Meridian Sound (Part Two)
9. In Soft Focus
10. The Fall Of Light Brigade
11. Innocence Reprise
12. Bottle Rocket
13. Meridian Sound (Part Three)



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

CYNE - Evolution Fight (2005)

Sophomore album from CYNE and in this is one of the best albums released in this decade. Insightful lyrics without being preachy and the production is something to take in on multiple listens. Simply put don't sleep on this release, it might just change your life.

1. Plight About Now
2. Soapbox
3. Evolution Fight
4. Haze
5. Rousseau
6. Fuck America
7. Growing
8. Rappin'
9. Automaton
10. Arrow of God
11. Running Water
12. Up Above
13. Deferred
14. Moonlight



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mr. Lif - Enter the Colossus (2000)

Enter the Colossus is the Boston's rapper debut EP, Mr. Lif. The only track I've listen to by him was Jedi Mind's Cobra Speech off the Violent by Design album, so you'll probably recognize him from there in case you don't know about him... Well, I must say I'm really glad that I check this EP, and that's what you need to do right now, it's 30 minutes of pure Hip-Hop material, DO NOT SLEEP ON IT!
  1. "DataBlend"- 3:20
  2. "Cro-Magnon" (Featuring Illin P) - 3:56
  3. "Pulse Cannon" (Featuring Insight & T-Ruckus) - 3:00
  4. "Enters the Colossus" - 3:08
  5. "Avengers" (Featuring Akrobtik) - 2:56
  6. "Front on This"- 3:57
  7. "Arise" (Includes bonus track "Boston") - 10:45
- Purchase
- Download

The Streets - Original Pirate Material (2002)

The Streets is actually a one man show, Mike Skinner, originated from Birmingham, England. Yeah, England. I remember when I first brought this cd back home, everybody was kinda anxious about listening to some UK hip-hop.  Now my sister is a big fan, she owns all his albums.
  1. Turn the Page
  2. Has It Come to This?
  3. Let's Push Things Forward
  4. Sharp Darts
  5. Same Old Thing
  6. Geezers Need Excitement
  7. It's Too Late
  8. Too Much Brandy
  9. Don't Mug Yourself 
  10. Who Got the Funk?
  11. The Irony of It All
  12. Weak Become Heroes 
  13. Who Dares Wins
  14. Stay Positive

Friday, July 24, 2009

Reggae Friday - Augustus Pablo - Rockers Meet King Tubby In A Fire House (1980)

What happens when one great reggae producer takes his band over to another legendary producers studio? Music that can only be described as "royal majestic inna fine style" is created. This dub album is nothing short of amazing and showed the vibe that King Tubby and Augustus Pablo shared for Jah Rasta Fari.

1. Rockers Meet King Tubbys Inna Fire House
2. Short Man Dub
3. Zion Is A Home
4. Dub In Matthew's Lane Arena
5. Jah Say Dub
6. Son Of Jah Dub
7. Simeon Tradition
8. Selassie I Dub
9. Jah Mouly Ital Sip
10. Son Of Man Dub*
11. Rasta To The Hills*
12. Twin Seal Dub*
13. House Of Dub Version*



Reggae Friday - Augustus Pablo - East of the River Nile (1977)

Augustus Pablo is one of the greatest reggae producers of all time. His music is deep and full of rich dub sounds. He also is the only musician I have ever seen that plays the melodic which is a flute with a keyboard on it. The music doesn't get any better than Augustus Pablo so open your ears wide and take in the majestic music he has created.

1. Chant to King
2. Natural Way
3. Nature Dub
4. Upfull Living
5. Unfinished Me
6. Jah Light
7. Memories of t
8. Africa (1983)
9. East of the R
10. Sounds From L
11. Chapter 2
12. Addis-A-Baba
13. East Africa



Thursday, July 23, 2009

Herbaliser - Same As It Never Was (2008)

Crazy artwork aside this album is incredible. A mixture of funk, hip hop, soul and electronic all these sounds mesh together perfectly here. This one is definitely worth your time so check it out.

1. Same As It Never Was
2. On Your Knees
3. Just Won't Stop
4. The Next Spot
5. Can't Help This Feeling
6. Amores Bongo
7. Street Karma
8. You're Not All That
9. Blackwater Drive
10. Game Set and Match
11. Clap Your Hands
12. Stranded on Earth



Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Krayzie Bone - Thug Mentality 1999

First solo album from Bone Thugs member Krayzie Bone and it is arguably the best out of all the members solos. Its two discs so there are some weak songs but the majority of it is classic Bone with songs like Heated Heavy and Murda Mo. If you are a fan of Bone Thugs n Harmony and have never heard this then you need to do yourself a favor and check it out.

Disc 1:

1. Intro (Thug Invasion) - Krayzie Bone,
2. Heated Heavy
3. Paper - Krayzie Bone, Henderson, Anthony
4. The Messenger (Skit) - Krayzie Bone,
5. Payback Iz a ~censored~
6. (Relay) Thugline
7. Dummy Man
8. Thugz All Ova da World
9. Street People - Krayzie Bone, Henderson, A
10. Pimpz, Thugz, Hustlaz & Gangstaz
11. Da ~lol~ (Skit) - Krayzie Bone,
12. Drama - Krayzie Bone, Henderson, Anthony
13. World War
14. The War Iz On
15. When I Die
16. Thug Alwayz
17. Thug Mentality

Disc: 2
1. Murda Won't Stop (Skit) - Krayzie Bone,
2. Where My Thugz At
3. Smokin' Budda
4. Knieght Rieduz (Here We Come)
5. Try Me
6. Theze Dayz
7. Silent Warrior
8. Shoot the Club Up
9. Silence
10. Look at You Now (Skit) - Krayzie Bone,
11. Won't Ez up Tonight
12. Sad Song (Skit) - Krayzie Bone,
13. I Still Believe - Krayzie Bone, Henderson, Al
14. We Starvin'
15. Smoke & Burn
16. Power
17. That's the Way
18. Armageddon
19. Murda Mo
20. Revolution



Saturday, July 18, 2009

Swoop G - Undisputed (1997)

Kick ass g-funk album from Swoop G. Production is lights outs and has some pretty kick ass guest spots. Definitely worthy of your time.

1. Intro
2. Tha M.O.B. (feat. The Luniz, 3X Krazy, Cydal & Knucklehead)
3. Not To Be Fucked With
4. I Am The 1
5. My Life
6. Call Me (feat. Dee-Dee)
7. Who Got The Gangsta Shit Pt. II (feat. Bart & JT The Bigga Figga)
8. Gangsta In California
9. 20 Dollars
10. Testimonies (feat. 2 Scoops & Bart)
11. Eastside Madness (feat. T Luni & Tray D)
12. Simpin' Into Pimpin' (feat. Poppa LQ)
13. G House
14. She Broke Me Off
15. O.B.G.
16. Soldiers Prayer (feat. Cydal)


Friday, July 17, 2009

Reggae Friday - Jacob Miller - Who Say Jah No Dread (1992)

Incredible album from Jacob Miller that is produced by one of the greatest musicians of all time, Augustus Pablo. This album is very short with versions (dubs for those that don't know better) of all the songs so the number of actual songs is just 6.

1. Keep On Knocking
2. Knocking Version
3. False Rasta
4. Hungry Town Scanc
5. Baby I Love You So
6. King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
7. Who Say Jah No Dread
8. Jah Dread
9. Each One Teach One
10. Each One Teach One Version
11. Girl Name Pat
12. Girl Name Pat Version



Reggae Friday - Horsemouth - Original Armageddon Dub (1978)

Some roots reggae for you this time, all the songs have a dub of them on the next song. Horsemouth was the drummer from the Rockers DVD and this is his album.

1. Let It Burn
2. Fire Burn
3. Live Good
4. Rastaman Dub
5. I Love Reggae
6. Reggae Dub
7. I Want To Be With You
8. I Want To Dub
9. Armageddon Dub
10. Tribute To His Majesty
11. Freedom Dub
12. Marcus Garvey Dub
13. New Day Dawning


The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (1986)

The Queen Is Dead is the Smiths' great leap forward, taking the band to new musical and lyrical heights. Shattering the myth that he is a self-pitying sap, Morrissey delivers a devastating set of clever, witty satires of British social mores, intellectualism, class, and even himself. He also crafts some of his finest, most affecting songs, particularly in the wistful "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" and the epic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," two masterpieces that provide the foundation for a remarkable album. Genres include Pop/Indie Punk.
  1. "The Queen Is Dead" – 6:24
  2. "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" – 2:17
  3. "I Know It's Over" – 5:48
  4. "Never Had No One Ever" – 3:36
  5. "Cemetry Gates" – 2:39
  6. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" – 3:12
  7. "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" – 3:15
  8. "Vicar in a Tutu" – 2:21
  9. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" – 4:02
  10. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" – 3:14


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Daft Punk - Alive (2007)

It's always nice to revisit your classics live.
  1. Robot Rock / Oh Yeah
  2. Touch It / Technologic
  3. Television Rules the Nation / Crescendolls
  4. Too Long / Steam Machine
  5. Around the World / Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
  6. Burnin' / Too Long
  7. Face to Face / Short Circuit
  8. One More Time / Aerodynamic
  9. Aerodynamic Beats / Forget About the World"
  10. The Prime Time of Your Life / The Brainwasher / Rollin' & Scratchin' / Alive 
  11. Da Funk / Daftendirekt
  12. Superheroes / Human After All / Rock'n Roll – 5:41
  13. (Encore)Human After All / Together / One More Time (reprise) / Music Sounds Better with You

Monday, July 13, 2009

J. Cole - The Warm Up (2009) Mixtape

J. Cole has a bright future in this music shit. This album is so nice from beginning to end with original production from J. Cole himself and a couple classic beats added into the mix. If you have slept on this then just stop what you got going on and give this a listen. Son is ill with it and deserves recognition.

1. Intro (The Warm Up)
2. Welcome
3. Can I Live*
4. Grown Simba
5. Just To Get By
6. Lights Please
7. Dead Presidents II
8. I Get Up
9. World Is Empty
10. Dreams ft. Brandon Hines
11. Royal Flush
12. Dollar and a Dream II
13. Water Break (Interlude)
14. Heartache**
15. Get Away
16. Knock Knock
17. Ladies ft. Lee Fields and The Expressions
18. Til’ Infinity
19. The Badness ft. Omen
20. Hold It Down
21. Last Call

22. Losing My Balance

All Songs Written and Produced by J. Cole
* - Produced by Syience
** - Produced by Elite


Friday, July 10, 2009

Reggae Friday - Alton Ellis - A New Day (1983)

Alton Ellis is one of the greatest reggae singers of all time. Many of his love songs have been covered and replayed. His influence reaches further than I can fathom in many genres of music. This album is short but will undoubtedly be stuck on repeat once you get a taste.

1. Seven Days A Week
2. Stronger
3. I'll Be There
4. Love On Top
5. Children Of The Ghetto
6. In A Vision
7. Why Birds Follow Spring


Reggae Friday - UB40 - Signing Off (1980)

UB40's first album is quite an amazing album. From top notch vocals to dub/vibe influenced tracks this one will have you wanting more. I listened to this album for a few hours the first time I heard it and have been addicted ever since.

1. Tyler
2. King
3. 12 Bar
4. Burden Of Shame
5. Adella
6. I think It´s Going to Rain Again
7. 25%
8. Food For Thought
9. Little by Little
10. Signing Off
11. Madame Medusa
12. Strange Fruit
13. Reefer Madness



Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tha Connection - Moon Water (2008)

Tha Connection are a group that do everything right. They make music that is deep and entertaining while canvasing it all together effortlessly. This album is extremely nice, from the lyrics right down to the smallest hi hat. Check it out.

1. Take it Higher
2. Cold Soul
3. Hibernation Remix
4. Blacklight
5. Warm Summer
6. Drumstick Remix
7. My Story
8. Classic ft. Kush Foreal
9. Theme Song of Foul Play
10. Skys
11. Zen Remix
12. Good Fella Remix
13. Realness
14. Understand Us
15. Take it Higher (Asuka Mochizuki Remix)
16. Realness Remix



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fat Jon as Maurice Galactica - Humanoid Erotica (2001)

If you have never heard a Fat Jon solo record then you just haven't experienced emotion translated into modern music to incredible accuracy. Every song has an emotion or situation at the heart of it and this whole album (if you couldn't guess from the album title) is about sex and relationships. This is an instrumental LP as are all Fat Jon solo LP's and in my opinion Fat Jon is the best of our generation at creating music that translates to life.

1. At the Bar
2. 14 Years
3. Triple Gold Daytons
4. No
5. Tell Me
6. The Queen and I
7. Backseat Anonymous
8. Change Your Mind
9. Exact Space
10. I. Dee
11. Raindance (Remix Instrumental)
12. Pretty Pussy Kitty Kat"



Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra - Atlantis (1967)

Sun Ra created some trailblazing sounds that helped to change not only the sound of jazz, but several other genres as well. His space sounds helped to create the experimental music known as psychedelic and its '70s offshoot, space rock. With Atlantis, Sun Ra shows both sides of his personality, offering a side of smaller cuts and one long solid jam that helped define the sound of space jazz.

Atlantis is the first of Sun Ra's and probably the first jazz record as well to feature the brand new clavinet (dubbed the 'solar sound instrument'). Later on, musicians as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock would create some of their finest compositions using the instrument. But here Sun Ra had introduced the solid funk groove of the clavinet to jazz.

His style changes give an introspective view of where Sun Ra was going with musical ideas. 'Mu' shows his interest in social, technological and musical diversity by building a track around acoustic and electronic instruments while having tenor-sax man John Gilmore lay out a raga styled solo. On the 21 minute title track, Sun Ra cuts one of his finest free (or space) jazz compositions ever. Atlantis is an amazing opus that features a larger band than the opening five tracks. Here Ra builds a masterpiece that twists and turns through many soundscapes and gives the whole track a diversity that stands apart from all of Sun Ra's other records. Atlantis is not only one of Ra's most eclectic albums, but overall is one of the finest he ever released.

1. Mu
2. Lemuria
3. Yucatan (Saturn Version)
4. Yucatan (Impulse Version)
5. Bimini
6. Atlantis



Monday, July 6, 2009

Superstar Quamallah and Taj Infinite - All Souled Out (2005)

Superstar Quamallah is the DJ on this album while Taj Infinite kills it on the souled out lyrical vibe. Quamallah has guest verses but his production shines strong throughout and is a perfect back drop Taj Infinite. If you are a fan of other Superstar Quamallah works then you will definitely want to peep this.

1. Intro
2. Midnite (Over You)
3. Niggah Song
4. Watch Out! (Interlude)
5. All Souled Out
6. Love I Never Knew
7. Clowns
8. Favorite Things
9. Nuthin
10. Doc's Freestyle
11. Rock With Me feat. Lloyd Jones
12. I Want More
13. Reflection
14. Ride (Cry)
15. Get Home

CD Baby


Friday, July 3, 2009

Reggae Friday - Jimmy Cliff - Hard Road To Travel (1970)

This one is from reggae great Jimmy Cliff and is what reggae is all about. Music you can dance to, chill with your chick to, or just vibe out and blaze a spliff. Thanks Becca for the suggestion..

1. The Reward
2. Let's Dance
3. Can't Get Enough Of It
4. I've Got A Feeling
5. All I Know About You
6. Give And Take
7. Pride And Passion
8. Searchin' For My Baby
9. Hard Road To Travel
10. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
11. Call On Me
12. Aim And Ambition


Reggae Friday - Jah Batta - Argument (1983)

Great reggae album from Jah Batta. Fun rhythms and plenty of interesting lyrics from Jah Batta.

1. No Meat
2. Ten To Seven
3. Argument
4. I Don't Want To Wait
5. Mi Black
6. Youthman School
7. Hold On Paon The Woman
8. Informa (Watch It)
9. Youthman Time
10. Out A Reach


Thursday, July 2, 2009

P Brothers - The Gas (2008)

Great album from the P Brothers. This is some NY grime type hip hop that has heavy lyricism. Very raw album that is a must listen for those losing faith in hip hop nowadays.

1. Gas Alert
2. Cold World feat. Boss Money
3. Late Night feat. Milano
4. Outta Control feat. Roc Marciano
5. Got It On Me feat. Milano
6. Emptiness
7. New Religion feat. Boss Money
8. Digital B-Boy feat. Milano
9. Caviar feat. Roc Marciano
10. Blam Blam For Nottingham feat. Boss Money
11. Shoot ‘Em Down feat. Res Connected
12. In A Zone feat. Milano
13. Boss Money Gangsters feat. Boss Money
14. Don’t Question Me feat. $amhill
15. Spirit



Royal Fam - Black Castle (2006)

Timbo King presents the Royal Fam is all Wu affiliates over Timbo King productions with a couple track credits going to other producers. A very solid OOP album so enjoy the free download. At the time of this post a new copy of this album on Amazon was going for about $370 USD.

1. Intro
2. Blame Us
3. Rules 101
4. Invitation Only
5. All The Kings Men
6. What You Think
7. Black Castle
8. I Declare War
9. Once Upon
10. Army Brigade
11. Somethings Got To Give
12. Musical Chairs


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grand Puba - Retroactive (2009)

Solid album from Brand Nubian member Grand Puba. Lots of soul influence in this one translates to a comfortable listen for any time.

1. I See Dead People feat. Rell, Lord Jamar (Produced By: PHD)
2. Hunny (Produced By: Grant Parks)
3. It Is What It Is feat. Tiffini Davis (Produced By: PHD)
4. Get That Money (Produced By: PHD)
5. How Long? (Produced By: Elements)
6. Good To Go feat. Q-Tip (Produced By: Q-Tip)
7. Same Old Drama feat. Large Professor (Produced By: Large Professor)
8. This Joint Right Here feat. Kid Capri (Produced By: Grand Puba)
9. Go Hard feat. Talee (Produced By: Grand Puba; Billy Brick)
10. Reality Check feat Sarah Martinez (Produced By: PHD)
11. Cold Cold World feat. Khadija Mohammad (Produced By: Grand Puba; Billy Brick)
12. Smile (Outro) feat. Big Phil (Produced By: Big Throwback)
13. This Joint Right Here (Remix) feat. Kid Capri, Sadat X & Lord Jamar (Produced By: Grand Puba)



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