Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Some Mixtapes

I recently lost my music due to my external hard drive and ipod breaking within a week of each other...
so while I am getting it back, I have spent a lot of time on datpiff.com downloading mixtapes cause they are easy n free.
I am going to post some tapes of artists who have yet to release an album but who I am stoked when they finally do. Some of these tapes are better than others, but many of these guys were XXL top freshmen of 2009.

again, sorry havent been posting too often :(

Asher Roth - The Green House Effect - downloa@d

Mickey Factz - Heaven's Fallout - downlo@d

Wiz Khalifa - Prince of the City 2 - downlo@d

KiD CuDi - A Kid Named Cudi - downlo@d

B.o.B. (now named Bobby Ray) - Who the Fuck is B.o.B.? - downlo@d

I am personally expecting very big things from these guys in the future and 09 in particular. Always nice to be listening to their stuff and preparin' for their albums to come out. Continue Entry»

Sunday, March 29, 2009

the Ket-chup post

so i havent posted in a minute
$o that means today is payday
Figuratively of course, i have a wealth of new hip-hop to share with u guys.

Hailing from the LA, Pacific Division is part of the West's revival movement. The Sealed For Freshness: Blend Tape by Pac Div mixes some of their own original material with classic beats. Shitt goes hard.

Big Sean hails from Detroit and is signed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music label along with Kid Cudi. He has yet to release an album but his mixtape Finally Famous has me greatly anticipating it. Big Sean has a clean flow to go along with some super clever punchlines, really good listen.

So i came across the Creme De La Creme mixtape searchin for Pac Div material. Its a really good compilation featuring some of the newest up n comers in Hip-Hop, alotta guys id never heard of.. Def worth a listen.
The Artifacts are an old school hip hop duo from NY, their album Between a Rock and Hard Place is a Classic from the 90's.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Hip Hop

So I know I haven't posted in a while, and I'm sorry. Unfortunately, this first post after a little hiatus isn't going to give you a CD to download or an artist to check out. This time I'm going to give you a little philosophical question. Feel free to just think about it or leave comments if you have thoughts.

So, what I want to ask you is what is Hip Hop? Nowadays, many of us Hip Hop heads will tell you that Hip Hop is not a type of music, Hip Hop is not a style, Hip Hop is not a history of a certain race, rather we'll tell you hip hop is a lifestyle. In fact, if you want to know what Hip Hop is, why not ask one if it's legends, KRS-One...

Hip means to know
It's a form of intelligence
To be hip is to be up-date and relevant
Hop is a form of movement
You can't just observe a hop
You got to hop up and do it
Hip and Hop is more than music
Hip is the knowledge
Hop is the movement
Hip and Hop is intelligent movement
All relevant movement
We selling the music
So write this down on your black books and journals
Hip Hop culture is eternal
Run and tell all your friends
An ancient civilization has bee born again
It's a fact

So, if this is what Hip Hop is, what is Hip Hop when you find yourself in a place not touched by the movement, or not touched by it to the extent that you are. How do you hop up and do it when you can't even see the hop in the spot that you're at? I'd like to think that Hip Hop is big and powerful and meaningful enough to still exist in those places, because as KRS says it's eternal, but does that hop mean something different in those places? Can a movement, in a particular situation exist in only one person? Does it have to?

Ask yourself if you've ever been in a space where you are the only person there who personally feels a part of the movement. Sometimes those situations allow it to come out strong, but where it doesn't, what is it? What is a movement when no one else is moving? Continue Entry»

Monday, March 9, 2009

It Was All a Dream

RIP Christopher Wallace
although I was only 7 when you died, I am very thankful for what you have left us and only wish that you could have experienced a longer life.

For anyone who doesn't read any other type of Hip Hop blog, I will post a mixtape mixed by Cookin' Soul and hosted by DJ Drama. Cookin' Soul mixed different Biggie songs and then had artist's of today spit their own verses as a tribute.
Hope everyone is bumpin BIG all day.

BIG Tribute - downlo@d Continue Entry»

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Super Catch Up Post

First off, very sorry I haven't been posting for such a long time I've just been really busy. It is not because I havent found new stuff, so I will put some up right now. Just a disclaimer, most of these cds are still early in my rotation so I have only listened to most of them like once or twice so I cant really give in depth reviews or anything. Make sure to comment how you like them on the blog and I can do more in depth research and everything finding new stuff.

Sorry there is so much text, but if you don't feel like reading it all, the music I just posted is worth a listen so you can skip to the links if you dont need/want background info.

First off, Imma post an album from a few years back by an artist named Kero One. He is an Asian American from San Francisco and isnt too big for what I know but he has toured internationally and he does have a fanbase. This album is Called Windmills of The Soul and he is currently working on his second album Early Believers. As a producer he uses a lot of jazz type beats and most of his stuff is really mellow, I have really enjoyed the cd so far.
Windmills of the Soul - downlo@d

Next I have an emcee named Bossman from Baltimore. He is pretty much unheard of outside of B'more but I have read that he sold 13,000 copies of his first album Law & Order in the first week only in the local Baltimore area. He didn't have a national release but he has reached over 80,000 sold. I found out about him by following Wale (a different DC/Maryland/Virginia area rapper) on twitter and Bossman is a very impressive emcee. I am going to post one of his mixtapes, and he is currently working on his second studio album as well.
No Law, No Order - downlo@d

3rd is a dope mixtape from Rhymefest out of Chicago. He co-wrote grammy award winning song "Jesus Walks" with Kanye West and has an impressive album out already. He is getting pretty big so I won't give too much bio stuff but he is working on his second album, El Che, and is releasing a couple mixtapes in the process. This is a dedication he made to Michael Jackson, and there is some tight songs on here using Jackson songs and everything.
Man in the Mirror Mixtape - downlo@d

4th, continuation of a post that Raph did a while back on the emcee, Blu. If you don't know Blu, you better catch up cause this is one of the most talented lyricists ever. I am going to post 4 different mixtapes by him but all in the same file. So(ul) Amazing 1 & 2 are amazing. The C.O.R.E. mixtape is some old stuff and HerFavoriteColo(u)r is hte newest one and produced entirely by Blu himself. I have read on the Internet that he has just been signed to a major record label which is a division of WB so congrats to him and I know it won't change him.
Blu Mixtapes - downlo@d

Finally I have a cd compiled and produced by DJ KO. Very impressive guest spots from the likes of Royce da 5'9", Elzhi, Supastition, Wordsworth, Torae, Skyzoo and many more. Hope you guys enjoy it.
Picture this... - downlo@d

I won't take such long breaks anymore, don't worry! Continue Entry»