Monday, April 27, 2009

Upcoming Reviews

I have a ton of new music that I am interested in reviewing/putting on our site. This probably won't work, but I figured I would take some suggestions, Imma post things that I want to do and hopefully I get some feedback on the order in which I should get it done, if not I will put stuff next week fo sho.

Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle
Curren$y - This Ain't No Mixtape
Wiz Khalifa - Flight School
Skyzoo - The Power of Words
Bobby Creekwater - The BC Era 2 (comes out this friday)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

DaWh@t Fam Download

New Music from featured artist JasIl

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Takeover TV

not to be on Zion I's jock...
but this shit is pretty sick.

click the on/off button to turn the TV on and channel to flip through the different videos and all that good shit
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Straight F!RE

My boy Elliot introduced me to Theory Hazit who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, also home of Nappy Roots. I had never heard him before but hes a really good up and coming artist, hopefully one day he can break into the mainstream. I really like his first album Extra Credit and I came across his most recent album Lord Fire and thought I'd share with everyone. Awesome cover art too!
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The Lost Tapes

Some of NaS' best material in my opinion, apparently it wasn't good enough to make the final cut of StillMatic. But The Lost Tapes flow better in my opinion than many of his albums, and the gritty nature of the rhymes and beats reminisce to his Ill era. If you like NaS, you'll love this.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Wiz Khalifa - Flight School Mixtape

This is the newest mixtape form Wiz Khalifa out of Pittsburgh, Pistolvenia. This is one of the few updates on our site that is a real time release and update. SO this is fresh out from a few hours ago.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

It's finally here...

Rock The Bells 2009 Line Up has just been released. Nothing too surprising, but like always a killer line-up that scrapes on any other music festival out there. I, personally, am especially excited about Slaughterhouse being on the line up, but check it out for yourself.

Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
The Roots
Big Boi
House of Pain featuring La Coka Nostra
Reflection Eternal
Tech N9ne
Sage Francis
Eyedea & Abilities
Slum Village
Evidence & Alchemist
Chali 2na
Psycho Realm
Mystic Journeyman
Mickey Factz
B. Dolan
Tabi Bonne

and, as usual, some dope ass MC work from KRS-One, MURS, Pete Rock and the legend, the man, Super Natural. More announcements and special performances will be announced by Guerilla Union, as well as dates and venues. The cities their claiming for this year are LA, SF, NYC, DC, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Denver, Toronto and Vancouver.

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Uhh Shook by Shad (Prod. by Braze)

Probably Shad's best song and that's saying a lot..Produced by fellow Canadian and Toronto native Braze
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Zion I "Geek To The Beat" from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

Check the M.A.Y.O. directed, Alice in Wonderland inspired new music video from Zion I. Geek to the Beat is their newest single off The Takeover, and generally considered the best track on the album. Kanye West is feelin this video, and so am I. Much love to Zumbi and AmpLive. Continue Entry»

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Jadakiss - The Last Kiss Review

Once again, please comment on how helpful/good this review is because it is my 2nd one ever and I am trying to find my own.

By the time I bought The Last Kiss, I had already downloaded and listened to Jadakiss’ latest mixtape, Kiss My Ass Pt. 2. I enjoyed the tape and was looking forward to what he would bring on a full album but at the same time I have heard that Jadakiss’ albums do not follow suit to the mixtapes. Personally, and I hope many agree, Jadakiss is at his best when he is just bringing it from the streets. I know, I know, how can someone who has millions of dollars and been removed form the streets for a while keeps in touch? Well I think that the best rappers are still able to do it when want to, and I think Jadakiss is high enough up there to trust his ability.

The first track Pain and Torture is very good I thought and got me very excited to hear the rest of the album. It is also one of only three tracks on the cd without a guest spot and I think that says something when one of the solo songs is one of the best if not the best songs on the album. The strings in the beat give it tempo without overpowering the darkness of the bass. Can’t Stop Me is a solid track, Jada has good flow over the beat but already the album is turning away from the hardcore sound of the opening song. Who’s Real is not a track I will listen to much more after this review is finished. Swizz Beats brings such a mediocre/sub par chorus as well as the over synthed out beat. Jadakiss tries to keep you interested but the song is almost annoying to me. Grind Hard has a solid beat, which I can get into, and Mary J’s chorus gets you from verse to verse. This song is half pop/radio hit and the other half Jadakiss kills it. Jadakiss & Young Jeezy rapping about being hard over a bass heavy makes Something Else a good song that I can imagine listening to for months and years to come.
The history and chemistry between Jadakiss & Styles P is very evident on the next song, One More Step. The trading of lines is very clever and makes the song one of my personal favorites on the album. Stress Ya featuring Pharell is overall a very forgettable track in my opinion with a generic Pharell beat and Pharell chorus and cool lyrics from Jada. I see no reason to listen to this song over any other because there are definitely much better songs than this. For any Jadakiss fan, whether you got all his stuff or not, What If should sound very familiar to his single from a different album titled Why. Yes, both songs have very clever and thought provoking questions but for me, it is too much to make 2 of these songs in one person’s career. The concept is no longer new nor original so I am not especially feeling it. I wish I could listen to Things I’ve Been Through while driving cause the chill beat and melody along with Jada’s soft voice sound like an ideal cruising track. It is worth noting that this is another one of those 3 songs without a featured guest; very strong song overall. Just past halfway through these middle songs are a nice resurgence to the album. Things I’ve Been Through, I Tried, and Rockin’ With the Best keep my attention and make sure that I do not turn the album off. Although this album is not completely cohesive, the wealth is distributed and the album is neither front nor back heavy.
Despite the R&B chorus on Smokin’ Gun it still has a hard street-esque feel, which I really enjoy. Jadakiss can make defending his girl both hard/tough and romantic at the same time through his wordplay; clever and entertaining. When you have Ghostface Killah & Raekwon on the same song, it is hard to set yourself apart even on your own album. On Cartel Gathering, Jadakiss holds his own and makes sure you know he is there even if his guests outshine him a little bit. The next track is straight hard, outside of the hook, the dark beat and angry tone of everyone involved on Come and Get Me sends a strong message. S.I & Sheek Louch contribute but are not completely necessary for the tracks overall rating. By My Side is not my favorite track but I think it takes a certain type of rapper in order to rap along side an R&B singer, especially a male one. I don’t think it requires a certain amount of talent, just a style that Jadakiss does not possess. It isn’t a terrible song but not a great track in my mind.
I first heard Letter to B.I.G. in the movie Notorious about Biggie Smalls and I was originally impressed. It is a solid tribute track to someone who paved the way for Jadakiss and other New York rappers. It doesn’t showcase anything special but the content alone makes it worth listening to especially on any Biggie tribute playlist anyone might have. It is even more special because Faith Evans is the one signing on the track, and as I am assuming some people know, Biggie was married to her for a while. The Something Else Remix follows the same suit as my review of the original version. It is a great song and I like the new verses contributed to it, but I understand if someone prefers the original cut. Finally, Death Wish, is a worse version of Something Else in my opinion. Granted, I am not the biggest Weezy fan, but there are certain types of song in which a Wayne feature works in my opinion and this doesn’t have that type of sound.
Overall I enjoyed listening to the cd and there will be times in the future when I want to listen all the way through but for the most part I will be listening to a selection of songs because as most Jadakiss albums go, it is not one cohesive thing that needs each part. I would recommend listening to Jadakiss’ mixtapes because overall I prefer those to the studio albums.Album is worth hearing and I give it a 6/10.

I will post a sampler that includes some of my favorite tracks but I will also post a link to download Jadakiss' last mixtape. Check them both out and if you like it, go buy the album!

Last Kiss Album Sample - downlo@d
Kiss My Ass Pt. 2 Mixtape - downlo@d

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rhymefest - The Manual Review

I am going to try and do more real album reviews on this site. I am not going to put as many downloads, more trying to spread music knowledge and unless the music is free everywhere - I am not going to be supplying it. SO here is my first review, please comment on my review - whether you agree but also just how readable it is and how helpful.

My initial reactions to the Mixtape were very positive; I really enjoyed my first listen and I still like what I hear. The beginning is kind of slow in my opinion: through the first 7 tracks I really like 2 of them. Personally, Coolness is one of my two favorite tracks on the album but the Native Tongue Medley is definitely a slouch in the track line up.

Deals a Deal brings it back hard as a second start to the album CL Smooth is an incredible addition to the song as both he and Rhymefest as well as Haffa flow easy over the beat. The battle with Big Daddy Kane is a fun and interesting idea, which I don’t dislike but don’t love. At this point the album reaches a point of excellence where it does not leave. The next three tracks are great, Rhymefest has had beef with Charles Hamilton and just has not liked the way the new rappers are conducting themselves in general. He feels that they are disrespectful to the Hip Hop of the past and many of them front to be hard. Tender Thug, Supersonic, and Wup Your Ass is just Rhymefest using his sense of humor and experience to put those guys back in place. Pulls Me Back is a very good track with solid beat and nice lyrics from Rhymefest. Party For Free is a fun party type song and it is nice but with songs like that lyrics are sometimes lost or do not receive the attention they are due. Rhymefest’s best asset is his lyrical ability so in songs where the words take a bake seat, a big strength of his is lost. Overpaid Lover & Exodus 5 1 are both very solid songs all around. Goin In is dope and Queen Latifah brings it hard. I actually think she flows better than Fest on this track but overall it is a good track and one of my favorites. Memory Lane is similar to the Native Tongue Medley songs because it is a very forgettable beat with some good lines. When I am done listening to this Mixtape as a whole, Memory Lane will not make my repeat rotation. Rhyme Slow Rhyme Quick is my other favorite song on this Mixtape; the combination of the slow pretty basic beat with the drums and Rhymefest’s flow is just great to me. Prove Myself & RNQ are a very strong finish to a solid Mixtape. I enjoy the interwoven sound bites and they are a great conclusion. Overall I give this album 8/10.

Rhymefest - The Manual Mixtape - downlo@d
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Iron Mic

Possibly the oddest and funniest collection of rap battles. EVER. what makes this whole thing hilarious are the user comments and response videos...

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