Written by Adam Leivers
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Mos Def was always a bit of an enigma. From his days in UTD making distinctly ahead-of-its-time hybrids of Gangster leanings & Native Tongue-tinged melody to his Rawkus label-defining debut single ‘Universal Magnetic’. From his debut album’s organic traditional hip-hop with a pinch of soulful harmony to his long awaited follow-up which turned out to veer from straight up rock all the way through to commercial attempts at crossover.
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Written by Adam Darbyshire
As has become a custom in my calendar Vinnie Paz has graced us with his presence as we enter the winter period, although this year in a different form than his usually tour with either Jedi Mind Tricks, Ill Bill, Demigodz or Army Of The Pharaohs, in 2013 he has treated the world to a solo mixtape ‘Carry On Tradition’ which dropped last night.
As always this mixtape is packed with the gritty beats and rhymes we are used to, it does not disappoint. Alongside the defined style of beats the Heavy Metal King has adopted as his own there is a cold tale to half the songs on this tape which not only hook you from a musical perspective but for the story they tell.
There aren’t many who can compare accomplishments that Hilltop Hoods have achieved over their musical career, and that particular statement is extended by the release of the Australian Hip-Hop group’s sixth studio album “Drinking from the Sun”. The thirteen-track LP is the group’s latest offering, and debuted at #1 in the Australian Album Chart, which was the third consecutive Hilltop Hoods album to do so. Internationally known AND loved, Hilltop Hoods have once again given fans a master class in rap music, and surely another album that will stand the test of time.
The lead single “I Love It” features Sia Furler and really kicked off promotion for the album towards the end of 2011. Since then we’ve head singles “The Underground” featuring Solo and Classified, and the very popular “Speaking in Tongues” with Chali 2na. The guest appearances on the album were a perfect pick, and each artist involved has heavily contributed towards creating an excellent finished product. Another notable feature was Black Thought of The Roots on the track “Living in Bunkers”. We can’t for one second discredit Hilltop Hoods for masterminding the construction of the album and their own contribution, with or without the guest appearances we’re still listening to an album that’s head and shoulders above a LOT of other commercial releases.
Inspired by the legendary William Caxton, a lot of the motives behind Caxton Press are similar to the man who was responsible for the first printing press to be opened in England. In a quest for finding the truth, and challenging the norm in today’s music industry, Caxton Press have presented their album “Shame the Devil” after a year in the studio tweaking to perfection. The album name is taken from Walter Lipman, “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil” (also quoted in track 5 – Touch the Sun). With rumours and scandals constantly being directly associated with the media, the album already sounds interesting.
J.Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story – Review
There is obviously a certain pressure when the entire Hip-Hop world is expecting nothing but greatness from your debut album, however prior to the release of J Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story” the Jay-Z protégée continues to display that confidence we have grown to love. September 27th will mark a highly significant date in the Hip-Hop calendar, as Cole World: The Sideline Story will finally be released worldwide into the eardrums of millions of eager fans and critiques alike. As almost expected, the album has leaked onto the Internet following a listening party in London, however the general consensus is fans have already pre-ordered Cole World, and refuse to download the leak. This alone signifies the special circumstances surrounding this man and his music. J Cole was quoted today saying
DOWNLOAD - Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 – Bad Meets Evil
It’s been around 13 years since this duo titled Bad Meets Evil (Royce is Bad, Em is Evil) have released any music together. After featuring on Eminem’s SSLP together, for various reasons the pair fell out. Things remained this way until the shooting of Proof where differences were reconciled. I won’t jabber on as most of you will know the story anyway, if not, Wikipedia that bitch.
Tenchoo – Scary Movie Download Link – http://bit.ly/mMxTBd
In the prime of the battle era, U.K’s Tenchoo stands tall amongst his peers and opponents and is labelled as one of the most innovative and effective battle rappers in the official Don’t Flop league. The stigmata of “Battle Rappers Not Able To Release Albums” still stands, however Tenchoo chooses not only to challenge that label, but stamp his mark on the music scene with his debut album release “Scary Movie ” via First Son Records.
So we have it, after much waiting since 2007’s The Cool, Lupe Fiasco finally manages to get Lasers to see the light of day. The question is of course, is was it worth the wait (around 2 years since it was announced under another name) and how does it sound.
Lupe is an interesting MC for the fact he is so versatile, easily flitting between being a political voice to making laid back easily listening music to the more pop orientated hits. He has created characters and concepts as well as some very strong thought inspiring music. He is both lyrical but with a penchant for witty wordplay and recognizable hooks. Therefore before you even listen to the album you have to be aware of this because it means you can quite easily be listening to anything and perhaps need to understand the nature of the problems associated with getting the album released from the beginning.
Well well well, we finally have it. After years of waiting Saigon‘s long awaited album has been released. If you’ve never heard of him, I wouldn’t be surprised, his buzz was big back around 2003/2004 at the same time as Papoose, when both were basically thought of as part of the new wave of NYC rappers. Neither put out an album until now, with Papoose slowly fading into total obscurity.
The album had considerable problems since around 2007 when it was originally due to be released, but sample clearances were blamed as well as Atlantic wanting a more pop/chart dominated hip hop album. Since then Saigon has left the label whilst owning the full album to release it via Suburban Noize Records.