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  1. New Releases, Friday 24th - Westside Gunn- Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B - Solemn Brigham - South Sinner Street - The Grouch & Eligh - What Would Love Do - Dark Lo & Havoc - Extreme Measures - Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Deluxe Edition (this includes no new tracks beyond instrumentals from the 2020 releaese) - Lukah - Why Look Up, God's In the Mirror - Tommy Evans - False Conscious Liberation - El Da Sensei & Jake Palumbo - Solving Cases - Larry June & Cardo - Into the Late Night - DJ Muggs & CRIMEAPPLE - Cartagena - Blu - The Color Blu(e) - Illa Ghee - Vocabulary Hercules I will follow these up with summary reviews on Thursday, 30th, along with any projects that drop between now and then.
  2. This comment will be where I keep summary lists of the best projects I have checked out this year. I will follow a structure and the entries will be updated on a weekly basis. - Top 50 LP projects - Top 15 EP projects (less than 30 minutes or less than 10 tracks) - Top 10 Compilation/Producer Albums Initially, they will not be in any particular order. At the end of the year I will put them in order and give them a score/10. Excludes are re-releases, such as Aquemini (Deluxe) and RTJ4 deluxe. Any significant re-releases which include new tracks that are not instrumentals, I will make a special mention for at the bottom. Top 50 LPs Beneficence & Confidence - Stellar Mind Your Old Droog - TIME Asun Eastwood & Finn - The S.O.U.L. The Good People - The Greater Good 101 - Whatever Happens Happens Propo'88 & Wildelux - Certified Craftsmen D2x - The Color Blue Asun Eastwood & MAV - 98 Miles Armand Hammer & The Alchemist – Haram Big O & P-Rawb - The Complexity Philmore Green - Knowledge and Power [UK]Ramson Badbonez - Lead by Example Shadow the Great - More Life MAV & Swab - A Luxury You Can’t Afford Rashid Hadee- Prime Diesel Lukah - When the Black Hand Touches You Rita J - The High Priestess God Hates Gucci - Let the Dirt Say Amen RAP Ferreira - Bob’s Son Tanya Morgan - Don & Von [UK] Inglorious Poet - Fine Art (The American Project) [UK] Truemendous- Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson [UK] Sonnyjim & Buckwild- Coke Le Roc Nas - Kings Disease 2 Gotham (Talib Kweli & Diamond D) - Gotham [UK] Illiterate & Loop Faction - Ordinary Kids Evidence - Unlearning Vol 1 Awon & Phoniks - Nothing Less [UK] Giallo Point & Juga-Naut - Smoke Filled Room K.A.A.N. - KAIZEN Damu the Fudgemonk - Conversation Peace Ka - A Martyr’s Reward General Steele - Amerikkka’s Nightmare III Cornerstore Connoisseurs – No Stunt Doubles [UK] Red Master - Unsung King The Palmer Squares - out with the old Vic Spencer - Brainstem Factory Vic Spencer - Legend Laws of Power [UK] Rick Fury - Return of the king Sankofa - The Most Delicious Gold Amari Mar - Grand Rising Lord Juco – Raised Right Apathy - Where the River Meets the Sea WateRR - For the Streets and Scholars Napoleon D Lagend & Nejma Nefertiti - Alter Ego Outlawz - One Nation ANKHLEJOHN - As a Man Thinketh Oswin Benjamin - Joy Comes in the Mourning [UK] Blue City CDF - Into the Void El Da Sensei - Solving Cases Top 15 EPs (< 30 mins / 10 tracks) Boom Bap Project - Return Flight EP [UK] Heavy Links- NWC EP Jayy Grams - GRAMS EP [UK] Chester P - Love the World EP LocalBlac & ToneSpliff - Masked Assailants EP Shadow the Great - The Cure EP Substance 810 & Hobgoblin - the Hanging Gardens EP Nejma Nefertiti - The Harvest EP Ill Conscious - Import Export EP Jay-Ef - Believe it or Not EP Medhane - Amethyst of Morning EP [UK] Blue City CDF & Mr Substance - Mind Map EP Benny the Butcher - Pyrex Picasso EP Nejma Nefertiti - Valley of the Queens EP Shadow the Great - How it Goes EP Compilations / Producer Projects Wounded Buffalo Beats - Black Magic & Horns Nef - Tabula Rasa Mello Music Group - Bushido Peter Rosenberg - Real Late Khrysis - The Hour Of Khrysis [UK] Pitch 92 - Intervals DJ Cosm - Natural Within
  3. Background I drifted away from hip-hop due to an utter apathy towards mainstream trends like trap beats and Autotune. Yeah, I'm getting old. But before I really gave up and sat in the corner listening to Mecca and the Soul Brother for eternity, I challenged myself, and by extension, hip-hop, to really prove one way or another whether hip-hop was dead. My Mission To check out as many fresh hip-hop projects from 2021, especially focussing on newer artists, artists I didn't know, and just generally challenging my own ideas and preconceptions about what hip-hop has become. My focus was this, but, I did also ensure I checked out any notable high-profile releases, including projects that might not usually fit my taste. In an effort to be thorough, I have so far checked out over 270+ fresh projects this year. Brief Summary of My Findings So Far This year has been fantastic. I have meticulously worked through an extensive catalogue of releases which has reached over 270+ projects already with 3/4 of the year passed. I'd say there is somewhere close to 70-80 projects that I could recommend, but will attempt to narrow it down as much as possible. I intend to use this thread to do my very best to show that, there is an abundance of tremendous hip-hop that has been released this year. Not everything has been good, but there's been an amazing number of projects that I'm convinced most people won't find without hard-work and digging. Well, in order to share my efforts with as many people as possible, I'm going to try and catalogue my results and findings in the hope that some other people here can also enjoy some of the great music. If you can learn to trust my judgement, I can show you some great stuff and help you avoid the all the poor stuff I worked through, in order to find the gems. So, a little about me, first... My main introduction to hip-hop was mainstream stuff, late 90s mostly. Tupac, Big, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, and then into the early 2000s i followed the whole Shady/Aftermath hypetrain through 50 Cent, G-Unit etc. Around about 2005 I popped into the monthly hip-hop threads and was introduced to some amazing stuff, including, but not limited to, MF Doom, Little Brother, Wu-Tang, Non-Phixion, Arsonists, Sean P, Boot Camp Clik, Edan and many others. I was also introduced to UK artists such as Jehst, Braintax, Task Force and Klashnekoff. Rllmuk was largely responsible for my introduction into underground and alternative hip-hop that defined my hip-hop tastes for almost the decade that followed. So, hopefully you can see where I'm coming from, and also why I'd like to give something back, where possible. My Plan for Content in this Thread 1) Collect a and frequently update my lists of the best projects this year, I will do this in a comment directly below the main post. 2) Post a once-weekly summary of new releases (Friday) 3) Post a once-weekly short review round-up of the previous weeks releases (Thursday) 4) Occasionally I'll add a more detailed review for any noteworthy or significant releases Anyway, if you've made it this far - thank you, and hopefully I can repay your patience with some high quality music recommendation! Footnote, I decided to create this new thread mostly for two reasons: 1) I know I'm not alone in my discontent and disconnect with modern hip-hop, and hoped a fresh thread might help this scope of my project reach those outside the usual hip-hop thread 2) I felt like I have kinda taken over the regular hip-hop thread with some of my attempts to share fresh music, while still not really scratching the surface of some of the great stuff I've found. Thanks again!
  4. Looks good! I’d probably play Carrasco over Hazard, and Aguero or Joao Felix over Suarez.
  5. You can still do this. But, you won’t get any welcome/loyalty packs to start you off. Just create a fresh profile on your PS4. It will require a new email address (one that’s not already linked to an EA account). Also you won’t be able to play the ten hours early access on this new account without paying for EA Access on that account also.
  6. Yep. I haven’t pre-ordered and I’m using the trial. They aren’t linked. What are you not enjoying about the gameplay? I left my thoughts on the beta earlier in the thread, but I also fully expect 2-3 patches within the first few weeks, just like the last few years, the game we play in November won’t resemble this too much tbh.
  7. I’ve seen some weird stuff tagged to artists that it clearly doesn’t belong to. I am guessing this is also a recent project you’ve been “recommended.” My gut feeling is that there’s little verification process for collaborative projects being uploaded to Spotify and they rely on retrospective reports before they look into it. Essentially, the Turkish guys have tagged Chuck D as a collaborative artist and Spotify takes their word for it.
  8. So I opened my loyalty / welcome packs and got nothing of mention. Best pull 83 Kjaer, twice. Sold the lot for just under 20k. I then worked on the foundation SBCs on the web app. After each one, I sold everything. Now I’ve completed those besides the two squads that need a lot of loyalty. ive invested around 50k into fodder and built this team as well. edit: Dembele I got from a gold upgrade! I recommend to to keep discard value common golds and once you know you won’t need them for the foundation SBCs, run them through the gold upgrade instead of selling them.
  9. Fifa, like most competitive online games, has seen the competitive aspect ramped up considerably in the last generation. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you can’t expect to pick up a game that you haven’t played for 10 years and expect a) the game to be similar and b) for you to be competitive. if you were good at Fifa 11, I’m sure there are plenty transferable skills, but you’re still gonna need to put effort into learning the quirks of the new game, and committing to improving your own gameplay, i came back to FIFA 20 Having not played since FIFA 14 and having barely played online. In Fifa 20 I was Division 5 after the entire year. In Fifa 21 I got placed in Division 7 but kept working hard and eventually worked my way up to Division 1. It still wasn’t a natural progress. I still had to consciously work at it. That’s part of what I do like about FIFA, working on improving myself and my gameplay. The grind of UT alone isn’t enough. Also, as an aside, you’ve dipped your toe into the water here during the 10 hour early access, which is when the most committed players get stuck in, that’s definitely the “deep end” to re-introduce yourself. Happy to give some tips / advice and starting points if you decide to persevere!
  10. Hmmm the ETA for delivery on those eBay listings is almost a whole week after the game drops. Shame as the saving is pretty significant!
  11. So yeah this finally dropped today.
  12. What a year so far. I’ve now listened to just over 220 fresh projects this year. Anyone who says hip-hop is dead is basically sleeping. I also don’t like Autotune and generic trap beats, so that narrowed down my choice A LOT. Still found so many amazing projects and new artists. Not gonna lie, I’ve had to go digging, but it’s been worth it.
  13. Yeah I find it weird even once the beta ends no-one is supposed to talk. Even on Reddit they haven’t allowed it. So, what did you think? My overall first-impressions were not particularly positive. Having said that, I fully expect the final game will not represent the beta, especially after the initial flurry of patches. However, last year I found myself quite enjoying the game at launch, and hoping they didn’t patch it. This year, based on the beta, I find myself hoping for the patches. Some early initial impressions- — Keepers are overall better in virtually every way, except parrying easy shots they should save, back into the path of the opponent for an easy tap-in — you won’t score a finesse shot unless the player has finesse trait — jockey and running jockey had been severely nerfed, AI blocks have been increased to compensate and of course keepers have been improved in some areas to compensate. — broken cross still works great and forwards still have an overall ridiculous accuracy with first time shots from these bullet crosses — players overall felt like agile. I only played kick off but Neymar did not feel like Neymar. I’m aware I’m used to Ultimate Team so, it’s hard to be really sure on my objectivity here — skill moves, overall nerfed, and in some weird ways. Fake shot while running without also using L1 will no longer register as a fake shot; well I found that the fake will register but the pass will also register, leaving you kicking the ball away from your player. — overall skill moves execute slower, sometimes failing completely, and rarely creating an automatic speed burst or opening up any gaps as a result. — hard driven passes and through balls are more error prone I guess that the majority of my observations are framed negatively. I’m not a huge fan of the skill move meta that developed at high tiers in 21, although I understand it. Passing is less reliable than skill moves. Tall players and strong players are not amazingly effective. I do hope that 22 offers more viability to these off-meta cards and player types, but the beta did not fill me with hope. 1997 SR for reference. I did only play around a dozen games of the beta so I didn’t deliver into detail the way I would have liked. Honestly, I played enough to say that it wasn’t enjoyable, although kick-off mode was never enjoyable to me anyway. i think this year I’m going to hold off until the first 5-6 patches and see what people make of the game come the end of October/November.
  14. Gotta give it to EA, they paced things well this year and have kept engagement going until the last gasp. ive done 200~ of the 85x and packed EVERY CARD, except TOTY Mbappe, Messi, CR7 and Militao. Ive completed Messi and CR7 SBCs, though. Also Pele. Also a dozen or so PIM SBCs with mixed results. Oh yeah and I’m ~200k in coin balance higher than when I started. Also, I was “lucky” enough to get beta access to Fifa 22, so I was trialing it a few weeks ago. Did anyone else have beta access? I’m not *supposed* to share my thoughts though
  15. Comparing this achievement in a streaming era with the Beatles is a little crazy to me.
  16. Blu is brilliant. Below the Heavens a classic in my eyes. I dunno if any of his later stuff quite hit the same level of greatness! What do we think of Rome Streetz joining Griselda?
  17. Considering that Activision had to pull Sledgehammer out of last year’s COD, combined with the embarrassment that was 2017 WW2 at launch, I’m highly skeptical of this one. Even though I consider the last 4 CODs to have been largely regressive, I still have hopes of a return to form. Although I definitely won’t be diving into this one at launch.
  18. Just discovered this guy recently too. I haven’t heard much, but his project KAIZEN is really nice, and some decent features including Blu, Rugged Man and AFRO. Definitely worth a spin!
  19. I’ve thrown myself back at it this year. I’ve checked 180 fresh albums this year. There’s been so much great stuff. Sure lots of “new school” stuff but also loads of awesome throw-back 90s stuff too!
  20. This is great. I actually posted a track from their main project this year earlier in the thread! if you liked that, you’ll love this…
  21. Man, that was an amazing post! Thank you for that. I resonate with that on so many levels. i had no idea you’re Dutch. That’s awesome. I’ve been to Amsterdam about 10 times in the last decade (I live in Scotland) but I wasn’t visiting for the music scene, if you know what I mean! i felt the same when I first dropped I here. I was in the kinda Aftermath/Shady phase, I didn’t really know much music besides Eminem, 50 Cent, and classic west coast stuff like NWA and Tupac. I loved it, but I knew there had to be more out there! i remember being quite nervous and shy. Kinda embarrassed about my lack of exposure to real hip-hop. i remember to this day some of the amazing recommendations I got from here. To name a few, I remember Cal’s wild enthusiasm for Ghostface, DOOM, Madlib, And Dilla. I actually don’t remember anyone being able to articulate their love and why they loved that stuff the way that Cal could. I remember Boozy as the champion of hardcore underground stuff and introducing me to Non Phixion, Arsonists, Necro, and JMT. i remember Das declaring Cappo’s “Spaz the World” to be “the most complete UK hip-hop album ever.” I was like… we have hip-hop in the UK?! i remember swapping mix CDs and posting them out to each other. In fact, I discovered a few of these CDs in a drawer recently and bumped them for a week recently. I remember hearing TROY, I Used to Love Her and the 6th Sense for the first time and being, absolutely blown away. You guys put me onto Jehst, Braintax, and Task Force. I remember all the buzz around some of 9th Wonders amazing period and checking stuff like Little Brother, Sean P, Boot Camp Clik and more. And those are just a few specifics so sorry if I’ve failed to remember or acknowledge everyone who helped me. All of these artists and many more were a permanent fixture of my listening habits for many years to come. And I really feel you about music getting through tough times. Actually, it’s precisely what drew me back in after a number of years out. Recently, I’ve really healed my soul with some fantastic music. It’s so powerful! Feel free to share anything that you felt was particularly powerful in that regard. Here’s a couple of tracks for me that both helped me face my issues and then begin to move on from them.
  22. That was awesome. Obviously there’s some old-school heavyweights on there, but in terms of cadence and tempo, yeah spot on. Thanks for that! I’ve been really busy recently throwing myself into a second age of music discovery, much like the one that rllmuk ignited in me back in 2005 or whenever it was. Back then, just like now, it was largely driven by a discontent and dissatisfaction with mainstream music. I’m totally open to anything new and fresh that you can recommend. Ideally, I don’t want trap beats and excessive overt Autotune, but anything else is fair game. So far this year, I’ve listened to 160+ fresh albums that dropped this year, and yet you managed to throw me a track I’d totally missed. Which is why I fucking love this place and soooo yearn for it be like the good old days. This place was a hotbed of excitement and enthusiasm for music, without you guys, I’d never have become a long-term hip-hop fan. I’m trying to give something back but unfortunately my posts in here get very little engagement.
  23. Really not a fan of fast flow for the sake of fast flow. Having said that, im not a fan of a sedate and sleepy cadence either (Boldy James, I’m looking at you).
  24. This little UK project dropped last week and I had no idea who Heavy Links are but I enjoyed this EP.
  25. Gotta say I was hoping for more from these guys as I love both of them! Maybe it will be one that grows on me. Napoleon Da Legend dropped another project this week, this track ft the UK’s Harry Shotta was an early stand-out
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