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  1. 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!
  2. So yeah this finally dropped today.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Comparing this achievement in a streaming era with the Beatles is a little crazy to me.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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…
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. This little UK project dropped last week and I had no idea who Heavy Links are but I enjoyed this EP.
  16. 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
  17. Never heard of these guys. British producers. Some really nice beats, reminiscent of early Stoupe.
  18. Really enjoyed this album all the way through. Some really nice jazzy 90s inspired Beats and conscious lyrics.
  19. Agree with you both wholeheartedly. Although once the dust settled I was left with a Nas album which had 5-6 tracks I’d return to the and the rest I didn’t care much for. Maybe that’s objectively a failure, but it ended up exceeding my admittedly low expectations. i enjoyed Death Row East, Rare, Store Run, Moments, Nobody and Nas Is Good. Overall, I was surprised with what HitBoy gave us with these tracks. Far from my favourite project of the year (what a year it’s been!) but noteworthy nonetheless.
  20. Also new Napoleon Da Legend is nice.
  21. Anyone had time to check KD2? It’s a big step up on KD1 for me. Not the biggest fan of Hit-Boy but the relationship between him and Nas has clearly matured. The track with Lauryn Hill is nice. There’s an Em and EPMD feature also.
  22. Interesting, thanks for the heads up. Will check it out.
  23. So Nas just dropped another album today…
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