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February '06 Hip-hop Recommendations™

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Ah, it feels good to be back.

Metal Fingers Presents ... Special Herbs Box Set Vol. 0-9

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I'd neglected to pick up any of the Special Herbs boxsets from the past, so a 3CD collection like this is pretty much the perfect invention. The collection of beats on offer ranges from some of the more bizarre semi-beatbox style sounding tracks, through to the more contemporary Doom dopeness - all of which are presented fantastically in a fold-out cardboard box with some ace artwork. I can't really say much more about it; it's three CD's full of ill-strumentals.

That's all for now from me unfortunately. I have also been listening to the Wu-Tang inspired 'Think Differently Music', 'Aquemini' by Outkast, 'Psyence Ficiton' by U.N.K.L.E., 'Square' by Buck 65 and 'Ironman' by Ghostface Killah, but I really don't have time at the moment to do them all justice. Expect more words later.

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Its nice to be back but I hope Dizogg ain't lonely over on the 'other' side.

Recommendations for me today have to be short and sweet as i'm off to Liverpool in a bit. Dirty Diggers - Freakishly Strong is an essential new (last November) UK hiphop album that from start to finish is so fresh and a break from the norm of some recent UK stuff. Its english people being english rather than copying american artists.

Wu Tang Meets The Indie Culture is just superb too (as said by David above). Call it a compilation if you want but I recommend everyone picks this up.

Lastly, if you like your UK hiphop go and buy Ian Beef's (from All Creatures) new album; Please To Meat You, With Beats To Please You review. An excellent concept album where he, well, rhymes about beef! :( Haven't made the purchase myself yet but have heard it a few times and it will make you laugh, smile and nod your head all at the same time and any album that does that is worth the money to me.

Cheers for now peeps.

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A certain clued-up friend of mine wanted me to mention this…

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Spine Magazine review

He even said

anewman seems really open to Jay Dee/Dilla music, what with the Like Water and Stakes is High connections (Dilla's tracks on Be were both great, too). So make sure these nubies manage to check out Donuts. As far as I can tell, it'll offer anyone who hears it a very good overall impression as to what hip-hop can sound like. Flipping many styles and all that.

He also brought this Dilated Peoples sampler to my attention

http://www2.dilatedpeoples.com/sampler/

Enjoy!

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Secret Society - The Revolution Will Be Classified(snippet)

Secret Society - Paradise Ranch(snippet)

I'm highly anticipating the next Psycho-Logical release. Delayed from before xmas and still waiting for a concrete release date. Its a Necro/Non Phixion collab themed around conspiracies. The two samples posted are arguably some of Necro's finest productions to date. The first samples the theme from Crimson Tide to great effect. Paradise Ranch offers a Moog heavy track featuring an amazing organ sample that teasingly fades out just as its getting going. Lyrically it's top notch stuff.

I've done favours for presidents, trained terrorists, adventurous, lecherous

Banged Saudi Arabian princesses, I'm excellent

Mass deceptions, subversion and murder a specialist

Spun the fuck out, sorta like Paul Baloff from Exodus

CIA thinks I'm trying to kill them, my budget's $4billion

I bring that old school violence like Sean Killian

Behold the skull & bones take hold of the globe

Mould mayhem into something explosive that you can hold

Sell my service to the highest bidder

Corporate design killer

Take planes to Spain and buy villas, divide millions

Super Judas, enterprising riuthless opportunist

I make a stewardess a pornstar. I'm the coolest

Ex-Al Queada, Ex spook use procedure

Ex-Mossad, ex Julius Ceasers ex- Harvard law school teachers

With the patience of a bhuddist preacher

Influence negotiations like a toothless teamster

Our truth is the fruit that grew from the roots of evil

Consuming the people using Holy books and cathedrals

Raekwon & Ill Bill - Enemy

From a forthcoming joint mixtape from Ill Canni-bill & The Chef entitled Weed Vs Coke. Also apparently due sometime in February.

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This album is out soon and its really good:

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Cunninglynguists - A Piece Of Strange

Its an album that you need to listen to all the way through 'cause it holds together so well.

Its really different, not like regular straight ahead hip hop (so it might not be to everyones taste) but its got loads of depth and longevity imo (and proper songs).

Check out some samples here:

http://www.myspace.com/cunninlynguists

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Dilated (still can't spell that) confuse me. They make great singles, but a lot of their album tracks are dull to my ears. However, the first two tracks off that sampler are pretty nice.

Yeah, I know what you mean. For every Work The Angles there are about four very dull tracks. Having said that, I do like their first two albums, it's just their third that really turned me off.

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Following up on that Doom diss by Grimm. That's a fucking good diss track man, probably one of the best I've heard in a long time. Mainly due to the fact there's no pointless bullshit punchlines, just facts, and Grimm breaks it down at the end, telling him to come home etc. As much as I like Dangerdoom, it's not what Doom's about. In a certain way he has fallen off, this tune just opened my eyes to it. That's a good record right there.

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Following up on that Doom diss by Grimm.  That's a fucking good diss track man, probably one of the best I've heard in a long time.  Mainly due to the fact there's no pointless bullshit punchlines, just facts, and Grimm breaks it down at the end, telling him to come home etc.  As much as I like Dangerdoom, it's not what Doom's about.  In a certain way he has fallen off, this tune just opened my eyes to it.  That's a good record right there.

Apparently Doom played a gig just after it without the mask on.

http://mfdoom.headringer.net/viewtopic.php...der=asc&start=0

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A certain clued-up friend of mine wanted me to mention this…

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Spine Magazine review

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Enjoy!

That's absolutely awesome. And this is a great thread already. I love the diversity of the Rllmuk music folder, and it's great that these hip hop threads are back.

I was pretty much guaranteed to pick up Donuts, just based on Cal's recommendation - but now I also have some UK hip hop to investigate.

;)

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I'm going to use this space to pimp three of the best albums from 2005 for anyone who might've missed them.

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3. 9th Wonder & Buckshot - Chemistry

9th Wonder is very quickly becoming one of my favourite producers. His production is so soulful and so heartfelt it's easy to get wrapped up in the beats and forget there's an emcee there as well. Many people would say Buckshot is a bit of a light-weight emcee and I'd probably agree with that. He does the job well but could easily have been substituted for another above-average emcee and it wouldn't have suffered. It all chimes in at a tight 48 mins in length and an ideal 14 tracks. A really solid album with a dope sleeve and more of that 9th Wonder magic, with a few guest appearances from the LB crew and Sean Price. Basically, if you dig 9th and LB, grab this shiz.

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2. DangerDoom - The Mouse & The Mask

Totally dope MF Doom collaboration with producer Danger Mouse. I hadn't heard much of Danger Doom's stuff before but after listening to this I'm now aware he's a dynamic and expressive producer. There's some totally varied stuff here, DM managed to perform at a parallel to Doom throughout and lends himself well to fixing up something that suits Ghost when he makes an appearance and for Talib Kweli as well. Again, this is a nice tight album weighing in at just 40 mins and 14 tracks. There's some skits that intersperse, topically related to the Dangermouse cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Yes it's not so 'out-there' as Doom's previous work, so in a sense it's oom's most commercial work he's been in on, but it's no distraction.

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1. Edan - Beauty & The Beat

2005 had a recurring theme in dope albums: short in length, high in sleeve quality. The sleeve is totally dope, see how many faces you can recognise. The sleeve sets the scene for the CD well. Like some totally eclectic mad tripped out 60s/70s journey. And that's what the CD is. A fantastic journey through the enchanted mind of Edan and his incredible samples. Some of the tracks are absolutely fantastic and there's a decent variety here which will certainly appeal to non-hip-hop fans as there is bound to be a sample or two everyone recognises. Definitely one of my all-time favourite CDs. Buy it. Now.

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A quick message from 'a friend' about Dave Chappell's Block Party.

It's a documentary by Michel Gondry (he directed Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind) about this fantasy block party that the comedian Dave Chappelle threw in Brooklyn last year. Kinda like a hip-hop woodstock, taking inspiration from the type of Kool Herc parties and stuff that started it all. Common, Kanye West and The Roots are amongst the performers

Here's the trailer:

http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll...qtw=480&qth=300

Not shown on the trailer, apparently Big Daddy Kane came out for this gig and KILLED it. Mos and Kweli's Black Star performance of 'Definition' was supposed to be pretty special, too.

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I'm going to use this space to pimp three of the best albums from 2005 for anyone who might've missed them.

9bchem_lp.jpg

3. 9th Wonder & Buckshot - Chemistry

9th Wonder is very quickly becoming one of my favourite producers. His production is so soulful and so heartfelt it's easy to get wrapped up in the beats and forget there's an emcee there as well. Many people would say Buckshot is a bit of a light-weight emcee and I'd probably agree with that. He does the job well but could easily have been substituted for another above-average emcee and it wouldn't have suffered. It all chimes in at a tight 48 mins in length and an ideal 14 tracks. A really solid album with a dope sleeve and more of that 9th Wonder magic, with a few guest appearances from the LB crew and Sean Price. Basically, if you dig 9th and LB, grab this shiz.

dangerdoom.jpg

2. DangerDoom - The Mouse & The Mask

Totally dope MF Doom collaboration with producer Danger Mouse. I hadn't heard much of Danger Doom's stuff before but after listening to this I'm now aware he's a dynamic and expressive producer. There's some totally varied stuff here, DM managed to perform at a parallel to Doom throughout and lends himself well to fixing up something that suits Ghost when he makes an appearance and for Talib Kweli as well. Again, this is a nice tight album weighing in at just 40 mins and 14 tracks. There's some skits that intersperse, topically related to the Dangermouse cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Yes it's not so 'out-there' as Doom's previous work, so in a sense it's oom's most commercial work he's been in on, but it's no distraction.

edan~~~~~~~_beautythe_101b.jpg

1. Edan - Beauty & The Beat

2005 had a recurring theme in dope albums: short in length, high in sleeve quality. The sleeve is totally dope, see how many faces you can recognise. The sleeve sets the scene for the CD well. Like some totally eclectic mad tripped out 60s/70s journey. And that's what the CD is. A fantastic journey through the enchanted mind of Edan and his incredible samples. Some of the tracks are absolutely fantastic and there's a decent variety here which will certainly appeal to non-hip-hop fans as there is bound to be a sample or two everyone recognises. Definitely one of my all-time favourite CDs. Buy it. Now.

I'll back this up.

All three of these are pretty much essential. Superb albums.

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o/\o on Edan's Beauty and The Beat. Fumbling over words that rhymes is a chooon!

My recommendation would be Mr Lif - I Phantom

Mr. Lif, the hardworking Bostonian MC, drops a debut LP that playfully discloses in lyrical fashion his inner battle of whether or not to return to his nine-to-five job, but the long-overdue record practically guarantees he'll no longer need the day job. One of the working-class heroes signed to hip-hop indie Definitive Jux, Liffy enjoyed a busy 2002, releasing the Emergency Rations EP and appearing on several releases from the Jux camp. I Phantom is slightly less politically aggressive than the EP in overall aesthetic, with blue-collar rhymes over hype, funky tracks with great production by Fakts One, DJ Hype, Edan, and Lif himself. The guest appearances on the mic by Akrobatik, a fellow fledgling Bostonion, Edan, Aesop Rock, El-P, and Jean Grae make all the tracks quality and seal the deal on Lif's breakthrough set.

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Yeah, good call on that Mr Lif album.

On the subject of Def Jux, look out for the March extravaganza with new albums from Mr. Lif and El-p among others.

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