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May 06 Hip Hop Recommendations

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Shit, it's the 4th of May.

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The thread that started it all

Links

www.suspect-packages.co.uk

www.scenariorecords.com

www.rootdownrecords.com

www.rapandsoulmailorder.com

www.juno.co.uk

www.picadillyrecords.com

www.turntablelab.com

www.hiphopsite.com

www.ukhh.com

www.skratch-alienz.com

www.sandboxautomatic.com

www.daybydayent.com

www.thegiantpeach.com

www.hiphop-blogs.com/hiphop/

www.digitalgravel.com

Four Elements (old-skool videos)

http://www.hiphopgame.co.uk/audio.php

Recommended Radio Shows

XFM – 11pm-1am Saturdays

Beats FM – 9pm-11pm Saturdays

Hiphopphilosophy.com 24/7 hip hop radio

Recommended Internet TV shows

The Breakdown (Yo Mtv Raps mix of interviews and videos

Albums out now or coming in May that you might want to check out.

Kool Keith - Project Polaroid & Nogatco Road

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More space/ futuristic beats and rhymes. PP's the Overviewer is my personal favourite track of the year so far. The Nogatco Road album is a lot less instantly pleasing to the ears.

Mobb Deep - Blood Money

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Watch one of hip hops most respected groups get bent over for the G Unit Dollar.

People Under The Stairs - Stepfather

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Laid back in the extreme PUTS deliver another back to the old school lesson in how to kick back and chill with a 40 and a blunt.

Busta Rhymes - The Crown

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New album featuring a ton of guest appearances from the stars of Southern Rap. Pall Wall, T.I., Slim Thug, Bun B & Mike Jones.

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Rampage - Demagraffix

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Flip Mode Squad member who has produced some quality albums in the past.

Sunz of Mann

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Wu Tang affiliates on some grimey shit.

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I'm actually still digging that Doom Special Herbs shit from months ago.

Apart from that I've been mostly dropping my hip-hop mailing list to heads at work who ought to know better. Last weeks banger was 4th Chamber by GZA. Apart from that I'm also still needing that Porn Theatre Ushers LP. Never did get round to listening to that. I got the single, but not heard anything else. If its as good as the EP its as good as ordered in the next few days.

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I'm actually still digging that Doom Special Herbs shit from months ago.

Apart from that I've been mostly dropping my hip-hop mailing list to heads at work who ought to know better. Last weeks banger was 4th Chamber by GZA. Apart from that I'm also still needing that Porn Theatre Ushers LP. Never did get round to listening to that. I got the single, but not heard anything else. If its as good as the EP its as good as ordered in the next few days.

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There's some real nice stuff there Boozy, cheers for the link. Make sure you grab the Big Apple Rappin' compilation that's there, I bought it the other day and it's superb - all late 70s/early 80s hiphop.

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Anyone heard this then? Any good?

I bought it a while ago after Boozy posted the excellent Rebel Music. I never really managed to get into the album though, and after a couple of attempts I gave up. Can upload if ya like, mate.

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I bought it a while ago after Boozy posted the excellent Rebel Music. I never really managed to get into the album though, and after a couple of attempts I gave up. Can upload if ya like, mate.

I really enjoyed their 'The First Shall Be the Last' LP. Probably my most loved Wu-affiliate album, underrated as hell, loads of real tight tracks.

Was it esar who posted up MC Dicko's Myspace? How the &*^% did you stumble across him? I've listened to the slab of genius called 'Homie Call of Desperation' about 10 times. It doesn't get old. I think this kid has a bright future.

I've also got to mention that new Edan-produced MrLif track that was posted in last months thread, thanks for that. Seriously awesome. I want a flood of new Edan productions, I'm not hearing enough FUNK these days.

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I've also got to mention that new Edan-produced MrLif track that was posted in last months thread, thanks for that. Seriously awesome. I want a flood of new Edan productions, I'm not hearing enough FUNK these days.

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Dagha - Object in Motion

He's one of Insights boys, sounds alot like Insight actually, which isn't a bad thing. It's quite quirky, but I like it alot.

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I bought it a while ago after Boozy posted the excellent Rebel Music. I never really managed to get into the album though, and after a couple of attempts I gave up. Can upload if ya like, mate.

That would be much appreciated chief.

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He's one of Insights boys, sounds alot like Insight actually, which isn't a bad thing. It's quite quirky, but I like it alot.

Do you know if Insight's got another solo album in the works Das? He's one of the most underrated Producer/MCs around at the moment.

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Do you know if Insight's got another solo album in the works Das?

Not that I'm aware of, he bought out a few instrumental albums, the midnight shipment things. I'm a massive Insight fan. Decent, sturdy hip-hop man. Everyone needs a bit of that sometimes.

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Dagha - Object in Motion

He's one of Insights boys, sounds alot like Insight actually, which isn't a bad thing. It's quite quirky, but I like it alot.

He was fucking dizope when I saw him with Edan. Doing some tug-of-war Run DMC style raps, swapping between syllables, never mind words. For aaaages. He was throwing flowers into the crowd as Edan played some acoustic guitar and kazoo :angry:

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He was fucking dizope when I saw him with Edan. Doing some tug-of-war Run DMC style raps, swapping between syllables, never mind words. For aaaages. He was throwing flowers into the crowd as Edan played some acoustic guitar and kazoo :rolleyes:

:( jealous. Seen Edan and Insight a while back, but Dagha makes a nice addition to their crew.

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Discovered there's a New Block McCloud album out - Spittin' Image

http://download.yousendit.com/2B653BA90EA7D33A

All a Game feat Jean Grey

http://download.yousendit.com/52C1F79261D2C628

Chaos

http://download.yousendit.com/8C56C23B73AF4278

The Haunted (feat China)

http://download.yousendit.com/9A0BE1C20EB4225D

Where's Brooklyn Ac? (feat War Bixby, Pumpkinhead & Mr Metaphor)

My 6 shot will make you wobble like Oswald Copperpot
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Listening to the first few tracks on it I was so disappointed. It gets a better though. The tracks cover a lot of different styles. Everything from slow and mellow with singing :) to mad guitar riff rockness. I can't recommend it as an album 'cos there's too many tracks that are a bit pish though. :blink:

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Mobb Deep album's not really on some sell out shit - about three quarters of it is just straight up QB shit. Pearly Gates and Put Them In They Place are great too.

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Listening to the first few tracks on it I was so disappointed. It gets a better though. The tracks cover a lot of different styles. Everything from slow and mellow with singing ;) to mad guitar riff rockness. I can't recommend it as an album 'cos there's too many tracks that are a bit pish though. :ph34r:

Sounds a bit disappointing but I'm still curious. Where can you get the full album?

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I just can't stop listening to 'Urban Reality' by Panik Funk, some brit hip hopper...do any of you guys know anything about it? No idea how old it is. My google searches just link to the track on various albums. Any info would be great!

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Mobb Deep album's not really on some sell out shit - about three quarters of it is just straight up QB shit.

Not really. 9 out of 16 tracks feature 1 or more members of G-Unit. And the stuff that doesn't is just like the crap stuff that was on Americaz Nightmare.

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I haven't heard it so I can't comment. How many tracks have G-G-G-G-G-G -Unit on them ?

The majority.

And Trill, you're a fucking idiot if you don't think its a sell out. Not dissing them for selling out, I might do the same in their position, but don't pretend they haven't sold out. You still think they'd have 50 Cent on half of their tracks if money didn't matter to them? Exactly, their sound is comprised by dollar signs in their eyes. I quote Prodigy on Put 'Em In Their Place:

"Yeah, I know you can't believe it.. WHOO!

We still soakin' it all in ourselves

Hollywood Hav' (yeah nigga), V.I.P. (yeah)

It's our means.. Curtis.. "Billion Dollar Budget" Jackson

Go 'head be mad at that man, he the one made us rich

You ain't the only millionaires on the block no more

Ya money is old nigga.. smell that? That's new money nigga

We filthy rotten rich.. (yeah) and we taken advantage (let's do it)

G-Unit, Infamous Mobb Deep {*Prodigy making gun noises*}"

Fair enough <_<

EDIT: Why am I argueing with a person who thought Lil Jon - Crunk Juice or some shit was the album of the year?

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Although he's a bit gay, I think Phonte (Little Brother) has hit the nail on the head with regards to the new Mobb Deep album:

*sighs REAL deep*

Mobb Deep is gone. Club Mobb is what you have now. And you can either take it or leave it.

To me the last classic, dark, moody, make-me-wanna-open-fire-on-a-group-of-innocent-schoolchildren Mobb Deep single was "Quiet Storm." Hav and P were sharp as ever on the boards and on the mic respectively......and then.......

Enter Hov.

I'm sorry.....but I've never seen ANY emcee past or present be as VISIBLY affected by a dis as Prodigy was by that Summer Jam screen. All of a sudden, the same emcee who gave us countless quotables for 3 albums sounded as flustered and unfocused as ever. Hell, most of the time he wasn't even RHYMING..... Thus, we saw the beginnings of what I call "Club Mobb," a group that had had their street cred tested so many times (see: unfavorable incidents with TruLife and Keith Murray), that they figured '**** it.....let's take *****s to the club' and the results ranged from dope ("Burn"), to dope-once-it-grows-on-you ("Got It Twisted"), to horrid ("Hey Luv" feat. 112).

So what exactly happened?

Most people don't realize that the magic of Prodigy (and Mobb for that matter), lied in Prodigy's first bars. Literally......Prodigy has some of the most classic and memorable first bars in hip hop history, and that made for their best singles. Don't believe me?

"I got 'chu stuck off the realness....." -Shook Ones

"The saga begins.....we go to war/ I draw first blood be the first to set it off...." -Hell On Earth

"I put my lifetime in between the paper lines...." -Quiet Storm

"I break bread, r i b s, hunnid dolla bills...." -Keep It Thoro

Now as you listen to "Blood Money" try to find that bar. Dig through that album and search for that one line.....that ONE bar from Prodigy that made you and your mans rap along in unison like "I used to be in love with this ***** named E&J/ don't **** with her no more now I **** with Tanqueray" from "Drink Away The Pain."

You can't find it, 'cause its not there.

For better or worse depending on how you look at it, Havoc is now the best MC in Club Mobb. I take my hat off to him. Dude sounds hungrier than ever. And although P still has his moments (his verse on "Capital P, Capital H" is dope), for most of the album he's the same rambling, non-rhyming, unfocused guy that he's been for the past few years. He really sounds clinically depressed. It's sad.

So aside from its obvious artistic shortcomings, what does G-Unit have to do with people's hate for "Blood Money?"

Honestly......everything.

Like I told y'all so many times, even in regards to my OWN career.....in this game, PERCEPTION is reality.

And if people's general perception is that you cashed in 13 years of hard-earned respect for a Porsche...

AND you're rollin with the industry's hot new franchise boy (who DISSED you a year earlier, mind you)......

AND gave him total control of your album...

AND engaged in blatant cock-sniggling in interviews and on records by referring to him as Curtis Billion Dollar Budget Jackson.......

AND the only features on the record are G-Unit (no Noyd or any other QB *****s).......

Then what is the general consensus?

"Maaaaaan, them Mobb Deep *****s sold the **** out," that's what.

Now personally, I have no problem with an artist selling out, or cashing in (however you look at it)....but I understand the ramifications of it. And the fact remains that when you sell out: 1) it damn sure better be financially worth it so that you NEVER have to sell out again, and 2) your post sell-out records better be artistically ****ing BULLETPROOF. I mean, you better make the record of a lifetime or else there will be hell to pay.

And from the looks of things, Mobb may fail on both counts.

Cats are trashing the record left and right. Most die-hard Mobb fans have written them off by now. As dope as "Put 'Em In Their Place" is it ain't gon' get the 106 and TRL'ers, so those diamond numbers they were shooting for are looking more like Yayo's.

Not to place all the blame on 50, because truthfully, the songs he's featured on are among the best on the album. And I always thought "Outta Control" was dope, because it felt like a natural progression for Club Mobb.....it was the grown and sexy Club Mobb and it knocked. The same can't be said for "Give It To Me" and "Backstage Pass." They are club attempts that sound forced and honestly, are downright laughable.

I will always hold Hav and P near and dear to my heart, and they will always be viewed as hip-hop legends to me because of their first 3 albums (honorable mentions go to "H.N.I.C" and "Free Agents" tho). But I gotta call a spade a spade.

For longtime Mobb Deep fans, "Blood Money" pretty much confirmed our worst fears of what we thought a G-Unit/Mobb Deep partnership would bring forth:

Our boys done got rich and stopped trying.

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Yeah, I read that last week some time. His last wee sentence is classic! Speaking of Phonte, a flatmate got me the Foreign Exchange album for my birthday. I can agree that Phonte is indeed a bit gay. "Nice" music, though. Perfect for a summer evening chillage.

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I'm a fan of Phonte's music, he just seems to get his knickers in a twist quite easily (see also Talib Kweli). I liked that Foreign Exchange album but I don't think I listened to it enough.

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