Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts

PFM and Iron Ora - Pomegranate Sunset

Despite dropping back in February of 2012, I was just recently put on to this dope album by PFM and Iron Ora called "Pomegranate Sunset." The album is produced entirely by Iron Ora himself while PFM holds it down on the mic. The beats are dope, having a smooth boom-bap feel and PFM rips them in his rugged flow. This shit is fire. Definitely give a listen when you have a moment.

The Lytics - They Told Me (Album)

The Lytics are a five-man hip-hop crew coming out of Winnipeg who released their latest album "They Told Me" back in October of 2012. The album is crazy and has a very diverse feel to it, which is something that is not very common in the rap industry.
"Recommended if you like Mos Def and A Tribe Called Quest the band have become somewhat of a musical chameleon and expanded their scope to include everything from funk-rock to Afrobeat to 60's R&B all prevalent on their latest album."
Check out the visuals for "They Said" and "Ring My Alarm" below, then head on over to iTunes or Amazon and buy the album if you like what you hear. This is the kind of new hip-hop music that I can get down with. Very dope.

Nas - Life is Good (Review)

"Life Is Good" is the latest album released by Queensbridge legend, Nas. The album features guest appearances by Large Professor, Rick Ross, Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige and others and production primarily by No I.D. and Salaam Remi. It was released on July 13, 2012 on Def Jam Recordings.

Substance Abuse - Background Music (Album)

Los Angeles duo Substance Abuse (consisting of emcees Eso Tre and Subz) dropped their "Background Music" LP back in late 2012. The album is really dope and features guest appearances from KRS-One, Tash, MC Eiht, and Sadat X, among others. You can check out the track "Rear View" (which features hip-hop pioneer KRS-One) below as well as videos for "West Los" and "What It Takes". If you are feelin it, make sure you pick up the LP on iTunes or on Amazon.

SeeS - Champion (Video)

SeeS (S Double E S) is an emcee coming out of CT/NY who has collaborated with several platinum artists and producers including Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Fantom of the Beat, and Hugo Diaz. He dropped a video for the song "Champion" back in November of 2012 and its really dope. Check it out below. I also provided a link to his track "What 2 Do", which features Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck and Trajik. Very ill.

Esohel and Ricky Dubs - On Purpose With A Purpose

Chicago emcee Esohel and his DJ, Ricky Dubs, released a dope studio LP, entitled "On Purpose With A Purpose", back in October of 2012. The album is full of banging boom-bap instrumentals coupled with Eshoel's conscious lyrics and ill flow.
"OPWAP brings a modern touch to the 90's inspired hip-hop from Ricky Dub's production accompanied by Esohel's delivery of bravado, feel good, and conscience lyrics." 
They recently released a video for the song "Silence is Golden", which features Chicago's own Add-2. The video is dope and is indicative of the 90's sound prevalent throughout the entire LP.

If you like what you hear, check out the full album below and make sure to follow Esohel and Ricky Dubs on Twitter.

A-V feat Josh Hoge - "What Goes Around" (Anti-Bullying Song)

This is a song that I think everyone should hear due to its positive anti-bullying message. Bullying happens every day and can result in many negative behaviors such as substance abuse, mental health issues and even suicide. The beat is dope and A-V spits a story about bullying and how it affects the victims mental state. Vocals provided by Nashville singer Josh Hoge.

E.R.A. - The Dream Act

E.R.A. is an emcee hailing from Atlanta, GA, who dropped his debut project "The Dream Act" back on October 29, 2012. Born as the son of two African immigrants from Sierra Leone, E.R.A. (who's name is an acronym for Every Rapper's Antagonist) mixes his culture into his rhymes. The album is full of dope boom-bap beats that have a nice soulful feel to them. E.R.A. himself definitely does not disappoint lyrically as he has a dope flow coupled with some introspective and heartfelt lyrics. Don't sleep on this dude. You can stream and purchase the full album below.

If you are feeling the album, make sure to follow E.R.A. on Twitter to keep up with his latest releases.

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (Review)

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (Review)

Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is the second album from Kendrick Lamar, following his critcally acclaimed Section.80 release. The album is a concept album, which is evident due to the fact that the cover states that the album is "a short film by Kendrick Lamar". Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was released on October 22, 2012, and features appearances from Dr. Dre, Jay Rock, Drake, Pharrell and MC Eiht, among others.

RZA - The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack (Review)

RZA - The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack (cover)

"The Man With The Iron Fists" is a movie that was both written and directed by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan. The movie was released in late 2012 and had a dope soundtrack to go with it. The soundtrack featured new songs by artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan, The Black Keys, M.O.P and Kool G Rap, but also featured older songs that were provided by Stax Records.

Es - Feud For Thought

Es is a hip-hop artist hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada who released his album Feud For Thought back in July of 2012 via his Bandcamp page. The album is crazy and is full of banging beats and dope rhymes, most of which are centered around positive messages such as youth empowerment and recognizing the power of communication. If you like that classic golden era feel, make sure you check out the video for Speak Up & Speak Out (which is a song featured on Feud For Thought) below.

Also make sure you check out the full album Feud For Thought (which is a free download via the link below). Don't sleep on this!

Sean Price - Mic Tyson (Review)

Sean Price - Mic Tyson (cover)

Sean Price is one of the original members of Boot Camp Clik (specifically one half of Heltah Skeltah along with Rock) and a member of the supergroup Random Axe. Since his first appearance in 1995, Sean P (aka Ruck) has dropped three albums as part of Heltah Skeltah, one as part of Random Axe and three solo albums. The focus of this review is on his latest solo endeavor, Mic Tyson, which dropped in late 2012.

Roc Marciano - Reloaded (Review)

Roc Marciano - Reloaded (Review)

Roc Marciano is a former member of Busta Rhyme's Flipmode Squad who left the group back in 2001 to form his own group The U.N. A few mixtapes later, the New York based producer/emcee went solo and has since dropped two studio albums and a collaborate EP with Gangrene. His second album, Reloaded, was released in late 2012 and is probably one of my favorite albums from last year. Click to read the full review of Reloaded.

Wu-Block (Review)

Wu-Block is a collaboration album between Ghostface Killah (from Wu-Tang Clan) and Sheek Louch (of The Lox / D-Block). The two groups have collaborated many times in the past, so an album together seemed to be the natural progression of things. The self-titled album was released on November 27, 2012 and featured appearances from members of both camps.

Vinnie Paz - God of the Serengeti (Review)

Vinnie Paz - God of the Serengeti (Review)

Despite being best known as a member of Jedi Mind Tricks, Vinnie Paz dropped a dope solo album entitled Season of the Assassin back in 2010. His second solo album, God of the Serengeti was released back in October of 2012. Both albums built upon the aggressive sound present on the Jedi Mind Tricks albums, but allowed Vinnie to shine on his own. This review will focus on his second (and most recent) album - God of the Serengeti.

Apollo Brown and O.C. - Trophies (Review)

O.C. and Apollo Brown - Trophies (cover)

Trophies is a collaboration album between veteran D.I.T.C. emcee O.C. and Detroit producer Apollo Brown. The album dropped back in May of 2012 on Mello Music Group. O.C. is one of my favorite emcees and I consider his first two albums, Word...Life and Jewelz, to be classics. Apollo Brown is much newer to the game, having produced albums with Hassaan Mackey and his group The Left, just in the past few years. How did the album turn out? Click to read the review.