Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013. Show all posts

DUS - "The Fifth Element" and "Lazarus" (Singles)

New Jersey hip-hop producer DUS recently released two new singles from his first studio album, "Ambassadors", which happened to make its way onto my "Best Rap Albums of 2013" list. The first song is called "The Fifth Element" and features Shabaam Sahdeeq, Pryme Prolifik and Eloh Kush kicking some dope bars over a somewhat repetitive instrumental. In my review I stated that this song was pretty good, but that there were much better on the album and I still stand by that.

The second single is an Eloh Kush solo track called "Lazarus", which was one of the standout tracks on the album for me. The beat is ominous and Eloh Kush destroys it. Very dope.

Merc Versus (of Bedlam Brethren) and Falling Down (Killarmy producer) - The Suffering Soul EP

Indiana emcee Merc Versus teams up with Killarmy producer Falling Down to deliver "The Suffering Soul EP", which is entirely produced by Falling Down himself. The duo recently released a video for the lead-off single, "Shemhamphorasch", which is dope as hell and is a good indication of how the rest of the album sounds. Check out the video and tracklist below.

1) Intro
2) Suffering Soul
3) King of Beasts
4) Shemhamphorasch
5) Silent Voices
6) Spread Love
7) The Pendulum
8) Ghost in the Shell
9) The Accuser

Walt Sicknin' - Philly Wreckin' Stuff (Video)

Hunting Park, Philadelphia emcee Walt Sicknin' comes through with a video his latest track, "Philly Wreckin' Stuff." The track is ill and features Walt kicking some raw rhymes over a head nodding Drumz & Llingo instrumental. The song is a cut off of his "Where's Walt Yo?" EP, which you can pick up over on the KicDrum Products website. Very nice.

The Best Rap Albums of 2013

So 2013 is already over and I just wanted to go through and highlight some of my favorite rap and hip-hop albums of the year. Below are my top 25 albums, in no specific order other than alphabetic, that got the most play from me throughout the year. Did I miss a few? Sure. I didn't get a chance to review every album that I heard and also didn't get to hear everything I wanted too. But, of the ones I did hear, these are my favorites.

Jay Sinificance - Tax Free Vol. 2 (Conscious And Running)

West Chester, PA emcee Jay Sinificance is back again, this time with his latest single "Tax Free Vol. 2 (Conscious And Running)". The song is the second release of a few other upcoming volumes, the first being "Tax Free Vol. 1 (200 Bars and Running)", which dropped a few weeks back. Jay is releasing each of the volumes in preparation of his official mixtape, "#Renovations", which is set to drop in mid-April early May 2014. Dope. Check it out below.

Bleezie - Dead End (Video)

The Cypher Effect Alumni Bleezie comes through with her latest video for the song "Dead End", which features the Houston emcee kicking rhymes over a head-nodding Eztayla instrumental. Very nice. Check it out below.

Darnell Little - LittleLotus (Darnell Little x Flying Lotus)

Darnell Little is back, this time with his latest mixtape, "LittleLotus", which is his take on Flying Lotus' "Cosmogramma" album. I've given "Cosmogramma" quite a bit of play since it first came out so it's really nice to hear these reworked versions of the songs. Dope shit. Check it out below.

Reps Reppatwa - Keep Going (Video)

18 year old hip-hop artist Reps Reppatwa (pronounced Repertoire) is back, this time with a video for the track "Keep Going". The song is a promotional track for his upcoming free album, "Reppalations 21:2", which is due to be releaed in early/mid 2014. It is produced by Loopz, but will not be featured on the album itself, so consider this one a loosie. Dope shit.

AWKWORD - World View (Album) and Dedication (Single)

New York rapper AWKWORD is back, this time with a new track, "Dedication", as well as details on his upcoming album "World View". As far as the song goes, "Dedication" is produced by Dismas (from Romania) and Trilian (from Serbia) and tells the story of how "World View" came about. It will be featured on the Bonus Disc of "World View", which will be released one month after the album drops. For the album itself, "World View" has a strong and positive message behind it -
"World View is the first-ever 100% for-charity global Hip Hop project, sponsored by and The Morgan Stanley Foundation. Featuring contributions from EVERY Continent and EIGHTEEN (18) Countries, showcasing our interconnectedness created through Hip Hop culture and rap music, World View will be available for sale February 2, 2014. ALL proceeds from World View are being donated to Guns 4 Cameras, a 501c3 nonprofit that goes beyond the gun exchange, working to eradicate street violence through the Hip Hop-inspired education and empowerment of the youth in our communities."
Check out the full tracklisting, as well as "Dedication", below.

01. “Gas Land (Frack Off)” ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics]
02. “Throw Away The Key” [prod. by L.Ment (Canada)]
03. “Bars & Hooks” ft. Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare [prod. by Harry Fraud]
04. “Penny” [prod. by Dismas (Romania)]
05. “The People’s Champions” ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline & Beretta 9 (of Killarmy) [prod. by Harry Fraud]
06. “Got Class?” [prod. by Fresh Nerd]
07. “Notorious” ft. Wordsmith, Jasiri X, Jus Daze & Capital X [prod. by Amin PaYnE (Australia)]
08. “Doctor Doctor” ft. GuessWho? [prod. by MajoR R.E. (Malaysia)]
09. “Requiem” ft. SoulStice, Ess Vee & CuzOH! Black (add. vox by Jay Daniels [Australia] & Mark Deez) [prod. by ATG]
10. “Melting Pot (Made In America)” ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics]
11. “Rape” [prod. by Fafu]
12. “Rap Genius” ft. Chino XL & Perseverance [prod. by The White Shadow (Norway)]
13. “It’s Not Possible” [prod. by Recluse Crew (Finland)]
14. “#AaronSwartz” ft. L*A*W [prod. by Steel Tipped Dove]
15. “The World Is Yours” ft. Sha Stimuli & Viro the Virus [prod. by Dominant1 (Malawi)]
16. “Imperialism” ft. C-Rayz Walz & REKS [prod. by Jonny Lupo (Moldova)]
17. “Radio 2.0″ ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite, Brimstone127 & Mista Lawnge (of Black Sheep) [prod. by Vice Souletric]
18. “Metal Music” ft. El Gant, ILL BILL, Tenacity & Blame One [prod. by Tranzformer]
19. “Go!” ft. Joell Ortiz, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Maya Azucena [prod. by Domingo]

CeasRock - All My $ (Video)

Montreal rapper CeasRock comes through with a video for his track "All My $", which is the latest single from his "Zero Gravity EP." The song is produced by 514IndoRecordz, who handled most of the production duties on the EP. The full project also features Uness, Loe Pesci, I.Blast and Boy 6lue as well as additional production by Vincent Pryce and DeeJay IZ. Check out both the video as well as the full album below.

Lyrically iLLz - Down To Earth

New York City based emcee Lyrically iLLz recently dropped his latest mixtape, "Down To Earth", back on December 17, 2013 over on his Bandcamp page. I gave the tape a good listen and its dope, with Lyrically iLLz and guests kicking rhymes over a variety of instrumentals. The beats range from more traditional boom-bap bangers to Wale and Portishead reworks while the rhymes take it back to an era where lyrics were actually important. Check it out below.

Paranom and Purpose (of Tragic Allies / 7 G.E.M.S.) - Life Outside The Frame (Review)

Paranom and Purpose - Life Outside the Frame

 "Life Outside The Frame" is the first collaboration album between Purpose (of Tragic Allies) and the latest member of Tragic Allies, Paranom. The album features guest appearances from Relentless and Estee Nack (of Tragic Allies) and is fully produced by Purpose himself. It was released on December 10, 2013 via Ill Adrenaline Records.

Pawz One - The Luv (featuring Ariano and Masta Ace)

Los Angeles emcee Pawz One recently released the first single from his upcoming album "Face The Facts". The song is called "The Luv" and features Pawz One, Ariano and the legendary Masta Ace kicking rhymes over an ill Default instrumental while DJ Indjnous provides the cuts. The full album is set to be released on February 18, 2014 and will feature guest appearances from Rakaa Iriscience (of Dilated Peoples), Ras Kass, Termanology, 2Mex and Masta Ace. For now, check out video for the single below.

Da Beatminerz - Sumthin' (Beatminerz Remix) (featuring Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks) and Rah Digga)

Ill Adrenaline Records and Da Beatminerz come through with two unreleased remixes coming straight out of the vaults from Mr. Walt and Evil Dee. The first remix is for the track "Sumthin'", which features Tash (of The Alkaholiks) and Rah Digga spitting fire over a dark, gritty instrumental. This version of the song was recorded back in 1998 along with the original version, but has never been released until now. The b-side remix is of Black Star's "Another World" track, which is also it's first time seeing the light of day. Check out the remix of "Sumthin'" below and then head on over to iTunes and pick up the full single.

Talib Kweli - Gravitas (Review)

Talib Kweli - Gravitas

"Gravitas" is the sixth solo album by Talib Kweli, following this years "Prisoner of Conscious" album that was released back in May. The album features guest appearances from Raekwon, Black Thought, Rah Digga, Mike Posner and others as well as production from Khrysis, Oh No, Statik Selektah, J Dilla and others. It was released on December 15, 2013 via Javotti Media.