Archive for September, 2010

27
Sep
10

Don’t Throw Rocs.

I feel like I’m steady Stanning with all these Yeezy related posts, but truth be told, ‘Ye’s long-play seems like the only thing on deck with classic potential. That is, unless his other project – that with Forbes Mag cover boy Shawn Carter – actually comes to fruition. I’m not holding my breath, but according to Kanye’s Twitter account, some interesting producers are in the mix for the collaboration EP, tentatively titled Watch the Throne:

Now I’ve always been a little heartbroken by the rumor that Hov turned down some beats that J Dilla had submitted for The Black Album, but I can honestly say I never believed I would hear Jiggaman drop a verse on a Beat Konducta production. Let’s hope that, one way or another, these recording eventually see the light of day.

Meanwhile, Kanye dropped yet another banger for last weeks G.O.O.D. Friday drop. “So Appalled” has been floating around in some unauthorized form or another for over a year now, but before officially releasing it to the public, Kanye recruited Hov (who has MC Hammer all aggy regarding a couple of bars), MC Push-A-Ton, and CyHi Da Prynce to lend verses, as well as Swizzy and The Abbot to lay their interpretation of the hook. This shit is fuckin’ ridic’lis, indeed.

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beatz, and RZA – “So Appalled” [Direct Link]

19
Sep
10

G.O.O.D. Ass Music.

Yeezy did promise he was coming back on a hip-hop tip, and so far, he’s put his music where his big mouth is. These G.O.O.D. Friday drops continue to impress. Whether rocking with his label fam like last week’s joint (*hands in late pass*) or a backpacker’s wet dream like the release this week, “ye is yet to miss the mark. Along with the new single featuring the newest Grammy Family addition, Pusha T, my anticipation for the new LP continues to escalate. Eight more Fridays until the release will certainly tie me over.

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, and Charlie Wilson – “Lord, Lord, Lord”

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean, and Charlie Wilson – “Good Friday”

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Pusha T – “Runaway”

19
Sep
10

All Aggy.

Unlikely to see much of the above anymore.

Speaking of the G.O.O.D. Music crew, one of Kanye’s proteges has seemingly let some critical acclaim – or perhaps, as Wale suggests, that white girl – get to his head. Scotty has been using interviews to bash the lyrical talents of his fellow XXL Freshmen 10 alum, at the same time claiming he is on a level of his own when it comes to creativity. Seems he is all aggy about a bar in a Wale “freestyle” that referenced his past media blowouts. Boo-fucking-hoo. I’ve long been a fan of both these dudes, but between punching fans, strong-arming random chickenheads, getting his nostrils dusty, coming off as a jaded prick in interviews, and now this, Cudi needs to come through with a dope sophomore effort to save face and regain some of the humbleness that helps make his music so appealing.

16
Sep
10

The Unot.

Two of Curtis’ former employees drop some knowledge over a surprisingly dope Drumma Boy beat. Slated to be appear on Buck’s Back on My Buck Shit 2 mixtape, “The Blues” features the G-Unit castoffs trading verses over some atypical horns, and both emcees – who I last spotted on milk cartons in your girlfriends refrigerator – come correct. Could this leak be the reason why Fitty wants a sitdown with Buck? Let’s just hope for no more tears. No Ozzy.

DOWNLOAD: Young Buck f/ Game – “The Blues”

16
Sep
10

Flyer Than the Rest.

Young Mr. Folarin comes through with the latest clip from his More About Nothing mixtape as previously seen rye’chea. Wale on his guerrilla shit. Now if only he could put out an album that matched his mixtape game, dude would be making some surrious noise.

10
Sep
10

The Fat Lady Sings.

Earlier this week, quintessential Golden Era vinyl retailer/underground record label Fat Beats Records permanently closed the doors on its Big Apple location. The LA branch will shut shit down next Friday. FatBeats.com, however, ain’t going nowhere.

Needless to say, this is a sad day for diggers, not only in NYC and the City of Angels, but worldwide. By eliminating two of the true hip-hop meccas, it seems as though the remaining vinyl enthusiasts are conceding defeat to the Serato/iTunes revolution. Can music survive on wax now that two of the pantheon record shops have been shut down? Besides being heavy and impractical, the immediacy of the interwebs seems to have rendered vinyl useless. Though I’m sure niche purists will always stand by the snap-crackle-pop of the black biscuit, there is no question that this decision stands as far more than just a business decision.

In commemoration of Fat Beats’ contribution to the game, Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg has released a three-piece mix of his favorites from hip-hop’s best years. Peep. And remember: a little dust on the fingers never hurt nobody.

Jewstream Fat Beats Mix 1

Jewstream Fat Beats Mix 2

Jewstream Fat Beats Mix 3

Below, demonstrations and reminiscence from Preem, Just Blaze, and A-Trak.

04
Sep
10

Dress it Up.

I haven’t heard the whole album like Swizzy has, but this is certainly my favorite Kanye track to be leaked recently. Produced by Bink of Rocafella fame, this shit is – to borrow from Hov – so ma’fucking soulful. On top of the fantastic beat, Kanye’s continues lyrical progression is more than evident. Though he entered the game as a producer-slash-rapper, it might be time for us to reverse that, as his pen has arguably become mightier than his MPC.

Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in November.

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West – “Devil in a New Dress”

Courtesy: The Man Himself