Archive for October, 2010

31
Oct
10

Goodest Friday.

This G.O.O.D. Friday caught me off guard. For years, friends and I have speculated on how dope Sean Carter would sound spitting on a beat from The Chocolate Boy Wonder. Pause. Well, no more need to speculate thanks to Mr. West bringing the two together, along with CuDi, Charlie Wilson, and a bone-chilling Curtis Mayfield sample, on “The Joy.” Yeezy’s no slouch on this one, either, bringing out some of his best material for the long-awaited collaboration. Apparently, though, this one didn’t make the cut for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Hopefully is surfaces in hard-copy somewhere.

Hip-hop. At it’s finest.

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Kid CuDi & Charlie Wilson – “The Joy”

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31
Oct
10

C’est l’Halloween.

All Hallows’ Eve. Though seeing girls in sexy costumes (when you’re “involved”) isn’t quite the same as raking in pillowcases of candy as a kid, Halloween remains one of my favorite days of the year.

Here a creepy and disgusting video from Alchemist and Oh No, known collectively as Gangrene, to get things started this morning. The duo’s Sawblade EP, actually printed on a vinyl sawblade, was released Friday. Peep the video “The Sickness” below, directed by Jason Goldwatch.

27
Oct
10

Late Registration.

While I could sit here and make excuses for my recent lack of posts, the truth is that there hasn’t been a whole lot of material that I’ve felt worthy of posting. Here is a wrap-up of the few things that have.

After premiers in Tokyo and NYC, the always-ambitious Mr. West has unleashed his Runaway short-film on Vevo. Though it’s safe to say that the project is a grandiose display of Yeezy’s unmatched ego, it’s also an unrestrained exhibition of the creative forces that allow most of us to overlook said ego. Artist or asshole? You be the judge.

Above is a clip of Young Khalifa Man bringing out Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J during a recent stop in Sin City. Below is the fantastic collaboration between the two that bangs hard. Pause.

DOWNLOAD: Wiz Khalifa f/ Juicy J – “In My Car (The Puff Bus)”

Finally, Mouse Budden continues his Mood Muzik mixtape series with the fourth installment, A Turn 4 the Worst. Featuring verses from Joey’s Slaughtahouse family, Pusha T, Styles P, and Fabolous, as well as production from J. Cardim, Sean C & LV, and an unauthorized release from Just Blaze, this one looks primed to please the legions of Budden fans floating around the Interwebs.

DOWNLOAD: Joe Budden – Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 the Worst
DOWNLOAD: Joe Budden – Mood Muzik 4 Bonus Tracks

17
Oct
10

Royalty.


CyHi has been buzzing for a minute now, but it appears that his signing to the G.O.O.D. Music team gave a boost to his ascension into hip-hop’s upper echelon. Fresh off his prominent feature on track of the year contender “So Appalled” and a recent collaboration with hipster hero A-Trak, “Ray Ban Vision” [DIRECT LINK], Da Prynce delivers a free, full-length mixtape. Features at a minimum, CyHi seems to go for days. Paws. Truth is, this shit sounds better than most albums.

DOWNLOAD: CyHi Da Prynce – Royal Flush Mixtape

BONUS: Damn, ‘Ye is throwing dude right into the fire, and he’s responding with some formidable verses. CyHi featured here on this week’s G.O.O.D. Friday release.

DOWNLOAD: Kanye West f/ Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & Keri Hilson – “Take One For The Team” [DIRECT DOWNLOAD]

15
Oct
10

Keep It Real.

Milkbone’s “Keep It Real” features a near-flawless beat, no question. But if you had bet in ’95 that the cut would be the inspiration of two separate releases releases on October 14, 2010, you would currently be preparing yourself for a lavish retirement.

First up is the remix to Freddie Gibbs’ “The Ghetto,” for which he recruited Boot Camp Clik representatives Sean Price and Tek. This one is slated to appear on Rap Radar’s Mixtape of the Year, dropping November 16.

If that isn’t nostalgic enough, DJPremierBlog.com have unleashed the legendary ’95 Big L and Jay-Z cypher, for the first time to be heard in its entirety. I’m sure you’re familiar with the strange gaps in the storied version that has long floated around file sharing software. Well, those gaps from Stretch & Bobbito’s Show have been filled in, along with some addition commentary that finds L doing his best to put on his “boy” before things got rolling with the Roc. My impressions remain the same: though Hov displays some of the promise that elevated him to G.O.A.T. status, this proves that the unfulfilled promise of Big L remains one of the saddest stories in the history of hip-hop music. Lamont was the definition of a beast emcee. Shame, really.

DOWNLOAD: Big L & Jay-Z – “1995 10-minute Freestyle”

14
Oct
10

In the Cypher.

Here are the rest of the Cypher sessions from the 2010 BET Awards. Still love each and every one of these efforts, seeing how some top emcees fair in the midst of some of their hungrier competitors.

Wiz Khalifa x Bones Brigante x Yellawolf x Raekwon

Ice Cube with his sons OMG and Doughboy x Rev Run with his sons Diggy and Jo-Jo

Tyga x Kuniva x Diamond x Royce Da 5’9″

Reek Da Villain x Zawcain x Mickey Factz

14
Oct
10

Best of Both.

Speaking of both ‘Ye and Lupe, Mr. West’s G.O.O.D. Friday release last week was an unreleased selection from the forthcoming never-to-be-seen collaboration album from the duo alongside Skateboard P, collectively known as Child Rebel Soldier. Because, you know, these three are facing such desperate struggles these days. Yawn.

Regardless of the foolish group name, the track is great, and wished that the rumored project wasn’t simply a pipe dream. I’d love to hear what these three could bring out of each other, only under a different, less pause-worthy moniker.

Peep the track and the unauthorized-but-dope video above for CRS’ first offering “Us Placers,” featuring pint-sized recreations of the three featured artists.

DOWNLOAD: CRS (Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell Williams) -“Don’t Stop”