Archive for February, 2011

23
Feb
11

Thick.

A collaboration too long in the making, the Bawse links up with two of the finest Wu Killa Bees for this new cut from Rae’s upcoming Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang project set to drop March 8. The soul sample is vintage Wu, produced by No I.D. protege Extreme with an unmistakable RZA influence. Though he doesn’t sound as comfortable on the track as The Chef or Pretty Toney, Ross holds his own alongside two legendary emcees and once again displays the versatility that has helped him become one of hip-hop’s most visible figures.

Support what deserves support, and cop Rae’s latest offering next Tuesday.

DOWNLOAD: Raekwon f/ Ghostface Killah & Rick Ross – “Molasses”

Props: Miss Info

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23
Feb
11

More Maybach.


Ross steady making power moves. With the ink still fresh on contracts with Wale and Meek Mill, Pill became the third addition to Rozay’s movement since the beginning of the year. Pill, a long-time favorite of TITS, is one of the realest young emcees in the game and has put together an impressive string of mixtapes since the beginning of 2009. Oddly, of Ross’ three newest signees, on Pill comes from Southern roots, and perhaps seems the most suited for collaborations with his new Bawse. Seems Ricky isn’t paying in 2011 and is ready to make the transition from emcee to full-fledged mogul, and it looks like he is assembling a formidable squad to ride with him.

22
Feb
11

The One Twice Over.


For 2011, XXL added an extra roster spot for their freshman class. A few of these dudes seem like they have been around for too long to make the list (Yelawolf, Kendrick), others have been featured here at TITS over the past year plus (Cyhi, K.R.I.T., Meek, Diggy), while a few have been notably absent for a reason: I just don’t feel their product thus far (YG, Mac, Twist, Fred). If you’ve been counting, that’s ten names. The other? The always-polarizing BasedGod, Lil B. I’ve avoided posting dudes material because, again, I just don’t see how: a) it’s good for the genre and b) how he has managed to garner such a following. Still, I respect the kid’s hustle (as well as the fact that he dropped a mixtape titled MF Based), and of any emcee on this list, I see Brandon’s originality giving him the most potential to make serious noise down the road.

No OF represented? Tyler claims he wanted it that way. He wants the cover for dolo. And plans to get there soon.

17
Feb
11

Curt Henning Shit.

The Bawse and his newest employee trade bars over a piano-sample-driven Alchemist beat. Quite reminiscent of Deeper Than Rap-era Rozay material, and I mean that in the best sense. This cut just feels like summer. Maybach Music: The Next Chapter.

DOWNLOAD: Rick Ross & Meek Mill – “Perfectionists”

12
Feb
11

Harder than a Motherfuckin’ Flintstone.

This is “Yonkers,” written, produced, and directed by Wolf Haley himself. OFWGKTA on the come up. 100,000+ views in 24 hours? Well done, young’n.

“I created O.F. cause I feel we’re more talented than 40 year old rappers talking about Gucci.” – Tyler, the Creator

Indeed. And for anyone hating on the hype in fear the mainstream catching on, Tyler, as usual, doesn’t give a fuck.

For the homies overseas in North America, don’t miss Tyler and Hodgy Beats performing “Sandwitches” with The Roots band on Jimmy Fallon this Wednesday night. Not quite sure how they are going to transform the track into a Made-For-TV version, but should be worth staying up for, regardless. Damn. No Fallon was on cable here in Taiwan.

Fuck Steve Harvey.

UPDATE: If the buzz wasn’t at a fever pitch before, it will be now. Tyler and Hodgy killed ’em all. Mos Def agrees. Hope Earl got to see it. Dude is coming home to something vicious. CLICK TO WATCH.

10
Feb
11

Rest in Power.

It’s been five years to the day since I first read of the passing of James Yancey. Dilla was and is my favorite artist to ever do it. He was a genius, and he was taken to soon. The story had been told a million times, so I’ll spare the details. Just do yourself a favor and give Donuts, Welcome 2 Detroit, Fan-Tas-Tic, Fantastic Vol. 2, Jaylib, The Shining, Ruff Draft, Best Kept Secret, Jay Stay Paid, and the countless other projects he influenced ample time in your rotation. And educate the young’ns and anyone new to the genre on the way hip-hop can sound when it’s in its finest form.

For now, here are a couple gems that provide some insight not only on Dilla Dog’s contributions as a musician, but as a man.

And finally, a powerful look into Dilla’s Last Days. A must-read for anyone who considers him/herself a fan.

We miss you, Jay Dee.