Archive for May, 2011

26
May
11

Monumental.


Pete Rock has been quiet since the drop of his joint with Kanye that failed to make the final cut of MBDTF, and it looks like that was due to time in the studio with Duck Down mainstays Smif-N-Wesson. The crew worked together to memorable accord on past Boot Camp Clik projects, but this time we are in line for a full-length collaboration album. Above, Soul Brother #1, Tek, and Steele provide a preview of the Monumental LP for media peoples during a listening party. Golden Era heads, stand up and cop the album June 28.

21
May
11

Everything Has a Price.


Aside from bigging up fellow Torontonian The Weeknd, Aubrey had remained relatively quiet for a stretch before Khaled dropped “I’m On One” last week. And after carrying the track that features two of hip-hop’s most profitable artists, it looks as though Drizzy is attempting to begin the hype for Take Care, his much-anticipated sophomore effort slated for later this year. For the production here, 40 superbly flips UK beatmaker Jai Paul’s relic demo record “BTSTU” for a haunting chorus and employs crispy snare that induce gasfaces from the likes of 9th Wonder and Pete Rock. Clearly, Drake isn’t breaking a whole lot of new ground substance wise but shows no slowing down in his progression as a punchline artist.

The start of the second verse sounds like it could possibly be aimed at he OFWGKTA click. Lord knows the Wolf Gang has been vocal in their distaste for Canada’s finest export since Crown Royal. Pause. And with the recent shots fired between Odd Future and Drake’s new homies in the XO click, the timing of the drop seems right.

DOWNLOAD: Drake – “Dreams Money Can Buy”

Shouts: YMHQ

17
May
11

Let Him Breathe.

Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker recently dropped an 8,000-plus word piece on the kid Thebe Kgositsile, known to the rap world as Earl Sweatshirt. Unfortunately, the complete article is under password protection for free subscribers, but at the heart of the investigation in Sanneh’s e-mail correspondence with The Early Man, who is, as Complex suggested last month, at a type of boarding school located in Samoa. Here is what Earl has to say regarding his whereabouts and the Free Earl movement.

Initially I was really pleased that all these people claimed that they wanted me released because I thought that translated into ‘they care,’” Earl wrote. “So time progresses and the fan base gets bigger and the ‘Free Earl’ chants get louder but now with the ‘Free Earl’ chants come a barely indirect ‘Fuck Earl’s Mom’ and in the blink of an eye my worry changes from ‘will there still be this hype when I get back’ to ‘Oh shit I just inspired a widespread movement of people who are dedicated to the downfall of my mom.

The only thing I need as of right now is space. I’ve still got work to do and don’t need the additional stress of fearing for my family’s physical well-being. Space means no more ‘Free Earl.’

I miss home. I don’t have any definite date though. Even if I did I don’t know if I’d tell you. You’ll hear from me without a doubt when I’m ready.

Let’s hope dude returns in full beast mode once gets his mind right.

It didn’t take long for OF’s big brother Tyler to respond to the article via his twitter feed.

He’ll Be Back In Due Time, Just Wait. Thats My Nigga, He Now Has A Home To Come Too. No Fucking Pressure. Hopefully Fans Respect That. And Respect His, His Moms And Familys Privacy. This Goes For Writers Too. Miss You Nigga, FREE THE EARLY MAN. The World Will Be Ours! OF

And added, so eloquently.

Got Damn I Hate Writers Fuck

12
May
11

By My Self.

Though this is a short video of from Rozay’s solo summer opus, he brings the crew along for the video. This new Maybach Music roster is a problem.

Self Made in stores May 23.

12
May
11

Dilmatic.

Elzhi has been bubbling on the Detroit underground circuit for a hot minutes now, but despite dropping an incredible debut with The Preface back in 2008 (not to mention solid work as part of the rebooted Slum Village) has yet to make the leap into the widespread consciousness. I can’t think of a better way to make that leap than paying homage the greatest record ever dropped on the genre, Nas’ magnum opus Illmatic. Though recreating a classic is a tough gig, El adds enough of his own touch to put an indelible Detroit stamp on Esco’s pantheon project. There are few artists in hip-hop today that could do justice to such an ambitious effort. Elzhi just did.

DOWNLOAD: Elzhi – Elmatic [DIRECT LINK]

The Flow: XXL

05
May
11

Me, Myself, and I.

With three weeks to go before the release of Maybach Music Group’s Self Made collaborative LP, two of the rosters young guns trade bars on this warm-up effort. Though the album’s lead single was a little disappointing, and this here joint will sadly fail to make the final release, the tracklist looks stellar. Rozay stay winning.