Andre Martel – His Majesty Obscured (Album)

October 21st, 2014
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Pretty much the album I hoped Andre would make, the album he’s been working up to since his days as Himself The Majestic, when he was already promising and good but not yet up to his potential. Time allowing I’m going to come back to this to lavish more detailed praise on it, but for the moment I’m just gonna say the dude wrote and rapped his ass off on here to great results. Highly recommended for people enamored with the act and art of rapping, and rappers being able to truly and honestly render their own world in their lyrics and walk you through it.
 
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A-Villa – Live From The Villa Feat. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, & Willie The Kid

October 21st, 2014
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These 3 always sound pretty good together. A-Villa has also produced for Roc Marci in the past with great results.
 

The Guys – No Rights

October 20th, 2014
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The more I listen to The Guys the more I think that this group’s greatest strength isn’t versatility, not exactly at least. It’s the ability to take modern rap and infuse it’s inherent moral frivolity with something much more personal and often political. Some day soon they might manage a very rare feat – make a ‘conscious’ rap album that really has something to say AND doesn’t sound painfully dated in both style and perspective AND is not aesthetically boring. Fingers crossed for that.
 

VIDEO: Shabazz Palaces – Motion Sickness

October 20th, 2014
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Didn’t love Lese Majesty at first but after a closer listen and a bit of osmosis it has really grown on me. It’s admittedly a tough one to crack at times, but worth the effort. Videos like this go some ways to correct the first impression that this album is more style than substance; it’s much easier to see what it’s all about when Ish’s dense abstract verses are fleshed out into a poignant narrative. Of course this is still Shabazz Palaces, so you’re not exactly getting an easy step by step walk through here by any means.
 

Jason Dean – Not Too Late (Feat. AZ And Cormega)

October 20th, 2014
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Nice breezy jazz beat by Jason Dean with Az and Mega on the raps. Taken from Dean’s Straight out the Projects EP, which looks like one of those things where a younger(?) producer collabs with a bunch of his favorite vets.
 

 

Giftz – Full Effect

October 16th, 2014
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Giftz hops on a beat from an old Freeway track of the same name, which feels very fitting considering how much the dude sounds like a very good turn of the century ganstga rapper. His voice actually kinda resembles Freeway’s (at least in passing).
 

EDF – Keep My Name Out Yo Mouth 2014

October 15th, 2014
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EDF pays homage to Big Pokey’s classic with the title (and a little snippet in the end), but the shit talking is all his.
 

Lucki Eck$ – FOLLADOLLA prod. Plu2o Nash

October 15th, 2014
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Another good loosie that would’ve fit in well on Body High.
 

 

Gangsta Boo & Beatking – Underground Cassette Tape Music

October 15th, 2014
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Pretty much self-explanatory. Some really good stuff on this, and a solid feature/production lineup.
 

 

Duppy Gun Feat. Early One & I Jahbar – Mad (Produced by DJ Talus Glider aka Butchy Fuego)

October 14th, 2014
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Been waiting for a Duppy Gun full-length compliation/album for a while now, today the info for it was finally officially announced via Stones Throw. I love this label’s fractured and occasionally abrasive but always interesting experiments in dancehall and dub, the first new single is right in line with their past work, so I’m really all about this. My only concern is that the album’s tracklist only shows the vocal takes. Hopefully the dubs/versions will be released as well, as they have occasionally proven to be the more interesting sides of the Duppy Gun singles.