FACT Magazine Presents: The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records Of All Time

February 25th, 2015
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FACT Magazine graciously invited me and some other very smart and knowledgeable people to do a list of 100 indie/backpacker/whatever albums of all time. After much arguing and bluntsmoking, here are the results. Feel free to hate on it in the comments here or over at FACT.
 

FACT Magazine Presents: The 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records Of All Time

 
S/O to John Twells for being a great editor, and Geng Grizzly, Son Raw and Jeff Roscobeamer for being an great team to argue and write with.
 

VIDEO: Dr. Yen Lo (Ka & Preservation) – Day 0

February 19th, 2015
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The first single from the new Ka album, presented in video form which has now become Ka’s tradition. In continuation of the Manchurian Candidate theme, again prominently used in this video, the song is billed to Dr. Yen Lo.  I’m guessing this is the group name for Ka and Preservation working together (feel free to correct me on this.)
 

VIDEO: Tree – Milk Chin

February 17th, 2015
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Another great new track from the upcoming Tree Genius (via AHH).
 

Ka – Days With Dr. Yen Lo (Album Trailer)

February 13th, 2015
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Trailer for Ka’s new album, mysterious like under LL’s hat. The clip does not reveal much but this does appear to be a full length collaboration with Preservation (see here), who was on the boards for Ka’s 1200 BC EP.
 
The really curious thing here are the multiple allusions to the Manchurian Candidate. The trailer is a montage of clips from the movie, the album name is a reference to the villainous Communist doctor who brainwashes the protagonists, and the picture of the mixing board prominently features the Queen Of Diamonds card which in the movie activates the brainwashed assassins into action. So we can safely assume that the album will be thematically tied to the movie, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how.
 

Scooter Island – Not Yours ft. Junglepussy

February 10th, 2015
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I’m actually not crazy about the first half of this song, I think it might make more sense in the context of the Broad City episode it was created for, which I have not yet seen. BUT, the second half of it, starting at 2:10, is a tremendous verse from Junglepussy which again confirms my opinion that she is the best rapper in New York at the moment.
 

Grigrislang & Jocelyn Anglemort Present: Southern Gatorz Vol4 – Miami Vice

February 10th, 2015
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A new volume of @Grigrislang‘s (aka JP Labarthe) great series of mixes spotlighting Southern regions, this one focused on artists from Florida. This man digs deeper than most of your favorite blogs (including this one tbh), his twitter feed is always full of gems, so if you’re looking for some interesting stuff off the beaten path his mixes and tweets are a goldmine.
 
Tracklist:
1/ Uzi – ‘Riot Control’ [Chopped & Screwed by A 13 *Southern Gatorz Edit*] 2/ Florida Boyz – ‘666’
3/ Teddy Blow Feat. J Sta$h – ‘Back 2 Da Trap’
4/ Yg Live Feat. Slim & Jae Yung – ‘Touched’
5/ Fat Nick – ‘Creepin’
6/ Bevthe2nd Feat. Kenny Turnup – ‘Trap Phone’
7/ Richie Wess Feat. Tom G – ‘On Deck’
8/ Jae Yung Feat. Whiteboymac – ‘Welcome 2 Miami’
9/ Bukkweat Bill – ‘Judge Judy’
[skit] ‘Playa Pimpin’
10/ Cashy – ‘Playa Pimpin’
11/ Pouya Feat. Twonoutspoken – ‘Lil Homies’
12/ Mikey The Magician Feat. Fat Nick- ‘BANDO’
13/ Lee Cavalli Feat. Trace – ‘You Trippin’
14/ Tru Menace Feat. GhostBoy Chiefa – ‘How It Goes’
15/ RASKLz – ‘Pha-Real’
16/ Yung Simmie – ‘Bring The Pain’
17/ Crooosh Feat. Prez P & Sean Buck – ‘Frozen In Time’
[outro] Rick Ross – ‘Port of Miami’ [Slowed by Jocelyn Anglemort *Southern Gatorz Edit*]
 
Via Captcha. The mixing on this volume was done by Jocelyn Anglemort.
 

Tree – Look At Me Now

February 5th, 2015
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Another good leak from the upcoming Trap Genius. Congrats to Tree on the EW feature where this premiered.
 

VIDEO: Andre Martel – Shaq-Fu

February 4th, 2015
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You, yes YOU, probably slept on Andre’s His Majesty Obscured. You fucked up on that one. Go listen to it, it’s dope.
 

The Chi-Lites – Oh Girl (screwed and chopped by Drobitussin)

February 3rd, 2015
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Another awesome random dart from Drobitussin, who might be my favorite unheralded Youtube c&s savant. The original song is obviously beyond classic and doesn’t need any help, but I’m very much enjoying the woozy druggy effect which the slowdown adds to it. Bonus points, imagine this version playing instead of the original in the classic Sopranos scene where Tony beats up the assemblyman for sleeping with Irina (somebody make this happen pls).
 
The chop is available on Drobitussin’s Screwed and Chopped Too Far Out compilation.
 

SHIRT – USED TO GO BY T.SHIRT (Prod. By Steel Tipped Dove)

February 3rd, 2015
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SHIRT left some people aggy after last year’s fake NYT article thing, but the album that stunt was meant to promote was dope so I’m still on board with the dude. In typically cryptic fashion, he just released a new surprise album Museum via http://worksite.info/#. ‘USED TO GO BY T.SHIRT’ looks to be the single from it.