Posts Tagged ‘Nas’

The Firm – Firm Biz (Howling Mad Remix)

Friday, June 1st, 2012
Share Button


 
Randomly stumbled across this breezy homegrown yacht rap remix that possibly outshines the original version (although it doesn’t top the godly Supreme Team remix.)
 

 

K-Def – Supa Heath (LP Version)

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
Share Button


 
If you like rap and have a pulse, you’ll recognize what’s going on here exactly 42 seconds after you hit play (maybe sooner if you’re an advanced rap nerd). The twist is that K-Def didn’t actually use any samples here, he played/interpolated everything himself. Which I guess in a way makes this more of a jazz cover than a traditional instrumental hiphop beat.
 
The track is taken from K-Def’s upcoming Night Shift album, out this December on Redefinition Records.
 
DOWNLOAD: K-Def – Supa Heath (LP Version)
K-Def – Supa Heath (LP Version) by Redefinition Records
 
Stream via Redefinition Records, DL link via DJPremiereBlog

And the best rapper is…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Share Button

 

Let’s be specific (peace Funkmaster Flex), the other day I dropped my 10 most underrated rappers of 2011, so it only made sense to drop my best rapper too. This isn’t an all-time list, it’s current and I could only award this to a rapper who is, well current. Andre 3000, you might be on another level and universally accepted as the greatest rapper living and who am I to disagree? You are, but these once every few years cameos on these bullshit R&B tracks ain’t cutting it.

 

It ain’t Jay, shame on you for even thinking that. It isn’t his apprentice Mr. Electronica, who by the way he should be dropping his once-a-year track in December to continue giving your iTunes blue balls. His lack of new material and a Saigon(ish) career pattern is not helping matters. I can you assure you it’s nobody who would rock a smedium t-shirt. Nobody that you would consider a hipster or vegan. It isn’t a new radical skater. It isn’t lazy self-absorbed artists who continues to produce lo-fi albums for your listening displeasure.

 

Who does it leave then? Nas, maybe, but we all know he lost a step or two over the years. Could it be Jada? Sure, Jadakiss is like the New York Jets, he looks great on paper but when it comes down to business he can’t close and I’m still waiting on that great album from him. So the argument could come down to Pusha and the man who I awarded it to. Pusha is just getting better with age, but when you see who is #1 it’s hard to dispute facts.

 

Maybe 2012 will be different but there isn’t a rapper IMO who has deliverer quality time and time again than this man. I hate the word swag, so I will just say this man’s style is just too damn cool. It sounds effortless like the way DOOM spits, but it’s extremely layered with witty lyricism and tons of rewind material   If the Dos Equis guy was a rapper he’d be this one. –Philaflava

 

Click to see who is the best rapper of 2011. (more…)

Will Sessions – Represent Intro / It Aint Hard To Tell

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Share Button


 
Elmatic Instrumentals is pretty dope, very good for dayjob listening (ie keeping it real without getting fired). Will Sessions interpolate and riff on the originals subtly but enough to make these new versions interesting on their own terms. At it’s best points this album reminds me of El Michels Affair’s The 37th Chamber.
 
I’m singling out “Represent Intro” because it’s the album’s most significant deviation from the original Illmatic tracklist, and it’s good enough to make me wish the band did more like it. And “It Aint Hard To Tell” is getting posted simply because it’s “It Aint Hard To Tell”.
 
DOWNLOAD: Will Sessions – Represent Intro

 
DOWNLOAD: Will Sessions – It Aint Hard To tell

 

The Game – One Blood (Compilation)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Share Button



A good little primer to set up the Compton rapper’s Red Album release today. If you’re unfamiliar with Game’s music or are one of the stubbron heads who still don’t rate him as a rapper, check it out. Best ear for beats around or just a beneficiary of circumstance? Shouts to Dirt Dog for the artwork. Download link and tracklist after the jump.

CC
(more…)

Nas – The Greatest Guest Features Vol. 1-4

Friday, August 12th, 2011
Share Button

Nothing we haven’t heard before but its good to be reminded why this lazy, stubborn, sometimes extremely idiotic rapper was once the greatest we had in the 90’s.  It’s also a good testament to anyone who ever thought Jay-Z was a better rapper. Definitely a cool compilation for the weekend. Enjoy! –Philaflava

01. Queens Day feat. Run DMC & Prodigy
02. Can’t Fade Me feat. Cassidy & Quan
03. In Between Us feat. Scarface
04. Calm Down feat. Noreaga & Tragedy Khadafi
05. Verbal Intercourse feat. Raekwon
06. Fast Life (Buckwild Remix) feat. Kool G Rap
07. Live at The Barbeque feat. Main Source
08. Success feat. Jay-Z
09. Stay Chiseled feat. Large Professor
10. John Blaze feat. Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon & Fat Joe
11. Eye For An Eye feat. Mobb Deep & Raekwon
12. Music for Life feat. J Dilla, Common, Busta Rhymes & Marsha Of Floetry
13. Rough Around The Edges feat. Busta Rhymes
14. How Ya Livin’ feat. AZ
15. Heartbeat feat. Nneka
16. Wake Up Show Anthem ’94 feat. Pharoahe Monch, Prince Paul, Ras Kass, Dred Scott, Shyheim, Chino XL & Saafir
17. Road to Zion feat. Damian Marley
18. Bring It To You Hardest feat. Slick Rick

Disc 2
01. Fast Life feat. Kool G Rap
02. Rich And Black feat. Raekwon
03. The Essence feat. AZ
04. Grand Finale ft. Method Man, DMX & Ja Rule
05. Dog Shit ft. Mobb Deep
06. Holla Back ft. Kool G Rap, AZ & Tito
07. I Do It For Hip Hop feat. Jay-Z & Ludacris
08. It’s Mine feat. Mobb Deep & Jadakiss
09. Letter to the King feat. Game
10. Analyze This (No Love Lost) feat. Jay-Z & Lord Tariq
11. Classic feat. Kanye West, Rakim & KRS One
12. Finer Things feat. Jon B
13. Don’t Stop, Keep Goin feat. Daz & Kurupt
14. Why (Remix) feat. Styles P, Jadakiss, Common & Anthony Hamilton
15. Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It (Remix) feat. Ice Cube & Scarface
16. Usual Suspects feat. Rick Ross
17. Give It Up Fast feat. Mobb Deep
18. Help Somebody (Remix) feat. Maxwell
(more…)