Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Stans, Hackers and Hip Hop!
Sometimes my mind gets caught up on to many things and I forget about the things that are most important to me. This blog is one of those things that I feel I neglect or sometimes do not take as serious as I should. Don't get me wrong, there are times where I just feel like shutting it down. I say this because the past couple of weeks have been tough over here (Site being hacked by a fellow blogger who I wont name, the hardest post with the most effort I ever put forth being deleted by that hacker,"stans" using my name on different blogs creating problems and visitors stopping by the site telling me my time is due and its time to move on like they were my dad and shit) so its kind of a no brainer why I would feel this way. But I have decided its time to get back to the visitors and let them know whats up with hip hop and "Brew Rhymes With Crew" as of late.
According to his blogspot Freddie Joachim has successfully released his first album "In With Time" under the Subcontact label!!!
Freddie Joachim's first album, "In With Time," will be dropping in Japan in Spring 2008 under the Subcontact label. With Freddie handling all the production, the album will feature artists: Choice37 (Untapped Sounds), Lauren Santiago, Jacewon, Aloe Blacc (Emanon/Stones Throw), Surreal (The Sound Providers), Son of Ran, Cypher Optics, Othello (Lightheaded), Blu (Johnson & Jonson/Sound in Color), Muneshine (Wax Reform), Profile (The Upstarts/Sound Providers), Latanya Lockett, and Therapy (The AB's/The Smile Rays). More info will be available regarding Europe, Australia, and U.S. release dates. Please check www.freddiejoachim.com for updated information.
"That's What's Up"
1. Blue Sky Black Death & Hell Razah - Audiobiography http://www.zshare.net/audio/1134029360659ad8/
This album somehow slipped by me in 2007. Razahs Ladder is filled with bangers and features a ton of underground emcees. Audiobiography includes Shabazz The Deciple who along with Hell Razah are present members of the Wu-Tang affiliated group Sunz of Man. Blue Sky Black Death produced the entire album so be sure to peep this one.
2. Bonobe -If You Stayed Over (Ghost Remix) http://www.zshare.net/audio/11339445a0d2c7a3/
I searched high and low on the net trying to find any little piece of information I could on Bonobe but came up empty handed. Ghost a well known DJ and producer from the U.K did the remix for this track and its brilliant. This track in my opinion almost has a Radio Head vibe to it, which is fine with me because I adore Radio Head. The album from Ghost entitled "My Soul Looks Like This" came out this past April and ever since its been on heavy rotation on my I-pod. Check the track and go from there.
3. The Waitress - Atmosphere
Long and anticipated. Thats what I have to say about the months I waited before someone leaked the new Atmosphere album . I have been a fan of Atmosphere for quite sometime, going back to when I really started understanding real lyricism. The Waitress is one of the tracks that really grabbed my attention on the new album "When Life Gives You Lemons..." because Slug has always been a great story teller. Some people call it "emo" but I call it spitting the blues. Don't let the critics get to you, this album is worth every penny.
4. Blue Sky Black Death - Listen Child http://www.zshare.net/audio/11340171d717b0e9/
Young God and Kingston released their first full length instrumental album this past April and ever since it has seen nothing but fantastic reviews. This was my favorite beat from "Late Night Cinema". This particular instrumental starts off deep and questionable but soon comes into play and grabs you by the ear drums. With a few samples that sound eerily familiar this surely is a masterpiece of a beat.
5. Ayatollah - Louder
The month of April definitely saw some wicked albums from some great producers. Ayatollah was one of them. Ayatollah brings creative beats at a time where most producers in the game are making money off copying each other. Its nice to hear beats that remind me of classic New York times when hip hop was still hip hop. Louder is one of the beats that took me back to that era.
6. Buckshot & 9th Wonder - No Future
The formula is another album from Buck and 9th which was also released last April. This release left me feeling good but not great. After a few songs into the album it seemed to become a little repetitive and somewhat predictable. The production saw a high influence of soul which means 9th must've really flipped a lot of samples, so he gets my props for this. As for Buckshot his flow is still exceptional and his lyrics still bring a strong message . Make sure you check out "No Future" from Buck and 9th's new album "The Formula".
7. Blu Ft Donel Smokes Coss & Jontel - Maintain http://www.zshare.net/audio/11380096dfd405af/
There is no doubt in my mind that Blu is going to make it big time within the next couple of years. As a young emcee he shows maturity when it comes to other emcees his age trying to make it in the hip hop game. Exile keeps the beats appropriate with a sound that you don't hear to much now a days in hip hop. With tracks like "Maintain" there is a pretty good chance you will be hooked on Blu and Exile so make sure you hear this one.
8. The Upstarts Ft Grap Luva - Real definition
I was pretty hyped about "The Upstarts" on my last post and I still am. I'm not sure how many people gave this album a chance but if you haven't I highly recommend it. With featured artists such as Grap Luva and Kev Brown plus production by Freddie Joachim "The Know How" from The Upstarts does not disappoint.
9. Muneshine -Please Believe
Muneshine's latest album "Status Symbol" is definitely one that will make my top albums of 08' list. His production skills shine on almost every track and his flow is immaculate. This particular track was one that almost broke my neck. The beat for "Please Believe" matched Mune's emotional lyrics to a T. This album is a must have so make sure you check Muneshines new album "Status Symbol".
10. Mumbles - Here You Are
The first instrument I ever played was an acoustic guitar. I still own a samick and pick it up every now and then. Tracy McMillan a down-tempo singer pours out her soul on "Here You Are," and Mumbles matches it perfect with a simple acoustic-guitar sample similar to RJD2's "Ghostwriter." It's been a favourite of mine these past couple of weeks and I have a feeling most of you will enjoy it to.
So thats it for now. I will keep updating unless of course the site gets hacked again which I hope it doesn't, but unfortunately it is out of my control. Until next time, take it easy bloggers.