Thursday, January 21, 2010

Divine Seven & BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble - Seven Wonders EP (2009)

Divine Seven & BusCrates 16-Bit Ensemble - Seven Wonders EP (2009)

01. Suttin' Wonderful
02. Rise N' Shine
03. Dooinitt!!!
04. Across the Waters (Yes Y'All)

05. Life, Resurrected
06. When I Scribe

07. Seven Wonders
08. Melodious

Watch out for the new album from Divine Seven, Introspect... The LP, coming soon.


Strict Flow - Homegrown (1997)

Strict Flow is a legendary hip-hop crew from Pittsburgh, PA. In fact, releases such as their "People On Lock" b/w "Radio" 12-inch and the Without Further Ado LP have helped to earn them props from hip-hop heads worldwide.

Strict Flow is made up of four artists, two emcees and two producers. The lead emcee is Masai, who is a lyrical heavyweight. He is assisted on the mic by Sied. The production is handled by Chad Glick and E. Dan. For this album, they composed the laid-back, head-nodding boom bap that me and my a-alikes love. The scratches are handled by local favorite, DJ Selecta.

Although the group disassembled around 2004, they have each continued to have successful music careers. Masai is the lead emcee for Formula 412, a Pittsburgh band à la The Roots. Sied now goes by the alias Pittsburgh Slim, and reached the mainstream with his 2007 hit single "Girls Kiss Girls." E. Dan has contributed production to Wiz Khalifa, ChaRon Don, The Govament, and many other local and national artists. Him and Chad run I.D. Labs, one of the most highly regarded studios in Pittsburgh. Chad also created the Rostrum Records label and manages Wiz Khalifa.

Sadly I do not have scans for this, as I only have an mp3 version of the album. It was released on CD, and possibly vinyl and tape. This album is truely an underground classic and a important piece of Pittsburgh hip-hop history.

Strict Flow - Homegrown
01. Intro
02. Homegrown

03. The Classic Pittsburgh Story
04. Live & DieWrecked
05. Who U Be (Ebonics Version)
06. 1 Night Stand

07. The 6 Elements
08. Fall of '95
09. Dirt

10. Mark My Words
11. Whatsitallabout

12. It Just Happens
13. Real Heads Relax
14. The Equation

15. Somethin' Like This

16. Once You Get the Props

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hip-Hop Albums of the Decade

So I broke this down into years, and limited it to strictly hip-hop releases. Only LP's, no EP's (such as Jean Grae's Bootleg of the Bootleg, even though in its entirety it's longer that some albums on this list).

By listening to these 100 or so albums, you would have a good idea of the past decade in hip-hop. As you scroll through the list, you will notice that recent years have provided fewer quality albums. My opinion, the '90s era MC's are getting old, and the majority of new school artists are lacking creativity. Get creative in the next decade!

Binary Star - Masters of the Universe
Common - Like Water For Chocolate
Dead Prez - Let's Get Free
Del tha Funkee Homosapien - Both Sides of the Brain
Deltron 3030 - 3030
Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele
Jedi Mind Tricks - Violent By Design
Outkast - Stankonia
Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought
Shyne - Shyne
Slum Village - Fantastic Vol. 2
Typical Cats - Typical Cats
Zion I - Mind Over Matter

Aesop Rock - Labor Days
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Cormega - The Realness
Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 1
Jay Dee - Welcome 2 Detroit
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
J-Live - The Best Part
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
Kardinal Offishall - Quest For Fire: Firestarter Vol. 1
K-Os - Exit
Lone Catalysts - Hip-Hop
Masta Ace - Disposable Arts
Nas - Stillmatic
Qwazaar - Walk Thru Walls

50 Cent - Guess Who's Back
Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly
Clipse - Lord Willin'
Count Bass D - Dwight Spitz
Devin - Just Trying ta Live
GZA - Legend of the Liquid Swords
Jean Grae - Attack of the Attacking Things... The Dirty Mixes
J-Live - All of the Above
Monsta Island Czars - Escape From Monsta Island
Nappy Roots - Watermelon, Chicken, & Gritz
Nas - The Lost Tapes
Nas - God's Son
Non Phixion - The Future is Now
The Roots - Phrenology
Scarface - The Fix

Cyne - Time Being
Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Immortal Technique - Revolutionary Vol. 2
King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader
Little Brother - The Listening
Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Vakill - The Darkest Cloud
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain

Count Bass D - Begborrowsteal
De La Soul - The Grind Date
Foreign Exchange - Connected
Ghostface Killah - The Pretty Toney Album
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Klashnekoff - The Sagas of Klashnekoff
K-Os - Joyful Rebellion
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer
Masta Killa - No Said Date
Megalon - A Penny For Your Thoughts
MF Doom - Mm.. Food
Murs & 9th Wonder - 3:16 The 9th Edition
The Roots - The Tipping Point
Royce da 5'9" - Death is Certain
Typical Cats - Civil Service
Vordul Mega - The Revolution of Yung Havoks

Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming
Cyne - Evolution Fight
Edan - Beauty and the Beat
The Game - The Documentary
Kanye West - Late Registration
Lone Catalysts - Good Music
OneBeLo - S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.
Sean Price - Monkey Barz

Bronze Nazareth - The Great Migration
Cunninlynguists - A Piece of Strange
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
J. Dilla - Donuts
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
MF Grimm - The American Hunger
The Roots - Game Theory
Vakill - Worst Fears Confirmed

Armstead Brown - Fieldwork
Black Milk - Popular Demand
Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens
Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Cunninlynguists - Dirty Acres
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Pharoahe Monch - Desire
Talib Kweli - Eardrum
Wiz Khalifa - Show & Prove
Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
UGK - Underground Kingz
Y Society - Travel At Your Own Pace

A.P.E.X. - Face the Musick
Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
Count Bass D - L7
Elzhi - The Preface
GZA - Pro Tools
J-Live - Then What Happened?
Kanye West - 808's & Heartbreak
Nas - Untitled
Q-Tip - The Renaissance
The Roots - Rising Down
Sweatshop Union - Water Street
Vordul Mega - Mega Graphitti

Divine Seven & Ayatollah Jaxx - Black Connection
Kid Cudi - Man On the Moon
Mos Def - The Ecstatic
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II
Wu-Tang Clan - Chamber Music

Jasiri X - American History X (2010)

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Jasiri X - American History X

01. Silent Night

02. Real Rap (feat. Chen Lo)
03. Dear Debra
04. Ballers and Rappers
05. The Only Colore That Matters is Green
06. What's Peace
07. Afghanistan (HerStory)
08. The Crucifixion
09. Just a Minstrel (feat. Idasa Tariq & Living Proofe)

10. Blackface
11. State of the Black Wrold
12. OG3 (feat. Davey D)
13. Beware Young Girl
14. Our Defining Moment


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Count Bass D & DJ Pocket

Short but sweet, a phrase that can be used to describe nearly any release in the extensive catalogue of Count Bass D. The dynamic musician has continued to progress with each album, most recently on two new LP releases with fellow artist, and long-time friend, DJ Pocket.

The albums were posted less than a week apart, for free download. Count and Pocket each provide their production and vocals respectively. The latter of the LPs, Hartsfield JAXson, is a dedication to JAX of Bikinis Rec's and features Atlanta-based MC's Eddie Meeks, Señor Kaos, Flux, and S.T.I.N.K.

01. Everyday Ritual
02. Cash On Delivery
03. Quid Pro Quo
04. Praise Me (feat. H2O and Flux)
05. Hit It Hard
06. Best Of Both Worlds (Freestyle)
07. It’s Just One of Those Days
08. Palease
09. X Sighted
10. Mazel Tov
11. New Day
12. DJ Pocket’s Diatribe
13. Surprise
14. Count’s Diatribe
15. Yo What’s Up
16. So Ambitious (Freestyle)

In the Loop

01. Hartsfield JAXson
02. More Music Less Talk
03. Gotta Have Soul (feat. H2O & Flux)
04. A New Decade
05. All Kinds of Things (feat. Eddie Meeks)
06. When I Blow Up
07. Better Not
08. DJ Pocket’s Diatribe 2
09. Fall Back (feat. H20 & S.T.I.N.K.)
10. Start To Finish
11. Elevation (feat. Eddie Meeks)
12. 8 Takes
13. You Madd (feat. H2O)
14. Count’s Diatribe 2
15. Open Up (feat. Señor Kaos)
16. Knotty Diatribe
17. He’s In Here

Hartsfield JAXson

Monday, January 4, 2010

Update soon

Sorry for the delay... a couple new albums from the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene and my top albums of the past decade coming real soon!!!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Therm & Soul & Friends - Adventures On Gunstar 9 (2010)

Therm & Soul are the electro hip-hop team of DJ Thermos and SoulDivide. Adventures On Gunstar 9 is an experimental project, but it also serves as an introduction to the Shindiggaz, a hip-hop supercrew consisting of Therm, Soul aka Burgundy Banana, Mr. Brink, Mr. E aka Greazy Duzit, Dutch Rollin' Rebel, and EMS aka Kid A.

Adventures On Gunstar 9 is just as it claims, an adventure. Therm wields chopped samples from Soul's favorite video game, Gunstar Heroes, and layers them with neck-breaking booms and kicks, as well as a variety of cuts and scratches. Soul's deep delivery and charismatic flow fill the beats to the max.

01. Gunstar#1 ft. Dutch Rollin Rebel
02. Gunstar#2 ft. Jaydubbs

03. Gunstar#3 ft. Greazy Duzit & Dutch Rollin Rebel
04. Gunstar#4 ft. Dutch Rollin Rebel & Greazy Duzit
05. Gunstar#5

06. Gunstar#6 ft. Mr. Brink & Greazy Duzit (mix#2)
07. Gunstar#7 ft. Mr. Brink, Dutch Rollin Rebel & Greazy Duzit
08. Gunstar#8 ft. Mr. E
09. Gunstar#9 ft. Mr. E
10. GunstarBonus#1(Shindig) ft. Mr. Brink & Greazy Duzit
11. GunstarBonus#2(One Shot Deal) ft. Dutch Rollin Rebel