Top 5 hip-hop records I heard this week (in no particular order).
- Wu-Tang Clan “Execution in Autumn”
- Nipsey Hussel “Face the World”
- Lupe Fiasco “Animal Farm”
- Black Hippy “U.O.E.N.O. Remix”
- AZ “We Movin”
Honestly, there isn’t much I can say about this record. At a time when rap’s mainstream success was booming, Rawkus was keeping the True School alive with a rookie line-up that obliterates XXL’s list today. This week’s Re-Release is Common feat. Sadat X & Talib Kweli “1999“.
“Rawkus Records — the little hip-hop indie label that could — went through various major-label dealings over the years, eventually falling under the Geffen Records banner in 2005, in theory an unseemly partnership that did have one immediately positive outcome: a long-overdue best-of collection, Rawkus Records: Best of Decade I (1995-2005). If you’re relatively familiar with Rawkus, you might find the title curious — the “1995-2005″ part, that is — because for all means and purposes, the label became inactive once the ’90s came to a close. Without a doubt, the glory years of Rawkus were the late ’90s, back when the Soundbombing and Lyricist Lounge series were a cultural touchstone, back when Mos Def and Talib…” - Allmusic.com
There was a time when hip-hop had to make you dance. Chubb Rock always came with the perfect dance tracks. He was also respected lyrically. One of my favorite hip-hop records, this week’s Re-Release is Chubb Rock’s “Treat Em Right“.
“If you’d asked a hypothetical leading hip-hop expert what the main difference between East Coast and West Coast rappers was in the early ’90s, he might have explained that the West was more interested in beats and grooves, while the Northeast was concerned with rapping technique. Well respected in New York rap circles, Chubb Rock had plenty of technique — something there’s no shortage of on The One. The album leaves no doubt that his rapping skills are first-rate, but technique only carries Rock so far. Although decent and at times exhilarating, The One isn’t a great album. Rock (who often incorporates dancehall reggae) is at his best on excellent message songs like “What’s the Word” and “The Night Scene,” an arresting description of the horrors that surround drugs. But his boasting raps wear thin after a while. Rock has the chops; it’s his lyrics that aren’t always memorable.” - Allmusic.com
Things are heating up on the hip-hop scene. Come get this work! We know how fast consumers can move from a new release to the next. People are already looking toward the future for their hip-hop fix. Look into my crystal ballz….
Upcoming Notable Hip-Hop Releases(Dates Subject to Change):
NOW- HAVOC “13″
NOW- TALIB KWELI “PRISONER OF CONSCIOUSNESS”
NOW- HUSTLE GANG “G.D.O.D.”
NOW- J. COLE “TRULY YOURS 2″
NOW- CHANCE THE RAPPER “ACID RAP”
NOW- KURUPT “MONEY, BITCHES, POWER”
NOW- GANGSTA GRILLZ/XXL 2013 “FRESHMAN CLASS:THE MIXTAPE “
MAY 14TH- EVE “LIP LOCK”
MAY 14TH- PRODIGY & ALCHEMIST “ALBERT EINSTEIN”
MAY 21ST- FRENCH MONTANA “EXCUSE MY FRENCH”
MAY 21ST- YMCMB “RICH GANG:FLASHY LIFESTYLE”
MAY 21ST- BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY “ART OF WAR III”
Listen. Ludacris is a criminally slept on emcee. Period. I know, I know. His antics on videos and tracks make him come off goofy but you can’t front on the lines. This is probably the only Ludacris album that “completely” backs up that statement. This week’s re-Release is Ludacris’s “Undisputed“.
“Calling its guest vocalist co-stars and kicking-off with a “the movie’s about to begin” intro, Ludacris‘Theater of the Mind is dressed-up as some conceptual piece but this hodgepodge of high-gloss tracks just barely sticks together. While his previous effort, 2006′s Release Therapy, was much more the thematically tight album and deserved a concept, this loose set of tunes is all-together more entertaining, thanks in no small part to a highly inspired Luda and all the punch lines he lands. Most are unquotable jokes that sound nothing but filthy when taken out of context — especially the one about rappers so full of something they end up “rhyming in farts” — but the superstar team-up with T.I. called “Wish You Would” boasts about “So many shoes that my closet look like Finish Line” and brings other reminders of “Pimpin’ All Over the World” and its unashamed vision that wealth equals victory…” - Allmusic.com
For a long time Redman was my favorite rapper. Not only was he nice on the mic, he was crazy funny. I never knew what he was going to say. I never skipped a track as a result. Redman was always more than a “weed” rapper. The dude was (and still is) a dope lyricist. This week’s Re-Release is Redman’s “Tonight’s Da Night“.
“Never quite a superstar, Redman was nonetheless one of the most off-the-wall, beloved, and enduring rappers of the ’90s and 2000s. BornReginald Noble in Newark, NJ, he made his initial impact on EPMD‘s 1990 album Business as Usual and stepped out as a solo artist with 1992′s Whut? Thee Album, one of the year’s best debuts, rap or otherwise. He blended reggae and funk influences with topical commentary and displayed a terse though fluid vocal style that was…” - Allmusic.com