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Clipse :: Til the Casket Drops
Columbia Records
Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"So "Til the Casket Drops" comes a full three years after what was a critically-acclaimed classic ("Hell Hath No Fury" – one of the few albums this decade that genuinely deserves that accolade), and anticipation levels are fever-pitch amongst hardened hip hop heads, hoping that another HHNF would somehow rescue an entire decade mired in mediocrity. This represents a different kind of pressure for the Clipse, and they finally got what they wished for: a great major label behind them, somewhat more varied production and a fervent fanbase that passionately wants them to succeed."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12F_tilthecasketdrops.html

Chief :: Collabo Collection :: Feelin' Music/Traffic Entertainment Group
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Chief. No Xcel, no Kamachi, no Chinchilla, just Chief. The 28-year-old beatmaker, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has weaved a web of connections that took his music well beyond the shores of the Lake of Geneva. Running a studio and a label under the name of Feelin'Music with fellow producer No Games since 2005, he branched out of the home market with extended collaborations with Brooklyn-based rapper Sene and Maryland's Kaydee and even wound up releasing a full-length by Canadian independent spirit Moka Only. Now he serves up a compilation of his works entitled "Collabo Collection.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_collabocollection.html

Gift of Gab :: Escape 2 Mars :: Giftstribution/Cornerstone RAS
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"In the five years since that solo debut, we've gotten only one new Blackalicious release, but that doesn't mean Gab has been keeping silent - in fact he formed a NEW group called The Mighty Underdogs that was also lauded by critics and music aficionados alike. Where is Chief Xcel? Good question. You can find one or two references to him having made "special guest appearances" with the Underdogs while they were on tour, but for the most part Xavier Mosley is missing in action. The fact they would appear together in concert as recently as 2008 suggests there's no animosity between the former partners, but "Escape 2 Mars" suggests both musically and metaphorically that Gab has left Xcel behind and gone on to new heights."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_escape2mars.html

DE and DJ Connect :: Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology :: Creative Juices Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"It's hard to fathom a prequel when you haven't heard the original let alone any sequels, but here we are with IDE and DJ Connect's "Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology" anyway. Off the top the album's title is bothersome to anyone who reads prodigiously, because never has a single tome been published with a "table of content" in it, nor would I want to read one. A book with only one chapter in it? That would either be a short story or an essay - and you certainly wouldn't need a table of CONTENTS to describe that. Thankfully there's more than one chapter to this rap album - there's 19 to be exact - but it's still an annoying attempt by the auteurs of this album to be clever which ends up being exactly the opposite."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_tableofcontent.html

 Jaxter :: The W-Town Psychopath :: Long Range Distribution/W-Town Records
as reviewed by Louis 'Delicate Beats' Cloutier

"Jaxter is "the W Town Psychopath". What is "W Town", you might ask? The answer is the most populous city in the Midwestern state of Kansas, Wichita. This makes Jaxter somewhat of a pioneer, as I don’t think I ever heard of a rapper from Kansas. With "the W Town Psychopath", Jaxter gives us an album that has a very mixtape-ish feeling to it. Firstly, there are a total of twenty tracks on this LP. While I thought that Illmatic was a bit short at ten songs, twenty is overkill for almost anybody, especially a new artist. Secondly, there are collaborations on thirteen of the album’s twenty tracks, and eleven of these feature two artists or more. Essentially, half the songs on "the W Town Psychopath" are posse cuts."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_wtownpsychopath.html

J. Davis Trio :: These Things Happen :: Fanatic Promotion/Yo-Yo Smuggler Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Chicago's own J. Davis Trio aren't out to change the world, nor are they out to be the most prolific rap group of all time, nor are they household names across the land. The phrase that best epitomizes their career AND their style to date is "quietly good." They don't make a whole lot of noise figuratively or literally, but since 2002 they've been doing laid back hip-hop jazz that has won a lot of converts to their sound. Imagine if GangStarr, The Roots and Aceyalone all got dumped into a blender along with a couple of bottles of cough syrup. Set on puree and you've got the J. Davis Trio - mellow, slow, smooth and a little bit of a trip."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_thesethingshappen.html

Lupe Fiasco :: Enemy of the State :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Sometimes you get the feeling that the Chi-Town native hates the fact that he was born into this era, one where he is forced to trade in a currency out of sync with the 1990's supply of genial music, lyrics and concepts. He is constantly swimming against a tide of – let's face it – bullshit, where creativity is a word said with contempt by record executives attempting to craft indelible chart-topping singles by any means necessary. To his credit, however, he has led a crusade against the dumbing-down and found favour, and huge levels of support, within the hip hop community – all without much need of a gimmick."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_lupeofthestate.html

Mo Wiley :: Major League Ballin' :: Luck Media/First Kut Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Kali-4-nigh-A look out! There's a hot new hip-hop bitch in town looking to take over. Wait a minute - that's not quite accurate. When looking at the album cover there's no question that Mo Wiley is "hot" in the looks department, and if she says she's the queen of the bitches, one can only take her word for it. Does this mean that Mo Wiley can take over and be the next Lil' Kim, Trina or Suga T? Stay tuned for more on that topic - let's introduce you to Wiley first."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12_momajorleague.html

Live From Bonnaroo 2009
Label: Big Hassle Media/Axis Operations
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Bonnaroo is a word made for hip-hop. Broken down to its 9th Ward roots, bonnaroo literally means "the best of the streets." You can't know hip-hop without knowing the streets, figuratively or literally. Rappers love the streets and would never leave, or hate the streets and would never go back. Streets are mean, streets are green, they show no love even if you love them back, and that's where all your friends are at. A bonnaroo hip-hop artist could brush the dirt of Jay-Z's shoulders and then shove him aside - he (or she) would be the one running this town tonight. The funny thing is that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is decidedly NOT from the streets."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_12D_bonnaroo2009.html

Video: Dres of Black Sheep - "Road Warrior"


From Audible Treats:

Allow Dres of the legendary Black Sheep to take you along with him as he prepares for a series of shows and the release of a new EP in "Road Warrior." The track itself features one of the Queens rapper's most classic hooks yet- "Once upon a time in Astoria / The world was given a road warrior." Warrior, indeed, as Dres is walking proof that even legendary emcees can't simply roll out of bed and spit quality. The video features Dres hunkering down in a practice space with live collaborator DJ Strike in order to prepare for a batch of upcoming shows to promote the release of his new EP, From The Black Pool Of Genius: The Prelude.

The "Road Warrior" video revolves around the subject matter of the track itself: the depth of Dres' experience as a touring artist and how hard he's had to work to get where he is. From the studio to the stage, "Road Warrior" is proof that Dres has paid his dues. The track features a typically hot beat, once again proving Dres' outstanding ear for production, which allows Dres to showcase his skills. The beat would be a handful for most emcees, but Dres makes himself at home in its warbling sparseness, matching the beat with his own take on road life. "Lyrically I wanted to be sparse, like a road trip" says Dres. "Showing a little bit of everything in passing, as well as illustrating the premise that my music travels the world and blows up spots wherever it lands. The new music has me curious as to what the future holds, and this track mirrors all of these things."

This clip is a compelling look at the life of road warrior artists in general, and Dres in particular. The EP From the Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude was released December 1st, and will be followed by the full length From the Black Pool of Genius in March 2010.

"Road Warrior": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSdgHLuqTf4

 

Lupe Fiasco Interview With Jessie Maguire


Lupe calls in to the radio show and talks about Enemy of the state mixtape, being an underdog, solar midnight and how that happened, producing his own music, the climb on Mt. Kilimanjaro and being nervous about going to Africa, and more. Part 2 coming in a few days!


Can You Keep Up With Warren Britt?


Think a big man can’t have a high energy show? Then you definitely need to see Warren Britt perform. The Brooklyn emcee is the highest energy guy in most places even when he’s just in the crowd. I finally had the pleasure of seeing him hit the stage last month and lemme tell you, I think I was more exhausted than he was after his set! If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch him live, he has an EP out, @ The Meth::Lab, and he's working on a side project called Absolute Truth. This week I downed a case of Red Bulls to catch up with Warren Britt, and he filled me in on where his unbelievable energy comes from. Britt also revealed what some of his earliest influences were, and in what ways he feels he’s one part Michael Phelps and one part Patrick Ewing in his prime.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/12/artist-of-week-warren-britt.html

Hear Fonzworth Bentley on K4D Episode 100!


Loyal readers of RapReviews.com already know how big we are on K4D - a show co-hosted by mrob and hip-hop producer The Cancer. Tonight on K4D for the 100th Episode Cancer brought a special guest for the centennial edition - Fonzworth Bentley! Be sure to go to AngryMarks.com to check out the show or download the replay on iTunes (keyword: angrymarks) to learn all about Fonzworth's style and what makes him so COOL OUTRAGEOUS. It's a big hip-hop edition of K4D you don't want to miss!
Woody Black LIVE at the Dugout!


Yes, yours truly will be live at the De La Soul UStream channel, the De La Soul's Dugout, every Sunday at 8 PM! I'm no DJ, but I will play some of the bangin' joints you can hear in this earth. Don't forget to check out other shows on the De La Soul's Dugout! CHA CHA CHAAAAA!

www.tinyurl.com/DLSDugout
Free Music Friday: Colder Than Eva Edition


Here's some free music for y'all to warm up this CRAZY winter season.

Bertell and Q Da Kid :: Spotlight



[TAG Records' own Q Da Kid collide with R&B singer Bertell to create this free fresh rap/R&B mixtape for all to enjoy. Even Bryan Michael-Cox co-signed this one in the beginning.]


Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Let Me Show You Where It's At
3. Invented Sex
4. Jackie
5. How We Ride
6. Move On
7. Tryna Get Mine
8. I Can Be Your Man (Remix)
9. Movie Tonite
10. Whatchu Wanna Do



Elzhi :: The Leftovers (Unmixedtape)



[Hands down. Elzhi's one of the craziest lyricist we have in the end of this decade. And if you need proof on why the kid from the D got heat, check this "Leftovers" mixtape where you get the best b-sides Zhi has to offer.]

Tracklisting:
1. The Great (prod. Oh No)
2. Deep (prod. Black Milk)
3. Conta f. Danny Brown (prod. Appolo Brown)
4. Like This (prod. Black Milk)
5. Red, Black & Green (prod. Black Milk)
6. Glow (prod. Jake One)
7. Living (prod. DJ Dez)
8. Dream (prod. Jake One)
9. The Crowd (prod. Leef)
10. Dedication f. Fes Roc (prod. DJ Dez)
11. Colors (rmx) (prod. DJ Spinna)
12. Flyest f. Smitty (prod. Denmark Vessey)
13. 5 Man Hustle (prod. Black Milk)
14. Clash of the Titans f. V-Styles, Royce Da 5′9″, Rapper Big Pooh & Phat Kat (prod. MoSS



Richie Cunning :: Late Night Special



[I admit that I heavily slept on this emcee name Richie Cunning and I can tell you that I regret it. Why? Because thie Golden State Warrior has this funky fresh mixtape taht's eclectic and reps the real hip-hop. Check it out, it's the "Late Night Special!"]  

Tracklisting:
1. Hear My Train A Comin
2. Light Up A Fire (Remix)
3. I Got People
4. Rec Your Life (feat. Haji P, Rob Rush, & QM)
5. Live on the Drum Pt. I
6. Takin a Train
7. Keys to the City (feat. Fashawn & U-N-I)
8. Thank You (Remix) (feat. QM)
9. Listen ot the Drum (feat. Grip Grand)
10. Just Rao (feat. TopR)
11. Happy Valentine's Day
12. Gobstopper (Remix)
13. Live on the Drum Pt. II
14. City Boy
15. Need U Bad (Remix) (feat. Grip Grand)
16. Paper THick (feat. Rakaa Iriscience)
17. Richie Cunning's Day Off



Wordsmith :: Overdue & Underrated (Mixtape)


 
[Here's a brand new mixtape from the Microphone BULLY~! Wordsmith's "Overdue & Underrated (Mixtape)" couldn't've been more aptly titled. After earning respect from his skills on his microphone, as well as creating an album with the legendary Chubb Rock, he's still on his grind like a skateboarder to be an underdog climbing his way to the top.]

Tracklisting:
1. DJ Ykcor Overdue & Underrated Intro
2. Twilight of My Arrival (Produced by Street Level)
3. The Great (Produced by Street Level)
4. Season of tha MC (Produced by Street Level)
5. Half Bar Half Amazing (Produced by Strada)
6. Baltimore Nights (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Gripz, Greenspan, E-Major & Sean Toure) (Produced by Tone Beatz)
7. Ladder of Success (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Junclassic, Rathemc & Soulstice) (Produced by Decadez)
8. Braggin Rights (Produced by Rafpak)
9. Block Banger (Produced by Capish)
10. Beast in the Trunk (feat. Kontact & Black Knight, Ruste Juxx & V-Stylez) (Produced by Judah)
11. You Never Know (feat Kontact & Black Knight, Lef, Siyam, Laelo Hood, LX RhymeZwell, Whitefolkz, Reub, Fred Knuxx, Philly Swain, & Jakk Frost) (Produced by Dirtwork)
12. Standing Ovation (feat Kontact & Black Knight) (Produced by Professa)
13. Race Against Time (feat. Sonix) (Produced by Howard Who)
14. Icy Hot (feat. Cherry) (Produced by Rafpak)
15. The Vintage Spot (Produced by Strada)
16. After Hours Rendezvous (Produced by Strada)
17. Shades of Seduction - Music for the Mood (Produced by Professa)
Bonus-Chubb Rock & Wordsmith-Old 2 The New Remix (Produced by Capish)
Bonus-DJ King Assassin Feat.Wordsmith-How Ya Like Me Now (Produced by Chuck Classik)
Bonus-Wordsmith-The Rave (Produced by Professa)



Yung Mars :: Santa Cruz or Bust



[Quite frankly, I ain't know what to expect when Flash gave me this free mixtape/album from a rapper name Yung Mars. As soon as I pressed play, organic is the word that popped up in my head. This that natural hip-hop with no additives and preservatives. Yung Mars is transmitting from Santa Cruz or bust.]

Tracklisting:
1. Introduction
2. Driving
3. What's Next (feat. Jenevieve Francisco)
4. Represent (feat. Gedeon and Aspect McCarthy)
5. Rollercoasters (feat. Jairo Vargas and Teeko)
6. No Coca
7. Take a Ride (feat. Nzinga Shakur-Ali)
8. My Last (feat. Davu Flint and Monica Mane)
9. I Broken Heart College (feat. Celebrity Hornz)
10. Stop Running (Official Spaceheater flip)
11. Spider Woman (feat. Cait La Dee and Jen Francisco)
12. Lonely (feat. Seneca)
13. Je Vais a La Mer (feat. Nataly Dawn)
14. Walk in my Shoes (feat. Icarus Jones)
15. Ambiotic Fluid (feat. Cait La Dee)
16. Pulled Plugs (feat. Ivan Ives)
17. Oblaladoo (feat. Reshad Karboau)
18. Take Your Time (feat. Miriam Speyer)



Songs:
Eternia - Foul Child
http://usershare.net/rtkqttaggdl2

L.E.G.A.C.Y. - Officer Kickass
http://usershare.net/3x5flptpwsr3

Lil' Jon - Out of Your Mind (feat. LMFAO)
http://www.mediafire.com/?20jz51f2noj

Lil' Jon - Throw it Up (Pt. 2) (feat. Pastor Troy)
http://www.mediafire.com/?wjmmmhozqaj

Lyrics Born - Oh Baby
http://www.lyricsborn.com/mp3s/lyricsborn_ohbaby.mp3

Nneka - "Walking (J.Period Remix)" ft. Jay Electronica
http://www.jperiod.com/upload/nneka/jperiod-nneka-walking-dirty.zip

Nneka - "Changes (J.Period Remix)" ft. M-1 & General Steele Here:
http://www.jperiod.com/upload/nneka/jperiod-nneka-changes-final320.zip

That's it for the Colder Than Eva" edition of "Free Music Fridays." Check these out and let ya man know if they was fyah! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at erik@rapreviews.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
List of Stores Carrying The Official Hip-Hop Trading Cards


From Ken at The Official Hip-Hop Trading Cards:

Stores currently carrying The Official Hip Hop Cards...adding stores weekly....stay tuned.

>FAT BEATS, 406 6th.Ave., 2nd.Flr., NY, NY 10011,212-673-3883 (W.GREENWHICH VILLAGE)
>SIDDIQUA NEWSTAND..234 W.42ND.ST.BET.7&8 AVE.,NY,NY 10036 (TIMES SQUARE)
>NEWS&SMOKE,118 DELANCY ST.,NY,NY (LOWER EAST SIDE)
>CAKTUZTREE.COM
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Burkina World Famous Hip-Hop
Looking for hip-hop? Welcome to Burkina, the world's oldest and hottest hip-hop shop since 1996. Step into their store for all your hip-hop needs, from exclusive clothing, hard to find CDs and DVDs. This is the most visited shop by hip-hop superstars, rappers DJs and producers, so don't be surprised if you run into one! 177 E. Houston (Orchard and Allen St.), 212-460-9348, www.burkinas.com .
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Jim Hanley's Universe
Visit our 2 locations: Website>>JHUniverse.com

*4 West 33rd St.,
New York, New York
(opposite The Empire State Building)
(212) 268-7088

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

*325 New Dorp Lane,
Staten Island, NY
(718) 351-6299

Store Hours:
Every Day: Noon - 9:00 pm
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Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Ave.,
Forest Hills, NY 11375
718-793-0542

Gangsta Boo Arrested For Armed Robbery


From Mitchell at Red Music:

Gangsta Boo (AKA Lola Mitchell) turned herself into police after she learned she had a warrant for her arrest on the charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery of a Dollar General Store in Olive Branch.

In a statement released to a FOX news station in Memphis, Mitchell says:

"I, Lola C. Mitchell pka Gangsta Boo, was not, I repeat, was not involved in any kind of conspiracy of any kind involving a robbery. I am being implicated false on statements and terms. I have no connections with any unlawful activities with the suspect Marcus Curtis or anyone else involved in this matter. I was neither questioned nor informed of any such charges brought against me before a warrant was issued which lead me to turn myself in. I feel like I have been publicly slandered and targeted because of my career, I am innocent on all charges and the truth will prevail in the end."

Gangsta Boo was later released on $100,000 bond.

The Forgotten Victim of File Sharing


Artists have practically begged fans not to steal their work and download it for free. The RIAA and the record labels have cried foul, saying that file sharing has been the cause of the incredible sales plummet the music industry has experienced. Just about every possible person who could be affected by file sharing has come forward as a victim, but what about the real victim? What about the one person who can’t make profits off touring like an artist can, and can’t lock artists into money sucking deals like a label can? I’m talking about the forgotten victim of file sharing, the guy you used to see all the time but has now become extinct - the bootlegger.

Read the full story at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/12/forgotten-victim-of-file-sharing.html


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