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Neosonic Productions - The Scenic Route (Deluxe)


From K-Murdock:

Scenic Route DeluxeHere's #2 of the 3 repackaged deluxe editions of our prior albums.  This time, its arguably the album that really made people open their eyes and ears to what we do musically- "The Scenic Route", which went on to score "2007 Album of the Year" acclaim in the UK's biggest hip-hop magazine, "Hip-Hop Connection".

This deluxe edition features all the original vocal tracks as well as the instrumentals and some new artwork!

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Brand New Music From DJ Bless, Wordsmith & Jim Snooka


DJ Bless

(feat. Jim Snooka)

"Help"

Produced By DJ Bless

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DJ Bless

(feat. Wordsmith)

"Heavy Metal Mics"

Produced By DJ Bless

 

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Timbaland f/ Drake - Say Something (Single)


Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Timbaland f/ Drake
Title: Say Something
Label: Blackground/Interscope Records
 
This is a rumored first single off "Shock Value 2," but about 15 different songs from this proposed album are floating around the internet right now so it's hard to say for sure. The one thing that makes this a realistic candidate is that Timbaland actually raps on it, otherwise it would make more sense for this one to be a Drake cutting room floor track. Drake steals the show at the end with his "I'm addicted to this life, it's hard to quit" steelo, but the track is surprisingly understated from the normally banging and cutting edge Timbaland.

Swollen Members f/ Talib Kweli - Cross Fire (Single)


Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Swollen Members f/ Talib Kweli
Title: Cross Fire
Label: Suburban Noize
 
The best from Brooklyn meet the best from Vancouver? The only thing I can say is that it should have happened sooner. "Blacksmith, roll another blunt for these actors/Cause I'ma put the Fear in the Factor and clap ya!" Production by Metty the Dert Merchant and Rob the Viking is as gully as anything from previous SM records, and the only downside of this track is that it's only 2:44 long. As an introduction to Armed to the Teeth though it's ridiculously effective.

Hip-Hop Shop #54 - 6 New Tracks in Store


Hip-Hop Shop 54 has six new tracks in store including songs by Muneshine, Web and Termanology among others! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to dj.flash@rapreviews.com for more information. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so distribute the show and tell your friends to check us out every week at RapReviews.com!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Muneshine f/ Dminor - Today's Special
* God-Des & She - Respect My Fresh
* Web - The Fly
* ProlifiCal f/ Big Pooh - Samurai Rhymes
* The Needle - Even Less Lows
* Termanology - Words I Feel
* Dan-e-o - Break it Down

J. Period On Good Day NY, DJ Hero Contest


TUESDAY: J.PERIOD ON "GOOD DAY NY" WATCH FOX 5 TOMORROW AT 9AM

Journeying into the belly of the television beast, J.Period will be appearing and DJing on Fox 5's "Good Day NY" tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 3, during the 9am (EST) hour! J. will be dropping his exclusive remixes and blends, educating the show's hosts about hip hop, and discussing his latest projects, including: DJ Hero, The Messengers, and more... Tune in and check it out!

J.PERIOD IN NEW YORK TIMES FOR DJ HERO

..."I’m not sure if that would be legal. But I am sure that there is almost no chance your local weekend spinner can create anything nearly as tight and funky as the mixes in DJ Hero. And that is because FreeStyleGames brought in some of the world’s top D.J.’s to create the mixes in the game, led by DJ Shadow and including Cut Chemist, the duo Daft Punk, DJ Yoda, the collective the Scratch Perverts, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J.Period, DJ Z-Trip, DJ AM (who died in August) and Grandmaster Flash. (DJ AM’s incredible hip-shaking mix of “Poison,” by Bell Biv DeVoe, with the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” may be my favorite in the game and is a wonderful epitaph for him.)"... 

Contest: Win Your Own Copy Of DJ Hero

To show our gratitude for your support, Truelements will be giving away a FREE copy of the full DJ Hero game system, including game disk, turntable controller, and over 90 exclusive mixes by DJs including J.Period, DJ Shadow, Z-Trip, Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and more!  For a chance to win, enter the contest at www.jperiod.com/djherocontest

50 Cent Pushes Up Album Release Date


From Udub News:

Last week 50 Cent suffered a major blow when his much anticipated album "Before I Self-Destruct" hit the internet just a month shy of its scheduled release. As expected, the G-Unit general announced that he will push up the release of the album to "I'm pushing the record up so the date is [November] 16th. It'll be out on the 16th. I'm expecting it to do well because of the response that I've heard from the web. You know what I mean? It's obvious they didn't expect me to write the things that I wrote on the actual record, but, I don't know why. They're like 'This sh*t is fire.' What are you surprised for, stupid? Even the worst one did 700,000 the first week. It depends on who you're actually asking because you know who I identify with now? The actual aggression of my material is what came across the strongest because they want the hardest sh*t from me, the same things they knock another artist for, for example, like Drake, 'I want this sh*t forever man,' like the singing part is what I like from him, like when Ja [Rule] was doing it, I was like 'This motherf*cker' 'cause the sh*t wasn't good."

http://www.udubnews.com/article.php?id=2630

Guante - Midwest Skills


The Midwest is one of the country’s true hotbeds for hip-hop right now and Minnesota is the state that’s leading the way. After former Artist Of The Week Sketch Tha Cataclysm moved out there he immediately told me about Guante, a Minnesota-based emcee and poet who is originally from Wisconsin. I checked out some of Guante’s work and was really impressed. His most recent album is El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment, and he just finished up recording a collaboration with Big Cats! titled An Unwelcome Guest. He’s also working on a one-man spoken word theater show he hopes to debut in the spring, tentatively titled The Fist that Lives in Your Neck. Guante’s work qualifies as both unique and intense. A good example of this would be the way he describes An Unwelcome Guest, saying “it’s a concept album, a zombies-superhero-love-story-parable that deals with issues of displacement and violence as a tool for social change.” This week I caught up with Guante to find out more about his work, his causes, and why there’s a good chance he’s on a first name basis with his pizza delivery guy.

Read the full interview at:  http://adambernard.blogspot.com/2009/11/artist-of-week-guante.html

"Dilla Pickles" Is Served! Download It FREE NOW!


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All J Dilla beats! All Dan-e-o rhymes! Co-starring the cream of the crop
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The (W)rap Up - Week of October 27, 2009


The Regiment :: A New Beginning
Long Range Distribution

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

Click here to find out more!"The Regiment first caught our attention in 2007 when Jesal Padania took the time to review their debut album "The Come Up." Jay Soul was impressed by the musical and lyrical direction of kids barely out of their teens who made up the group including O.S.I. on rhymes and The Arch-E-Tect on the wheels of steel. By turns Mr. Padania compared them to both the late great J Dilla and perennial RapReviews favorites Little Brother. That's high praise indeed given they were fresh to the scene, but his evaluation of their talents only got higher as the review got longer."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10F_anewbeginning.html

various artists :: Dat's Gospel Mixx 2 :: Godchaserz Entertainment
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor 

"In case you couldn't tell from the title of this compilation or the name of the label it's on, "Dat's Gospel Mixx 2" is Christian rap. Christ is front and center on all of the songs on the album. For the believers out there, that's all you need to know, and you can pick this up and bang it 'til your heart's content. For the non-believers out there, like your faithful reviewer, "Dat's Gospel Mixx 2" is a trickier prospect. Unfortunately, Christian rap often means Christian first and rap second, which can make for pretty mediocre music for anyone not in the mood for a Sunday school lecture. There's nothing worse than a bad rapper, especially when he's telling you how you should be living."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_datsgospel2.html

Aesop Rock :: Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives EP :: Defnitive Jux Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Eric Sirota 

"All types of rap, from the fringiest backpack rap to the catchiest club bangers, are filled with shout-outs to the past, declarations of geographic loyalty, and loop-recycling. Consequently, MCs and producers make constant overt efforts to pay homage to past greats, build a sound with those around them, and borrow already successful concepts. These tendencies result in hip-hop's rich history and sense of identity but also in rappers, too often, finding virtue in sounding like someone else, and, well, that pisses me off. Which is why I like Aesop Rock so much. This Big Apple native, Def Jux poster boy (now living in San Fran) is certainly a far from perfect MC. His breath control, while usually gifted, can be hit-or-miss, his verbiage obfuscating, and his tone oppressive. Still, from his surrealist rap-poetry, to his atypical flow, to his enchantingly ominous production, usually via Blockhead, he lives and dies by his originality, and that ethos alone commands my respect."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_aesopfastcars.html

AZ :: Legendary :: Real Talk Ent.
as reviewed by Thomas Leo 

"Since landing on the scene with Nas on "Life's a Bitch" in '94, Brooklyn born AZ has consistently put out albums that make these fans proud. In fact, he has basically stuck with the same formula: combining slick wordplay, an amazing flow, and utilizing beats that embody the essence of the New York hip hop scene. Although his career might not have played out as he envisioned, it is an accomplishment in itself to last in the industry this long. What's more, he has always stayed true to himself and his roots, never relying on gimmicks to get his point across. His music gives off the impression that he doesn't care if he sells one or one million records as long as he makes real hip hop."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_azlegendary.html

Betrayl :: The Life N Death of My Hood :: Long Range Distribution
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"Hailing from New Bedford, Massachusetts may make it slightly odd for Betrayl to describe his sound as "Queensbridge influenced," but that's exactly what his bio would have us believe. He's certainly trying to live up to that in the guest list for "The Life N Death of My Hood" though - B's got Tragedy Khadafi for "On the Streets" and Big Noyd on "No Love," and it's possible some of his other frequently appearing comrades like Dezrt, Booda and Q may be too. Finding information on them is an exhausting chore though, as is finding out much of anything about Betrayl other than what's already mentioned - he hails from New Bedford and loves QB. Whether he's talking about his Massachusetts hood or his adopted QB hood, he's talking about "The Life N Death of My Hood," your hood and every hood where criminology rules and the only school is the education of the street life. And speaking of "Criminology," Raekwon the Chef drops in for "Untouchables.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_betraylmyhood.html

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony :: E. 1999 Eternal :: Ruthless Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace 

"I wonder what Rev. Calvin Butts is doing now. I doubt he ever dreamed that his castigating words against gangsta rap would become one of the most famous song introductions in rap history. "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" helped to thrust the Cleveland natives into the national spotlight, and eventually their debut EP, "Creepin On Ah Come Up" hit multi-platinum status. Bone remained a fixture through the second half of 1994. However, in March of 1995, disaster would strike as their mentor, Eazy-E would die as a result of complications from AIDS. His death left many wondering about the future of the group, but just a short four months later, BTNH would release what many (including this reviewer) consider to be their magnum opus, "E. 1999 Eternal"."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_e1999eternal.html

Lost Boyz :: Legal Drug Money :: Universal Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Matt Jost 

""Legal Drug Money" has an undeniable place in 1990s East Coast hip-hop history. It doesn't deny its hustling roots, but it doesn't glorify the hustle. Rather it points out the hardships, both for real hustlers and for these self-described "Legal Drug thugs" trying to make it in the recording industry. There's a refreshing regular appeal to the Lost Boyz, who deliver an album ordinary people can relate to while still representing for their core constituency. Cheeks specifically can be considered a trendsetter with his melodic flow, foreshadowing a time when rappers would break into the mainstream with their sing-song style (Nelly or even fellow Jamaica, Queens native 50 Cent). Neither to be neglected are the hooks, which he delivers in a very memorable manner."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_lblegaldrugmoney.html

Rita J. :: Artist Workshop :: All Natural, Inc.
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor 

""Artist Workshop" is the debut album by Rita J., who hails from Atlanta by way of Chicago, but through New Orleans, and various points in between. She's not only a rapper: she is also an actor, dancer, and producer. Opening track "Introduction" makes it obvious that her music isn't restricted to hip hop. Kenny Keys provides a jazzy beat, and guest Dylan Jones provides a guitar solo to set the mellow, upbeat mood of the album. The album features production by Black Spade, Kenny Keys, Yuani, Rashide Haadee, Willowtreez, Forekast, and K. Kruz. The jumping-off point for all the beats is hip hop, but the producers explore jazz, house, and soul. The name of the game is smooth, and while the beats may not be rugged and raw, they always sound good."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_ritaworkshop.html

Savant of RAREBREED :: The Delayed Entry EP :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania 

"One of the most important platitudes you will ever hear is something along the lines of a journey lasting a thousand miles really only actually starting with a single step. Yet, nowadays, it can also start with a single click (of the mouse) or stroke (of the pen). Being a rapper involves a series of mental hurdles that, quite frankly, only the delusional will attempt to jump over. You WILL - without doubt - be absolutely shit when you start rapping for the very first time, whether you are eight or eighty. It isn't like running, where you might have an instantaneous natural knack for it. Sure, every drunken tosser on a Saturday night starts trying to rap, then says that it must be well easy if they can do it. But to actually be a GOOD rapper takes time, passion, dedication… and whoever it is - Nas, Canibus or Savant of RAREBREED - they will almost certainly remain a work in progress for many a year to come."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_delayedentry.html

Subnoize Souljaz :: Blast From Tha Past :: Suburban Noize Records
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler 

"This review is going to be short and sweet. There isn't really a whole lot to say. I can describe the album "Blast from the Past" with great accuracy using this simple phrase: Less talented emcees karaoking hip-hop classics. Personally, I don't see the point of rappers paying tribute by way of doing uninspired covers. The music is undoubtedly top-notch material, yet it's more difficult to stray from the original than a rock track – a lot of people think it's cool to do a stripped down interpretation of a rock song that has surprisingly engaging lyrics. The Subnoize Soujaz, who consist of Suburban Noize Records' mainstay of emcees, do very little to alter the source material."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_subblastpast.html

Wax Tailor :: In the Mood for Life :: Le Plan Music
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

""In the Mood for Life" is the third album by French producer Wax Tailor, following his 2005 debut, "Tales of the Forgotten Melodies," and 2007's "Hope & Sorrow." I got my introduction to Wax Tailor when I saw him live a few weeks ago. He looked like a French Moby, hiding behind his decks and laptop, and was accompanied by not only rapper Mattic and singer Charlotte Savary, but by a cellist and flautist as well. It was the perfect compliment to his cinematic sound, and a clear indication that he's not your typical hip hop producer. On record, as on stage, Tailor comes across as a mix between DJ Shadow and Portishead. His music contains the brooding elements of trip hop, and Savary's beautiful voice is a nice substitution for Portishead's Beth Gibbons. This is paired with the hard-hitting beats of sampled hip hop."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_moodforlife.html 


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