"We gon' be alright if we put Drake on every hook." It's hard to argue with Weezy given how hot Drake is right now, nor can one argue with choosing Drumma Boy to produce it. DB builds up the instrumental during each verse gradually, starting with a simple synth over bap and drum clap, until you hear that trademark Drumma sound like a rocket taking off and the extra layers of percussion and melody come in. Now for the haters the track is unquestionably as vapid lyrically as the title implies (a profound Birdman verse is rare enough to be a blue diamond), the overplayed Autotune gimmick is all over this one, and Wayne's spotlight stealing verse is the shortest of all three. Despite all that I'm giving this one my stamp of approval. It's a well produced bit of pop rap fluff that's easy to listen to that's likely to do well in the mainstream.
Adam B: "I combed the entire planet looking for hot new joints for ya and this week's podcast features my findings. With new songs from Big Stat, Top $ Raz, Kalil Kash, J-Monopoly, Kaz-well and more, it's safe to say any musical fever you have won't require more cowbell to be cured, just more of the Adam B Experience. Enjoy! Hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE for listeners at RapReviews.com - no worries about downloading or sharing this show. Tell your friends to check out ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
Hip-Hop Shop Episode 45 features a special interview with Random a/k/a Mega Ran. We rap with him for just over thirty minutes and feature three songs from his latest album "Mega Ran 9." If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
Subnoize Souljaz Stream Entire “Blast From The Past” Covers Album Online Featuring Tracks From NWA, Snoop Dogg and More *** Members of Cypress Hill, Kottonmouth Kings and Dirtball Comment On Covering Their Favorite Hip-Hop Classics
Subnoize Souljaz have streamed their entire new album "Blasts From The Past" online at www.myspace.com/subnoizesouljaz. The album features the entire Sub Noize battalion covering classic hip-hop tracks including covers of NWA, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, LL Cool J and 2Pac. The album will hit stores on August 25th, 2009 through Suburban Noize Records.
“I think this was an important record for us to get out to fans, because it shows the roots of the underground and where a lot of the groups on the album came from,” says Brad X from Kottonmouth Kings. “There wouldn’t be a Kottonmouth Kings if groups like NWA and Public Enemy hadn’t paved the way for us to be here. All the songs on this record are classic tracks that have stood the test of time and still sound as relevant today as they did when they were originally released.”
"Suburban Noize has created a cool roster of underground of artists. It’s cool to see them showing respect to the elders of hip-hop by putting this project together," added Sen Dog from Cypress Hill. "This album will expose a whole generation of new underground kids to the some of the classic hip-hop artists that they might not otherwise have heard before. For me, it was an honor to track Chuck D and Flav's joint 'Bring The Noise' for this album."
“When I found out we were doing this ‘Blast from the Past’ record, I was pumped! Not many rappers get a chance to re-create their favorite old school jams,” commented Dirtball. “I jumped on the chance to do Rakim's ‘Microphone Fiend’. I have been a fan of Erik B and Rakim since back in the day, and it was a pleasure stepping into the booth and transporting back in time with this rhyme. Bring back the real rap!”
With 14 tracks of classic hip-hop, SubNoize Souljaz "Blasts From the Past" reignites a collection of highly influential songs with a fresh spin. The album is currently available for pre-order along with a free bonus CD and your choice of a $5.00 t-shirt at http://www.subnoizestore.com/category-s/3.htm .
Solomon Jazz is an emcee who has been making a name for himself since he arrived in NYC in 2006. Originally from the British Virgin Islands, where his musical influences ranged from Peter Tosh to Public Enemy, Solomon Jazz came to the States in 1996 to attend Hampton University in Virginia. Ten years later he found himself in Brooklyn, NY, with his degree, emceeing, and getting together with his band, The Vibe, which was named after the musical chemistry they found they had. Over the past few years plenty of people have been vibing to the work of Solomon Jazz and this week I caught up with him to find out more about his music, some of the people who showed him the ropes when he first came to NYC, and why he feels everybody getting into Hip-Hop needs a big brother.
Ah yes, schoooooool's in...for autumn! But the summer ain't over yet, so isn't this supply of dope free music for your ears to listen to. Pay close attention and take notes on how free music can be worth your imaginary money.
B.o.B a/k/a Bobby Ray :: Should Have Been the First Album
[Folks at 2DopeBoyz got some cajones to put this one out. As we all know, this very talented cat name Bobby Ray a/k/a B.o.B is signed on a major label, Atlantic, but as of this writing, no albums have been released yet. Fueled by the the despise of Atlantic Records and talented cats, sich as B.o.B, not being played on the radio, 2DopeBoyz decided to make an unofficial/"this-should-have-been-a" debut for Bobby Ray. Whether Atlantic'll release an upcoming B.o.B album or not, talented should never be wasted and it's all in here. Check it out!]
Tracklisting: 1. Sing My Song 2. Hip Hop Ain't Dead 3. My Story 4. Generation Lost 5. Haterz (f/ Rick Ross and Juvenile) 6. Middle of the Day 7. Grip Your Body 8. Mello Fellow 9. Daddy 10. Use Your Love 11. Created a Monster 12. Left Field 13. Camera 14. I'll Be N Da Sky 15. Cloud 9
[These Massachusettes-born-and-Atlanta-residing duo named Beamen/Session, consisiting of Session and Willie Beamen, decides to pay homage to the classic sitcoms from back in the days by remixing some of the most memorable theme songs television has shown. If your head if filled with the migranes of some of the so-called "reality" shows of today, take this free mixtape as your asprin to sooth your nostalgic needs.]
1. Monkees 2. Dragnet 3. Gimme a Break 4. Tonight's Show 5. Bionic Man 6. Lucy (feat. B Simone) 7. Panther 8. Cheers 9. Dallas 10. Brand NEw Life 11. Small World 12. Taxi 13. Gimme a Break re-run 14. We Gonna Do It 15. Honeymooners (feat. Intl. K Gumbo)
[Coming out of Miami, Garcia is making his mark in the game full of rappers from the M-I-A. With DJ EFN co-sign and N.O.R.E. doing the hosting duties, Garcia is showing that he is not playing as he release this mixtape filled with original joints, including a Charles Hamilton diss. Although he's "Back from the Dead," Garcia is grateful of his newfound opportunity to make it big like, say, Jerry Garcia.]
Tracklisting: 1. N.O.R.E. Intro 2. American Phsycho (Intro) 3. American Phsycho (feat. Verse 1) [Prod. by Nick "Fury" Lewis] 4. Kick Rocks (feat. Blocksmith) [Prod. by Sharpsound] 5. Personal Satan (feat. Gizel Venier) [Prod. by Diaz Bros.] 6. Anyway the Wind Blows [Prod. by Hazardis Soundz] 7. N.O.R.E. Interlude 8. Brooklyn Girl (Charles Hamilton Diss) 9. Cry For Me [Prod. by Hazardis Soundz] 10. I Hate Music (feat. The Dysfunct) 11. So Much Trouble [Prod. by Nick "Fury" Lewis] 12. I Wish [Prod. by Square] 13. Blind (feat. The Dysfunct) 14. N.O.R.E. Interlude 2 15. EPK (Video Bonus)
[I know what many were thinking when it was revealed that Ghostface is dropping an R&B album. "Aw naw! Don't tell me Pretty Toney is REALLY tryna be Pretty and start singing over generic sappy beats in Autotune!" Well, for the Ghostface lovers and now-haters (yes, I'm talking to y'all too!), you can hear exactly what to expect on his upcoming "R&B" album. If you angrily refuse to download it, do it anyway! You'll find out Ghostface still stays who he is with different styles and flavors to offer for listeners. Just do it!]
Tracklisting: 1. Baby (feat. “Radio” Raheem Devaughn) 2. He’s A Gonner (I Got Ya) (feat. Lloyd) (snippet) 3. Let’s Stop Playin’ (feat. John Legend) (snippet) 4. Forever 5. Computer Love
Hannibal King :: Eating Cornbread on the Millenium Falcon
[Okay, this is so and by far the weirdest mixtape album cover and title I have ever posted on Free Music Friday. First, what's a Hannibal King? Second, why is he wearing a Stormstrooper mask? And third, why is he holding a plate full of coh'nbread? You may never know, but you know good hip-hop music when you hear one and this joint is as fresh as a botch of cooked buttery cornbread..err, in a Millenium Falcon.]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. My Poetry feat. Nero and Donny Goines 3. Men of Respect feat. Brown Bag AllStars 4. Triumph (Hanni Fresh Mix) - Big Tone, Blu and Jabee 5. Rock It On feat. The Ill Spoken 6. Let Me Ride feat. El Prez, Cambatta and Mike Milan 7. How I Represent Part II feat. AC, J. Conway, Nero, Harlem’s Cash and Esso 8. Shine On feat. Jabee and Dewey Binns of 8 Bit Cynics 9. Life’s Too Short feat. K. Sparks 10. Where Is Love feat. Mike Milan 11. Reeces Peaces
[Just because Mobb Deep member Havoc's partner-in-rhyme Prodigy is currently in the pen, that doesn't stop Havoc from reppin' Mobb and write dope rhymes with a pen. Havoc stay keeping his Dunns thoro with this free mixtape entitled "From Now On." Repping co-signs from G-Unit and Shake 'Em Down Music, Havoc offers his latest and greatest for free. This mixtape is so rough and rugged, none will be able to say it ain't the reaaaaaaal...]
Tracklisting: 1. Smells Like 9/5 2. What's That Smell? 3. Bang Bang ft. Lloyd Banks 4. That's How You Feel? 5. Fly With Me 6. Always Have a Choice 7. Letter to P 8. Handle My Handle 9. Call from Cousin Ferb (Skit) 10. H is Back 11. You Know My Name ft. Philthy 12. Keep on Talking ft. Prodigy 13. Computer Crash (Skit) 14. Going OT 15. Sex Tape 16. You Take Her ft. Freeway and Termanology 17. Believer
18. 24k Rap f. Raekwon 19. Evil Deeds f. Ghostface & RZA
J.Period and K'Naan :: The Messengers Digital EP Preview
[Alright, if you're oogling at the cover, don't get too excited yet. Because this is just a preview of K'Naan's "The Messenger EP," featuring tributes to three late great artists, Fela Kuti, John Lennon, and Bob Marley. The real thing is coming out in September 1st (don't know if it's free or not), but this one should keep all the fans in hold until then.]
[¡Atención, este mixtape es calor! Pitbull is unleashed and is making heat for the summer with this 30+ track (WHOA!) mixtape. I don't know if his stomach is heated, as well, beacuse he feels the need to be "Sh*ttin on the Industry" with these firey joints that'll keep CDs and mixtapes burning up. No one knows if an albums on the way, but this'll definitely keep Pitbull fans satisfied.]
Tracklisting: 1. Rebelution (Prod. By DJ Noodles And DJ Buddha) 2. Triumph (Feat. Avery Storm) 3. Pitbull Speaks #1 (Skit) 4. Maybach Music 3 (Feat. T-Pain) 5. Nobody Do It Better 6. Conglomerate 7. Survival Of The Fittest 8. Picture Me 9. City Of Gods (Feat. Trick Daddy) 10. 5 Star (Feat. Yo Gotti) 11. Watch It Drop 12. Cocaine Cowboy 13. Shittin On The Industry (Skit) 14. Nothing Nothing 15. Dope Ball (Prod. By DJ Noodles) 16. The Music Biz (Skit) 17. Can’t Stop 18. Yayo (Feat. Billy Blue) 19. What They Want 20. Bad Girls (Feat. Robin Thicke) 21. Google Me 22. Can’t Tell Me Shit 23. Give Em What They Ask For 24. Therapy 25. O-K 26. I’m The Shit (Noodles Mix) 27. I’m In Miami Trick 28. Birthday Sex 29. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) 30. Fire Burning (Feat. Sean Kingston) 31. Back To The Future 32. Hotel Room Service (Urban Mix)
[Quite Nyce is definitely quite nice on the mic. He's one of the rappers who shows how the love and respect for the game takes you the furthest. He's also been in the game for minute or two. If you need the proper knowledge to his style, here's a catch-up mixtape aptly titled "Hello...My Name is Quite Nyce." You'll find the perfect introduction on how Quite Nyce he is.]
Tracklisting: 1. Hello 2. This is My Life 3. Say Goodbye (feat. Access Immortal) 4. Clap 5. The Spirit 6. Breaking Point (AIP Remix) (feat. Q-Unique and Seek) 7. On the Run 8. Medicine 9. Hope (feat. Seek) 10. Jazzolution 11. Is It Love (feat. Lorrello) 12. DJ & Emcee (feat. Seek) 13. The Line Drawn in the Sand (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze) 14. The Specialist (feat. iCON the Mic King) 15. Boom Bap 16. Head Over Hills 17. I Alone 18. Evolve
[Israel DJ collective Soulico is dropping "Exile on the Speaker" on September, an eclectic hip-hop record featuring appearances by Ghostface Killah, Lyrics Born, Del the Funky Homosapien and more. While y'all are waiting for it, they have this mixtape available for all to listen and it contains many remixes and appearance from many acclaimed rappers. Check this one!]
Tracklisting: 1. Omri's Drop 2. Exotic Introduction 3. "Exotic On The Speaker" (Soulico Edit) / Cutty Ranks "Pon Pause (Acapella)" 4. "Bo Be Easy" ft. Axum and C. Le (Edit) / Bangers & Cash "Loose (Instrumental)" / Modeselektor "The Dark Side of the Sun (Edit)" 5. "Pitom Banu 2020" ft. Axum, Peled, and Ortega (Remix) 6. "Politrix" ft. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien 7. Sabbo ft. Livity "Dem A Gangsta" 8. Balkan Beat Box "Digital Monkey (Soulico Remix)" 9. "Put 'Em Up" ft. Lyrics Born and Axum 10. Rye Rye ft. M.I.A. "Bang (Shimmy Sonic Remix)" 11. "Avood Me'ahava" ft. Oren Barzilay (NDV Remix) 12. Shimmy Sonic "Robot" 13. "Jim & Joe" ft. Onili 14. "SOS" ft. Pigeon John and Ceci Bestida / Bounty Killer "I Am (Acapella)" / Horace Andy "Rasta Don't (Dub)" 15. "Queen of Hearts" ft. MC Zulu / Unfinished Business Riddim (Instrumental) 16. "There 4 Me" ft. Alijah 17. "Darbukaton Interlude" 18. "30 Year Old Baby" ft. Fishi 19. "Body Work" ft. MC Zulu (Noiz in Zion Remix) 20. "1000 Nights" ft. Ravid Kahalani (Soulico Remix)
[If you have never heard of the Smirnoff Signature Mix Series, now's the time and right here is the place! Every year, the alcohol beverage comany locates some well-known and respected rappers and creates some dope remakes with some of the new-school artists and/or producers. You should check these out even if you're not old enough to drink yet (like me)!]
Tracklisting: 1. Nice & Smooth - Funky For You '09 (feat. Pac Div and Tyler Woods) 2. Buckshot - I Got Cha Opin '09 (feat. Kardinal Offishall) 3. Nas - If I Ruled the World '09 (feat. feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
That's it for the "Bak 2 Skool Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.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 and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
Swollen Members Leak The New Song ‘Warrior’ Online *** Swollen Members Overcome Drug Addiction, Legal Problems and Labels Collapsing To Record New Album “Armed To The Teeth” Featuring La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli, and Tech N9NE.
Swollen Members have leaked the new track “Warrior” online at www.MySpace.com/SwollenMembers from their upcoming new album “Armed To The Teeth” which lands in stores October 13th, 2009 through Suburban Noize records and Battle Axe Records.
"It's been a crazy few years for not only me, but also Swollen. I was in a very bad state for the last three years; drugs and an abusive lifestyle had gotten the best of me. I was severely addicted to Oxycontin, doing just over twenty 80mg pills a day, which equals the strength of about 320 Percocet pills. I became public enemy #1 with the cops due to my association with Hell's Angels and other clubs and was under constant surveillance with wire taps, etc. There was a time when I couldn't leave my house without being confronted by the cops. At least 3 or 4 police vehicles would show up every time I left the house," says Mad Child. "And with a diet of two quarts of ice cream a night, I gained a lot of weight and slipped into a very dark place. I was basically living in my theater room for the last two years and spent over half a million dollars on pills. I wasn't paying attention to my business affairs either so I lost two million dollars over the course of my addiction. I went from living the high life with girls, money and parties to watching movies in my theatre and being a zombie with only my dogs to keep me company. What I now realize is that I put the lives of many people on hold during my addiction. There are a lot of people that count on me and I know I let them down. Thank God I have a studio in my house and an amazing group who never abandoned me. The only good thing that came out of the last three years is the album we are about to drop."
While Swollen Members may have enjoyed a successful career as one of the premier groups’ in underground hip-hop, but when it came time to record their sixth studio album, they were forced to confront the skeletons that had been hiding in their closet. During the time the group’s new album “Armed To The Teeth” was taking shape, Mad Child was struggling with drug addiction, Swollen Members’ record label had collapsed, he was embroiled in legal battles and his association with outlaw motorcycle clubs provoked police to swarm his house in full riot gear. With a desire to consistently raise the bar within the hip-hop genre, Mad Child and Prevail were inspired to beat back personal demons and concentrate on creating the most powerful musical statement of their career. Revitalized, focused and stronger than ever, Swollen Members are armed and ready for war. Swollen Members heavily anticipated new studio album, "Armed To The Teeth”, features guest appearances La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli and Tech N9NE.
CATCH SWOLLEN MEMBERS LIVE: Sept 06 - SEATTLE, WA @ BUMBERSHOOT Sept 18 - PORTLAND, OR @ Hawthorne / NW Fest
Details on when and where you can see JMT courtesy of Ballin PR:
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JEDI MIND TRICKS FRONTMAN, VINNIE PAZ, RELEASES “DRAG YOU TO HELL," THE FIRST TRACK FROM HIS UPCOMING DEBUT SOLO ALBUM, THE ASSASSIN’S CREED AND NEW TOUR DATES
Philadelphia, PA (July 20, 2009) – Jedi Mind Tricks frontman, Vinnie Paz, unveiled the first track, “Drag You To Hell,” from his upcoming debut solo album, The Assassin’s Creed. “Drag You To Hell” is now streaming on vinniepaz.com and jmthiphop.com and will available for sale on iTunes tomorrow, July 21, 2009. Vinnie Paz’s debut solo album, The Assassin’s Creed, is coming soon on Vinnie’s own record label, Enemy Soil.
Since 1996, Vinnie Paz has been best known as the fiery frontman of renowned indie rap group Jedi Mind Tricks. After more than a decade of critical and commercial success under both the Jedi Mind Tricks banner and with his underground rap supergroup side project, Army of the Pharaohs, Vinnie finally felt the time was right to take on the challenge of making a solo record.
“This solo record isn’t a matter of being unhappy with Jedi Mind Tricks or me needing to satisfy my ego, it’s just an artistic challenge that I’ve wanted to tackle for awhile now and the timing is right,” says Vinnie. “People will probably wonder why I’d bother doing a solo record when most of the recent JMT material, aside from our last record, has basically been ‘solo’ music with Stoupe on beats and me rapping.” Vinnie adds, “Well, we’ve been fortunate to have a long and successful career as JMT, and our fans are some of the best fans in independent music, but that success creates certain expectations of what Jedi Mind Tricks music should sound like, which as an artist is a blessing and a curse. This solo record is about stepping away from those expectations for a minute and challenging myself to try new things as an artist.”
With that goal in mind, Vinnie headed back to the lab to cook up a new recipe of hardcore rap music. The Assassin’s Creed features guest appearances from some of the most recognized names in rap including Beanie Sigel, Clipse, Freeway and Paul Wall paired with a stellar lineup of producers including Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, MoSS (Ghostface Killah), 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang),Bronze Nazareth (Wu-Tang), Shuko (Saigon) and more.
Vinnie Paz will be peforming his new solo track “Drag You To Hell” live on stage during Jedi Mind Tricks’ “Hell Awaits” Summer Tour. Tickets are on sale now at www.jmthiphop.com/tours .
Jedi Mind Tricks “Hell Awaits” Summer Tour w/MC Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze *shows with MC Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze
8/19/09 - San Diego, CA - Cane's Bar & Grill* 8/20/09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey* 8/21/09 - Pomona, CA – Glasshouse* 8/22/09 - San Francisco, CA – Independent* 8/24/09 - Fresno, CA – Starline* 8/25/09 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewery* 8/26/09 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones* 8/28/09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theatre* 8/29/09 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre* 8/30/09 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep* 9/1/09 - Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater* 9/2/09 - Chicago, IL – Subterranean* 9/3/09 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall* 9/4/09 - Toronto, ON - Opera House* 9/5/09 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub* 9/6/09 - Montreal, QC - Telus Theater* 9/9/09 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground* 9/10/09 - Portland, ME - The Asylum* 9/11/09 - Boston, MA – Paradise* 9/12/09 - Long Island, NY - Crazy Donkey 9/13/09 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom 9/18/09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero w/Immortal Technique 9/19/09 - Towson, MD – Recher Theatre w/Immortal Technique
After 10 years of playing their music on the radio AND 20 years of being an ardent fan, i can honestly say meeting and interviewing De La Soul was like a belated 30th birthday gift for yours truly! Not too long ago, 2/3 of the legendary progressive hip-hop trio (Pos & Maseo) stopped thru the Sirius XM studios to guest on Subsoniq! For those who missed the original airing last week, we are encoring the episode (Sunday) 8/23 @ Noon EST/9am Pacific on "Backspin" (Sirius channel 39/XM channel 65/DirecTV channel 846/Dish Network channel 6039). And while you wait to hear my personal geek-out experience on the radio, here's 2 downloadable sound-clips to tide you over...