When people mention storytellers, why do they omit Scarface? From some of his Geto Boy tracks, to “A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die” and “Now I Feel Ya”, he has wielded his pen to create hauntingly honest depictions of the highs and lows of street life. The pinnacle of these tracks for me came on the classic album, The Diary. “Never Seen A Man Cry” or “I Seen A Man Die” as it was originally called was the last song on side A of the cassette and it kept me from hearing the rest of the album for probably a week or two. I kept rewinding and listening. His somber tone and the authenticity with which he spoke made it all the more haunting. Lyrics like “If you ain’t at peace with God, you need to patch it up” were crazy to me. He spoke of death so fluidly, like he’d been there before. Like he was some sort of Angel looking down recalling what he was seeing for the millionth time.
Mr Scarface is back. Period. One of the greatest to ever do it. Period. Brad Jordan is easily one of the most influential voices within the hip-hop scene. “No Problems” is, simply put, that declaration. From his addition to the Geto Boys to present day, Scarface has laid claim to the Kingship of southern rap. Always real, whether it’s in his lyrics or interviews. He speaks his mind and stands up for anything he says. The game needs Face, I for one am thankful he’s back on the mic, after some legal troubles and whatnot. A little thinner too, apparently he’s lost 100lbs too. If that’s not devotion and focus I do not know what is. If “No Problems” is any indication Deeply Rooted, his upcoming LP, should be a HUGE problem for rappers and their string pulling corporate fat cats.
PURCHASE: SCARFACE- NO PROBLEMS (SINGLE)
So would some like to let me know what it is that they are putting in the water in the United Kingdom? All these soulful female singers are getting a little out of control. I’ll trade you 6 Lady Gagas and 48 Miley Cyruses for just one Alice Amelia, Emeli Sande, or Juliette Ashby. “11:11″ hosts a feature from Mr J. Medeiros of The Procussions, who’s self-titled album Alice appeared on in 2013. Click on the soundcloud link below and check out some more of her music. A special shout-out for the Great Dictator speech. Definitely anticipating her EP titled 11.
“Let Go” is the 3rd single from Little Dragon’s forthcoming album Nabuma Rubberband, which hits the shelves and digi-sphere on May 13th. Yukimi >>>
L’Orange’s album Orchid Days is infused with prohibition era samples and colorful melodies. The album is mostly instrumental with a couple well thought out vocal appearances. Homeboy Sandman drops vocals which enhance the scene. With a fresh fedora, low lights, thick cigarette smoke, and Homeboy on the mic at your local speakeasy.
PURCHASE: L’ORANGE – ORCHID DAYS
Jose James has been making a name for himself for the past few years. From last years No Beginning No End to his stirring rendition of “Everybody (Loves Sunshine)” on Takuya Kuroda’s Rising Son album, which James also produced. The man just does not stop either, this summer he will release his second Blue Note offering, While You Were Sleeping. With the previous release being more soulful and jazz inspired, he promises this one will be more reflective of some of his other musical influences such as Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Those two influences couldn’t be any more apparent than on the first single from the project, “EveryLittleThing”. Keep June 10th marked on your calendar, you’ll want to pick this album up and check it out.
Fun little mix of the title track from Gregory Porter’s Grammy winning Liquid Spirit album. Enjoy and stop being a jerk for just a quick second.
Common + Preemo + Bilal? Lost my mind when the beat dropped on this the first time I heard it.
“If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. That don’t mean that I’m hatin’” & “I’m Morpheus in this hip-hop matrix exposing fake sh**” – words I live by
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs have easily dropped the hip-hop album of the year so far. Cocaine Pinata is stuffed with Gangsta Gibbs’ signature real life lyrics and Madlib’s classic production. The merger might not have seemed as harmonious at first to most people but like they say, the proof is in the pudding. “Thuggin’” is the perfect example of the chemistry these two have with their music. Never forced, it’s organic and meshes together in a way that classic Hip-Hop duos like Eric B and Rakim and Gang Starr have.
Top Dawg’s Ab-Soul comes clean on this Curtiss King produced track. The Black Hippy emcee lets us know he’s got next from the gang on top of the rap game right now.