It was all good 16 years ago……..Black Star ushered in a new era within the hip-hop era in my opinion. They were not the originators of the conscious Hip-Hop movement by any means but they played central figure heads within this revolution. Do not believe me? How about you go back and really study the albums from Mos and Kweli. Recognize what they were doing, who they were doing it with and what they were saying. This album will always hold a special place in my collection. It sparked the mind of a 21 year old to dig a little deeper into the music, into the social/political issues going on around me, and it changed my opinion on how music can effect the masses. They were the obvious evolution of the Public Enemy message. I really studied this album, unlike any album I had studied before. I could go on, but I have to get to work. So dust off your copy of Black Star and enjoy. Share it with someone who has not heard it. Spread the word.
Music is such an important part of life, it can see you through good times and bad times. And when you study it, you’d be surprised what is revealed to you. I’ll leave this right here for you. Those who are aware know and those who aren’t will soon discover.
This is one of those “timeless” tracks everyone talks about, way before Jay-Z made the best song on a Memphis Bleek album, this was my jam. Everything about the song is beautiful. If you are not hip to Brother Weldon, please go to youtube and just explore. Believe me you will not be disappointed. If you are then we probably should cut this short. I have this programmed to play every morning when I wake up. Now that’s how you start off a day on the right track.
This is shaping up to be a really good album. Apollo Brown is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves and Ras is well…….Ras. When he’s not smashing bottles on cats in the club, he’s definitely one of hip-hop’s unsung heroes. Their collaborative album Blaphemy is dropping on Mello Music Group on October 28th. Be sure to give it a listen, with features from Royce Da 5’9, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Sick Jacken, Sean Price, and many more. Ras Kass fits over boom bap tracks like a glove, this is right on par with the Premier and Royce Da 5’9 album that’s going to drop for me. You cannot talk about the west coast and not mention Ras.
Reks and Hazardis Soundz collided to produce Eyes Watching God which is a masterful concept album. Delivering both a God and Devil side. “Fear Of God” is a iTunes bonus track featuring Knowledge Medina and High Collide. Here it gets the video treatment for those of you who have not gone to iTunes to purchase it yet because you obviously either do not know or you do not like good hip-hop music. Either way, you are losing.
Singapore Kane’s “Good With Mine” is a melodic neck nodding track, complete with soulful hook and an essential Reks verse. The combination is a feel good track you might want to bump a few times in a row to catch that feeling like everything is just going to be okay.
Canon is a budding emcee off Reflection Music Group, he’s been making noise for the past few years and is looking to expand upon that with Loose Canon Vol 2, which drops on October 7th. “Go Off”, which is the perfect song title, is a lyrical assault. Canon’s skills are on full display, channeling his Chicago-roots and delivering a blistering two minutes.
Stann Smith is a producer/emcee who is a founder of the EKOET movement. A group of like minded individuals who refrain from smoking, drinking, and drug usage. “All I See” plays off the cliche’s that surround the independent artists plight trying to make a name for themselves in an ever changing music industry. A couple weeks ago he released “Ferguson”, I do not have to explain this to you. The video is below. Watch it.