Dee-1 calls upon the lyrical talents of Big K.R.I.T. and Lupe Fiasco for the remix to “Against Us” from 3’s Up. I wish all the good things to happen for Dee-1. He is equal parts talented and good human being. DJ Young Venom played me a mixtape of his several years back and I was a fan immediately. Here he finds himself not only holding his own against a pair of Hip-Hop vets, but shining next to them.
Track of the Day
With the release of Book of Savvy 2 slated to drop later this month and rumors of The Bottom Line being completed, Savvy (Crown Me Entertainment) drops a loosie that he recorded for the Nat Turner Soundtrack. “Revolt” features a fiery call to arms from the Jacktown emcee in the form of a singular verse bookended by an iconic Malcolm X speech over bass heavy production by Mack XI. Get familiar with the name Savvy, if you aren’t already, this is gearing up to be his summer.
New music from the duo from across the pond, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. off of their new album titled Adventures In Technicolour. The project drops on April 15th via Illect Recordings. You can pre-order it now at one of the links listed below. “Higher” is a perfect introduction to the group for those who are not familiar with the group and are curious about what to expect. Hard beats with upbeat lyrics and catchy hooks. Give a listen and let the new Dynamic Duo earn a place on your iPod just in time for summer.
The G.O.A.T. on the boards mixed with the Neo-Soul gawd and a couple of the illest emcees of their time sprinkled on the top. The result is the funky, baby I miss you, track “Reminisce” from Bilal’s debut album 1st Born Second. Every day is Dilla Day, celebrate!! Dilla laid the foundation and Mos Def and Common played back up to Bilal’s silky smooth vocals.
“Sexy as the girl on the Jamaica poster”
Kendrick has always patterned himself after 2pac. This is one of those perfectly articulated dedications. Section.80 is a brilliant album and should be treated as such.
TRACK OF THE DAY: A$AP ROCKY – 1TRAIN [FEAT KENDRICK LAMAR, JOEY BADA$$, YEAWOLF, DANNY BROWN, ACTION BRONSON & BIG K.R.I.T.]
The posse cut from Long.Live.A$AP features what many consider the new wave of Hip-Hop doing what thye do best over some Hit-Boy production. The best of the young bucks in the game go in. Enjoy.
Treach zones out on this track. “Yoke The Joker” was one of those crazy tracks from the self-titled Naughty By Nature album. While everyone was wylin’ out to “O.P.P.” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” I was losing my mind to the first track on the album. It took me a while to even let the tape keep playing. Easily one of the most underrated and respected emcees in the history of rap music.
This seems incredibly necessary this morning. Listen, absorb, digest and act. Knowledge is the key. With knowledge comes awareness, when we become aware to the things going on around us we can develop plans to change the things which we deem unacceptable and detrimental to ourselves and to our collective whole. Every life matters. There is more I could say, but it is not my time to speak.
This song needs no explanation, introduction, or any other words that take away from you listening to the track. One of the best Hip-Hop songs ever. This is not up for debate.
The Brothers Johnson made “Strawberry Letter 23” a smash on their Quincy Jones produced LP, Right On Time. However, the original by Shuggie Otis was released on his second album Freedom Flight and was a stand-out track then as well. If there was ever a virtuoso Shuggie was it. He born to a legend in the Rhythm and Blues field, Johnny Otis and from a very young age was groomed for the musician profession. He began playing with his father at age twelve. His professional career has been nothing short of erratic, but that has not stopped him from being widely considered a genius. His album Inspiration Information is looked at, and rightfully so, as a classic recording. Recently a collection of unreleased material was packaged with Inspiration Information and offered in a double disc compilation, hopefully re-introducing Shuggie to people who might have forgot about him and introducing him to a generation who has missed out. Of course, you hip-hop heads out there will find some gems.