Posts Tagged ‘hip-hop’

Keep They Heads Ringing

August 19, 2008

If you watched any of the Team USA’s romping on the basketball court in Bejing, then theres a chance you noticed the similar headphones every player has draped around their neck.  The unofficial sponsor of blasting beats to these star’s heads is none other than the Doc himself.  Dre’s newest contribution to the music world is his new headphones system; Beats by Dre.  Dre’s mission is to create a state of the art system where the listener can enjoy studio monitor quality.

“When I’m making a track I’m trying to capture the sound that makes me go ‘now THAT’s the shit! And I want that reaction from everybody who hears it. I spend a lot of time in the studio listening to my music through headphones…with Beats, people are finally going to hear it the way they should: the way I do.”

As of now, the Beats will run you about $350-400 depending on where you buy them.  Not chump change at all for headphones.  I sure as hell appreciate my Bose over ear system and look forward to trying a new set thats supposed to blow any others away.  Wonder how Detox is gonna sound in these things.

Please, feel free to give any feedback if you use or hear anything about these Beats.

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Check out the official Beats by Dre

Superman aka Dwight Howard pre-blastoff

Watch How it Go Down

August 9, 2008

Sure fire Massachusetts mc, Termanology,  has been getting well-deserved attention amongst underground hip-hop ranks.  Most notably, Terms impressed DJ Premier who has already produced numerous tracks for the up-and-coming lyricist.  Term spits from topics of politics to everyday struggles.  His dagger like flow is the most impressive force.  Check out any of his Hood Politics mixtape series at Datpiff.com.  Heres the Hood Politics IV.  

 Recommended tracks:  Watch How it Go Down (Produced by DJ Premier)

He’s Back

July 20, 2008

Mr. Shady is finally back in the studio and theres no telling what dudes cooking up.  Forget Encore and all the most recent stuff Ems done.  Go listen to Infinite (1995) and see why Dre pulled this cat out and knew the man on another level.  

I used to be heavy into Slim getting any track I could get my hands on.  This is why it upsets me so much when he releases albums that have tracks like “Ass Like That” and “Just Lose It.”  For a fan like me its redemption time.  

Shit, Infinite is up in the Bgsounds top 10 for sure any day.  I want Em back attacking the mic.  His vengeance is what drives his knife-like flow.

Heres some tracks, quality not so good sorry its the only stuff i could get at the moment.

Infinite:

Tonight:

Deconstructing Illmatic

July 13, 2008

Whether your a fan of the album or hip-hip in general, heres a great post that analyzes the hip-hop classic track by track.  Being a hip-hop nerd I love looking deep into the samples that are used and thought process behind the album from producers.  Check out DJ Premier after hearing the Pete Rock produced “The World is Yours”

“Apparently when Premier listened to Pete Rock’s lone contribution to Illmatic, he went back to the lab, scrapped what he already had and started over. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, but it is a pleasingly romantic vision of the creative process that went into the construction of the album and a tale that confirms what you already know”

It’d be really cool to do this with more hip-hop albums.  Maybe Ready to Die or Midnight Marauders?  Thanks Dan Love, cool shit

The Visualiza

July 13, 2008

Originally I was going to review Nas’ new Unititled but then realized there would be 3453543 others doing the same, so I wanted to go another direction. Listening to the new album put another MC into my head. Nas’ Firm counterpart, the smooth multi-syllable quick-tonuged Anthony Cruz. Or as the world knows him, AZ. The only rapper to feature on the greatest hip-hop album of all time, where he delivered one of hip-hops greatest verses ever.

He flown pretty much under the radar his entire career but adored by hip-hop heads and brought up in many discussions as even better than Nas. My dream is to have a full AZ/Nas album all produced by DJ Premier. It’s too bad this probably won’t happen but you can dream you know.

Rather Unique (Prodcued by Pete Rock) Doe or Die, 1995

Fan Mail, Aziatic 2002

Time (ft. Nas and Nature) Decade, 2004

Make Me (ft. Fresh, this dudes verses are tight) The Format, 2006

Unfortunately not too much of his older songs can be streamed on full. BUT DO check out the AZ/Nas collabo “Gimme Yours”, sick shit. Heres a sample.

Check this dude and see why he is blasted arguably the most underrated rapper of all time.

Blu and Exile : Below the Heavens

June 26, 2008

 

Excuse my lateness but…I stumbled upon this album while looking for some similar artists of one of my favorite rap duo’s of all time, Little Brother.  After reading a solid HipHopDX review I decided I had to check it out.  This is my new dude.  Blu’s flow, a combination of smooth/constant delivery and melodic chemistry, and Exile’s soulful production is on point.  Check out the track Dancing in the Rain.  

I got in my car and bumping the second it came on.  The LA mc rips through verses about his life and what he feels around him.  The subject matter is something only tight flow could flourish under.  It reminds me of Illmatic (good company) in the way Blu’s lyrics are like he is talking to you, not stuff crazy abstract or anything.  I like that it doesn’t get to complicated, which is the only problem I have listening to Lupe sometimes.  Overall a sign that proves indie hip-hop is still alive and well.