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Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop , Abstract Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011


By David D.  from http://smokingsection.uproxx.com

It’s a Christmas miracle!

It’s been a few years since Blu & Exile released what would have been a 5 Cigger if we’d had our ratings system up and running. Blu’s been releasing music since but it’s been experimental and nowhere near the cohesive brilliance of Below The Heavens.

The producer-MC tandem’s latest offering, Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them comes out of nowhere and I couldn’t be happier. The LP was apparently recorded in 2009 and after getting about halfway through it, I can attest that it’s a worthy follow up to Blu & Exile’s debut. If you don’t believe in Santa, you might want to rethink after listening to this gem left under your e-Christmas tree.

 
Tracklist :
01. A Letter
02. More Out Of Life
03. The Only One
04. Mask Your Soul
05. I Am Jean
06. Money
07. She Said Its Ok
08. Goo dMOrning Neighbor
09. Everybody Nose (feat. Johaz & Fashawn)
10. Dont Be Jelly
11. Berries & Juices
12. Seasons
13. John Mccain
14. O Heaven (Bonus)
15. Ope (Bonus)

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24 janvier 2012 2 24 /01 /janvier /2012 11:00

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http://www.molemen.com
http://www.myspace.com/vakill


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

By Fred Castano from  http://potholesinmyblog.com

This year is shaping up to be the one when everyone is dropping their much-delayed albums. Saigon shocked the hell out of everyone and released Greatest Story Never Told, Joell Ortiz overcame his litany of label issues with Free Agent, and Vakill finally followed up that track list that came out in 2009 with the actual album: Armor of God.  At this rate, even the Detox release seems feasible.

Vakill, the Chicago MC with the New York-spitter style, still raps like he’s missed some meals despite the critical successes of The Darkest Cloud and Worst Fears Confirmed.  Armor of God is equal parts biscuits-and-burners and knowledge-dropping thought-provokers.  The first third of the album, from “Hi Ate Us” through “Sick Cinema”, is full of what we’ve come to know and love about Vakill: tough talk and street lessons delivered over mostly piano and guitar-driven production by Molemen member Panik, with Jake One also showing up for “Armor of God”.

Vakill is pure propane on “Mean Mug Muzik” and “Appetite to Kill”, songs that yield such scorching lines as “An animal, on his corporate grizzy, spit divine as Corpus Christi, flowing hellfire until your corpse is crispy,” and “A young lion at heart dying to start/smart bombs flying from replying remarks/I am the spark from the iron occupying the dark/prying apart n*****s skulls, fuck trying to chart!”  As is tradition with rap albums, the incendiary rhymes are done early as Vakill mellows into “Wild Wild”, a tribute to his old stomping grounds in Chicago like Racine Courts and Ragtown, and “Bi-Polar”, which examines various love-hate relationships (“Gangstas need love too, but hate when you notice.”)

Though the album is just short of an hour, Vakill requires an attentive ear and 17 songs can be a chore, an affliction that also claimed Greatest Story Never Told. While multiple songs hold replay value individually, the project as a whole is not something that begs to played repeatedly.  But duration issues aside, lyrically and sonically, Armor of God is among the upper echelon of releases so far this year and a fitting return for one of CHI’s finest.


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Hi Ate Us (produced by Panik)
3. Armor of God (produced by Jake One)
4. Mean Mug Muzik (produced by Panik)
5. Sick Cinema (produced by Panik)
6. Heavy (produced by Panik)
7. Endless Road f/Vizion (produced by Bluntologist)
8. The Apology (produced by Joe Blow)
9. Wild Wild (produced by Bluntologist)
10. Beast Ballad f/Crooked I, Rhymefest, Juice & Nino Bless (produced by Panik)
11. NWA (produced by Panik)
12. You Don’t Know f/Astonish (produced by Panik)
13. I Came for U (produced by Panik)
14. Armorgeddon (produced by Jake One)
15. A Lynched Legacy (produced by Memo)
16. Bi-Polar (produced by Panik)
17. Proof (produced by Jake One)

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http://www.thinkcommon.com
http://www.myspace.com/common


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

By Marcus J. Moore from http://www.bbc.co.uk

The last time Common led a full-length album, the result was 2008’s Universal Mind Control, a recording so woefully inadequate that many of his fans don't even acknowledge its existence. Rather, when discussing the MC's robust discography, fans often dismiss the project as a glossy aberration on which the Chicago native trifled with electro-pop and skeletal dance music with dismal results. Nonetheless, the man born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr has made sweeping strides since its release: he's a regular in movies, having appeared in Just Wright and Terminator Salvation, among other pictures. Common's recent biography, One Day It’ll All Make Sense, generated some decent press, and he’s recited poetry for US President Barack Obama at the White House.

So Common is, today, far removed from his days as a humble backpacker with an overwhelming affinity for jazz breaks and atmospheric soul loops. Life is glamorous, and he appreciates the long ascension to prominence. At least that's the tone of his new album, The Dreamer/The Believer, on which he merges his raw lyrical roots with No I.D.'s voluminous soundtrack, resulting in a decent album far more celebratory than his previous work. "Now it’s gold records and I’m on silver screens / At the mountaintop, but still got a dream," he rhymes on the album’s opening song. Still, the music clearly dominates this set, with thumping, sample-heavy beats that outshine Common’s nostalgic delivery in places.

Elsewhere, he is more festive than usual: the word "b****" is heard more often and he speaks freely about international trysts. On Sweet, Common chastises singing in hip hop although he sang on Jimi Was a Rock Star, a centrepiece cut from 2002’s Electric Circus. To that end, the MC sounds somewhat conflicted at times, toeing the line between his conscious foundations and his new lifestyle. That’s not to say he shouldn’t embrace his newfound fame, however. Celebrate, backed by choral moans and a piano sample, sounds like 2005 Common until he rhymes about a night on the town.

In some ways, The Dreamer/The Believer feels like a concept album, moving fluidly from bright-eyed reflection to despondent conviction, giving it a triumphant feel. Overall, the recording presents its protagonist as a multifaceted artist, capable of navigating Hollywood and the urban block with comfort, confident enough to enjoy his successes while encouraging his listeners to do the same.


Tracklist :
1. The Dreamer (featuring Maya Angelou)
2. Ghetto Dreams (featuring Nas)
3. Blue Sky
4. So Sweet
5. Gold
6. Lovin' I Lost 
7. Raw (How You Like It)"
8. Cloth
9. Celebrate
10.Windows
11.The Believer (featuring John Legend)
12.Pops Belief

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http://www.myspace.com/planetasia
http://stonesthrow.com/madlib
http://www.myspace.com/madlib


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

From http://www.rap-n-blues.com

According to Stones Throw’s 15th year anniversary, Planet Asia links up with Madlib to drop this 6 track Free EP. The project was recorded while Planet Asia was out in Germany and includes a feature by Retrogott from Cologne-City, Germany.


Tracklist :
01. Double Dutch (Intro)
02. Carrying Crates
03. Masonic Vocals
04. Street Clothes
05. Rap Graffiti
06. Madrid

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http://www.lcobproductions.com
http://www.myspace.com/thelostchildrenofbabylon


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

From Wikipedia :

The Lost Children of Babylon (LCOB) are a Philadelphia based underground hip-hop group founded by Rasul Allah in the mid-90s. They first appeared in 1996 on Jedi Mind Tricks "Amber Probe EP". The group is known for their conscious and spiritual style with lyrics influenced by Nuwaubian philosophy, Islam and The Nation of Gods and Earths. They are affiliated with: Jedi Mind Tricks, Killah Priest, Black Market Militia, The Maccabeez, Wu-Tang Killa Beez and the Sunz of Man.


Tracklist :
01. Intro
02. Street Apostles
03. Verbal Massacre
04. Shang Tzu
05. Mechanics of the Mind
06. Linguistics
07. Sunz of the Green Light
08. Mos Definitely
09. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
10. Right Knowledge
11. Nuwaupian Swordsmen
12. The 4th Dimension
13. High Calibur
14. The Entered Apprentice
15. Where Light Was Created Part 2 (Kundalini Energy)
16. Full Hammer
17. The All Seeing Eye
18. Dream Spiral

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http://www.myspace.com/brzowski


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

From http://www.milledpavement.com

After 10 years of scene-building in Portland,ME as an mc, promoter, and banner-guard for Milled Pavement Records, 5 years of touring throughout 5 countries (most recently France, Germany, and Switzerland this past April/May with Milled Pavement CEO Moshe), over 600 performances, 2 mixtapes, 2 ep's, 1 7" single, countless featured appearances, and performing live with a venerable who's-who of independent hip-hop, Portland's own BRZOWSKI returns with his sophomore solo release. "A Fitful Sleep" finds our narrator moving away from the thick veil of funereal affectations of his debut, and now speaks from a soapbox steeped in the culture of independent artistry and on top of a widely broadened palette of production sounds (most notably the coloring of early Sabbath-style faux-psychedelia), even if the punk/ metal/ gothic/ outlaw aesthetics remain on the skin. This album begins at the touchstone of hip-hop, and then musically enacts a swift departure. Doomy rock guitar/live instrumentation, Rapped/sung/screamed vocals, traditional sampling, ominous synths, and electronic drums all vie for elbow room in this carefully constructed Frankenstein of an album. Think Black Widow mugging an early 2000's art-rap DJ outside a divebar on the edge of town.

No Rest for the Wicked


Tracklist :
01. Own
02. Friendly Fire
03. The Tourist
04. Easy Angel of Spruce St.
05. Travelogos
(feat. Todd Richard & Leif Sherman Curtis)
06. Nosebleed Seats
07. Covenant (feat. Awol One)
08. 2 Months of Houdini
09. Queen of October
10. I'm the Atlantic
11. The Birding
12. Staring at the Towel

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http://www.myspace.com/fuzzandmac

Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2007

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By Brian Tucker  from http://bootlegmag.blogspot.com

Fuzz and Mac (Fuzz Jackson and McClain Sullivan) come together on this EP to produce seven tracks that are catchy, groove you and head straight for the soul. Mac’s sweetly pitched vocals and Jackson’s even keeled warm rap style sound solid, transcending typical rap offerings.
Mac doesn’t over sing, she doesn’t have to, channeling Billie Holiday and Res but keeping it all her own. Her vocals are sultry on ‘In the Evening’ sounding peaceful and harmonious. It is a tune for the ladies, a slow groove with spice. The beats are firm, laced with sparse piano. I never needed you like I do today/I never thought these words I’d have to say. Jackson trades off with echoing vocals, a blend of KRS-ONE and Kanye. I just do my thing/rap the underground…Just doing my thing/What you expect from me?
‘Valerie’ is a cautionary tale, a mid western girl caught up in a scene forgetting self respect. It is the heaviest track musically, fuzzed out keyboards with Jackson laying out a sermon and Mac mixes up spoken word with harmony, partly fiercer than Jackson, a welcome, different approach. This wasn’t to be me/I was supposed to get married/Have a family portrait of three…Somehow I got lost between the beginning and the end/Got caught up in the shady life where the devil pretends to be your best friend.
‘Thank You’ is musical appreciation for parental support, shades of Jay-Z and The Commodores in there also. You never left my corner/I never changed for this biz Jackson throws out. The outro goes long but on it you hear Jackson sing. It would have been excellent to hear him sing on a track or two.
‘Malibu’ slows thing down, a staccato drum beat, horn samples shouting in the background. It echoes Massive Attack’s slower, moody songs. Mac’s vocals are different on this track too, gentle and sultry, like Lisa Gerrard or PC Kahuna but less whiny and honey soaked. ‘Disco’ works the Jamiroqaui field of play and vocally is very 1978. This one’s for the clubs if people are hip to it.
A blend of musical styles, some buried deep in the way it is mixed together. Although not heavy on guitar, the rhythm of rock is under there, blending hip hop and soul. Together Again is a wonderful combination of soul, love, attitude and harmony. All these tracks are memorable and timeless. After listening, the refrain of Baby you got it from ‘You Got It’ will linger. And you’ll like it.


Tracklist :
01-You Got It
02-In The Evening
03-Valerie
04-Thankyou
05-Malibu
06-Disco
07-The Things I Love You For

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http://theroots.com

http://www.myspace.com/theroots

Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

By Charlie Kaplan from http://www.npr.org

"And what I did came back to me eventually," narrator Redford Stephens, transcendently portrayed by Black Thought, posthumously intones in "Sleep," the first track from The Roots' 13th album undun. Death pervades undun; it follows Stephens, a poor kid from Philadelphia and victim to the drug trade, from the moment he surrenders himself to the game all the way to his inevitable end. Along the way, no verse is wasted, no optimism is spared; each line is like a shovelful of dirt on Redford's coffin. At 39 minutes, undun feels like a lifetime, because it is one.

The album is gorgeously arranged by the incomparable ?uestlove, The Roots' expert bandleader and producer, whose recent projects include the "Philly Paris Lockdown," a reinterpretation of the works of the French impressionist composers Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. On undun, ?uestlove renders the lush modality of these composers in the vibrant hues of early-'70s soul music; the eerie, ghostly outro of "Make My" sublimates the drug dealer's hopeless, nihilistic glory into misty Moog and starry synths in the vein of Stevie Wonder's "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You?)."

The record's most affecting element, however, is its lyricism, led with gimmick-less seriousness by Black Thought, a rapper whose storytelling is unencumbered by sophomoric jocularity or false cartoonishness. His desolation is unvarnished and striking in "I Remember," in which he darkly rhymes, "I drew a two of hearts from a deck of cards / A stock trick from my empty repertoire / Another hopeless story, never read at all / I'm better off looking for the end where the credits are." He's given fleeting respite from the stress of the drug trade in "Kool On," but is harshly pulled back to earth the next morning in "The OtherSide," where paranoia surrounds him again: "We obviously need to tone it down a bit / Running around town spending time like it's counterfeit."

The album's guest spots are similarly purposeful. Producer Just Blaze's recent conquests with Drake and Rick Ross (among many) have made him ubiquitous on pop radio, but in "Stomp" he transforms the four-on-the-floor, tambourine-rattling beat into a plodding chain gang. Longtime Roots collaborator P.O.R.N., whose "Every thought is dark as a glass of Guinness" (in "The OtherSide") sounds like a combination of Curren$y and Malice of Clipse. In "One Time," Dice Raw issues a heartbreakingly dark verse on the predestination of his cursed life, asking, "I wonder when you die, do you hear harps and bagpipes? / If you ball on the other side of the crack pipe? / N——s learn math just to understand the crack price / then dive in headfirst like a jackknife." These features peak in "Tip the Scale," the most lush and affecting rumination of crack sales since Kanye West and Jon Brion's "Crack Music."

The album ends with a short suite of pieces based on Sufjan Stevens' instrumental "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)" from his album Michigan; it even features the composer on piano. The ghostly backup vocals and muted horns perfectly match undun's spectral artfulness. Brilliantly, instead of transforming "Redford" into a functional sample, it's presented in state. ?uestlove treats "Redford" almost like a piece of movie music, accompanying the action rather than recapitulating it. The result is a cinematic moment waiting to be processed, fictionalized into hip-hop. It's as if the listener zoomed in beyond the safe narrative distance of the song and actually ended up in the movie. This movement of the suite is like a rap track under a microscope, the sample blown up so large that the beats that keep hip-hop as the frame of reference are a horizon enshrouded in fog. By the third act, Stephens has been replaced by DD Jackson in a careening duet with ?uestlove, whose long-cultivated drumming heft and precision play like fists through a plaster wall or bullet holes through a car door. Finally, credits roll over a sublime string quartet, mercifully for Black Thought's black thoughts — at least for a moment, before ?uestlove's meticulously arranged strings are silenced by the chilling, deathly growl of a struck piano.

Black Thought has never been frivolous, but there's extra seriousness to his performance on this record that can only be explained by someone who truly knows him. "Redford is definitely compiled [from] five or six people that we've known from Philadelphia," ?uestlove told Spin magazine recently. "Tariq [a.k.a. Black Thought]'s entire family, his cousin and brothers, have literally all been this guy. Tariq is the only one that has escaped the fate that most of his family have encountered. The narrative definitely hits home with him more than any other member of the band."


Tracklist :
01. Dun (1:16)
02. Sleep (feat. Aaron Livingston) (2:15)
03. Make My (feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Dice Raw) (4:27)
04. One Time (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw) (3:55)
05. Kool On (feat. P.O.R.N. & Truck North) (3:48)
06. The OtherSide (feat. Bilal & P.O.R.N.) (4:03)
07. Stomp (feat. Just Blaze & P.O.R.N.) (2:23)
08. Lighthouse (feat. Dice Raw) (3:43)
09. I Remember (3:14)
10. Tip The Scale (feat. Dice Raw) (4:17)
11. Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou) (1:52)
12. Possibility (0:55)
13. Will To Power (1:03)
14. Finality (1:31)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Da_Grassroots

Origine du Groupe : Canada
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011

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By Jimi from http://www.thelostboysinc.com

Just as weed is the gateway drug is to other drugs, "Passage Through Time" should be the gateway album to other work by these artists and many others. Da Grassroots are a "genuine-vinyl" sounding production team from, if I'm correct, Toronto, so expect other Canadian rappers on this album.

If you download this from any other link aside from this one, you may get an incorrect tracklisting (by that i mean the songs are titled wrong). I'm not sure if the record label it to fault, if the songs were intentionally named wrong, someone on the internet f'd it up or whatever, but i do believe the listing i have is correct. This album is a definitely one of those "slept on" works of art, even after almost a decade, and it's a shame. My favorites are "Eternal," "Revival (Three Rhyme Superstars)" and "Drama."


Tracklist :
01. Intro
02. Spears Of Ice
03. Thematics
04. Eternal
05. Precious Metals
06. Kenny's Query
07. Last Days
08. Price Of Livin'
09. Pylar Sanchez
10. Intermission
11. Informercial
12. Postal Work
13. Body Language
14. The Approach
15. Black Dove
16. Kenny's Theme
17. Melancholy Blue
18. Political Proverbs
19. A Mother's Love
20. Born II Roam
21. Revival (Three Rhyme Superstars)
22. Outro
23. Drama (Bonus Track)
24. Living Underwater (Bonus Track)

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http://actionbronson.com

http://www.myspace.com/actionbronson56

Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Hip Hop
Sortie : 2011


Par Paco pour http://delaluneonentendtout.blogspot.com

Action Bronson est New-Yorkais, de père albanais, et tient son nom de scène du gangster William « Action » Jackson et de Charles « un justicier dans la ville » Bronson. Dans le milieu du hip-hop, on compare son flow à celui de Ghostface Killah, ce qu'il trouve plutôt flatteur tant il le considère comme une légende, lui préfère se comparer à  Kool G. Rap. Avec son flow en fil directeur, l'album est très old school, parsemé de samples soul, jazz et funky, mais aussi reggae dub, comme sur « Jerk Chicken Ft. Maffew Ragazino » où l'on reconnait la touche King Tubby. Ça dérive parfois dangereusement vers du easy-listening (« Brunch » ou encore et surtout « Shiraz ») mais avec trompette jazzy, cocotes funky, lignes de basses bien rondes (super sample de Dizzy Gillespie sur « Get Off My P.P. »), et flute psyché, l'ensemble garde une énergie positive bienvenue.


Tracklist :
1- Moonstruck
2- Barry Horowitz
3- The Madness
4- Larry Csonka
5- Ronnie Coleman
6- Bag Of Money (ft Meyhem Lauren)
7- Brunch
8- Shiraz
9- Buddy Guy
10- Jerk Chicken (ft Maffew Ragazino)
11- Chuck Person (ft Meyhem Lauren, Shaz Illyork & Ag Da Coroner)
12- Forbidden Fruit
13- Suede (ft Meyhem Lauren, Shaz Illyork, Fonda & Machine)
14- Get Off My PP
15- Beautiful Music
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