DOWNLOAD MP3 TalibKweliZTrip-AttacktheBlock.mp3 Summary: This track is the intro track to an awesome mixtape byt the same name. Download Attack the Block Mixtape. While I like this song I’m putting up this post to represent the whole mixtape which I highly recommend. About Artist: Talib Kweli is an established very well respected artist in the game who is a member of Madlib and one half of Black Star with Mos Def. Z-Trip is a DJ who really blazed the trail of many mashup artists behind him. While not well known outside of the Hip Hop community he is respected as a DJ on the very top of his game. About Song: This song is the intro off of the a mixtape by the same name and while I like this song you should download the mixtape. The beginning of the song plays a clip of british movie call Attack the Block about an alien invasion (awesome indie movie that I was lucky to see at my local independent movie theater). The song samples Dead Prez’s Hip Hop. Favorite Part: I love the quote from the movie at the very begining and of course Dead Prez’s Hip Hop is a great beat but to really appreciate this track you gotta just download the mixtape cause the songs are mixed together with great skill (Z-Trip’s skill I presume).
No Mp3, See Video Below Summary: Lyrical, Catchy… just plain amazing! About Artist: Soulja Boy took the Hip Hop world by storm with lyrical ability and unmatched swag. Now one of the most respected artists in the genre he challenges the thrones of Tupac, Biggie and Jay-Z with his fierce style. Soulja Boy may be the greatest rapper of all time and with so many years ahead of him sky is the limit for this talented young artist About Song: This song showcases Soulja Boy’s lyrical abilities while at the same time speaking to the core values of Hip Hop. A trifecta of lyricism, a masterpiece beat, and original style this song will surely be remember as a masterpiece of our time. Favorite Part:
At 2:29, Soulja’s Gucci verse is truly mindblowing. Listen to those lyrics.
Also 3:35-3:57 showcases Soulja Boy at his finest.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Lloyd-LayItDownRemixftBoBRockCity.mp3 Summary: Pop Hop About Artist: Lloyd is a Pop R&B singer. I generally hate the kind of music Llyod makes and I gotta say this song walks a fine line really close to the kind of song that drives me crazy (in a bad way). Rock City is some Caribean R&B duo, don’t know much about them. And then there’s B.o.B. who is the sole reason this song made it up here. If you don’t know, I love B.o.B and you can click HERE for more B.o.B. songs on gregshiphop.com About Song: This song is a super successful single off of Lloyds next album which comes out in April, and just for the record I could care less about this album. There is also another remix of this song which features Young Jeezy and R Kelly which you can listen to HERE. This song is super repetitive which I don’t like but it IS super catchy and BoB’s part is pretty cool (like always). Favorite Part:
Of course the best part is B.o.B’s part 0:30-1:10.
“I do not tap out, round two, round three,
cause I’m never going down like Muhammad Ali,
call me Cashis, when we hit the mattress
you be like oh yup (yup), baby call me randy savage (ooh ya)
you say you want me but be careful what you askin
causeI beat it up like delta does your baggage” (0:53-1:10)
I like how the beat drops out here at 0:58.
DOWNLOAD MP3 1982-MoneyIsReality.mp3 Summary: Some Chill Monday Rap. For Classic Hip Hop Lovers only. About Artist: 1982 is a two man MC Rapper duo out of the Boston area. The MC, Statik Selektah, has worked mainly on radio stations throughout his career and has the classic turntable sound I love exemplified by DJ Premier and Funkmaster Flex. Statik Selektah really brings the sound and vibe to the group, which is the main reason I like them, so I’d say he’s what really makes the group special. The rapper, Termanology, also from the Boston area, looked like he would take off in 2005 when The Source featured him as an unsigned MC; he never really took off but he’s got more than enough talent to hold his own in the game. About Song: This song is off of 1982’s recent EP the Evening News. This song features Action Bronson though I’ve never heard of him. I like this song because it mixes a laid back jazz sound with a traditional gritty city rap sound. Favorite Part:
I really like the classic hip hop feel. The best verse is probably the first 0:42-1:30 but the second verse does have some real good flow. Other: gregshiphop: 1982 – Always (Statik’s Interlude) gregshiphop.com: 1982 – Start It Like This
DOWNLOAD MP3 ChildishGambino-FreaksAndGeeks.mp3 Summary: Crazy Lryics. Crazy About Artist: Childish Gambino is none other than the actor Donald Glover, who also writes for 30 Rocks. I just discovered him earlier this week then the other day my friend sent me this song. I am NOT a Donal Glover fan and I’m still on the fence about Childish Gambino but this track is crazy crazy. About Song: Freaks and Geeks was released to promote Gambino’s upcoming, still unnamed, EP which drops in March. Favorite Part:
I just discoverd this AWESOME SITE RAPGENIUS.COM it has the lyrics to the songs and you can click a line and it gives you and explanation of that line, it’s background, why its clever etc. Definitly check out the Freaks and Geeks Lyrics HERE
“E.e. cummings on her face, now that’s poetry in motion” (0:22)
“Took the G out yo waffle, all you got left is your ego” (2:44)
DOWNLOAD MP3 Fashawn-MannyPacquiaoprodbyPhonix.mp3 Summary: Fashawn’s Higher learning his best mixtape. About Artist: Fashawn is an underground rapper from Fresno California. He is one of Hip Hop’s most underrated much like his collaborators Blu, Exile and others. His debut album Boy Meets World was a great album but this tape is even better. Fashawn definitely deserves more respect for the consistently high quality music he makes. About Song: This song is off of Higher Learning 2 which dropped yesterday and let me tell you THIS TAPE IS TIGHT. I highly recommend downloading it as it has another song that I posted on this site, Strange Fruit. This song clearly samples We Are the Champions by Queen but Phoenix did a great job on the production. Favorite Part:
I love the production. There are a lot of good lines but my favorite might be… “Never wanted to wear cleats,
just wanted to run the turf” (1:19) Other: Phoenix Producer Wikipedia Fashawn Wikipedia
DOWNLOAD MP3 Saigon-ComeOnBabyftSwizzBeatzJayZ.mp3 Summary: Saigon – The Greatest Story Never Told may be the rap album of the year. About Artist: Saigon is a NY rapper who has spent a great deal of time in the New York penetentary system causing years of delays to his music career. His most recent album which just came out the other day has been in the making for years and is highly anticipated. I just finished listening to the album and it is REALLY GOOD. You can read more about Swizz Beatz and Jay-Z on their wikipedia pages (links below) About Song: This song was the first single off of The Greatest Story Never Told and dropped in the summer of 2007 (it would be nearly another four years until the album was released). This is a shorter remix version with Jay-Z which was released on the album but you can listen to the original HERE there was also another remix with Jay-Z where Saigon raps different verses HERE. I actually think the lyrics of the original (and the other remix) are a little sharper but I posted the remix just because it’s the one that made it to the album. Both Asher Roth and Fashawn have used this same instrumental which I love and samples J. Geils Band’s Southside Shuffle (mp3 here). This is one of many Great songs that I’ll most definitely be posting from Saigon’s Greatest Story never told. Favorite Part:
I really like the track that Swizz Beatz put together, and I understand why they made so many versions of the song. The guitar and singing in the background is awesome. There are also some good lines in these verses but I’d recommend also listening to the Original and the Other Remix for more lyrics.