DOWNLOAD MP3 JoeyBadass-PaperTrails.mp3
Summary: Some real hip hop for the hip hop heads.
About Artist: Joey Bada$$ is a young (20 years old) from Brooklyn. Joey’s released several critically acclaimed mixtapes and just dropped his debut album “B4.DA.$$” (2015). This song is also produced by longtime veteran, the one and only, DJ Premier.
About Song: This song samples an older Joey Bada$$ song “Unorthodox”, which DJ Premier also produced. This song is one song of off his debut album B4.DA.$$. While the album didn’t get crazy good reveiws, I really really really like the album as a whole and I know lots of other hip hop heads that do to. The album is a great blend of the new younger generation of hip hop with that classic boom bap of the golden era.
Favorite Part: I like how this song sounds like an old classic (lots of references to C.R.E.A.M.). More than this song though I just had to put up a track from his album B4.DA.$$ because it’s such a good coherent project.
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DOWNLOAD MP3 JoeyBadass-PaperTrails.mp3
DOWNLOAD MP3 NotoriousBIG-ReadToDie.mp3
Summary: Throwback Thursday
About Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie) is the one and only immortalized east coast rapper.
About Song: This song is from Biggie’s debut album Born to Die. This version is from a collection of original versions, before executive producer Puff Daddy (aka Diddy) changed them before their final release.
Fun Fact: Though Ready to Die came out in 1994 the song was outlawed in the United States in 2006 due to an uncleared sample. All copies were removed the shelves and a new ‘edited’ version of the album was released removing/censoring the illegal parts.
Favorite Part: This song is a classic and I love the jazzy, tribe-like, boom bap sound of this version.
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DOWNLOAD MP3 Camron-WhatMeansTheWorldToYouRemix.mp3
Summary: The official theme song of my 2013 East Coast Tour. #ThrowbackThursdays
About Artist: Everyone on this track is a name in their own right, you can read their wikipedia pages below.
About Song: This song is off of Cam’ron’s 2000 album S.D.E. Sports, Drugs & Entertainment)
DOWNLOAD MP3 Common-TheNextChapterStillLoveHERftJPeriod.mp3
Summary: A Hip Hop song for Hip Hop.
About Artist: Common has been around since the early 90s. Out of Chicago, he’s been know for his positive lyrics and his involvement in hip hop culture and community. J. Period is more of an underground producer/DJ but is well known within hip hop and is very highly respected. His innovative style works to push the boundaries of hip hop an good example being this gregshiphop post which comes from J. Period’s The Messengers Trilogy
About Song: This song is off of a J. Period mixtape called Rage Is Back. This mixtape is a soundtrack of sorts to Adam Mansbach’s novel Rage Is Back: A Novel which tells a story of a group of New York subway grafitti artists in the hip hop scene of the late 1980’s. I haven’t read the book but it’s gotten very good reviews. This song is also a part 2 of Common’s famous 1994 hit I Used to Love H.E.R which opens with the famous lines
“Yes, yes, y’all and you don’t stop
To the beat ya’ll and you don’t stop
Yes yes, y’all and you don’t stop
1, 2, ya’ll and you don’t stop”
Which is a love song of sorts to Hip Hop (H.E.R being Hearing Every Rhyme)
Favorite Part: J. Period does an awesome job on the production. And finally Common’s on a song where he’s doing what he does best and doesn’t sound whack doin it.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Wale-JumpFreestyle.mp3
Summary:Finally some new old school Wale!
About Artist: Wale is a DC rapper representing the DMV (DC Maryland Virginia). Wale was a super popular underground rapper who many, including myself, thought would be huge. However his record label did a poor job releasing his debut album Attention Deficit and put pressure on Wale for his single to be Chillin featuring Lady Gaga who at the time hadn’t reached the level of fame she has since attained. After this disappointing release Wale withdrew from the scene a bit but cam back to release a super high quality mixtape More About Nothing. This tape gave the fans renewed hope about Wale’s potential until Wale went and signed with Maybach music, the money music group headed by the boss clown Rick Ross. I fcking hate that Wale chose to go that route especially since Wale has a really message in his music contrasted with Rick Ross’ money music message.
About Song: This song isn’t part of any project, as far as a I know, but just dropped yesterday. The song obviously is a freestyle over the 1992 Kris Kross hit Jump. Click here to watch that throwback video
Finally we get a track with Wale’s fun upbeat flow. Of course I love the original track, and coupled with Wale’s rhymes make it all the better.
DOWNLOAD MP3 Raekwon-SilverRingsftGhostfaceKillah.mp3
Summary: Hard Wu-Tang Sound
About Artist: Both Raekwon and Ghostface Killah are members of the Wu-Tang Clan. I’m not gonna get into all the details so if you really don’t know about Wu-Tang Clan read up here. Raekwon has had one of the more sucessfull solo careers with his last album
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II receiviing critical acclaim.
About Song: This song is one of the shorter tracks on the album. This track didn’t stand out as anything special but its a nice snippet of what the overall album sounds like
DOWNLOAD MP3 SwizzBeatz-TopDownftNas.mp3
Summary: New York’s Finest (Nas) + Horns
About Artist: Nas is one of the great NY rappers. He used to be in a contest with Jay-Z for best NY rapper but it’s hard to say that Nas didn’t lose that one. That being said Nas is still one of the most respected 2nd or 3rd generation rappers. Swizz Beatz came up with DMX and Cassidy but has managed out live the both of them as he is one of today’s premier producers producing dozens of hit singles. Swizz Beatz also has been in the public eye more lately as he recently married, and is having a child, with Alicia Keyes.
About Song: This hip hop song is part of Swizz Beatz weekly release of songs called Monster Mondays (a ripoff of GOOD Fridays, me thinks so). This song originally didn’t have Nas and was featured in Grand Theft Auto, Nas really brings this well produced track to a song worth listening to.
The Horns…of course.
And Nas brings that gritty New York feel to it.
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