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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Mostly, I can’t be bothered reviewing new stuff because there’s so many other people doing that already and there’s a good chance that it’s trash anyways. Plus I’ve had better things to do, such as drinking a mess of booze and reviewing porn. But there have actually been a few thing worth checking out in the last week or two:
Keeping-up his track record for releasing something every other month, Ghostface just dropped his own version of Hidden Darts, only this time it’s minus J-Love so we can finally enjoy burners like “Murder Goons” from start to finish. Shit even sports the original Fish Scale artwork – cop that, Def Jam design dept! Even though you most likely have a lot of these songs, this shit is better than pretty much any “official” album for the last five years. It’s so comprehensive that it even including the breakbeat freestyles from the Bulletproof Wallets snippet tape that noz dropped a while back.
Ghostface Killah – Milk Crates
DITC-connected BX residents the Freestyle Professors have just dropped a couple of releases. The Best of the Freestyle Professors includes their classic EP from ’94 plus some unreleased Geo & Ricochet material (which you can cop on vinyl as well), while they unleash some all-new material with their Vintage EP.
Geo & Ricochet – This Is How It’s Done
Freestyle Professors – Flow Time
Traffic have finally given the lost Ultimate Force album a release, allowing us to check out Diamond D‘s dope 1990 beats (his love of all things James Brown really shines through here) and Master Rob’s not-so-great raps (there’s a reason why D started rhyming). It’s worth the price of admission for shit like “The Supreme Diamond D” and a couple of appearances from a baby-faced Fat Joe though, plus you get accapellas and instro’s for most of the songs and all kinds of good extra shit.
Ultimate Force – One of the All-Time Greats
Chris Lowe, the guy who insists on reminding anyone who’ll listen that he was the first kid to flip “Skull Snaps”, returns with his second album, Black Life 2: The Next Thing Smoking. It didn’t hit me ass hard as his earlier shit like that song with Large Pro and “The Treacherous Three”, but his beats hit hard on the simple-but effective tip. Lowe’s snares are no joke.
Chris Lowe – Chick On The Side
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