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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Too cheap to buy music and can’t be bothered waiting for the ten seconds at RapidShare? Start a blog and watch those free CDs roll in. You used to be able to sell them for beer money, but that’s not as lucrative as it once was. Occasionally, they’ll actually be worth listening to and/or keeping.
Payroll Records – The Master Catalogue
Nice collection of everything ever released on this small but notable indy label that ran from ’88-’90. You’ll know ‘Droppin’ It’ and ‘Versatility’ off the bat, but there’s more to the collection than just Bizzie Boys and Supreme DJ Nyborn. You even get all the instrumentals, dubs and accapellas on the second CD.
7L & Esoteric – Esoteric Vs. Japan
Equal parts entertaining and annoying, depending on the track. When Esoteric isn’t rapping double-time, he still delivers some good shit. Some of his beats sound like rejects from the Monsta Island Czars, but that’s tough to avoid when you do a concept like this.
Rakim – The Archive: Live, Lost and Found
The CD portion of this is nothing to get excited about, with none of the four “new” tracks being particularly noteworthy, but the DVD of Ra’s set at The House of Blues is a winner.
Siah & Yeshua dapoED – The Visualz Anthology
Worth it for the extensive booklet alone. Includes the original EP plus some of their solo singles, radio spots and unreleased joints. Possibly the best Traffic package yet.
EDO. G & Da Bulldogs – Life of A Kid In The Ghetto – Demos and Rarities
One CD probably would have been enough, but for all you Edo G. fans there’s all kinds of ‘demo’ mixes, alternate takes and never-heard stuff from the first two albums. We also discover why Da Bulldogs didn’t get a lot of airtime on the official releases.
The Unseen Heroes feat. Siah & Yeshua – ‘Transatlantic’
Review copies supplied by Shogun.
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