Filed under: Conservative Rap Coalition,Grown Man Rap,Killa Queens
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Empire Music have posted the new Diamond album on their YouTube channel for your enjoyment. Here’s a re-up of D-Squizzy’s track-by-track breakdown of the album here while you listen. Available now on CD and digital.
Diamond D: It’s more or less a production LP, about two and a half years it took. A lot of tracks I didn’t even use. I had about 27 tracks but I only used 18. Some of the artists I was in the studio with, and others – because of their touring schedule and my touring schedule – I just sent them music and they sent me the session back. If the track that I give them has a sample in it that’s giving it direction then they’ll follow that. If there is no sample or concept at the beginning I just let the MC’s paint their own pictures and try to figure out how can make it connect. I use a lot more live instrumentation now. I still chop and manipulate samples, but my sound just sounds bigger now. Just using better equipment so the sample frequencies are better.
Paul Sea returns with this tribute to the legacy of Nas‘ first album, with a track from the next Large Professor project, RE: Living Legend.
A little somethin’ somethin’ from Domingo‘s extensive vaults – Sean P‘s take on the Bob Marley/Eric Clapton/EPMD standard “I Shot The Sheriff”. The first verse was eventually used for “Mark My Words” but the rest of it sounds unfamiliar.
Here’s the second MS Paint style video from the excellent Peter Pan Theory LP, as Zone explains why it’s always better to smash at your own spot for the home-field advantage and lack of cats.
Following the Kool G Rap & DJ Polo set at Treasures in Philly, Special Ed took to the stage and performed “Think About It”, “Crooklyn”, “Come On Let’s Move It” and “I Got It Made”. Basically half of the crowd had gone outside for a smoke by the time he hit the stage, but Ed’s female fans were in full effect regardless.
Another Brewin’ winner, produced by Smoke Signals.
There’s nothing like trying to “grow-up”, figuring out that being “mature” sucks and figuring out that maybe you weren’t such a screw-up after all. Such is the tale of J-Zone’s Peter Pan Syndrome, his timely return to rap following an extended period in the wilderness that is the “real world”. If you were a fan of the Old Maid Entertainment crew during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you’ll be familiar with Zone’s dry sense of humor and love for ignorant rap, as well as ear for unorthodox samples and a razor-sharp chopping technique for this beats. It’s been nine years since he dropped his last solo project, and in the interim he’s learnt how to play drums, worked some shitty jobs and realized that the concept of “too old to rap” is some ol’ bullshucks.
Zone explains his policy where if his MPC doesn’t boot-up he just uses older equipment, before introducing us to his two new “girlfriends” and getting dumb on the drums.
Video number three from the nicest fireman to ever touch the mic, from the The Night’s Gambit LP.
“From the basement your statement’s have no validity (none!)”. Sadface.
J-Zone explains why he decided to return to rap, having no shame in rocking ancient hairstyles if he feels like it and breaks down the concept behind his next album.
Here’a a cut from Milano‘s next mixtape, Alfa Romeo, which is dropping in a minute.
New clip from Mic Tyson. In other news, I saw Sean P rap last night and it was good.
Megasean P over an Alchemist beat? Approved!
Track listing for Mic Tyson, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes today:
First video from Mic Tyson, out 30 October.
Esteemed Rap Brainiac Kevin Beacham delivered this suburb breakdown of T La Rock‘s ‘Bust These Lyrics’ today, in the third part of his ‘Microphone Mathematics’ special on the Lyrical King:
In terms of lyrical masterpieces, that is masterfully and undisputedly achieved with “Bust These Lyrics”. A very strong argument could be made for this being the most lyrical song of T La Rock’s career. Before I defend that theory I have to recognize the rugged production. The drums are like a jackhammer at half-speed. The sampled pieces from the intro of “It’s Yours” and the repeated vocal sample infused into the beat can be symbolic of the screams and yelps of the competition as T La Rock verbal assaults relentlessly. All of these theories are adequately explained in the hook, “Hard Rapping, Funky Beats, Def Scratching, No Gimmicks/Put your ears to the speakers and bust these lyrics!”
You know how sometimes you wait for something for such a long time that you begin to doubt that it will ever happen? This record was almost like that, except for the fact it actually came out last Friday! Rather than unleash 14 tracks of Bitter Old Man Rap, which would be somewhat understandable coming from a 20-year veteran not named Nasty Nas, Trem has delivered a remarkably well-rounded testament to perfectionism and the humble art of mastering your craft. Equal parts fiercely traditional yet unmistakably modern, For The Term Of His Natural Life sticks to the classic rap album blueprint while never neglecting to refine and improves the timeless recipe. Nothing on here sounds eager to please or compromised – Trem simply climbs out of the dungeons of rap, plants the flag and dares the competition to try and step up to the challenge accomplishment. Witty wordplay scales the often treacherous peaks of the Brag Rap mountain, but don’t get it twisted and confuse this anything retro or throwback.
Roc Marciano - ‘Jaws’
Best song of 2011. iTunes bonus from the Greenberg EP. Oh No on production.
Grown Man Rap continues to thrive. Taken from the b-side of the new Sean P/Cold World Rock Rap vinyl single.
Sean Price feat. Mayhem Lauren and Roc Marciano - ‘How The Gods Chill’ [Remix]