"Don't call it a comeback, I was home anyway.
- Geek & Sci-Fi
A few of Hip-Hop's most vaunted projects have come from the most batshit-crazy pairings: The Bomb Squad and Ice Cube; The Dust Brothers and The Beastie Boys; John Brion and Kanye West.
Planet Asia could have been an architect or city planner in another life.
There was a time about two years ago when The Cool Kids could do no wrong. However, that time's long since passed as the CK masses wait--without held breath--for any sight or sound of When Fish Ride Bicycles. Since disgruntled fans can sample Mr. Inglish's production tastes on the latest Chip Tha Ripper and Mac Miller mixtapes, Sir Rocks is dishing out his solo debut mixtape, The Rocks Report, to satiate the crowds and keep his name relevant. The skinnier half of CK teams with Sensei Beatz, Trademark Da Skydiver, Phil Adé and Madlib to invigorate Rock's always-hubristic lines.
It's easy to fly under the radar in the rap game these days. Tons of fans constantly have their eyes and ears on rappers' day to day matters expecting routine leaks and news like clockwork. Meanwhile, rappers who stay quiet "too long" in internet time make people start wondering if they'll end up on a milk carton. Blu, despite claiming otherwise, has been one of those dudes shying from the limelight since he wowed the e-masses with 2007's Below The Heavens alongside Exile. Perhaps there's a method to the madness since heads are used to new music being released and readily available at a rapid pace. Yet it's evident Blu's fans really wanted to know if he planned on releasing another effort meeting or exceeding Heavens's magnitude. Now Mr. Barnes is here for the faithful waiting to hear from the elusive MC. He chatted with Hard Knock TV on his latest endeavors as well as his experience thus far as a signee to Warner Bros.
Home to Rip Ridaz and Damus, palm trees, sandy beaches and a million and one sports teams, California needs a wide scope to capture the ambiance of its daily happenings. And since two heads are better than one, Strong Arm Steady has extra insurance on their investment with three members in Krondon, Mitchy Slick and Phil Da Agony.
Flash back to 2004. Young(er) David D. was a freshman in college and became one of those people that goes off, gets educated and feels too smart for what everyone else is in to. That meant strapping on a backpack and listening to everything underground. My iPod was full of albums like Wordsworth's Mirror Music and Masta Ace's Long Hot Summer. But above all, I was an MF DOOM stan. I listened to every DOOM album and had them on full rotation for a year straight. DOOM ruled the underground during a time when Hip-Hop was in a weird transition from being dominated by message boards and actual physical interaction to the blog world we live in now. If DOOM had the whole Internet behind him in its current incarnation, he'd be an unstoppable force beyond his current cult status. But in the last couple of years, something strange has happened; DOOM's disappeared. After having impostors show up at live performances and not really creating any music, MF DOOM has become even more of a mysterious relic from the last days of the Hip-Hop underground. For those of you that missed the craze, here's a rundown of his projects so you can get familiar. MF DOOM - Operation Doomsday (1999) -- Though OD was released in 1999, it didn't come into fashion until after DOOM was an underground sensation. People flooded the net looking for the album, but it was out of print.
Stones Throw Records has unearthed a Friday gem, providing an unreleased J Dilla and Madlib track, "Louder," set to appear on Madlib's upcoming LP, Low Budget High Fi Music. "Louder" rumbles along with the same fierce stomp the late Detroit luminary imbued in many of his tracks, as scratches and samples accent the muscular beat. The sparse production elements might leave a few questioning the sound quality, but it's signature Jaylib every time those drum kit's kick. Jaylib - "Louder (Blast Your Radio Theme)" Download the track at Stones Throw.
Madlib doesn't have regular fans; most are true diehards. I'm not one...yet, because I'm slowly becoming a convert. The guy's beats are nothing to f*ck with. "Boiler Makers" carries a dusty, layered groove that's been on heavy repeat. Planet Asia's Crack Belt Theater drops tomorrow and will serve as a warm-up to his Black Belt Theatre release, set to drop in 2011.
Time has a not-so-funny way of passing us by. As we, TSS Crew strive to give you our earnest and admittedly, unquestionable opinions on the albums of the day, sometimes even a couple projects slip through our impenetrable reviewing hands. Take a SXSW here and a couple trips to New York there, the missed calls begin to pile up. So as we enter the quarter of our Hip-Hop fiscal year, here's our chance to blow secondhand smoke on some of 2010's offerings. As always, there's the good, the bad and the in-between.
People complaining about “too much” coverage of Detroit on a Hip-Hop site in 2010 shall be met with the side eye.