Since 2010 Baltimore emcee “UllNevaNo” has released numerous tapes involving colors and some of his favorite producers, look at it as a jacking for beats series but just one producer from “the color purple(evidence)” to “the color brown part 2(Apollo brown)” after dropping the protocol and the reboot ep with producer Logic Marselis, Neva is ready to release his latest color series this time over Jamla Producer 9th Wonder” and the project is called “I WONDER what color ima use next” presented by hiphopdependency.com x MGNTK this project Neva flex his lyrical skill with concepts over some notable 9th wonder beats, this project is paying homage and respect to the Jamla producer.
Two of the most well renowned pioneers of Canadian hip hop have collaborated once again to create another masterpiece. Checkmate and Concise are no strangers to this hip hop game and stand firm representing Vancity (Vancouver, British Columbia) Canada! Checkmate is one of the well renowned writers/performers of the Juno Award winning hit single “Northern Touch” (Rascalz 2000) and Concise is one of the principle composers of the hit single “Fuel Injected” (Swollen Members 2003). The Duo which collaborated in 2004 have toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States; sharing the stage with Raekwon, Lloyd banks, Rascalz, Three 6 Mafia and Daz n Kurupt as well as many other talented artists. It was a pleasure and honor to take in such blissful oratory on their most recent album: Love & War. Big shout out to @DefendersMusic for such a diverse compilation of tracks. This album is the epitome of lyrical genius and is a reflection of the growth and maturity of both Emcees. “Congratulations” is the lead single off of Love & War and has a smooth, laid back vibe. Definitely a track for the grown. Lyrical substance is the foundation of this track, delivering a message of inspiration and the struggle to preserve peace of mind while facing challenging times. We can all relate going thru dark periods of life and searching for that light at the end of the tunnel. Trying to remain grounded and focused, while striving to maintain and sustain. This single reinforces the fact; that we never go through transgressions alone. When we think we have it hard, someone is always going thru something harder. Congratulations to Checkmate and Concise for blessing us with this track, definitely one of my favs! Love and War is a mixture of boom bap beats mixed with 70’s soul. Definitely an album to add to your playlist featuring artist collaborations with Royce Da 5’9”, Toronto’s Darryl Riley, Fizal Stars & P. Jericho as well as Realm Reality, just to mention a few. Much appreciation for keeping it locked from Vancity to T DOT! Enigma @_EnigmaMusic
***AUGUST 2013 NEXT VIDEO IS DROPPING “SPIT GAME” OFF OF LOVE & WAR***
A diamond in the rough is the genuine personification of the banger from Brooklyn’s
very own Nino Khayyam. You must dig deep through the rigid exterior of F*CK Widdah Noccca in order to uncover the precious jewel within. Haunting, choppy synths mixed with incredibly dope, rattling drums creates a very “trap muzik” feel. This is an extremely unique sound coming from an east coast rapper, and is just a glimpse of how diverse Nino’s skills are. Nino has captivated the crowds locally and he feels that this is the time to share his passion on a global level. A true Emcee, whose intent is to connect with other artists in order to keep REAL hip hop alive. The song F*CK WIDDAH NOCCA and the straight in your face delivery is a humble scream at the industry not for money or fame; but just to rock with musicians (simple). The first impression of this track is naturally a turn-up party tilt vibe, masterminded by genius producer Future Keyz & Nino. It urges people to proceed with caution and convey warmth & trust rather than prejudice. Nino’s style is very clever, and plays to the abstract ears of the industry, exuding heavy bass dropping beats while delivering a deep, radical message within, only if one takes the time to listen & extract it. The scope has been on this artist for a minute and he has plenty of exciting and phenomenal projects ahead. To infinity and beyond is the mentality of this talented individual and I am looking forward to some more work from this trendsetter. As we evolve in this hip hop game, loyalty and respect should never become extinct. Salutations to Nino Khayyam for his commitment to REALNESS! Peace and Love..Enigma @_EnigmaMusic
I gave this one a whirl yesterday and yet again, was not worried going into it. I caught wind of REKS awhile ago and upon first listen was impressed. Things haven’t changed. REKS has been on a consistent roll with the releases and this one, IMO, is just another to add to what is has already and still becoming a great track listing and discography to offer the listener. Having been born in the 80’s I remember the beauty of Hip-Hop because it had variety of style, the ability to capture a listener and transport them, heart, truth, a sense of reporting current events to those outside of the media shouts and overall. A message. Whether comical or serious, it had a message. This is exactly that. Something to enlighten the listener no matter where they grew up but more so a message to humanity itself. This remix provided by The Audible Doctor makes for a perfect landscape for this song and I highly suggest adding a couple repeat sessions on this one, to your mental. That being said, please enjoy.
– Mr. Nicholas Nice
[ REKS ]
When you think of the West Coast, the SouthWest or even the left side of the U.S., very rarely does anyone think of Arizona. I mean with it’s scorching heat (nicknamed “The Land of Two Suns”), lack of water parks, desert landscaping and unpredictable monsoon weather, one would almost wonder if life exists there. To pass through Phoenix or Tucson these days, or even a decade ago would be a travesty. There in Arizona exists a Culture of Hip-Hop that is so vast, you could traverse the desert back and forth aimlessly and continue to find talent. From ALL levels of the Culture. It exists in one way shape or form. Just waiting to be discovered.
This instance, we focus on a young man who goes by the moniker “Talk-Sik” hailing from Tucson, AZ. A representative of KAMERATA RECORDS, he displays the growth and maturity that comes along rarely in a generation. His recent release, “Inner-War-Kings”, is a prime example of an artist ready to be heard. His music is his refuge. His therapist. To those that have been able to listen and share in his moments through music, are privileged to say the least. Upon first listen I was immediately taken away. His wordplay is on point, his expression is poignant and the production is the perfect landscape for his thoughts. I feel like I would have too much to say in regards to almost each track on this release. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. You know how it is when you put an album on and just continue moving seamlessly with your day. It is literally one for the archives. You would be very well pleased with the donation exchange of $5 for this gem of a Hip-Hop art piece. Whether it see the mainstream light, remains underground or goes to the surface level of dimness, this is a perfect listen for the Hip-Hop head. A must have.
– Mr. Nicholas Nice
so…after all the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received on their latest album Classics I had to have a chat with Ohkang of Blackreign & Ohkang (Detroit) to get the 411 on this this incredible piece of work.. heres the full break down to each of the songs..(feel free to skip to your fav songs if u want ;)… oh and might i add…this is especially interesting to the producers amongst u
oh,and while ur reading this..u might as well listen to Classics (free download link down bottom):
After several incredible leaks over the past months, the album “At Last”, a collaboration by Eternia and MoSS is finally being released today! I think by what we have heard so far it is safe to say that this will one of the strongest hip hop albums in 2010.
(For more leaks search “Eternia” on this site)
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When I first was told that I was supposed to review the new Aceyaone album I was excited since I had been a fan of him since the days of Freestyle Fellowship. As I pressed play to start the first track I understood what my friend had been talking about when he said „It’s not gonna be what you expect”. It was a million miles far from what I had expected. As dancehall tunes blasted from my headphones I wondered if I had uploaded the right album to my iPod. Aceys voice proved me wrong and I was shoked as I skipped through the rest of the songs only to find out that every single song on this album was as far from Hip Hop as the music industry is. So I stepped back from writing this review for a couple weeks. I had no idea what I was going to write or if I even wanted to listen to this album one more time. But I guess this is where the professional in you needs to step up. So I allowed it access to my, until that day dancehall free, play list and tried to listen to it with an open ear, which I always tell my readers to have. So here goes my for the most part unbiased review for Aceyalones “Lightning Strikes”.
At some point throughout the last months Eddie Hayes aka Aceyalone must have realized that it can’t go on like this. That the classic westcoast-underground-dogmas have lead into a one-way-street within the last years. That there’s a need for alternation. So instead of continuing to walk on worn-out paths, he’s taking a different route with his new album “Lightning strikes”. With assistance by producer Bionik he created a rough, slightly electrified dancehall sound, which at times reminds of “Mixed Blessings”, the album that Lotek Hifi were able to score lots of points with two years ago. And as fresh as on these 15 tracks Aceyalones verses haven’t sounded in a while. Although there are dispensable tracks like “Master” or “To the top”, you find songs like “Shango”, “Easy” which is joined by Chali 2na or “Sound gun” that besides the usual high technical level also convey the spirit of change. Dancehall fans will enjoy this and even though you might not like what he did on this album, you can’t deny that he did it well. So it’s good to hear that Aceyalone is planning to make a trip into the land of Jazz, Funk and World Music within the next months. If he puts the same effort into those projects as into “Lightning strikes” we sure are up for a treat.