I’m running out of space in other publications to review every heater set to drop this quarter…so I’ll be bringing loads of ill reviews and previews right here. I know this blog is primarily frequented by rap nerds of the highest order who are well aware that there’s still an elephant’s ass worth of sweet releases dropping constantly (whether or not people are buying them is another story), but I hope that some of you will forward this post to those unfortunate souls who think Ready To Die was hip-hop’s last heroic disc. Today, September 30, is one of those occasions when heads needs to run to record stores like we did on allowance day in grade school. Here goes why:
Arabian Prince / Innovative Life: The Anthology (Stones Throw) While a lot of strange throwback junk that Stones Throw and its subsidiaries release is just that – junk, the compiled fruits of Los Angeles electro-hop legend Arabian Prince’s creative loins are particularly relevant now that hipsters think that they invented all this shit.
Roots Manuva / Slime & Reason (Big Dada) Nearly every stateside music critic who reviews this disc will reference The Streets and Dizzee Rascal as if Roots Manuva didn’t pave the yellow Brit road for those dudes. In reality there’s no comparison; the original contemporary cockney MC to touch hard stateside brings an unmatched club and basement-ready blend of brains and brilliance – especially this slime around.
Heltah Skeltah / D.I.R.T. (Duck Down) When Ruck first resurrected off the corner with Monkey Barz, fans wouldn’t stop asking him where Rock was; and then when Rock bounced back, heads began demanding a Heltah Skeltah album. This project is more complex than just Ruck + Rock, and a couple spins are capable of conjuring a new Nocturnal consciousness.
Cappadonna / Slang Prostitution (Chamber Musik) Let’s just hope that this isn’t a continuation of Cap’s tendency to sport significantly worse albums every time he drops. Some of us truly adore this dude – I spend a half-hour the other day arguing that The Pillage is an all-time top ten Wu disc (Forever only counts as one joint, by the way).
Termanology / Politics As Usual (Nature Sounds) Term has dropped a slew of outrageous hood and backpack-friendly mixtapes and crew outings, but this is the official joint – just ask Hi-Tek, Premo, Lil Fame, Pete Rock, Statik Selektah or any of the other A-plus list artists who lent time and talent to the project. Another Beantown victory indeed.
Outerspace / God’s Fury (Babygrande) Due to Babygrande’s reluctance to send out promo discs, I have no idea what this joint sounds like. Unless, of course, it sounds like most projects from the Army of the Pharaohs camp, which means it’s likely tougher than dusted cats who pack battery socks on Halloween.
Blue Sky Black Death & Jean Grae / Evil Jeanius (Babygrande) Didn’t you read what I just said about Babygrande? We haven’t heard this shit yet.
Bronze Nazareth / Thought for Food Vol. I & II (Babygrande) Babygrande really needs to stop dropping so many dope albums if they refuse to serve promos. Also – why are they putting out three potentially dope discs on the same day?
Hell Rell / Straight Outta Harlem (Babygrande) Thank God this album is on Babygrande. Not sure what I would have done if this dung showed up on my doorstep. Hell of an original title though.
DJ Revolution / King of the Decks (Duck Down) He’s the jockey who the other jockeys jock hard; DJ Revolution has always been that dude who tells the streets what’s hot – not the other way around. Better yet – this is especially for those of you who (like me) love hearing skilled underground cats lyrically rip MTV heavyweights obtuse cornholes.
Koushik / Out My Window (Stones Throw) By far the worst thing I’ve heard in ages, though it isn’t every day that the title of an album tells you what to do with it.
Sabac / The Ritual (Psycho + Logical) Can’t wait to check this one – Sabac’s last disc was not only a surprisingly fantastic effort but also a commendable bridge between hardcore ethics and responsible MCing. No promo has arrived, but I’ll be copping this one regardless.
Warren G / The G Files (TTL Records) Regulate.
People Under the Stairs / Fun DMC (Gold Dust Media) It doesn’t matter what we have to say about this record. Every critic on the planet will wrap their fat lips around it and suck until you buy it four times. That said; it does pack that orgasmic quasi-throwback boom bap magic.
Murs / Murs for President (Warner) Congratulations to Murs on his major label debut. Unfortunately, those of us who have supported and praised him in the subterranean media for a decade were not worthy of getting promos. I bet Warner spent more money on paper clips this quarter than it did on marketing this album.
J-Zone / Live at the Liqua Sto (Old Maid) If I had ten cents for every J-Zone record that I don’t own I’d have enough money to buy his new one. Wish I had a promo for a proper review, but I suspect that you can expect dynamic, off-kilter backdrops and intensely misogynistic lyrics.
Sen Dog / Diary of a Mad Dog (Suburban Noize) I always thought that Sen Dog, Professor Griff, and the skinny dude from P.M. Dawn should do a record together, but if he wants to go it solo then that’s cool with me. Sen Dog has always been a vital supporting cast member, though, so this should be interesting, even if it’s on the Trench Coat Mafia label of choice.