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"Now that I think back on this conversation, I question why I even bought the new Black Eyed Peas album "The Beginning." Out of habit, I think. To be honest their creative decline began with "Monkey Business" back in 2005, even though that decline has been matched by a subsequent skyrocketing rise in popularity. Perplexing, isn't it? It seems that the more dumb their lyrics get and the more simplistic their beats become, the more their albums sell and the more they get invited to perform at awards shows and Super Bowls. These things should not go together. We should be awarding individuality, originality and excellence in this world; instead we reward conformity, banality and mediocrity. I'm just as guilty as the next man though because I applauded N*E*R*D's last release as essentially fun music where "the most successful is the most inoffensive." One could argue that BEP is in fact the same thing. Except they're not. If one were to compare the production techniques of will.i.am and Pharrell Williams, the latter Will clearly reigns supreme. Skateboard P and his nerdy family have mastered music that piles up funky layers of bass, beats, instruments and sounds until they climax in aural bliss. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11F_beginning.html

Ameer :: Only Built for Digital Links :: 25th Hour Music
as reviewed by Mike Baber
[Only Built for Digital Links] 
"No, there is no relation between "Only Built for Digital Links" and Raekwon's timeless classic "
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx." While New York based rapper Ameer's latest mixtape is similar in name, the production style is a far cry from the gritty hardcore vibes of "Cuban Linx." Rather, "Digital Links" is a blend of hip-hop, pop, and electronic music that makes for a unique and diverse body of songs. From the opening track, "Fresh Out the Oven"  which is nothing more than a kick, snare, and hi hat to the final song, "Friends List" which samples a song by The Killers and has an alternative rock sounding chorus  the mixtape has a little bit of everything and always manages to sound fresh. For starters, the pure range of sounds used on "Digital Links" is remarkable. "20 Winters" pits a hardcore drum loop over a noisy electronic synth and a high-pitched whistle that flutters in the background, which makes for a heavy hip-hop based track that Ameer tears apart. On "Footsteps," which sees Ameer sing the chorus as well as rap, a simple grand piano and a trippy high-pitched synth shine over a deep rolling bass."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_onlybuiltfordigital.html

various artists :: Creative Juices Music Sampler #1 :: Creative Juices Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Creative Juices Music Sampler #1] 
"Avoiding cliched phrases like "up-and-coming" when describing artists or record labels should be the #1 goal of every aspiring album reviewer. Unfortunately that also makes an opening paragraph for an album like "Creative Juices Music Sampler #1" exceedingly difficult. Let's start with the facts instead: the label has existed sine the early 2000's, has featured a variety of well-known rap artists on its releases (Killah Priest, Jeru the Damaja, Necro and Casual to name a few) and is currently home to Jise (of The Arsonists fame), Nems (MTV Fight Klub champion), producer/rapper IDE and many more acts. Their profile is pretty good for an independent record label, and their hustle has to be respected given how many indies have folded in the last decade. Creative Juices Music seems to be solid in the 21st century, and as such can afford to make an album like "Creative Juices Music Sampler #1" an exclusive available only through their website. Now as for those cliches, the temptation to use them when listening to an album like "Creative Juices Music Sampler #1" is exceedingly strong. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_creativejuices1.html

Iron Lyon :: Time Capsule :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Mike Baber

[Time Capsule] 
"It's no secret that hip-hop's golden age has come and gone, leaving behind a trail of classic albums that continue to transcend time. The days of Tupac and Biggie have given way to a new, more mainstream era of rap that features synthesized beats and auto-tuned vocals, leading many to proclaim that hip-hop is dead. It seems that nearly every up and coming emcee trying to make a name for himself claims to be the one who will resurrect hip-hop, but few actually deliver on their promise. It's easy to rap about bringing back the old-school vibes of the 90s, but it's much harder to actually emulate the sound of the era. Iron Lyon manages to do just this, however, with his appropriately dubbed debut album "Time Capsule." I'll be the first to admit I was skeptical when I saw a line from the promo for the album that claims: "'Time Capsule' harkens back to the sound of early to mid-90's hip-hop." After listening to the opening few tracks, however, it immediately becomes evident that Iron Lyon has captured the essence of old-school hip-hop in his music. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_irontimecapsule.html

The Left :: Gas Leaks EP :: Mello Music Group
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Gas Leaks EP] 
"The latest champions of Detroit's hip-hop scene are named The Left, which may leave a few readers scratching their heads. Left of what? Left of convention? Left of New York on a line drawn East to West? The left behind who have been forgotten? Perhaps they're a little bit of all three. Producer Apollo Brown and rapper Journalist 103 turned a chance phone conversation into a chance to work together on hip-hop tracks, at which point they also added DJ Soko to the mix to round out their sound. The group's unexpected freshness has been impressing even the most jaded of critics ever since. What "Gas Leaks EP" lacks in depth it makes up for in quality. The songs were initially offered as a free download to supplement the already released "Gas Mask" album, but has since been converted to a purchase album through Bandcamp at a starting price of $1.49. That's honestly excessively cheap - $2.99 would have been just as fair and in no way unreasonable. There can be no doubt when listening to the Kanye West-like strains of "One Day" that this group's musical output lives up to the rapper's words "Apollo just shitted on this beat yo! I mean like real talk, my producer man!" "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_gasleaksEP.html

Nems :: Prezident's Day :: Creative Juices Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Prezident's Day] 
"Nems has had a few bad breaks trying to get "Prezident's Day" out in stores. Originally this album would have dropped around the time Barack Obama was voted into office on Psycho+Logical Records, but due to what his current label describes as "situations beyond Nems' control" the P+L people shelved his CD. There's clearly some industry rule number 4080 politics going on here but Creative Juices Music won't get any more specific than that. It's left to your imagination whether Nems went R.A. the Rugged Man on his label or the label went K.M.D.'s "Black Bastards" on him. Either way Nems has spent the last two years touring and promoting an album's worth of music that couldn't even be found in stores, but at long last Creative Juices received the key to unlock the vaults and release "Prezident's Day" to the masses. So who/what is Nems? He's a MTV Fight Klub champion, he's the founder of a New York rap crew called Fuck Your Lyfe, and according to his album's artwork his name can mean everything from "Naturally Evil Mind State" to "Never Equal My Skills.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_prezidentsday.html

The Pharcyde :: Labcabincalifornia :: Delicious Vinyl Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **

as reviewed by Pete T.

[Labcabincalifornia] 
"The Pharcyde burst on the scene in 1992 with their debut "Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde," an album that remains one of hip hop's most purely entertaining records to date. A shameless celebration of immaturity featuring odes to teacher crushes, masturbation, prank calls, police evasion, smoking weed, and "ya mama" jokes with rich, danceable grooves courtesy of producer J-Swift that would have been equally at home on a Saturday morning cartoon as on a rap LP, the Los Angeles quartet managed one of the early '90s most unlikely classics. Featuring four massive characters in the shrill Bootie Brown, the recognizably melodic Slimkid Tre, the hilarious Imani Wilcox, and the lovable motormouth Fatlip, "Bizarre Ride" was a comedic masterpiece that helped set the stage for a generation of alternative rappers inspired by their singular combination of wild humor, superb technique, seamless chemistry, and bold artistic approach in spite of their familiarity with the world so many of their South Central neighbors rapped about. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_labcabincalifornia.html

Statik Selektah & Termanology :: 1982 :: Brick Records
as reviewed by Pete T.

[1982] 
"I can't claim too many good memories of 1982. In that Year of Our Lord my dear parents were about the age I am writing this and still years away from meeting. I don't imagine that Statik Selektah and Termanology have too many fond recollections of that year either, one they both spent a good portion of in the womb. Sure, they'll tell you it was a good year the year of Air Force Ones, "Wild Style," and "Thriller" but it was also a year that saw Reaganomic policies and foreign affairs that probably contributed, either indirectly or directly, to the decline of their hometown Lawrence, Massachusetts, a former industrial hub on the Merrimack River. Perhaps even reasons that Term cites guns and murder in his dream diary "Things I Dream," recalls coke pushing on "The Street Life," and claims "there's no such thing as equal opportunity" on "The Hood Is on Fire." Statik and Term are out to be the next great producer/rapper duo in the tradition of Gang Starr, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth with "1982," and quite frankly it's surprising it didn't happen sooner. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_statik1982.html

Suga Free :: Hi Power Pimpin' :: Hi Power Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Hi Power Pimpin'] 
"Take a little bit of "The Mack," a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of Bishop Don 'Magic' Juan, stir it all up and "Just Add Water" - the result is a potent brew that's totally Suga Free. Going back almost 15 years Pomona, California's resident kingpin of pimpin' has been spittin' game to the hoes. He's an exceptionally sexually active hip-hop star who believes in getting the P for free for himself, then selling it at a profit to everybody else. Though he shares a passion for the female form with fellow California artist Too $hort, their styles couldn't be more different. Todd Shaw casts a misogynistic but generally harmless eye at female companionship, using "bitch" as both a term of endearment and a reminder that he's alpha male both in the rap game and the bedroom. Dejuan Rice is not nearly so nice - if he's using the word bitch it's in the contest "bitch better have my money!" Prudes and conservatives may disagree with the profession he endorses lyrically, but it's still the world's oldest profession. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_hipowerpimpin.html

Tinie Tempah :: Disc-Overy :: Parlophone Records
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

[Disc-Overy] 
"I feel like I owe Tinie Tempah a bit of an apology, for various reasons. Firstly, one of his singles in the summer of 2008 was sent into RapReviews for me to cover unfortunately, that very week I was taken seriously ill, and the CD got lost in the melee, never to be found again. Then, he released "Pass Out" at the beginning of this year, and I dismissed it almost immediately  that is, until the perfect beat started worming its way into my brain. Finally, I was all set to review this, his major label debut album, but he released it on my birthday and I got rather drunk. That might be the most unprofessional opening paragraph I've ever written for a review, but it serves as a reminder that Tinie Tempah is the kind of guy that gets ignored, passed over and ridiculed. Then, a funny thing happened: he won. "Disc-Overy" went to the top of the charts, and it contains four Top 5 singles, each of them genuine smash hits. At the beginning of the year, he wasn't even a credible threat, but by the end of it, 2010 was his for keeps. At the age of just 21 (he only just turned 22 this month), he now has a clear path to genuine super-stardom. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_11_disc-overy.html

Hip-Hop Shop #101 - The Search for New Classics




It's time for another dope edition of Hip-Hop Shop! Episode #101 of the show is titled The Search for New Classics as we follow up on last week's 100th episode with new material from Vast Aire, The Left, Rasco and Nappy Roots among others! Send your feedback, podsafe (RIAA free) music, advertising requests and all feedback to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out the replay every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Vast Aire f/ 4th Place, Jon Wayne - The Will
* Slaine - The Religion
* SmooVth - Me Myself and I
* Knoc-turn'al - Can We Do Our Thing
* Rasco - It's On Again
* The Left f/ Hassaan Mackey - How We Live
* Nappy Roots - Reality Check

Video: Big Lou - "Sacred Ground"


From J-Ronin:

Video: Big Lou - "Sacred Ground"

MP3: Shane Mosely - "Ridiculez"


From Block Ent.

MP3: Shane Mosely - "Ridiculez"

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PR: Moonshine Bandits Sign With Suburban Noize Records


From Kerosene Media:

Moonshine Bandits Sign With Suburban Noize Records

Central California’s Moonshine Bandits have signed with Suburban Noize Records for the release their new studio album "Whiskey and Women" in early 2011. The group is currently streaming new material online at www.myspace.com/moonshinebandits .
 
"We signed with Suburban Noize Records because of their hard work ethic and because they are one of the biggest independent labels on the West Coast. Suburban Noize has an impressive roster of talented artists and we are proud to say that we are part of the movement,” commented Tex from Moonshine Bandits. “We plan to bring a new sound to Sub Noize that has an outlaw country hip-hop vibe and we are confident that the label can give us the proper push we need to take things to the next level.  We look forward to representing Sub Noize and raising a little hell while we do it, because it’s going to be one big-ass party."
 
“Moonshine Bandits really embody what our label is about,” commented Kevin Zinger from Suburban Noize. “Their music doesn’t have any boundaries and they completely exemplify the ‘do it yourself’ work ethic that Suburban Noize was founded upon. Moonshine Bandits add some flavor to the roster and we are happy to have them be a part of the family.”
 
Moonshine Bandits are what you get when you fuse together Johnny Cash and the Beastie Boys with a ton of women & whiskey. These blue collar outlaws have created their own brand of Outlaw Country Rap-N-Roll that has allowed them to tour and perform shows with such diverse acts like Uncle Kracker, REHAB, Tech N9ne, Pepper, Haystak, E-40, and legendary outlaw country singer David Allan Coe. Whether you're a fan of rock, country, or hip-hop, Moonshine Bandits are the soundtrack to kicking back with good friends and some frosty beverages.
 
MOONSHINE BANDITS TOUR DATES:
Dec 12 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk w/ Hedpe & Big B
Dec 13 - Reno, NV @ The Alley w/ Hedpe & Big B
Jan 20 - Fresno, CA @ Crossroads w/ REHAB
Jan 23 - Redding, CA @ Johnnys Cathouse w/ REHAB

Devo Spice Update - 12/6/2010


From Devo Spice:

Devo Spice Update - 12/6/2010

I know you're busy.  It's "that" time of year, again.  Maybe that should be the new greeting.  Instead of "happy holidays" we can say "happy that time of year!"  I dunno.  I'll keep this short.

--== LAST CHANCE TO DOWNLOAD GEEK THANG ==--
--== CDs FOR $3.99 ==--
--== INSIDER: EPISODE 16 ==--
--== DEVO SPICE FALL NEWSLETTER ==--


--== LAST CHANCE TO DOWNLOAD GEEK THANG ==--
Today is your last chance to download my latest song Nothin' But A Geek Thang for free.  Tomorrow The FuMP will have a new song posted and my song will get bumped to the archive.  So if you don't want to have to pay $.99 to download it head over to The FuMP and get it today.

Download here:
http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1358

--== CDs FOR $3.99 ==--
I've been selling a lot of CDs since I reduced the price of them to $3.99, but I still have a boatload left.  Or a buttload, depending on the size of your boat and/or butt, I guess.  So if you haven't stocked up yet get ‘em now!

Fatal Error: $3.99
Die Laughing: $3.99
Fata Accident Zone: $3.99
Technobabble: $3.99

Order here:
http://www.thefump.com/store.php

Just filter for Sudden Death and they'll come right up.  Except Technobabble.  That's listed as Various Artists.

--== INSIDER: EPISODE 16 ==--
Now that it's December the November episode of The Insider is now posted.  I'm considering making some changes to this podcast after the new year.  But for now the show goes on as usual.  Watch it here:

http://www.devospice.com/insider_play.php?id=17

Spice Rack subscribers will need to log in first to see the extra subscriber-only content.

--== DEVO SPICE FALL NEWSLETTER ==--
And fially the fall issue of the Devo Spice PDF newsletter has shipped.  If you are a subscriber to The Spice Rack you should have gotten it last night.  If you didn't, email me and I'll hook you up.

If you're not a member of The Spice Rack and would like to subscribe all the info is here:
http://www.devospice.com/spicerack.php

That's all, folks!

Have a Happy That Time Of Year!

->Later.....Spice

PR: Sozay Releases Video Teaser Online


From Kerosene Media:

PR: Sozay Releases Video Teaser Online

Los Angeles based rapper Sozay has released a video teaser for his new album “Who Is Sozay?” online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnvVZOIqP_U . The video features snippets from his upcoming video for the track “Last Call” which was directed by Miguel Torres.
 
"The promo is intended to give the viewer a teaser of the many aspects that make up Sozay as an artist. The opening quote not only represents my thirst for knowledge and the importance of history, but is also metaphor for the level of success I hope to achieve,” Sozay commented. “I have incorporated my live performance footage in the clip because it captures what drives me to keep going and connect with my fans. I have my Son in the promo as well as a shot of my last name tattooed on my back to give insight into the fact that family is something of utmost importance to me. I have also included some teaser footage of the music video we shot and intend to release just after the EP drops.”
 

In a time when hip-hop is dominated by weak rappers flashing ice and following chart topping trends, Los Angeles based Sozay prefers to lets his lyrical prowess speak for itself.  Sozay seamlessly combines jaw-dropping rhymes with head nodding beats and infectious hooks, while his unrelenting work ethic has allowed him to rack up more that 1.5 million plays through social networking sites like MySpace. Sozay is currently streaming material from his upcoming new album online at http://www.myspace.com/sozay .
 
SOZAY TOUR DATES:
Dec 16 - Santa Monica, CA @ Club Trip
Jan 15 - Highland Park, CA @ Mr. T's Bowl                 
Jan 30 - West Los Angeles, CA @ Club Good Hurt

Video: Yonas - "I Could"


From Audible Treats:

Video: Yonas - "I Could"

MP3: Chalie Boy - "OMG"


From DJ Smallz:

MP3: Chalie Boy - "OMG"

    TAKEN FROM DJ SMALLZ - I GOT THE INTERNET GOIN NUTS! R&B ON PINK FRIDAY (HOSTED BY UNTITLED)

    ONE WEEK LATE, BUT DROPPING FRIDAY

    DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.sendspace.com/file/qge8w1 .

MP3: Swazy Styles - "Like This"


From Yo! PR:

MP3: Swazy Styles - "Like This"

Southern Electro/Hip-Hop artist Swazy Styles releases his new club hit "Like This (Body Rock)", produced by Lavi Hoss. The infectious and electrifying single is the follow up to Swazy's chart hit "Birthday Suit", which reached #2 on the independent single charts. The official music video for "Like This" will be released soon! The track is available for stream and download now.

DOWNLOAD: Swazy Styles - Like This (Body Rock) http://limelinx.com/files/0b7ee11403cfb9fb03d4c33017fc95eb .


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