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"The cynicism Pharoahe Monch displays on the title track of "W.A.R." is not unwarranted. Dating all the way back to the early 1990's, the man born Troy Donald Jamerson has been amazing hip-hop audiences and drawing rave reviews from even the snottiest of discerning critics. Very few people in this lifetime have been worthy of the praise "talent on loan from God," but Monch might be the rare case where that phrase doesn't nearly go far enough. Calling what he and Prince Poetry did on the self-titled Organized Konfusion debut either "rap" or "poetry" is a disservice to both words - it was BEYOND anything hip-hop had previously achieved. Twenty years later it still sounds like it came out yesterday. Unfortunately a precedent was set then that has followed Monch well into his solo career: no matter how lauded his work was, modest album sales led to mega frustration. Pharoahe Monch has spent many years channeling those frustrations into anthemic singles like the bouncy "Oh No" (featuring the late great Nate Dogg) and the club shaking "Simon Says," but even successful singles were just that - successful singles. Monch raps are often tagged as being too complex, too conceptual, too over the heads of his audience. Rather than toning it down to reach greater levels of commercial success, "W.A.R." is nothing less than the declaration of hostility which its acronym describes. "

Travis Barker :: Give the Drummer Some :: Interscope Records
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania
[Give the Drummer Some] 
"Oh dear, another crossover vanity project from a hip hop wannabe. Let's cut the pretence: long to the short, that's what you're probably thinking. But, happily, you'd be wrong. Travis Barker, the drummer from various bands such as Blink 182, has produced an album that is remarkably consistent throughout, with some excellent beats and a great overall vibe. In Hip Hop 2011, the rules are "there are no rules." Seriously, if you want to chuck Justin Bieber on a track with Raekwon, it's all good. But there is one thing above all that Barker has managed to pull off on "Give the Drummer Some." There is a shared hallmark of all great executive producers overseeing projects such as these – or, indeed, albums in general: they know how to get the rappers amped up, in the zone and hungry to impress. After recent albums (such as Lupe Fiasco's) where the artist, for whatever reason, seems to coast through, only doing the absolute bare minimum, it is so refreshing to see virtually EVERY rapper (and the Deluxe version crams over a mammoth 35 rappers into the mix) turning in work at close to their full capacity. Lupe himself absolutely tears up the urgent "If U Want To" with a tour de force performance (his random quotation of Method Man, by the by, is insanely funny), and it's certainly one of the hottest tracks on the LP. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_givethedrummersome.html

Cheeks :: The Potential :: Bandcamp.com
as reviewed by Matt Jost

[The Potential] 
"Doing the solo thing must be located up in the single-digits of the periodic table of hip-hop elements. To the point where it becomes really hard to think of rappers with the slightest bit of notoriety who never branched out on the solo tip. Consider any of the prolific collectives, crews, and clicks - sooner or later there were individual albums. Even rappers who in their group never really had to share the mic to begin with suddenly go solo. And yes, even trusty sidekicks are known to take a shot at a solo career. But flying solo is not without risks. Especially if you leave the comfort of a group, there may be turbulence ahead, despite the impression of finally being in charge of your career. Enters Cheeks, a rapper with the Michigan collective Tree City. His free offering, "The Potential," lives up to its title, to both its detriment and advantage. Equipped with a fresh and pleasing vocal tone (not unlike Aceyalone's), Cheeks delivers associative scripts that deal with his situation as a local heavyweight and an observant citizen. He goes from the tongue-in-cheek intro where he is denied entrance to his own show to "To Be a Star," where he declares himself prepared for stardom"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_thepotential.html

Collective Efforts :: Freezing World :: Collective Efforts Music
as reviewed by Pete T.

[Freezing World] 
"If you were among the millions who read my now-infamous "The Year 2010 in Review" editorial, you may have been left with a few questions. Questions like "Pete! How did you get to be so smart AND good looking AND cultivate such impeccable taste in music?" Or perhaps "Pete! How do you find time to listen to all these wildly obscure albums when the ladies are constantly beating down your door like Elliott Stabler?" Maybe once you got past the initial shock and awe you were filled with more subjective questions, along the lines of "Pete! What's up with that Collective Efforts album coming in at #7 on the year in front of albums by Nappy Roots, The Left, and 1982 that you spun the FUCK out of in 2010?" This question, I assure you, would be equally meritorious as the two aforementioned, given all the great and well-loved LPs that clocked in behind said Collective Efforts record, but you can rest assured it was no fluke. Collective Efforts is an Atlanta trio specializing in crunchy-organic hip hop, evidenced by the titles of their previous albums "Trail Mix" and "Medicine." For their latest effort, "Freezing World," they've added a five-piece band to the mix."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_freezingworld.html

Del the Funky Homosapien :: Golden Era :: The Council
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Golden Era] 
"The Council sounds like a wicked circle of illuminati conspirators planning to bring about the New World Order. That's nothing against the word "council" whatsoever. The normally mild and inoffensive word "the" becomes a powerful modifier here, implying that there is no council but The Council, an organization that supersedes all others in existence. What man, woman, or child would dare to stand against the fearsome power and political clout of The Council? In an even more curious twist, this new Council which sprang forth full grown like Athena has announced their plans to release Del the Funky Homosapien's triple CD "Golden Era" on April 19th. The Hieroglyphics founder and urban poet extraordinaire is on record as opposing the New World Order where the rights of the citizen are subsumed by the corporate world government. Obviously then this Council can't be as wicked as their name implies, to release not just one but THREE Del discs at one time as one complete set. Two out of three discs are digital-only albums being put in print for the first time: "Funk Man" and "Automatik Statik." The third is entirely original new material. The songs on "Golden Era" may not hail from rap's golden era, but the flow he throws on "Raw" as seen above is certainly classic Del. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_delgoldenera.html

Layzie Bone :: The Definition :: RBC Records
as reviewed by Pete T.

[The Definition] 
"Although it's been employed by such luminaries as Nelly, E-40, and Bruce Springsteen, one record industry tactic I've never understood is when artists release two albums on the same day. As of February 22, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony founder Layzie Bone is a member of the distinguished group with "The Definition" and "The Meaning." The most common knock on double albums is that they're filler-heavy and that few artists have the charisma and material to carry two full discs, and these separate simultaneous releases share this challenge. If an artist really believes he has enough quality material to warrant two discs at once that's one thing, but more often than not they're better served to leave some on the cutting room floor or fine-tune them for a later project. But from a sheer marketing standpoint, releasing two records on a single release date makes virtually no sense. Few listeners are willing to spend $30 on music that's likely to be bloated anyway, and if I only have $15 in my pocket or a gun to my head, how am I supposed to choose between them, especially when they have such synonymous titles as "The Definition" and "The Meaning"? Bone Thugs continue to be plagued by licensing issues - "The Definition" and "The Meaning" also shared a release date with the umpteenth unauthorized Bizzy Bone album pieced together with old material"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_layziedefinition.html

Muneshine & Vinyl Frontiers :: Larger Than Life :: Bandcamp.com
as reviewed by Pete T.

[Larger Than Life] 
"Sporting consummate talents as a producer, rapper, and engineer, Toronto's Muneshine maintains status as one of the most purely versatile artists on the scene, to the point that lately he's been divvying up his duties between various projects so as to focus on each aspect separately. He's released his share of instrumental projects, but his last solo album, 2009's "Status Symbol," featured very little of his own music, instead recruiting high-profile collaborators such as Illmind and M-Phazes to back his rhymes. On pal D-Sisive's most recent album, last month's "Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye," he provided all of the production, and on his latest EP "Larger Than Life," released as a free download via Bandcamp like "Jonestown 2" before it, beats are supplied entirely by the Dutch duo Vinyl Frontiers. The lush soul of "Out of Towners" is tightly constructed with nostalgic strings, a sharp piano arrangement, and heavy vocal cuts that sound more befitting of a DJ from Queens or Brooklyn than the Netherlands. The Get By join Mune to spread good-natured hometown love, discussing the highs and lows of their respective cities. In contrast, "Easy Does It" flashes a brilliant West Coast sound with smooth female vocals, sweet violins, rigid kicks, and a talkbox that would make DJ Quik and Roger Troutman nod in approval. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_muneshinelarger.html

R.I.P. Cadence :: The Next Shade of Grey :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[The Next Shade of Grey] 
"I'm on the wrong side of thirty, and as boring as it is to complain about feeling old when you are only three and a half decades in, I'm very aware that I'm not a kid anymore. I hold down a full-time job, I'm in bed by eleven most nights, and most of my life decisions revolve around "how will this affect my family?" rather than "will this be fun/will there be cute girls there?" There are two sure signs you are getting old: when you'd rather have a dinner party with friends than go to a house party with strangers, and when you stop understanding the music that the younger generation is into. I haven't been to a house party in years, and it's been over a decade since I first asked myself, "how can the hell can they listen to that garbage?" Back then it was the whiney abomination known as emo, and today I feel the same way about the new wave of emo rappers. Which brings me to Nashville group R.I.P. Cadence. The duo, made up of Zach Crowell and Matthew Elam (any relation to Keith Elam, AKA Guru?) make a hybrid of hip-hop, R&B, and pop, not unlike what B.O.B. and Kanye West have been doing recently. The basis of the ten tracks is melodic hip-hop beats with half-sung, half-rapped vocals. That may sound like R. Kelly on paper, but in practice it is something much artier. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_nextshadeofgrey.html

Shao Sosa :: The Gateway Drug :: Razor Tongue Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[The Gateway Drug]


"On the cover of "The Gateway Drug" our hero-to-be has a Matrix choice waiting for us - his drug is the "red pill" that will reveal the truth of the world we know... or perhaps it's just clever marketing. I'm not finding any revelations of great importance in the 17 tracks comprising "The Gateway Drug," just a strong Asian and Pacific Northwest pride on songs like "Enjoy the Show." I count that pride as two positives for Shao Sosa right away when tallying up my feelings about "The Gateway Drug." Another positive is the production throughout the CD - not blow away outstanding, but far from horrible and unlistenable. The cool On One produced swing of "Everything" gives Shao a latino sound not unlike Baby Bash. The heavy symphonics he provides on "1,2 (Yes Y'all)" also connect to the eardrum nicely. Charlie Ray gives a more Asian sound to the appropriately titled "Kiss of the Dragon" but avoids turning Shao into an Asian stereotype. Nuno TMP licks the guitar and keeps the drums simple but hard on the anthemic "Rally." Tyrant may have found Shao's crossover hit on "Real Good Time" and On One comes correct once again for the uplifting feel of "And You Know This." He's definitely the diamond in the rough out of Shao's many contributors. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_thegatewaydrug.html

WC :: Revenge of the Barracuda :: Big Swang/Lench Mob/E1 Music
as reviewed by Pete T.

[Revenge of the Barracuda] 
"Things just ain't the same for gangstas. Dre said it in '99 when gangsta rap was king, so it's hard to imagine what he and his comrades would think of a scene dominated by skinny jeans, striped sweaters, and autotune, especially now that the immortal Nate Dogg has passed on to the great beyond. Then again, for vets like WC, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Sure, his stint at Def Jam is a distant memory, and while he's not moving the units he did during his heyday he's stayed busy on his independent grind, now pushing a career that began as one-half of Low Profile in the '80s into a fourth decade. When last we heard from The Shadiest One he was "Guilty By Affiliation" with a 2007 sleeper that ranked among the year's best, and "Revenge of the Barracuda" picks up right where the predecessor left off with a predictably heavy West Coast sound engineered by Hallway Productions and Jah Zilla. One of the many things I liked so much about "Guilty By Affiliation" that also rings true for "Revenge of the Barracuda" is that Dub pulls few punches. In a time when authentic West Coast gangsta rap is a commodity in increasingly short supply, it's reassuring if not refreshing that WC's gang-related rhymes deal almost exclusively with hustling, crime, gunplay, threats, scheming bitches and shiny cars, staying true and perhaps above all, representing. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2011_03_revengebarracuda.html


Subways & Sidewalks #10 w/ C.O.N.C.E.P.T.




RapReviews' podcast lineup now includes a show from Jeep Ward a/k/a DJ Halo called Subways & Sidewalks! The latest show features special guest C.O.N.C.E.P.T. so enjoy the latest edition of S&S for 2011! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check out all the shows on RapReviews.com.

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* Leftist Concept - Red Sky
* Brzowski - Like Woe (HALO Remix)
* Ancient Astronauts ft. Azeem - Shinin
* Concept ft. BrokeMC, Creature & Tableek - Stay Focused
* Concept - So Called Pros
* Beans - Death Sweater
* Domer - You're On To Me (Evil Organs Remix)
* New World Side Order - Spiders, Roaches, Bedbugs, Etc.
* Death Row Tull - Little Taste (HALO Remix)
* Simian Mobile Disco - Kazu Marchu
* Breeze Evahflowin - The Best (Dirt E Dutch Remix)
* MINDSpray Crew - Second After Exit
* New World Side Order - Show Love
* C.O.N.C.E.P.T - Freestyle Session

The Hip-Hop Shop #117 - Some Bugged Out Rappers




It's time for another dope edition of The Hip-Hop Shop! This episode is called Some Bugged Out Rappers. When you listen to Devin the Dude, Kool Keith and GDP you KNOW they're on their own shit, musically and pharmaceutically. If you like the show or have some feedback follow me on Twitter @angrymarks; or send your podsafe (RIAA free) music and advertising requests to dj.flash@rapreviews.com. Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com!

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Tracks featured this week:

* GDP f/ Young Zee - Social Enema
* Devin the Dude, Kylla Kyleon, Lil O & More - Houston Smokers Only
* Yak Ballz - Youniverse
* Kool Keith - Supa Supreme (Radio Remix)
* PaceWon & Mr. Green - Can You Hear Me
* F.T. (Fuc That) f/ Bekay - Can't Stop Us

PR: Truth Universal Announces Release of "Polygraph" EP


From Truth Universal Press:

Truth Universal Announces Release of "Polygraph" EP

NEW ORLEANS –– Fresh off a short tour run which culminated with well received performances @ SXSW,  on Tuesday March 29, 2011 Truth Universal will officially release the second volume of his "Resistance" mixtape series--"Resistance Vol. 2: Polygraph."  "Polygraph" is the follow-up to "Resistance Vol. 1," a short mix by Memphis DJ, DJ Waht, which showcases Truth’s existing collaborations with Symbolyc One, the producer behind Kanye West's recent outstanding single "Power."  Leading the release, will be the single “Immigrant” b/w “Exceptional.”  The songs feature Mexican emcee Bocafloja, and New Orleans Soul sensation Suave, respectively.  Both songs are attached.

In addition to traversing the contiguous United States, Truth's performance travels include Mexico and Canada as well.  He has shared the stage with the likes of Talib Kweli, dead prez, Mos Def, Alanis Morrisette, The Roots, Luciano, Michael Franti, Zion I and many more.

The "Polygraph" EP is available at the following sites:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Hi resolution PR photos are available here:

Truth Universal Sonicbids 1
Truth Universal Sonicbids 2
Truth Universal Sonicbids 3

Video: Kero One x David Choi x Cee-Lo (Collabo')


From Plug Music:

Video: Kero One x David Choi x Cee-Lo (Collabo')

Video: Rhyme & Punishment (Official Trailer)


Video: Rhyme & Punishment (Official Trailer)

MP3: Young Maestro f/ YG - "Make It Rock" (prod. TY$)


From J. Melo:

MP3: Young Maestro f/ YG - "Make It Rock" (prod. TY$)

Young Maestro of 319 Music Group (also home to Cali Swag District) drops his new radio single, "Make It Rock" featuring YG ("Toot It & Boot It" -- Def Jam) and produced by the hit maker and hook singer of "Toot It & Boot It", TY$.


Young Maestro - "Make It Rock" (ft. YG) (Prod. TY$)
PR: LATE - "Street Product EP" Out Now


From Park Street PR:

LATE - "Street Product EP" Out Now

UK Rapper LATE first exploded onto the UK Rap scene in 1999 as the main rapper in the crew Villains & Wolftown Committee. He then released a string of solo CD's including his nine track debut EP 'International Rhyme Spittin', his debut mixtape 'The Villainous One' in 2005, 'Englishman In New York' a mixtape with American DJ Cashis Kay in 2006, 'Extended Family - The CEO's Edition' with New York rapper Geolani, 'Two Thousand And LATE' mixtape in 2008 and debut his album 'Below Street Level' which featured the likes of Willie D (Geto Boys), JT The Bigga Figga and K-Rino in 2009. 2010 was a busy year for LATE and in May he dropped his brand new album 'UK Rapscallion' which featured a string of well-respected UK artists such as Genesis Elijah, Supar Novar, Tuberculosis, Iron Braydz, Serocee, K9, Jai Boo and Manny Moscow, amongst others. Then in July Wolftown Recordings released the digital album 'From The Vaults' a collection of all of LATE's best underground outings.

Now LATE drops a brand new six track EP which is a collection of collaborations with a string of well respected USA acts. Guests on the EP include Atlanta's number one GUCCI MANE, as well as D.A, M.E.N.I.S, CAPER and South Park Coalition's RAPPER K from Houston, DUTTY DEVIOSO from Louisiana, CALICO from Washington DC and GONJA & TRIGGA MANE from Cincinnati with some amazing production from his dedicated producer TRICKSTA. Also included here is the massive 'There's No Room' which weighs in at just over eight minutes and features K-Rino alongside other members of SPC. As an artist he has featured on over 250 mixtapes and releases in his ten year career, and what Wolftown Recordings have done here is pick the cream of the crop and re-mastered those classic moments for a brand new digital release. This release really does pay homage to one of the UK's most consistent rappers.

BUY THE EP NOW FROM ANY OF THE LINKS BELOW...

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/street-product-ep/id407338949
http://wolftownrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/street-product-ep
http://www.we7.com/#/album/Late/Street-Product--EP-EP
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Product-EP-Explicit/dp/B004FAVRJO
http://www.emusic.com/album/Late-Street-Product-EP-MP3-Download/12276009.html
http://www.goodnoise.com/album/Late-Street-Product-EP-MP3-Download/12276009.html
http://music.napster.com/late-music/album/street-product---ep/14041353
http://www.play.com/Music/CD/6-/Search.html?searchstring=late+street+product+ep&searchtype=musicall&searchsource=0

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Free Album: A.Dd+ - When Pigs Fly


From Audible Treats:

Free Album: A.Dd+ - When Pigs Fly

Dallas Duo Release Highly Acclaimed Debut Album For Free Download, Put Together Limited Edition Packages For Sale

The Album:

(March 28, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY) Following a string of single and video releases, Dallas, Texas duo A.Dd+ (pronounced A.D.D., with the plus sign silent), a group comprised of rappers Slim Gravy and Paris Pershun, is excited to finally release their debut album, When Pigs Fly. Beginning today, the album, which the Dallas Observer recently hailed as "Nothing short of a classic," is being offered to fans for free download, available through the group's Bandcamp page.

For When Pigs Fly, Slim and Paris partnered with producer Picnic Tyme, also of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids crew, to create a 15-track effort that seamlessly flows, even as it offers listeners a mix of slang anthems, flirtatious tales, and more serious issues (financial struggle, incarceration). And it does so with a creative edge that has made the A.Dd+ one of the most progressive groups to come from the Dallas hip-hop scene in some time, defying both the sounds fans are used to hearing and the restrictions that artists are used to creating within. "When Pigs Fly represents the impossible," explains Slim. "We're doing what people are scared to do in this Dallas music scene. We're making the impossible possible."

And despite When Pigs Fly being the group's first official full-length, there is a cohesiveness and completeness to the album that allows A.Dd+'s words, of making the impossible possible, to ring with sincerity and honesty. While the addition of Picnic Tyme's production continues to help A.Dd+ develop and define their sound, there is also a natural growth present throughout When Pigs Fly. "We seriously feel like there was a great leap between this project and our first project, Power Of The Tongue," explains Paris and Slim. "We pride ourselves in putting out the best music we can, and dealing with more and more everyday life situations only pushes us toward natural growth."

For fans interested in supporting the group, A.Dd+ is offering the album for sale through iTunes and has also put together a limited-edition offering of physical copies, conceptualized, designed, and hand-assembled by the A.Dd+ team. Only 200 copies were made, and each contains the CD, an 8 x 8 full color poster, and a card that indicates what number your copy is out of the 200 made. The CDs cost $12 and can be purchased through A.Dd+'s Bandcamp page.

Fans can download When Pigs Fly for free here: http://addplus.bandcamp.com/album/when-pigs-fly .

MP3: DreadChild f/ Nature - "I Don't Make Believe"


From M3W:

MP3: DreadChild f/ Nature - "I Don't Make Believe"

* http://www.mp3waxx.com/jobfolders/dreadchild/video-blast-page.html *


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