"The cover of The Roots "undun" reminds me of an Black Thought rhyme from their "Organix" days, when he promised to "rip the vocal backflip" for his city of Philadelphia for no other reason besides the fact that "the kid is a bad bro." It's possible some people forgot how sweet and badass the "all the way live, from the 2-1-5" kids were though, given that following the release of "How I Got Over" they took up permanent residence as Jimmy Fallon's jam band on the late night TV talk show airwaves. Giving Michele Bachmann a dose of hip-hop justice by playing Fishbone's "Lying Ass Bitch" for her entrance on Fallon's show may have earned them the ire of both the host and NBC, but for me it was a pleasant reminder the crew could still push buttons. "undun" is exactly the kind of raw uncut rap one would expect from the greatest hip-hop band of the modern era, although it also includes a reference to their changing career direction. We'll get to that in a moment though. The first thing that stands out to me is that this if you don't include EP releases, this may be the shortest Roots release to date, clocking in at just under 39 minutes. The second thing that's inescapable is that this is purposefully designed to be a "concept album," telling a life story from start to finish, much like the unheralded Organized Konfusion album "Equinox." "
"Few artists seem to rile up the hip-hop purists to the degree Brokencyde does... and that mystifies me. When Adam Bernard interviewed them a year ago they struck me as being humble, down to earth, and in on the fact that people hated them so damn much. After all if there's one thing actors, rappers and comedians can all agree on it's that it's better to be loved OR hated than to have people feel completely indifferent about you. Millions of people hate Nickelback, yet they still sell millions of records. Millions of people hate John Cena, yet the ratings for WWE Raw keep USA the #1 network on basic cable. The love might feel better, but the hate pays the bills just the same. Reviews like the one posted here in 2009 undoubtedly reaffirm to their fans that "haters don't get it" and make them even more dedicated to the Brokencyde pop culture phenomenon. I'm not here to tell you that everything JMB said two years ago about Brokencyde is wrong, or that the group is widely misunderstood by a slew of overzealous critics. I will however submit for your consideration that Brokencyde is a convenient scapegoat for those who want to decry their perceived lack of musical talent, while ignoring the similar talents and aspirations of successful groups like LMFAO and rapping singers like Ke$ha. "
"Ever noticed how rapping hustlers/hustling rappers manage to make it seem like drug dealing is the damn hardest work on the planet? If you let them tell it, they make one hell of a workforce. They flip ki[lo]'s and move or push weight, also referred to as work or bricks. Even in the summertime they're shoveling snow. They're on the grind and in the trap. They flood the streets and simultaneously hold down the block. Like farmers they handle beef, make cream, get cabbage and have to endure droughts. They pack steel, clap iron, cock hammers, pull triggers and tote heaters like true blue collar workers. They cook, cut, chop, whip, slice, bake and serve as if they were employed in the catering industry. They scale accurately with triple beam balances and expertedly convert ounces to grams. They're on a paper route like a paperboy and stack dough and cheese as if they delivered pizzas. As an extension of the work metaphors, they liken themselves to chefs, janitors, pharmacists or the ice cream man. In short, they got that work in a situation where many people are out of work. Not to knock their hustle, but sometimes I'm under the impression that they have only a vague idea of actual work, physical or otherwise. After all, the same rappers justify the drug dealing by referring to high unemployment rates, low wages, employment discrimination, and poor education. According to them, it is a logical career choice given the dire circumstances. Still they at least recognize manual labor on a metaphorical level. "
"The recent signings of rapper Yelawolf and super-group Slaughterhouse have sparked renewed excitement about Shady Records among hip-hop fans. The Shady 2.0 BET Cypher at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards displayed Yelawolf, the fearsome Slaughterhouse foursome- Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce da 5'9", Crooked I along with Eminem trading lyrical bombs to the awe of viewers around the world. Outside of Bad Meets Evil's "Hell: The Sequel," Yelawolf's debut studio album, "Radioactive," is the only other Shady Records release for the year. With his November release, the Alabama-based rapper faces a tremendous amount of pressure to produce a successful follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Trunk Muzik" mixtape and help put the label back on the map. The first two tracks "Radioactive Introduction" and "Get Away" featuring Shawty Fatt and Mystikal illustrate that as far as flows go, few emcees are better on a technical level than the rapper also known as Catfish Billy. The lead single "Hard White (Up In The Club)" featuring Lil Jon contains an effective backdrop with an ominous chant along with bottom-heavy drums. Yelawolf continues his trend of dropping hard, double-timed raps as he represents his Southern hick roots, while indulging himself in the rock star lifestyle of drinking, partying and smoking."
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #153 is called A Selection of Podsafe Favorites. Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon picks out songs from previous episodes over the last six months and highlights them on this "Best Of" show to finish out 2011! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed so you never miss a new episode.
* Celph Titled & Buckwild f/ Laws - While You Slept * Soul Khan - Lord Knows Freestyle * D-Sisive - Run With The Creeps (Makeshift Kingdom) * Has-Lo - Light Years (J-Zone Remix) * Rolling Stoned - Boom Boom * Oddisee f/ yU - Still Doing It * Random f/ Adam WarRock - Pump It Up! * Tanya Morgan - We Rollin
New visuals for TOPE's remix for Portland vocalist Kelli Schaefer‘s song "Home" which will also appear on his upcoming 2012 album "Until The Next Time We Meet" which will drop soon on FRSH SLCTS. Don't sleep!
Phil Ade #PhilAdeFriday2 Available Online December 30th 368 Music Group
Phil Ade teams up with Fat Trel for the hometown anthem "Where You From" produced by The Official. On "Where You From" Phil and Trel pay tribute to all the hoods in the DMV area. Next Friday, December 30th the highly anticipated #PhilAdeFriday2 will be available for download exclusively on DatPiff.com here: http://www.datpiff.com/Phil-Ade-PhilAdeFriday2-mixtape.296144.html
Sometimes you gotta just drop some heat for the winter time. DJs, this is my Christmas gift to you. Since I will NEVER release another instrumental version of any album that I do ever again, expect there to be more singles for the DJs and people alike.
"Get in Touch" features Oddisee on the beat, Richard Wright, Belvi & Trek Life on the rhymes and J.Bizness on the hook. This song is features on the Mello Music Group release Wouldn't Change Nothing.