It was a pretty light week here at RapReviews due to the holidays and all, but if you missed either of the new reviews last week or any of the Year In Review pieces from your favorite writers, do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!
"The Year in Review" - a tradition for the last decade at RapReviews.com! We've tried many different ways to satisfy the public's appetite for a thorough analysis of who "the best of the best" during that time. In 2000 and in 2001 Steve 'Flash' Juon compiled the lists. In 2002 the list was created by polling the entire staff. By 2004 we found the most successful formula - individual editorials by contributors to the site wherein they chose their own "best of the best." We've done it this way every year since then and we're doing it again in 2011! Without further adieu, here are the editorials:
"With so much music available at our fingertips, Oddisee's free seasonal releases between May '09 and '10 were liable to fall through the cracks of cyberspace. Past albums are available digitally at his Bandcamp site for $5 each, but to please those who like to hold a physical product in their hands, Mello Music Group has teamed up with Fat Beats to repackage "Odd Summer," "Odd Autumn," "Odd Winter" and "Odd Spring" into a nice digipak disc and double vinyl platter entitled "Odd Seasons." (It's also available via MP3 from Amazon.) The largely instrumental collection kicks off with a vocal feature from across the pond as UK MC Tranqill helms the casual "The Supplier" to report from his pursuit of happiness. The change to "Almost a Year Since" with its busy drums, filtered basslines and rapidly plucked strings is rather abrupt but also remains the most blunt transition. That not all tracks blend seemlessly here only goes to show that we're dealing with a versatile producer. Covering terrain ranging from symphonic funk ("Everything Changed Nothing"), to soulful boom bap ("Saw Myself Today"), to cinematic/dramatic scores ("Theatre"), to anthemic/majestic East Coast hip-hop ("Warmer in the Day"), and even indie pop ("Frostbit"), Oddisee nevertheless never spreads himself too thin. Oddisee's instrumentals are produced with a steady hand, clearly chiseled even when they take on more experimental forms. With a fondness for Latin American and African percussion, his tracks usually have a strong rhythmic backbone, yet the rhythm section never overpowers the other instruments but is part of the musical dialogue."
"The tough talking Mac Miller is the latest rapper to roll straight out the mean streets of Pittsburgh, following the success of fellow Rostrum Records hip-hop sensation Wiz Khalifa. Wait - tough talking? Mac Miller's most successful songs to date have been about having a "Party on Fifth Ave." and getting big like "Donald Trump." He might curse here and there, but this Jewish rapper is far from a gangster thugging it up. Mac is serious about his rap career though, or as serious as someone can be who says it's "like a full time job," when the word "like" doesn't belong in the description. Nevertheless sharing time with Wiz Khalifa in the same led to a friendship, then to being signed to the same label, then to being the next biggest thing in hip-hop coming out of the Steel City. So is Malcolm McCormick worth the hype that's been accorded his way? That depends on whether you take the following statement as a diss or as props directed his way - he reminds me a lot of Asher Roth and NOT because they both have Jewish ancestry. There's an innocence bordering on naivete to their braggadocious rapping and party lifestyle, which both bolstering their perceived flimsy credentials by entering (and winning) battle rap contests. Asher Roth is a little better on the mic when it comes to punchlines, but in terms of topic matter you don't get the feeling either one has ever had a real taste of hard times."
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #154 is called The First New Show of 2012!!! Your host Steve 'Flash' Juon has some fresh new songs to kick off the year from Moe Green, Fly Moon Royalty, Rozewood, Qewl Miles and more! 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.
1.- AWAKE - KRITIKAL & NICO THE BEAST 2.- CANT SLEEP - JON QUEST (VARSITY SQUAD) 3.- SLUGGAS ON DECK - REAL DEAL 4.- DELOREANS AND BRILLIANCE - FRANCHISE (THE COME-UP BOYS) 5.- INSOMNIA 6.- LOOKOUT FOR THA BAWL - TEKNEEK FT MS GERM FREE 7.- GROWIN LIKE MILDEW - FRANCHISE & JON QUEST 8.- BEAUTY LIFE - PALERMO STONE FT AMBER LEE 9.- OUTTA LINE - MARIO DONES FT NINA JAMES 10.- LET IT KNOWN - LIVING PROOFE 11.- SO IT GOES AGAIN - APEX FT MARLY 12.- COMING OF AGE - HUBBS, GHOSTY, PRIMAVERA VILLS 13.- SWITCH BLADE - ROCK PHILTH OF FIRM TAQTICS 14.- NEVER BE THE SAME - APEX 15.- HIGHWAY - B-BRIXX 16.- TIME N' MONEY - HUMAN HUSTLE ENT, B-BRIXX, YOUNG MIDAS 17.- CENTURY FLOW - VERBS 18.- 3THIRTY - JAY MEL (MAC MEDIA ENT) 19.- YOU RIGHT (F@#K IT) - NICK PRATT 20.- CEREMONIOUS S#@T - DIVINE SEVEN 21.- LANDED - APEX (ENTENDED VERSION) 22.- FOR MY DIRT - CASSANDRA'S KIDD
1.Intro 2.Curves 3.Don't Kill Me With It 4.Full Of Myself feat Desloc 5.Cut Up the Floor 6.Mirror Pic 7.Monkey See Monkey Do feat YD 8.Jumping Out the Door feat LIL KEE 9.Big Boys 10.Circles 11.Rhymer Talks 12.Stop Actin' feat YOUNG BREED 13.Talkn 14.Easy feat VIDO NO SHAKE 15.Beat Come On 16.Booty Everywhere 17.Need My Space feat YUNG TRAP 18.Step N Bounce feat DJ LIL BOY 19.Round For feat JW 20.Who Dat! 21.(Bonus Track) Yamaha
Press Release: DTR 45 Introduces Danny Switchblade
Courtesy Tony Caferro/DTR 45.
Hip Hop and Punk culture both found their start in late 70's New York City, birthed via the socially charged times, where youth of very different backgrounds found a voice through new styles of music, fashion and attitude.
It is with these parallels in mind that DTR45 is proud to announce the signing of Danny Switchblade, a punk rock/hip hop fusion outfit based out of Harlem. The inclusion of Danny marks a new frontier for DTR45, who's roster includes a plethora of various hip hop-esque acts, like Billy Drease, Pseudo Intellectuals, Paulie Rhyme, Atherton and more. While still keeping hip hop roots, Danny Switchblade reaches sharply into very punk branches, and we at DTR45 are excited about this in 2012. As part of this announcement, we are pleased to present the teaser video for the forthcoming debut single REFORM SCHOOL, as well as a free mp3 download of Danny's Come Out and Play.
Danny Switchblade is a man that wears many hats, though you will more than likely find him wearing a skully cap these days. Danny Switchblade writes, produces, arranges and performs, he is a jack of all trades, and he’s here to stay.
Influenced by punk rock and moved by rap music, he strived to find a way to combine the two. His vocals are simplistic and direct, while his aggressive chants surfing the melodic tides find themselves in a middle ground where hip hop heads and rockers alike can enjoy the best of both worlds, without feeling guilty. The combination of rap and rock demands attention, as one enhances the other. His music is very rebellious, and as much as you try to stick him in a category, he will not conform. He’s reckless, he’s mysterious, he’s Danny Switchblade.
Honest, dirty, aggressive and vintage, just a few words used to describe Danny Switchblade’s sound. “Its metal punk with hip hop elements, like chanting and storytelling. It’s very honest. It's rebel sh-t. The truth of the matter is.. I’m not your typical rocker. I don’t give a F-ck, I'm here and I don’t care if people get it right away. People are so afraid to experiment. I’m not.”
"Born To Use Mikes" is the first song from TOMORROW IS A LIE, Sicarii's highly anticipated 3rd full-length album. Massachusetts' most dangerous and addictive artist is back with 15 tracks of heavyweight hip-hop, upping the ante on live shows, and providing the final, gut wrenching chapter in this real life saga. Produced entirely by Ice Grill (Sicarii's beat making alterego) this album promises to continue pushing the sonic envelope and shutting that weak sh!t they call "rap music" the f@$k down.
Track 1- The Beast prod by Arjun Singh Track 2- The Opening Movement prod by Samik The Symphony Track 3- Good Time prod by The Mekanics Track 4- The One For You prod by Titchimoto Track 5- Don't Put Me In A Box ft. K-Nibbz prod by Nox Beatz Track 6- Geeked_Out feat Full Effek prod by Jae Traxz Track 7- Alright prod PC Track 8- Kanye West prod LXG Track 9- Mike Vick feat. Mike Knox and Freeway Prod. by R5 Fiyah Dirty Track 10- One Chance prod by Covelli Track 11- Go prod by Shakespeaker Track 12- Not Cool prod by THEORY Track 13- Takeover ft. Ohso Benjamain prod. by Hit Project Inc Track 14- Imma Make You Fall In Love feat Gabe prod by Beasement Beatz Track 15- What Happen feat K-Cohiba, Kid Jiffy x Axis prod by Willz -n- Marc Angelo of UNDMG Track 16- Go HARD or Go HOME feat Defynite Prod by B. BARBER for Sound Mentality Productions, LLC Track 17- Music-Heart-Blood prod by T-Mos Track 18- White Boy Wasted Prod by Epademik Productions and Kid Rhythm Track 19- Titanic U.S.A prod by Kevin Ausburg Track 20- I'M GONE FT. BOOGIE V prod by Black Metaphor Track 21- No Such Thing As Last prod by Team Elements Track 22- Livin' prod by Kace Beats Track 23- You Know I'll Fight For You prod by The Listeners Track 24- Gotta Get That prod by S West Track 25- SCATT BEAT 98 prod Scattered Brains Track 26- Ugly (With Hook) prod Sosa Beats Track 26- Yurty Yurp prod by Ayy Pii Track 27- Pourin up Dat Liquor Prod by YOung Fizz Track 28- Stroke prod by Audio Rohn