Welcome back for another new edition of Hip-Hop Shop! For the last HHS of 2009 we're doing a show called Watch Dem in 2010! These are the artists you may not know yet, but could be hearing a lot from in the next 12 months. As always if you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so distribute the show and tell your friends to check us out every week at RapReviews.com! Special thanks to Odin Smith Labs for providing background music for our show.
* Blockhead - Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer * Trends - Weather Man * iLL-Literacy - Finding Emo * Thaione Davis - Notes in the Chamber * Bisco Smith f/ Esen, Human Grimace - Railroads * Sareem Poems f/ Theory Hazit - Come Get It * Shadowman Boogie - The Choice
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"Breaking stereotypes at the same time they break records, Fly Gypsy is on that ol' next Russian and Jamaican shit. Oh word? That's an unusual combo, but it shouldn't be that shocking in 2009 (going into 2010) that hip-hop has such global appeal. Shed your preconceived notions that Alexei Jendayi (the producer) should be rocking fur hats or doing squat kicks, or that Kowboy Kom (the emcee) should be a rasta dreadlock spitting patois flows."
Delicious Vinyl DJ (iPhone App Review) Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Not many applications for the iPhone or iPod Touch are geared directly towards a hip-hop audience, but Delicious Vinyl Records aims to break from the norm with a low-cost app set to some classic rap they call Delicious Vinyl DJ. Coming in at an affordable $2.99, the price is certainly nice, but can the game live up to the hype?"
"Hip Hop is like pro wrestling in more ways than one. Yes, there is the fake beef. Another occurrence that can be observed in both disciplines is the following: every once in a while, there comes along an over-pushed, under-talented individual who has a rapid rise to the top for no other reason than having the right quality at the right place and time. In wrestling, you have seen this happen with the Ultimate Warrior and Lex Luger. The same can be said in Hip Hop for the likes of Ja Rule and Mike Jones."
"While the name Gully Platoon made me think the Boot Camp Clik was about to deploy a new generation of Bucktown troops, a sticker on the CD's shrinkwrap informed me that Gully Platoon was in fact 'The new powerhouse from Pegz, Dialectrix and Joe New.' If I'm not familiar with either, it is because they all hail from Australia. Pegz is apparently the group's elder, head of Obese Records and solo artist with three albums under his belt. Dialectrix and Joe New (AKA Two Toes) used to be in a group called Down Under Beats and both have solo albums to their credit as well."
"According to the press kit, James Jr. was raised in a few locations that range from Tacoma to Richmond, Virginia to Clarksdale, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee. He was an excellent student in school and even graduated with honors. While he was pursing audio engineering, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia which caused him to leave school and battle the illness for two years. He wound up moving to Florida to make a name for himself. As fate would have it, James Jr. met his would-be future producing partner, Scott Coslett during a vacation in California, and through that association, he would land a deal with Spin Move Records. The culmination of all of the moves and turmoil in James Jr's life was the release of his debut album, "Intent 2 Distribute", which was released this past summer."
Magic Heart Genies :: Cardiac Arrest :: Michael Troy Music/M9 Entertainment as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"Myka 9 is from that rare breed of Cali rappers who have been around forever, are critically acclaimed for their creativity and have released over a half-dozen different albums as a group member or soloist. He's also stuck in a paradoxical dichotomy as a result - if you KNOW then you've been knowing ever since Freestyle Fellowship but if you DON'T know, you probably never will. He's not the type of artist you discover by accident. His musical and lyrical styles don't fall into any of the accepted hip-hop cliches, unless "eclectic" is a cliche, so you either follow the West coast underground hard or someone hipped you to his shit."
"Sareem Poems may be from the LBC, but that's all he's got to do with Snoop Dogg. He doesn't smoke weed, doesn't get drunk, doesn't party, doesn't own a gun, and has never been in a gang. Snoop's probably confused at the "doesn't smoke weed" part. Do you mean he only eats it? No, Sareem makes it clear that he doesn't do that either on "Impossible": "I don't get weeded/Don't want it, don't need it, and I don't eat it." Sure, there are a lot of MCs who are (rightfully) against gun violence, but smoking pot? The only other one I can think of is Dr. Dre, who infamously declared he didn't "smoke weed or cess" on 1988's "Express Yourself," a mere three years before he made an album named after weed and modeled after a package of zig zags."
"It's surprisingly hard to define what or perhaps WHO Young Money is. Now theoretically Young Money Entertainment is Lil Wayne's vanity imprint, the one which budding rap star Drake is signed to, but "We Are Young Money" is not being released under that imprint. In fact the only two labels of record on this new CD are Cash Money Records and Universal Motown. One might try to define Young Money as a rap collective instead - a loosely affiliated group of rappers that are friends with Lil Wayne and do records with each other. The problem is that Weezy takes Young Money more seriously than a loose affiliation - he clearly intends for it to be a full-fledged label."
Matt Jost passed along this interesting news tidbit from The Independent and we've included a brief excerpt to explain the story below.
"Rage Against the Machine ended Simon Cowell’s four year domination of the Christmas charts after a hugely popular Facebook campaign helped the Los Angeles nu-metallers snatch the Christmas number one slot from X-factor’s Joe McEdlerry. More than half a million people downloaded the band’s famously anti-authoritarian and expletive laden track 'Killing in the Name'."
When Billion’s album, SPF Dirty, hit my desk it instantly caught my eye. How could it not? The cover is a gorgeous bikini-clad woman at a beach. No head, though, just the body. Being a big fan of flat stomachs I popped the album in. Turns out, the listening experience is just as good as the visual one, as Billion is nice on the mic. That’s why this week I caught up with him to find out more about his work, the change he’d like to see in hip-hop, and why he’d consider interrupting one of Clint Eastwood’s award acceptance speeches.
Hip Hop duo Reflection Eternal, composed of Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, are teaming up with producer Statik Selektah for an official Reflection Eternal mixtape. Slated to drop on New Year’s Eve, the project will include new songs from the album as well as unreleased material and classic tracks.
Reflection Eternal is also preparing for the release of their second studio album, Revolutions Per Minute. The first two singles off the unreleased album are "Back Again" which includes a video, and "Just Begun" featuring J. Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def. The project was originally slated to be completed and released before the close of 2008.
The 2000 release of Train Of Thought, Reflection Eternal's first project, had two hit singles ranked in the top five of Billboard U.S. Rap charts. "Move Somethin" peaked at number one and "The Blast" peaked at number two spot.
Revolutions Per Minute is expected to drop in February 2010.
Former Hot Boy B.G. has announced that he will be leaving T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, according to HipHopWired.com.
The news comes on the heels of the rapper's latest release, Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood. "I'm gonna be a free agent," explained the rapper in an interview. "I'm gonna sit down with the people that closest to me like my manager and lawyers and see what's the best route to do. [Grand Hustle,] no, all that's over with. [T.I.] was the executive producer of the project with me when it was on Atlantic. After the situation with him and the Hip Hop Awards, they kind of froze up on me, kept pushing the album back. This was pre-recession. Once I felt like they were playing with me, I stopped calling, got back doing what I was doing, creating another opportunity."
Amidst speculation that he might reunite with Cash Money Records alongside Lil Wayne and Birdman, B.G. only said, "If the numbers right, if it makes sense."
Figured I put enough work into this video to make it relatively professional in appearance to warrant plugging beyond the typical message board format. As such, please find the truncated version of my initial forum post (edited for brevity and removal of first person accounting), humbly submitted to you in the event you see fit to run it. As I am not up on whether videos can be embedded in notifications, I figured to just leave the link. I was thinking a title along the lines of "Sankofa releases stop-motion video." As such, here's the release:
After a drawn out battle with minute rice and approximately 1100 images shot with his digital camera, Sankofa buckled down at the computer and spent the second half of his life editing this video. The backing track, "tic tac toe", is an Adrien75-produced song from Music with Friends 5, an EP you can download for free at http://www.obeseamerica.com
1. Roddy Rod - Donny's Carol 2. IV - Shift 3. Pharcyde - Y? (Jay Dee Rmx Instro) 4. Prickly Pear - Don't Say Goodnight 5. K-Def - For Da Family 6. DJ Devastate - Some Nights 7. Kev Brown - Snowfall (Happy Holidays) 8. DJ Honda - Travellin' Man (Instro) 9. Pete Rock - Standard 10. Big Pun - I'm Not A Player (Instro) 11. Zion I - Inner Light (Instro) 12. Insightful - Reset 13. DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World 14. Roddy Rod - Cold Outside (Christmas Time)
Released by: SUBSONiQ Release/catalogue number: Episode #11 Release date: Dec 22, 2009
Rec-League’s Grip Grand is a rapper and producer from SF/LA, California, whose work has been featured in publications from XLR8R to XXL. He appeared on URB Magazine’s prestigious Next 100 list in 2005, and the East Bay Express named him Best Rapper in their 2007 Best Of…issue. His most recent album, Brokelore (Look Records, 2008)—featuring appearances by Percee P and AG (DITC)—was spotlighted by XXL’s Chairman’s Choice, Okayplayer’s Blogarhythms, and other well-known resources for high-quality hip-hop. The press has compared him to everyone from Andre to Kanye, from the mighty Mos Def to the metal-faced Doom, and his vocals have been sampled by Madlib. From punchlines to poetry, battle raps to ballads, Grip Grand covers the map. They don’t call him Mr. Versatility for nothing.