An example of Autotune gone horribly wrong, the chorus to Swazy Styles "Sounds Like Money" is an instant turnoff. "Well if it look like money, sound like money/Smell like money then it must be money, hey-eyyy-eyy-eyy!" No-ohh-ohh-ohh. Styles sounds like a Floridian version of DMX, trying to use his raspy voice to bark, growl and sing over a Mike Beats track, and if I was Mike I would take it back from him. The off-key chorus, terrible abuse of Autotune throughout and horrifyingly vapid sentiments of the song were so nauseating I trashed the file in iTunes before even getting through the song a second time. Avoid this one like you would swine flu. In fact wear a mask if someone you know plays it so you don't catch whatever stupidity they've got that made them think this even qualifies as a song.
Artist: Punchlyne & Fokis f/ Steele Title: Enemies of the State Label: Ekek Promotions
A little digging online revealed that this Jaisu produced track is featured on three different versions of "The Appetizer," released on three different hip-hop blogs. No love for RapReviews.com huh? We're not hating because of that - in fact this is my favorite of all four singles covered in this week's update. Jaisu's beat works for multiple reasons - it snaps and crackles like dusty old records, it has a good piano style backdrop punctuated by symphonic breaks, and the triumvirate of rappers on it are busting straight up New York underground hardcore rhymes. "General Steele, modern day Bobby Seale/Huey Newton we shootin impeccable rhyme skills/All black like Navy Seals, strapped ready to ill." Now I know you can dig that, so go get this track then find one of the three versions of "The Appetizer" that came out for free - I'm gonna recommend 2DopeBoyz because they're down with Okayplayer.
Artist: F.T. (Fuc That) Title: Gangsta or Not Label: F.T.
"The Edward Scissorhands of rap, hand me the gat/You about to catch a handicap." F.T. (Fuc That) has long been known as one of the grimiest rappers to bang out of Brooklyn, as mean as Bumpy Knuckles and as loud as M.O.P. if not louder. The sheer lyrical violence of the track is entertaining, as well as his NOT thinly veiled chorus with the bravado "gangsta or not, I'ma stop and drop enemies." The only problem with this song is the monotonous Musicman backdrop, as it seems F.T.'s producer only knew two chords on his Yamaha or Casio, and decided to jump and back forth between them hoping F.T. could carry it anyway. Well he can, but as the man's name says, FUC THAT. Next time do your joint with Just Blaze or someone else who can make it fire.
Don't get me wrong - when it comes to swagger Fat Joe's got as much if not MORE right to walk it and talk it than most rappers who use the phrase today. All that being said, his lines still come across as cornball here. "Touched a couple plots, got the dough and skate off/And just like Bernie, me and my baby Madoff." Ouch. Pleasure P's chorus is equally corny: "They say - hello, hello, hello, A-LO-HA (a-lo-ha) because they know that I'm the shit." They do? Why? They say hello and goodbye because you're fly? Did you even think about that when you wrote it P? Rico Love's broken squeaky keyboard shifts and dirty bottom synths sound like a bad mixture between The Runners and The Alchemist without incorporating the best of either. Somehow I think because of the sound and the featured artist this one will chart anyway.
Hip-Hop Shop Episode 44 features hot new songs from DJ JS-1, Jern Eye, V!RTU and Danny! Eight fresh tracks packed into a fast 30 minute span courtesy of RapReviews.com. If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* DJ JS-1 f/ Aesop Rock, C-Rayz Walz, Vast Aire - Karma Killaz * iCON the Mic King f/ Awar - Sparks Fly * Danny! - Sloppy Joe Pt. 1 * V!RTU f/ Sugar Tongue Slim - All About My Bank * Beyond Belief - WORK * Jern Eye f/ NightClubber Lang, Roc C - Blowin' Up * Headcase - Slice of Life * Neosonix - Fallen Star
Waddup y'all, it's another edition of "Free Music Friday" and I got some heat for y'all! Oh and about the "Horseshoes Edition," I couldn't think of a clever title so I used a random one. But like horseshoes, you'll be throwing some good music in your hard disk. And did I mention they're for free? Check these joints out!
Antboogie :: The Mixtape
[Crawl and dig into the world of Ant Boogie, where it's filled with dance and hip-hop music. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ant Boogie became well-known in the dance world as the founder and leader of one of the most commercially successful dance groups, The Amount Boyz. Although he's a classically-trained professional dancer, the influence of funk, soul, and hip-hop gotten to him the most and you can check out his style on this mixtape right here. You can also catch him currently touring with Madonna on the "Sticky and Sweet" tour.]
1. Candy Canes 2. Spanish Lesson 3. Day & Night Remix 4. For the Money 5. Coley at Bay 6. Better Than Y'all 7. 2 Sides 8. Thinking of You 9. The GOOD Villain 10. Whatcha Doin Remix
[Chilla Jones, Chilla for short, is the type who considers himself a well-developed student of hip-hop. With records he studied over the years, varying from Talib Kweli to Eminem to Fabolous, this Boston native absorbs all of the rap classics he took in while developing a talent of his own. In fact, he has his on rap style called "haymaker rap," which focuses more on metaphors than similies, in which the latter is often mistaken as the former in daily hip-hop conversations. Also carrying a 160+ IQ, Chilla isn't the type who dumbs down in his music, but instead let folks know they should wise up and keep their ears open to this mixtape right here.]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Juggernaut 3. Piff Hop (Verse) 4. DOA 5. I Don't Know About You (Verse) 6. I'm The Man (verse) 7. how we roll (Verse) 8. best i ever had (verse) 9. Mr. Popular (ft Hotshot and Moomdaddy) 10. Work That Freestyle 11. Champagne Freestyle (Verse) 12. Under The Sun 13. Wreckless (Verse) 14. Time to Get Paid (Verse) 15. Love Me No More (Verse) 16. 24-23 (Ft. Skip) 17. I Don't Believe you (Verse)
[Can't stop, won't stop is this Young Gunna Young Chris. Even while the Roc is said to be dim compared to its gleaming days, Chris still let his light shine for all to see. Linked up with Don Cannon (CANNON...Cannon...cannon...), Young Chris shows the listeners how hip-hop he can be with "The Network." He also shows that with bangin' beats and rhymes alike, you just can't hate on the Young'n.]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Superflyness 3. Free Peedi f. Tu Phace & Beanie Sigel 4. Fresh To Death 5. Hot Shyt f. Peedi Crakk, Black Thought, Tu Phace & Wale 6. Breeze 7. Last 2 f. Freeway & Beanie Sigel 8. Not Going To Fold f. Remy Hendrix 9. Kickdrums f. Wale & Rhymefest 10. Baby Girl f. Pha 11. Rap Money f. Tom Hardy & Freeway 12. Ride With Me f. Twista 13. Sail On f. Curren$y 14. Young G Sound f. Neef 15. Grown Things f. BJ 16. Want To Love You f. Raheem DeVaughn 17. Rough Side f. Rell
[Coming straight from Motown a/k/a Detroit Rock City is this emcee named Nametag. Yes, like the button or sticker that says "Hello! My name is..." You know how that's the first thing you'll see when approaching a clerk at a store, restaurant, etc? That's what Nametag plans to be in the game, to boldly stand out for all to recognize. But Nametag doesn't plan to do it by his name alone, that's what this free mixtape is for. With many of the well-known underground rappers (Skyzoo, Fred Knuxx, Street Justice) and producers (B. Franks, Black Bethoven, cousin Black Milk) to back him up, Nametag plans to put the game on lock and have everybody know his name a la Cheers theme music.]
Tracklisting: 1. A Million Rappers (Produced By A.Will Productions) 2. Back On My Sh*t (feat. Skyzoo) (Produced By Black Milk) 3. The Beat Bang (feat. Quest M.C.O.D.Y) (Produced By Jay Edgar) 4. Stylin On ‘Em (Produced By Black Milk) 5. About You (Remix) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 6. Set It (feat. Moe Dirdee) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 7. Let The Beat Play (feat. B.Stormz) (Produced By Doc Illingsworth) 8. DJ Graffiti Interlude 9. Ask Around (Produced By Koyto) 10. Chips (feat. Fred Knuxx) (Produced By by Sean Ross) 11. Crash Course (feat. Street Justice) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 12. Stylin On ‘Em (Remix) (feat. Kopelli, Kanglosta, ONPoint & Young Scolla) (Produced By Black Bethoven) 13. The Matic Track (Produced By Lou Matic) 14. Ain’t I (Produced By B. Franks) 15. Tag Surfin’ (Produced By K.E.) 16. Courtesy Of Ambition (Produced By Black Milk)
[If you don't know Dub Sonata by now, you will never, ever know him. Oh wait, you can get to know him here on this tape! Producing beats since 1999, Dub Sonata has established beats for many respected artists, such as Kool G. Rap, Nature, C-Rayz Walz and others. This mixtape is filled with Dub Sonata beats with many NY and beyond rappers taking their time to rock the mic over them. This is the "Delixe Sedition," but the only time you'll feel sedated is after you'll experience the musical high that comes with it.]
[Illmind has been known for creating beats for artists such as G-Unit, Little Brother, LL Cool J, and Boot Camp Clik. Many folks would wonder how Illmind would sound if he provided beats for many popular/underground hip-hop tracks. Well, if curiosity killed the cat, it won't kill you to fulfill your curious mind here. This free "Remix Album" contains remixes from Jay-Z, En Vogue, and the Roots (Illmind on production, of course!). It also includes four exclusive bonus Fortlive tracks (Illmind plus two emcees, Slo-Mo and MushMouf) to please your eardrums. Check this one out!]
Tracklisting: 1. Intro 2. Jay-Z - Change Clothes 3. Common – I Want You 4. John Legend – Ordinary People 5. Slum Village – The Look of Love 6. Bahamadia – Queen Talk 7. Brandy and Kanye West – Talk About Our Love 8. Masta Ace ft. Guru – Conflict 9. Strange Fruit Project – Waitin’ 10. Jay-Z - 99 Problems 11. Muneshine ft. Surreal 12. The Roots – What You Want 13. Saigon, Inspectah Deck, Bekay – The Raw 14. Ed OG ft. Masta Ace - Wishin 15. Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name 16. O.C. – Story to Tell 17. O.C. – Childhood 18. En Vogue – Untitled BONUS: Exclusive Fortlive Tracks (Fortlive = Slo-Mo, Mushmouf, & Illmind) 19. Fortlive – The Come Up 20. Fortlive – Trunk Pop Music 21. Fortlive – Goin’ Thru It 22. Fortlive ft. 84 – Cowboys
[It's been a long time coming for Nickel Nine a/k/a Royce Da 5'9''. From being known as the potential underdog to a hip-hop beast, da 5'9'' transitions have never been better as he made his lyrical status evolve very well even when his height hasn't. These four tracks, including one from hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, will give the heads what they needed from Royce at all times, hard and bangin beats along with deadly lyrics that has venom to surely killed his oppenents standing in his way.]
Tracklisting: 1. Gun Harmonizing 2. Count for Nothing 3. Warriors (featuring Slaughterhouse) 4. Street Hop 2010
[From Philly to you is this producer named Small Professor. P. Diddy may claim to "Invented the Remix," but if anyone considered remix as "dead," then the Less P can "resurrect" it. It includes remixes of hip-hop joints that were rarely played on the radio, if at all. But after you hear these joints, you can consider Small Pro as a long-lost bastard son of Large Professor...f'real!]
Tracklisting: 1. The Smile Rays - Chicken (Small Pro Remix) 2. 100dbs feat. Sirah and Hicoup - Long Island And Jersey (Small Pro Remix) 3. CL Smooth feat. Skyzoo - Perfect Timing (Small Pro Remix) 4. Emilio Rojas - Young, Fresh, And Fly (Small Pro Remix) 5. Prolyphic and Reanimator - Artist Goes Pop (Small Pro Remix) 6. Jelani - Jelani The M (Small Pro Remix) 7. Zilla Rocca - Flow God Zilla (Small Pro Remix) 8. Shawn Jackson feat. Guilty Simpson - Strategies (Small Pro Remix) 9. Capone-N-Noreaga - Follow The Dollar (Small Pro Remix) 10. The Roots - 75 Bars (Small Pro Remix) 11. Random feat. Ohene - Art Of War (Small Pro Remix) 12. Random - Push (Small Pro Remix) 13. Bless 1 - Angular Slang (Small Pro Remix)
Thanks for sticking with me on the "Horseshoes Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....
If you haven't already checked out our review of Dorrough Music now might be a good time to do so! Press release from E1 follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
E1 ENTERTAINMENT IS #1 ON THE BILLBOARD INDEPENDENT CHART WITH DORROUGH’S DEBUT ALBUM, “DORROUGH MUSIC”
EMERGING STAR HAS GARNERED OVER 500,000 DIGITAL TRANSACTIONS TO DATE!
(New York, NY) – Leading independent E1 Entertainment announced today that Dallas hip hop artist Dorrough’s new debut album, “Dorrough Music,” has debuted at #1on the Billboard Independent Chart. The album sold over 12, 000 copies and also debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hip Hop Chart. This release is E1 Entertainment’s 195th album to debut at #1 on the Independent Chart through its music label, E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records).
E1 Music has also just released the highly anticipated debut, self-titled album by hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse yesterday. The album is positioned to be the labels’ second consecutive #1 debut next week.
E1 Music President Alan Grunblatt says, “Having our records debut at #1 on the chart is fantastic. We have some surprises coming out in the 4th quarter that we are looking to debut at #1 on the Top 200 chart! More to come!”
Dorrough has garnered over 400,000 digital transactions to date between digital and ringtone sales. Dorrough’s smash single, “Ice Cream Paint Job” has over 5,000 spins at urban radio with over 34 million in audience. The single is currently #9 on the iTunes Hip Hop Singles Chart while the album is at #8 on the iTunes Hip Hop album chart. The ringtone for the single is currently at #1 on the Nielsen RingScan chart. The video for “Ice Cream Paint Job has been the #1 most played at both B.E.T. and MTV2 networks.
“Dorrough Music” was released last Tuesday, August 4th.
About E1 Entertainment
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.
The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.
E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
Whilst we have certainly enjoyed each and every client we have repped over the years, it is the independent artists that have been the primary bread and butter for OGPR. We love the spirit of the independent artist and thrive on the creativity it takes to help them flourish. In this failing economy and a music industry rife with uncertainty, it is only those with the indomitable spirit to forge new paths towards success that will stand the test of time. HipHopFriends, Inc. embodies that spirit and OGPR is proud to welcome them aboard as our latest client.
Comprised of CEO's/artists/tour bookers/promoters and internet radio station owners and operators, Feygens "ChuckieBigBux" and Erick "DirtE Dread" Saint-Joy aka The E&J Brothaz; who are actually siblings, HipHopFriends, Inc. has been quietly building a brand that is getting them recognition far afield of their native town of Elmont, in New York's Long Island borough. Their current single, Private Party, is in fact impacting cities in every region - speading slowly from coast to coast - with close to 1,000 spins currently and counting. Produced by GiftRAP, a Santa Barbara, CA up-and-comer, Private Party infuses the best of East Coast lyricism with West Coast swagger and a dash of Southern spice.
Taking advantage of the love the Southern market has shown them, the two paired up with franchise DJ's Bigga Rankin and DJ Smallz last year, dropping successful mix albums with each, both released on USB drives and downloaded digitally to over 20,000 HipHopFriends™ fans across the country. Bigga Rankin was in fact so impressed with the duo's hustle that he bestowed upon them his coveted Ghetto Diamond Award in the "Go Gettaz" category - the only New Yorkers to date to have received such an honor.
Although HipHopFriends™ and The E&J Brothaz began releasing music in 2004 and have several award-winning videos to their credit (The Golden Aurora Award, The Communicators Award & The Platinum AVA), their music hustle is not the only thing receiving accolades. HipHopFriendsOnline, the duo's web radio station, recently won an SEA (Southern Entertainment Award) for "Best Internet/Satellite Radio", proving once again that the HipHopFriends, Inc. brand defies geographical boundaries. Self-titled promo tours in cities as diverse as their radio impact markets have been sponsored by the likes of IAR (Institute of Audio Research), Sam Ash Music, Royal Blunts, Azzuré Denim and Lyrical Legends™, ensuring HipHopFriends™ an ever-widening, nationwide network of fans.
With another round of stations set to add Private Party in the coming weeks, a music video in the works and their own IAR-sponsored event (DIY: Starting Your Own Record Label) aimed at schooling others in the indie music game, coming up in NYC in October; their third such event, HipHopFriends™are the paradigm for today's independent label. While others whine about how difficult it is these days to get fans to remain loyal to a brand, HipHopFriends™ are not only doing it but happily showing others how it's done. Stay tuned! Pay attention! And you might just learn something.
Private Party is currently available on iTunes.
* NOTE ~ The HipHopFriendsOnline radio station site is currently under construction pending installation of an upgraded streaming technology.
In 2008, Fairfield County Weekly readers voted Sketch Tha Cataclysm their favorite hip-hop act in the area. A handful of months later, he felt it was time to see where else he could make an impact.
"My idea," he explains, "was to come out to another area of the country and try to get something started the way I was starting to build up things in Connecticut and regularly return to Connecticut, not abandon it, but be really supportive of my state. I love the people there."