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J Dilla f/ Bun B, Termanology - Make it Fast (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: J Dilla f/ Bun B, Termanology
Title: Make it Fast
Label: Nature Sounds

Apparently a last minute scratch from J Dilla's posthumous "Jay Stay Paid" CD, the original version of "Make it Fast" links together hip-hop scenes from Detroit, Lawrence and Port Arthur - an interesting if lopsided triangle of rap sound. Dilla's beat rings like a muted cowbell, but is far doper than that paltry description can do justice. The sample in the chorus sounds like a language that's not really english, and could just as easily be interpreted as "Make a Fuss," but who cares. Bun B's lyrics hold the track down. "Your flow is not 'dro homey, you that weak cabbage/And where I'm fin' to send yo' ass you won't need baggage." Guitars punctuate the beat, a bassline moans in the backdrop, and Termanology plays second fiddle verbally when normally he stars on tracks he's on. It's a shame for Bun B that this version of "Make it Fast" was dropped but it was an odd marriage of styles to begin with that was probably better off getting divorced.

Ron Artest - Bury Me (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Ron Artest
Title: Bury Me
Label: Tru Warier Records

We last heard from Ron Artest off the court on his self-released album "My World" in 2006. Since then he has bounced around the NBA, going from the Pacers to the Kings, most recently winding up with the Houston Rockets. It might have served Artest well to link up with Chamillionaire now that he's in H-Town as his flow doesn't seem to have changed much in the last three years - in fact he brags about it. "I never changed, still hood, all real/catch me at the Ritz with the Foreman Grill." He's fond of calling himself R-Test, as if hyphenating his first and last name together makes him a better lyricist. It doesn't. "Like a cheetah on the dash or a heater on your ass/Ron on the run, now Ron came back." Keep running Ronnie - up and down the court. As NBA players go you're upper tier, but as Queensbridge MC's go you're in the bottom third at best.

Why G? - Beating The Odds

Why G? is an emcee who has led a number of different lives. First there was his happy childhood growing up in Jamaica, Queens. Well, actually, according to Why G?, “my history starts off in outer space with my spaceship landing in Jamaica, Queens.” Then there were his rebellious teenage years, which saw him get expelled from his public high school. Sometime during all the turbulence of his teens and early twenties, however, the Guyanese emcee totally turned his life around as he co-founded of The Optimus Foundation and started working with Urban Art Beat. This week I sat down with Why G? to find out about some of the events that led to this major shift in his life, who he is as an artist, and why he rocks a lab to coat during some of his performances.

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Free Music Fridays: One Day Late Edition

Hey heads, I apologize for the super delay. An urgent situation happened that ended up with my internet being disconnected for the day. But no worries, we back like cooked crack...or some cooked chitlins! Either way, we stay funky and addictive. Because we provide y'all with some of the the best free-ness money's too jealous to buy. Check them out!

Diamond District – In The Ruff (Clean Version)

[Huh man! If you don’t know about Oddisee, X.O., and YU just yet, then you’re missing out on some soulful type of music. This mixtape should be in your eardrums just once and it’s guaranteed to give you something you’ll like. Diamond District may be “In the Ruff,” but it stays so smooth at the same time.]


00 Intro
01 Streets Wont Let Me Chill
02 Who I Be
03 Back To Basics
04 I Mean Business
05 Get In Line
06 In The Ruff 
07 The Shining  (Produced by Dunc)
08 The District
09 Make It Clear
10 Off The Late Night (Produced by Slim kat 78)
11 Let Me Explain
12 First Time


DJ Mensa Presents: Take it All With You

[Here's a new mixtape from Toronto's own DJ Mensa called "Take it All With You." It includes all the dope joints from Foreign Exchange, Little Brother, Carlitta Durand, Darien Brockington and more. Take a listen!]

Take it All With You


Rhymefest - The Manual....produced by scram jones....

[A super cool rapper from the Windy City name Rhymefest has been in the game for a bit, so he and Scram Jones decides to make a manual of it aptly named "The Manual". This mixtape is full of dopeness and it should keep the heads satisfied until "El Che" comes out].

1. Who is Che? [Intro]

2. Coolness [prod. by Scram Jones]

3. Native Tounge Medley Pt 1 [prod. by Scram Jones]

4. Native Tounge Medley Pt 2 [prod. by Scram Jones]

5. Native Tounge Medley Pt 3 [prod. by Scram Jones]

6. Deal's A Deal (ft. CL Smooth and Haffa) [prod. by Blick & Scram Jones]

7. Rhymefest vs. Big Daddy Kane [prod. by Scram Jones]

8. Think About It! (ft. Sadat X) [prod. by Scram Jones]

9. Tender Thug (ft. Mike Payne) [prod. by Scram Jones]

10. SuperSonic (Chucky Cheese) [prod. by Scram Jones]

11. Wup Your Ass (ft. Nice Peter) [prod. by Nice Peter]

12. Pulls Me Back [prod. by Matrax]

13. Party 4 Free (ft. Gregg Nice) [prod. by Scram Jones]

14. Overpaid Lover [prod. by Scram Jones]

15. Exodus 5.1 [prod. by Animal House]

16. Goin In (ft. Queen Latifah) [prod. by Dub Sonata]

17. Memory Lane (Doo Wop, Scram Jones, and Nature) [prod. by Scram Jones]

18. Rgyme Slow, Rhyme Quick (ft. Scram Jones) [prod. by Scram Jones]

19. Prove Myself (ft. Hafta) [prod. by Scram Jones]

20. RNQ [prod. by DJ Premier]


Sniper - The Scope's On You Vol 2 (Hosted by Green Lantern)

[This English-bred rapper named Sniper is making his big bang this year by releasing a sequel to his well-known mixtape "The Scope's On You" with DJ Green Lantern. This "Part 2" edition proves that Sniper got his aim on the bull’s-eye and the ears on all the heads wanting some bangin’ music .]

1. 3Fifty7

2. S.N.I.P.E.R

3. Movemaker feat. Memphis Bleek

4. In Yo Life feat. Akon and Illestr8

5. Manga (Greko Beat)

6. Around the World feat. Memphis Bleek (Merzerio Remix)

7. Area (Euromix) feat. Curtis Young and Rick Ross

8. DJ Crazy feat. DJ Green Lantern, Freeway, and Copywrite

9. Bitch

10. Greatest Cost feat. Trackman

11. Champion

12. You Should Be Here feat. Nyce


Truck North and DJ Bear-One present...Truck Jewels

[Straight outta Philly is a crazy hip-hop group called Truck North. This group earned respect from many, including the legendary Roots crew. So you know this ain’t no joke here. Check them out!]


1. Live at the Knitting Factory (Black Thought, ?uesto & Truck North)

2. Money on the Floor (feat. Reef the Lost Cauze)

3. Flyer Then the Rest (feat. Wale)

4. What More Can I Say?!?!?

5. Money Making Jam (Black Thought, Dice Raw & Truck North a/k/a The Money Making Jam Boys)

6. Git Ready (feat. Indy)

7. What It Has 2 Be (feat. Roscoe P. Coldchain)

8. 09' Mentality

9. The Never Ending Flip

10. Hard Times

11. Sucka Niggas [prod. by ?uestlove]

12. D.Y.B

13. Trapped Maybe

14. Spaz

15. Showuhow2hustle

16. Can't U See (R.I.P J Dilla)

17. On [prod. by Khari Ferrari]

18. Gimme a $ign (R.I.P J Dilla) (feat. Get Low)

19. Last Flight...


If any or the readers have some free dopeness they would like to spread around (or have some dope freeness of their own), e-mail me at I'll be waiting for 'em!
The Thrill is Back!

These two ladies totally get what I’m feeling right now. Just look at their reaction to the music that's coming through their headphones. That's some true elation! I’m happy to say I finally have that feeling again, too. (Incidentally, thank you Google Image Search for coming up with that picture when I typed in “happy headphones.” My headphones are officially happy!) 2009 has been one of the worst years on record (pun intended) for new music, which is exactly why I’m so excited to listen to music again. Confused? Think I’ve gone crazy? Let me explain.

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Busta and Eminem's Stunted Growth

The month of May saw two legendary artists, Busta Rhymes and Eminem, release new albums. Unfortunately, despite sales numbers (which we all know are hardly a reflection of greatness), all the releases proved was that Busta and Em's best days are behind them.

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New Videos - Webstar, Soul Assassins, CunninLynguists & More

Some new videos for you on the RapReviews newsfeed! Let's start with Webstar & Jim Jones - "Dancin' On Me."

Next up is Soul Assassins featuring Evidence and Sick Jacken - the "Classical" music video.

Here's a brand new song and video by Kno of the CunninLynguists called "Caucasian."

Yo! Raps and J. McCoy are starting a new web series called "The Real McCoy." This is the first episode.

Last but not least is this video of hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse announcing their new deal and tour!
Awol One Teams w/ Factor & Guests Aesop Rock, Xzibit & More

For Immediate Release:
Awol One is BACK!
FoF vol 1 press

'Owl Hours', the collaboration with Canadian producer Factor and executive produced by Xzibit is scheduled for release July 21st on Fake Four Inc.

Video: .

After the underground 2007 classic Only Death Can Kill You, emcee Awol and producer Factor are releasing their latest LP, Owl Hours. A self-professed party album, the instrumentals on Owl Hours move from electronic pop to folk hop with a number of live musicians contributing their talents. Guest vocalists on their latest effort include Aesop Rock, Myka 9, Tha Alkaholiks and executive producer Xzibit.
Topics on Owl Hours range from curious celebrations, to nostalgic odes to former loves to straight up drunken party anthems all told through the eccentric eyes of Walrus One.   
Awol and Factor have been working together for some time. While touring through Canada a few years ago Awol met the Producer/DJ named Factor and began building a friendship. Awol and Factor even rocked to packed crowds of teenybopper indie rock fans when they toured with Montreal band Islands in 2008. Through the years Awol continues to gain respect from artists and fans of all genres and never fails to keep his art and music completely real and original.
Over his nearly 15 year career Awol One has built a strong grassroots fan base from touring extensively throughout the US, Canada and Europe by himself and as a member of the legendary Shape Shifters crew. He has collaborated on tracks with very high profile hip hop artists such as KRS one, Kool Keith and Atmosphere just to name a few.
AWOL ONE, born Anthony Martin in East L.A. California, was born like any other a manger.  His father, Portuguese, and his mother, Irish, grew up poor on the east coast and moved to California where they met and conceived a little walrus. The walrus grew to love music and knew that he would do it forever, now in his early 30's he feels that he has recorded his best album yet.

Xzibit in studio - .

Out 7/21 on Fake Four Inc.
Awol cover
1. Glamorous Drunk
2. Celebrate
3. Official
4. Stand Up ft. Aesop Rock and Myka 9
5. Up Downtown
6. Waste the Wine ft. Tash & E-Swift (Tha Liks)
7. Back Then ft. Gregory Pepper and Ceschi
8. Desitination
9. Darkness ft. Sunspot Jonz, Gel Roc and Jizzm
10. Brains Out ft. Xzibit
11. Sunset Sandwhich

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Dillanthology Volume 2: Remixes

From Stephen B:

Dillanthology 2Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes for Various Artists
June 23rd, Rapster Records

For the second volume of the Dillanthology series we present a collection of his uniqure remixes for artists including Busta Rhymes, The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Spacek and Slum Village along with rare versions of tracks from The Artifacts and Masta Ace.

1. De La Soul - Stakes Is High ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix)
2. The Pharcyde - Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)
3. Masta Ace - Sitting On Chrome (Ummah Remix)
4. Slum Village - Fall In Love (Remix)
5. Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
6. Busta Rhymes - Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Remix)
7. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Jay Dee Remix)
8. Moods - Secrets Of The Sand (Remix)
9. Spacek - Eve (JayDee Mix)
10. DJ Cam -Love Junkie (Jay Dee Remix)
11. Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix)
12. Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (Remix)
MP3: Pseudo Slang - "Walkin' (feat.) Grap Luva"

From Audible Treats:

MP3: Pseudo Slang - "Walkin' (feat.) Grap Luva"      06.01.2009
"This be that fly jazz sh!t so open your mind to it / Embrace the bass and come and relate the crime to it"

The Song:

Pseudo Slang's new track "Walkin'" feat. Grap Luva is placed right in the middle of their new album We'll Keep Looking for a reason: they want it to be one of the cornerstones of the project. The Buffalo-based duo of Emcee Sick and producer Tone Atlas use this track to give praise to the jazz-tinged side of their many influences. The lyrics are a mission statement - citing their favorite jazz aesthetics (which, conveniently, Atlas uses in synch) while laying down the reasons they were meant to be "reinstatin', invigoratin', integratin', DJ fadin'" music via their brand of hip-hop. They utilize a jazz standard walking bass line from samples and bump it to a simmering shuffle drumbeat. Top this off with the occasional piano trill, horn lick, or guitar riff and suddenly you are "walkin' back to ill tracks."

The Background:

Pseudo Slang is a hip-hop duo from the Buffalo, NY music scene. Emcee Sick of the Xtracts of Slang and Tone Atlas of the Pseudo Intellectuals teamed up about a decade ago to form Pseudo Slang - a side project that took on a career of its own. After their debut release, The Catalogue (a compilation of tracks PS laid down from 1999 to 2004), Pseudo Slang switched to full time. After being quickly signed to stalwart hip-hop label Fat Beats Records, Pseudo Slang released the single "Broke and Copasetic" in 2006. National and international tours followed, and the build towards their first complete studio release as a duo is almost at its apex: We'll Keep Looking drops June 16th via Fat Beats Records.

Listen to the first single, "Broke & Copasetic" featuring Vinia Mojica - .

For Pseudo Slang's bio and other goodies, please visit: .

"Walkin'" feat. Grap Luva
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"Broke & Copasetic" feat. Vinia Mojica
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