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1800 Tequila vs. Patrón - Coming Soon to RapReviews.com


Confused as to why this is on the RapReviews newsfeed? Let me break it down for ya. Patrón has been the favorite tequila shot of hip-hop artists for more than a minute (I can't even begin to count the number of rap references and I dare you to try) but 1800 Tequila is looking to upgrade their image and take over that #1 spot. You've probably already seen the commercials with Michael Imperioli accidentally kicking a bottle of Patrón off the table and saying "OOPS" but if not check out the video below.



The makers of 1800 Tequila have challenged RapReviews.com to try their product, compare it to Patrón, and see whose product is better. Within the next few weeks, we'll be taking them up on their offer and posting an exclusive article on the website. It's MC Shan and KRS-One all over again, except with premium tequila, and you'll only find out who wins by subscribing to our newsfeed. Don't miss out as you'll find out which brand rules the land with just one shot. Below is a press release about their new ad campaign.

Tequila Wars heat up!

1800 Tequila Launches Aggressive New Television Campaign


Proximo, a leading marketer of premium spirits in the United States, announced the launch of an aggressive new advertising campaign for 1800 Silver Tequila, which sparked the luxury tequila trend and is now setting out to reclaim the top spot in the super premium tequila category.

Featuring The Sopranos star Michael Imperioli, the spots call attention to the fact that tequila has lost its way, becoming an overpriced and pretentious spirit.  In a series of spots, Imperioli brandishes his signature tough guy image, poking fun at Patrón while noticing one brand that sets itself apart – 1800 Tequila.

”Unlike Patrón, which was started by a co-founder of a hair care company in 1989, 1800 Silver Tequila has nine generations of distilling expertise behind it, and is a family-owned brand of superb quality 100% Agave spirit,” said a spokesperson from Proximo. “In this economy, we don't think consumers need to pay an arm and a leg for great tasting tequila. This new ad campaign is about reminding people that they can buy the real deal – 1800 Silver Tequila – and have just as much fun.”

The campaign, created by Agent16, an award-winning New York-based boutique advertising agency, is the brand’s first venture into television advertising.  The aggressive tone of the spots – calling out Patrón for the top position in the premium tequila category – illustrates how 1800 Tequila will assert itself as the leading brand of Silver tequila.

The new $15 million ad campaign is set to debut on September 14th on top cable channels including ESPN and Comedy Central.  NY-based digital agency Special Ops Media is handling the online execution of the campaign which includes development of interactive, expandable rich media for placement on Sports Illustrated.com and Yahoo! Sports, showcasing the complete collection of television spots, to round out a full television, print, online, and out-of-home campaign.

The launch of the new campaign follows a sponsorship of the Los Angeles Lakers, making 1800 Tequila the first spirits brand to sponsor the 2009 NBA Championship team.

About 1800® Tequila

1800® Tequila is the United States’ best selling super-premium tequila, renowned for being expertly aged and consistently smooth.  Named after the year it was created, 1800® Tequila is pure, 100% blue agave tequila grown on family-owned ranches and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico.  Each bottle of 1800® Tequila is double-distilled and matured in French and American oak barrels for superior drinkability.  1800® Tequila is recognized for its iconic packaging which includes a stopper that doubles as a shot glass.  The complete 1800® Tequila portfolio includes Select Silver, the first 100-proof Silver tequila, Silver, Reposado, Añejo, and 1800® Colección, an extra-añejo tequila, that is released annually in highly limited quantities.  1800® Tequila is available nationwide at most exclusive bars and retailers.

About Proximo Spirits, Inc.

Proximo Spirits, Inc. is a family-owned company based in New York, NY and is a leading producer, importer and marketer of prized spirits in the United States.  As one of the fastest growing spirits distributors in the US, Proximo was formed in 2007 and offers five key brands, including Three Olives Vodka, 1800® Tequila, Gran Centenario Tequila®, Maestro® Dobel Diamond™ Reposado Tequila®, and the exquisite Ron Matusalem® Rum.

Behind the Scenes of Parallel-Universes w/ Del & Tame


You've read our review of Parallel Uni-Verses with Del and Tame, now peep some behind the scenes footage from Stephen B and Gold Dust Media:

"At this point, Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One have little to prove to anyone.  Both legends in their own right, the two super emcees are striving mostly for their own creative satisfaction.  In this clip, they speak on their inspiration, their subject matter, and how their collaboration came about.  The album Parallel Uni-Verses is out this week on Gold Dust."

Bonnaroo Announces DVD Release of 2009 Festival


Press release from Ken Weinstein:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
BONNAROO TO RELEASE NEW LIVE DVD,
LIVE FROM BONNAROO 2009, ON DECEMBER 15, 2009
 
DVD FEATURES PERFORMANCES FROM
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, PHISH,
BEASTIE BOYS, SNOOP DOGG AND MANY MORE


Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the details for the Bonnaroo 2009 DVD. Entitled LIVE FROM BONNAROO 2009, the DVD will be released on December 15, 2009. The cost for the DVD will be $16.95. DVDs were initially made available to ticket buyers for the price of $10 including shipping and handling. There will be a limited number available for pre-order through the Bonnaroo website for $15 plus shipping and handling.
 
The pre-order link is here: http://bonnaroo.shop.musictoday.com/Product.aspx?cp=335_4490&pc=FEAM69DVD .
 
A trailer for the DVD can be seen here: http://bonnaroo.com/365/DVD2009/ .
 
Bonnaroo 2009 was by all accounts a huge triumph with over 140 bands performing more than 200 shows, 21 comedians, exclusive film premieres and so much more. Media from TV to print to blog were on hand to report on what has become the elite summer festival of every year. The Wall Street Journal called Bonnaroo "one of rock's best festivals," continuing to hail that the 2009 lineup "fairly bursts with some of the most gifted acts in rock and pop." Entertainment Weekly called it "the best of all sonic worlds," while the New York Times said, "Bonnaroo's very loose mandate - and a wise one for any festival - is to choose performers who deliver in a live performance, with current hits and studio expertise as lower priorities. One of the pleasures of the festival is that it defies narrowcasting: It's not an Americana festival, an indie-rock festival, a gathering of 2008-9 hitmakers or anything but what its producers and, presumably, ticket-buyers are happy to hear."
 
The new DVD was created to reflect the breadth and diversity of the Bonnaroo experience. It will feature exclusive performances and backstage footage of artists such as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello with Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, Coheed and Cambria, Rafael Saadiq, Santigold, Passion Pit, Amadou & Mariam, among many others. The DVD was directed by Sam Erickson of 44 Pictures and will feature original artwork and audio in 5.1 surround sound.
 
The complete track list for the DVD is as follows:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Outlaw Pete

Phish
Down With Disease

Beastie Boys
Intergalactic

Snoop Dogg
I Want To Love You

Elvis Costello with Jenny Lewis and Her Sound
Go Away

Ben Harper and Relentless7
Fly One Time

Andrew Bird
Fitz and the Dizzspells

The Decemberists
The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid

Del McCoury Band
Moneyland

Coheed and Cambria
Welcome Home

Amadou & Miriam
Masiteladi

Santigold
LES Artistes

Zac Brown Band
Who Knows

Passion Pit
Little Secrets

Raphael Saadiq
Keep Marching

Cage the Elephant
Ain't No Rest

2009 VH-1 Hip Hop Honors Recap


Hip Hop Honors Logo 

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, VH-1 aired its 6th Annual Hip Hop Honors show. In the past the honor has gone to acts that range from the Sugarhill Gang to Public Enemy to MC Lyte to A Tribe Called Quest. This year's show was a bit different because there was only one honoree: Def Jam Records. The pioneering label is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year and VH-1 saw fit to recognize the feat.

The show opened up with host Tracy Morgan and his best (or worse) Baptist minister routine, outlining some of the history of Def Jam and the evening's theme, which is honoring Def Jam Records. Being one of the first artists signed to the label, it was only fitting that LL Cool J was the first to kick off the reflective commentary, speaking about how he got his deal and the process of creating his first song. The Roots and a "special guest" do a rendition of "Rock The Bells". As it turns out, the "special guest" was in fact Eminem, which drew a uproarious round of applause from the crowd. Throughout the course of the broadcast, there would be several more documentary style clips of various people talking about the Def Jam way of life including Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, Lyor Cohen, and Kevin Lyles among others spliced between the performances.

There were performances that spanned over Def Jam's 25 years of existence. DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Roots backed Public Enemy and the StreetSweeper Social Club in a performance of "Rebel Without A Pause". In a pairing of mentor and mentee, Scarface and Ludacris performed "Guess Who's Back" and "Southern Hospitality". KRS-ONE, Wale, and Gym Class Heroes put a new age spin on the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn". The Regulator himself, Warren G performed his 1994 hit song "Regulate" with Trey Songz filling in for Nate Dogg, who I would assume is still recovering from the two strokes he's suffered in recent years.

Film and music video director, Brett Ratner shares a funny story about the shoot for Redman's "Tonight's Da Night" video where he calls Ratner's mother a hoe and tells him to use her in the video, which leads into the performance of Red and Meth's "Da Rockwilder". The chemistry between the two is always apparent in their live shows, and this time was no different. After a quick wardrobe change, Meth came back out and went into his hit "I'll Be There For You" with Mary J. Blige. Onyx hit the stage to perform a guitar-heavy (perhaps too heavy) version of their 1993 hit, "Slam". Ja Rule dug his way from underneath the rock of obscurity he's been under to team up with Ashanti to deliver a quick 1-2 punch of "Down Ass Chick" and "Always On Time"

The legendary (and I use that term loosely) Oran "Juice" Jones showed up to belt a few bars from his 1986 song, "The Rain". For the benefit of those of you scratching your head and wondering why, Juice was signed to OBR Records, which was a subsidiary of Def Jam that catered to R&B acts. I believe I was flashed during a wardrobe malfunction (or two) when Rick Ross came out and performed his 2006 breakout single, "Hustlin'". During the late 90's, one of the biggest artists Def Jam had was DMX. It was good to see the Yonkers MC up on the stage and rapping his "Party Up (Up In Here)" song from 1999's "...And Then There Was X", but I think it would have been better if he'd gone with "Ruff Ryders Anthem" or "Get At Me Dog". The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff backed up Kid Rock, EPMD, Foxy Brown & Fabolous, Ghostface Killah & Chrisette Michele, and Wale as they closed out the show with a medley of "I'm Bad", "Crossover", "I'll Be", "Back Like That", and "Touch The Sky" respectively.

Honestly, I think the show could've gone on longer. There was no mention of 3rd Bass or Slick Rick. More time could've been dedicated to the R&B acts of the past like Dru Hill and Montell Jordan. In the aftermath of the show, I read a few gripes about the distribution of stage time on a few social networks (e.g. why did Ross get more time to perform than EPMD?), and also about the absence of certain artists (e.g. where's Jay-Z?). For the record, I believe he's out on the road, and the powers that be probably think more people would rather see Ross and his side-boob action than Erick Sermon and Parrish the Microphone Doctor. Aside from that, I'd say the show was entertaining. There was no real opportunity for anyone to have a Kanye West moment, and I'm assuming the security was tight enough to keep any would-be Lil Mama's off the stage. It's nice to be able to look back on the accomplishments of a hip-hop record label while they are still in existence. Twenty-five years and counting. Hopefully with the proper leadership, Def Jam will continue to stick around for another twenty-five years.

Hip-Hop Shop #51 w/ Tash!


Tash

Hip-Hop Shop 51 features a half hour interview with Tash (of Tha Alkaholiks fame) about his new album Control Freek and a variety of other topics, and then a half hour of hot new songs from XL, Diamond District, Poison Pen and more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to dj.flash@rapreviews.com 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!

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Tracks featured this week:

* XL - Codes
* Black 1 - City Lights
* Diamond District - I Mean Business
* Poison Pen f/ Immortal Technique - The 2nd Amendment
* Panacea - Rope-A-Dope
* Brown Bag AllStars - Undeniable (Audible Doctor Remix)

Juvenile to Release First New Studio Album in Three Years


Press release from Gio at E1 Entertainment:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

October 13, 2009

JUVENILE GETS “COCKY” WITH NEW ALBUM;
SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES FIRST ALBUM IN THREE YEARS;

FIRST SINGLE, “GOTTA GET IT” ALREADY CHARTING AT URBAN “HANDS ON YOU (FEATURING PLEASURE P),” BLOWING UP AT RHYTHMIC RADIO OUTLETS EVERYWHERE!

“COCKY AND CONFIDENT” SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 17TH, 2009 RELEASE


(New York, NY) --UTP/Atlantic recording artist Juvenile has unveiled early details of his eagerly awaited new album – the New Orleans-based rapper’s first in over three years.  “COCKY AND CONFIDENT” is scheduled for a November 17th, 2009 release at all physical and online retailers.

The album is heralded by two singles: the sizzling album track, “Gotta Get It,” currently #47 and growing at urban radio, and “Hands On You (Feat. Pleasure P),” impacting now at Rhythmic radio outlets nationwide, having already been the #1 most added new track at Crossover.

“COCKY AND CONFIDENT” follows Juvenile’s “REALITY CHECK,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its March 2006 release.  This new album sees the acclaimed MC collaborating with a stellar line-up of guest performers, including Pleasure P, Kango Slim, Bobby V, Rico Love, B.G., Dorrough, and Q Corvette.  Among the producers are such studio superstars as S-8ighty, Mouse, Precise, Lu Balz, C. Smith and of course, Juvenile.

Juvenile came to national prominence as a teenager with the 1997 debut of the HOT BOY$ (Juvenile, Lil Wayne, B.G. and Turk), “GET IT HOW U LIVE,” followed by the HOT BOY$ platinum record “GUERILLA WARFARE.”  Juvenile’s major label solo debut, “400 DEGREEZ,”  in 1998-99, sold 4.5 million records and is universally considered one of hip hop’s classics.   Juvenile’s three albums thereafter, “THA G-CODE” (1999) “PROJECT ENGLISH” (2001), and “JUVE THE GREAT” (2003) were each platinum plus, with the latter featuring the #1 smash single, “Slow Motion.”

Juvenile’s UTP/Atlantic debut in 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, with “REALITY CHECK”, broke out of the box as the Number 1 album in the country, highlighted by the RIAA gold certified single, “Rodeo,” along with such hip-hop hits as “Way I Be Leanin’ (Feat. Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Skip, and Wacko)” and “Get Ya Hustle On/What’s Happenin.” Written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the latter track and its powerful companion video directly addressed the governmental neglect that the area and its citizens experienced in the months following the monumental storm.

“Cocky and Confident” is Juvenile’s second Atlantic album, and E1 Records is adding its hip hop marketing muscle to the release, confident in the continuation of the extraordinary success of this great artist from New Orleans’ Magnolia Projects.

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.

New Videos - Grafh, Jim Jones, Juvenile, Pugs Atomz


It's that time again for some new hip-hop videos from the RapReviews newsfeed! This week we're starting with Grafh's "Bring the Goons Out" featuring Sheek Louch.

Next up is Sway, the newest artist on Konvict Music, with his video for "Mercedes-Benz."

And here's the behind the scenes for Jim Jones & Webstar's "She Can Get It."

Our next video is from an 8Ball & MJG Grand Hustle listening session.

Konsole Kingz strike again with their new feature on DJ Hero for the XBox 360!

Juvenile talks about the early years of his career in preparation for "Cocky & Confident" to be released November 17th.

Straight from the Black Fist Tennis Academy, Pugs Atomz would like to bring you... "FIRE!"

Last but not least it's a "Gender Bender" as Eternia goes behind the scenes with J.J. Brown. Thanks for checking out the new videos on the RR newsfeed!

Medical Marijuana Awareness & Canibus Performing Live


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Medical Marijuana Awareness & Canibus Performing Live

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also
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Wyclef Jean to Release New Album on November 10th


From Julie Lichtenstein / Sunshine, Sachs & Associates:

Wyclef JeanFor Immediate Release                                  

GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING WYCLEF JEAN To Release Explosive New 13 Song EP: DJ Drama Presents WYCLEF JEAN AKA Toussaint St Jean “FROM THE HUT TO THE PROJECTS TO THE MANSION” On November 10th


Featuring DJ Drama, Eve, Cyndi Lauper, Timbaland, LIl Kim, and others

NEW YORK, NY (October 12, 2009) –Wyclef Jean returns to his hip-hop roots with the gritty release of “DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean AKA Toussaint St Jean From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion,” a collaboration with DJ Drama to be released November 10, 2009 on Carnival House via Megaforce/RED.  The EP also features Eve, Timbaland, Maino, Cyndi Lauper, Lil Kim, among others.

Toussaint St. Jean, the title character of Wyclef’s new EP, is a persona suggested to Wyclef by his friend and collaborator T.I. The character Toussaint is loosely based on the 18th-century Haitian revolutionary hero, Toussaint L’Ouverture, a figure who brought Haiti to significance on the international stage. Wyclef, who is originally from Haiti, inhabits the role of Toussaint and recreates himself in the spirit of a noble fighter, a man who says exactly what is on his mind. Toussaint’s rhymes hit hard, in a “militant style,” and make his words felt – and remembered.

And so what’s the difference between Wyclef and Toussaint? “Toussaint is more direct,” Wyclef says. “He ain’t going to sugarcoat nothing. Whatever he’s thinking, he’s going to tell you. It’s like, I’ve still got this machete – my tongue is sharper than it’s ever been.” To help create suitable musical settings for the grisly tales Toussaint has to tell, Wyclef turned to DJ Drama, who has worked extensively with T.I. “I asked myself, ‘Who’s the toughest guy out there?’” Wyclef says. “Then I said, well, DJ Drama is pretty badass. So I called him and asked if he’d be interested in doing a mixtape. He heard what I was up to and he said, ‘We gotta do a book – this is a novel!’ He got excited, and it became more like an EP than a mixtape.

The track that best captures the feelings that motivate “Toussaint St. Jean” is the intensely dramatic “The Streets Pronounce Me Dead,” a chronicle of Wyclef witnessing his own metaphoric funeral. It’s a commentary on Wyclef’s sense of himself as a forgotten man on the hip-hop scene, despite the groundbreaking impact of his former group, the Fugees, whose 1996 album “The Score” is the best-selling hip-hop album of all time, with sales of nearly twenty million copies worldwide. The song cites the flood of younger rappers – Akon, Lil Jon, Kanye West, among them -- who have risen up as Wyclef has gone onto prominence as a solo artist and producer for the likes of Shakira, Mick Jagger, Bono and John Legend.

Tracks like “Warriorz,” “Letter From the Penn” and “Toussaint vs. Bishop” paint riveting pictures, “hood stories,” as Wyclef describes them, of street life and its consequences. The gripping storytelling in those songs recalls the raw environments in Haiti and Brooklyn from which Wyclef emerged – “from the hut to the projects to the mansion,” as he memorably puts it in “Slumdog Millionaire.” It’s a story arc that these songs make compelling.

Wyclef views the message of “Toussaint St. Jean” as “not everything that appears bad is really bad, because the real bad men move in silence. So be careful what you emulate, because it’s could get you six feet deep. If you don’t see me with a gun, it doesn’t mean that the guy with the gun is badder than me. I’ve been in those communities, but you’ve got to rise past that world.”  And, as always with Wyclef, there’s more to the story than meets the eye. “Toussaint St. Jean” represents just the first step on the road to another album he intends to release in 2010 titled simply “wyclefjean.” The album will reflect a three-dimensional portrait of an artist for whom the gritty sagas of Toussaint St. Jean are just one part.

Wyclef, who is also known as one of the hottest music producers today has worked with every major artist from Bono to Shakira to Santana. His 2007 written and produced “Hips Don’t Lie” featuring Shakira was a #1 hit around the world, further expanding his utopian multi-cultural appeal. His extensive humanitarian work with his Yéle Haiti organization which he founded in 2005 has brought much needed worldwide attention to his native Haiti.  His inextricable relationship with fans is unprecedented. In a matter of a few months, Wyclef’s Twitter following was over 1 million -- in a sense, his fans are considered an extension of him.

Wyclef Jean is set to release his self titled LP "Wyclef Jean" in March 2010 through Columbia Records.

DJ Drama Presents WYCLEF JEAN AKA Toussaint St Jean “FROM THE HUT TO THE PROJECTS TO THE MANSION” Track Listing:

1. Interlude – From The Hut, To The Projects, To The Mansion
2. Warrior’s Anthem
3. The Streets Pronounce Me Dead
4. Slumdog Millionairefeat. Cyndi Lauper aka Luscious Loo
5. Interlude – Every Now & Then
6. Walk Away
7. More Bottles feat. Timbaland
8. You Don’t Wanna Go Outside
9.  Toussaint vs. Bishop
10. Interlude – The Struggle
11. We Made It
12. Suicide Love feat. Eve
13. Letter From The Penn
14. Robotic Love
15. Gangsta Girl feat. Lil Kim
16. Interlude – Tell The Kids The Truth
17. The Shottas

The (W)rap Up - Week of October 6, 2009


Tash :: Control Freek
Amalgam Digital

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Tash has tried to go the solo route once before on "Rap Life" with equally frustrating results, but you can't keep a good rapper down. After all Tash was so determined and focused that he stayed in California when his parents divorced rather than moving back to his native Columbus, Ohio - and his rap career has been a roller coaster of highs and lows (double entendre intended) ever since. All Tash needs to compete is a good beat, and he'll provide a rap that's amusing, hard hitting or tells a good story - sometimes all of the above."

http://www.rapreviews.com/feature.html

Co-Defendants :: The Patdown :: High Valley Music
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace 

"Hailing from Lansing, Michigan, the Co-Defendants are comprised of J-Holla and 3rd Deggree (yes, two g's). Both artists had been embarking on their own journeys, but would collaborate with each other from time to time. Through the power of their fans, they were eventually paired together, officially signing with High Valley Entertainment and becoming known as the Co-Defendants. Intent on bridging the gap between urban and pop music, CoDef presents their debut album, "The Patdown.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_thepatdown.html

D. Black :: Ali'Yah :: Sportn' Life Records
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler 

"The Seattle-based emcee and producer indulges the listener with his soulful new project, which proves that he deserves to be the flagship artist of his Sportin' Life Records. It's an album that you can almost immediately recognize will be a solid offering. D. Black was an unknown until he was given the opportunity to drop a stellar verse on Jake One's solid "White Van Music" album. That's the only window he needed. Add an ingredient of Vitamin D, the renowned underground producer that mentored him, and you have a problem – in a good way."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_aliyah.html

Fat Joe :: Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E. 2) :: Terror Squad/EMI Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"The two greatest enemies to career success in hip-hop are jealousy and time. Fat Joe has been rapping about the former for over 15 years now, and he's still here big balling and eating good - possibly better than he ever has in his career. In any field of endeavor, it only takes one envious person turning from jealousy to hatred to cause tragedy, but hip-hop artists have seen more than their fair share. It may be that intimate knowledge of what haters are thinking that has given Joe a survivor's edge - the more he's rapped about it, the more he avoids the urban traps set by everyone who prays for his downfall. Give credit where it's due - Joe is a crafty, entrepreneurial and resourceful dude."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_jose2.html

K-Maxx :: The Whole Woo Wop :: Independent Distribution Collective
as reviewed by Guido Stern 

"San Franciscan MC-cum-producer K-Maxx makes an earnest attempt to find a balance between candid lyricism, bouncy party hooks (with a tinge of hyphy) and early ‘90s R&B on "The Whole Woo Wop," his third effort that fittingly means "all-encompassing." While K-Maxx (a moniker that seems to point to his early career as a radio host) certainly encompasses a number of styles and genres, here, there is a definite imbalance in quality from one song to the next."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_wholewoowop.html

k-os :: Yes! :: EMI/Virgin Records
as reviewed by Eric Sirota 

""Yes!," Canadian MC/producer/musician k-os's third studio LP, was released by EMI/Virgin in April, though Rapreviews.com didn't pick it up until now. Few have probably noticed. Unlike his previous album, "Atlantis: Hymns for Disco," which quickly scored big on the Canadian charts, "Yes!," with the exception of its first single, "4, 3, 2, 1," which premiered at 98 on the charts, has generally flown under the radar. All the same, no one worth their salt ever said the only good albums are the ones everyone listens to right away. The release's relatively low profile should in no way reflect on the quality of the record, which is, by the way, exceptionally high."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_kosyes.html

Panacea :: Corkscrew Gaps EP :: Neosonic Productions
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"There's a reliably fresh feeling to anything they do, a pervasive sense that conventional rap norms do not fit this tandem. You can't pigeonhole Panacea. Raw Poetic is an emcee who can bust over any beat, at any tempo, on any topic, at any time. K-Murdock is as eclectic as they come on production, happily digging in a variety of crates from funk to R&B to video games to anime. The only thing you're guaranteed to expect when you check out Panacea is that they're on a level other people aren't - either going so far back they've made everything old brand new or so far ahead that listeners haven't caught up yet."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_corkscrewgaps.html

Saigon :: Warning Shots 2 :: E1 Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"Perplexing conundrum - you're one of the hottest rappers in all of hip-hop, yet in seven years you can't find a label to put you on. You're famous enough to have been a guest star on HBO's "Entourage," yet you're so frustrated with the music industry you publicly announce "I QUIT" on your personal blog. You record multiple albums that never get put out, yet your name and songs are on every mixtape in the country. You just can't stop fighting with other popular rappers in the game like Joe Budden and Prodigy, yet you're one of the most beloved spitters out there. With this many contradictions, you could only be Saigon." 

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_warningshots2.html

Soulico :: Exotic on the Speaker :: Jdub Records
as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler 

"Occasionally in this tired game of rap I come across something truly unique – never before can I honestly say that I've come across a 4-member DJ crew from the Middle East. That's because Soulico is the first of their sort, at least that's what they argue (and I'm in no position to argue). Their music, as heard on "Exotic On the Speaker," is a creative blend of dancehall, techno and hip-hop influences."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_exoticonthe.html

Top $ Raz :: Spilled Milk :: {self-distributed}
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"It's not every day that anyone on the RR staff will go out of their way to cover a self-distributed artist with nothing but a zip file and a MySpace page, but Top $ Raz had an "in" that most other aspiring artists don't - he knows Adam B. Our lead interview writer also does a monthly hip-hop podcast for the site called The Adam B Experience and Raz has been a regular feature on B's shows. I don't just post the shit people, I listen to it, and trust me you should too. Some of the rappers B features on the show are so obscure your average underground rapper stands six feet OVER their heads, but very rarely does he put someone on that makes me say "Why the hell did he play that shit?" B finds the artists that you don't know, that you SHOULD know, and puts them over by playing their shit."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_spilledmilk.html


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