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The (W)rap Up - Week of October 6, 2009
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Sunday, October 11th, 2009 at 9:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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."

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.""

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."

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."

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."

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 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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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