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The (W)rap Up - Week of October 13, 2009
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Sunday, October 18th, 2009 at 8:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One :: Parallel Uni-Verses
Gold Dust Media/!K7

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"The year of hip-hop superteams continues. We've already had the all-star Slaughterhouse team, the New York dynamic duo of KRS-One & Buckshot, the Brooklyn to Boston duo of Masta Ace & Edo.G among others, and at long last it's time for Del the Funky Homosapien and Tame One to take their turn. Wait... Del and Tame? In terms of dusted, bugged out unconventional rap flows, there may not be any two rappers on Earth more well met than Tame and Del. Each one has cultivated their following over the years amongst the populace and their peers by doing shit their own way, sometimes in direct opposition to being commercially viable. No one has ever said "Fuck Del/Tame, all they do is bubblegum pop rap, that shit is garbage." These two rappers are creativity personified."

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

DOOM :: Unexpected Guests :: Gold Dust Media/!K7
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"DOOM. The same word that excites a true rap head usually implies impending disaster in any other context, to the point that you might hear Private James Frazer in your head instead of a semi-intoxicated verbal pugilist. Nobody wants to be "doomed to their fate" unless their name is Daniel Dumile, one of the most popular underground rap icons of the last fifteen years. To become the mysterious man behind the metal face mask though Dumile experienced a lot of personal tragedy, but as he puts the metal mask on he transforms into the anti-hero who doesn't always do the right thing for the right reasons yet saves the day anyway."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_unexpectedguests.html

Ill Mondo * Neal Rames :: Ill Mondo * Neal Rames! :: Ill Mondo Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"This write-up is either early or late. The featured artist is either Ill Mondo or Neal Rames. This opening paragraph is either inconclusive or completely on point. The MC on this album is either the second coming of the Beastie Boys or the rapping version of Neal Armstrong. The producer is either friends with the aforementioned rapper or one half of a well-respected Bay Area production team. The guest stars are either Percee P, Prince Po or Sean Price. The structure of this format is either irritating you or intriguing you more."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_illmondo.html

J Dilla :: Dillanthology 3 :: Rapster Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon 

"Honestly I think it's beginning to get a bit ridiculous. I miss James Yancey as much as any man alive. The news of Dilla's death on February 10th of 2006 hit me hard - possibly too hard. It made me miss living in Michigan. It made me miss Slum Village. It made me purchase a "J Dilla Changed My Life" t-shirt that I rock with pride every summer. I have every album he released while alive, and almost all that were released (or re-released) posthumously. There's no doubt that when to' up I've shed tears in Dilla's memory, and for me his memory looms as large as Biggie & 'Pac. Despite that I think it's beginning to get a bit ridiculous. How many posthumous compilations of Dilla do we need?"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_dillanthology3.html

Jim Jones & Webstar :: The Rooftop :: E1 Entertainment
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Chicken Noodle Soup with Harlem's American Gangster on the side? As odd as that collaboration might seem, both Jim Jones and Webstar are Harlem natives who love their hood, although Webstar might love his lunchtime special more - after all it's his only claim to fame thus far. At least lil' Webstar is all grown up now, because the last time out he was too young to even get a parental advisory sticker. Now he's got the R rating and a cell phone of his own, and as a result he and his crew (Young B, Young Deion, Rex & Ricky Blaze) have some advice for you: "Follow Me on Twitter.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_therooftop.html

Knine :: Robots Have Feelings Too :: {self-released}
as reviewed by John-Michael Bond 

"One my favorite quotes of all time is from the show King of the Hill. Hank, the show's matriarch, comes across a Christian rock band whose music is frankly pretty awful. He looks these guys straight in the eye and tells them "you're not making Christianity better, you're making rock and roll worse." In my years of reviewing music this has always been my feeling on Christian rap, with the exception of a soft spot I've still got for a few DC Talk record from back in my youth. Far too often these artists try too hard to walk the line between being a minister and a pop star and end up failing miserably at both. If you're giving all your glory to God you shouldn't be writing songs that sound like strip club anthems with the occasional shout out to the Lord. The fact that you don't swear shouldn't be the only reason people think you're Christian. And you sound like a fool talking about all your money when you're spreading the word about a dude who had contempt for the rich, who walked everywhere (even over water), and didn't charge for his live show"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_robotshavefeelingstoo.html

QN5 Music :: Baby Blue For Pink :: QN5 Music
as reviewed by Guido Stern 

"Released in early February 2008 in anticipation of Valentine's Day, "Baby Blue For Pink" showcases QN5's clever lyricism and laidback production. A quickly rising label worthy of comparisons to Def Jux and Stones Throw Records, QN5's best-known artists include CunninLynguists and label founder Tonedeff. Rightfully so—as they are ridiculously talented artists—but QN5 is also home to a number of more unheralded talents"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_babyblueforpink.html

Shortyo :: King of the Kounty :: Affiliated Entertainment Group
as reviewed by John-Michael Bond 

"After listening to Shortyo's "King of the Kounty" I'm well aware that talking shit on him will get m shot. He tells the listener quite a few times on track 16, "Boogie Picking Angelo." So in the interest of keeping myself from getting shot I'll follow my mother's advice about keeping my mouth shut if I can't say anything nice. So I would like to formally congratulate Shortyo for having some of the best ears in the rap game. From beginning to end "King of the Kounty" is one of the best produced rap records I've heard this year."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_kingofthekounty.html

Skyzoo :: The Salvation :: Jamla/Duck Down Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor 

"Skyzoo is a Brooklyn MC who has released a string of mixtapes, including "The Power of Words" with Statik Selektah and DJ Drama. "The Salvation" is his debut album. If you look at the back of the album, you'll immediately notice that there are no other rappers on the disc. Zip. Zero. No features, no phone-in verse by Lil Wayne, no posse cuts, no verses by weed carriers or friends of friends. It's Skyzoo's show and Skyzoo's alone, barring Carlitta Durant's vocals on "Easy To Fly." It's a daring choice for an up and coming rapper to go at it totally alone, but it makes sense. "The Salvation" is an intensely personal album, so it's fitting that Skyzoo tells the whole story himself. He also has the chops to pull off 16 solo tracks."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2009_10_thesalvation.html

Spice 1 :: 187 He Wrote :: Jive Records
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace 

"In the early 90's, the misogynistic and violent reality rap that was coming out of California was at an all-time high. In addition to the veterans like Too Short, Ice-T, and Ice Cube, it seemed like there was an influx of new rappers with rhymes to kick and stories to tell. Snoop Dogg was one of those rappers. DJ Quik was one of those rappers. Not as famous but just as revered was a rapper that was discovered by Too Short that went by the name of Spice 1. His first full length release was the self-titled "Spice 1" in May of 1992, which peaked at #82 on the Billboard 200 and featured two prominent singles, "In My Neighborhood" and "Welcome To The Ghetto". The following year, Spice was featured on the soundtrack to the coming-to-age film, "Menace II Society" with his song "Nigga Gots No Heart". A few short months later, Spiggedy Spice Wiggedy One was set to release his sophomore effort, "187 He Wrote"."

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/BTTL_spice187hewrote.html

 

 



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