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The (W)rap Up - Week of December 8, 2009
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Clipse :: Til the Casket Drops
Columbia Records
Author: Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"So "Til the Casket Drops" comes a full three years after what was a critically-acclaimed classic ("Hell Hath No Fury" – one of the few albums this decade that genuinely deserves that accolade), and anticipation levels are fever-pitch amongst hardened hip hop heads, hoping that another HHNF would somehow rescue an entire decade mired in mediocrity. This represents a different kind of pressure for the Clipse, and they finally got what they wished for: a great major label behind them, somewhat more varied production and a fervent fanbase that passionately wants them to succeed."


Chief :: Collabo Collection :: Feelin' Music/Traffic Entertainment Group
as reviewed by Matt Jost

"Chief. No Xcel, no Kamachi, no Chinchilla, just Chief. The 28-year-old beatmaker, a native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has weaved a web of connections that took his music well beyond the shores of the Lake of Geneva. Running a studio and a label under the name of Feelin'Music with fellow producer No Games since 2005, he branched out of the home market with extended collaborations with Brooklyn-based rapper Sene and Maryland's Kaydee and even wound up releasing a full-length by Canadian independent spirit Moka Only. Now he serves up a compilation of his works entitled "Collabo Collection.""


Gift of Gab :: Escape 2 Mars :: Giftstribution/Cornerstone RAS
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"In the five years since that solo debut, we've gotten only one new Blackalicious release, but that doesn't mean Gab has been keeping silent - in fact he formed a NEW group called The Mighty Underdogs that was also lauded by critics and music aficionados alike. Where is Chief Xcel? Good question. You can find one or two references to him having made "special guest appearances" with the Underdogs while they were on tour, but for the most part Xavier Mosley is missing in action. The fact they would appear together in concert as recently as 2008 suggests there's no animosity between the former partners, but "Escape 2 Mars" suggests both musically and metaphorically that Gab has left Xcel behind and gone on to new heights."


DE and DJ Connect :: Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology :: Creative Juices Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"It's hard to fathom a prequel when you haven't heard the original let alone any sequels, but here we are with IDE and DJ Connect's "Table of Content - The Prequel to Ideology" anyway. Off the top the album's title is bothersome to anyone who reads prodigiously, because never has a single tome been published with a "table of content" in it, nor would I want to read one. A book with only one chapter in it? That would either be a short story or an essay - and you certainly wouldn't need a table of CONTENTS to describe that. Thankfully there's more than one chapter to this rap album - there's 19 to be exact - but it's still an annoying attempt by the auteurs of this album to be clever which ends up being exactly the opposite."


 Jaxter :: The W-Town Psychopath :: Long Range Distribution/W-Town Records
as reviewed by Louis 'Delicate Beats' Cloutier

"Jaxter is "the W Town Psychopath". What is "W Town", you might ask? The answer is the most populous city in the Midwestern state of Kansas, Wichita. This makes Jaxter somewhat of a pioneer, as I don’t think I ever heard of a rapper from Kansas. With "the W Town Psychopath", Jaxter gives us an album that has a very mixtape-ish feeling to it. Firstly, there are a total of twenty tracks on this LP. While I thought that Illmatic was a bit short at ten songs, twenty is overkill for almost anybody, especially a new artist. Secondly, there are collaborations on thirteen of the album’s twenty tracks, and eleven of these feature two artists or more. Essentially, half the songs on "the W Town Psychopath" are posse cuts."


J. Davis Trio :: These Things Happen :: Fanatic Promotion/Yo-Yo Smuggler Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Chicago's own J. Davis Trio aren't out to change the world, nor are they out to be the most prolific rap group of all time, nor are they household names across the land. The phrase that best epitomizes their career AND their style to date is "quietly good." They don't make a whole lot of noise figuratively or literally, but since 2002 they've been doing laid back hip-hop jazz that has won a lot of converts to their sound. Imagine if GangStarr, The Roots and Aceyalone all got dumped into a blender along with a couple of bottles of cough syrup. Set on puree and you've got the J. Davis Trio - mellow, slow, smooth and a little bit of a trip."


Lupe Fiasco :: Enemy of the State :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Jesal 'Jay Soul' Padania

"Sometimes you get the feeling that the Chi-Town native hates the fact that he was born into this era, one where he is forced to trade in a currency out of sync with the 1990's supply of genial music, lyrics and concepts. He is constantly swimming against a tide of – let's face it – bullshit, where creativity is a word said with contempt by record executives attempting to craft indelible chart-topping singles by any means necessary. To his credit, however, he has led a crusade against the dumbing-down and found favour, and huge levels of support, within the hip hop community – all without much need of a gimmick."


Mo Wiley :: Major League Ballin' :: Luck Media/First Kut Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Kali-4-nigh-A look out! There's a hot new hip-hop bitch in town looking to take over. Wait a minute - that's not quite accurate. When looking at the album cover there's no question that Mo Wiley is "hot" in the looks department, and if she says she's the queen of the bitches, one can only take her word for it. Does this mean that Mo Wiley can take over and be the next Lil' Kim, Trina or Suga T? Stay tuned for more on that topic - let's introduce you to Wiley first."


Live From Bonnaroo 2009
Label: Big Hassle Media/Axis Operations
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Bonnaroo is a word made for hip-hop. Broken down to its 9th Ward roots, bonnaroo literally means "the best of the streets." You can't know hip-hop without knowing the streets, figuratively or literally. Rappers love the streets and would never leave, or hate the streets and would never go back. Streets are mean, streets are green, they show no love even if you love them back, and that's where all your friends are at. A bonnaroo hip-hop artist could brush the dirt of Jay-Z's shoulders and then shove him aside - he (or she) would be the one running this town tonight. The funny thing is that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is decidedly NOT from the streets."


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