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The (W)rap Up - Week Of June 29, 2010
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article



Marco Polo :: The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo!
Duck Down Music Inc.
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
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"Marco. POLO!!! A childhood swimming pool game most readers have no doubt played many times - and some may be old enough to have taught it to their children too. Of course the name's claim to fame runs much deeper than that - the original Marco Polo was a 13th century merchant and explorer whose novel "Il Milione" became one of the most widely read books of his time. Polo's account of his travels throughout China exposed Europeans to a people and culture they had not previously been familiar with, and to this day scholars still debate whether his accounts are literally accurate or embellished for the audience that would read his tales. General agreement seems to be that it's an accurate tome albeit one that has an often jingoistic Christian tone, but it's fair to say either way the influence of the book means his name is well remembered almost 700 years after his death. "

Baron Von Alias + MistaBreeze :: The Great & The Magnificent :: {self-released}
as reviewed by Emanuel Wallace

"A few months back, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne's Baron Von Alias teamed up with Arhat to take listeners on a time-traveling journey with "GMT+1: Timezones & Loopholes." One of the songs on that album was titled "Devil's Rejects" (which also appears on this album) and featured an emcee by the name of MistaBreeze. I'm guessing that Baron Von and Mista picked up on the chemistry as they've combined forces for an entire album to become "The Great & The Magnificent.""

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_thegreatand.html

Carnival :: Population of Invisible People :: Back Draft Entertainment
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

"Full disclosure: I'm not the target audience for this album. I'm not a practising Christian, I'm not a fan of Christian rap, and I had to look up what the HHH in Carnival's URL stood for. (It's Holy Hip Hop, a contested label for Christian rap, contested because some Christians feel that hip hop is so ungodly that calling it holy is blasphemy.) But as sometimes happens, a Christan rap album comes my way to review, and so I put my personal feelings aside, and try to appreciate the album for what it's trying to do.  This album came out a year ago, but only now found it's way to my inbox. I'm guessing the Youngstown, OH group is trying to reach a wider audience than just the Christian hip hop community, so they've reached out to RapReviews."

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_invisiblepeople.html

Tha Dogg Pound :: Keep On Ridin :: Gangsta Advisory Recordingz
as reviewed by Pete T.

"I recently read an account of the Dogg Pound discography which estimated that between solo records, group efforts, and side projects, Daz and Kurupt have put out three dozen albums since their seminal Death Row debut "Dogg Food" in 1995. While common logic would suggest that such oversaturation would lead to watered-down releases (it has) and decreasing anticipation with increasingly frequent release dates (it has), their philosophies seem to be total opposites of their early mentor and collaborator Dr. Dre's, who despite massive demand has released a grand total of two albums in two decades as a solo artist. Yet such is the way of the rap game—a frustrating perfectionist, Dre remains the West Coast's most recognizable name, while despite having sold millions of records, Tha Dogg Pound maintains a very low profile at the dawn of a new decade."

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_keeponridin.html

Duma Love :: Corey Vol. 1 :: Intolerance Records
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"While Duma Love is a new name on this website, he's not without some credentials and accomplishments before we spill a single drop of digital ink on his behalf. For those who remember the J-pop group Cibo Matto, signed to Warner Bros. Records and closely affiliated with the Beastie Boys imprint Grand Royal, Duma Love was their "go to" man. Duma was their percussionist, beatbox, worked the turntables and in general filled in on any part they didn't have a musician for. In this role he appeared twice on the David Letterman show, recorded music with the Beastie Boys, and went all around the globe and back again. Cibo Matto broke up in 2001 to pursue solo projects, and although it's not surprising that Duma Love would eventually be the next branch off that tree to grow into a full album. "

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_coreyvol1.html

J. Keys :: The Dead Horse :: RefinedHype.com
as reviewed by Daniel Oh

"From this impressive music tradition, we get J. Keys. He currently bases his operations from New York, but he was born and raised in Detroit, and you can tell he draws a lot of his style from that gritty soul that J. Dilla symbolized. His mixtape, "The Dead Horse," tries to harken back to the days of conscious, meaningful music with live instruments and traditional drumlines, which only fits since he mostly uses J. Dilla's beats as a canvas to speak his mind. His mission statement is to "fill a void," or to play a role that's been vacated in the recent craze to get everything auto-tuned"

http://rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_thedeadhorse.html

Ozi Batla :: Wild Colonial :: Elefant Traks
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

""Wild Colonial" is the first solo record from Shannon Kennedy, aka Ozi Batla. Ozi is a veteran of Australian hip hop, performing for the past decade-plus in groups the Herd and Astronomy Class. The Herd are sort of an Aussie Roots, performing as a full band, mixing live instruments with their machine-made beats, and offering insightful, intellectual lyrics. For his solo debut, Ozi teamed up with producer Sandro and DJ Bonez, who share his love of classic old-school hip hop. The result is twelve tracks of hip hop that mixes melodic but hard-hitting beats and thoughtful lyrics. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_wildcolonial.html

ScholarMan :: Fatherhood Dreamlovers Mix EP :: Soganic Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Belatedly we offer this brief review in recognition of this brief EP, given away free by ScholarMan for Father's Day 2010 in recognition of fatherhood everywhere. This one plays more to ScholarMan's strengths as a producer than as a rapper, and in fact the longest song "Heartbeat" features no vocal performances at all other than in the form of samples. Still this suits the theme of the EP well as it's entirely possible your father (certainly mine) just isn't that into hip-hop, but might feel a good beat you could cruise to. Speaking of samples on "Heartbeat" though, they're all about what it means to BE a father, from a variety of different voices of different backgrounds, all talking about fatherhood from their own perspective. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_fatherhooddream.html

Sick Jacken :: Stray Bullets :: Urban Kings Music Group
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Sick Jacken's career to date has been a trial of tragedy and triumph presented as a soundtrack of psychodelic stylings. In 1997, Jacken and his brother Big Duke reached a career peak as their group Psycho Realm became affiliated with (and heavily featured) B-Real of Cypress Hill on their self-titled major label debut. Unfortunately music label politics derailed a promising partnership between both sides, and bad went to worse when Duke was shot and paralyzed from the neck down. Psycho Realm released a couple more albums together as a group after this tragedy, but Duke gradually transitioned to a behind the scenes role and let his brother represent for them both as a group artist. "

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_straybullets.html

Side Effect :: Dirt Hustlin' :: Whitmore Skillz Music
** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series **
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Side Effect speaks from experience on "Superior," the second track from 2006's "Dirt Hustlin'." Far from a new jack, Effect goes all the way back to 1990, when rope chains and Cross Colour clothing were all the rage, when he and friend JSmoove formed the now highly obscure group II Scandalous. They had a minute where they were getting it in on the Philadelphia scene, but never managed to break through nationally and broke up, leaving them best known as a footnote in SE's career. That career got put on hold through most of the 1990's for other pursuits, but SE never lost his love of hip-hop. He started dropping independent albums early in the 21st century, joined the Vans Warped tour, and even opened for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in Philadelphia - all BEFORE the "Dirt Hustlin'" CD was released. "

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

Z-Ro :: Heroin :: Rap-A-Lot Records
as reviewed by Pete T

""Heroin" was first announced for 2009, a typically busy year which saw a solo release, a very good but largely unheard collaboration album with fellow Houston rapper Chill, and numerous mixtapes and lower level releases. One of the mixtapes, a two-disc set titled "Cocaine," was condensed to a single disc and repackaged as a retail album by Rap-A-Lot, reportedly against Z-Ro's will. Even if ‘Ro never meant for it to see the light of day, listeners found yet another strong collection of new material. Now that "Heroin" has finally surfaced, Z-Ro's fans may grow nostalgic for "Cocaine" and should become even more alert of the circumstances surrounding each of his releases"

http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2010_06_zroheroin.html

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