REVIEW: Gods’illa “The Album”

If I’m not nice on the mic, then show me somebody who might… give me some competition/let me hear something that’ll make me wanna listen/’cause everbody hustlin’ and everybody spittin’/everybody smokin’ and everybody sippin’/I’m powerful, I strive to do different (listen)/So who readin’, who writin’, who teachin’/who keepin’ all of you out the streets when/guns and drugs is giving them a reason to run around acting like a heathen (damn!)/I’m still in B’more, so yeah, I’m still believin’ that wack rap cats’ll fall back (and) stop speakin’

Not even half way through the first full-length song on this album and I was sold. You’ll see their name and think “okay, they’re a spiritual group because they feel that God is illa (iller) than all.” While that may be true, being spiritual or even Christian is not the running theme. Now others might be saying “aah, just like Ol’ Dirty Bastard once said, the black man is God, so does that mean that these guys feel that being a self-proclaimed God is iller than most, and if so, more than who?” Whatever the proper definition of their name is, what I do hear on Gods’illa: The Album is the kind of rhymes, flows, and production that brings to mind the best of groups like Heltah Skeltah, Originoo Gunn Clappaz, Smif-N-Wessun and Black Moon. In other words, there’s a sense of brotherhood and friendship that comes from being together for a few years, it doesn’t sound like a rush job or something manufactured. Each of the guys have distinct voices so it’s not like you’ll hear this and go “now is this verse from the same guy I just heard rhyming for the last 45 minutes”, I myself like hearing individuality in their deliveries and I do hear it here. As they say in “Glaciers”, it’s all about blasting “verbal shots” because they may be “slaving for paper” due to the fact that they still have to be grinding in order to survive. They are willing to fight in order to make a living, and that fight is done in the means of writing intense lyrics.

With that said, don’t expect them to come off as 24/7 street soldiers or anything like that, they do manage to have a bit of fun and spirit in a Pharcyde sense, but also don’t take that to sound like they’re rhyming nothing but jokes in high pitched voices. There’s just an attitude that I like because it sounds as if they’re all in the same room, making smirks at each other, and going “yeah, I wanna out do you for the love of what we as a collective represent.” When you have special guests dropping rhymes with Acem, Truth and Powerful, they become a part of the family too, it doesn’t sound like any of them are trying to 1-up on each other for the sake of future credibility on their resumes.

Gods’illa will hopefully continue to do what it takes to get themselves heard, but I hope this i no way diminishes the united spirit I hear here. They sound hungry, and that makes this even more of a vicious attack on the senses, as the verse I quoted above shows. What’s the time? Yes, it’s time to get Gods’illa.

FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD: Nottz featuring Asher Roth & Colin Munroe’s “Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor)”

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Personally, I could care less about a potential duet between Drake and Trey Songz but I’m down with hearing Asher Roth & Colin Munroe combining their talents with Nottz for this track. As the photo indicates, it sounds like two guys kicking it at the park, shooting the shit and simply offering a nice song without complications. I wish Asher, Colin, and Nottz were my neighbors. Hi, neighbors.

A video has been made for the song (as shown here), so when it surfaces, it will be posted.

Dontcha Wanna Be My Neighbor” (5.65mb)

SOME STUFFS: Soulive begin to d-do it on the road

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The release of Soulive‘s new album, Rubber Soulive, has lead them to the top of the iTunes jazz charts. People who have never heard of Soulive may be doing so because the album is a tribute to The Beatles, or Soulive has been able to take their brand of jazz, funk, and soul and move it to the Beatles world. Now you’ll be able to see them do some of these songs live when they start their tour beginning tomorrow (October 1st), so go get a ticket:
October 1 | Maritime Magic | Baltimore, MD
October 2 | Terminal 5 | New York, NY
October 7 | Northern Lights | Albany, NY
October 8 | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
October 9 | Port City Music Hall | Portland, ME
October 16 | Clearwater Jazz Festival | Clearwater, FL
October 29 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
October 30 | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
November 4 | The Rex | Pittsburgh, PA
November 5 | The State Theater | Falls Church, VA
November 6 | World Cafe Live | Philadelphia, PA
November 7 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
November 8 | Pisgah | Asheville, NC
November 9 | The Poor House | Charleston, SC
November 10 | Neighborhood Theater | Charlotte, NC
November 11 | Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
November 13 | Bear Creek Music & Art Festival | Live Oak, FL
November 19 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
November 20 | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI
December 10 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 11 | The Independent | San Francisco, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 12 | Humbolt Brews | Arcata, CA *w/ special guest Karl Denson
December 14 | Harlow’s | Sacramento, CA
December 15 | Moe’s Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
December 16 | The Roxy | Los Angeles, CA
December 17 | Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
December 18 | Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO
December 30 | Paradise | Boston, MA
December 31 | Paradise | Boston, MA

VIDEO: Megachurch’s “More Mormon Than Mormon”

With a name like Megachurch you have to know that they’re about to do share share of damage. Add that with making “More Mormon Than Mormon” the title of a song. Then someone said “now let’s make a video”. Let me just say that if you are offended by anyone manipulating religious artifacts or combining spiritual imagery with sex, step away from this post.

For the curious, the footage is nicely borrowed from Ken Russell‘s The Devils, which in its time was banned in various countries around the world and will probably never be released on home video. You can read more about it and the different edits that exist, including the faulty U.S. edit, by heading to Wikipedia.

If the feel of the film looks familiar, Russell also directed the film adaptation of The Who‘s Tommy, which also starred actor Oliver Reed (in The Devils he portrayed Urbain Grandier.)

COVERED: Kiss vs. Red Giant

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COVERED is a new section of where I will look for and explore album cover parodies and homages. In other words, consider it a “cover version” of a cover. I’m a big fan of cover parodies and homages, so I’ll post them more often.

Here’s one for Kiss‘s Love Gun album, done by a band out of Cleveland called Red Giant.

VIDEO: Justin Timberlake takes part in a hip-hop history lesson on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”|widget|NBCVideo&__source=nbc|widget|NBCVideo

During Justin Timberlake‘s appearance on Wednesday’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, he talked about how he loved The Roots which lead to Fallon asking him about his love of hip-hop. This lead to a brief tribute of hip-hop from the days of “Rapper’s Delight” to now. Here’s the video.

VIDEO: Estate’s “Nuclear City”

When I hear about new music from Estate, I want to hear more. New projects, new videos, I want to see and hear. This is the brand new video from them called “Nuclear City”, the title track from their new EP. The video itself is “found footage” of what was considered the future, now looking more like the past. Take a look.

VIDEO: Jason James & Rodney Hazard’s “Fame Us”

Jason James & Rodney Hazard have recorded a great album together that isn’t like most hip-hop albums out there, even some of the more obscure underground ones. I say this because while they are independent artists, they’re doing something you might expect to hear in Japan, Europe, or simply “somewhere else”, even though it remains hip-hop. Is it freakist or out of the ordinary? Not at all, but even visually they want to challenge the viewer and listener, which at times feels like a rarity in the genre. These two go beyond genre, and yet remains true to the core of their creativity.

The song is from their Marvelous World Of Color album, and is available as a free download (MP3’s or lossless) by clicking to

VIDEO: Agari Crew featuring Moe Pope’s “Chosen”

Like a rap verse in Seduction‘s “You’re My One And Only True Love” which refers to an old Twix candy bar commercial jingle, sometimes all it takes are two great entities to make things better. This is the case with this new video by Agari Crew who bring on Moe Pope to help them out in “Chosen”. The song is from the group’s 2009 self-titled album.