That man known as 9th Wonder has a song ready for the fall of 2015 called “We Must Stand” and who did he produce? That man who is on the flex known as Sadat X and El Da Sensei, who together call themselves XL. No word on if this will find a home on a project but X and El are putting together an album to be released early in the new year so we’ll see if this shows up on there.
The statement for this song states “it’s been 3 years since Detroit Hip Hop duo The Regiment released their album The Panic Button on HiPNOTT Records” and you’re like “HOLY CRAP! WHAT DID I DO TO MAKE THIS NEW SONG COME OUT?” Well, you didn’t do anything but wait impatiently and now you can hear “Raise Up” with help from the man who is on the flex, Sadat X, along with El Da Sensei. DJ Duct produced this ong, so listen to the juicer and let it coat.
The funky on this is nasty and will make you want to gyrate in figure 8’s, if you know what I’m talking about. “Show Stoppa” goes back to that late 90’s vibe were the chorus is sculpted from acapella scratches, you can thank DJ Devastate for the reason you had to salivate after listen to it. This is from the forthcoming Unearthed compilation on Coalmine, scoop this up.
01: Unearthed (Intro)
02: Pharoahe Monch – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03: Bang This (Interlude)
04: One Dae – Bang This (prod. by Marco Polo)
05: Revolution’s House (Interlude)
06: Big Noyd, Large Professor, Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
07: Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss The Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
08: Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One For The Money (prod. by G-Squared)
09: El Da Sensei – Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)
10: Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
11: Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. DJ Revolution) – On The Run
12: Drop ‘Em (Intro)
13: The Rockness Monstah – Drop ‘Em (prod. by BeanOne)
14: Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
15: Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
16: Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. Boldy James & Statik Selektah) – I’m The City
17: The Artifacts – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
18: Land of the Crooks (Interlude)
20: Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks (prod. by M-Phazes)
21: Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz II Men
21 Most Confident (Interlude)
22: Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)
There will also be bonus cuts on the “‘Untagged Deluxe Edition”:
• Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
• Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – One the Run (Ran Reed Remix)
• Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)
The CD will be released on May 13th and you may pre-order it here. Digital downloads will be available two weeks later.
Royce da 5’9″, El Da Sensei, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and SpaceGhostPurrp are just some of the people associating themselves on the new album by North Carolina’s Fluent. Not only is Retro Future brand new for you and all, it is available for free. Street albums are a dime a dozen these days, but here is one that is worth checking out.
In terms of coming up with an all-star album of rappers, Kid Tsunami’s The Chase (HeadBop) has to be one of the best, although the hip-hop elite might tell you “but wait: these are old school rappers.” As if that’s a bad thing.
The premise of The Chase is that all of the guests on the album are rappers from the 80’s and 90’s, so this is meant to have that old school feel, not only by those who are rhyming, but in the way the instrumentals are made, from well known and worn samples to the productions, where sometimes the horn samples may not be in the same key as the rest of the song. As for those rappers, check out the roster here: Sean Price, Masta Ace, O.C., Prince Po, Bahamadia, AG, Kool G. Rap, Buckshot, Chubb Rock, Pharoahe Monche, Jeru The Damaja, Percee P, El Da Sensei, Craig G., Yesh, J-Live, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, and Sadat X, all delivering fine lines and verses. The one who completely takes the entire album away is the one and only KRS-One, who talks about being in hip-hop for a long time, where hip-hop is from and where it’s going, and why people will still pay for a ticket to hear him speak over funky music. Rap music today may not be where it’s at, but when it comes to KRS-One, it is where it’s at and always will be. When Craig G. makes references to Australia in “Worldwide Connex”, he is referring to Kid Tsunami’s home base in the city of Perth, Western Australia. While most of the MC’s on this album are of American origin, there was a time when hearing their music truly felt worldwide. A small part of me wishes that some of these guys would have rhymed over different styled beats, but I think it would have given the album a bit of an imbalance. Not that Kool G. Rap couldn’t do it, we all remember his verses in UNKLE’s “Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death (Part 1)”, but I think The Chase captures not only a vibe, but a time in history, when going for the paper chase was something you did while making an emphasis to create good music. If the sole hunger is money, the music will suffer, at least to me. Kid Tsunami pulls it off quite well.
Their new EP called We Want More is out now, and also out now is the new video by Koss & El Da Sensei, who demonstrate what it means to be in the center of “Rhymes Square”. You will not see footage of Busta Rhymes in his car or Brandy and her ladies dancing, please keep this in mind.
Grandpa Funnybook is a character from the Wordburglar mindstate, and ol’ Grandpa has released a compilation album with a wide range of MC’s called Grandpa Funnybook’s Mix-Tapingly Arranged Rapping Song Album 2: Dyadic Dynamite!, an all-star sound orgy representing the more adventurous side of the boom bap.
The album features some of my favorite artists doing their thing with the type of rhyme schemes and beat/production structures I enjoy, including CasUno, El The Sensei, More Or Less, former Tri-Citian Beefy, and the ultra superfresh Jesse Dangerously. Together they create a seamless (and accurately made) mix-tape, where the songs are programmed non-stop so the listener doesn’t know when to calm down and breathe things in, or continue listening as a metaphorical endurance test. Looking at the cover, it reminds me of the power of the Mighty Heroes, and maybe the heroes on this album are the new version of that.
Some will say this is alternative hip-hop, nerdcore/nerd hop, or whatever people want to make-up to describe this. It’s hip-hop, period. If no one goes into record stores to go through categories, eliminate the tagging. However, if that is what you’re into, then Grandpa Funnybook’s Mix-Tapingly Arranged Rapping Song Album 2: Dyadic Dynamite! is what you’ll be into, if you’re not already in it.
As the saying goes, no rest for the wicked, and I say this because everytime I look at my e-mail and press releases, I’m thinking “holy buttfalakian, when do these guys get any sleep? For one, El Da Sensei always seems to be coming out with something new. “2 The Death” is a track with Mela Machinko. On top of that, fricken M-Phazes, when does HE get any downtime? The good thing about all of this is that “the more you work, the more they know”, the “they” being you. So know.
Having El Da Sensei & Homeboy Sandman on your song is not a bad thing at all, and when you’re Voorheez‘s, that a hole in the corner pocket right there. The song is called “Place To Be”, which will be released on Vorheez’s forthcoming album, Say Anything, but you can buy the track, available via Amazon.