FREE DL: Libretto’s “Gangsta Jazz Volume 2 – The Album”

Out of Portland is a new album from Libretto called Gangsta Jazz Volume 2 – The Album, 14 new cuts for everyone. If you’re familiar with him, you know it has been awhile since he released anything but now that he’s out of jail, he’s ready to let everyone know why he remains in hip-hop. The album, which features help from Theory Hazit, Klavical and Dcokah, was released yesterday through Liquid Beat Records and while the album can be downloaded for free, you can “name your price” and/or also purchase it on cassette for your boom box love.

VIDEO: Libretto featuring Theory Hazit’s “Headhunters”

Gangsta Jazz Volume Two – The Album is album due out in a few weeks by Portland MC Libretto. One of the song was done with Theory Hazit called “Headhunters” and they’ve made a video for it that I’d like to share with you here. They’re hanging out at the Moda Center in the NE part of the city close to the river, a significant area for those of you who know a bit about black history in Rose City and the song is just as intense as the history is. Listen to the sample for a possible clue but it has to do with the rich jazz history Portland has in the neighborhood where the Moda is today.

FREE MP3 DL: Serge Severe’s “Emptied Cup”

Read the e-mail about this new song by Serge Severe after the fact, for it’s the introduction to a series of songs he’s releasing at the end of the week called “Severe Saturdays”. It being Monday, I’m late but I will be sure to keep an eye on it the next time. This one is produced by Theory Hazit called “Emptied Cup”, so bring your cup out and get ready for new music from Serge every Saturday for awhile.

FREE MP3 DL: Theory Hazit featuring LMNO’s “It’s So Sweet (Soulseize Remix)”

This may sound like a complex equation so follow me for just a moment. Theory Hazit did a song called “It’s So Sweet”. It features rapper LMNO and some turntable help from DJ PA. The song is from Theory’s Modern Marvels album on Illect, but this mix was done by Soulseize so if you liked the original, you’re sure to be into this new version too.


REVIEW: Sundance’s “Midlife Marauders”

 photo SundanceMM_cover_zps39a8d126.jpg When you name your album based on a well known hip-hop album, you’re trying to make a statement. Sundance has done this with Midlife Marauders, a slight look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders but instead waiting until after 12am to find the newness in the music you love, you’re now dealing with the reality of where you’re at now. In this case, midlife can be anything from real life to ones career, taking a look from the outside and trying to understand where you’re at and what to do next.

The vibe of this album feels like something you might hear in a Roots discography, perfectly between How I Got Over and undun, as Sundance tells his story in a very genuine way with little to no metaphors, and it’s somewhat obvious on what he’s talking about. It’s also nice to hear hip-hop that isn’t afraid to sound like it’s older and mature, as if it realized it can’t be 14 forever and wants to celebrate its existence. While the album also features collaborations with Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Theory Hazit, Ozay Moore, Sojourn, Elias, KJ 52, JustMe, Boombox Titans, J Givens, and Khadia Che among many, you can still hear the fact that this is a Sundance project and everyone else also knows it’s his album too.

While the album also has instrumentals to some of the songs, the true album is about eight songs long running at 30, but it’s the perfect length to tell the stories he is successful in taking. Now that we are in the concept of a midlife crisis, Sundance knows that your menstruating heart can’t bleed enough for two, and now he’s trying to find his way into some level of sanity.


AUDIO: Scribbling Idiots featuring KJ-52, Theory Hazit, JustMe & EF Cuttin’s “Got That Hunger”

Scribbling Idiots are less than two weeks away from releasing their Illect Recordings album Invitation Only, but they decided to share yet another track from it. A few days ago they passed along “Pass It”, but this time, along with EF Cuttin, JustMe, Theory Hazit, and DJ-52, they want to let everyone know why they “Got That Hunger” with a bit of audio nourishment.

FREE DL: Sundance offer some “Remixes From The Sun”

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Genre-bending hip-hop? The more the better.

This project by Sundance highlights some of the music he produced between 2009 to 2012, and if it seems that the hip-hop being pushed is just lame and flatline, you’re missing out on some of the varieties of hip-hop being made in that land called “elsewhere”, where Sundance seems to lounge around in from time to time. The album features tracks from some people you may already be familiar with, including Sivion, Theory Hazit, Mr. J. Medeiros, Lightheaded, and many more.

For those who prefer hard copy, a compact disc will be made available, but you can pre-order the CD by heading to Illect Recordings.

VIDEO: Theory Hazit’s “Ol D3rty Hazit”

Brand new video from Theory Hazit, who always has new theories to drop but for now this is a video for his song “Ol D3rty Hazit”, as he displays how he gets busy on the mic while transferring digital files to 60 minute cassettes.