As spring in the northern hemisphere is wrapping up, The Audible Doctor is continuing his Seasons series of EP’s with a new release called The Spring Tape so check him out with a bit of help from Kingpin, Has-Lo, Wordsworth, Davenport Grimes, Tragedy Khadafi, and Masta Ace.
Killah priest, Ras Kass, Kurupt and Canibus have arrived as The Four Horsement and together they’ve come out with a song that is “Historic”. In this remix of the song, it features Tragedy Khadafi and they all go in for the scorch.
If you’re able to ask people like Rusty Juxx, Afu Ra, and Tragedy Khadafi to help you out in a song, what do you do? You head into the restroom, look into the mirror and say “damn, it feels good to be Endemic”. Okay, maybe not something as egotistical as that but Endemic could do it if he wanted but instead he asked them and then received their contributions in what is now known as “High Society”. This will be on Endemic’s album Terminal Illness 2 (No Cure), due out on the 26th of November. The album will also feature help from Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Darkim be Allah, Prodigal Sunn, and many more.
Another taste of Alterbeats’ Class Struggle is being made available for your earhole convenience, this one bringing together Tragedy Khadafi and Divine for a presentation of the “7th Dynasty”. October 29th is when you’ll be able to get the full Struggle, barring any deliberate leaks.
Endemic is a UK producer who has a good ear for what he wants, needs, and desires. For his latest project, hew knew what he wanted was in New York City, specifically to Queens for Tragedy Khadafi, and to Brooklyn for Afu Ran and Ruste Juxx. The combination here may sound too good to be true, but wait until you actually hear the song, which they’re calling “High Society”.
A new Endemic album is on its way called Terminal Illness 2, and look who else he has brought into the mix: Masta Killa, Shabazz The Disciple, Roc Marciano, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Salute Da Kidd, P.R. Terrorist, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla’s Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. Too nice, right? Damn right it is.
The Grimey Tape is a street album that comes courtesy of Mad Men Entertainment and Mafia Mixtapes, and features a mess of people rhyming and doing things all over it, including Havoc, AG, Tragedy Khadafi, Mayhem Lauren, Mic Handz, Nutso, Ty Nitty, Blaq Poet, and many more. If all of these people are to your liking, you’re going to want to hear this.
From now until the end of the world (five more months), there will always be the debate of what makes up “real hip-hop”. Forget that. The new album by Large Professor is just “that damn good hip-hop”. Professor @ Large (Fat Beats), to me at least, represents quality hip-hop as I like to hear it. Some will say “as it should be done”, but the music has always been diverse, moving in as many direction as it wants without anyone knowing. However, if you have admired Large Professor’s lyrics, rapping, and production style, this will definitely be of interest to you as it feels like this vibe has never stopped being an inspiration. Of an era, forever, never an error.
While the album does have a wide range of special guests, forget that. What I like about this is that Large Professor doesn’t write in one style. He doesn’t rhyme one way. He gets into his own grooves and shows the listener how to decorate the surroundings, because you’re in his home, where he is at his most comfortable. What you’ll hear are samples that aren’t afraid to make itself known, pulled from a wide range of semi-unknown sources. It’s music of a thrill seeker and a risk-taker, back when that was in abundance. There’s a wealth of rock samples in this, and the sample heads will go “oh damn, he made that song rock even harder than it originally was” or “holy crap, what in the hell was that?” Those who do the reserach will find all the source material on their own time, but it’s creating brand new music out of the obscure and forgotten, making it funky and extending its life like the deep music fan he is.
As for those cameos? Busta Rhymes, Cormega, Tragedy Khadafi, Action Bronson, Mic Geronimo, Grand Daddy IU, Roc Marciano… you want more names? Forget it, listen to the album yourself, find album info elsewhere. All of the guests come to Large Professor to honor one of hip-hop’s best, and what I like about Professor @ Large too is that while all of them are there to show and prove, it’s not an ego fest. The verse by Busta Rhymes is arguably one of his best in years. and there will be many who will say “how come Bussa Bus don’t keep on rapping like he did here?”
@ Large is what the Professor is, and as for being in charge? Everyone has a place and time, but then there’s those who create without a sense of time. Timeless? Era-less, never an error, forever.