In case you haven’t heard, Starks, Johnny Blaze and The Chef are dropping an album next month. I couldn’t pass up sharing this artwork with you guys because it exudes that Wu-Tang vibe so perfectly. Apparently, the album title was changed to Three The Hard Way, but Wu-Massacre sounds better so let’s hope they stick with that. WTC doesn’t ever really exit the spotlight, considering how the moment one member’s buzz is settling down, another one has his building up for another project. This is either dropping March 9th under the name Three The Hard Way (according to Raekwon’s Twitter) or March 30th under Wu-Massacre (according to Amazon), so we’ll have to see what happens Update: according to YN at Rap Radar, it will be the 30th under Wu-Massacre, and the group name will be simply Meth, Ghost & Rae. Big ups to Carlton for this.
Alot of mini-trailers have dropped for the upcoming Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach, but this 2-minute trailer is all you need to see. Backed by an orchestral soundtrack, we’re given a full view of the resort built on top of what looks like a mushroom cloud. The attention to detail is insane here. Not only have they built an entire replica of the building on the album cover for us to see, the composed orchestral score is beautiful. Gorillaz are one of the most creative and detail-oriented bands around, and the fact that they’re not bound by genre borders (Plastic Beach will feature orchestras, indie bands, rappers and classic American rockers) demonstrates how limitless their music is. And it all started as just a side-project for Damon Albarn to react to how much MTV sucks.
I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman feat. Saukrates and Nelly Furtado
The best Toronto hip-hop album of 2009 (Tona’s Direct Deposit is a close second) will be released states-side on February 23rd. k-os has been singing, spitting, and producing for over a decade now, and having listened to all his albums I can say that this is one of his best works. Singer/rappers are nothing new, with dudes like B.o.B., Mos Def, and Saukrates all using that style of song-writing; however, k is a veteran triple threat, and so he knows what kind of beats, what lyrical content, and what melodies work for him. As one of the most skilled conscious rappers in the game, it’s about time that k-os gets some major shine.
So first we post this song. Then Lupe gets pissed, rants on his blog and threatens legal action against whoever leaked it, so we accordingly took it down. Now Atlantic Records is giving the OK, and we get to re-post the song. Yes, you read that right. I can go on about how I feel about this, but one little acronym encapsulates all I’m feeling: smh. Drama aside, there is no doubt that this song is great, better than “Shining Down” even. The spacey Neptunes beat, which kicks into full effect after the sung intro, provides the right backdrop for Wasalu to bring the cool, and the hook is definitely catchy. Under normal conditions, I wouldn’t post a download link for an album song, but since 2DBz did just that immediately after mentioning the Atlantic Records situation, I assume it’s fine. Grab it after the jump.
I’m going to be honest here, the incredibly dope artwork is the main reason behind why I’m posting this. Just look at that: orangutans, a giant tortoise…how can you go wrong? Courtesy of URB:
Instrumental beatmeister Blockhead has his third album for Ninja Tune, The Music Scene, dropping next week tomorrow today(01/12). As a preview, he sent over this 31-minute megamix of the full-length, which showcases the Aesop Rock producer’s new-found beat diversity thanks to his recent discovery of Ableton.
I’m a sucker for producers who really know how to sample (sidenote: DOOM > Kanye any day), especially if the sampling is more than your usual soul and classic r&b fare. Download the megamix of this album after the jump.
Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon: The End Of Day
This was not an easy choice. I was struggling between this and Mos Def’s The Ecstatic for weeks, but ultimately, I felt that Kid Cudi’s Man On The Moon: The End Of Day was the more complete album. Presented as a mini-movie with its division into acts, narration by Common, and movie poster included with the CD, this album took the listener on a trip through Cudder’s mind. Not much straight rapping is actually done on the album (only a few tracks have verses that are solely rapped), but it still felt like hip-hop. Man On The Moon is so far the greatest work expressing the new school of thought in hip-hop, which proves that the genre is not defined as songs performed through rapping just as rock is not defined as songs with guitars. The production on this album was fantastic and it works well with the concept of a voyage through the mind. All that being said, Kid Cudi doesn’t let the album get weighed down by deep, heavy tracks and keeps it all in check with the inclusion of some more light-hearted songs like “Make Her Say” and “Pursuit Of Happiness”. Is Cudi a lyrical maestro? Absoulutely not. But this only makes me eager to see what he’ll be able to achieve once he becomes a more developed artist.
See which albums made the list of honorable mentions after the jump.
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Surprise! I got up bright and early today so I could get this out much earlier, so enjoy it! I obviously haven’t had time to listen to this yet, but I’m confident that D-Sisive did not disappoint. Anyways, I’ll keep this short and sweet and leave you with the link below (you’re welcome).
Download: D-Sisive (Jonestown)
Big shout out to JP’s Blog for this piece of great news. Born Like This was such a dope album, and after hearing word of possibly three other DOOM projects being released this year, I was definitely excited (of course, that never ended up really happening, but so it goes in the world of hip-hop). Madvillainy was such a crazy album with tracks like “Accordion” and “Figaro”, the deadly combination of the villain’s rhymes and Madlib’s slick beats made that album a staple for underground hip-hop. Above are several snippets off the album which were played on the East Village Radio Show.
Over here at B&B, we try to serve up once in a while some good music outside of hip-hop. It’s good to diversify your tastes and be aware of what’s out there outside of your comfort zone. As Common said in “The Light”, “It’s kinda fresh that you listen to more than hip-hop”. Anyways, Die Mannequin (who have opened for Guns ‘N Roses in the past) is one of my favorite bands and definitely my favorite to come out of Toronto in recent times. It’s hard rock led by Care Failure, their female vocalist and guitarist. Fino + Blood is their debut album which came out earlier this week. Below is the music video for “Bad Medicine”, the first single off the LP. It’s definitely a raw sound but it’s appealing to all, from the die-hard rock fans to the mainstream listeners.
Unless something else comes out that will absolutely blow my mind, I feel safe to call this the best album cover of the year. I still can’t believe it’s been almost two years since Day N Nite first leaked! After listening to the album sampler, I was convinced that this was going to be dope. The crossover appeal of this is also crazy, considering that the vast majority of this album is not hip-hop in the traditional sense. Listen to the album sampler here.