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Antwon – “Double Ecstasy” – [Anticon]

abacus   6/1/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

newest EP release from LA-based rapper with south-bay roots; this is some real Bay Shit to an almost ironic extent: bingeing on local crunk/trap genre tropes in a hedonistic self-loathing purge. the lyrical content leans tongue-stuffed-cheek like the sex-obsessed 16 year old he always will be gettin loose in the club. his punk/hardcore background shows in the humor, with an i-don’t-give-a-fuck delivery, equally juvenile as it is critical while constantly maintaining personal elucidation. apparently he spent the past five years in isolation writing/recording this; i’d hate the world too.

Encryption Cipher [coll] – [Tuff Sound]

Arcanum   5/31/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

Warning. Music is not always what it seems. FCC’s everywhere on everything and b3 has none in engrish that I can tell. took me a minute to groove into this collection and Boaz’s take me away is probably my favorite with the last track called roots calabash coming a close second. This is encryption cipher. Bass Heavy. Filthy Pirate Language. Action Bronson will take you to a new york delicatessen after the underground hookah lounge.

KAER/ KEGS [coll] – [Sublevel Epidemic]

Arcanum   5/31/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

Backpack type hip hop. FCC FREE Each track accompanied by the instrumental fo yah mental. A side instr. 3:30~ Latin.Cubano.Piano.Guitar samples. quantized bass/ drum kit .
B side instr. 4:20~ Harp.Woodwind. Drum Kit shuffle snares. Vocal Sample.

Mykki Blanco – “Gay Dog Food” – [Ormolycka]

Louie Caliente   5/10/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

Raw punk hip-hop mix-tape from Mykki Blanco, aka Michael Quattlebaum. Heavy industrial beats and pounding synths. Distorted grinds and gritty samples. Think Death Grips with less anger and more bounce.

Excellent rapping by Mykki and a cast of friends, including Cakes da Killa, Cities Aviv, and Kathleen Hanna (of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre).

First and last tracks are instrumental. FCCs on almost all others.

signor benedick the moor – “el negro” – [Deathbombarc]

abacus   4/27/2016   CD, Hip Hop

weirdo hiphop from outsider kid out of the LA area, like the dude that brought pot to all your LAN parties in middle school, and always showed up high to drama class; theater nerd – names himself after his favorite jaded character from Much Ado About Nothing; clever wordplay that maintains its juvenile toilet humor amidst intellectual eloquence. production that sounds like a 90s fantasy-rpg on casio, other times heavy metal noise rock – all self-recorded, probably spends all his time in front of a computer chopping up the hardcore/sample-heavy beats; did i mention he’s high as fuck?

Brown, Apollo – “Hey Joe/ Make Bread” – [Mello Music Group]

Arcanum   4/26/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

This is the bonus 45 for Apollo Brown’s album Thirty Eight. Side A and B are both instrumental and FCC free. Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, giving a retro feel and resonant warmth. some guitar twang with the classic hey joe vibe on side A 2:55~ and a gritty jazz-hop narrative with female vocal laced boom bap drum kit side B Make Bread 3:00~

Fraye, Sebastian – “Vol.1” – [Redefinition Records]

Arcanum   4/5/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

Sebastian Fraye???s VOL. 1 showcases a selection of instrumentals that were created between 2009 and 2014. A multitude of both sampled and recorded instruments, tools and techniques were used throughout the album. The thread that ties them all together is through the use of vinyl. Sebastian felt that with his first official album, he needed to honor the traditions of the beatmaking craft and the artists that came before him???not only musically, but visually as well. This record is fascinating, accomplished and sample heavy. Makes for a great study.

J-Zone – “Backyard Breaks” – [Old Maid Entertainment]

Arcanum   3/2/2016   7-inch, Hip Hop

Recorded in a basement in Jamaica, Queens NYC. All instrumental break beats. Use this to funk up your mix. Pepper in some paradiddles, rudimentary rolls, and ride a groove into the next track. FCC’s on tracks A9, B4, b8, B9.

Track Times and Description:
A1. 0:21 Lead in
A2. 0:36 Bridge Break
A3. 0:17 Lead in
A4. 0:22 Down Tempo
A5. 0:32 Lead in/Bridge
A6. 0:11 Punch
A7. 0:47 Down Tempo
A8. 0:31 Heavy Ride Cymbal
A9. 0:58 FCC In or Out
B1. 0:11 Mellow Switch
B2. 0:16 Toy Monkey
B3. 0:18 1,2 Snake Charmer
B4. 0:17 Double Time FCC
B5. 0:40 Lead in Afrostyle
B6. 0:18 Eric B Mahogany type
B7. 0:23 roll in 4/4
b8. 0:23 FCC
B9. 1:22 ** FCC I Like it

BledJon – “Popular Loner, The” – [Self Produce]

Arcanum   2/3/2016   CD, Hip Hop

BledJon is an American hip hop recording artist from the Bay Area, California. At the age of 11, BledJon was diagnosed with glaucoma but miraculously his eyes were healed. Bumps Tracks 3** , 8*, 9**, 11* (cued -0:38 for interlude)

Los Feo Faces – “Haters Camp” – [Grimm Image]

Arcanum   1/27/2016   CD, Hip Hop

Los Feo Faces is an artist collective and independent record label based out of Honolulu, Hawaii, “Haters Camp” being a mixtape feturing artists from El Paso to Colorado back to Hawaii. Those who have phased out in the past and have yet to link up in the future have only the casuality of life to blame that they are not on HATERS CAMP, Feo’s first concentrated group effort. Featuring production by in-house producers Front Business, Everybody Knows and AIKER METATRON, HATERS CAMP becomes the screen on which this distorted and crass movie plays. Track 4, 6, 8**, 11**, 12** Track 5 has some cool switch digital switches @ 1:32 mark and cold drops @ 2:04 FCC’s and drug refs. are plenty

Woods, Billy – “Today, I Wrote Nothing” – [backwoodz]

Arcanum   1/24/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

Billy Woods claims Washington D.C. as his hometown but has spent much of his life in New York City. Founder of the record label Backwoodz Studioz,Once part of the Super Chron Flight Brothers he is one half of the duo Armand Hammer w/ “Elucid who makes appearances on this 2xLP along w/ L’Wren, Henry Canyons, and Curly Castro. Music by Messiah Milk and Blockhead and other var. producers. Lyrically this well written and overall feels slow, grimy. ominous parallels , east coast overcast, metaphorically ghetto red hot.?? The album is a collection of short songs and vignettes that form a cohesive meditation on life???s journeys and death???s hiding places. FCC beware.

Dayne Jordan – “In Progress” – [Independent]

Arcanum   1/13/2016   CD, Hip Hop

DJ Jazzy Jeff showing his Philadelphia Brotherly Love…he is on most of the production so bump for track 3 & 8 for me. Also cue track 9 at the 4 minute mark and let that one ride. All in all “In progress” feels just as sounds. take the good with the bad and adjust perspective. FCCs mostly Nigga.

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark – “S/T” – [Delicious Vinyl]

Morada   1/2/2016   12-inch, Hip Hop

This is smooth, slow, lyrical hip hop. A3 would fit nicely on Soul Patrol. B3 has a Wizard of Oz theme. Tr A2, A5, and B3 have a slightly Latin flavor. Some of my favorite lines are B2, “I’m gonna kill ya real slow, you call me cancer stick.” And B3 “Fish with good bait, get a good bite.”
Disk 2 is instrumental versions of the same tracks.

Professor Brian Oblivion – “Dissertation: Volume 1” – [Clockwise]

Arcanum   12/26/2015   12-inch, Hip Hop

Professor Brian Oblivion is a producer and DJ whose sample based, boom bap style is rooted in Golden Era Hip Hop while steadily projecting towards new treatments. Utilizing turntables, an MPC and a diverse sound library ranging from soundtracks, funk, soul, jazz, psych rock, world music and everything in between, he creates a rubric unparalleled. In the same vein as Ras G’s Raw Fruit and Madlib’s Beat Konducta, Professor Oblivion releases the first of the Dissertation series, showcasing twenty-two raw, open beats in a seamlessly arranged bombardment of funk.With influences of the world’s musical past, the professor meticulously synthesizes and reframes specimens of sound to create sound collage that is rooted in principle and steeped in culture. Hard hitting drums, scintillating synths, dancing melodies and grooving basslines construct “Dissertation: Volume 1”, culminating in a cacophony of head nodding slappers. All tracks FCC Free and Inst.

Dirty Old Men – “Beerhandles & Lovebellies” – [Self Released]

Arcanum   10/28/2015   CD, Hip Hop

Dirty Old Men ??? Beerhandles & LoveBellies

Local indie Hip Hop. Beerhandles & Lovebellies sounds like a personal
journal of a couple of alcoholics who got together over some cold ones
and took their freestyle notebooks and put together an album. FCCs on
all tracks except 3,6, and 9 which are instrumental interludes.
Interlude 9 is cool track that includes samples from Charles Manson,
Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa. This album is most likely going to get
you to nod your head or shake it in disdain. All in all the real hip
hop heads will find something to appreciate in the album especially on
track 8 and the interlude tracks.

Gangrene – “You Disgust Me” – [Mass Appeal]

Thurston Hunger   9/11/2015   CD, Hip Hop

Filthy, let me count the ways…not just the FCC plunger
with f-bombs backing up day time pipes, not just the
beats (“The Scrapyards” “The Man With The Horn” and of
course the leadoff track, “The Filth”) but also in
some of the lyrical and topical treatments. “Better
Things” starts with the shit flying verbally all over,
DeNiro cruises by the track before in his taxi with
a famous sample. Dirty rats, nasty-ass backed up toilets
(with a hair dam included) so the poop troupe can
get down and dirty with that stuff, and there’s other
adolecenct putrefaction at play here, including a
“reverse Bill Cosby the ho” on “Gluttony” and two
super doofuses at the end of “Sheet Music” and an
excitable gonad of a guy at the end of “Better Things”
(honestly his sample cracks me up every time…)
Between the the bombast and the ass blasts, and the
mandatory sped up gremlin vox (“Flamethrowers Pt. 2”)
if you want to be offended, go ahead, but you’re
missing out on some stupid fun (where else can you
find Ken Griffey and GG Allin in the same line-up).
Plenty of friends want to play in the muck with Oh No
and the Alchemist. -Thurston Hunger

Diamond District – “March On Washington Redux” – [Mello Music Group]

abacus   8/12/2015   CD, Hip Hop

making waves in the D.C. underground, hard-hitting trio Diamond District reviving golden era sounds with fresh styling. X.O, yU and Oddisee bringin soulful sampling production, gritty drums and grimy raps; filthy enough to come from the streets but conscious enough to provoke thought; sophisticated lyrical content on politics, culture and philosophy without being overly intellectual and verbose, more emphasis placed on complex wordplay and rhythmic interaction. worthy of the fame they’re on the cusp of with an almost-grammy-nomination back in ’09, but they don’t let the attention get to them, yet.

Odin, Raven – “Illicon Valley” – [Audiocrats Productions]

humana   8/3/2015   CD, Hip Hop

All I know about Raven Odin is that he’s smart. He’s an amazing writer and his quick-paced speaking makes you sit up and take notice of what he’s saying. His name seems to be based on the myths of Odin, the god who used ravens to tell him all the news of the kingdom. That is exactly what Raven Odin does here in this CD based on Silicon Valley (aptly changed to Illicon), where I assume he hails from. I particularly enjoyed hearing him drop local names such as the Voodoo Lounge in his track “In the Zay.” Modern-day poetry–well worth listening to.

Suite For Weldon [coll] – [Stones Throw]

humana   7/6/2015   12-inch, Hip Hop

This collection of fantastic jazzy/hip-hop pieces were contributed by Yesterday’s New Quintet, Mr Dibbs, and Breakestra in honor of late jazz pianist Weldon Irvine, Jr., whose work was said to be instrumental to Mad Lib’s jazz expression in Yesterday’s New Quintet. The album was conceived so funds could go to Weldon’s son. With its moves and groove and beats, it is a fine tribute.

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