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RECAP: Catching up on recent releases.

One of my top 5 favorite MC’s of all time. One Be Lo released his new album L.A.B.O.R. (Language Arts Based On Reality) along with 2 mixtapes of old and unreleased material. All that music should hold you over till the next Binary Starr album.

A snippet of the upcoming second album from Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) was released. Sounds amazing.. can’t wait to hear a full song.

Madlib included a bonus disk when he released his album, Medicine Show No. 11. He calls the bonus disk, Madlib Around the World. This track is called Philadelphia.

Strange Fruit Project released a new album called Dreamer’s Journey. Not bad but I think I might miss their old material.

Finally, Phonte is rapping again (hopefully he will give up singing soon) and he and 9th Wonder are friends again.. So all is right with the underground again.

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Throwbacks

“..and Rodney King ain’t never felt a beat like this..”

This is a track from one of my favorite groups, Binary Star. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite MCs, OneBeLo, is ridiculous on this track. I can honestly say that the first underground show I went to was a OneBeLo show at Session A in Pomona. After that show it was a done deal. I was blown away. No hype men, no one else on stage with him. Just Lo spitting his heart out either on a track or acapella. He set the standard for artists for me after that. From then on I took music more seriously. That’s why it’s hard for me to watch rappers be more concerned about their career than the music they’re making. I mean OnBeLo said himself that he wants to be a millionaire but he’s just going to do it the right way without letting his music suffer.

I heard this song on the radio and didn’t know what it was. I haven’t listened to the radio for a couple years but the transmitter for my phone broke and I’m sick of my CDs. So now I just turn on the radio and press scan until I hear something familiar or something I like. Most of the time I’m listening to 3 seconds of every channel over and over again. radio is shit. My knowledge of rock in general is pretty limited so I’m not surprised I didn’t know. Maybe you might be.. either way its dope.

“..most cats in my area be loving the hysteria, synthesized surface conceals the interior, America…”

I’ve started hearing that Mos Def and Talib Kweli have been doing shows together and that’s a very good sign that a new Black Star album is on the way. I also read not too long ago on Mos’ twitter that he was working on writing tracks for the album. That gets me very excited as the group is highly acclaimed by critics and hip hop fans from all over the world. Mos Def is one of my top 5 favorite MCs of all time and though he sometimes focuses on expressing his unique style, I feel that making a new Black Star album will let him unleash his rapper side and we’ll get a lot of his more lyrical side. I’m not sure when we should expect the album, maybe late this year or early next year but that just me speculating. I think this will give Talib a chance to redeem himself after his collaboration album with Hi-Tek fell short. I know myself, I just kept going back to the song featuring Mos and Jay Elec even though I had to sit through a mediocre j cole verse.