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A man can be destroyed but not defeated. -Ernest Hemingway

I have a decent amount of new music to share for the first time in a few weeks.

Just found out about his group, Actual Proof and I have to say I’m impressed. This duo just signed to 9th Wonder’s record label so I expect this track to be an example of the kind of music is to come. This track is produced by frequent 9th Wonder collaborator, Khrysis.

OneBeLo was the first MC that I truly became I fan of. He’s still one of my favorite rappers of all time and I’ve been anxious to hear his long overdue next album. This is his newest track.

He can rap. Forget the “rappers” he hangs out with, the rappers he equated to, and the genre he’s placed in. In that group of talentless newcomers, Kendrick Lamar stands out because of his potential and lyrical ability.

Here’s my attempt at revisiting an artist I said I would get back to you guys about. More great chill music from ShinSight Trio.

Behind the scenes of Nas & Common’s “Ghetto Dreams”.

A psychedelic track from the Whitefield Brothers’ newest album released on Now Again Records.


Growin’ Up

I had to post these videos to show how different kids these days are growing up compared to when I was growing up. All That was my favorite show on nickelodeon at the time and this video shows why that was. Nas performing on a kid’s show? Yes. The way it should be. Not these wanna-be actor/actresses on the disney channel that get a show, then another show, then another until they start making music videos until disney decides to market them as miniature pre-pubescent pop stars.. The problem with that is that these kids start hanging out with other ‘celebrities’ and eventually grow out of their kid’s shows until they end up in some scandal that makes disney apologize while they count the millions coming in. Alright, I’m going to stop before this turns into a rant. I’m just happy I grew up in a world where real artists were appreciated and given the opportunity to share their work without it always being about the money.

I found this video too. I don’t really remember this episode with Notorious B.I.G. but I think it ties into this post since I used to watch this show all the time. I’m positive I didn’t understand all the references but I still thought it was hilarious. Alright, I’m going to go look for Tupac on Sister, Sister now.

My favorite 10 from 2010

1. Shad K. – TSOL

2. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

3. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part II: Return of the Ankh

4. The Black Keys – Brothers

5. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

6. The Roots – How I Got Over

7. Damu the Fudgemunk – How It Should Sound Volumes 1 and 2

8. Homeboy Sandman – The Good Sun

9. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

10. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (couldn’t put this any higher in good conscience. No album with nicki minaj and pusha-t should be.)

Worth mention:

These aren’t hip hop albums so I’m making my biases known here. Don’t get me wrong, I really like these albums but I don’t listen to them as much as the ones above.

**Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

**Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

**Broken Bells – Broken Bells

**Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Hip Hop ain’t dead, your radio’s just on.

I’m a new fan to Marco Polo; I think the first thing I heard and liked was a track he did with Masta Ace. He’s a pretty talented producer with a golden era hip hop sound and he obviously knows which artists to work with. Talib Kweli is still a very important underground artist despite the disappointing second Reflection Eternal album.

New track from new Rocnation signee, Jay Electronica. I won’t rant about how much I object to that decision because would lead to a paragraph about ‘what could happen’ and I’ll wait till his debut album comes out to decide whether or not he sold out. In any event, this track is dope as per usual with Jay. Let’s just hope he stays true. This track is a dedication to the late Gangstarr rapper, Guru, over a Dj Premier beat. RIP.

Not so new track from Nas. Lost Tapes Vol. II is supposedly on its way and set for release this month. I’m eager to hear some post-Damien Marley collab. Nas material. My hope is that project inspired him to make real and conscious music. Picking better beats wouldn’t hurt either, Nas is notorious for poor beat selection. All that lyrical ability deserves the support of some dope beats. Ideally a new album with some talented underground producers would be in the works. Or maybe I’m just dreaming about Pharoahe Monch’s much awaited album, We Are Renegades. Anyway, let this track hold you over till lost tapes drops.


Spring Splash

Since today is an exciting for me because I get to see three performers that I’ve never see live before, here’s some of my favorite tracks from the artists that will be at Spring Splash today in Riverside, CA.

I didn’t know about this group until I saw them on the bill for the show but after getting their debut project, Live Re-Mixing 101 and watching their youtube videos I quickly became a fan. They are doing something very different and unique but above all it sounds very dope. A keyboardist, a turntablist and a drummer playing live remixes is no easy task but they make it look so.

One of my favorite LB tracks. A Dilla beat and an Elzhi feature? Nothing else you to ask for.

9th Wonder did right by me after splitting with LB, when he started working with Murs. Murs is probably one of the most popular west coast mc’s around and you either love him or hate him. For me its the former, hes got talent and something to say that I haven’t heard a million times already. Go out and get Fornever if you haven’t already.

The only mc from his generation still making quality music. Unlike snoop and all of Nas’ other peers that started coming up at the same time, Nas hasn’t compromised his music. For the most part at least, I thought the last album was an exception to that because it had too many features by random people that had no place being on a Nas album (specifically Chris Brown and Keri Hilson..) and how many songs are you gunna let  Chrisette Michele be on? seriously.. anyway, I’m still looking forward to hearing Distant Relatives.

What You’ll Need for 4/20

1. Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I’m hoping that they took their time with each track because they’ve had a while to put the record together. From hearing the single, “As We Enter” and another song featuring Dennis Brown called “The Promised Land” I think I know what to expect and its pretty much what I was expecting when I first heard about this collaboration and if the rest of the project follows that model I won’t be disappointed.

2. Little Brother – Leftback

I got this a little while back and I think I’ve given it enough spins to say if I liked it or not. I enjoyed it as much as I did Getback and the other 9th Wonder-less albums. I suppose there were a few songs that were just a little too jiggy for me but I realize they tried to please everyone’s tastes by including a variety of different tracks that take different directions. The beats could have been better to be honest but after hearing LB on 9th beats, I’m always going to compare to that and maybe thats unfair. In any event, besides being the last LB album it is a pretty good listen so its worth getting.

3. Madlib – 420 Chalice All Stars

Really excited for this after hearing Madlib’s other reggae mix, Blunted in the Bomb Shelter. Madlib is one of my favorite producers so I stay tuned to all his releases which will be very many in 2010. This is the 4th issue of the Medicine Show series following his Beat Konducta in Africa album. The next one after this is a hip hop album of unreleased material from Madlib’s early 90’s work. Look out for a post about that in the future.

4. Andre Nickatina – Khan! The Me Generation

I haven’t been a huge Andre fan but he is beloved up North and there are a few songs that I really enjoy. Also, I needed to add an album that was relevant to the holiday. So if the Bone Thugs album was dropping on the 20th I would have posted that but since it doesn’t wait till some songs get around the net from this album and check it out.

**And a lot of ganja of course.