Zion I producer, AMP LIVE, just released his new EP, You Are Not Human. This is the first official video from the project.
To start off with a bang. New music from the group, Toro Y Moi.
Producer, Kan Kick has a new beat tape out called, Rummage to Royalty. No other musical genre has anything on the wordplay of hip hop artists.
Producer, Exile has 2 mixtapes out. This track is off of Intro to the Outro which is a remix tape featuring artists like, Talib Kweli, Guilty Simpson, Fashawn, Blu, MED and Pharoahe Monch. This is easy-listening to me…
Hassaan Mackey and producer, Apollo Brown just released a new collaboration album called, Daily Bread.
a nostalgic post.
One of my favorite groups of all time. I’m hoping to hear more great music from them in the future now that Phonte and 9th Wonder are cool again.
The legendary Roots crew with a track from their 1999 album, Things Fall Apart.
Oakland based hip hop duo Zion I with one of their biggest hits, Bird’s Eye View. This is one of the first songs I heard when I started to get into underground hip hop.
Thom Yorke at Low End Theory.. where the fuck was I?
Artist I’m still getting familiar with. Dope freestyle tribute to Nate Dogg.
One of the best hip hop groups in California, Zion I tearing it up on tv.
First visuals from Zion I’s new album, Atomic Clock. They last toured with dub reggae group, Rebelution, a group I’m a big fan of already. This track featuring Rebelution is a dream come true for me. I couldn’t have guessed that Zion I would be the hip hop group to team up with Rebelution but I’m not complaining. This track is more than I could have asked for.. Nice dub beat by Rebelution and dope lyrics from Zion I rapper, Zumbi.
Here’s a track off of the recently released album, Supply For Demand, from producer Damu the Fudgemunk. He’s one of my favorite producers so I’m always looking forward to hearing new material. I can’t help but think he’s holding back on releasing his music. He’s been around for a while and I remember listening to his group, Y Society, and being really impressed. He definitely seems influenced by the golden era but his style is still obviously unique and progressive. From what I hear, another Y Society album is in the works which makes me think we can expect a lot more from Damu in the near future. Check this track out and enjoy.
You might know Eligh from his collaborations with the Grouch but this track comes from his latest solo album, Grey Crow. If you’re a fan of interesting rhyme schemes and unique styles, you should check this guy out. I almost don’t want to say this because their so different but listening to this album made me think of the Bone Thugz in Harmony and the way they rap super fast. I’ve heard rappers call this ‘double timing’ but I’m sure there are other names for it. Anyway, take a listen to this track and hopefully it motivates you to look into his other material.
The rapper, Karniege released this new mixtape, Can I Kick It Vol. 2. I wasn’t familiar with this guy until I saw this mixtape floating around but I have to say its not too bad. I can see what kind of audience he would attract and its one that already listens to similar underground music. Aarophat is a rapper I’ve seen on other albums and I remember liking his style, so this track caught my attention. The rhymes are cool and the beats aren’t anything to sneeze at. Maybe he’s not the best rapper I’ve put up on this blog but I know a lot of people that would feel his music. See for yourself.
I just got the new album from the Niceguys. I didn’t know they made videos but this one isn’t half bad.
I’m pretty excited about sharing this one. One of my favorite hip hop groups of all time, Zion I, is about to release a new album called Atomic Clock so I wasn’t prepared when I stumbled upon this project. The unique MC of the Zion I duo teamed up with dj/producer The Are who you may know from his recent collaboration with another great MC, John Robinson. I’m really liking this album, both the production and the vocals. To my surprise, Zumbi fits perfectly on the beats and its nice to hear his voice on beats that are different from what Zion I would put out. I’ll probably be listening to this one for a while, or at least until Atomic Clock comes out on Nov. 9.
If beats could sing they would sound like Bahwee. I had no idea who this artist is. I just downloaded the album recently and the beats are amazing. Great instrumentals from this California producer. I just read that he’s from Chino Hills… so is my cousin, next time I see him I’m going to ask “what the fuck have you done?.” Above is one beautiful beat from Bahwee’s album, Flavors.
The first time I heard about Gaslamp Killer he opened for Blu at UCR. He’s known for his eccentric performances and his connection to Flying Lotus. They’re label mates and they often tour together. This track is from his new EP, Death Gate, that I’m finding more my taste than his other projects. This EP seems more ‘hip hopy’ and less dub step so its more palpable for a hip hop head.
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns. -Bruce Lee
Now back to our regular weekly-scheduled programming.
I came across this new video and thought it would be a perfect track to get us back on track of large weekly posts. One of my 5 favorite producers and DC native, Damu the Fudgemunk is getting back together with his past collaborator, rapper Insight. You might know Insight from ShinSight Trio but I first found about him through his collab with Damu under the group name, Y Society. This track is meant to get us ready for more Damu material coming this year and a full-length collaboration and return album for Y Society. Enjoy this track and look out for more Damu in the near future.
A really dope track I just found that is apparently a single to an upcoming follow-up to the first Zion I & the Grouch collaboration project. I’m not crazy about he chant in the hook but Amp Live’s beat is dope and the verses are cool. Their last project was pretty amazing and had a track produced by Flying Lotus and that was actually the first time I heard raps on a FlyLo beat. That track was of course my favorite on the album. I expect these artists to continue to get better so I’m anticipating the early 2011 release date. For now enjoy the singles and go look into their first project, Heros in the City of Dope.
I love Bill Withers especially of the era that this video is from. This track should have been in that ‘songs to get it on’ post from a while ago but its appropriate for this week too. I’m starting to like blues more and more; not to say Bill Withers is classically blues since there is obviously some soul and r&b influences in his music. He has an amazing voice and his songs usually reflect common blues themes within the context of relationships with women.
This was released a while back I know but its worth posting for people who still don’t know about it. AmpLive is a member of one of my favorite hip hop groups, Zion I, and as the DJ/producer he stays busy between albums remxing some of his favorite music. This album started a little controversy about it being given out for free until it was finally given the OK. I’m usually very against remixes especially of albums I liked as much as In Rainbows but I really like this album and its made me appreciate AmpLive’s music even more. The track below is probably my favorite off of the album but other tracks include features from Del the Funky Homosapien, Charli2na and others.