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Album of the Week: Lute -West 1996 Pt.2

I’m at odds when I find an artist, do I just paste the info from the press release OR do I do an in-depth review. Well, the problem is two-fold. I’m lazy, which makes the cutting and pasting so tempting and I like for YOU to decide if you like something or not. We just try to curate and present what seems to be quality music.  A dilemma for another day. Luther “Lute” Nicholson’ is from Charlotte NC. and signed with J. Cole’s Dreamville records in 2015. This is his debut album for the label.

Check out the documentary Still Slummin for deeper insight

AND here is the first video Morning Shift

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Audio Session – AB/NRML – Props & Hi Fives (Album)

The internet is a beautiful thing. I discovered these guys while cruising the info superhighway for new music. It seems Eminem ain’t the only thing rocking from Detroit (although they’re really from a suburb). Just so you know its pronounced “abnormal” in case you didn;t see it. As always, these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips to give you a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. We’ve gotta support if we want real hip hop to flourish.





 

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Audio Session – Souls of Mischief – Montezuma’s Revenge (album)

New CD from rap vets still ridin to infinity

From the groups website

Souls of Mischief is an alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics and is composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai.

The group informally formed in high school before making their major-label debut on Jive Records with their well-received album 93 ’til Infinity, in 1993. In January 1998, their début was named one of the Top 100 Rap albums by The Source magazine. The group stayed with Jive for one more album, 1995’s No Man’s Land, before being released from the label during that same year.

Following the release of the group from its major-label contract with Jive, the group officially formed the alternative hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics, with emcees Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Jaybiz, and producer Domino. The group participated as full members in both Hieroglyphics’ studio albums: 1998’s 3rd Eye Vision, and 2003’s Full Circle. The group has released two albums on the Hiero’s self-owned independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings, 1999’s Focus, and 2000’s Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution.

The group recently released their first album in almost ten years Montezuma’s Revenge featuring production from the legendary Prince Paul (De La Soul, Stetsasonic) to stellar reviews.

Go here for more info and product from the entire Heiro Crew

Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.


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Audio Session: Black Spade – To Serve With Love (Album)

This St Louis rapper ain’t scared to sing, but he’s no Nelly. Listen.

Since there is “love” in the title it’s unlikely our own Hip Hop Purist will enjoy this album. But To Serve for Love is not just for lovers, just if you like your Hip Hop a little different. But we better stop this isn’t a review. Check this from the his Myspace page –

Armed with little more than his father’s extensive record collection of jazz, soul, psychedelic rock, folk, comedy and a Kurzweil 2000 keyboard – Black Spade’s music is a melting pot of sounds hailing from St. Louis by way of New York, Detroit, LA, and everywhere that hip-hop has carved a distinctive and influential sound for itself.

Despite his strong ties to hip-hop, Spade’s taste in music walks across genres. He listens to Prince and Dilla, alongside Bloc Party and Radiohead while using all these sounds as a blueprint for his future, one that sits under the guiding light of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew era electronic sax skronk. Then there’s his rapping – Spade’s cadence flutters up and down like Pharoahe Monch, but stays introspective like Common. Before you know it, he’ll switch to singing and suddenly his songs become less like hip hop experimentation and more like fully fleshed sketches.  CLick here for the rest.

ANYway, don’t forget, these are not the complete songs—just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, go out and buy the CD.  Quality hip hop grows when we support the artists.


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Audio Session – Moka Only – Airport 4

Check out another free album preview featuring Moka Only. Hip Hop that’s new to you.



from one of his current/former labels
With a catalogue that is unmatched by many, Moka Only is often considered to be a pioneer and driving force behind Canadian West Coast hip hop, as well as an important component in popularizing the art of freestyling in Victoria and Vancouver. In the 13+ years since his debut, Moka Only has released more than 40 albums, both solo and collaborative. He records under a variety of aliases, with the most popular being Ron Contour, Flow Torch and The Durable Mammal. He has been a contributing member of numerous groups and collectives, including Perfect Strangers, Code Name: Scorpion, Cryptic Souls Crew, The Dominant Mammals, City Planners, Nowfolk and Swollen Members, along with many others. Amongst all of that, Moka has worked with underground hip hop heroes like J Dilla, Aceyalone, OH NO, MF Doom, Buck 65, K-Os, Sixtoo and more.  CLICK HERE for the rest.

As always, these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips to give you a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. We’ve gotta support if we want real hip hop to flourish.


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Audio Session: Kidz in the Hall – The Land of Make Believe

 

Straight out the Chi its Kidz in the Hall. We featured there second album The In Crowd almost a year ago. It seems like they keep changing labels with the release of every album.  Last time out they were down with a restarted Rawkus Records and now they’ve aligned themselves with Duckdown Records home of Black Moon, Helter Skelter, and Sean Price.

Don’t forget, these are not the complete songs—just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, go out and buy the CD.  Quality hip hop grows when we support the artists.


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Audio Session: MURS – Fornever

Once again there back. After the release of his major label bebut Mr. Murs is back with 9th Wonder for their 3rd collaboration. You might think we’re Murs fans (we are) we have featured Murs more than once. Like one time, two time, three times. So apperently we have a little love for the man.

Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.


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ALBUM of the WEEK: Basic Vocab – A Better Way

Basic Vocab (consisting of Miami, FL natives Mental Growth, JL Sorrell, Tony Galvin) used their debut, The General Dynamic, (2006) as a platform to fully introduce and integrate themselves with the Hip-hop populous at large.

JL Sorell and Mental Growth once again offer a diverse subject matter, delving into politically tinged themes, relationship odes (“Why You Do Me Like That”) and feel good party (“There You Are” f/Don Will, “Prescription,” “Just Dance”) starting vibes turning them into a contemporary and old school sound with A Better Way.

While Basic Vocab continues to climb the Rap hierarchy, the group’s sound architect, Tony Galvin already has a few Platinum plaques on his wall, as he has produced hit singles for Trick Daddy (“Shut Up”) and Trina (“Baddest Bitch”) and produced tracks for Cee Lo, T.I. (“You Know Who”), Young Jeezy (“Show You What It Is”) and T.I. and Nelly’s “Show It To Me”; Tony’s work with T.I. earned him a production deal with T.I.’s Grand Hustle/Atlantic imprint.

Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.


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ALBUM of the WEEK: Raydar Ellis – Late Pass


Hailing from Boston MA Raydar has been in it for a minute as a producer and rapper. We featured Mr. Ellis before just a few months ago with his collaboration with Quite Nyce. We promised then that we would post his first album to give you a chance to peruse his earlier work.

Just a reminder: these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips so you can get a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. If we want good hip hop to flourish, we’ve gotta support the artists.


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ALBUM of the WEEK: The Strange Fruit Project – Soul Travlin’

Ok,Ok sometimes something is new to you. The Strange Fruit Project has been around a few years. This is their second release from 2004 and they have had three more since then.  The group consists of S1, Myone and Myth. Coming straight out of Waco TX this trio will probably remind you of a similar trio from a few years ago that you might be familar with, A Tribe called Quest.  The have a laid-back jazzy sound and delivery with some consciousness mixed in. 

As always, these are not the complete songs, just 90-second clips to give you a feel for the music. If you like what you hear, buy the CD. We’ve gotta support if we want real hip hop to flourish.


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