Posts Tagged ‘Underground Hip-Hop

17
Sep
08

Fly.Union – Close Doors, Open Windows (2008)[Mixtape] + Music Video

Hosted by the indieground God mixtape DJ, Mick Boogie, Close Doors, Open Windows is personally my first glimpse into the up & coming Ohio group, Fly.Union. I’ve previously listened to some of the tracks from the mixtape on Myspace and peeped the video for Big Trucks, and I must admit this entire mixtape has the possiblity of making it until my ipod. Composed of group members, Jerreau (MC), L.E. (MC), JSwifa (Producer), and Eyeon (Producer), the collective has managed to create an interesting sound in which old school & new school mesh to make something which appeals to the old heads, but is viably radio-friendly. While remaining conscious even on tracks with titles like “Big Trucks” the group always has enough swagger to make you feel like you’re listening to a top 40 radio station. Lil’ Wayne like flows, Cool Kids like production, Kidz in the Hall like lyrics… what a Fly.Union. Peep the video for the “Big Trucks” and d/l the mixtape after the jump.

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16
Sep
08

Johnson&Jonson – J&J (2008) [Music Video]

I’ve had the leak of this album since December ’07, but I can’t wait for the legit release. Will def be copping that shit. Check the video (and look up the other Johnson&Jonson music video on here or on youtube).  Blu murked that shit.

15
Sep
08

Rashaan Ahmad – The Push (2008)

Guaranteed this link will be down shortly, so preview it while you can.

It’s been four long years since the release of Crown City Rocker’s debut LP  Earthtones, and while we’ve been patiently waiting for a follow-up to the Oakland crew’s brilliant grade of hip-hop, there’s still no word of a CCR sophomore release. So what are we to do besides replay Earthtones & The Mission EP over and over again until we’ve learned every key and chord? Well Rashaan Ahmad, the frontman & MC of the crew, has the answer. Listen to his long awaited new album, The Push. The album does not have the same ring as what you’d expect from a Crown City Rocker’s album (which is to be expected since there’s no live band backing him this time), but the album is appealing to the golden era & boom-bap sensibilities of your pickiest of heads. Lyrics get an A, production gets an A-. I’m not willing to put money on it quite yet, but with this release of this joint, Rashaan Ahmad may soon be up for a God MC award in the near future. Check the album and if you enjoy it as much as I have, do yourself a favor and buy it here

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12
Sep
08

Sound Providers – An Evening With The Sound Providers (2004)

Here’s the debut ABB release of the SoCal Jazz Rap group Sound Providers. Like other Californian groups of the same genre, the Sound Providers cleverly mash boom-bap styled hip-hop with smooth jazz blends. The album features guest appearances from Little Brother, The Procussions, Asheru and others. Fans of People Under the Stairs, INI, Crown City Rocks, and Kero One will love this one, but fans of old school cats like Tribe, De La Soul, and Pete Rock & CL Smooth should be able to feel this release as well. Download it and if you like it, cop it here.

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12
Sep
08

Edgar Allen Floe – The Road To Streetwise (2008)[Mixtape]

Hosted by 9th Wonder

Here we have Edgar Allen Floe of the Justus League’s (aka the nigga with the coolest name besides Lupe Fiasco) latest release. In preparation for Floe’s first solo LP (Streetwise) he created this mixtape (which I hear is pretty nice) to get people familiar with him since 2006’s Floe Almighty was dropped a while ago. Fans of The Away Team, Khrysis, L.E.G.A.C.Y., and Little Brother must check.

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10
Sep
08

Termanology ft. Bun B & DJ Premier – How We Rock [Music Video]

Just got this one in the mail. Can’t wait for Politics as Usual to drop.

10
Sep
08

Jaylib – Champion Sound [Reissue](2007) RE-UPPED

So the story goes. Once upon a time in the land of hip hop legendary producer of the Beat Junkies, DJ J Rocc, passed a CD of beats to Madvillain maestro, Madlib. Were these beats J Roccs we may have ended up with a Roclib album, but as the story goes, these beats were (for some reason or another)  produced by none other than Jay Dee (aka J. Dilla). Madlib recorded over these beats and called the recordings Jaylib, but the recordings sat on a shelf getting dusty for a few years until Stones Throw put one of the tracks on a mixtape. Dilla, being signed to Stones Throw himself, heard the track, hooked up with Madlib and soon after began trading beats and rhymes (each did his own recording in his own respective hood) which lead to the 2003 release of Champion Sound. The album was hailed an instant classic and prototype for many hip-hop mashups to come after it (Madvillainy, Gnarls Barkley, Patch Adams, Dangerdoom etc.), but when Dilla passed away in early 2006 the album was re-vamped with a second CD of new remixes and instrumentals from the original album featured as well as a tribute to Dilla (“One For Dilla”). So here you are, the finished product of two of hip-hop’s greatest minds. Download the album and if you like it, cop it legit here.

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