This is another track off the '08 Buckshot and 9th Wonder collab album entitled The Formula. Not quite as good as the initial effort Chemistry, but it's still 9th wonder beats and Buckshot rhimes. Quite honestly, what's fuckin' with that?
May 31, 2010
I have limited access to a computer, so I apologize for posting such a blatant classic. Hopefully, for your sake, you already have this jawn. If not, feel free to relieve yourself of your ignorance. Although Common's opus is far from the best track recorded in hip-hop history, it is the undeniable pinnacle of symbolic storytelling (aside Nas' I Gave You Power of course).
I Used To Love H.E.R.
May 30, 2010
I already showed some love for Kam Moye's Self-Centered EP, however I failed to mention one of the premier jawns off that tape. Where And Why is the intro track, and proves to be the source of Kam's most smoothest rhimes while equipping a silky flow over an dope instrumental. Nothing incredible, but a solid jawn that deserves a listen.
01 kam moye where and why
This is a jawn off of Ice Cube's 1991 release Death Certificate. Although there's countless dope cuts to be found on Cube's 2nd LP, Colorblind is on it's own level of unrivaled illness. The funk sample equipped for the instrumental is majestic and flawless, and the guest features for this track make it even that much better.
May 29, 2010
You can find this on Inverse's So True EP, that was released in '09. From my limited understanding, Inverse is a Cali-based group equipping some of the illest blog-rap producers for their optimistic rapps. I'm not such a big fan of these guys, but Rise And Shine is definitely a dope cut, and the production is top-notch.
May 28, 2010
Another jawn off Rhyme Asylum's '08 release State Of Lunacy. I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but this tape is perfection. The production is crisp, yet simplistic enough that it doesn't interfere with the UK rapps. The lyricism is the main selling point though, the boys of Rhyme Asylum can pack a serious verbal punch.
06 rhyme asylum multiplicity
Surprisingly, I haven't upped any X Clan yet. To The East, Backwards is the only album I have by the Clan, and I've found that it's good for an occasional listen. Lots of counterculture sentiments that are echoed by similar pseudo-revolutionary groups. Actually, Boots Riley of The Coup draws a fair bit of inspiration from the Clan, if you listen to some of his earlier rhimes. Not that you can really draw much significance from this early '90's single. Dope on the funk tip, and fairly simplistic with the linguistics.
01. funkin lesson
May 27, 2010
A cutesy remake (or continuation) of the classic Black Moon single. Blasphemy or respekt by Busta & weed-carriers?
10 flipmode squad we got u opin part 2
It's fair to say that Masta Killa is the most oft-forgotten member of the Wu, and ironically he waited longer than any other Wu member to drop his first album. Still, No Said Date is straight piff, and long worth the 10+ year wait since Masta Killa first appeared on the hip-hop scene. Last Drink is an exhibition of the type of jawns you can find. Supremely produced with countless kung-fu samples, and MK dropping science on the youngn's.
04. Last Drink
May 26, 2010
I'm proud to say that the noble readers of this very publication, elected The Low End Theory as the very illest of all the albums released by the venerable group A Tribe Called Quest. Not surprisingly, it came down to The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders, and I'll give props to the enlightened gods who voted for a holistic sound rather than a general aesthetic. That said, here are the results of the poll, and below are some choice cuts off the winning album:
Verses From The Abstract
Jazz (We've Got)
Ahh, the brilliant narrative of ghetto hero Jack (of Spades), all dictated by 'renegade teacher and scholar' KRS-1. On the real, the production for this jawn is surprisingly dope, especially since it's mainly credited to the Teacha. The hook for this jawn is quite ill, and the scratching/sample loop is intricate perfection. Not to say that KRS' poignant storytelling doesn't also shine through..
04 jack of spades
May 25, 2010
Jake Lefco is a Philly-based rhymer who released a tape called Missing Trooth back in '08. I personally found out about dukes through a jawn he performed with Reef Da Lost Cauze. Then I checked out his tape, and had to show love for a vocal sample of Paulie Walnuts on Don't Lie To Me. Although What It Is is a bit sentimental and cutesy, shit is still type dope, and easily worth a listen.
03 jake lefco what it is ftd
Some UK rapps fo' dat ass. You can find this solemn gem on the Foreign Beggars' Crypt Drawl EP. Not an EP that I recommend copping, but this track does make the 4-track tape worth a download. The instrumental really makes On A Winter's Day so powerful, and you have to appreciate the priceless sample equipped for this production.
Foreign Beggars Crypt Drawl EP 04 On A Winters Day
May 24, 2010
Is it bad that this is my favorite cut off such a classic album like Bird And Diz? The first time I heard this tape, I was a bit underwhelmed, but with time it's definitely grown on me. For true jazz aficionados, you have to cop the remastered version (as if it's even possible to find an reasonably priced copy of the OG tape anyway). The outtakes and breakdowns are awesome. Then again, anything extra from Bird And Diz is awesome.
07 My Melancholy Baby Complete Take
Low Budget Records released The Budget Is Low Mixtape Volume 1 towards the end of '09. You obviously can't expect anything but quality from the Low Budget collective, so rest assured that the tape is brolic. What I wasn't expecting was a cold gem of an instrumental to start the tape. Not sure if Kev Brown produced this jawn, but the instrumental is type ill, also equipped with bars that cause SARS. This track is the sickness.
1 Kev Brown Another Random Joint
May 23, 2010
A track off Royal Flush's '97 release Ghetto Millionaire. Genuine phlegm spit between Royal Flush and his long time companion Mic Geronimo. Late '90's boom-bap shit that bangs ruff, especially over this simplistic piano loop-laden sample.
05 Illiodic Shines f Mic Geronimo
Some Straight Sewaside Das EFX shit 'fo that ass. Although Skoob & Dre are comparable only to Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede in terms of linguistic innovation, dukes flow poetic on the premier cut off Das Efx' second album. Golden-age rapps unparalleled.
02 Undaground Rappa
May 22, 2010
You should already know how V.I.C. does. Dukes has more beats than Puerto Ricans got cousins. The 'Nuts provide they mans with some solid instrumental backing, and V.I.C. tears it up on the m-i-c. You can find this jawn on Intoxicated Demons: The EP.
02. World s Famous Feat. V.I.C.
You can find this track on Domino's self-titled '93 release. Some type ill left-coast G Funk to be found on a strong sexual tip. As such, there are only a few jawns worth hearing again, and That's Real is one of them. Some invaluable life advice as well as sex rapps.
And yo, remember, don't ever let a ho pimp you.
10 domino thats real ft amg and la quan osm
May 21, 2010
Off Reflection Eternal's Train Of Thought. I've just now deducted that TOT is lacking of standout tracks, but is a great holistic album. Not sure how that figures into a critique of Too Late, but I'm sure it bears some sort of correlation.
06 Too Late
That classic Pete Rock production shit. For I Got A Love, CL Smooth waxes poetic about his temptations to fiddle with the female anatomy. Honestly sounds like an ill instrumental wasted, but what you gonna do?
Pete Rock CL Smooth I Got A Love Remix
May 20, 2010
I've jocked Ras' Soul On Ice ever since the start up of this site. Shit's an extraordinary tape with so many layers that you don't fully appreciate what Ras Kass crafted until you've heard Soul On Ice 20 or 30 times over. I'm not gonna go to in-depth with the description, you can find that here.
One of the very few tracks worth salvaging off the Ill At Will Mixtape Vol.1. Although I got love for the Funk Doc, his material from Muddy Waters onwards is type mediocre. Not the same quality as you expect from mid-90's Redman. More of a How High Redman, nahmean?
02 Da Countdown Saga Continues
May 19, 2010
This jawn is off an album by The Last Emperor called The Legend Of Bigfoot. A really interesting conceptual tape, especially tracks like The Expedition. Some ill rapps with a serious historical context.
04. The Expedition
Grime's Let Freedom Ring With A Buckshot is a 2007 release rooted in South American socialism. Dukes rhymes true on a political tip, and as such he shares a remarkable resemblance to Immortal Technique.
May 18, 2010
Almost exactly a year ago, I got at the good people of DotGotIt.com, with an idea to contest the two greatest years in hip-hop history ('94 and '88). As a purist, I jumped at the opportunity to hold down the '94 side of the tape. You have the obvious choices with Illmatic, Word...Life, Ready To Die, and the countless other classics that were released that year. But there's also tapes that didn't receive that same critical acclaim, yet they house an out-of-place gem. How about On And On off Shyheim's AKA The Rugged Child? Downright illness from a teenage Wu-affiliate. Or what about Part Deux from Fat Joe's Jealous One's Envy? Everyone remembers Primo's remix of Shit Is Real, but where's the love for Don Cartagena as a punchline rap czar? Blame it on the short memory span, but '94 is much more than a handful of classic albums.
Another Ayatollah instrumental fo' that ass. Shit seems like it might be off a 12", but I'm completely clueless as to where you would find this jawn. Some genuine illness that sounds perfect for Prod and Havoc to rip.
Ayatollah G.A.T.S. Instrumental
May 17, 2010
I feel kinda vagina-like posting this hipster shit, but there's something to this Danny! cat. His tapes are full of unorthodox production and all sorts of interwoven concepts. On this tape, Danny! made an album based off Common's concept of HER, and incorporated the female aspects of hip-hop into a modern day perspective. Most of it is a cutesy annoyance to the ears, but Guess Who's Back offers some interesting rapps over an very eclectic instrumental. Naledge from Kidz In The Hall provides a feature spot, which is type dope.
02 guess who s back
May 16, 2010
Few people know this, but Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian fame) invented the futuristic swag anthem. For whatever reason, dukes started crafting tributes and predictions for the new millennium back in '95. Like he had an affinity for the year 2k and couldn't help but express it in poetics. Anyway this is the title track of Puba's 2000 and it's not bad.
This is a track off Fabolous' Gangsta Grillz tape called There Is No Competition. As far as mixtapes go, shit is fires, and might even trump a large part of Fab's earlier albums. Dukes provides some serious punchline-type rapping and the way he delivers his clever witticisms makes them all the more memorable. As for this jawn, it's some Gravediggaz 1-800-Suicide type shit.
May 15, 2010
That lyrical miscomprehension shit. You can find two of my favorite emcees together over one of Bird's finer instrumentals on Chino's Here To Save You All. Otherwise, Chino's debut features barren production and countless pop culture references that would go over Perez Hilton's head. Still, when you've got illness like Chino and Ras over Bird production, it's not all bad, or is it?
07. Riiiot Feat. Ras Kass
This track is off J5's Quality Control album. To be honest J5 have their fair share of dope jawns and the like, but most of their albums are straight gahbage. Shit that's tough to listen to. The Game was a concept track they made about basketball, shit's corny, but still some illness from the J5 clan.
May 14, 2010
On some truly old-school shit comes a jawn off the Ultramagnetic MC's Critical Beatdown tape. I honestly can't listen to pre-90's rapp, but Kool Keith makes this track worth hearing as he flows eccentric. But what you expected?
03 Ultramagnetic MC s Ego Trippin Original 12
May 13, 2010
My apologies for the lack of posts today. Finally finished with school, so hopefully posts will be more regular. Anyway, this is a track off K-Def's original Beats From The '90's tape, which was ironically released in 2008. I like dukes as a producer, but it's hard to post only one of his songs. He has this way of compiling beat tapes where it's hard to listen to individual jawns, because each track is part of a larger sound. Still, it's hard to deny Monty. Great jazz riff and the piano loop makes this instrumental really stand out.
May 12, 2010
This jawn finds it's derivation off Killa Sha's GOD Walk On Water. I remember hearing Sha on some of Trag's tapes, and decided to check out dukes on the strength of his affiliations. His tape is pretty mediocre, equipped with some spotty production, yet Sha still manages to spit dope. Air is one of the few tracks that features decent production, and Killa Sha blesses it with some decent rhimes.
I already posted one song off Kronic Plague's Legal Dope tape. To be honest, shit is definitely on an underground level, but Kron still packs some heat with the rhimes and gets some top-notch production for this jawn.
10 kronic plague please ftd 1
May 11, 2010
You can find this jawn on Little Brother's The Minstrel Show. Over an ill soul-sampled 9th Wonder instrumental, Phonte kicks knowledge universal, equipped with countless punchlines and other shit.
03 The Becoming
May 10, 2010
Most can remember when Emilio Rojas' collab tape with Green Lantern dropped earlier in '09. Like most blog rap projects it was heralded as the best thing ever while maintaining an predictable level of mediocrity.
Emilio Rojas 10 I Want It All feat. Dwayne Collins prod. by DJ Static Dub Z
Off Hell Razah's Renaissance Child tape. Over an ill instrumental, Razah enlists the help of the god Tragedy Khadafi and RA The Rugged Man to wax poetic about the origins of hip-hop in the form of personal embodiment. It's no question that all the dudes turned in solid performances, but Khadafi's verse was the rawest and therefore the illest.
03. Renaissance Feat. Tragedy Khadafi Timbo King R.A. The Rugged Man
May 9, 2010
Another track off Starks' Big Doe Rehab. Initially, I didn't really feel Rec-Room Therapy, but there's a certain appeal to hearing two Wu capos over such an soft instrumental. Real talk, this is one of those beats you would never expect to hear Rae and Ghost spit over. All that goes without mentioning U-God's feature, which is predictably mediocre. Still makes for a quality jawn though.
09 ghostface killah rec room therapy feat. raekwon and u god ysp
Ayatollah is quite possibly one of the illest yet unknown beat-makers to ever exist. Most likely you know dukes from Mos Def's Black On Both Sides. Remember the ill instrumental for Ms. Fat Booty? That was Ayatollah. Remember the godly beat for Know That? That was also Ayatollah.
May 8, 2010
Off Jedi Mind's Violent By Design. If I'm right, this is the only album that Jus Allah appeared on as an official member of the group. Not surprisingly, it's probably the illest album in the Jedi Mind Tricks discography, and features some of Stoupe's finest production. Vinnie also brings a ferocity of lyricism that he never exhibited before or after his Violent By Design days. So enjoy Heavenly Divine, an benchmark in history.
11. Heavenly Divine
Off It Was Written, comes the illa Queensbridge collab spot. With no exaggeration, I can calmly say that Live Nigga Rap is easily in Nas' top 10, and is one of the best features that Prodigy & Havoc have ever dropped in their careers. There's something so magical about the QB gods dropping science under one common instrumental.
13. Live Nigga Rap Feat. Mobb Deep