Serge Severe – The MC (2018)

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Artist: Serge Severe

Album: The MC

Tracklisting:

  1. Left You
  2. No Debate
  3. La Voz
  4. Say Nothing
  5. Giant
  6. Passport
  7. What The Sayin’
  8. Spat Energy
  9. New Generation
  10. Treat H.E.R. Right
  11. Stay Alive
  12. The Vigil

Note:

Serge Severe is back in the lab making music, after a sabbatical of sorts. It’s a pleasure for all of us to see him back in the studio, doing his thing, and creating an album of this caliber. The skills and talent that made him a staple on this site for years are still evident and shine greatly on his latest release, appropriately entitled, The MC.

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Pawz One x Robin Da Landlord – Sell Me A Dream: Flowstalgia (2018)

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Artist: Pawz One x Robin Da landlord

Album: Sell Me A Dream: Flowstalgia

Tracklisting:

  1. Intro
  2. Sell Me A Dream
  3. Sucker Punch
  4. On The Daily (ft. Prince Po x Vegamonster)
  5. Nothing To See Here
  6. The Devil’s Own
  7. It’s Like That (Remix)
  8. Bad Weather (ft. MED x Vegamonster)
  9. Sand Castles

Notes:

Pawz One and Robin Da Landlord craft some substantial boom-bap flavor with their recent release of Sell Me A Dream: Flowstalgia.

But this album isn’t just about boom-bap though as much as it is about supreme execution and a cohesive union between producer and emcee.  The tandem has a formula that is simple in concept but hard for many to execute.  Robin Da Landlord concocts a classic sound with drums that always hit hard and pull no punches.  Pawz One, on the other hand,  demonstrates a really deft microphone mastery.

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Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger – Until It’s My Time To Die (2018)

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Artist:  Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger (Sutter Kain x Donnie Darko x Apollo Valdez)

Album: Until It’s My Time To Die

Tracklisting:

  1. Moments OF Death
  2. Cocaine Rap (ft. Sutter Kain x Danny)
  3. Nigh Vision
  4. Power
  5. Raw Rap (ft. Sediztikk)
  6. Jedi (ft. Lavar Ave)
  7. New Jersey Drive Pt. 3
  8. Trigger Music (ft. Taino)
  9. Knights Of Doom (ft. Taino)
  10. Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger (ft. Taino)
  11. Until It’s My Time To Die (ft. Sutter Kain)
  12. Slums (ft. Sabowtaj)
  13. Street Poems (ft. Sabowtaj)
  14. Bloody Snow (ft. Rhythm Writers)
  15. Everyday Stuggle Pt 2 (ft. Mike Sanders)
  16. Cocaine Rap Hanover Remix (ft. Charles Clear x Kaot Kraftsoff x ATRX)
  17. 2004 (ft. Conway x Black & Dirty White)
  18. Street Tales (ft. Jakk Frost x Black & Dirty White)
Notes:

 

I have always been a fan of Never So Deep Records.  So much so, that they even have their own category on this website.  But 2017 was a very quiet year for the team musically.  Actually it could be said the last couple of years it seemed that there was little music making coming from the camp.  As they resume crafting the music that have endeared themselves to so many fans across the globe, it was important for the team to make a big splash in 2018.  Hence we have the collaborative effort from Sutter Kain, Donnie Darko, and Appollo Valdez, known as Pull The Fuckin’ Trigger.

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Coal Cash – Unsung (2017)

Artist: Coal Cash

Album: Unsung

Tracklisting:

1.Narcolepsy (The Cosby Effect)

2.Cure and Maintenance (Priests of Baal)

3.Lord of the Flies (Robots prt3) Feat. Ayedeal

4.Skinner Box (Saturn’s Cube) 04:41

5.Unsung (hero) 03:36

6.Need To Believe (Kline Bottle) 03:55

7.Whatever Dreams May Come (Birkeland Current) Feat. Tabs One (Taboo)

8.Illusions Of Reality (Schrodingers’s Cat) 03:05

9.Spoils Of War (Sept 23??) 04:07

Notes:

These days I only speak on albums, that in turn speak to me, which necessitates bringing up Coal Cash’s latest album, Unsung. It has been out since August and I just couldn’t let it go any further. This album is too good to not feature and highlight the talent that lies therein.

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Alpha Faktion – Creative Control (2017)

Artist: Alpha Faktion

Album: Creative Control

Tracklisting:

  1. Stand Up (prod. DJ Raz)
  2. Price Tags (prod. Vherbal)
  3. Last Hours (prod. L’undercover Sismographe)
  4. Another Day pt. 2 (prod. Supreme Da Almighty)
  5. The Real Truth” (ft. Planet Asia, Skanks, Zagnif Nori & Dready Kruger (prod. Ayatollah)
  6. Move Back (prod. Alterbeats)
  7. The Formation (prod. Custodian of Records)
  8. Let Em Watch (prod. Vherbal)
  9. System Shutdown (prod. Marco Polo)
  10. The Shining (f. Milano Constantine) (prod. Vherbal)
  11. Divide the Fortress (f. Mic Handz) (prod. DJ Skizz)
  12. Creative Control (Skit) (prod. Chess Pain)
  13. Creative Control (prod. Nottz)
  14. The Lineage (prod. Marley Marl)

Note:

I waited for this album for three plus years from Alpha Faktion. Their EP, Truth, Lies, & Audiotape is a staple in a very crowded iTunes Library. So when Azwun, Kraze, and DJ Enyoutee finally dropped their new project, Creative Control my expectations were extraordinarily high. But this is what the team did in the process of making this album while I waited anxiously: They made something that was timeless.

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Endemic Emerald x Skanks The Rap Martyr – Rapsploitation (2017)

Artist: Endemic Emerald x Skanks The Rap Martyr

Album: Rapsploitation

Tracklisting:

1.Rapsploitation [Intro]

2.You gone learn [Ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq & Kasim Allah]

3.Trouble [Ft. E Class Wright]

4.Make believe [Ft. Berry Boo, P General & Halie Ali]

5.Prison riot [Ft. Ruste Juxx & Kasim Allah]

6.Half baked [Ft. Haz Diggs]

7.The pain of life

8.Straight out da NYC [Ft. Shatike & Rim da Villain]

9.Mercy [Ft. E Class Wright]

10.Legends live forever [Ft. Daddie Notch]

11.Serious no Joke [Ft. Mic Handz]

12.Omnipotent [Ft. Tragedy Khadafi]

Note:

If I understand the story correctly, producer Endemic Emerald and emcee Skanks The Rap Martyr of Bankai Fam met each four years ago in NYC and there began a mutual respect for each other’s talents. This album, Rapsploitation, is culmination of that admiration and it is us, the fans that reap the benefit.

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Album Review: M-Dot – egO anD The eneMy (2017)

Artist: M-Dot

Album: egO anD The eneMy

Tracklisting:

  1. Intro
  2. Dreamscape
  3. Foreign
  4. Days Are All The Same
  5. Chrissy
  6. Nomads (ft. Krumbsnatcha)
  7. The Empathy
  8. Gleamin’ (ft. B.A.M.)
  9. Give It To Me
  10. Fugazzi (ft. Jaysaun)
  11. No Excuses
  12. Shine (ft. Method Man and Dominique Larue)
  13. Meow Mix
  14. True Lies (ft. Camp Lo and Tribeca)
  15. Reliant
  16. Death To Raquel
  17. 911

Note:

It is no secret around these parts that M-Dot is a much respected name. We feature nearly all of his music. But it’s also been a minute since he has released an album and in the end it’s time to take account, because creating an album is a much different endeavor than dropping singles or mixtapes. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

But in the end, M-Dot, met and exceeded expectations with egO anD The eneMy. The album remains potent from track one to track seventeen. There is no “fluff”. There are no trivial skits. There are no weaknesses to be found in the music.

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Venomous2000 x Trilian – Sounds Of The Great Ones (2017)

Artist: Venomous2000 & Trilian

Album: Sounds Of The Great Ones

Tracklisting:

  1. Introduction
  2. Know Things (ft. DJ TMB)
  3. Hot Damn (ft. The Artifacts, Tiye Phoenix, and DJ Trickalone
  4. Homecoming
  5. Rock The Bells (ft. Reks, C-Rayz Walz, and DJ TMB)
  6. My Grandma Used To Say
  7. Products Of The Environment (ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq and Cella Dwellas)
  8. Marvelous (Planet-ill)
  9. Make Ya Speakers Pop (ft. 9th Prince, Inspectah Deck, NLZ, and DJ TMB)
  10. Psalms 76
  11. It’s Over (ft. DJ TMB)

Note:

I am not going to start off this review by telling you how much I have been a fan of Venomous2000 over the years. That would be disingenuous. As a matter of fact, you won’t see too much music from him posted on this site since it’s inception. Honesty being the best policy, while I respected the man’s talent, I was never really “wowed” by his previous bodies of work, and I had purchased more than just a couple of projects.

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V-Zilla – Mosaic Musick (2016)

Artist: V-Zilla

Album: Mosaic Music

Tracklisting:

01. Mosaic Musick Intro
02. Stress
03. Bricks In My Back Pack
04. Juke Joint Stroll
05. Ski In The Desert
06. Not The Same
07. Vanilla Sky
08. Talk My Shit
09. The Story
10. Mosaic Musick Outro

Note:

I am always interested in new music from V-Zilla. He has put out a handful of albums and side projects over the years and all have been exceptional. This collaboration with fellow Texan, Zeke Lopez, is no different. Actually, in all honesty, it very well may be some of his best work.

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Sleep – The H.W. Bush/Clinton Era (2015) (Review)

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Name: Sleep

Album: The H.W. Bush/Clinton Era

Track listing:

1. Intro: Produced by The Gonz
2. Broad Daylight: Produced by Wonder Breed
3. Freak A Black: Produced by Wonder Breed
4. Watch This: Produced by Wonder Breed
5. Front Row Murder: Produced by Wonder Breed
6. One Saturday Morning (Interlude): Produced by Pbizzy
7. B.Y.O.G: Produced by Wonder Breed & The Gonz
8. My Brother: Produced by Wonder Breed & The Gonz
9. Mama Said: Produced by Wonder Breed
10. Government Assistance: Produced by Wonder Breed
11. Cannibilazation: Produced by The Gonz
12. Whateva We Get: Produced by Inkomen

Note:

Sleep from 2 Man Cypher dropped a new album last month, entitled The H.W. Bush/Clinton Era. And from my previous experience anything this man puts his hands on from an artistic standpoint is as good as gold. When I finished listening to this album, and thinking about his previous work, I couldn’t help but place this man in the ‘visionary’ category. There are traditional elements in his music, but there’s also something that’s unorthodox. He pushes the limits with his technique and bars. The rhyme patterns are certainly not elementary. His style is more thoughtful, intricate. and diverse.

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