I have been a fan of Reks since I first heard the album, Along Came The Chosen. He’s a real man, a real emcee, who is creating real music. There are no smoke and mirrors. There’s no fancy cars and glamorous women in the videos. There’s no flashing of the cash. When the game changed, Reks remained true to himself and the foundation of hip hop. He kept on doing him and making music for those who could appreciate that. He’s worked with some of the most renowned producers and illest emcees. In return for his great musical contribution, HHD wants to repay the favor and highlight his illustrious career thus far. This Check The Discography is for a man who is more than deserving. So Reks, we salute you, your work, and all the energy you put into it. As a fan, if you don’t have any of these albums, or mixtapes, make sure you do yourself a favor and cop these. A couple of things before you start clicking: The majority of these releases are sold in online stores, so please follow the links and support the man. Secondly, Happy Holidays was released as a mixtape almost a decade ago and I can find no working links so if you have access, holler at me. Lastly, the link to the Rekless album is to CD Universe where you can only buy the physical album for approximately $60.00. I say go for it!
The Narcicyst is one of the most relevant artists in hip hop right now. As a good portion of the world shudders at the terms ‘Muslim’ and ‘Arab’, The Narcicyst embraces his heritage and attempts to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions. He addresses today’s issues in speaking engagements, books, and not to be forgotten…music. Never to be lost in the mix is that The Narcicyst is a gifted emcee. He couples socio-political view points with ill lyricism. He is one of a very few who continues to use hip hop as a vehicle to reach and teach the masses and his work really bares mentioning.
He has a lot of material, much of which is offered for free on his blog, Iraq Is The Bomb. I have also put these releases all in one place below so that you can check them out. Previous to a solo career, The Narcicyst was in a group called Euphrates. The group released two projects, A Bend In The River and Stereotypes Incorporated. I have included those as well as they are out of print and impossible to find for sale. His self-titled album from 2009, and best work to date, is available on Itunes and that link is also included. Please click the album or mixtape you are interested in so that you may download or be taken to a link to purchase. If you have a question about something , don’t hesitate to ask.
Here are a couple of videos that I really enjoy. The first one is for P.H.A.T.W.A. which is one of the most poignant political and social commentaries set to music. Hamdulillah is the second video and shows you the many faces of Islam. Both are excellent visuals for extraordinary songs.
It’s time to feature another artist’s discography and who better to showcase this month, other than Has-Lo?
In my mind, it’s originality and his introspective nature that allows people to connect to Has-Lo’s music but what people may not know is how much music the man has available. You can find these releases strewn across the web (most of them on his bandcamp site) but I thought I would showcase his body of work here for you to easily check them out.
Also, many may know Has-Lo as the accomplished emcee but may not be aware of his various production credits. Here you can listen to his original production and some of his remix work.
As is always the case with these ‘Discography’ posts. I am not intending to post every track Has-Lo has ever been on, just showcasing his major works!
Some of the releases below are are offered for FREE download and others are purchasable. Bottom line is support an artist like Has-Lo who really embodies the spirit of what hip hop is all about. Also feel free to connect with Has-Lo his social networking sites:
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There are just a few collectives out there that put out consistently dope hip hop. E.M.S. is one such collection of artists. This group of artists out of Massachusetts have put out an incredible amount of material and I wanted to give the readers an opportunity to give some of these releases a listen. A big shout out to Rev from E.M.S. for compiling all of these releases.
I have personally heard 90% of these albums/mixtapes and I can attest for their dopeness. Now, remember, I wasn’t trying to put out every mixtape or guest shot these artists have ever been on. This is just their own releases. Please enjoy this late holiday gift…
I awoke this morning to Leedz putting it in the air via Twitter that eight of the albums/mixtapes put out on his label were being offered free. I am assuming this is a recent development, though I could certainly be wrong. I know I paid good money for them and now you can DL some of them without spending a dime. These releases are chocked full of dope beats and raw lyricism. You are going to find something among the collection that you will love. Heck, I love most of them. My favorites of the bunch are Rite Hook’s E.ye A.ssume D.amage and the Write Off Mixtapes Vol.1 and 2. You will see tons of guest shots on these releases, including Slaine, Amadeus The Stampede, Reef The Lost Cause, J The S, Ill Bill and many more. I realize this is not an ‘artist’ discography so to speak but I wouldn’t sleep on this collection if I were you! Also, make sure you remember to drop some dollars on one of these artist’s shows or retail products if you like what you hear. It’s essential to contribute financially when capable. Meanwhile, enjoy….
You can click the cover of the particular album you wanted to check out and be linked to the Bandcamp site where you can stream the music to see if it’s for you, but for my part it is a no brainer: Pick them all up!