Single You Out: Jered Sanders – God’s Gift.

This is bound to be one of the hidden gems of 2015.  Jered Sanders delivers lyrical genius in heavy doses with, God’s Gift.   Sanders simply is not your average run-of-the-mill emcees.  He is extremely clever with wordplay and that is evident with every song he has dropped.  The beat takes a minute to settle in, but once Analogic assembles all the components, I am hooked.

I haven’t checked the entire album yet, but I am about to.  The album is called, Daylight Saving’s Time.

..it’s a breeze when I come off the top like a weather vain

One Dae – Daes & Times (2013)

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Artist: One Dae

Album: Daes & Times

Tracklisting:

1. Welcome Sinners
2. Bang This
3. Style
4. Play By Play (ft. Evidence)
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Long Way (ft. Statik Selektah)
7. Daes & Times (ft. C-Rayz Walz)
8. BK All Dae
9. Walk In My Shoes (ft. Dana Diaz-Tutaan)
10. Abu Ghraib (ft. Sean Price)
11. Earth Child (ft. Tsi La Brev)
12. Take A Look Around
13. End of the World

Note:

I really want to close out 2013, but I can not do so without cranking out one more review for a very dope album.  The first thing heads will notice about the album Daes & Times is the production credits.  There are some heavyweight names creating beats for One Dae.  When listeners see names like Statik Selektah, Marco Polo, Analogic, Domingo, and M-Phazes, they are bound to pay attention.  But as the man, Mike Zoot once said “a wack rhymer can kill a raw beat”.  In this case the opposite is true: One Dae accentuates what these beatsmiths provide making this album memorable.

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Silent Knight – Holla Burton (5 Year Anniversary Ed.)

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Silent Knight release Holla Burton in 2008 and now he’s re-releasing the project which includes the instrumentals to the original twelve song.  Anything, SK puts out is worth listening to and this no different.  You’ve got production from !llmind, Analogic, M-Phazes, Jake One and DJ Vadim.  That’s some of the illest beatsmiths in the game.  It’s Christmas and this is a true gift.  I’ve owned it for a while, now it’s your turn to catch up!

Tracklisting:

1. Holla Burton Intro
2. Regular Guy (produced by !llmind)
3. Pop Culture Shock (produced by Jake One)
4. Scarlet Fever (feat. East) (produced by Erv Ford)
5. Where Is It Goin? (produced by DJ Vadim)
6. Be OK (produced by M-Phazes)
7. The Journey Continues (produced by DJ Ings)
8. The Wager (feat. 8thW1 & Fresh Daily as Charlie Brown’s Field Goal) (produced by !llmind)
9. What Makes U (produced by Erv Ford)
10. Goin’ Get It (produced by Analogic)
11. Block Justice (produced by M-Phazes)
12. Siren Symphony (produced by Erv Ford)

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Single You Out: Analogic – Revolution (ft. Supastition)

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Elementality producer, Analogic links up with the now super-busy Supasition.  Ever since Supastition announced his return to music he has been a very busy man.  This track however is the first single off of Analogic’s forthcoming album, The Booth Shall Set You Free.  (Very catch title!)  The two have good chemistry together and Supa lyrically takes exception to politics in general and the politics of music.   Dope cut.

DJ K.O. – EMPBeTheTeam (2012)

Artist: DJ K.O.

Album: EMPBeTheTeam

Source: Artist

Tracklisting:

1.Stand Up! (feat. Silent Knight, Jered Sanders, Justin Bates, K-Hill, East & MadKem)
2.I Can Tell (Remix) [feat. MadKem, Silent Knight & K-Hill]
3.Pick a Card (feat. Justin Bates)
4.Meek Man’s Dream (feat. Jered Sanders)
5.Drunk Girls (feat. MadKem, Jered Sanders & Silent Knight)
6.EMP Cypher (feat. MadKem, Silent Knight, Jered Sanders, Justin Bates & K-Hill)
7.Power of the Tongue (feat. K-Hill)
8.Ogre (feat. Silent Knight)
9.Kill ‘Em (feat. Justin Bates & MadKem)
10.A Few Good Men (feat. MadKem, Justin Bates, Silent Knight & K-Hill)
11.Do Ya Thing (feat. East)
12.Seize the Moment (feat. MadKem)

Note:

Elementality is home to some of the most talented emcees and producers in the business and it all starts from DJ K.O.  He can orchestrate some beautiful music with his team and that’s exactly what he does with EMPBeTheTeam.  Everything is done in house production wise and with the duties on the mic because when your camp is this talented you don’t have to rely on anybody else.

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Single You Out: Justin Bates – Love Life (prod. by Analogic)

New heat from the fam at Elementality!  This single is from newcomer to the label, Justin Bates, but backed musically, by production staple, Analogic.  This song is uptempo and positive.  Justin Bates has a different flow for this track in that the bars are choppy, but it goes with the staccato piano riff that Analogic is using.  Check back for more of Justin Bates…

MadKem – Charles Workman (2011)

Artist: MadKem

Album: Charles Workman

Source: Elementality

Tracklisting:

01 Dayz of Rot (prod. Madwreck)
02 Hawking’s Cortex (prod. Madwreck)
03 To Be In Love (prod. DJ K.O. & Madwreck)
04 Ms. Badu (prod. Darren Paul)
05 Victory (prod. Beatnick Dee)
06 Holy Mackerel (prod. Analogic)
07 Bacon (The Main Ingredient) (prod. Madwreck)
08 Frank Muller f. Jered Sanders (prod. SeeMore)
09 How We Do (prod. S. RAW)
10 Malcolm Browne (The BQE Remix) f. Skyzoo (prod. DaveNotti)
11 The Moon (prod. Madwreck)

Note:

These are the dayz of rot!‘, the words resonate as you begin listening to MadKem’s first album, Charles Workman.  The track (Dayz Of Rot) has a tribal, yet funky feel to it.   It starts of with what sounds like some tribal chant, then hit you off with some bongo drums, and then the finger snaps.  The track has a feel unlike any other that I have heard in 2011.   The use of vocal samples and a very organic production make this a track that you will remember.  MadKem drops lyrics that put the listener on to what brought him into the rhyme game in the first place and where he is going with it.  Everything about this track is exceptional.  Madwreck definitely deserves props for his work behind the boards on this joint.

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Silent Knight – Busy Is My Best Friend (2011)

Artist: Slient Night

Album: Busy Is My Best Friend

Source:  Been Knowing About This One

Tracklisting:

1. Proof of Life
2. Grind Mode (ft. Braille)
3.  Stayin’ Busy
4. Fortify (ft. Gift Of Gab and Iam)
5. What Would I Do (ft. Neenah and Kam Moye)
6. Salute (ft. KON)
7. Back In The Trenches
8. SK All Day
9. Build Truths
10. The Noid (ft. MeLa Machinko)
11. Forca
12. Tomorrow Remix (featuring Soul Qloc of The Band Called FUSE)
13. Must Begin

Note:

This is easily one of my most anticipated releases of the year.  Ever since I heard The Audible Doctor produced cut, Stayin’ Busy, I have wanted to hear the entire album from Silent Knight.  And now that I finally have it in my hands (after waiting  months upon months), I am not disappointed in the least.  SK has a commanding presence on the mic and that becomes more and more apparent with each track on Busy Is My Best Friend.

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MadKem – Death At The Chophouse (2011)

Artist: MadKem

Album: Death At The Chophouse

Source: 2DopeBoyz

Tracklisting:

1. Soon Enough
2. Malcolm Browne (prod. DaveNotti)
3. What We On (prod. Analogic)
4. Y E A H! feat. Silent Knight & Wordsworth [prod. DaveNotti]
5. Slow Burner (feat. Silent Knight) [prod. SeeMore]
6. Louis XIV
7. Never Know (prod. Laudz)
8. Back 2the Rawness (feat. Silent Knight) [prod. Analogic]
9. Forthcoming (prod. DaveNotti)
10. Living Out Our Dreams (feat. Silent Knight & East) [prod. Laudz]
11. The Epidemic (prod. DaveNotti)
12. Interlude 4 U (feat. J Mac)
13. Black Mamba
14. Change of the Guard
15. ‘Til I Go (feat. Jered Sanders) [prod. DaveNotti]
16. Just Watch Us (feat. East & Silent Knight) [prod. Analogic]
17. Mister Señor Love Daddy, Pt. 2 [prod. DaveNotti]
18. The World Is Mine [prod. Analogic]
19. Here We Go (Analogic Remix) [feat. East & Silent Knight]
20. Violent (feat. Silent Knight) [prod. Laudz]
21. New Known Fact (prod. SeeMore)

Note:

MadKem has an album dropping in September and this mixtape is to serve as a precursor to that album.  It is a compilation of older material and compilations MadKem has appeared on.  I am familiar with MadKem from his appearances on all of those Elementality/DJ KO EPs that were produced last year.  I liked those a lot.  I also am a big fan of Silent Knight, and as you can see, he is all over this mixtape.  So  I expected this mixtape to be pretty dope.  But to put it plainly, this really exceeded my expectations.

MadKem is a lot iller than I gave him credit for.  He has a great mic presence and his lyricism is very clever throughout.  So now I find myself fiending for this new album next month.

You absolutely have to give this mixtape and download and listen.  It’s imperative.  This is one of those moments you can have as a listener where you can enjoy a release from start to finish and come away with an appreciation for an artist you may not be familiar with.