Big Block Silvers – Crime in the City (Video)

You want to know what the best EP of the year is thus far? Look no further than the project, Bold, from Blame One, Harry Apollo, and JonJ, also known as Big Block Silvers. This is some of the most beautiful hip hop I have heard as of late. There are six tracks, all of which are incredibly impressive. You can hear the amalgamation of dope on this track, Crime in the City, where boom bap, sound, and lyricism collide. You can not help but be impressed here. Cop this project. It is worth every penny.

AWKWORD – World View (2014)

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Artist: AWKWORD

Album: World View

Tracklisting:

1. Gas Land (Frack Off) ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics] | World View Intro 04:31
2. Throw Away The Key [prod. by L.Ment (Canada)] 05:44
3. Bars & Hooks ft. Sean Price, The Kid Daytona & The Incomparable Shakespeare [prod. by Harry Fraud] 04:48
4. Penny [prod. by Dismas (Romania)] 02:55
5. The People’s Champions ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Punchline & Beretta 9 (of Killarmy) [prod. by Harry Fraud] 04:55
6. Got Class? [prod. by Fresh Nerd] 02:16
7. Notorious ft. Wordsmith, Jasiri X, Jus Daze & Capital X [prod. by Amin PaYnE (Australia)] 05:18
8. Doctor Doctor ft. GuessWho? [prod. by MajoR R.E. (Malaysia)] 04:34
9. Requiem ft. SoulStice, Ess Vee & CuzOH! Black [prod. by ATG] [add. vox by Jay Daniels (Australia) & Mark Deez] 04:40
10. Melting Pot (Made In America) ft. Chaundon [prod. by Numonics] 03:57
11. Rape [prod. by Fafu] 02:53
12. Rap Genius ft. Perseverance & Chino XL [prod. by The White Shadow (Norway)] 03:51
13. It’s Not Possible [prod. by Recluse Crew (Finland)] 01:42
14. #AaronSwartz ft. L*A*W [prod. by Steel Tipped Dove] 03:28
15. The World Is Yours ft. Sha Stimuli & Viro The Virus [prod. by Dominant1 (Malawi)] 03:53
16. Imperialism ft. C-Rayz Walz & Reks [prod. by Jonny Lupo (Moldova)] 04:08
17. Radio 2.0 ft. KRS-One, Dug Infinite, Brimstone127 & Mista Lawnge (of Black Sheep) [prod. by Vice Souletric] 04:51
18. Metal Music ft. El Gant, ILL BILL, Tenacity & Blame One [prod. by Tranzformer] 05:09
19. Go! ft. Joell Ortiz, Slug (of Atmosphere) & Maya Azucena [prod. by Domingo] 03:25

Note:

This review for AWKWORD’s World View has been a long time coming.   It’s a long time coming for two reasons:  1) AWKWORD has been working on his magnum opus for well over three years 2)  I took another two months to digest the project in between other releases.  But here we are at the moment of reckoning to determine what makes World View special, or if it’s indeed special at all.

 

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Top 50 Songs (2013)

Disclaimer:  It is hard and challenging to pick 50 tracks from the thousands upon thousands that dropped this year.  It is merely an attempt to list my favorite cuts of 2012.  Click the links to listen to the song!  I think it’s a great list.  There were a lot of great songs crafted this year and I know I left off some good ones.  I listened to 5,000+ tracks from 2012 alone this year, so as an artist, if you made this list you know you are on the forefront of my iTunes!

1. Said BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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Single You Out: Blame One & J57 – How Much Time’s Left (ft. Akie Bermiss)

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This is the third single from the Blame One and J57 collaborative album, Walk In The Sun.   It continues in the tradition of soulful and introspective music.  Blame One reflects back on what is important in his life,   He’s a family man who rocks the mic and not the vice versa.  The man has his priorities in the right order.  Akie Bermiss, does what he has done numerous times…he gives a track a touch of class and refinement.  Dope music.  Can’t wait for the album.

Blame One & J57 – They Don’t Know (ft. Akie Bermiss)

Beautiful music.  What can I say that the music isn’t already preaching (no pun intended)?  J57 shows us once again that he is a master of his craft.  This arrangement is perfection.  Akie Bermiss lends a chorus that just takes you on a trip in between Blame One’s bars.  And speaking of those bars:  Blame One has always spoken on spirituality and his beliefs.  If you listen to his past music you will pick up on that.   His message is one of acceptance and blessing.  It isn’t preachy…it’s human.

Walk In The Sun drops on August 27th which seems eons away. But you can preorder it now.

Single You Out: DJ Limegreen – Rewind That (ft. Styliztik Jones, OtherWize, and Blame One)

Here’s a dope joint that I think has been overlooked in the blogging community.  If I see a Blame One feature, I immediately take notice.  And this joint was worth taking a look.   It’s a pure hip hop joint that relies on great lyricism on one end and some classic horns and drums on the other.  This track is featured on DJ Limegreen’s new album, The Green Room.

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Markmywords – Dying Breed ft. Blame One and Chino XL B/W Wage War (Singles)

I am not going to do this very often.  I HATE listing singles and talking about a couple of tracks.   Every blog does that and it seems redundant.  But with that being said, that just makes this particular post all that more special.   Markmywords new single is absolutely beasting!  The verses that Blame One, Chino XL, and Markmywords drop on Dying Breed set such a high standard that I needed to shed light on the single.

I first got put on to Markmywords last year from his album, entitled Homeland Security – Nature Of The Beast.  I like what I heard from this San Diego native and was definitely excited to hear his new material.  Dying Breed/Wage War does not disappoint on any level.  Check them and download!