Single You Out: Curly Castro – Ital-You-Can-Eat (ft. billy woods)

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Here’s a single from Curly Castro’s forthcoming album, Tosh which is dropping on December 14th.   Ital-You-Can-Eat is a creative and eclectic blend of talent that just comes together and an impeccable blend.  You’ve got a master of musical fusion in Blockhead concocting a production that is reggae-asian-hiphop infused.  And then you add bending lyricism from Castro and billy woods to the mix, and your palette is set.   Enjoy the feast!

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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MarQ Spekt & Blockhead – Breakfast Club (ft. Philly LoLife AllStars) (Video)

Good gawd, man!  Now this is one ill posse cut.  Blockhead KILLED it with his instrumentation on this.  I love the flutes and riffs over the snapping drums.  He gives this track a lot of character.  And while I may not be familiar with the members of the Philly LoLife AllStars,they along with MarQ Spekt really came at the track with some serious bars.  This track has alot of personality.  The video was also done exceptionally well.

The track is to be featured on MarQ Spekt and Blockhead’s collaborative project, JustPlayWitit.

Illogic & Blockhead – Atlantis Depth (Video)

Illogic & Blockhead drop a video single from their most recent endeavor, Capture the Sun.  The song itself showcases the talent of both producer and emcee.  Up until about half way through the cut, it’s merely Blockhead’s instrumental.  But just over the midway point Illogic drops his eloquent observations giving us the best of both worlds.

…show me the prideful, and I’ll show you an unmarked grave…

Artist Spotlight: PremRock

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I am pretty excited…no, let me rephrase, I am very excited to bring you some thoughts from one of the most creative emcees in the game, PremRock.

I have been listening to him for a couple of years now and in an ideal world, I would have connected with him at SXSW a couple of weeks ago.  But that was not in the cards.  Still, I wanted to pick his brain about, his art, his friends, and his perspective.  What I got in reply was well thought out introspection.

I encourage you to read the interview, check the video freestyle (it’s amazing) and make sure you cop all of his music.  If you love creativity in your hip hop, you are going to be an instant fan of PremRock.

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Unprecedented Vol. 3 Compilation (July 2012)

It’s been a while since I put one of these together and for that I apologize.  There were quite a few tracks that I heard in July and wanted to put them together for one of these compilations…so without further ado…

Tracklisting:

1. Animal Pak (Praverb the Wyse x Don Street) – Banger
2. Substantial – Check My Resume
3. Shabaam Sahdeeq x Eddie B x Smoke DZA – Futuristic
4. Illogic x Blockhead – Poster Boy
5. Dub MD x Vandalyzm x Substantial x Kel Spencer x K-Sise – Requiem
6. Cayoz x Ensilence – Retrospect
7. Layne Harper – Medicine Cabinet
8. Veteran Assassins – Paint The Town Red
9. Sciarii x Tableek x Blacastan – Fear No Man
10. Miami Beat Wave x Locos Por Juana x Omniscient x ArtOfficial – Succeed
11.Skrewtape x C-Rayz Walz x Shabaam Sahdeeq – 3 Ring Circus
12. CF – Terminate On Site
13. Serge Severe x Zapata – Hunger Games

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Illogic and Blockhead – Preparing For Capture (2012)

Artist: Illogic and Blockhead

Album: Preparing For Capture

Tracklisting:

1. Matter Of Minutes
2. Poster boy
3. Nails (ft. Rob Sonic)
4. Ego’s Orbit
5. Weigh You Down
6. Caffeine Budge
7. Herstory

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Illogic is a veteran emcee known for expanding on the known bounds of hip hop.  On one hand he is a solid emcee who can spit with the best of them and easily move in and out of different constructs and sub-genres. On the other hand, he is a classic poet. He utilizes poetic structure and devices, such as assonance and alliteration heavily in his rhymes.  He is intellectual and conjures vivid imagery with his wordplay.  He also takes normal, everyday emotions and transcends them into a flurry of words and vice versa. He is truly a one of a kind artist.

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Single You Out: PremRock and Willie Green – Radio Dial Remix (ft. Has Lo)

Here is the first single off of PremRock and Willie Green’s remix album entitled PremRock & Willie Green: ReassembledThe original album made my Top 10 Albums Of 2011 list and I am thinking the ‘rearranged’ version of the album has the same potential. The remix here is done by Blockhead.  This sounds a little more upbeat than the original version.  I could almost tell this was a Blockhead production without seeing the credits.  I really like this version. It’s a fun joint.  The remix album drops March12th.