Weekly Recommendation: NapsNdreds x Nottz – Trouble & a Pair of Dice (2018)

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Artist: NapsNdreds x Nottz

Album: Trouble & a Pair of Dice

Tracklisting:

1. Trouble! (skit)
2. Black Spiders
3. Blind Folds (ft. Neenah)
4. They Wanna Know (ft. Vinnie Paz)
5. Spilled Milk
6. Sauce 4 Da Floss (ft. Fred the Godson)
7. Highly Rated (ft. Cormega)
8. Black Suns (ft. Andi-Ites)
9. Thats Him! (Skit)
10.Waitin’ (ft. Murdoc)
11.Pair of Dice
12.Indicisiveness (Skit)
13.Hornets

Notes:

Quite a few dope projects made their way to digital shelves last week but I can’t let this one slide by, so out of all the projects, this is the one that I feel deserved the feature.

Nottz has crafted brilliance at least FOUR times this year providing the soundscape for albums from Blu, Bad Seed, Bumpy Knuckles and now NapsNdreds.   He just has an incredible ear and gift for what he does.

And I have a few other projects from NapsNdreds but none as complete as Trouble & a Pair of Dice.   His flow, wordplay, and content all shine impeccable on this project.  There are a few dope features on this album, but none of them take the limelight off of NapsNdreds.  He holds it down on all levels.

This is another must-have for your listening pleasure in 2018.  Don’t let it pass you by!  Here are my two favorite tracks from the project:

 

Kool G Rap & 38 Spesh – Dead Or Alive (ft. Cormega) – Dead Or Alive (Prod Midnite) (Video)

Son Of G Rap is one of my most anticipated albums this year, ever since I head the first single, Upstate 2 Queens.  I loved the way Kool G. Rap and 38 Spesh exchanged their bars over that beat.  That song is in steady rotation.

This song is extremely dope in its own right, adding Cormega for the chorus.   The emcees go in on the struggle and the survival tactics needed to make it in this day and age.  There are a multitude of dope bars and visuals painted on this track.  Speaking of the visuals:  I am really feeling the animation here.  Midnite on the production.

Album drops for everyone on July 20th, and you get the early release on the 6th if you cop the CD.

 

Ayatollah – Me, Myself & Akai (2013)

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Artist: Ayatollah

Album: Me, Myself & Akai

Source: Elementality

Tracklisting:

01. Talib Kweli – The Proud
02. Sean Price – Spliff-n-Wessun (feat. Rustee Juxx)
03. eMC – Four Brothers
04. eMC – Borrow U
05. Black Star – Bright As the Stars
06. Wordsworth – Evol (feat. Justin Time & Masta Ace)
07. Rakim – A Cold Feeling
08. Talib Kweli – Joy (feat. Mos Def)
09. Inspectah Deck – The Movement
10. P Dap, Matt Fingaz & Nature – The Big Hurt
11. Saigon – Do You Know
12. Cormega – Rap’s a Hustle
13. Wordsworth – Right Now
14. Mos Def – Know That (feat. Talib Kweli)
15. Ghostface Killah & Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty 2
16. Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty
17. Masta Ace – Hold U (feat. Jean Grae)
18. Ghostface Killah – Odd Couple (feat. Cappadonna)
19. eMC – The Grudge
20. Ilacoin, Labba & Black Rob – By a Stranger
21. Silent Knight – Verbal Assault (feat. Tiffany Paige)
22. Okai – No Question (feat. Vinia Mojica)
23. R.A. the Rugged Man – Chains (feat. Masta Killa & Killah Priest)
24. Inspectah Deck – Vendetta
25. B-1 – Put Yo’ Self In My Place (feat. Large Professor)
26. Tek (of Smif-n-Wessun) – All Massive
27. Styles P & Pharoahe Monch – The Life
28. DJ K.O. – 3 In the Chamber (feat. O.C., Torae & Kaze)
29. The Dwellas – Game of Death
30. Royce da 5’9″ – Life (feat. Amerie)
31. Corgema – Bring It Back
32. Sean Price – Jesus Price
33. Masta Ace – 2’s and 3’s
34. Tragedy Khadafi – Lift Ya Glass

Note:

This release serves to wet the listener’s appetite and get you ready for Ayatollah’s forthcoming album Avant Garde which is going to drop on March 5th. As you can see from the track listing, Ayatollah has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names.

Elementality has released this collection of songs in a continuous 40 minute mix to showcase some of the highlights from his body of the work.   My hope is that you will DL, throw it in the iPod (or like device) and get familiar or re-familiar, whichever is the case.