Really dope cut off of Craig G’s new project, The Fragile Ego, which just dropped today. There’s a lot to love this track. I love the the production with the flute and precise cuts, which goes hand-in-hand with emcees dope commentary about how so many crave and will do anything the limelight.
Craig G and Menace unite to form the unit, Pair Of Kings. And these veteran emcees are tossing these Silver Daggers in the direction of the competition. This should serve as an instructional video for how rhyming should be done.
The duo is slated to drop an album in 2017 so watch out for that release date.
First time that I have featured Aul Purpis on HHD, but I am guessing this won’t be his last time. He’s got the right combination of voice, lyricism, and boom bap. Plus, obtaining verses from the rhyme legend, Craig G does not hurt. The beat from the severely underrated Fel Sweetenberg is heavy handed in a good way.
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. Megatron Mindstate – Spit Gemz, Shaz Illyork, and DJ Brans brought the banger of the year early on in 2012. For me this track just set a standard that could not be surpassed. The beat was epic and the rhymes intermingled the streets with theology to provide a brief but concentrated delivery of dope.
2. Tragedy Text – RP from the Loyalty Digital game me the chills literally with this track about texting and driving and anyone who can provoke that type of response deserves to be acknowledged. One of the great conceptual songs in the last five years.
5. Lo Siento Amigo – Dub Sonata x Double AB brought a lot of flavor and context to this joint. Dub Sonata conjures a little latin boom bap and Double AB continues to be one of the best story telling emcees in the game, narrating a tale of romance, deception, and karma.
6. Local Artist – I could have honestly used any on the cuts off of The 17ths FREE EP. It’s a damn great EP and you can listen to it through and through. But this cut puts the listener in the shoes of your “local artist” and his life.
8. Heaven – While this is not on any particular album, Mike Beatz provides an amazing banger for the fans and the visuals from the video give you that serial killer feel. I can’t wait to hear more from this man in 2013.
34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint. Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.
39. Rabbit Season – Craig G is an OG. He deosn’t care about end of the year accolades but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them. He once again shows these youngsters how it is done…proper. Kids….go get your shine box!
42. Unlearn – Reks and Numonics kill the game with this track. These are two of my favorites in their selected fields. You can’t listen to this without stopping what you are doing and paying attention to the music,.
01. V.I.C. (Intro) (feat. Zash Chinhara)
03. Lava (feat. Termanology)
04. Can Only Be Me (feat. Genius)
05. The Life I Live (feat. Copywrite)
06. Jump Start (feat. DJ Slipwax, Jaysaun, Planet Asia & R.A. the Rugged Man)
07. Barbarian Bars (feat. Punchline)
08. Right There With Me (feat. XL, Sadat X & Skanks)
09. Rock to the Rhythm
10. She Get It In (feat. Genius)
11. The Walking Dead (feat. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Guilty Simpson & Ill Bill)
12. Where They Be At
13. That La La La (feat. Craig G & General Steele)
14. Stand Strong (feat. Sarah Miller)
15. Something Outta Hopeless (feat. Aisling Peartree)
16. Champion (feat. King Magnetic) (Bonus)
17. Summertime on the Ave (feat. KiKi, Promise & Skanks) (Bonus)
18. Give Em What They Want (feat. Genius & Illa Ghee) (Bonus)
19. That La La La (the WEEDmix) (feat. Viceversah & Cortez) (Bonus)
I can say, without hesitation, that Ruste Juxx has been on of the most prolific artists in the last few years. He has been featured donzens of times on other people’s projects. He has been on a a blistering pace of almost releasing two albums a year and V.I.C. is his second of 2012. His first project this year was with French producer Kyo Itachi, entitled Hardbodied Hip Hop. That album was outstanding and I thought Juxx had outdone himself with that effort but, V.I.C. expounds even further on that effort, making it one of the top notch albums of 2012. I believe one of the reasons this album shines so bright is the beat selection from producer, The Arcitype. He is able to fuse different sounds together for an album that I really hadn’t heard before and that only enables Ruste Juxx to showcase even more of what he can do with the microphone.
Damn. Computer just ate my post! Oh well. What I was saying…I am currently not one to partake in the ‘La-La-La’ but if I was to do so, this would be the song that I would bump while I was at it. The Arcitype really showing some versatility with delivering his first smoothed out production from the V.I.C. album that will be dropping on September 25th as a collaborative effort with Ruste Juxx. And speaking of versatility, Ruste Juxx shows that he can deliver the goods on a more mellow offering. Really looking forward to the album!
First off, I love the artwork for this joint! Secondly, DJ Nastee came super correct with this beat. The sample and horns are amazing. This something I could play again and again (and probably will). Craig G and Styles P make quick work of the beat with fiery lyrics and delivery. Check in particular Craig G’s last verse. Recognize that this Ramblings Of An Angry Old Man album will be something special.
New collaborative joint featuring Craig G from BurntMD’s forthcoming album, Not So Black & White. I am excited to hear what this album has to offer. I have been listening to BurntMD for a few years now and my own point of view is that he is severely underrated, which really makes the collabo with Craig G appropriate because I think he has been under appreciated throughout his career.
Cold Heat put me on to this cut from the venerable, Craig G. Shine Box is filled with Craig G. verbally humiliating all walks of hip hop artist and reminding them that they are not fit for the trade. Craig G. every once in a while has to bring the thunder to remind these mortals what the Legends are capable of.