Snowgoons – I Walk Alone (ft. Cunninlynguists) (Video)

Two independent hip hop icons link up when Snowgoons and Cunninlynguists unite for the cut I Walk Alone.   The vibe of the track is very soulful and also a very fitting joint for the ‘lynguists to rock over.  It’s a very appropriate joint to utilize as the first single for the Snowgoons’ upcoming project, Black Snow 2.0.

Enjoyable hip hop from some of the best!

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MarQ Spekt: Shangri-La (prod by Deacon The Villain) (Video)

This is a quick hitter from MarQ Spekt’s latest album, The Grilchy Era.  It’s a dope cut that you simply don’t want to end but it does ever so quickly.   Deacon The Villain from Cunninlynguists drops the vocals for the chorus.  Check the album if you haven’t already.  It’s worth more than just a few spins.

Natti (of CunninLynguists) – Architecture (ft. Sha Stimuli & Substantial) (Video)

I enjoy this song and Natti’s album,  Still Motion, alot.   Other than that, I am going to let the official press release take it away:

The second single from Natti’s ‘Still Motion’ gets a visual treatment. Watch as Natti, Sha Stimuli & Substantial reluctantly admire the drug game, the music industry and the institution of education. Three systems that, more often than not, prey on it’s participants and are specifically designed for them to fail.

JustMe – Knob Creek (ft. Marcus Wilkerson x Sheisty Khrist) (Video)

This is the best track off of JustMe’s latest album, Full Disclosure.  It’s that soulful and meaningful hip hop that’s a game changer in today’s cookie cutter environment.  It’s always good to hear people dropping music with purpose and intent.  Sheisty Khrist’s verse is golden as he takes it to a biblical level.  Dope.

JustMe – Tragedy and Dope

ArtistJustMe

AlbumTragedy & Dope

SourceBandcamp

Tracklisting:

  1. Tragedy & Dope
  2. I Know
  3. Serenity
  4. The Truth & A Lie
  5. Out Of Context
  6. Ups & Downs
  7. Sexual Confessional
  8. The Prodigal
  9. Quitting Time
  10. Wade

Note:

There should be a new genre of music, categorized as “honest man’s music”.  There is something powerful when a man or woman lays their life out in front of you.   JustMe is breaking down the barriers between artist and listener on his latest release, Tragedy & Dope.  He invites the listener to share a piece of his life and imparts advice through personal experience.

I don’t categorize JustMe as a “Christian Artist”.   He is an artist who happens to be Christian.  His message is inherent in the rhymes and never comes across being overly preachy.  He is not going out of his way to proselytize. His relationship with God simply comes through the words he is spitting.  I feel that, and I think the every day person will too.

Tragedy & Dope is produced entirely by Deacon The Villain from independent mainstays, the Cunninlynguists.  And while his compadre, Kno gets much of the shine on the production for their group, Deacon displays great ability  in producing JustMe’s release.  The sample use throughout the album  really sets tone throughout the joint.   He also does a few of the hooks himself which accentuates the album.  His crooning on the hook for The Prodigal, had me playing that track over and over.   Superior production from Deacon highlights this album.

From the initial tack you know that Tragedy & Dope is going to hold your attention.    The title track is intense as Deacon blends vocal samples and a dope drum pattern together.  It’s a short track but it really does the trick.   I am a sucker for a dope vocal sample, guitar loop, some strings, and a dope beat.  JustMe rips this uptempo track diligently letting us know that “God made both, Tragedy and Dope“.

I Know also utilizes a well placed guitar sample.    The track is a little slower than the aforementioned but suits JustMe perfectly.   He spits verses relating to how we make decisions under the influence of the devil.   His lyrics are insightful and dope.  You can feel his passion for his message.  He brings a different view point to our every day life, on that involves that daily struggle between good and evil.   The hook is done by none other than Deacon The Villain and hits it’s mark in being soulful and provoking.

The aforementioned track, The Prodigal, is really the highlight of this album.   JustMe gives us a window into his life being the prodigal son.   If you are not familiar with the biblical story, I invite you to sit down for fifteen minutes and get acquainted with it.  He turned away from God, and lived a life of  sin.  He reveals the ills of his early life and how he made a turnaround to get back to God.  I can’t do this song the justice that it deserves.  Production is remarkable and the song really reached me on a personal level.  I can’t think of too many in recent memory that moved me to hit the repeat button so often.  Deacon’s chorus rolls around in m head:

I live my life on the run, outside of my zone, wasn’t the only one, to call the streets my home.  I live my life on the run, outside of my zone, I haven’t been the only one,…the Prodigal.

This album is dope.  It can not be overstated.  It was a true pleasure to sit down and listen to this from front to back.  You will not find a better album for five dollars in 2010.  Rest assured!