Single You Out: Donnie Darko – Chinese Opera (ft. Interstate Mook & Sutter Kain) (Prod. By DJ Bless)

This is that new tough stuff from Donnie Darko’s latest album, Redemption.   Interstate Mook and Sutter Kain join Darko over Kain’s alternate persona, DJ Bless’ beat.  If there is one word I could use to describe Donnie Darko’s sound on the singles from his new album, it would be determined.   He sounds like he is spitting those bars as if they were hollow points aimed at your heart.

The album is out NOW at all major online retailers so make sure you check it and support!

Donnie Darko – One False Move Pt. 2 (Video)

Man it has been a minutes since I have head some new NSD material.   But the camp always has a habit of dropping a gem on us, so I can’t complain all that much.  Donnie Darko drops those high energy verbals all over this DJ Bless track.  That’s been THE combination that has taken NSD so far.  Always a great pairing.  And what can you learn from this track?  Be aware of your surroundings and don’t take the hood lightly or you will get got.

New album, Redemption, drops on June 10th.

Single You Out: Donnie Darko -Train Of Thought Pt. 2 (ft. Mr. Grimm) (Produced By DJ Bless)

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Always good to get some new music from the homie Donnie Darko and the NSD camp.  Darko is really an underrated emcee who spits with a lot of vigor and when he teams up with the production from DJ Bless, heads should just hit the deck.   This track is a single from Darko’s forthcoming album, Redemption so keep a look out for that on 02/04/2013. 

 

Single You Out: Rhythm Writers – The Vapors (Produced By DJ Bless)

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DJ Bless outdid himself with this production! The chorus sounds like it was sung by a demonic doll.   It just has this very creepy element to the track.   For their part, The Rhythm Writers do not tread lightly and drop a nice sequence of bars.   The combination of DJ Bless and The Rhythm Writers proves once again to be a win for hip hop heads.

Single You Out: Sutter Kain – Man Behind The Mask Pt. 1 (Produced By DJ Bless)

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New music from Never So Deep front man, Sutter Kain (DJ Bless).  Every one knows that he is a master at producing music for others but this time he lets listeners and fans get a look at the man behind the mask.  He gives us a glimpse into years prior and what’s gone in to make him the man he is today.    Bless is a perfectionist and pays attention to every minute detail of his music and that really shows in the final product here.  Enjoy this….

Single You Out: Rhythm Writers – Death Circle

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I like the title…Death Circle.   Seems right up my alley.  The beat is a little more standard fair for DJ Bless than what I am used to hearing.  It’s still dope, just not as much going on.   The emcees are all reasonably good, but the third verse is given with a little more tenacity.  I don’t know too much (or anything) about the group to give you details as to who is who…just trust me, you can tell a difference.  I will have to hear more before I comment on Rhythm Writers but this is certainly above par.

Single You Out: Awaxx – Till The End (Produced By DJ Bless)

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I’m back to support another part of the backbone of HHD, Never So Deep.  DJ Bless never disappoints with his production and that story continues with another dark banger.  Awaxx shows apt competency to rock the mic.  He doesn’t possess the best flow I have ever heard but certainly does justice to the track that we have in front of us.  I look forward to hear more before I pass judgement…

Top 50 Songs (2012)

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 MindstateSpit 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 TextRP 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.

3. The Greatest Mother EverRashid Hadee provides one of the great sarcastic songs of our lifetime with this joint.

4. Little Bunny RabbitLocksmith does angst so well.  He raps with a chip on his shoulder and delivers devastation to and and all in his path, in part to his little buddy.

5. Lo Siento AmigoDub 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.

7. Under Their Radar, Over Their HeadsIllmaculate has always delivered dope bars but the production on this joint combined with the lyricism made this a sure shot for out Top 10.

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.

9. How Do I SurviveEmilio Lopez and Falside link up for another banger that just makes the listener get out of the seat and get amped.

10. Dirt In The GroundPremrock’s reworking of Tom Waits music is impressive and this joint is the closing cut.  It’s very innovative and poignant.

11. Rare FlowSerge Severe and Jon Belz bring you that rare Portland air with this ‘rare flow’ over Terminill production.

12. J.O.Y.Copywrite features Torae and Jason Rose for this outstandingly soulful song.

13. My CondolencesSnake Hollywood released this beast of a track towards the end of the year and it instantly bypassed 95% of the other tracks out there.  Really dope rhymes.

14. Yesterday’s GoneSwerve and Co$$ define soul in hip hop with this track.  Just something to put you at ease.

15. 3AMJournalist 103 is prone to drop a gem on em’ and this is one of my favorite tracks from his most recent album.

16. Burn It DownGotham Green and Quickiemart bring you a track to tear the club up.  A 1940s club that is because this joint bumps with a nostalgic vibe.  Very unique.

17. Waiting In VeinMayhem drops one of the best storytelling joints this year.   You will just have to listen to this one and follow along.

18. Problem SolverVinnie Paz brings in the legend, Scarface for this song off of his most recent album.

19.  Futuristic – When is ‘The Wolves’ project going to drop because this collaborative deal between Shabaam Sahdeeq, Eddie B., and Harry Fraud is type ill.

20. Check My ResumeSubstantial rocking over some Oddisee beats is the sure shot.

21. Don’t HateOf Mice and Musicians are trying to convince the listener they are doing it for their benefit…so don’t hate.  Also, this is off of a great album so make sure you cop that!

22. Big BroFatal Lucciauno dropped a real raw ass album and this song is the crem de la crem.

23. Sorry Alias & Fakts One apologize for the vicious cycle on this joint but not their dope music.

24. Mr. Governor – The duo of Soul Khan and Akie Bermiss again deliver a dope song with this conscious cut.

25. Drowning ManCas Metah and Wonder Brown  offer a Christian message in the form of dope hip hop rhythm accompanied by Copywrite and Elias.

26. Digi Box – C-Rayz Walz pays homage to the hip hop internet scene.

27. Rock To The RhythmRuste Juxx and The Arcitype drop thisself explanatory joint but in the illest, and most high energy way possible.

28. Price & Shining Armor – When Sean Price and Ruste Juxx combine, it’s nothing but a win for everybody.

29. UnfukwitableRed Eye and company rock over a DJ Bless beat making this the best posse cut of the year.  Hands down.

30. SushiRas Kass is my all-time favorite emcee and he shows and proves his place in history once again with this track.

31. Monte CarloKing Mez and producer Commissioner Gordon once again combine for this audio masterpiece.

32. Jansport StringsSkyzoo and the horns are a formidable combination.

33.  Above The SkyApollo The Great is one of the best surprises this year to me.  His album is immaculate and this track is one of my favorites.

34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint.  Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.

35.  Humid NightsJR&PH7 link up with The Kid Daytona for a soulful joint off their most recent project.

36.  SuccessThe Audible Doctor  and Chaundon showcase their verbals over the former’s tightest productions.

37. Walk With The Lions – When Swedish producer Pause Beats comes out with his album in 2013 you will recognize.  A lot of talent on this track.

38. Knob CreekJustMe, Marcus Wilkerson, and Sheisty Khrist give you a spiritual, soulful and bluesy vibe that this liste needed.

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!

40.  the Last Great – This is the title track off of MaLLy & The Sundance Kid’s album from this year.  It’s such a different sound and the two work great together.

41. Blame The LabelThe Narcicyst asks you to take a leap of faith with him which is easy when he drops an infectious track like this!

42.  UnlearnReks 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,.

43.  Appreciation – Speaking of ill combinations, Donnie Darko  and DJ Bless continue their run with one of the best track this year.  Darko has a lot of power in his voice and Bless in his beats.

44. Sandstorms – This list needed another ill posse cut and who better to deliver than Blacastan, Emilio Lopez, Outerspace, and V-Zilla?  No One.

45. Holy Smokes – You don’t remember Mr. Complex do you?  Well, I personally think he is one of the most interesting emcees in the game.  A great talent with a great sense of humor.

46. People  – Falside ain’t right for this as he asserts his force on this Juan Deuce track featuring Romen Rok.  Real ill!

47. The First 48Apollo Brown and OC brought you one of the illest albums this year and this song typifies that release.  Dope beats and rhymes.

48.  You Know Who You AreOddisee is a unique talent with an old soul.  A producer extraordinaire with great lyrical ability.

49.  Balcony – Are you down with the Mission? The Black Opera.  You are either with us or against us.

50.  Time 2 Roll – The Red Giants are not only smooth but also extremely dope and don’t tell me Jermiside can’t flow.  This is ill lyricism and ability!

Single You Out: Donnie Darko – Today (prod. by DJ Bless)

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New music from the combination of Donnie Darko and DJ Bless is always a welcome thing.  A really great combo and have been for years.  This particular track combines soul and angst as Darko once again must contend with the doubters and those who think he’s not good enough.  He does all of this over a track that DJ Bless makes cry…dope…

Single You Out: McNastee – Going Through The Motions

The NSD team releases the first single for McNastee’s Pity Party Rockers which is now slated to be released on October 2nd.  McNastee serves as the team’s crooner/lyricist and really promotes a different sound than the rest of the camp, or maybe it’s the sounds I associate most with NSD.   Whatever the case, it’s a dope cut with production from the venerable DJ Bless.