Artist: Alpha Faktion
Album: Creative Control
- Stand Up (prod. DJ Raz)
- Price Tags (prod. Vherbal)
- Last Hours (prod. L’undercover Sismographe)
- Another Day pt. 2 (prod. Supreme Da Almighty)
- The Real Truth” (ft. Planet Asia, Skanks, Zagnif Nori & Dready Kruger (prod. Ayatollah)
- Move Back (prod. Alterbeats)
- The Formation (prod. Custodian of Records)
- Let Em Watch (prod. Vherbal)
- System Shutdown (prod. Marco Polo)
- The Shining (f. Milano Constantine) (prod. Vherbal)
- Divide the Fortress (f. Mic Handz) (prod. DJ Skizz)
- Creative Control (Skit) (prod. Chess Pain)
- Creative Control (prod. Nottz)
- The Lineage (prod. Marley Marl)
I waited for this album for three plus years from Alpha Faktion. Their EP, Truth, Lies, & Audiotape is a staple in a very crowded iTunes Library. So when Azwun, Kraze, and DJ Enyoutee finally dropped their new project, Creative Control my expectations were extraordinarily high. But this is what the team did in the process of making this album while I waited anxiously: They made something that was timeless.
Timeless Truth unleashes a banger to set you up for their new project by the same name, Cold Wave. The project drops on Monday, and I, for one, am definitely going to be copping this.
DJ Skizz and Timeless Truth prove to be the right combination on this one. A banger in the truest sense of the word.
DJ Skizz only makes the banging beats and this time he extends one of those productions to Kansas City emcee, Reach. The track proves to have all of the ingredients of dopeness and hopefully is indicative of Reach’s forthcoming project, Perfect Strangers.
Word has been buzzin’ about Shabaam Sahdeeq’s forthcoming album, Keepers Of The Lost Art, for at least a year and now. On April 22nd, that talk can reach a boil as the album will finally drop. This single should also be perking up ears. The production by DJ Skizz absolutely bangs. while Sahdeeq, Wais P, and Sha Stimuli keep the conversation lively.
Illa Ghee make us fiend for the album with his release of the single, Salute The General. This track by DJ Skizz is saturated in the realness which suits Illa Ghee just fine because that’s his M.O. He has a real nice flow, where at the end he promises to bust all shots on the “skinny jean” culture. I am all for that. His album Social Graffiti is dropping in the second quarter of this year. Fakes and frauds beware!
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 Before – Goldini Bagwell
2. Rhyme Of The Year – Nino Bless
3. Believers – Mayday
4. Outlive, Outshine – Theo3
5. War – Stryfe and Marc Byrd
Brooklyn resident, and Boston native, DJ Skizz is set to release his highly anticipated debut producer album,B.Q.E. (Brooklyn-Queens Experience) on 6-23-2013. This track is a video single for that same project and as you can hear from this joint, it’s that grimy and gritty hip hop that we all love and appreciate. I especially love to see Big Noyd on a track again. I have always enjoyed that flow and it’s like son hasn’t aged a bit since the late 90s! I am definitely looking forward to this project.