Army of the Pharaohs – The Demon’s Blade (Video)

The Demon’s Blade is just one of the many bangers that one can find on AOTP’s latest album, In Death Reborn.   The team dispenses with the need for a hook on this track and just offer bars only.  Leaf Dog formulates the production formula for the team to rock over.  If you haven’t copped the album yet…it’s prolly just too late for you.

Single You Out: Machete Mode – The Danger Remix (feat. Sean Price, Esoteric Chino XL and Vinnie Paz)

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Sean Price and Chino XL are now featured on the remix version of The Danger.   Esoteric also tailors his own verse to give the song a new appeal.   Chino XL of course drops one of those verses that leave your jaw dropped.  Just give the man creative license and he is liable to steal the damn show.

This version is only going to be made available via 7″ record.  So suck it digital era…haha.

Esoteric & Stu Bangas – Steel Chairs (Video)

I am typically not a fan of montage/mashup videos but this one for Steel Chairs had me feeling a bit nostalgic.  I grew up watching the likes of Arn and Oli Anderson and the Four Horsemen so this video took me back.  I hadn’t thought about any of those names in a long while.  And lets not forget to mention that the music from Esoteric and Stu Bangas is prime choice.  Make sure you peep their new album, Machete Mode.

Esoteric & Stu Bangas – Ease Up (ft. Planetary, Reef the Lost Cauze & Blacastan) (Official Video)

New video off of Estoeric and Stu Bangas’ upcoming album, Machete Mode.  The album is available for preorder on itunes right now and is slated to drop on November 26th.   This particular cut has a tag team battle taking place over some ill Stu Bangas’ production.   It’s Planetary and Blacastan taking on Reef and Esoteric.  You decide the victor!

Esoteric & Stu Bangas – The Danger (ft. Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled & Apathy) (Video)

Video single off of Esoteric and Stu Bangas’ forthcoming album, Machete Mode.  Part of the AOTP gang joins Esoteric on the cut  in the form of Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, and Apathy.   It incorporates a favorite Walter White turn of phrase from the now officially ended TV show, Breaking Bad. Check it!

Swollen Members – Beautiful Death Machine (2013)

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Artist: Swollen Members

Album: Beautiful Death Machine

Source: Artist

Tracklist:

01. Inception
02. Death to You (ft. Ill Bill, Slaine, & Vinnie Paz)
03. BAX WAR
04. King of Diamonds
05. Juggernaut
06. The Difference
07. River Monster
08. Mercenary
09. Colossal Beasts – (ft. Esoteric, Celph Titled, & Apathy)
10. Almost Famous
11. Death Warrant
12. Fear – (ft. Snak the Ripper)

Note:

Swollen Members has teased me for years with single after single for previous albums alluding to that elusive and dark sound that harkens back to their debut effort, Balance. What kept on happening is the singles would all ring true to that “dark” formula, but those previous albums would fall short of the overall sound that I craved. Sometimes it’s not fair to judge an emcee or a group on that original sound as things are supposed to evolve.  But I am only human, and in the case of Beautiful Death Machine,  Madchild, Prevail, and Rob The Viking have come full circle.

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No. 2 Slaine – The Devil Never Dies Mixtape (2010)

Artist: Slaine

Album: Devil Never Dies Mixtape

Source: Twitter

Tracklisting:

1. The Religion (prod. Silvamore)
2. My Girl, My Wife, My Mother My Bitch (prod. LuBalz)
3. The Deadzone (prod. Stoupe, cuts by Reel Drama)
4. Black and Blue Flag ft. Jaysaun (prod. Silvamore)
5. Thru The Rain ft. Blacastan (prod. Silvamore)
6. Off The Sidewalk ft. Cyrus Deshield (prod. Falside)
7. Going Down ft. Jaysaun (prod. Silvamore)
8. The Worst (prod. Statik Selektah)
9. Old English II ft. Esoteric (prod. Esoteric)
10. Burn ft. Amadeus & Chilla Jones (prod. Sicknature)
11. Envy ft. Termanology (prod. Moss)
12. It Ain’t Happenin ft. Amadeus & Blacastan (prod. Falside)
13. It’s Too Late ft. Amadeus (prod. Double Chamberz)
14. Science Of the Trife ft. Ill Bill & Q-Unique (prod. C. Lance)
15. Settin’ It Off ft. Reks, Jaysaun & Steven King (prod. Statik Selektah)
16. Trail Of Blood (prod. Statik Selektah)
17. Outro
18. Mind Of A Criminal (Remix) (prod. LuBalz)

Note:

Slaine was sure to be excited about the release of his debut album, A World Without Skies.  Then came word that he needed to pay for sample clearance and the project would not release on the anticipated date in October.   But rather than sulk over spilled milk, Slaine went right back to the lab and put together the mixtape, The Devil Never Dies for his fans.  This wasn’t just slapped together.  It couldn’t have been.  I do know that Slaine, according to his Twitter account and the Outro of this mixtape,  was hitting the studio for all night sessions trying to get this mixtape completed.  Not only did he succeed in completing the project, but he earns our #2 spot for Mixtape of the Year.

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