Single You Out: Team Thoro – Abundant Thoughts

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This is a release that snuck up on me which reminds me I really need to get up on my game since I am a huge Team Thoro supporter and have been for years.  Lord Of Kingz is an eight track odyssey that features the heavy hitting lyricism of AbSoulJah, Halfabrick, and Spicco.

Abundant Thoughts is a nice intro to the project and hopefully I will be able to hit you all off with a full review in the coming weeks. If you like this track, I all but guarantee you are going to feel the album.  Production is coming from Barz4thehood.

Shabaam Sahdeeq – Keepers Of The Lost Art (2014)

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Artist: Shabaam Sahdeeq

Album: Keepers Of The Lost Art

Tracklisting:

1. Keepers Of The Lost Art
2. Conceited Confidence
3. Playing Games
4. Speak Truth (ft. Reks & Kamala)
5. Walk With The Light
6. That Dope (ft. Wais P & Sha Stimuli)
7. Hardbody & Heavy (ft. Half A Brick & EastKoast)
8. Tranquilo
9. Grown Man Hustle (ft. Eric Rico)
10. The Come Back Kid (ft. Skyzoo & F.T.)
11. Seasons Change
12. City Of Fame (ft. Mic Handz)
13. He Who Dares (ft. Lewis Parker)
14. Fall In Line
15. O.G Certified (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)
16. Done It All (ft. Bekay)
17. Relax [Remix]
18. Energon 2 (ft. Spit Gemz)
19. Honor Me Now [Remix]
20. U Don’t Want None (ft. General DV)
21. Cut From A Different Cloth (ft. Hakim) [Bonus Track]
22. Do You [Bonus Track]
23. Motion Picture [Bonus Track]

 

Note:

This is the first review of an album that we have done for Shabaam Sahdeeq.    That’s odd because we have posted a ton of singles for various other projects, but this is really his first viable album in a long while.  He has stayed busy with a bunch of mixtapes and guest features, all the while creating and crafting his own album,  Keepers Of The Lost Art.   The album has actually been a long time in the making, as I first heard this album titled a couple of years ago.

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The AbSoulJah – Dim The Light (2014)

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Artist: The AbSoulJah

Album: Dim The Light

Tracklisting:

1. Fork in the Road (Beat by JFX Productions)
2. World Don’t Love ft. Streets Goon & HalfaBrick (Beat by Shaolin Beatmaker)
3. In Motion (Beat by DJ Simsima)
4. Lost in a Moment (Prod. by I.N.C.H)
5. Nighttime Dwelling ft. Spicco (Prod. by DJ Low Cut)
6. The Real Type (Prod. by Soulslicers)
7. No Plans (Beat by NoyZ)
8. Stand Strong (Prod. by Machine Gun Funk)
9. Grand Goon (Beat by H.Lava)
10. The Marriage (Beat by Keko Beats)
11. In My Element
12. Next Life
13. No Serenity (Beat by Keko Beats)
14. How It Is ft. Angry Man (Beat by Manu Beats)
15. Get Well Soon (Beat by Ugly Tony)

Note:

I have been waiting and waiting for Ab to drop this album (and I took forever to do the review so I can’t talk much).  I will say I have been checking for this release for about two years.  I got an unofficial listen last year sometime, and after a lot of prodding I thought the project was just going to be shelved.  Needless to say, I am glad that it saw the light of day.  In discussing the album with some heads a couple of weeks ago, someone made the comment that they wished this was the type of music that Mobb Deep still made.   I concur.   The AbSoulJah has made a career of dropping that street realism with wordplay that keeps things continuously interesting.   He never gets monotonous and keeps the listener engaged constantly.

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Alterbeats – Class Struggle (2013)

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I wish I had more time to do a proper write up of this release but as it is time is short and I want to at least let you know that i’s out there.   I just finished giving Class Struggle it’s first listen and similar to their previous release, The French Revolution, in that it’s chocked full of bangers.  I of course have my favorite tracks:  Brass Knuckles by Halfabrick, Real Talk by Skeezo, and Idol by Bekay are tracks that will be on repeat.

But more than that I love the production that Alterbeats is doing.  He just keeps getting better.  You can cop this album on iTunes, Amazon, UGHH and elsewhere.   You can also stream the album in it’s entirety at DJ Booth simply by clicking the link below:

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Single You Out: Dro Pesci – Daily Routine (ft. HalfaBrick & Ruste Juxx)(Prod. by Mr Stroke)

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Dro Pesci returns with some heat from his collaborative album with Mr. Stroke, Real In The Field.  This is just one of those grimy, street bangers that’s bound to fly heads.  It’s also got two of my favorite guests emcees dropping bars, the unheralded Halfabrick and the hard working Ruste Juxx.   There here to give you that work…

Ugly Tony – At Nightfall (2011)

Artist: Ugly Tony

Album: At Nightfall

Source: Ugly Tony Himself

Tracklisting:

01. Rep Thoroughly (Feat. Bambino TTT)
02. Get High (Feat. Jahi)
03. Who I Am (Feat. Wes Restless & Robust)
04. I Need U (Feat. Don K.Sen, Kwote1, IDE & Dj Spicher)
05. Alone (Feat. Fallen Angelz & L.E.G.A.C.Y.)
06. The Tower Of Babel (Feat. King Magnetic, Alucard, Respect Tha God & L.I.F.E. Long)
07. Father N Sun (Feat. The AbSouljah)
08. Polo Opuesto (Feat. Don K.Sen)
09. Ah Some (Feat. Tame One)
10. Dragon Punchlines (Feat. El Nucleo)
11. No One Can Save You (Feat. I Am Many, Pumpkinhead & HalfaBrick)
12. The Good, The Bad & The Angry (Feat. The AbSouljah, Spicco & Angry Man)
13. Untouchables (Feat. Copywrite, Rhyme Asylum & Dj Nix On)
14. At Nightfall (Feat. Tragic Allies, HalfaBrick & Bambino TTT)
15. In Between The Lines (Feat. The AbSouljah)
16. Watch It (Feat. Respect Tha God & Dj Nix On)
17. Real Shit (Feat. HalfaBrick)
18. Apply Pressure (Feat. Angry Man & The AbSouljah)
19. A Million Clocks Tickin’ (Feat. Ciph Barker)
20. Misunderstood (Feat. Tragic Allies)
21. Use Your Mind (Feat. Termanology, Don K.Sen & IDE)
22. Soul Quest (Feat. The AbSouljah)
23. U Didn’t Know (Feat. Kwote1 & Dj Nix On)

Note:

The AbSouljah hit me up one day a few weeks ago and mentioned that his friend, and producer, Ugly Tony, was going to have an album dropping in the next few weeks and invited me to check it out. For those that do not know, Ugly Tony, is a producer that is coming out of France. When learning this, whether intending to or not, when listening to the album, I began to compare him to his European contemporaries. Specifically coming to mind was another French producer, Al’Tarba, and the beatsmith’s from Germany, the Snowgoons and The Hitfarmers. What I first noticed was a bit of divergence from those contemporaries. At Nightfall is a bit more eclectic and less orchestral. He doesn’t rely on one particular type of production technique, but rather uses different sounds to establish  that boom bap appeal.

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Halfabrick & Alterbeats – Revolutionary Tactics Vol. 2 (2011)

Artist: Halfabrick & Alterbeats

Album: Revolutionary Tactics Vol. 2

Source:  Absouljah Twitter

Tracklisting:

  1. Intro Bars (ft. DJ Modesty)
  2. Mott Aveness (ft. Spicco and Absouljah)
  3. Rebel G You
  4. Real Connotations (ft. DJ 456)
  5. Addicted
  6. Verses In The City Of Light (Bonus Cut)

Note:

I have a rule of thumb, if someone whose music I currently like, recommends something else that I may not have heard, I check it out.  This is how I find a lot of rare gems and dope tracks.  I monitor my Twitter timeline hoping to find that diamond in the rough.  Well this time that gem comes courtesy of The Absouljah.

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