Alpha Faktion – Creative Control (2017)

Artist: Alpha Faktion

Album: Creative Control

Tracklisting:

  1. Stand Up (prod. DJ Raz)
  2. Price Tags (prod. Vherbal)
  3. Last Hours (prod. L’undercover Sismographe)
  4. Another Day pt. 2 (prod. Supreme Da Almighty)
  5. The Real Truth” (ft. Planet Asia, Skanks, Zagnif Nori & Dready Kruger (prod. Ayatollah)
  6. Move Back (prod. Alterbeats)
  7. The Formation (prod. Custodian of Records)
  8. Let Em Watch (prod. Vherbal)
  9. System Shutdown (prod. Marco Polo)
  10. The Shining (f. Milano Constantine) (prod. Vherbal)
  11. Divide the Fortress (f. Mic Handz) (prod. DJ Skizz)
  12. Creative Control (Skit) (prod. Chess Pain)
  13. Creative Control (prod. Nottz)
  14. The Lineage (prod. Marley Marl)

Note:

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.

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Alpha Faktion – System Shutdown (Video)

Oh lawd have mercy!   The hour is upon us and the new Alpha Faktion album, Creative Control, has a digital release date of June 2nd, and I can’t wait!   It’s going to be one of the dopest albums this year.   I mean just listen to this Marco Polo produced song, System Shutdown. It’s one of the hypes beats I have heard from Polo, and the Faction prove merciless with their flows.   They are raw, intense, and delivering a purity to hip hop that is sorely needed.

Album Review: M-Dot – egO anD The eneMy (2017)

Artist: M-Dot

Album: egO anD The eneMy

Tracklisting:

  1. Intro
  2. Dreamscape
  3. Foreign
  4. Days Are All The Same
  5. Chrissy
  6. Nomads (ft. Krumbsnatcha)
  7. The Empathy
  8. Gleamin’ (ft. B.A.M.)
  9. Give It To Me
  10. Fugazzi (ft. Jaysaun)
  11. No Excuses
  12. Shine (ft. Method Man and Dominique Larue)
  13. Meow Mix
  14. True Lies (ft. Camp Lo and Tribeca)
  15. Reliant
  16. Death To Raquel
  17. 911

Note:

It is no secret around these parts that M-Dot is a much respected name. We feature nearly all of his music. But it’s also been a minute since he has released an album and in the end it’s time to take account, because creating an album is a much different endeavor than dropping singles or mixtapes. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

But in the end, M-Dot, met and exceeded expectations with egO anD The eneMy. The album remains potent from track one to track seventeen. There is no “fluff”. There are no trivial skits. There are no weaknesses to be found in the music.

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M-Dot – Dreamscape (prod. By Marco Polo) (Video)

M-Dot is really building the anticipation for his forthcoming album, EgO anD The EneMy, which is due in two parts, the first of which is slated to drop January 27th of next year. It seems like a ways a way but it will be here sooner than we know it.

M-Dot really does get diabolical and creates a blood bath over the Marco Polo production. I mean when they suggest someone is ‘bringing the pain’…this is what they mean. The duo is taking the listener into the torture chamber for this one. The production and the lyricism transport you into the chaotic mind.

Enjoy!

Single You Out: King Magnetic – Our War (prod. by Marco Polo)

In light of Ferguson and a multitude of injustices that have been contrived by law enforcement and the legal system, King Magnetic licks off some shots over some Marco Polo production.   You can only stay on the sidelines for so long, and the art of hip hop can surely provide a venue for the rage and anger people feel.

Look out for more from King Magnetic very soon.

First Division – B.R.A.W.L. (Brothers Rockin’ All The Way Live) (Produced by Marco Polo) (Video)

First Division just released their second EP, the Critical Path Part 2 today…for FREE.   And throughout the song you hear them refer to the True School and you best believe that’s where these guys hail from.  They love performing over those boom bap beats just as much as we love hearing them.  You can also hear the passion for the art form within these bars and that definitely means something.

Make sure you DL, listen, and support the artist by spreading the word.  That’s what it’s all about!

 

 

One Dae – Daes & Times (2013)

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Artist: One Dae

Album: Daes & Times

Tracklisting:

1. Welcome Sinners
2. Bang This
3. Style
4. Play By Play (ft. Evidence)
5. It’s Everywhere
6. A Long Way (ft. Statik Selektah)
7. Daes & Times (ft. C-Rayz Walz)
8. BK All Dae
9. Walk In My Shoes (ft. Dana Diaz-Tutaan)
10. Abu Ghraib (ft. Sean Price)
11. Earth Child (ft. Tsi La Brev)
12. Take A Look Around
13. End of the World

Note:

I really want to close out 2013, but I can not do so without cranking out one more review for a very dope album.  The first thing heads will notice about the album Daes & Times is the production credits.  There are some heavyweight names creating beats for One Dae.  When listeners see names like Statik Selektah, Marco Polo, Analogic, Domingo, and M-Phazes, they are bound to pay attention.  But as the man, Mike Zoot once said “a wack rhymer can kill a raw beat”.  In this case the opposite is true: One Dae accentuates what these beatsmiths provide making this album memorable.

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Single You Out: One Dae – Bang This (prod. by Marco Polo)

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The fire for hire is back!  One Dae is set to drop his album, Daes and Times later this month and he makes a great impression with this Marco Polo produced head knocker.  And please don’t think that One Dae is a new jack making his first move in the game.  He’s been putting in work for years, this is just the first you have probably have heard of him.  But if you didn’t know before, now you know.