Joell Ortiz – Anxiety (Video)

When artist’s touch on the vulnerable side of humanity with their music it does something special for the listener.  It creates an instant bridge between the artist and the fan.  I can see this happening over and over again with this track, Anxiety, from Joell Ortiz.   He relays what it is like to live life in a state of constant apprehension and all the signs and feelings it incorporates. He also reflects on how dismissive people can be of the topic.

This track is one of the strongest of the year in my estimation as Nottz does his usual remarkable when melding samples, drums, and instrumentation.

Powerful.

Weekly Recommendation: NapsNdreds x Nottz – Trouble & a Pair of Dice (2018)

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Artist: NapsNdreds x Nottz

Album: Trouble & a Pair of Dice

Tracklisting:

1. Trouble! (skit)
2. Black Spiders
3. Blind Folds (ft. Neenah)
4. They Wanna Know (ft. Vinnie Paz)
5. Spilled Milk
6. Sauce 4 Da Floss (ft. Fred the Godson)
7. Highly Rated (ft. Cormega)
8. Black Suns (ft. Andi-Ites)
9. Thats Him! (Skit)
10.Waitin’ (ft. Murdoc)
11.Pair of Dice
12.Indicisiveness (Skit)
13.Hornets

Notes:

Quite a few dope projects made their way to digital shelves last week but I can’t let this one slide by, so out of all the projects, this is the one that I feel deserved the feature.

Nottz has crafted brilliance at least FOUR times this year providing the soundscape for albums from Blu, Bad Seed, Bumpy Knuckles and now NapsNdreds.   He just has an incredible ear and gift for what he does.

And I have a few other projects from NapsNdreds but none as complete as Trouble & a Pair of Dice.   His flow, wordplay, and content all shine impeccable on this project.  There are a few dope features on this album, but none of them take the limelight off of NapsNdreds.  He holds it down on all levels.

This is another must-have for your listening pleasure in 2018.  Don’t let it pass you by!  Here are my two favorite tracks from the project:

 

Single You Out: NapsNdreds – Black Spider (prod. by Nottz)

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Man, I will NOT let this release pass you by!  NapsNdreds connected with Nottz to create the album, Trouble & A Pair Of Dice.  And if I was to simply tell you it was dope, I would be deeply understating things.  The project is a complete one filled with depth of lyricism, creativity, and of course beats.  On the track Black Spider, Nottz outdoes himself.  This is brilliant.  The rock/trippy fused rhythm is so unique and NapsNDreds really bonds himself to the rhythm.   He has quite a few rewindable moments here.

You should love this!

Single You Out: Apathy – Alien Weaponry

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Apathy is delivering the first single from his forthcoming album, The Widow’s Son.  This banger, and it is a true banger, features Apathy unleashing salvo after salvo of bars stating his intention to keep delivering dope music to the masses.  If you thought it was over, you thought wrong.  Now you know. Production comes from the highly respected and talented Nottz.

Rain910 – Who Wants To Die (ft. Cory Gunz) (Video)

This cut is as they say, ‘stupid fresh’.   Rain910 and Cory Gunz are on some Dia De Los Metros shit with this latest cut produced by Nottz.  It’s a banger in every sense of the word.  The production from Nottz is so fire it’s able to set off a panic among listeners.  Rain and Gunz then proliferate random violence with every turn of phrase.

Be on the lookout A Perfect Day To Die dropping on November 13th.

Single You Out: The MyNORS – Mr. Mista (ft. Nottz Raw) (prod. by DP)

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I am so glad that his was released as a single off of The MyNORS mixtape, Black Lung.  I am not going to have time to review this great project (and it is great) but this gives me an opportunity to put the spotlight on it somewhat.  I have already started a Top 50 list for 2013 and this track is so far on the list.  This reminds me of some Timbaland production meets The Beastie Boys.  The guys add Nottz to the mix and there is some really great exchange.  See hip hop can be fun…try it for a listen.

Top 5 EPs (2012)

This was a tough category.  There were so many dope, short projects that were offered up this year that it was really hard to narrow it down to my favorites.  I just kept the one ruling principle in mind as to who made the dopes music.  With that being kept in mind there were some dope artists left off…most notably The Brown Bag AllStars.  That crew put out a ton of dope EPs this year and surely some of them would have made a Top 10, just not the Top 5.  I simply couldn’t let got of these joints.

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#1 -The 17th – Free Music EP

The 17th gave us ‘FREE Music’ but not only that, he gave us some remarkable music.  This EP is close to flawless as they come.  You get eight tracks jam packed with flavor, great concept, flows, production, and delivery.  Another remarkable aspect is that much of the EP is his from beginning to end.  He of course is the lead emcee, but also the producer for the bulk of the tracks as well.

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#2 – Serge Severe x Terminill – Service Without A Smile

Serge Severe and Terminilllinked up for  a superlative effort on Service Without A Smile.  The two really played off of each other’s strengths and this proved to be one of the illest producer/emcee combos of 2012.

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#3 – Nefew x Shakes x Nottz – For Hip Hop

Speaking of ill producer/emcee combos, how about this one?  Swiss-American hip-hop group, Nefew, Virginia emcee Shakes, and super producer Nottz link up for for this five track EP.   You can’t go wrong with this joint!

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#4 – Mayday – Thrift Store Halos

MayDay has a sound all unto themselves.  They have have great production to back them up on Thrift Store Halos and their melodies, rhymes, and guest shots throughout make this one a clear winner for 2012.

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#5 – The Narcicyst – Leap Of Faith

The Narcicyst comes back in 2012 with a lyrical fury from Dubai.  Ok, a lyrical fury may be a bit extreme but his world observations set to rhythm set him apart from the pack this year.