Soulslicers – Late Homework (ft. M-Dot) (Video)

Production team Soulslicers are starting to make flames again and I for one am so very thankful for their return.  And lookie-lookie who they’ve got to drop some dope bars over  their incredibly dope beat…yes, none other than M-Dot.

M-Dot drops the tale of adolescent revenge against a once abusive teacher manifested in adulthood.  It’s not something you hear every day.  Dope concept.  Dope execution.

I can’t wait for the project!

Soulslicers – Get Finished (ft. Sparkingtin & D. Gotti) (Video)

Souslicers are back at it again and cranking out some new productions.  This particular joint has a laid back vibe to it but the rhyme from Sparkingtin are aggressive.   I missed these artists.   Sparkingtin and Souslicers were a good combination a number of years ago, and they still prove to be an ill collaborative.  D. Gotti contributes the chorus, rounding out the song.

Apparently, Soulslicers have a new album dropping soon, and I can’t wait to hear it.

 

Mayhem & Soulslicers – World We Live In (ft. Akrobatik) (Video)

Man, I feel like I have been waiting for the new Soulslicers and Mayhem project for nearly a year, and this track with Akrobatik makes the anticipation all the greater.

If you are familiar with the Soulslicers production team, you know you are going to get top notch beats that are steepened in boom-bap. And when EMS vet, Mayhem links up with Akrobatik, the listener receives a bleak view of this bitter world we live in. It’s stark realism.

Can’t wait for the album, Soul It May Seem, coming soon!

M-Dot – Road Trip (Video)

Our friend M-Dot is back at it again narrating tales from his travels over  a Soulslicers’ production.  My reaction to the track?  First, it’s really great to hear some Soulslicers’ beats.  I have really missed their work over the past couple of years.  And it really is a match made in heaven when M-Dot starts flexing his verbal muscles over their heat.

I can’t wait for M=Dot’s new album to drop along with affiliate Mayhem’s joint.  Stay tuned for more EMS goodness!

Single You Out: Slicenberg – Pros And CONS (ft. Revelation)

New jawn from the EMS camp!  Slicenberg invites Revalation to drop some bars across his latest creation, Pros & CONS.  The twinge of the guitar in the production gives it a taste of the blues while wrapped around the boom-bap drums.  Meanwhile, Rev truly drops some tough bars at one point making it Biblical referencing Old Testament kingpin Hezekiah.

This joint is destined for Slicenberg (Soulslicers) new project, Keep It Sample.

Mayhem & Soulslicers – Patriots (ft. M-Dot, Edo G, and Big Shug) (Video)

Mayhem & Soulslicers release the video for a single they released a month or so ago for the Boston anthem, Patriots.  And while Tom Brady and company may have been knocked out of the playoffs, Mayhem and his affiliates definitely represent.  Mayhem, Edo G, and M-Dot each represent a color from their favorite football team and paint a very vivid portrait of what it means to be from The Bean.

This cut is from the forthcoming album, Soul It May Seem.

Single You Out: Mayhem & The Soulslicers – Patriots (ft. Edo G, M-Dot & Big Shug) (Prod. The Soulslicers)

This is the second single from Mayhem and The Soulslicers collaborative album, Soul It May Seem.  I do have to say that I am not a Patriots fan of any sort but I will support these guys for the duration.  Patriots is a tribute to Boston and sports team.  It also showcases the gang’s creativity with M-Dot, Edo G, and Mayhem all taking on a color of the franchise to show their support.  Big Shug lends his talents and skills to doing the hook.  Very creative material.

 

 

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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Top 50 Songs (2013)

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 BeforeGoldini Bagwell

2. Rhyme Of The YearNino Bless

3. BelieversMayday

4. Outlive, Outshine Theo3

5.  WarStryfe and Marc Byrd

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The Aztext – Four (2013)

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Artist: The Aztext

Album: Four (Amazon, iTunes)

Tracklisting:

1. Press It Onto Wax
2. All I Know
3. Nor Alone
4. Four
5, Atlas (ft. Wordsworth)
6. Ease U
7. Driftin Away
8. Silent Speakers
9. Just Bein Me
10. Drunk
11. Learn To Talk III
12. Escape (ft. LC)

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When you’re good…you’re good.   The Aztext have been cranking out music for many years now, but it may just be now that they are hitting their stride.  Four is a complete album by any set of standards.  The duo that comprises The Aztext (Pro and Learic) are a unique blend of old school ideology, new school boom-bap,  that is complimented with unique and interesting concepts.

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