Single You Out: Ohkang & Stryfe – Gunz

Ok. This is one of those times where I am using a song to put you onto some great music. This is not a single that was released by the artist, but it’s too dope not to share. First off, Stryfe, has such an impactful voice and well woven lyricism that you simply have to pay notice. His word play here puts the spotlight on violence and guns. He does it with such a level of complexity, you have no choice but to be impressed with the gift. And Ohkang’s production is equally is brilliant. The vocal sample just transports the listener.

If you dig this song…check the EP, Double OT Buck. you are going to love it.

Artist Spotlight: Stryfe (2014)

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As Stryfe (Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Website) gets ready to release his next project, Rare Form Vol. 1 in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good time to let the HHD audience get a closer look at a great talent coming out of Detroit.  When I first heard Stryfe and Marc Byrd’s album, The Last Resorts, I was sold that this was a talent that we would be following for a long time to come.   So enjoy the interview, enjoy the music, and tell a friend!

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Single You Out: Stryfe – Bucket (prod. by Illingsworth)

I missed this single from Stryfe when it dropped a few weeks ago.  I have always been a fan of his music and bump his last project on the regular.   He’s back at it with producer Illingsworth again and concocting the magic again.   Bucket is a dedication to all things vehicular and also the lead single to his forthcoming project,  Rare Form Vol. 1.  The funk is evident on this joint!

Local-Mu12 – Welcome to Local-Mu12 [Prod. By Real McKoy] (Video)

Local-Mu12 is on the move!  Possibly my favorite camp doing it right now.   They have such diverse styles and those styles give birth to this track, Welcome to Local-Mu12 produced by Real McKoy.  The song is one of those subtle bangers that don’t overtly make your head bob, but then by the end of the track you realize your neck is sore.   You can cop the collective album, Labor Day, for a full feel as to what the crew has to offer.

 

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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Top 10 Albums (2013)

More than any year previous, I have toiled and contemplated this list.  In particular, deciding on a pecking order proved to be most difficult but this is what I have come up with.  Feel free to disagree.  The list was assembled based upon the usual criteria of production, lyricism, flow, song arrangement, and the ever popular, but lost ingredient…CREATIVITY.

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1. Tenacity x Fratello BeatzABnormal Deciding on the number one album of the year was really difficult but ABnormal kept on coming up in the discussion and I could not diminish it’s value.  This album oozes creativity and is loaded with great tracks.  Tenacity’s lyricism and songwriting ability prove to be impeccable, while Fratello Beatz creates the perfect soundscape. Review.

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2. Stryfe x Marc ByrdThe Last Resorts Producer Marc Byrd really outdid himself on this album.  The rock infused production made this album knock.  Stryfe continues to make a name for himself with his sharp lyricism and witty wordplay.   There are a grip of tracks that absolutely bang.  The fact that I didn’t give this a full review was a big mistake.  Awesome album.

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3. Jermiside x Danny DiggsQuiet As Kept Jermiside and Diggs personify smooth introspection with this release.  It is simultaneously laid back and engaging.  Review.

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4. The AztextFour The Aztext keep a record of making great music and they consistently make these end of the year lists.  Four is a remarkable album for it’s creative concepts and flavor.  These guys just get it.  And if you give this album a listen, you too may here it. Review.

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5. DemigodzKiLLmatic  This is the one album on the list that made it for it’s pure ‘knockability’.   When I first heard this album, I was blown away with Apathy’s production.  I think it’s one of the best produced albums of the year.  There are too many dope tracks on this album to ignore. Review.

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6. One DaeDaes & Times This was just released last month  but I have given it enough listens to consider it one of this year’s best releases. One Dae has a lost of microphone charisma and the production on the album is vastly superior to a far number of albums released this year. Review.

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7. MaydayBelievers Many people have a hard time categorizing (or pigeon holing) Mayday.  Sometimes they wear that ominous tag of ‘alternative hip hop’.  Bull shit.   This album is hip hop heavy that is layered in soul and funk elements with a dash of rock.  But it’s still hip hop to me and really good hip hop.  I wore out the front half of this album it was so good (not to detract from the latter half).

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8.  NattiStill Motion Here’s another album that I never gave it’s due.  Natti’s Still Motion is comprised of some really good music.  It is heavily produced by Deacon The Villain and KNO of Cunninlynguists and those guys know how to make albums.   After I heard track #2, Another Galaxy, I was sold.  Great album!

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9. Swollen MembersBeautiful Death Machine Go ahead and remain incredulous, but this is the best Swollen Members’ album since Balance.   And nobody can turn a phrase like Previal and Madchild.  They are on their own shit.   The production is on point and unlike many of their previous albums, there is a certain level of focus in the tracks and arrangement.  There was no deviation.  I appreciated that. Review.

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10. Jus Daze – Walk Twice As Hard Jus Daze is the most introspective artist on the list.  Walk Twice As Hard is a not only a musical journey, but also an extremely personal one.  You can really appreciate the care that Daze took in creating the album.  Review.

Local-Mu12 – LABOR DAY (Album Sampler)

I don’t post promotional material as a rule of thumb, but  I have a special place in my heart for music made by the Local-Mu12 collective.  I have actually been asking about the status of this release for a couple of months now as it was originally slated for a Labor Day release.  It got pushed back with the ever popular TBD release.  But now it’s hitting the interwebs on December 17th so write that date down.  This is a quick sampler of the entire album and if this doesn’t wet your appetite, you MFers can simply stay malnourished!

Single You Out: Local-MU12 – Champion (ft. Skyzoo)

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Locl-MU12 once again drops a gem on us with the release of the single, Champion, featuring Skyzoo.   Real McKoy laces a proper beat for Stryfe, Broadway Barrett, and Skyzoo to rock over.  Everything sounds really good about this joint.   That is a great indicator, because the collective is dropping it’s debut album,  Labor Day on September 3rd.

Stryfe & Marc Byrd – War (Video)

Ok.  If this song doesn’t move you and make you want to hit something, we’ve got a problem.  This song is so dangerous to eardrums it may knock off your equilibrium.  I am not playing.  This song is coming off of Stryfe and Marc Byrd’s album, The Last Resorts.  That is a great album by the way.  If you are tired of the same old boring fuckery that befuddles the masses on a daily basis, you are going to want this album.  The duo surpasses limits and expectations.  Blam.