Single You Out: The Aztext – Good Weather

New music from The Aztext? Yes, sir! I don’t think they have dropped anything since their album Four, and it’s really good to hear the Burlington duo again rock the mic.

Good Weather is a very laid back which is easy on the ears. Sometimes we need to take time to relax and stop checking our watches. It will all pass us by soon enough.

On the second half of the single we have Pass The Mic, which is a more traditional hip hop joint. You can envision the emcees gathered in a circle and trading verses over a beatbox.

Let’s hope a new project is in the works!

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.

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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One Be Lo – Laborhood Part 1 (2011)

Artist: One Be Lo

Album:  Laborhood Vol 1

Source: Bandcamp

Tracklisting:

1. Laborhood Welcome
2. Bassline (Feat. T Calmese, Kodac & RoSpit) (Prod. Zhao)
3. Break Of Dawn (Feat. Deep Rooted) (Prod. Mr. Brady)
4. Lettin You Know (Feat. AZTexts) (Prod. Dub Sonata)
5. Detroit Riots (Feat. Fat Ray, RoSpit, T3, Phatboy Chef, Marvwon, Buff 1 & FattFather) (Prod. Black Milk)
6. Alphabet Soup Remix (Prod. 14KT)
7. Learn (Feat. Longshot & Ka Di) (Prod. K. Kruz)
8. Take It There (Feat. Black Milk) (Prod. Black Milk)
9. Must Be The Way (Feat. Buff 1 & Jackson Perry) (Prod. Forecast)
10. Fly Like Wings (Feat. Futuristic) (Prod. WideTrax)
11. Lap 2 (Feat. Decompoze) (Prod. Decompoze)
12. Tweeny One (Feat. Stik Figa, Richard Wright, Lou Rip, You, Les Izmore, Ubi & Dominique Larue) (Prod. DWill)
13. We Over Here (Feat. RoSpit, Decompoze, Magestik Legend & T Calmese) (Prod. RoSpit)
14. You Think You Know (Feat. Moe Dirdee) (Prod. Chanes)
15. Smash (Prod. Miles Bonny)

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This isn’t an official album.  But it is officially from One Be Lo and it would be a crime to not even mention this release on HHD. This is the prelude to the release of his album, L.A.B.O.R. I believe these are older or unreleased tracks from the Michigan artist.  For the most part they are all banging and high quality.  It is just a  taste of what this elite emcee can do when given a microphone.  I am admittedly a huge fan of his and have been such since the Binary Star projects released earlier last decade.  Some artists simply have a way with words.

Now this mixtape isn’t exactly free.  It’s coming in a $3.  Now if you can’t afford three dollars to support a dope hip hop artist then I want you to “unbookmark” my site and “unfollow” me on twitter because we just can’t be acquainted.  With that being said you can stream the whole album below and click the Bandcamp link above to purchase.

The Aztext x XPL – Who Cares If We’re Dope? Vol. 3

Artist: The Aztext

Album: Who Cares If We’re Dope? Vol 3

Source: Itunes

Tracklisting:

  1. Ol’ Skool
  2. Down The Road
  3. Break It Down (ft. Skilltester Stabbone)
  4. Nothing I Say (ft. Memms)
  5. Down The Road II
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The Aztext are an oft overlooked group in Independent Hip Hop. That may primarily be because of the fact they hail from ‘under-the-radar’ Burlington, VT. But we all now know that hip hop is not restricted to major metropolitan areas. Hip Hop has reached almost every corridor of the world, and certainly the nation. Once you hear the music The Aztext make, where they are from becomes a moot point.
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