R.A. the Rugged Man – Sam Peckinpah (ft. Vinnie Paz x Sadat X) (Video)

Beware of any secret underground viewing chambers for any hip hop videos.  It may lead you to engage in some disturbing and violent acts as is the case with R.A. The Rugged Man’s video for Sam Peckinpah which features Vinnie Paz.  This is very near to some Clockwork Orange shit.   R.A.’s new album, Legends Never Die, has been out for some time so make sure you scoop it up.

Esoteric & Stu Bangas – The Danger (ft. Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled & Apathy) (Video)

Video single off of Esoteric and Stu Bangas’ forthcoming album, Machete Mode.  Part of the AOTP gang joins Esoteric on the cut  in the form of Vinnie Paz, Celph Titled, and Apathy.   It incorporates a favorite Walter White turn of phrase from the now officially ended TV show, Breaking Bad. Check it!

Blaq Poet – Looking For Trouble (ft. Vinnie Paz, Chino XL & Spit Gemz) (Video)

We dropped the single for this cut not all that long ago.  Blaq Poet now releases the video which is a montage of a variety of flicks to reflect the verses of the song.    There are too many scenes to list.  The song of course stands on it’s own merits.  You can’t go wrong in having Vinnie Paz, Chino XL, and Spit Gemz on your track.   That’s a win every time.   Blaq Death is slated for a November 12th release date.  Make sure you check for that.

 

Single You Out: Vinnie Paz – God Bless

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Vinnie Paz is back on his grind…wait did he ever stop?  Nah.  Paz has been incredibly consistent in putting out good work since 1999 when I was rocking the Amber Probe EP on a hiss-happy cassette.   Now, God Bless features Paz at his very best.  He’s got a really nice flow on this joint and producer Mikey Bingo has got the track hoppin’!  Great beat.

This track can be found on Paz’s forthcoming EP, Carry On Tradition, dropping on October 29th.

Blaq Poet – Looking For Trouble (ft. Chino XL, Spit Gemz & Vinnie Paz)

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This is an ill lineup!  Blaq Poet enlists a true army of microphone beasts for this track with Chino XL, Spit Gemz, and Vinnie Paz.  You also get Vanderslice to provide the banging rhythms.   When they talk about tough tracks, this will go among the toughest.   Blaq Poet’s new album, Blaq Death, is slated for an October arrival. 

Single You Out: Almighty – High Price Shots (ft. Vinnie Paz, Bronze Nazareth, Canibus & Planet Asia)

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The Almighty is back with a new line up but with the same lyrical potency.  It’s a pretty diverse group of emcees with Vinnie Paz, Bronze Nazareth, Canibus, and Planet Asia teaming up but it comes together pretty cohesive.

The new album, The 2nd Coming, is dropping on August 13th and has a grip of ill features on it.  I am going to check it out for sure.

Swollen Members – Beautiful Death Machine (2013)

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Artist: Swollen Members

Album: Beautiful Death Machine

Source: Artist

Tracklist:

01. Inception
02. Death to You (ft. Ill Bill, Slaine, & Vinnie Paz)
03. BAX WAR
04. King of Diamonds
05. Juggernaut
06. The Difference
07. River Monster
08. Mercenary
09. Colossal Beasts – (ft. Esoteric, Celph Titled, & Apathy)
10. Almost Famous
11. Death Warrant
12. Fear – (ft. Snak the Ripper)

Note:

Swollen Members has teased me for years with single after single for previous albums alluding to that elusive and dark sound that harkens back to their debut effort, Balance. What kept on happening is the singles would all ring true to that “dark” formula, but those previous albums would fall short of the overall sound that I craved. Sometimes it’s not fair to judge an emcee or a group on that original sound as things are supposed to evolve.  But I am only human, and in the case of Beautiful Death Machine,  Madchild, Prevail, and Rob The Viking have come full circle.

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Top 50 Songs (2012)

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. Megatron MindstateSpit Gemz, Shaz Illyork, and DJ Brans brought the banger of the year early on in 2012. For me this track just set a standard that could not be surpassed. The beat was epic and the rhymes intermingled the streets with theology to provide a brief but concentrated delivery of dope.

2. Tragedy TextRP from the Loyalty Digital game me the chills literally with this track about texting and driving and anyone who can provoke that type of response deserves to be acknowledged.  One of the great conceptual songs in the last five years.

3. The Greatest Mother EverRashid Hadee provides one of the great sarcastic songs of our lifetime with this joint.

4. Little Bunny RabbitLocksmith does angst so well.  He raps with a chip on his shoulder and delivers devastation to and and all in his path, in part to his little buddy.

5. Lo Siento AmigoDub Sonata x Double AB brought a lot of flavor and context to this joint.   Dub Sonata conjures a little latin boom bap and Double AB continues to be one of the best story telling emcees in the game, narrating a tale of romance, deception, and karma.

6. Local Artist – I could have honestly used any on the cuts off of The 17ths FREE EP.  It’s a damn great EP and you can listen to it through and through.   But this cut puts the listener in the shoes of your “local artist” and his life.

7. Under Their Radar, Over Their HeadsIllmaculate has always delivered dope bars but the production on this joint combined with the lyricism made this a sure shot for out Top 10.

8. Heaven – While this is not on any particular album, Mike Beatz provides an amazing banger for the fans and the visuals from the video give you that serial killer feel.  I can’t wait to hear more from this man in 2013.

9. How Do I SurviveEmilio Lopez and Falside link up for another banger that just makes the listener get out of the seat and get amped.

10. Dirt In The GroundPremrock’s reworking of Tom Waits music is impressive and this joint is the closing cut.  It’s very innovative and poignant.

11. Rare FlowSerge Severe and Jon Belz bring you that rare Portland air with this ‘rare flow’ over Terminill production.

12. J.O.Y.Copywrite features Torae and Jason Rose for this outstandingly soulful song.

13. My CondolencesSnake Hollywood released this beast of a track towards the end of the year and it instantly bypassed 95% of the other tracks out there.  Really dope rhymes.

14. Yesterday’s GoneSwerve and Co$$ define soul in hip hop with this track.  Just something to put you at ease.

15. 3AMJournalist 103 is prone to drop a gem on em’ and this is one of my favorite tracks from his most recent album.

16. Burn It DownGotham Green and Quickiemart bring you a track to tear the club up.  A 1940s club that is because this joint bumps with a nostalgic vibe.  Very unique.

17. Waiting In VeinMayhem drops one of the best storytelling joints this year.   You will just have to listen to this one and follow along.

18. Problem SolverVinnie Paz brings in the legend, Scarface for this song off of his most recent album.

19.  Futuristic – When is ‘The Wolves’ project going to drop because this collaborative deal between Shabaam Sahdeeq, Eddie B., and Harry Fraud is type ill.

20. Check My ResumeSubstantial rocking over some Oddisee beats is the sure shot.

21. Don’t HateOf Mice and Musicians are trying to convince the listener they are doing it for their benefit…so don’t hate.  Also, this is off of a great album so make sure you cop that!

22. Big BroFatal Lucciauno dropped a real raw ass album and this song is the crem de la crem.

23. Sorry Alias & Fakts One apologize for the vicious cycle on this joint but not their dope music.

24. Mr. Governor – The duo of Soul Khan and Akie Bermiss again deliver a dope song with this conscious cut.

25. Drowning ManCas Metah and Wonder Brown  offer a Christian message in the form of dope hip hop rhythm accompanied by Copywrite and Elias.

26. Digi Box – C-Rayz Walz pays homage to the hip hop internet scene.

27. Rock To The RhythmRuste Juxx and The Arcitype drop thisself explanatory joint but in the illest, and most high energy way possible.

28. Price & Shining Armor – When Sean Price and Ruste Juxx combine, it’s nothing but a win for everybody.

29. UnfukwitableRed Eye and company rock over a DJ Bless beat making this the best posse cut of the year.  Hands down.

30. SushiRas Kass is my all-time favorite emcee and he shows and proves his place in history once again with this track.

31. Monte CarloKing Mez and producer Commissioner Gordon once again combine for this audio masterpiece.

32. Jansport StringsSkyzoo and the horns are a formidable combination.

33.  Above The SkyApollo The Great is one of the best surprises this year to me.  His album is immaculate and this track is one of my favorites.

34. Terminate On Site – CF drops another tough joint.  Last year he brought ‘that fire’, and this year he ‘terminates on site’.

35.  Humid NightsJR&PH7 link up with The Kid Daytona for a soulful joint off their most recent project.

36.  SuccessThe Audible Doctor  and Chaundon showcase their verbals over the former’s tightest productions.

37. Walk With The Lions – When Swedish producer Pause Beats comes out with his album in 2013 you will recognize.  A lot of talent on this track.

38. Knob CreekJustMe, Marcus Wilkerson, and Sheisty Khrist give you a spiritual, soulful and bluesy vibe that this liste needed.

39.  Rabbit Season – Craig G is an OG.  He deosn’t care about end of the year accolades but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve them.  He once again shows these youngsters how it is done…proper.  Kids….go get your shine box!

40.  the Last Great – This is the title track off of MaLLy & The Sundance Kid’s album from this year.  It’s such a different sound and the two work great together.

41. Blame The LabelThe Narcicyst asks you to take a leap of faith with him which is easy when he drops an infectious track like this!

42.  UnlearnReks and Numonics kill the game with this track.  These are two of my favorites in their selected fields.  You can’t listen to this without stopping what you are doing and paying attention to the music,.

43.  Appreciation – Speaking of ill combinations, Donnie Darko  and DJ Bless continue their run with one of the best track this year.  Darko has a lot of power in his voice and Bless in his beats.

44. Sandstorms – This list needed another ill posse cut and who better to deliver than Blacastan, Emilio Lopez, Outerspace, and V-Zilla?  No One.

45. Holy Smokes – You don’t remember Mr. Complex do you?  Well, I personally think he is one of the most interesting emcees in the game.  A great talent with a great sense of humor.

46. People  – Falside ain’t right for this as he asserts his force on this Juan Deuce track featuring Romen Rok.  Real ill!

47. The First 48Apollo Brown and OC brought you one of the illest albums this year and this song typifies that release.  Dope beats and rhymes.

48.  You Know Who You AreOddisee is a unique talent with an old soul.  A producer extraordinaire with great lyrical ability.

49.  Balcony – Are you down with the Mission? The Black Opera.  You are either with us or against us.

50.  Time 2 Roll – The Red Giants are not only smooth but also extremely dope and don’t tell me Jermiside can’t flow.  This is ill lyricism and ability!

Vinnie Paz – The Oracle (Video)

I’m diggin’ this video from Vinnie Paz.  I enjoy this style with the special effects.  It’s different and keeps you entertained.  But let me not fail to mention the fact that this joint is produced by DJ Premier.  Pretty dope track.   The tracklisting for his forthcoming album, God Of The Serengeti also looks dope.  Check it:

1.) “Shadow Of The Guillotine” f/ Q-Unique (produced by DJ Lethal)
2.) “Slum Chemist” (produced by C-Lance)
3.) “The Oracle” (produced by DJ Premier)
4.) “And Your Blood Will Blot Out The Sun” f/ Immortal Technique & Poison Pen (produced by Tony Kenyatta)
5.) “Last Breath” f/ Chris Rivers (aka Baby Pun) & Whispers (produced by C-Lance)
6.) “Crime Library” f/ Blaq Poet (produced by Marco Polo)
7. “Feign Submission” (Interlude) (produced by JBL the Titan)
8. “Duel To The Death” f/ Mobb Deep (produced by Stu Bangas)
9.) “Problem Solver” f/ Scarface (produced by The Arcitype)
10.) “Battle Hymn” f/ Apathy, King Syze, Crypt the Warchild, Jus Allah, Esoteric, Blacastan, Celph Titled & Planetary (produced by Mr. Green)
11.) “Geometry of Business” f/ La Coka Nostra (produced by Havoc)
12.) “Jake LaMotta” (produced by Illinformed)
13.) “7 Fires Of Prophecy” f/ Tragedy Khadafi (produced by Beatnick Dee)
14.) “Cheesesteaks” (produced by Psycho Les)
15.) “Cold, Dark, and Empty” f/ FT and Smoke (produced by Jack Of All Trades)
16. “Razor Gloves” f/ R.A. the Rugged Man (produced by MTK)
17.) “Wolves Amongst The Sheep” f/ Kool G. Rap & Block McCloud (produced by C-Lance)
18.) “You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train” (produced by C-Lance & JBL the Titan)
19.) “Kingdom Crusher” f/ Block McCloud (produced by Paul Nice)