Thursday, September 27, 2007

...Save Our Streetz...

Here are the three joints I promised earlier. Again this is from Save Our Streetz aka Hunned Bars new album For the Love of Money (seen above). Please check out the full review (and free album download) over at ( his myspace page, if these cuts catch your interest. I'll be back to drop some more science soon.

S.O.S. - What Do I Do?

S.O.S. - Can't Come Home

S.O.S. - Reminisce

...Oh Wooord?!?!?!?!...

Yeah so, the lobby isn't going anywhere, but I'm doing some work for now, to add to my interview assignments at and running this site. So my posts may be a little more sporadic, and more editorial over here. I don't want to stop doin' Lobby posts, because this is the one place where I can truly be myself without having to worry about what anybody else might think. So this may lead to the Lobby becoming a little more raw, and like I said the posts will definitely be more sporadic. But I have a couple of big projects in the works, some of which I will save for here and some of which I will post over at Ohword just for the added exposure.

For my first piece at Ohword I wanted to shed light on an artist I met in Harlem. While the money/gun/drug talk may put off some of you indy hoppers, download the whole cd and give it a chance, (specifically check joints 6-8... which I'll upload individually in here a little later) there's a lot more substance than you might assume. I rarely (never before in the Lobby and obviously never before at Ohword) stick my neck out for another artist, but I happen to think this dood's the real deal. Capable of making a classic album if he had the right production, studio availability, and resources. So check out S.O.S. aka H.B. and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tired of 50 & Kanye?

If the desecration of September 11th by the over-hyped and underwhelming Kanye West and 50 Cent albums leaves you pining a little bit for some, well, hip hop, I have a few suggestions for you.

First check out Percee P's Perseverance. Perhaps the most passed over emcee of the golden era, Percee paid his dues with multiple 12" inch deals, historic battles with Lord Finesse, DITC features, and decades of hustling his homemade tapes and cds. Finally, after a twenty-five year career he releases his debut LP, with westcoast underground super-producer Madlib. While there may be times when the listener grows tired of Percee's repetitiousness (stylistically), the album is densely packed lyrical perfection from a true rap legend, over blunted out, but soulful, production. As a whole LP it may be a little much for repeated sittings, but there's very few weak moments on it.

Then if you've been wondering what else Primo has been up to (aside from his work on Big Shug's album, and the NYG'z debut), he's got three cuts on the new Pitch Black album. And although I wasn't a huge fan of their debut either, this time around they got two cuts from Marley Marl (well one is "The Symphony"... which is kind of enough all ready), two cuts from Alchemist, and a cut from Pete Rock. If you aren't feelin' the production on this album, you're too young to be reading my blog. Go do your homework.

And finally I got a treat from the upcoming Special Teamz album, which I just got (so I won't speak on it as a whole yet). Let's just say this track is fire, and I have high hopes for what Edo, Jayshaun, and Slaine can do over production from Primo, Pete Rock, Marco Polo, etc.

Here are some of my favorite cuts off these:

Percee P - Ghetto Rhyme Stories

Special Teamz - Get Down

Pitch Black featuring Styles P (Produced by Primo) - Nice

Pitch Black - Revenge (Best Primo beat I've heard all year)

Monday, September 10, 2007

...And Here's Another Hit (Of That Juice), Barry Bonds...

We can be relatively certain, from the dramatic turns in the careers of Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds, that taking steroids can help you hit a baseball further. Despite what congress may feel about steroid in sports (who really cares what a bunch of pedofilic, closeted homo, racist crackers think anyway), kids know the drill. If you wanna play major league sports, you better start juicin' early. The jury is still out however on whether or not steroids have any type of positive effect on one's ability to record classic music. I stand here now to present before you a case for keeping steroids out of the recording industry, not because they give rappers and producers an unfair advantage, but because the seem to instill in their host a desire to make overly aggressive pop-thug rap, high-pitched space beats, botched crossover attempts with artists who most frequently populate the top 10 soundscan spots, and an undeserved sense of self-importance. Furthermore, steroids, human growth hormone, "the clear," and "the cream" can lead to lyrical impotence, an inability to update with the times, and an unbecoming desire to take your shirt off all the time. The evidence is laid out below, and the science is proper... marinate on it for a minute.

Here's Herc, the true father of this shit, back in his prime. Not exactly a lankey fellow, but...
...clearly not the roided up and irrelevant Herc we see here, unable to scratch or mix properly between two tables, Herc is left to get jacked and hang out in parks, reminiscing on the jams that used to be, when he was playin' records with needles, not puttin' them in his ass.
Here's Melle Mel at his most relevant. An early 80's mic controller party rockin' his way to social justice. Clearly a brother who worked out and all that, but... Melle is, in all his roided up glory. Once considered one of the greatest of all-time, he is now a forgotten remnant of Hip Hop Stone Age.
Here's a young Dr. Dre (second from the right), post Wreckin' Cru, with his NWA brethren, jhiri curl juice drippin' and brand new heavy heavy superfunk mixin'.
Trade in the jhiri curl juice for "the juice," And you have the HGH Dre, responsible for crappy space beats (see Jay-Z's Kingdome Come, Nas's "Hustlers," and his contribution to 50 Cent's Curtis for proof), the shelving of Cuban Linx II, and the yet-to-be-heard-at-all-been-coming-soon-for-5-years Detox. LL in Krush Groove ('85) at the height of his innovation and lyrical prowess. Although LL continued to release classic albums sporadically throughout his career, his BMI is clearly in reverse purportion to his lyrical prowess.
See now the LL of recent years, resorting to nearly showin' off his johnson for record sales. But they sure don't come like they used to do they L?

Here's a young and hungry Curtis Jackson, a few years before he dropped his infamous "How To Rob," got shot, began his assault on the mixtape circuit, and eventually...

...became the roided up pop rap icon you see before you. In all of his homo glory (just thinkin' about what a humongous LL biter this dood actually is too). Don't look like he's 170 no more.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

...Got Damn The Wu Is Back...

Well I hope this track isn't indicative of everything that's on the new album, and if you believe Nahright and the Voice then it doesn't sound like it will be. I'm still on the fence though. It's a dark mooding banger reminiscent of what I found to be some of the weaker moments on The W, the third best Wu solo. That said, it's Wu, and doods sound like they're spitting, and the RZA definitely isn't compromising the sound, but it remains to be seen (by me at least) if he was able to take it up a notch or at least illustrate his own brilliance properly. I think if the beats are there, the album won't fail, and I think ultimately this will either be my new third favorite Wu album, or it will fall below The W, and above Iron Flag. I'm not gonna get too cynical on you just yet though. This shit is hardcore, grimy, dark, and brooding. All things that good Wu music should be. I think INS is learning to use his new voice a lot better too. Anyway, enough talk, here it is:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

...You Play Koch A&R...

You get a new G Rap record. The joint has an obvious sample from a Rocky movie, but it bangs. It's not quite as good as Laze-E-Laze's flip of the sample, but you know M.O.P. got it cleared back when they were on Relativity. So it can't be that difficult right? You figure what the hell, send it back down to G Rap and Domingo to do an alternate version, for comparison if nothing else.

They come back with another sample you've heard before (I can't place it at the moment, but I've definitely heard it before). The song still bangs, but it's a little more cluttered. Consider the climate of rap music right now in making your decision. You have to understand that although Kool G Rap is a bonafied legend, his fan base is minimal. If you made the best G Rap record ever right now it probably still wouldn't move more than 10-20,000 first week. And you'll only get that kind of push if when you leak it to the innanetz, strategically and to the right source, they love it. Everybody loves it. And the blogs start blogulating, and the press imitates the blogulating, and the 26-40 year old die hard hip hop audience download it and decide on straigh gp, they'll support. Think KRS and Marley Marl's album, that's close to your best case scenario. If it was that much iller, it could maybe sell a little better (so far the album does not sound crazy ill to me, but I've only heard like three tracks and G Rap was killing them all, and the beats weren't bad, but they weren't great either).

Neither sample is probably that big of a deal to take care of it, but you also have to think of the big picture. What type of album do you want to create? Who is your target audience and what will they support more? What's the best way to meet your bottom line?

Kool G Rap - Rising Up (First Version)

Kool G Rap - Rising Up (Second Version)

M.O.P. featuring Teflon and Jay-Z - 4 Alarm Blaze