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ZO! – …just visiting too

Zo just visiting too

I first heard Zo! on the project Zo! and Tigallo Love The 80’s, and then saw him live with the Foreign Exchange a few months ago.  The guy oozes musical talent, and this EP is another showcase of his skills.  He enlists Foreign Exchange family members Darien Brockington, Yazarah, Carlitta Durand & Phonte to help create this collection of cover songs.  My favorite track is the cover of Bobby Caldwell’s ‘Flame’, which I admittedly only knew from being sampled on Biggie’s ‘Sky’s The Limit’… but hey, that’s how you learn.

Download: ZO! – …just visiting too

See what ?uestlove, 14KT (of Athletic Mic League & Mayer Hawthorne affiliation), & Mick Boogie have to say: Continue reading ‘ZO! – …just visiting too’

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The Kickdrums – There Might Be Blood EP

The new project from Fitts and Tilla has arrived, and it’s sure to be a banger.  Thanks to URB.

Tracklist
1. Revelation In Slow Motion
2. Walking Dream
3. Robot Rage
4. Wath For White Noise
5. Merry Go Round
6. Somewhere A Mountain Is Moving
7. Killing Yourself To Live

DOWNLOAD: The Kickdrums – There Might Be Blood EP

Previously:
The Kickdrums – Waking Dream
Video Preview: The Kickdrums – Things Work Out
The Kickdrums – Just A Game EP

Video: East Coast Cats and Christopher Street Boys

Jay Smooth writes:

Working my way back to hip-hop topics, and LJ is down with the ROC so this gets me halfway there. The target of his tweet epithets (twepithets? ok maybe not) posted quite a thoughtful response on his blog, which I might come back to later. 

Lupe Fiasco – ‘Say Something’

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe shed the fat at FNF, and then started rapping his ass off over other people’s beats. This time he picks apart the Timbaland-produced Drake song, ‘Say Something’.

“Eye up in the sky like helicopter cams
And you down there in the traffic jam
From here, I’ve seen a bunch of fake shit like avid wrastling fans”

Download: Lupe Fiasco – Say Something

Video: Mos Def x Black Thought x Eminem

The general consensus is that without this cypher and the Goodie Mob reunion, the _._._. Hip Hop Awards would have just been a Gucci Mane showcase.  I know I’m not alone in imagining this trio of MC’s on a track together for years upon years. Prayers were answered with an Em, Mos & Thought cypher with DJ Premier on the decks.  Even better.

Again, early consensus says Em > Mos > Thought (and Tariq is one of my favorite MC’s, so this says a lot)

Jay Electronica – ‘Exhibit C’ prod. by Just Blaze (radio rip)

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I’m excited for Mixtape’s Weezy’s return, which came earlier than expected today.  But no one should be allowed to listen to that, until they listen to fellow New Orleans native, Jay Electronica.  If you’ve never heard him, this song is a good one to start with… produced by Just Blaze.

“I’m bringing Ancient Mathematics back to modern man/
My Momma told me never throw a stone and hide your hand/
I got a lot of family, and you got a lot of fans/
That’s why the people got my back like the Verizon man/
I play the back, and fade to black, and then devise a plan/
out in London, smoking, vibin, while I ride the tram…”
(full lyrics at RappersIKnow)

Download: Jay Electronica – Exhibit C (radio rip)

The Kickdrums – ‘Walking Dream’

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Since I first posted about the Just A Game EP prior to listening, it has become one of my all-time favorite albums.  Matt Tilla creates soundscapes no one earth-dweller can deny, and Alex Fitts knows how to pen a song that will stay imprinted on your brain for weeks. Plus, they used to get it in Ohio…. © Killa!

Here’s the first song from the highly anticipated There Will Be Blood EP, out 10/29/09.

Download: The Kickdrums – ‘Walking Dream’

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