Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Common (97) One Day...It'll All Make Sense

His 3rd album & for me his best effort to date, The album was mainly prodcued by NO.I.D. who is always ready to put out solid beats.

Album Synopsis

The album's recording was put on hold for up to a year as Common was busy becoming a father. After the birth of his child, Common returned to finish the album, albeit with a newer sense of responsibility, which he relates to his transformation from bachelor to father. He recorded "Retrospect For Life", with Fugees member Lauryn Hill, as a dedication to his new child and, apparently, a previously aborted pregnancy (it remains unknown whether this is based on real events). The song became the first single to be released from the album, and was accompanied by a video (directed by Lauryn Hill), as were "Invocation", "Hungry", and "(Reminding Me) Of Sef" (a eulogy to a close, deceased friend of Common's).

The multi-talented Cee-Lo, who at the time was still a member of Southern Hip hop group Goodie Mob, provides the vocals for the spiritual "G.O.D." (which stands for "Gaining One's Definition"). Rapper Canibus makes an early career appearance on the track "Making A Name For Ourselves", as do veterans De La Soul on "Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater". Other guests include Black Thought, and Q-Tip on "Stolen Moments" Parts "II" and "III" respectively, and Common's future love interest Erykah Badu, on "All Night Long", which was produced by The Roots. Chicagoan poet Malik Yusef, waxes lyrical about his hometown on "My City", and as usual Common's father Lonnie Lynn closes the album out with some words of wisdom on "Pop's Rap Part 2 / Fatherhood".

Although One Day... was better received by record buyers than the rappers' previous album, it was criticized by some longtime Common fans, mainly for its slightly more conventional (read: softer) production. Some felt that No I.D.'s scaled down contribution was a factor in this. Despite this Common has named this as his second favorite album, after Like Water for Chocolate. After the release of One Day... Common would relocate to New York and begin working with the Soulquarians for that album.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Funky DL (2007) Street Swagger

Basically This Album is bieng Given away.......Thats right totally free, well 10,000 copies anyway get to Washington Classics I'm not gonna provide the direct link to the album cause some of ya may decide not to visit the site......There were less than 2000 when I grabbed mine....
Theres also a bonus album avaliable

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Kausing Much Damage (1994) Bl_ck B_st_rds

KMD (Kausing Much Damage, or a positive Kause in a Much Damaged society) first came to light in 1989 as affiliates of Def Jam Recordings' highly talented trio Third Bass, an affiliation that would one day prove its irony. K.M.D. member Zevlove X contributed the concept and a compelling verse on the classic Third Bass jam, "The Gas Face." The crew composed primarily of Zevlove and DJ Sub-Roc kept close ties with emerging talents Third Bass for a couple of years, then went on to record their debut Mr. Hood on Elektra Records in 1991.
On Mr. Hood, K.M.D combined lighthearted humor with divisive political rhetoric, but the overall sentiment was one of youthful positivity. The album featured production from the Stimulated Dummies and a guest spot from Brand Nubian. "Peach Fuzz," a tale of young romance, rippled momentarily, but the crew could not capitalize on their connections to 3rd Bass (even with a "Gas Face" reprise entitled "The Gasface Refill").
Two years later in 1993, tragedy struck the group after DJ Sub-Roc was hit by a car and fatally injured. Devastated and full of bewildered rage, Zevlove and the rest of his crew released the controversial Black Bastards in 1994. The tragic death of Sub-Roc in combination with a newfound black nationalist ire produced a blatant and violent record. However, it was the album cover's artwork depicting a cartoonish Sambo-like character hanging from a gallows that caused the hubbub. The album was pulled from many record stores.
The crew that got its start with Caucasian sensations 3rd Bass now espoused a more militant racial attitude. Despite some inventive sampling including the use of Jody Watley's "I'm Looking for a New Love," the album's frustrated angst did not catch on. Hip-hop at the time was not in need of a savior, what with instant classics appearing fairly regularly. K.M.D's heartfelt and political expressions would go mostly unnoticed.

Remember to Buy it Here

KMD on Discogs

KMD (1991) Bl ck B st rds

Diverse (2003) One A.M.

One AM Synopsis

From the mailroom to “Move,” to “One A.M.” and beyond, Diverse innovates. A self-described poet, his rhymes are true. Shunning the pseudo-hard stance taken by some emcees in favor of everyday human experience, Diverse consistently ups the ante. Over the course of numerous releases and collaborations, his rhymes have shown that flash and substance don’t necessarily have to be adversaries.
“Move” was released on Chocolate Industries in 2001, receiving a strong response from critics and listeners alike. A collaboration with Mos Def on the first installment of “Urban Renewal Program” followed soon thereafter; “Wylin’ Out” would go on to dominate college radio airwaves for the better part of the summer. The “Certified/Build” 12” was enough to keep heads happy for a minute, but soon the pressure would be on.

Diverse’s debut full-length “One A.M.” dropped in the latter part of 2003 to critical acclaim, featuring collaborations with Jean Grae, Prefuse 73 and Madlib among others. The tour appearances and showcases that followed packed venues, seeing fans channel the same charismatic energy that keeps our guy in the studio late at night.

One A.M. Tracklisting

01. "Certified" (produced by RJD2)

02. "Uprock" (produced by RJD2)

03. "Big Game" (produced by RJD2)

04. "Ain't Right" (produced by Madlib)

05. "Jus Biz" (produced by Prefuse 73)

06. "Blindman" (produced by K. Kruz)

07. "Explosive" (produced by RJD2)

08. "Under The Hammer" (produced by RJD2)

09. "Flyin' (747)" (produced by Overflo)

10. Prefuse 73's "Amberglis" (Produced by RJD2)

11. "Leaving" (produced by Prefuse 73)

12. "In Accordance" (produced by RJD2)

Diverse (2003) One A.M.

Diverse MySpace

chocolate Industries (label)

Buy His Work Here

Diverse Synopsis

Diverse got his start in the Chicago hip-hop scene while being employed at a post office. He has worked or associated with Chicago hip-hop mainstays such as J.U.I.C.E., Copperpot and Iomos Marad. His debut EP, Move, featuring the track "Time", appeared in 2001. He has professional relationships with RJD2 and Prefuse 73. He contributed to Prefuse 73's album One Word Extinguisher, rhyming on the track "Plastic". Prefuse 73 also produced the original beat for "Wylin' Out", a track which paired Diverse with the beloved New York rapper Mos Def.

After "Wylin' Out" was well-received, Definitive Jux's RJD2 was tapped to remix the song. The remix was selected for inclusion on the 2002 Urban Renewal Program compilation. Both Prefuse 73 and RJD2 contributed tracks to Diverse's 2003 debut full-length, One A.M. Prefuse 73's contributions were the ambient-flavoured beats for "Jus Biz" , "Leaving", and the interlude "Amberglis". RJD2's work on the album is some of the most directly rock and funk-influenced work of his career.

Other producers who contributed to the project were K. Kruz, Overflo, and Madlib. Guest appearances were made by Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire, the fierce Jean Grae, and Quannum Projects' Lyrics Born. In the same year, Diverse was featured on the track "Gray Scale" by Montreal-area DJ Ghislain Poirier. In 2005, Diverse teamed with a Detroit-based crew called Lawless Element, appearing on a track called "...Something." Produced by Magnif.

Summer 2006 saw Diverse participate in the Storm Tour, travelling across North America with tourmates Ugly Duckling, Aceyalone, Mayday! and Wrekonize. In June of 2006, Diverse was featured on the Chocolate Swim E.P., a combined effort of Chocolate Industries, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and Mountain Dew. Of the six-track EP, Diverse collaborated with Mos Def for another version of "Wylin' Out," this time a remix by Kut Masta Kurt, and included a remix of his song "Ain't Right" by DJ Mitsu. This EP was available for free download on the Chocolate Swim EP (right click on the blue writing)

Funky DL Jazz Collat

just a quick post before I head back to work.......some of Funky DL's work, cut from 12's, EP's & Albums. Theres 17 tracks of some classic DL Jazz cuts'




Japanese Amazon - Got some limited edition Stuff + some rare Hip-Hop (definitately worth a visit)


Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Nice & Smooth (94) Jewel Of The Nile

Nice & Smooth is an East Coast rap duo from New York, composed of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes). Together, they made several albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s to little popular appeal, though their second album (Ain't a Damn Thing Changed, 1989) was a commercial success that included a minor hit in "Sometimes I Rhyme Slow". They are known for their humorous rhymes and catchy hooks. They often appear as guest rappers on albums by the Beatnuts, Gang Starr and Tony Touch among many others. Tupac Shakur was going to sign Greg Nice, Rapper smooth, The Outlawz to his Makavelli label.

Anyway for those who come into the 2nd option If you Like Funky Jazzy Riffs, With Real HEAVY Bass then I suggest you grab this & play it explicitly Loud. Greg Nice has his typical Repetitive flow & Smooth Bee Does exactly what his name suggests.

Buy It Here

Nice & Smooth on Discogs

Greg Nice on Discogs

Smooth Bee on Discogs

Nice & Smooth (94) Jewel of the Nile

2 For 5 Broke (2004) Minds Think Alike

Oktober & Ace Lover are 2 for 5 & this their first coallition is a consistent effort from the duo....I 1irst heard the last track called ''Thah Fowndation'' which originally roped me in.....I naturally persued the Artists not just as duo but individually and found oktobers 1st solo release ''Project: Building'' which WILL be available shortly, But in the meantime This album is seriously worth a listen.

2 For 5 on Discogs

Oktober on Discogs

Ace Lover on Discogs