Ski Beatz is back with the release of his “24 Hour Karate School Part 2 album” through DD172 LLC for the masses. I remember this past fall of 2010 when his original “24 Hour Karate School album” was finally released after a ton of sample clearance issues. I ended up picking up the original album when it came out at the beginning of the year. I thought that the project was amazing because it had some awesome production from Ski Beatz and a variety of my favorite artists including: Curren$y, The Cool Kids, Jay Electronica, Tabi Bonney, Joell Ortiz, Jean Grae, Mos Def, Stalley, and a new artist named Rugz D. Bewler who made an awesome contribution with the song “Super Bad.”
Ski Beatz – 24 Hour Karate School Part 2 (Album Artwork)
Quick note: This is some of the most creative album artwork that I’ve seen in a long time… Props for actually being creative with your artwork Ski Beatz! An example of lame non-creative artwork would be that featured on the Ace Hood Blood Sweat and Tears album; in case you were wondering. Well the lineup for “24 Hour Karate School Pt. 2” didn’t look quite as solid when I first looked at the official tracklist. I saw that Tabi Bonney was back on there (awesome), as well as Mikey Rocks (of The Cool Kids), and Freddie Gibbs who is one of the hottest upcoming street artists these days from Gary, Indiana. Anyways, I was a little bit surprised to see that he wasn’t able to get Curren$y, Chuck Inglish, Stalley, or Rugz D. Bewler for this one – I would have liked to have heard more Rugz especially since he doesn’t really have much material out over good production like Ski Beatz. Click here to read more.. »
Ace Hood recently dropped his official “Blood Sweat and Tears album” for the masses with affiliation to the “We The Best” DJ Khaled Floridian brotherhood. This project was highly anticipated by some – especially those big into the southern hip hop music scene. Although we all know that the “Ferrari Boyz album” is what most people in the south wanted to hear more than anything on August 9, 2011 – this project was also released through The Island Def Jam Music Group. As you probably already know, Ace Hood is from the streets a.k.a. the “gutta” and possesses a hardcore rhyming style that goes hard.
Ace Hood – Blood Sweat and Tears (Album Artwork)
Even though the majority of the time he isn’t lyrical, he is capable of making some bangers with the right production and features. I’ll admit that my favorite songs by Ace up to this point in his career are definitely “Cash Flow” (which featured T-Pain) as well as “Hustle Hard (Remix)” featuring Lil Wayne. Nearly all of his best tracks started with the foundation of a good instrumental. Although Ace Hood doesn’t really have the prowess to craft amazing choruses on his track, he can make some street bangers that hip hop music fans can enjoy. Click here to read more.. »
Royce Da 5’9” delivers his solo “Success Is Certain album” as a follow up to his last solo effort entitled “Street Hop.” In case you haven’t been following Royce, he is now affiliated with
Shady Records (Gracie Productions?) Eminem, and has been putting out nothing but solid music. He is on his grind with the group Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz) and had been working hard on this album for a long time coming. Even though a lot of other albums may have dropped on the same day as this one (Kanye x Jay, Gucci x Flocka, etc.) there was no way I was going to pass up listening to and reviewing “Success Is Certain.” Remember when he dropped “Death Is Certain” back in the day? Yeah well “Success Is Certain” clearly demonstrates the growth in Royce Da 5’9″‘s musical career.
Royce Da 5’9″ – Success Is Certain (Album Artwork)
Upon listening to this project, the highlight was definitely the lyricism that Royce brought to the table. The instrumentals were solid for the most part and I cannot really complain about this latest offering from the Detroit emcee. He proves that he is capable of making quality hip hop music and there were definitely songs that I really enjoyed from this project. Below are the tracks that you’ll get with the deluxe version of this album as well as a long review that I wrote for this album. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you thought of the album. Click here to read more.. »
Kanye West and Jay-Z finally released the “Watch the Throne album” for purchase to all of the people who preordered it in advance. This project had a lot of hype surrounding it and although a lot of people felt like these two were under pressure to perform up to standards, Jay-Z said that the pressure really isn’t there anymore (in an interview with Angie Martinez) prior to the release. Then he discussed why nobody has been able to find a “Watch The Throne album leak” online (mediafire, hulkshare, usershare, zshare, etc.). I’m really glad they put a silence to the early leakers because hearing music that the artists don’t intend to be heard in advance is just a lame move.
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Album Artwork)
People seriously think they’re cool and in the know for having music in advance or what? You seriously have no special powers; you’re just a lame fool who thinks he’s cool for leaking stuff. Anyways, this album has been in development for a long time and I know that the two worked really hard on being as creative as possible and pushing existing musical boundaries. They worked with a variety of talents and did a lot of recording in Hawaii to get the creative juices flowing. Click here to read more.. »
Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame put together the “Ferrari Boyz album” which the fans have been waiting on for some time now. Warner Bros Records was behind the release (with 1017 Brick Squad/Mizay Entertainment Inc./Brick Squad Monopoly (BSM)) and they were nice enough to allow me to get an advanced “Ferrari Boyz album” listening session before the scheduled release date of August 9th. As a fan of Gucci Mane who has been listening to his material since his Chicken Talk mixtape, it was nice to hear what he and Waka Flocka could do with this latest release as the “Ferrari Boyz” or “Rarri Boyz.” Before I even listened to the album, I expected it to have some really raw material for the streets.
Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame – Ferrari Boyz (Album Artwork/Cover) (Official)
1017 Brick Squad Mixtapes (Summer 2011)
Obviously since I’m up to date with all of my 1017 Brick Squad Muzik, I have been up to date with all of their latest projects including:
In other words, I know that 1017 Brick Squad and the BSM: Brick Squad Monopoly has had things on lock for awhile now. There were a few tracks that I knew would be on the Ferrari Boyz album including the title track “Ferrari Boyz,” “She Be Puttin On,” “I Don’t See You,” “Young Niggaz,” and “Mud Musik” because they were all featured on previous mixtapes that had been out for awhile. With that said, they were obvious bangers and really helped build up some hype for the album. Additionally, the versions on the album are mastered and sound significantly better than the versions that originally appeared on the mixtapes. Click here to read more.. »
The latest Pimp C “Still Pimpin album” (properly spelled “Still Pimping“) has been released by Rap-A-Lot Records and it is supposedly going to be the final release since his death, so you’ll definitely want to make sure that you check this project out if you’re a dedicated fan. I’ve been a huge fan of Pimp C as well as Bun B and UGK (Underground Kingz) for as long as they’ve been around. In case you didn’t know, Chad Lamont Butler (Pimp C) died in 2007 in an L.A. Hotel room at the age of 33. Most people that listen to his music consider him to be one of the rap originators throughout the entire state of Texas.
Pimp C – Still Pimpin Album Artwork (Official)
Since the “Still Pimping album” just came out, I figured I’d break down the 13 tracks since I am a fan of Pimp C and really like hearing unreleased verses emerge. This project apparently is the last that the people are going to hear from him so I suggest that you go out and support if you haven’t already. I really liked the “UGK 4 Life album” and copped it the day that it dropped, but wasn’t so sure how many more Pimp C verses the labels had been saving up. Anyways, apparently they had enough to make 13 new Pimp C tracks. Click here to read more.. »
Trae Tha Truth recently released his “Street King album” and a lot of people are wondering whether it’s any good. Well, let me start off by saying that if you have been a fan and follower of Trae Tha Truth, then you know he has been making big moves this past year. With that said, he is not a newcomer to the hip hop music game, he has been on the grind down south for awhile now. Frazier Thompson III (Trae tha Truth) is from Houston Texas and is known as part of the group Screwed Up Click as well as part of the group Guerilla Maab with Z-RO and Dougie D. According to multiple sources, he is also the older brother of lesser known rap artist JayTon.
Trae Tha Truth – Street King (Album Artwork)
Okay, so now that I broke down a little bit of his history and roots for the people, what’s the deal with the Trae tha Truth “Street King album,” can the people get a review? No doubt, he is a veteran rapper from Houston and first emerged on the scene in 1998, so it’s only right that Drew checks up on his latest offering. Past albums that he’s done include: “Losing Composure” (2003), “Same Thing Different Day” (2004), “Restless” (2006), “Life Goes On” (2007), and “The Beginning” (2008). This guy also was the same guy that had an altercation with (who?) Mike Jones at the Ozone Awards in 2008, but both manned up and squashed their problems after it went down. Click here to read more.. »
The Cool Kids finally will be releasing “When Fish Ride Bicycles” on July 12, 2011 with the help of the Green Label Sound (sponsored by Mountain Dew). In case you don’t know who The Cool Kids are, they are a duo of Chuck Inglish (from Michigan) and Mikey Rocks a.k.a. Sir Michael Rocks (from Illinois). The album has been in the making for over 2 years now – YES TWO YEARS – and they have released countless mixtapes prior to this album, so I’d hope that you as a hip hop music fan will go out and support the duo so that they can keep releasing albums instead of just mixtapes.
The Cool Kids When Fish Ride Bicycles Album Artwork (Cover)
The Cool Kids Have Pushed Back the “When Fish Ride Bicycles” Release Date Since 2009
I had originally made a bet with my cousin Alex about when this album was going to drop and I bet him that it was going to come out in the summer of 2009 (which was the scheduled release date). He said he thought it wasn’t going to come out and I said “nah, they aren’t going to back out, let’s make a bet.” So the agreement was that if it came out on the original scheduled date, he would have to buy me a copy of their album in addition to his copy. If it got pushed back, I would have to buy him the Wu-Tang Clan box set from Best Buy. Fortunately, we negotiated and I somehow got out of having to get him the box set…haha
Then it got pushed back without further notice, then rescheduled, then “Pennies (Remix)” came out and I thought we were making progress, and then it got pushed, pushed, and pushed some more. I emailed The Cool Kids management and didn’t get a response back and was just annoyed with all of the push-backs (word to Dr. Dre). Anyways, it’s finally coming out, the real deal, I’m happy, my cousin’s happy, and you can expect nothing but solid dope music from this “When Fish Ride Bicycles album.” Plus when I saw their “Get Fresh Air commercial” with Nike, I got really excited to see them re-emerging. Click here to read more.. »
Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” squashed beef a.k.a. deaded the past so I guess that resurrected Royce’s cash flow (haha). Anyways, they were back with the “Hell: The Sequel album” which is listed as being by Bad Meets Evil if you shop for it on iTunes or in stores. That’s because as a duo, Royce Da 5’9” represents “Bad” and Eminem represents “Evil” – hence the name Bad Meets Evil. This is not their first rodeo though as a duo, they used to work together all the time growing up and coming up on the Detroit hip hop scene.
Bad Meets Evil – Hell The Sequel Album Artwork
I’m not sure exactly where beef between these artists started, but they both have been dope for as long as I can remember. My favorite song by Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” was always “Nuttin To Do” which was listed as being by Bad Meets Evil on a soundtrack back in the day. These two were insanely dope back in the day and are just as crazy today. All of this wouldn’t have happened though if Eminem wouldn’t have taken the time to sign Royce Da 5’9” to Shady Records, squash their beef, and sign Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden, Crooked I, and Royce Da 5’9”). He also signed the artist Yelawolf, but that’s a completely different topic. Click here to read more.. »
So the kid Kendrick Lamar finally released his “Section 80 album” commonly spelled altogether as “Section.80” which is probably confusing some searchers. Anyways, Top Dawg Entertainment has pushed for the release for Kendrick Lamar since he started out with the four member group Black Hippy (Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and Kendrick Lamar). In case you don’t know, he’s from Compton, California and has a much different sound than you’re probably used to these days. Not only is he conscious of what he’s saying on the microphone, but he is able to select quality instrumentals and kick some wicked lyrics.
Kendrick Lamar – Section 80 Album Art Work
Anyways, I knew about the “Section 80” project for awhile, but didn’t know whether it was going to be a mixtape or an album. In case you aren’t aware of Kendrick Lamar’s past body of work, he has done mixtapes such as: Youngest Head Nigga In Charge (2005), Training Day (2007), as well as C4 (2008). He also released the Kendrick Lamar EP (2009) and Overly Dedicated (2010). I’m not going to act like I was on the bandwagon from the beginning because I wasn’t – I honestly didn’t know much about this west coast emcee until he dropped O.D. in 2010. Click here to read more.. »