Making A Murderer :: Black Thought f. Styles P (Prod. By 9th Wonder)

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I gotta admit I was not prepared for new Thought music today, but here we are. When you throw in a feature from Styles P and production by 9th Wonder…

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I’ve come to the realization…for like the millionth time…that Black Thought is quite easily top five dead or alive, which is a tremendous feat for someone who’s technically never released a solo album. While I believe there’s something to be said for an artist putting together a solo LP before certain kudos can be given to them as a solo MC, but I think Thought qualifies as a special case. Styles is no slouch either on this and no disrespect to him, but this one Thought verse could have been followed by 9th letting the beat ride out and I’d still be one satisfied citizen. Enjoy. This takes it back to what it was like when MCs actually spit bars worth rewinding to hear again, all while making the ugliest face imaginable.

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Maintain (Fvck How You Feel) :: Havoc f. Alchemist

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Two of the greatest producers in hip-hop history (and certainly two names on my personal short list) link up for The Silent Partner, a collaborative album set to drop May 20th. “Maintain” is the first joint to be released from it and sounds exactly how you would expect these two to sound sans Prodigy. Cormega, Method Man and P are set to appear elsewhere on the project, however. Enjoy.

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Carlos Slim :: Riff Raff

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Riff Raff’s been a polarizing figure in the hip-hop community but for those who “get it”, he’s also the satirical figure hip-hop needed to spoof the vapid trap rap trend before it even really blew up. Maybe you didn’t see Riff’s spoof of MTV Cribs where he takes you through a very basic one-bedroom apartment telling obvious lies about the various items he comes across, but from this, it’s clear that the guy is in on the joke and if you’re not…you’re just gonna be mad or confused or both. I’d take a bugged out, creative, and probably intentionally ignorant Riff Raff record any day just for the lols over the Young Thug gibberish he and the people who like his stuff take seriously. The spoof only gets more funny the more his original act seems to coincide with the face that the mainstream rap world puts on the culture. Funny to ya’ boy.

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Let It Bang [Video] :: A$AP Ferg f. Schoolboy Q

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A$AP Ferg channels 90s Wu-Tang on this latest record off of his upcoming Always Strive And Prosper LP. Though I wasn’t at all impressed with Schoolboy Q’s last album, I was pleasantly surprised by his verse here. As for Ferg himself, I think he’s a unique and clever MC who’s well on his way to surpassing his A$AP cohorts by leaps and bounds creatively. I’m here for the come-up.

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Find A Way :: A Tribe Called Quest [R.I.P. Phife Dawg]

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I owe the entire title of this site I’ve been working on for the past seven or so years to a line from Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, so you can imagine that the news hit me hard when I found out Phife had passed. Let this be yet another lesson that we lose our greats too soon, so please appreciate the architects of this culture before it’s too late. Some of these groups need to get back together (looking at you, EPMD…put out a record!) and we need to be willing to support future concerts and other endeavors as hip-hop heads. We love you, Phife. Thanks for these classics.

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