On the other hand, While those in the know were always giving Murs his props, I was never a big fan at first. I bought living Legends Classic on the strength of the group as a whole. I bought The 9th Edition on the strength of The beatsmith. I never even got hold of any of his earlier work until these past 2 years. His was an aura that never got me stirring. Until I bought A Tribute To Lisa Bonet. I'm not sure what got my attention as lyrically it's not his best work. But once I actually took the time to listen I was hooked on the mans demeanor on the mic. Then I went back & listened to The 9th Edition again & his amorous adventures had me nodding my head both in laughter & agreement. He has an ability go take you deeper into himself & address current issues without dampening the mood of the songs.
Listening to each of the 3 projects in turn, it's easy to see the progression in both these artists. The formula across all 3 is a great one. Quality over Quantity is always the best policy. 10 tracks deep every time. Short & sweet meaning the next project is always eagerly anticipated. 9th is always expanding his pallette with each release & although the same 9th essance is there throughout, he has mastered the art of varying his ingredients. So whereas the tempo from The 9th Edition through Murray's Revenge is pretty similar, Sweet Lord varies across the 10 tracks. These 2 have a definite chemistry, one that in my view surpasses 9ths efforts with Buckshot. And the clincher.....it's freeeeeeeeeeee!!! But don't be a miser & make a donation peepz. Freeness of this quality should only be celebrated.
I love Hip Hop in it's various guises but gimme Jazzy & Soulful Hip Hop all day & I'm a happy man. The great thing about music in general is discovering a wealth of talent that you previously knew nothing about. Now, I had always known that Japan was an untapped resource for good music. I've bought my fare share of Japan only albums & wondered why the hell they got all the nice bonus tracks. But it wasn't until I found out what the japanese heads themselves had to offer, that the depth & sheer greatness of the talent out there blew me away.
It sometimes Irks me that the more established of Our supposed Hip Hop luminaries don't look further afield for album worthy material. Japan must be thee most untapped market for production in Hip Hop today. With the internet such as it is, it is not hard for artists from opposite sides of the globe to contact each other (The Foreign Exchange, while recording Connected). Such a seemingly endless stream of talent deserves a far bigger stage outside of Japanese shores. Radio could've had a for bigger part to play but the state that's in right now, radio is dying a death.
So, it's up to school the good people of the movement to spread the word on the wonderful bounty that is Japanese Jazzy/Soulful/Beautiful Hip Hop. I have put together a few of my favourite tracks, from a few of my favourite Japanese artists. Nomak, Dela, Nujabes, Uyama Hiroto & others provide the sounds. Some featuring Five Deez, CL smooth, Large Pro, Surreal & more. And some superb instrumental tracks. When you realise what i'm Eulogising about, you can go & find the rest for yourselves & share the vibe
Japanese Niceness Pt. 1
& Pt. 2
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Kashmere - Raiders Of The Lost Archives selection
Danny brown - Hot Soup
Danny Brown's Myspace
The Afeeliated - Saving The City Vol. 1
The Afeeliated's Myspace
This is top quality freeness these guys are giving away so don't be afraid to give 'em some props peepz.
I tend to read books in spurts. I buy them in twos. Something about one might catch my eye or the subject matter may look interesting so I buy them. And I’ll read the Hell out of the first one. But usually I’ll get about halfway through the second before the urge to recharge my Ipod kicks in & the cycle begins again. Fatgums, Randray, Ajax & Gammaray, collectively known as The Novelists , initial appeal is their attempt to blur these lines with Bookends. Fatgums & Gammaray provide all the beats considering this is their first foray behind the boards (they are originally DJs), they have pit together a varied soundscape, yet the continuity of the album is superb. Normally I find an album of this type will either ride a Jazzy or Soulful background. But these guys manage to straddle both with relative ease. Your head will definitely nod, but at a slightly different pace throughout. Take Crime In The City, a track that uses 3 different beats in about 3 minutes yet each of the 3 sounds progressively better than the last. Morning gets my vote for originality. Man goes to club, meets sexy English girl. They have sex, wake up in the morning & a ‘get to know you’ conversation takes place at the end of the song. Some of the lines in there are laugh out loud funny. So the album goes on from one entertaining head nod to another each track showing a different slant to what these guys are about. The DJ’s too get their shine on Novel Scratching, which even with the lack of an MC, is one of my favourites on the album.Even when i thought things were going to take a cheesy turn, My Only Vice Remix, doesn’t come across that way at all. In fact, the Mi Cheri Amor, sample actually works superbly in context with what came before it on the album. So to end proceedings with a slightly reggae tinged 10 man posse cut could be deemed a step too far. Yet at 5 minutes long each MC jumps in & out, thus keeping things moving along quite briskly. If this is a sign of things to come from these guys I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for more. A great debut.p e a c e
Found this over at my people San Pasquale's place. Almighty, incase you didn't know, are Bronze Nazareth, C-Rayz Walz, Killah priest, M-80, Sone One & 5 Star (why he names himself after them i have no idea). Iv'e been looking out for any available scraps by these guys. Only to find a whole mixtape & new single off of the album. The is nice & the albums gonna be real nice. links are below. Enjoy!
Original Sin Mixtape
Obey (The Statesman): 1st Single
Trailer for the album