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So, when Teddy T said he was cop Trilla I gave him some holier-than-thou type of brush off. BUT I have read on several sites that I respect that the cd really isn’t bad. So now that I just “acquired” it I will see if I feel the same way. And if he stepped up his pen game (or just enlisted a sick ghostwriter) I’ll give him credit. But I’ll assume the beats knock and get prepared for more “Ross is the boss, BOSS!” rhyme schemes.

***I will link a couple tracks later

the legend continues

The Roots crew leaked a song off the forthcoming Rising Down, entitled 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction). It fits right in with Game Theory. I’m digging the “darker” side of The Roots and if this is how there new album is gonna sound I say bring it on. Black Thought gets down as usual. Rising Down!!

The Roots – 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)

**courtesy of 2BDZ via OKP

My life, my love

Looking at my cd collection, I feel that I must make a list of my favorites. This is not an all-time favorite list, cuz over the years my cd collection has been stolen 2 or 3 times. This is just a list of ten I know I have, and love. Now in no particular order:

1. Jay-Z The Blueprint: I have banged this cd hard (pause) since 9/11. I feel (besides Reasonable Doubt) this is Jay at his best. His beat selection was great, his flow is great on every track and the bonus tracks are good. Unlike many, I feel his verses on Renegade surpass that of eminem’s.

2. Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor: The leak was better. That being said, Lupe killed this cd. His concept tracks are great. His beat selection is a bit iffy, but you get the point with why he chooses the track. His flow is like the new school version of the old school Nas.

3. Wu-Tang 36 Chambers: This is Wu-Tang at their most gritty and finest. They all kill every track. And Rza’s beats have never been more on point than here. And integrating the Shaolin movies quotes was a great idea.

4. Cody ChesnuTT The Headphone Masterpiece: This cd is pure GENIUS!! This great 2 disc cd has tracks meshing all genres and does so well. With songs ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes it’s a mixed bag of fun, love, conceit and more. If you haven’t heard this cd you’re missing out

5. Kanye West College Dropout (remastered): I must note that this is the remastered version. And it is much more crisp (not that the average listener would notice). The drums on spaceship hit much harder and Never Let Me Down is waaayyy cleaner. Kanye’s freshman effort has been called a classic by many and I will agree. All the production from song to song is different and his flow is so raw. Who knew the first nigga wit a Benz and a backpack could be so fresh.

6. Dr. Dre 2001: This was the shit from the first time I heard it. Dre’s (and others) production was ridiculous. They killed, like, the whole cd. It brings out the best raps from even mediocre artists. Hittman serves this cd as the premiere guest. Lawsuits and accusations aside, this cd is a CLASSIC.

7. Little Brother The Listening: The then trio of Phonte, Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder couldn’t have had a better debut. An under the radar classic, they bring it. Phonte shows his sharp lyrical prowess and leaves some room to grow. Pooh is no slouch and has since honed his skill on the mic. 9th shows off his production versatility and starts what has become to be known as “The Snare”. This cd showcases all of the skills of Little Brother and is about as good as a debut album you can make.

8. J Dilla Donuts: The ULTIMATE beat cd. He made this all from a hospital bed, and you would never know. He takes production to another level with this cd. Although he passed 3 days after the release, this would cement his place as the best Hip-Hop producer ever! The creativity is crazy on each track.

9. Common Be: Be is Common’s finding forever. This may be his best record to date (depending who you ask). He flow is a non stop freight train, it comes hard every time. And with Kanye West on the boards you can’t lose. But Dilla came through on my two favorites on the cd. Its Your World was killer song from a lyrical and production stand point. I wish he followed through with the video for every song, but at least we got that great vid for Testify (with Wood Harris, the most under-rated actor ever)

10. Mos Def The New Danger: Talk about slept and hated on. A lot of people shitted on the cd because of the rock/soul/jazz/funk/hip-hop fusion, rather than a pure Hip-hop banger (a la Black on Both Sides). But this joint is fresh. Only his 2nd solo LP, it is great. He shows the definition of versatility and gives us a hit from front to back. My favs are Modern marvel, the boogie man song, and The Rape Over. He raps and sings throughout the cd and it’s a doozy.

**** that pic is before I put my cd’s in order…they were just scattered everywhere.

U-N-I


Rap duo comprised of Y-O and Thurzday straight out the Wood (thats Inglewood you little yentas). Cats is nice and spit it real. Not the typical west coast group. Cuz they don’t have the Faux-Dre/Quik/NWA/etc sound. They have the east coast style in sum songs (but then again who doesn’t) but in the most west coast of ways. Get it!?! They remind me of The Pharcyde A LOT. The song K.R.E.A.M. will get it poppin for any sneaker fiend. Meka’s DXnext feature does them justice. I slept on the mixtape “Fried Chicken and Watermelon“, but now that I’m up on game you must be too. My favorites cuts are “Soul Hop” and the hilarious “Fat Girl”

**i forgot where i swaggerjacked the photo sue me!

R-E-U-P G-A-N-G

So 2DBZ has the no dj version of “We Got It For Cheap V.3”, i suggest you acquire it. I haven’t listened to it yet, but if its anything like V.1 and V.2 then its worth the wait. Pusha T is THAT dude and Malice compliments him very well. Sandman and Ab-Liva brings their Philly flavor to the new yorker’s raised in VA brothers. I’m bout to give this a listen I suggest you do the same.

EDIT: Upon listening Vol 2 i still the best but this one ain’t nuthin to sleep on.

Get the fuck up!! (c) Pharoahe Monch

The best cd you’ve never heard is Internal Affairs by Pharoahe Monch(you probably never heard Desire either, smh). His freshman solo album’s life was cut short by using an uncleared godzilla sample for the BANGER(yes all caps) ‘Simon Says‘. If you wanna buy it don’t fret its only like $50 bucks on ebay. From the intro to the last track the cd bangs.Even his cut for the ladies is dope and nowhere near that corny shit 50 does. My favorite track is the MOP assisted (these cats MIA since signin wit cuuuurttiiissss) ‘No Mercy‘. The beat is bananas and Pharoahe’s wordplay and switchin flow serves, not to mention MOP’s aggression mesh very well. So in closing find a way to hear this album (I may or may not post it I don’t wanna get drama’d).