What do you think about when you hear the word “Philly”? Most likely you would say “Cheese Steaks”, “Eagles”, or “Rocky”. If you’re a Hip Hop fan, you would most definitely say “The Roots”. The legendary Roots crew has been holding down Philadelphia and Hip Hop for over two decades now. Their frontman, Black Thought, is the lyrical force behind the group and he is known for destroying microphones and embarrassing other emcees who dare to share a track with him.
This here is a collection of Black Thoughts illest verses as put together by @Mills_7thBoro. Make sure you tweet him and let him know how thankful you are for this goodness! No mixing….no annoying DJ dropping his name every thirty seconds…..just lyrics! Peace.
Souls of Mischief / Hieroglyphics veteran Opio teams up with Low End Theory champ Free The Robots for “Point of View”. Ope shines on the breakbeat driven cut and it’s the first release off their upcoming Album together dropping September 16th. The duo offer up some words to go along with the release.
Point of View was the song that I had the most fun recording. FTR and a bunch of my homies were with me in the studio and we were all sitting around talking shit and cracking jokes and those conversations manifested themselves into the lyrics. I really like the pacing of this track, the chorus and the verses mesh seamlessly, it’s just one of those songs that never gets old.
FTR: Point of view was created as my own version of a playful, uptempo party style track, blending analog drums with electronic synth. I made the track fairly simple with limited instrumentation and catchy hook melody, leaving it open enough for Opio to take over. Lyrically he connected with what I was going for in his own way.
I just finished watching Ghostface‘s video about Action Bronson‘s ESPN comments. I have to say I gave mad love for both artists but these two need to cut the tweeting/video bullshit and just rhyme. Ghost is from a time when people would battle in the street…not some bullshit ass youtube video. Action Bronson is from New York also so if they aren’t dropping Hip Hop music to settle this, stay the hell off youtube and twitter. Too many Google gangsters out there already. Settle this shit in the booth. Bless.
Ghostface is set to drop his “Twelve Reasons to Die II” (I thought it should of been called 13 reasons to die but what the hell do I know!) tomorrow and it’s a goodie! There’s a lot of RAGU (Raekwon & Ghost united for the hip hop challenged) and a ill RZA cut. The NY Times has a stream of the album on their site. If you can’t wait for tomorrow, you can peep it here.
Return Of The Savage (ft. Raekwon and RZA)
King Of New York (ft. Raekwon)
Rise Up (ft. Scarub)
Get The Money (ft. Vince Staples)
Death’s Invitation Interlude (ft. RZA)
Death’s Invitation (ft. Scarub, Lyrics Born and Chino XL)
Let The Record Spin Interlude (ft. RZA)
Let The Record Spin (ft. Raekwon)
Blackout (ft. Raekwon)
Resurrection Morning (ft. Raekwon and Bilal)
Life’s A Rebirth (ft. RZA)
1. Space, produced by Dave West. This song, recorded in Los Angeles in 2003, is an outtake from the Beautiful Struggle sessions.
2. 2000 Seasons, produced by Hi Tek, this was the b-side to my first Reflection Eternal single, Fortified Live, it dropped in 1997.
3. Bright As The Stars, produced by Ayatollah. This was a Black Star song recorded for a record Yasiin and I were working on back in 2002 that we never finished.
4. Wack Niggaz ft Common, Kanye and Consequence, produced by Kanye West. Previously available on the Beautiful Mixtape, 2003.
5. Boomerang ft Cory Mo, K Valentine & NIKO IS. This is the first Javotti Media posse cut, originally available on The Cathedral Mixtape, 2014. Check out the video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s4mYm-DpVg
6. Ocean Song ft Mela Machinko, produced by Rahki. This song was originally recorded for Prisoner of Conscious in 2012.
7. 7:30 ft RES, produced by DJ Quik. Over a few days in 2001, I recorded several things with DJ Quik. This is our third record together that’s been released from those sessions.
8. Fortified Live ft Yasiin Bey and Mr. Man, produced by Hi Tek. Mr. Man from the Bush Babees and I went to Brooklyn Tech high school together, and Yasiin and I ended up starting a group together, but released in 1997, this was the record that began my career.
9. Trying To Breathe ft Killa Mike, produced by Midi Mafia. When Killa Mike first debuted as an artist, he reached out to me for a passionate talk about the state of our people. He’s been a great friend and ally ever since. This song was recorded in 2003.
10. Distractions, produced by OhNo. This is the song version of a rhyme I was working on as I visited Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Check out the video on youtube, filmed at Occupy Wall Street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JlWDgOe_Is
Appearing for the first time together on a track, Masta Ace & Blu trade verses over a maticulous production entitled “Bet Your Life.” Cuts by DJ Skizz. The maticulous LP will be available digitally as well as CD & cassette July 14th.