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This DATE in Hip Hop (15 yrs ago)

On November 7, 1995, GZA/Genius released his second solo album: Liquid Swords.

Wu-Tang Clan and its members have released many great to classic albums. It is extremely difficult to choose a favorite Wu album, but if you know anything, you know that this album is definitely Top 5. While EVERY Wu member had a verse on this album, GZA’s brilliant lyrics and sick concepts prove that he is arguably the best pure lyricist in the group.

A few incredible guest appearances on Shadowboxin’, Cold World, 4th Chamber…bangers like Liquid Swords, I Gotcha Back, and Investigative Reports…but it doesn’t get any more creative and lyrical than Labels.

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Kanye West ft. Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole – Looking For Trouble

I appreciate the fact that Kanye is giving us free music but I feel like this track missed the mark. J.Cole did his thing on this track though. Listen.
[audio:|titles=Looking For Trouble (Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole)]


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KRS-ONE- Cypher Remix

Listen while KRS hands out a “Lyrical Ass Beating”. Which just so happens to be the name of his upcoming LP. Listen.
[audio:|titles=KRS-ONE – Cypher Rmx] Download Here

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The Artifacts: Big Deal

If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first track El and Tame have done since the mid 90’s. This indeed is a Big Deal! I’m looking forward to more music from The Artifacts. Listen.

[audio:|titles=Shout Out To The Bricks!!!]

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This DATE in Hip Hop (14 yrs ago)

On November 5, 1996, Tupac Shakur released his fifth and final album: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

This album was completely finished in a total of seven days during the month of August 1996. It was then released two months after his death on September 7, 1996. It is difficult to choose a favorite Tupac album, but this one is most definitely in the Top 3. The album showed a very dark and angry Tupac…and he was furious when he went at the East Coast MCs.

An insane intro with Bomb First…a couple classic tracks bout the ladies in Toss It Up and Me and My Girlfriend… bangers like To Live and Die in LA, Against All Odds, and White Man’z World…but my personal favorite has to be Hail Mary.

What’s YOUR favorite track??

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H.I.S.D. – The Weakend Review

H.I.S.D. is the best thing to come out of Houston since Phi Slamma Jamma. H.I.S.D. consists of a group of gentleman that have a genuine love for their craft. Hueston Independent Spit District consists of Scottie Spitten, LdaVoice, Equality, Savvi, Soul One, E Classic and King Midas. This is their sophomore album and they definitely eluded the curse of the sophomore slump. Their love for Hip Hop is apparent from the gate. The albums first track “Come Out & Play” is an invitation into their world…or shall I say Space (You’ll understand after you listen to the album.) The track has a real smooth sample and The District does not disappoint. The next track “Autobahn” is another banger that should be played at really high volumes. They all flow lovely over this track but Scottie Spitten rips it! On to “Piano Sunrise”: This track is the one that you close your eyes and vibe to! At this point I am being reminded why I fell in love with Hip Hop in the first place. The next two tracks “Seen Green” and “Crazy Legz” are Bboy anthems. I always listen to lyrics but the beats had me thinking how dope it would be to see Repstylez battle Dynamic Rockers over these two joints. Now on to “Lando”. This track has a 90’s Dilla feel to it and The District murders it. “Cranberry”, “Point of Know Return”, “Rockin”, “Space City Express”, and “The Weakend” all deliver a full Hip Hop experience and may cause multiple eargasms. My favorite track on the album is “SheetRock”. Here H.I.S.D. explains how they make love to the paper when the pen hits it. They paint a vivid lyrical picture on this track.

Overall, I feel this album is amazing! It’s a breath of fresh air in this polluted Hip Hop game. The Districts love for the art definitely shines through on this album. It is well planned and well executed. If I had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 for review purposes…..I’d give it a 21. Did I mention it only cost 5 bucks! Support great music! Bless.

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