27 Jul

Big Block Silvers – Jack Sparrow

So i am going to make it a hip hop hat-trick for this week and its a beauty from a great EP.   Big Block Silvers hail from Oceanside, California. I came across their BOLD EP on bandcamp. Its the only thing they have up on the site so i assume its their first proper release. And what a release it is – Out in Feb of this year it is 6 tracks of quality hip...

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25 Jul

Odisee – NNGE (Feat. Toine)

So having not picked any hip hop for a while, recently i have picked up quite a bit and have been playing through on the way to work. Plus I'm following on nicely from Aapie's post last night.   Stand out is the latest from Washington DC rapper Odisee (great name). It appears the man is pretty damn prolific but i have to be honest and say i am pretty new to his stuff, but...

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10 Jul

The Pharcyde – Drop

Been away for a bit and decided to make my triumphant comeback with an all time classic that i'm kind of gobsmacked we haven't featured before; The Pharcyde – Drop   There isn't really that much to say about The Pharcyde that everyone doesn't already know, but Drop is without doubt one of my favourite Rap records ever, it's also one of my favourite videos as well.   It's rare that a video really locks into a...

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13 Jun

Ceiling Demons – March Forward

I haven't posted for a while. Things have been a bit manic. And this means that it has taken a while to getting round to post up todays track. I told Aapie a while ago i would like to and then promptly went AWOL.   Anyway, as Moloko once said, the time is now and its a truly lovely track from one of the bands we have probably covered the most on this blog, Ceiling...

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09 May

Time Machine – Night Lights

I haven't bought any hip hop in ages and that makes me sad. Because i really do like hip hop. I also really like Bandcamp. And what i really like about Bandcamp are their mail outs and summaries. A while back they sent out a summary of the best recent hip hop releases and there was some great stuff on there. I really recommend you sign up if you haven't.   One of the releases on the list was...

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21 Apr

DJ Shadow – Systematic Feat. Nas

It's always a worry when two of your all time heroes team up. On paper it's a wonderful thing, but in reality it's often the case the magnificence of the idea is far better than the actual output. So I was a little nervous when I saw DJ shadow and Nas had collaborated on a track.    Thankfully it's a bloody awesome slice of pounding Classic Era style (hold that thought) hip Hop in which...

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03 Feb

The Handroidz – Vanguard

To coin one of Fourbearjrs favourite phrases, tonight is going to be a quick one, and i'm just going to opt for a track that has long long been a favourite of mine, The Handroidz – Vanguard. Vanguard as a track is one of those occasion where so many elements from different genres come together and it came at a time when the slo-motion electronica/deep house sound was still in it's embryonic stage. Down around the 94bpm range it's...

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01 Feb

Ice Cube – Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside)

Ok, so I'm going to keep with the theme Fourbearsjr started yesterday and go for a track that is as apt today as it was when it first came out, all the way back in 1990, Ice Cube –  Endangered Species (Tales from the Darkside).   The whole album is absolutely amazing, to this day it sounds as fresh as back then. The day I heard it it had the exact same impact on me as Straight...

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14 Dec

Lupe Fiasco – I Gotcha

Yesterday I was reading that Lupe Fiasco is going to retire from music due to some grief he got for making anti-Semitic  remarks on one of his tracks. Can't say I know much about the context. Whatever the case, it made me think back to todays track.   Before I left for work this morning I downloaded I gotcha and then played it pretty much full blast all the way to work. It still sounds...

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16 Nov

Rhymefest – One Hand Pushup

I think we’ve been running this blog for about 5 years now and I don't think we've ever featured Rhymefest, which is frankly quite incredible, considering how bloody good he is.I went for One Hand Push because it's not that well known up but could have gone for any number of tracks by Mr Che Smith. Grammy winning Mr Smith i should add.    Rhymefest is probably best known for writing Kanye's wicked "Jesus Walk's" and...

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