Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sage Francis - Li(f)e [2010]

Sage Francis is wacky. He's a spoken word poet as well as a great emcee, and you can hear his spoken-wordness in a lot of his songs. That among other things make this album far from a "rap" album. Many of the beats on this album are live-instrument indie songs, straying far from the 16 bars-chorus-16 bars routine that makes up a lot of rap music. Sage does well, and tackles some uncomfortable topics on this album, but he flows so comfortably over the music that its all good.

01. Little Houdini (6:45)
02. Three Sheets To The Wind (3:30)
03. I Was Zero (4:18)
04. Slow Man (3:38)
05. Diamonds and Pearls (4:02)
06. Polterzeitgeist (4:04)
07. The Baby Stays (3:40)
08. 16 Years (3:45)
09. Worry Not (3:19)
10. London Bridge (2:09)
11. Love The Lie (3:13)
12. The Best of Times (5:33)

The Best of Times:

I Was Zero:

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Friday, February 24, 2012

M.i - The Coldplay Sessions [2012]

It took a long time. After a long time, the highly anticipated Coldplay Sessions is here. Following up the Jack Johnson Sessions' use of samples from one artist, Coldplay Sessions Coldplay. Believe it. Its a pretty good album, but it kinda sounds like M.i is trying to find a label to cling to, and I wouldn't say its as good as the JJS. Worthwhile listen.

Track listing:

01. Above the Stars
02. Politik 
03. Paradise
04. NoThing
05. No Poem or Song
06. Bubble (ft. Scienze)
07. Crawl Back
08. Amsterdam
09. Go
10. My Song (ft. Lady A)
11. Stoned
12. Be Good to You
13. In My Head
14. Demons (ft. LQ)
15. Fade [prod. Tyler Keyes]


Crawl Back:

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Astronautalis - This Is Our Science [2011]

It would be a lie to say that Astronautalis isn't weird. But he isn't weird in a bad way. The blend of indie and hip hop he brings along with his constantly shifting subject matter keeps it interesting. And Astro figured out a way to blend them together flawlessly. He probably got bored in the Midwest so he ended up mixing genres. What else are you gonna do in the Midwest? Make good music, that's all I can think of.
He's also barely less than a god lyrically.

One way I can plagiarize to describe Astro is if Beck grew up with more hip-hop influence.
I'm done, your turn to judge.

01. The River, The Woods
02. This Is Our Science (feat. Isaiah Toothtaker and P.O.S.)
03. Thomas Jefferson (feat. Sims and Mike Wiebe)
04. Measure the Globe
05. Dimitri Mendeleev
06. Midday Moon
07. Contrails (feat. Tegan Quin)
08. Holy Water
09. Secrets on Our Lips
10. Life the Curse
11. One for the Money


Dimitri Mendeleev:

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BONUS SONG from an old album by astro:
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Watsky & Mody - Watsky & Mody [2012]

New Watksy! Needless to say, I'm excited. So excited that I actually posted for the first time in months. Sorry about that, 5 followers.
    Anywho, Watsky decided to go in a completely different direction with this album. In his words, the album is a "bluegrass, folk rock, hip hop album." Watsky does what he does on this album, and he does it well. From fast rapping to spoken word poetry, its in this album, and its backed by all live instruments. I'm not a fan of the skits between the songs, but the album is really fresh, and a good listen if you're bored of rap. Best of all, it's free and released on his website. Yeehaw.

01. Mody on the Turnpike
02. Man of Constant Sorrow ft. Dylan Saunders
03. Kick Monday ft. Wax
04. Mrs. Robinson ft. Danny McClain
05. Ghost Party w/ Mieka Pauley
06. Mody at the Divebar

Man of Constant Sorrow:

Ghost Party:

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth [2007]

   It's hard to sum up the soul in Brother Ali's album in a short little review, so I'll just save my words, and let you find out for yourself. He wrestles with government, family, and hiphop as so many have before, but when Ali puts it on top of Ant's top-notch production, something clicks and makes for unbelievably good music.

1. Watcha' Got
2. Lookin' At Me Sideways
3. Truth Is
4. Puzzle
5. Pedigree
6. Freedom Ain't Free
7. Letter From The Government
8. Here
9. Take Me Home
10. Uncle Sam Goddamn
11. Walkin' Away
12. Faheem
13. Ear To Ear

Take Me Home:

Walkin' Away:

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SonReal - Good Morning [2008]

1. A New Man
2.She Gotta Be Loved
3.Dear You Feat Promise
4.Ain’t Much Really
5.All My Life Feat DJ Extremidiz
7.Upside Down Feat Promise
8.Asleep Feat Renaissance
9. Weather
10. Can’t Awake
11.How You Feel
12.Too Late To Be Happy Feat Elohim Marino, Tassnata
13.One Of Them Days
14.Keep Shinin’ Feat N.I.F.T.Y, Promise
15.Oh My Feat John Wilson

Sorry about the break. Now where was I.... In my opinion, this is SonReal's best album(Aside from The Stroll). Since making the Stroll, he has gone on to be all mac millery (Not that there's anything wrong with that). Back to the point, on this album, he maintains a pretty nice acoustic sound, especially on songs like Oh My and A New Man. One of them days breaks it up with some ratatat, but it still works. He touches on all kinds of topics, and the album has a really nice flow to it.

Oh My (Ft. John Wilson):

One Of Them Days:

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Soul Position - Things Go Better With RJ and AL [2006]

Although this album did not get the critical acclaim that came to Soul Position's first album (8 Million Stories, ill get that one to you later) there is something to be said for this album. RJD2 does his thing on the beats, and they bump hard. Blueprint does pretty well on the vocals, nothing amazing, but he holds it down.

1. The Beginning 
2. No Gimmicks 
3. Hand-Me-Downs 
4. The Extra Mile 
5. Blame It On The Jager 
6. I Need My Minutes 
7. Keep It Hot For Daddy 
8. I'm Free 
9. Keys 
10. The Cool Thing To Do 
11. Priceless 
12. Drugs, Sex, Alcohol, Rock-N-Roll 
13. Things Go Better 

Things Go Better With Rj And Al [Explicit]

Hand Me Downs:

I'm Free:


Monday, June 27, 2011

Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens [2007]

Los Angeles rapper Blu hooked up with producer Exile for this album, which became known as somewhat of a hip-hop classic. Exile produced the entire album, and Blu provides all the vocals, and boy does he provide. If you dont have it already, check it out.

01. My World Is
02. The Narrow Path
03. Simply Amazin'
04. Juicen' Dranks
05. In Remembrance Of Me
06. Blu Cola Workers
07. Dancing In The Rain
08. First Things First
09. No Greater Love
10. Show Me The Good Life
11. Simply Amazin'
12. Cold Hearted
13. The World Is (Below the Heavens)
14. You Are Now In The Clouds With (The Koochie Monstas)
15. I Am...

Below the Heavens [Explicit]

Blu Colla Workers:

My World Is:


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hail Mary Mallon - Are You Gonna Eat That?

Hail Mary Mallon is a hip hop supergroup consisting of Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Aesop Rock. All of them kill it on this album, and with signature Aesop style, almost every line on the album leaves you thinking, "what the hell?"  However, it's in a good way, not like how you would say, "what the hell?" after Lil' Wayne rhymes the same word 4 times in a row. The question is, Are You Gonna Listen To It?
1. Church Pants 
2. Garfield 
3. Grubstake 
4. Meter Feeder 
5. Smock 
6. The Poconos 
7. Breakdance Beach 
8. Table Talk 
9. Mailbox Baseball 
10. Holy Driver 
11. Knievel 
12. Plagues and Bacon

Are You Gonna Eat That? [Explicit]

Church Pants:



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Grieves - Together/Apart [2011]

From Rhymesayers:
"Together/Apart is the highly anticipated Rhymesayers debut album fromGrieves coming June 21st, 2011. Teaming up with longtime friend and producerBudo, Together/Apart is an album infused with soulful horns, keys, and guitar. Lyrically, the album encompasses both the difficulties and joys of maintaining professional and personal relationships when on the road and back at home."

I've personally been waiting for this album since the announcement of the album, so its been a while. A quick listen through quickly told me that it delivers in full. My only gripe about this album is that pretty much every song sounds the same. Its kind of like the TV show house, it follows a formula, and you know what's coming, but its still a good use of time. check it out

01. Lightspeed
02. Bloody Poetry
03. Falling From You
04. On The Rocks
05. Sunny Side Of Hell
06. Tragic
07. Boogie Man
08. Pressure Cracks
09. No Matter What
10. Vice Grip
11. Heartbreak Hotel
12. Speak Easy
13. Prize Fighter
14. Wild Thing
15. Growing Pains
16. Against The Bottom


Bloody Poetry:

Together/Apart [Explicit]


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold [2008]

This is the second Atmosphere album on the blog, so if you want to read about him, see "The Family Sign" post. I believe that this is his best album, and he dives into all sorts of subjects from prostitution to poverty. Worth the download.

1. Like The Rest Of Us
2. Puppets
3. The Skinny
4. Dreamer
5. Shoulda Know
6. You
7. Painting
8. Your Glasshouse
9. Yesterday
10. Guarantees
11. Me
12. Wild Wild Horses
13. Can't Break
14. The Waitress
15. In Her Music Box

When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold - Standard Edition [Explicit]


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