Archive for September, 2007

The Procussions – 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents

The Procussions

The Storm Download
Miss January Download
from 5 Sparrows for 2 Cents (2007, Rawkus)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

The Procussions (Stro The 89th Key, Rez & Mr. J. Medeiros) return with their brand new album. With all in-house production by Stro, The Procussions carry a unique sound only to be found in the mash-up of three very different individuals. They spend their energy bouncing inside the pocket and also off the top with subject matter bent on opening up hearts, eyes, minds, and sometimes wounds. 5 Sparrows For 2 Cents features a host of Grade A guests including Talib Kweli, The Afrobots, DJ Vajra (4x DMC Finalist) and Tara Ellis. Great album right here people.

Statik Selektah – No Holding Back

Statik Selektah

Hardcore (So You Wanna Be) Download
No Holding Back Download
from No Holding Back EP (2007, Brick)
Buy at Napster

Statik Selektah on solid production for this hip hop 12-Inch featuring vocals from Reks & Termanology on the horn driven “Hardcore (So You Wanna Be)”. KRS-ONE, Large Pro & Larry Cheeba feature on the stand-out rhodes funk of “Did What We Had To Do (Showoff Mix). AZ & Cormega round the release on the club beat for “No Holding Back”. Statik Selektah proves he still runs things on all sides of the game.

Marco Polo – Port Authority

Marco Polo

Nostalgia (feat. Masta Ace) Download
(feat. O.C.) Download
from Port Authority (2007, Rawkus)
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Port Authority is the debut album by Hip Hop producer Marco Polo. The album is produced entirely by Marco Polo, and features guest raps from Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, Buckshot, Wordsworth, O.C., Kardinal Offishall, Large Professor, Sadat X, A.G., Special Teamz members Ed O.G. and Jaysaun, Ju-Ju of The Beatnuts, Supastition, Copywrite, Low Budget members Kenn Starr, Kev Brown, Oddisee, Cy Young, Kaimbr and Critically Acclaimed, Jo Jo Pellegrino, DV Alias Khrist, Rock Marciano of The U.N. and J-Davey.

Musab – Slicks Box


Baang!! Download
Hat & Shoes Download
from Slicks Box (2007, Hiero Imperium)
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Stream from Rhapsody

Down with the Minnesota collective Rhymesayers, the MC known as Musab presents his sophomore release, SLICKS BOX, on the famed Oakland-based label Hieroglyphics Imperium. Playing up his alleged past as a street-pimp (as he claims, “My team took all the clientele from Heidi Fleiss”), Musab goes by the alias Minnesota Slicks, putting together 12 smoothed-out players’ anthems, heavy on 1970s funk and soul samples. At times, his mellow-voiced, confident smooth-talk conjures LL’s middleschool work, particularly on the slick tracks “Please Do Not Assume,” “Hat & Shoes,” and “Confessions of MN Slicks.”

Supastition – Chain Letters


Hate My Face Download
from Chain Letters (2007, Rawkus)
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Chain Letters is the second album from North Carolina’s Supastition. Following the success of his singles “The Williams” (included on the Okayplayer True Notes compilation) and “Boombox”, Supastition releases another acclaimed effort. Includes the Jake One produced single “Hate My Face”. CLASSIC STATUS!!

Zimbabwe Legit – Where I’m At

Zimbabwe Legit

Where I’m At (feat. Mike G of The JBeez) Download
from Where I’m At (12-Inch) (2007, PH Music)

Incredible single featuring Mike G of The Jungle Brothers, from the upcoming Zimbabwe Legit release, House of Stone. A brand new album by the Z to the L featuring appearances by the likes of Vast Aire, Chubb Rock, of dead prez, Prince Po, YZ, Cadence and more. Who is Zimbabwe Legit? Consisting of emcees doomE Right and Akim, its a group formed by the two blood brothers as they burst onto the US hip-hop scene in the early 90s. They were a pioneering group in that they were one of the first African hip-hop artists to put out a record with a major US label.

As fate would have it though, that label would go under, and the brothers would remain in limbo – left to find their way in hip-hop through other endeavors, vehicles, forums and even groups. Out of this adversity O.U.O was born, a related group that consists of doomE and his cousin Pep.

More than a decade after Zimbabwe Legit had completed their full length album that never saw the light of day, they found a label and situation that would enable to release the lost tapes and re-introduce the world to the Brothers from the Mother.

The downtime for the group can hardly be considered a hiatus. After finishing college doomE Right remained on the scene releasing records, recording and performing with O.U.O. Akim continued to make a living as a performance artist in NYC embracing all the elements of hip-hop from dance to beatboxing and of course rhyming. He was even featured in the award winning documentary Freestyle alongside the likes of Talib Kweli, Supernatural, Grand Master Caz and others.

Pumpkinhead – Orange Moon Over Brooklyn


Trifactor Download
Authentic Download
from Orange Moon Over Brooklyn (2007, Rawkus)

Orange Moon Over Brooklyn features guest appearances from Immortal Technique, Jean Grae, D.V. Alias Khrist, Supastition, Wordsworth, and others. The album is entirely produced by Marco Polo and features cuts by turntablist DP One.

Brooklyn’s proudest battle MC delivers his best work yet with this release. Pumpkinhead got his big break by doing a promo for the “Stretch and Bobbito Show” (Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito the Barber). His first 12-inch records in 1998, (“Dynamic” and “Wack MC’s”) had great success on the radio charts. Since then, Pumpkinhead has worked with almost every underground MC in New York, recorded a Seagram’s Gin radio commercial, and toured in Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Orange Moon Over Brooklyn features the banging tracks “Rock On”, “Trifactor” and “Swordfish”. Without a doubt, Pumpkinhead is back representing BK to the fullest!