Archive for October, 2008

Pugs Atomz presents: THE GENTS

Pugs Atoms Presents…

The Gents Download
free album courtesy of Pugs Atomz

The Gent$ (Pugs Atomz, Wes Restless, & Ill Legit) present 13 cuts of solid Chicago Hop, with production from Maker and the Opus. Filled with braggadocios, and comical satire while still walking that fine line of respected lyricism and word play. The sound track is city slick, Michigan ave. afternoons at the hotel bar…. getting girls, talking sh*t, and insight chased with a pale ale. This time it’s FREE , but Just make sure you spell the name right. Capital G, E-N-T, Dollar sign S. You gotta buy GENT$

01. Gent$ Intro
02. Heard It Before
03. It’s The Gents
04. Right On Time
05. Getting Late
06. Carried Away
07. Sunglasses
08. Cold
09. Days go on
10. Gent$ Outro
12. Only When I Dream
13. Days Go On (Dub Mix)

Evidence – The Layover EP


The Layover Download
From Whom The Bell Tolls (feat. Phonte, && and Will.I.Am) Download
from the forthcoming album The Layover (2008, Taylor Made / Decon)

“Backpack sucked, then Backpack was cool, then Backpack sucked again, now Backpack is cool gain. Alternative was wack now Alternative is better. All I know is I do what I do. Im not Hipster, Im not Gangsta. If its a Backpack, I gotta buy one, ‘cause I dont own one. Im doing Progressive Hop. Its a new genre. Put it in your iTunes.” – Evidence

eLZhi – The Preface


Fire (feat. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson…) Download
Transitional Joint
Save Ya
(feat. T3 of Slum Village) Download
from The Preface (2008, Fat Beats)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

In the late-nineties, eLZhi made a name for himself by moving his way up through the ranks of Detroit’s underground scene and teaming up with Slum Village for his first big taste of success. He has since been making the rounds, working with local Detroit luminaries such as J Dilla, Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers, and Dwele, in addition to a well-received solo tour of Europe during his early years in the game. Hip-hop enthusiasts across the globe consider eLZhi to be one of the most skilled emcees in the entire scene, and bloggers and critics have been trumpeting this sentiment since the release of the last Slum Village album in 2005. With the release of The Preface, eLZhi looks to cement his name amongst the greatest emcees in the game. The 16-track album, produced almost entirely by rising star Black Milk, features guest appearances by a who’s who of the Detroit hip-hop scene. Royce Da 5’9″, T3 (Slum Village), Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and more add to what many have predicted will be one of the most noteworthy hip-hop releases of 2008.

About the track, FIRE
eLZhi and a crew of D-town guest stars bring the heat on “Fire” off eZhi’s highly acclaimed solo effort The Preface. The track showcases talent from the likes of Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Fatt Father, Danny Brown and Fat Ray, in addition to the man himself. eLZhi lights up yet another track with effortlessly explosive flow. He says ” Limitless-I’m / Not even the sky’s the limit to I / when we spit with adrenaline times ten / from the beginning until the rhyme end / it’s no stoppin’ / every line’s mind bogglin’.”

The Preface is in stores now!

Longshot – Addicted


Please Believe (feat. Diverse & Ka Di) Download
Fly Download
from Addicted (2008, EV)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

It’s been four years since Longshot released his last true solo album, ‘Sacrifice’, on Molemen Records. After a slew of side projects and collaborations Shot is back at it with his fifth studio album ‘Addicted’.

Following the success of ‘Sacrifice’ shot put out two side projects while working on ‘Addicted’ (Civil War Pt. 2 in 2005 and ‘Issues’ a collaboration with producer Copperpot under the group name CopperShot, both released on EV Records). After spending much of ’05 and ’06 touring with the likes of Psalm One, Diverse, Jean Grae, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Del Tha Funky Homosapien and others, Shot spent ’07 completing ‘Addicted’, enlisting producers like Magnif of Lawless Elements, OH NO, K-Kruz of Modill, up-and-comer Panthrow, Copperpot and The Molemen to handle the musical backdrops for the album. Lryically Shot focuses on a myriad of topics ranging from poverty to politics to parenting. Much like most of our human experience, Longshot is addicted to a variety of vices, some better than others, that help shape the soul and music of an artist struggling to be heard around the world. Through songs about sex, money, drugs and love, Shot personalizes his addictions and talks about them in a way that brings you closer to his side of the world.

Longshot also teams up with several talented vocalists to flesh out ‘Addicted’ with Psalm One, Diverse, One Be Lo, Ang13, Eternia and the multi-talented singer Ka Di all gracing songs. Each of the artists who contributed to the record bring their own personal addictions on board, each with a different light, helping the listener truly envelop Shots overall message. The wide variety of production and rhyming styles make this Longshot’s best work to date.

East Coast Avengers – Prison Planet

East Coast Avengers

Kill Bill O’Reilly Download
East Coast Overdose (feat. Celph Titled and Statik Selektah) Download
Torture Rack Download
from Prison Planet (2008, Brick)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

From renowned Boston underground hip hop label Brick Records comes the formation of the East Coast Avengers, with Esoteric and Trademarc on the mics and DC Midi The Alien on beats for their debut Prison Planet. Part concept album (think the oppressive futuristic society of Deltron 3030) and mostly metaphorical for the sad state of the times we currently live in, three rebels stand up against the system in this hip hop opera with a sci-fi backdrop. Featuring guest appearances by Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles), Termanology, Apathy, Celph Titled, Statik Selektah, Slaine (of Special Teamz & La Coka Nostra) and more. Also contains the now banned on Myspace and Youtube track: “Kill Bill O’Reilly.”

Black Pegasus – The Black Mexican

Black Pegasus

Rep That (feat. Chino XL & Liquid Assasin) Download
from The Black Mexican (2008, Brass Knuckle Ent)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

* Mile High Mixtape review in Scratch Mag 8/2007
* Cover story of the Gazette 8/2007
* Featured in Billboard Magazine 6/2006
* Advertised in URB Magazine 2005-2007
* Denvers Best MC voted by the Westword 2005-2006
* Colorado Springs best MC by the Gazette 2006
* Scribble Jam finalist 2003
* Denver’s Jay-Z Roc the Mic Champion 2003
* Featured on NBA Jams 2 for Play Station and X-Box 2002
* SXSW Show case artist 2001-2002
* Featured on MTV’s Road Rules and The Real World 2002-2008

Colorado is one of the spots that I’ve had the honor to DJ and rock the clubs at. My extended family is out there, Klutch Beat Bootique (EsChinoRey, Brandon Lee, Tee Trance, DJ Blend, DVDJ G-Funk and TONE MC), The Radio Bums, DJ Amen, Soundssupreme, The Family Affair crew. One day, Im chilin with my peeps EsChinoRey and DJ Blend at a local DJ Store… Chino & I are over there juggling and skratching up some beats… I was like, “Yo Im feeling this, Whos rapping?” He says “Its my homie Black P aka The Black Mexican”.

Black Pegasus (born Robert Houston II) hails from the Mile High State and he’s ready to show the world that Colorado is on fire! He began his career in 2001 when he took a trip to the SXSW with his longtime producer/friend Base Jase. They had the opportunity to meet Chuck D of Public Enemy, who immediately cosigned their music as hot, Even playing their tracks on his Bring The Noise radio shows. The rest you can say is history.

A seasoned rhymer, He’s performed and battled across the US, including his infamous battles at Scribble Jam 2003 (where he battled under the alias Yo Mamas Pimp) and winning Jay-Z’s Rock The Mic battle in Denver, in front of 20,000 people. He’s shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Redman, Method Man, Immortal Technique & Atmosphere to name a few. The dude caters to all types of hiphop fanatics, from the backpackers to the thugs. Black P’s unique style and passion for writing heart felt music has made him a trend setting pioneer in his region.

When I first sat down and heard the entire album, It reminded me of acts like Defari, Crooked I and Strong Arm Steady. Black P has a real smooth delivery and hard unrelenting lyrics, mixing politics with punchlines and speaking his mind on everything from the economy, racism, women, success and street life. It is also no gimmick that he truly is 1/2 Black and 1/2 Mexican. This album is his first foray into showcasing his latin side by spitting lyrics in both English and Spanish. He does really well to captivate that sound, once championed by legendary MC’s like Kid Frost and the Funky Aztecs, but with 2008 sensibilities. The soundtrack he spits over is phenomenal, with most of the production by his producer Base Jase and 3 cuts produced by Max Mercy and Kajmir Royale. There are flavors on here for days, Street cuts (Mile High Club), Underground hiphop cuts (Rep That), Club Bangers (Loca Loca) and even some more melodic/love cuts (Cant Stay Around).

Colorado is an area with alot of great talent, yet no one has blown the region up on a commercial and mainstream level. Black P might just be the MC to break the mold. He continues to work on music and you can find him hosting some of the best hiphop events featuring touring acts across the Mile High state. The Wet Black is here to stay. Step your bilinguals up.

DJ Dutchmaster & M-Phazes – The Official 2008 CMJ Mixtape

DJ Dutchmaster & M-Phazes
The Official 2008 CMJ Mixtape

This hour long mixtape honors CMJ’s year round commitment to supporting authentic hip-hop music. This project contains current singles and exclusives by artists that are relevant to the college market and beyond, such as Slug, Dilated Peoples, Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, Diamond D, Torae, Mobb Deep, U-N-I, Royce Da 5’9″, Heltah Skeltah, A. Pinks, Sha Stimuli,The KnuX, Pharoahe Monch, Wale & More. Producers featured include DJ Premier, The Alchemist, DJ Scratch, 9th Wonder, Jake One, Illmind, Black Milk, M-Phazes, Khrysis, Analgoic & more.

1. Intro – Torae & A. Pinks
2. Evidence – “The Layover” (prod. by Khrysis)
3. Dilated Peoples – “The Last Is First” (prod. by The Alchemist)
4. Kel Spencer – “Lord, Give ‘Em Some Help” (prod. by M-Phazes)
5. Emilio Rojas – “Young, Fresh & Fly” (prod. by Illmind)
6. Butta Verses – “A New World” Freestyle (prod. by M-Phazes)
7. Shabaam Sahdeeq – “Freaky Flow” (prod. by Nick Wiz)
8. Skyzoo – “Braggin Rights (Remix) (prod. by Analogic)
9. Wale feat. Skyzoo – 5 Minutes (prod. by 9th Wonder)
10. Chaundon – “Politically Incorrect” (prod. by Eric G.)
11. Sha Stimuli – “Gotta Get Money” (prod. by Soundsmith)
12. The Knux – “Fire”
13. Diamond D – “U Can’t Be Me” (prod. by DJ Scratch)
14. D-Black – “Black on Black Crime” (prod. by Black Milk)
15. U-N-I – “Yesterday”
16. Royce Da 5’9” – “Shake This” (prod. by DJ Premier)
17. Posdnuos & Slug – “Oh Really” (prod. by Jake One)
18. El Da Sensei feat. Doujah Raze – “Got Fire” (prod. by The Returners)
19. Heltah Skeltah feat. Smif N Wessun – W.M.D. (prod. by M-Phazes)
20. Wais P the Pimp feat. Mobb Deep – Stop Chasin (prod. by KY)
21. Black Milk, Pharaohe Monch, Sean Price – “The Matrix” (prod. by Black Milk)