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Understudies Crew – Class In Session


Understudies Crew

Alvazan Download
Just Do It Download
from Class In Session (2008, Indie)

So these guys send me an email and I looked at it like, “WTF”. There’s not much to it, Just a link and a request to “Please listen to my” promo. Well, Far be it from me to turn down new music. So I unzip it, Stop listening to “The Block Obama” for a few and start listening to this here at work (That’s an on-the-spot response). Before long I feel myself head nodding and smiling at what I’m hearing. Understudies are about the second grassroots hip-hop group I’ve heard in so many days.

They’re a bunch of guys from the SF Bay Area making core style hip hop with, what sounds like, the slimmest of resources and a lot of talent. I really enjoyed this promo-album. Again it was a refreshing breath of uncontaminated oxygen in a world of pollution and garbage. The group dropped some nice lyrics and as I’ve said before to my boy Audio1, They reminded me of some of the cool sounding, off-kilter-flow, stuff that we used to hear in the early 90′. Also, Its free underground hip hop, You’ve got nothing to lose here. I hope to hear more from these guys in the underground.

Cop the FREE promo HERE
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The Bayliens – Crop Circles (Album Review)


The Bayliens
Crop Circles (2007, LivenFire Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

The Bayliens album was given to me by Audio1, for the single purpose of reviewing on Friday. Since then, I have bumped it salaciously all over my neighborhood. Now that its Sunday, I am at home somewhat tired and recovering from over drinking and being mind-controlled by these Bayliens. I can finally write this review. This is hot. The album is completely submerged in the Bay Area sound and the album itself matures more as it goes closer to the end. Its been a while since I’ve been the ride for the night out and havent changed a CD. My favorite moments were getting the comments “WHO IS THIS? What is this song?” When I’d twitch the volume to red on Ol Boy Ol Boil, Night Life Hookup, or Get Gone… I would write more, but as Ive said, Im recovering.

-Timm (Live from the 9-1-6)

The Bayliens – Crop Circles


The Bayliens

BoomBox Download
from Crop Circles (2007, LivenFire Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store

Early in the 21st century, high above the bustling city streets of the greater bay area were two cosmic forces ready to unite. In the tightly connected landscape of the bay area hip hop scene, Jay Three and Enzyme Dynamite followed very different paths until the cosmos aligned to bring them together. Now, The Bayliens have landed…

Enzyme Dynamite and Jay Three began recording together in 2004 when they produced the hit single “Stop What Your Doin”. As two artists coming from different backgrounds, their styles created a unique sound unlike anything else being produced. Looking to build upon the buzz that they had created for themselves, Enzyme Dynamite and Jay Three launched a new promotional campaign and released a number of projects over the next two years. By pushing thousands of units in the streets thru hand-to-hand interaction, The Bayliens have developed a loyal and ever-expanding fan base.

Teaming up with Dublin Beats (the producer of Xzibit’s hit single “Family Values”), this is The Bayliens first full-length album. Featuring a variety of highly respected artists such as L*Roneous, Nump, D.U.S.T., Xienhow, and Cait La Dee, this album explores a number of different styles. Representing a fluid mixture of hip hop and hyphy, underground and pop, “Crop Circles” truly has something for everyone. This is one of the hottest albums of the year!!!
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What more can I say? These guys are dope. My wife grew up with Enzyme Dynamite so the homie is like family over here plus J3 is the fuckin’ man. These cats are really humble and will show up to your club nights/raves/shows, just to represent and get their hustle on. They recently started getting nationwide airplay with their single “Bubble Gum” featuring Cait La Dee, which is a fun club banger for people of all ages.

I remember years back and Enzyme was handing me a copy of his first EP, to play on the now-defunct Skratchlab Radio. These dudes are representing harder than anyone out in the Bay at the moment and fully deserving of their props. Go out and Buy a few copies of the CROP CIRCLES album to give to your friends and family… For more info, Catch them on MySpace.

Public Enemy & Paris – Remix Of A Nation


Public Enemy

Remix of A Nation Download
Hell No, We Aint Alright (Krush Groove Remix) Download
Hard Truth Soldiers (Alternate Mix) Download
from Remix of A Nation (2007, Guerilla Funk)
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Produced entirely by Paris for his Guerrilla Funk imprint, This album is intended as a supplement to Rebirth Of A Nation, and is presented with alternate mixes that have a more noise-oriented, classic throwback vibe.

From the War on Terror to racism to black-on-black crime and police brutality, Every topic is covered, and Remix Of A Nation is a sonic onslaught aimed at the wrongs of society as only Chuck D and Paris can – only this time out they are joined by fellow revolutionary allies Dead Prez, Kam, Immortal Technique and The Conscious Daughters – all with striking effectiveness.

In an era where buffoonery is encouraged and rewarded by big business hell bent on the degradation and exploitation of people of color in the name of profit, Remix Of A Nation is a welcome and necessary elixir. With strong beats and rhymes, it poses the questions many choose to avoid, and offers solutions many choose to ignore. A landmark achievement.

Kero One Presents: Plug Label


Kero One

Kero One – In All the Wrong Places (New 12″ Version) Download
Green Tea – Cruise Control
Download
Ohmega Watts – On and On
Download
from Kero One Presents: Plug Label (2007, Plug Label)
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From the Plug label archives come a hand picked selection of new quality tracks and older 12″ vinyl-only tracks never before released on CD. Contributing to this compilation are not only fresh new undiscovered talent, but some of the most well respected artists in the Indy Hiphop / nu-jazz music scene: Artists such as Ohmega Watts, Kero One, Aloe Blacc, The Sound Providers, Dj Mitsu, Rashaan of Crown City Rockers, and Tableek of Maspyke just to name a few. Two brand new tracks from Ohmega Watts of Ubiquity Records, a never heard before new bossa influenced hiphop track from Rashaan Ahmad and Kero One, as well as an unreleased track from Tableek breathe fresh air into this album. Though the majority of “Kero Presents: Plug Label” is jazzy / soulful based hiphop, it also include a few nu-hiphop beats as well as uptempo latin influenced dance floor tracks that have previously only been available on vinyl.

Executive produced and overseen by label owner “Kero One”, the album strives to be more than just your average compilation. This album strives to provide listeners with quality tracks and a timeless listening experience.

Planet Asia – Jewelry Box Sessions


Planet Asia

Street Hop Download
Fuck You Up
Download
Comin’ House
Download
G.O.D. In The Flesh
Download
from Jewelry Box Sessions (2007, Gold Chain Music)
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Bonus: Planet Asia Interview on The Sly Show Download

As hip-hop culture progresses into its fourth decade, several artists long for the Golden Era of rap. Rappers of this time (the mid and late 1980s) strove to be the best lyricist and typically accented their wardrobes by wearing hefty gold chains, as evidenced by such MCs as Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick. Consider Planet Asia a torchbearer for the rebirth of the Golden Era. The veteran Fresno, California rapper’s latest opus, Planet Asia as “Medallions” Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album, will be released on his own Gold Chain Music label June 26 and reflects the innovative, lyrically advanced, thought-provoking and sonically diverse music typical of the Golden Era of rap.

Who Planet Asia is today is a rapper who is lyrically advanced in the tradition of East Coast rap while being raised on the gang-infested West Coast. His duality is reflected on the hard-hitting “Havin’ Thangs.” Produced by Da Riffs, the cut contains pounding drums and an intense piano section, making it a perfect backdrop for Planet Asia’s boast-filled raps. “It’s a perfect street single,” Planet Asia explains. “It has a West Coast feel to it, but it also has the East Coast bounce. It’s easy to mix with other songs and it has a big sound.” Now, Planet Asia combines all of his various interests and backgrounds into Planet Asia as “Medallions” Jewelry Box Sessions: The Album.

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