• 20 albums you should be listening to if you aren't already =)

    9 Jun 2009, 19:44 by uh_oh_jlm

    Abstract Rude, Prevail & Moka Only - Code Name: Scorpion

    This album is fun and light and these three dudes all have great voices. They have a good sense of humor and unique flows. It's a good album to listen to when you are in a laid-back kind of mood.

    Afro Classics - The Classic EP

    Okay technically this not an album it's an EP but it still makes the list. And you know why? Because people are zzzzzzz-in on this EP for real! This shit is high quality and needs to be heard by the world.

    Asheru & Blue Black - Soon Come

    Such great jazzy beats. This album is great for creating a good vibe for a lil get together and it's dope music to dance to. Love these guys.

    C-Rayz Walz - Ravipops

    C-Rayz Walz deserves sooooo much more respect than he gets. This dude is an amazing lyricist and has such a chill delivery. He has a lot of good offerings but I think Ravipops is his best.

    CMA - All Over

    Two of my favorite members of the Living Legends (The Grouch & Luckyiam) make for a dope lil duo. …
  • I still love H.E.R. (hip hop)

    12 Nov 2007, 03:58 by nate32x

    I love music that's just a hair on either side of hope and melancholy. No, it's not Bach that does it for me, although people tell me he's good. Its hip hop's vibrations that hit that emotional spot. I mean the whole massive genre, of course, not just whatever pigeonholed idea fans and non-fans alike may have about hip hop.

    Modern hip hop producers are allowed to creatively package aural input from any funky cranny of the universe, and good hip hop production continues to surprise with unique soundscapes. But, as much as I love great instrumental hip hop, the music alone can't quite do it. Beats alone are like seeing a fine female body part without the rest of the beautiful, intelligent, classy, confident, sexy woman attached.

    To really get my neurons firing, a hip hop song has to come with tapestries of lyrical styles woven throughout the track, like some kind of sick, crazy, funky, extraterrestrial producer-emcee mind meld. Good music drips with truth…