While relatively quiet in the social sphere, Dr. Strangelove has been working furiously in the laboratory. On October 13th, he will reveal his latest experiment to the world. Peep the preview below and connect with the Doc on Facebook and Twitter.
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Today’s rap music would not exist if not for albums like these
1.Wu-Tang Clan – 36 Chambers
Every member was great. RZA on the beats with the other members showing their
skill on the mic. The album has no cons. It set a standard for rap that not been seen.
No group can ever duplicate the Wu Tang style- no one has come close. It also helped
launch the Wu Tang solo albums.
“Protect Ya Neck”
“Can It Be All So Simple”
“Bring da Ruckus”
2. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Tribe’s third album continues to show off the ability to create fun songs with laid back
vibes. They still show material that is new, matured and has even greater production value.
Every Tribe Called Quest album is worth many listens, including Midnight Marauders.
“Oh My God”
3. Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
Doggystyle is easily a West Coast G Funk rap staple. With Dre beats, Snoop Dogg’s debut album makes a nonstop
rap funk listening experience. Snoop shows his skill in Doggystyle. It launches him to superstar
status. The haunting hooks mixed with Snoop’s sharp fluid delivery made the gagsta rap sound more accessible then ever.
“Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”
“Gin and Juice”
“Doggy Dogg World”
4. De La Soul – Bulhoone Mindstate
De La Soul’s third album shows how the have progressed and matured as a trio. They mix things up, while still containing the music that fans had grown to love. By Buhloone Mindstate they had mastered
the soul they always has had.
“Ego Trippin’ (Part Two)”
Souls of Mischief – 93 ’til Infinity
Masta Ace – Slaughtahouse
KRS-One – Return of the Boom Bap
Straight from Dr. Strangelove’s debut album comes the music video for the song “Why Not?”. Courtesy of AwesomeFoutzPictures.
This song, as well as the entire album, can be downloaded FREE on the site.
The 1990s were filled with greatness, and ’91 kicked it off with a bang
1. Ice Cube – Death Certificate
Cube tackles lists of political issues, addressing everyone from the police to white supremacists.
He reserves nothing for his best album. He also puts blame on black gangs for the problems of the
county. He goes deep- something most people wouldn’t expect from
“The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit”
“A Bird in the Hand”
“I Wanna Kill Sam”
“True to the Game”
“No Vaseline” (NWA Diss)
Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill
B-Real leads the all-Hispanic west coast group with great rhymes and unforgettable beats.
DJ Muggs leads the production with beats that are truly “Insane in the Brain”. The album
has song after song of chill music that is still in your face.
“How I Could Just Kill a Man”
“Hand on the Pump”
3. Geto Boys – We Can’t Be Stopped
Hip Hop needs groups like Geto Boys that never act too serious but still have great respect. They have
fun music that you can boom whereever you go. It also has the most hilarious album covers ever.
“Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
“Ain’t with Being Broke”
“Rebel Rap Family”
4. Del tha Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here
While his cousin Ice Cube was busy on the gangsta rap scene, Del was making a
foundation for what would become a alternative-hip-hop landscape. Del has skill beyond his cousin (Ice Cube)
but in the 91 album he was still finding his voice and forming a brand that is still alive today.
5. Main Source – Breaking Atoms
It is one the most important albums ever, of any genre. The techniques used are still being replicated today.
The sample heavy album highlights the production of itself. It is responsible for countless rap careers of the artists it has inspired.
“Scratch and Hit”
“PEace is Not a Word to Play”
“VAmos a Rapiar”
“Live at the BArbque”
“Roger Do his Thing”
6. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
De La Soul’s second album has a different feel and style while still staying true to the original sound.
The trio plays off each other to create another classic album.
“Oodles of O’s”
“My Brother’s a Basehead”
“Talkin’ bout hey Love”
“Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)”
Blue Spots (Instrumental)
The duo still provides solid tracks the boast commercial marketability and feel good vibes. like Rush. With guests of Pharrell Williamsof the Neptunes, and Travis Barker, along with appearances from Bun B, Ghostface Killah, Travis Barker, and Asher Roth the album has added appeal and added volume. The highlight is the outro song Summer Jam, partly because of The Neptune’s production and the fact that The Cool Kids put everything they have on it (as far as lyrical skill) to create their version of a perfect summer jam. Even without large success on the billboard, their songs still have mass appeal for ads, video games and in show music.
Showboating, now I’m all in the mix
Only toasting purp weed. Degrees in the high 80′s
‘Fore I even said “Hi ladies”
Said I seen you on Collins, The car you was driving
The lights turned on like eyelids
Fresh out the shower and her towel rolling up
I’m in the kitchen cooking lunch business done
Chopping onions turn sauces whipping up
Bar-B-Q’ing barracudas at resorts in Bermuda
She trying on that new bathing suit that she bought at the mall in the
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Here on Planet STRONGBONES, we love classic hip hop. Sometimes the best albums are overlooked or forgotten, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to jog your memory…
Listen To It!
In 1997, the Minnesota underground group released their debut “Overcast!” on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The emotion-packed flow of both Slug and Spawn coupled with the dark and distinctive production of DJ Ant create a specific and deliberate mood; Atmosphere injects their thought processes into your head and forces you to wear their mindset for 72 minutes.
The first track on Overcast! Is quite smartly chosen. Ant uses a dark classical sample to create a distinct channel for Slug’s ominous lyrics to flow through.
The mic, let me clutch it/ Thoughts take flight/ So fit Slug in your pipe, and take a puff kid
Slug is not afraid to boast, as most MCs do, but he does so with a methodic flow that is solely his own:
’Cause I can read an MC from front to back/ From the cover to the classified/ I pacified my mind with my rhyme skills/ I climb hills/ and leap, foolish twitch with a single bound/ Sending tingles down your spine, designed to swing and pound…
Slug continues to demonstrate his syballic abilities with his companion Spawn on the back-and-forth track “Multiples”
Ironic/ Most kids pale in comparison/ To my phonics, so come inhale some embarrassment
Even in the midst of Slug’s obvious MC talent, Spawn holds his own naturally on this album. It is of no question that he belongs on this record
Standout Song- “Scapegoat”
It’s in the water/ It’s in the air/ It’s in the meat/It’s indirect, indiscrete, it’s inconsistent, incomplete
The true gem of Overcast! is the track Scapegoat. Here, Atmosphere shows their ability to perform one the most important skills in true hip-hop: create a song with a theme. Ant creates the medieval mood with another wise sample choice, and Slug lyrically lays out all the common “Scapegoats” people use to excuse themselves, and provides the notion that it’s all bullshit.
It’s Bloods, Crips, fives, six, it’s stick up kids/ It’s christian conservative terrorists, it’s porno flicks
It’s the East coast, no it’s the West coast/ It’s public schools, it’s asbestos/ It’s mentholated, It’s techno
He concludes by seemingly indicating that the listener should stop using these “Scapegoats” as excuses.
It’s ain’t me, motherfucker, it ain’t me
I’m not sure if I would call Overcast! a defintite concept album, but it most certainly creates a particular mood that draws the listener in allows them to feel many of the same emotions the group members do. Listening, it is more than possible to close your eyes and visualize a harsh Minnesota winter with Overcast! as the musical backdrop.
Were this album to come out today, it would surely be regarded as a great triumph in the underground hip hop community. Given that it came out in 1995 however, this album shines as one of the most memorable hip hop debuts of all time.
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The most anticipated day of the year has arrived; Kanye West & Jay-Z’s latest effort dropped exclusively on iTunes early this morning. Since the release of HAM in January, it has certainly been the most talked about project in Hip Hop land.
The album takes off running No Church in the Wild, a rugged anthem to ferocious lifestyles filled with religious metaphors and verbiage. More striking than the lyrics, however, is the hypnotic rolling guitar riff that drives the 88 Keys/Kanye joint production. Frank Ocean also shines in the first of his two album appearances.
Watch the Throne continues the musical stampede with proceeding tracks featuring production by the likes of Q-Tip, Swiss Beats, the RZA, and the Neptunes. Lyrically, Jay and Kanye explore both the heights of braggadocio as well as the depths of their own emotion. On New Day, Kanye writes of his future son:
Don’t want him to be hated, all the time judged
Don’t be like your daddy that would never budge
And I’ll never let him ever hit a strip club
I learned the hard way, that ain’t the place to get love
Each gets his own share of boasting time, however. On the overwhelmingly soulful Otis, Jay showcases his classic Roman self-esteem: Photo shoot fresh, looking like wealth/ I’m ’bout to call the paparazzi on myself. The deluxe version closes with The Joy, a Pete Rock produced classic released last year in Kanye’s “G.O.O.D. Friday” collection. It’s a relief to see this song receive mainstream promotion; it is undeniably Jay and Kanye’s best track.
If the album has any low points, they would be Made in America and HAM. Made in America is well-worn lyrical territory over subpar production; HAM seems to be a track intended to get purchases from the learner’s permit segment of the population. Much of the album’s subject matter is tedious to long-time Hip Hop fans, many of which are bored with “Money” rhymes.
Despite the tiresome lyrical content, both Jay and Kanye’s delivery is on point and clever. They rhyme about the high life in a way that is unique from other rappers. Several of the the album’s tracks do have more meaningful lyrics though, such as “Murder to Excellence” and “The Joy”. Overall, this album absolutely qualifies as a classic. When the game’s two heaviest hitters collaborate on such a massive project, the result cannot be taken lightly.
Gotta Have It
LOLOLOL to White America, assassinate my character
Money matrimony, yeah, they tryna break the marriage up
Who gon’ act phonier? Who gon’ try to embarrass ya?
I’ma need a day off, I think I’ll call Ferris up
And if the day comes I only see him on the weekend
I just pray we was in love on the night that we conceived him
Promise to never leave him even if his mama tweakin’
Cause my dad left me and I promise never repeat him
Murder to Excellence
And said the church ain’t got enough room for all the tombs
It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from
I feel the pain in my city wherever I go
314 soldiers died in Iraq
509 died in Chicago
Following 2009′s Chamber Music, Legendary Weapons is a compilation of Wu-Tang and affiliates, minus GZA.
This album is just what Hip Hop needed in the summer of 2011. Legendary Weapons is a really not a Wu-Tang Clan record, but more like complication album with the Clan members solo songs. The entire album has a classic Wu Tang Clan vibe without their lead producer RZA, but that doesn’t mean the producing is GZA it is just that the second string producers producing do their best to imitate the GZA style. In the absence of the Genius, the other Clan members step up their game with the intricate lyricism that made them famous. Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon, U-God and Inspecta Deck bring all their game with lyrical skill and catchy sounds: Laidback beats are combined with tricky rhymes
The album’s downfall comes not only from the lack of the GZA, but also the RZA’s sagging performance. It’s common knowledge that the RZA works on many projects at once (Movies, soundtracks, etc.), but he has seemed to have lost the voracious hip hop hunger we’ve seen many times before. His performance was just sub-par throughout; His usual overflow of energy and tenacity is just not present..
Legendary Weapons only runs 37 minutes with 15 tracks; including 4 skits. The Wu Tang Clan is about the only group that can get away with this, seeing as they seem to put out a much greater number of projects than their peers. Sometimes it seems like a song might be watered down by lesser Wu affiliates (or non members), you’ll find that the MCs actually add a great deal to the record. For example, on 225 Rounds, Bronze Nazareth ups intensity of the vibe by more than a few notches.
Die hard Wu-Tang Clan fans may not consider this a real Wu-Tang Clan album because it does not have GZA, but after listening through you will find it does contain the essence the Wu.
The Black Diamonds
My finest hour, you sacrifice to a higher
Power. Fly from the tower, I fly sour
And raw powder, .40 cal give your pal a shower
Broken ankle, fuckin with the Wallabee Clarks
Got them bitches still screamin my name! (Whattup Starks?)
I’m a bone crusher, ox’ll split your face like a Dutch Master
No more mixes polar bears from Alaska
Revolutionary gangster, the will to kill
Everything up, my roots is steel
Do a big time march through the desert and shine
Let the seeds live free while we open the minds
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Thoughtcrime. by Dr. Strangelove is out now!!
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