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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

[Album] STATIK SELEKTAH - "#WhatGoesAround..."

Statik Selektah always comes through with the dope albums and to me his last project, "Extended Play", was pretty much his best one to me. Now the DJ/producer's new LP "#WhatGoesAround" has arrived and as usual it packs a highly impressive guest list. The usual suspects like Lil' Fame, Freddie Gibbs, Black Thought, Royce Da 5'9", Pharaohe Monch, Sean Price, Termanology, Reks, N.O.R.E. and many more are involved. Not only that but Statik and the Show Off gang have decided to release the album for a free stream via Spotify which you can check out below.

[Video] AZ - "Red Magic"

AZ's hot summer time vibe single "Red Magic" gets the visual treatment. I've dug this song all along, and the first video from "Doe Or Die II" of course means we're one step closer to an official release.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DOMINGO Ft. M.O.P. & GP100 - "We Put It Down"

Always ill New York producer Domingo is finally releasing his new album, "Same Game, Different Rules". Be sure to support Domingo by purchasing the CD from Amazon and pump up the volume when pressing play on the video above - featuring M.O.P. and GP100 with DJ Cazz on the cuts.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIAMOND D Ft. Pete Rock - "Only Way 2 Go"

Dope ish from Diamond D and Pete Rock. The "Diam Piece LP" is coming September 30!

BILAL - "Sirens II"

Bilal's new single "Sirens II" is another winner from the soul whiz, working as a sequel to Adrian Younge's "Sirens". Matter of fact the track is produced by Younge, together with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who is working together for the entire project. Amazing news!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

[2xEP] DJ MUGGS Presents CrossMyHeartHopeToDie


Wow, this kind of came out of nowhere as far as I am concerned but a new project spearheaded by DJ Muggs is more than welcome to say the least. His new collective calls themeselves CrossMyHeartHopeToDie and aims to combine music and art direction to the fullest. Behind the musical aspect of the group we find Muggs (production, turntables), Andrew Kline from LA Hardcore band Strife on guitar, and singer and emcee Brevi, with audio/visual technician Sean Bonner rounding out the crew. Add to this a group of creative directors responsible for assuring the music getting the proper visual effects, making them a true multimedia phenomenon. 

Having released two EP:s as of yet, CrossMyHeartHopeToDie's sound isn't exactly hip-hop based though fans of Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky and DJ Shadow should find something to like. Personally, I have just finished listening to both sets, "Hope to Die EP" and "Vita E Morte", and I can say that I am definitely looking forward to the official full-length debut which according to a new interview with Muggs is half done as of now. He also reveals that a new Cypress Hill LP is in the works and is 60% done, which is great news as it's coming from Muggs which should mean that he's a lot more involved this t0ime around. Be sure to check out the interview @ YourMusicToday, visit CMHTD @ Soundcloud or iTunes.



LL COOL J Ft. Raekwon & Murda Mook - "I'm Nice"

No matter how much wack albums LL Cool James keeps churning out he's always gonna be a true rap hero for me. Not only being responsible for two of the greatest hip-hop LP:s of all time in "Radio" and "Mama Said Knock You Out", his "B.A.D." album is generally recognized as a gem but I would make a strong case for the very overlooked "14 Shots to the Dome" and "Mr. Smith" as well (I will probably make an article about why the former really is a strong project).

However, there's no question that the majority of music LL puts out these days are pure garbage, despite his talents as an emcee, so whenever a banger is released it's always interesting. On the second single from his upcoming "G.O.A.T. 2" (!!), the Queens veteran hooks up with Raekwon and Murda Mook with Ron Browz on the beat.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THE REGIMENT Ft. Sadat X & El Da Sesei - "Raise Up"

Damn, there's just a whole lot of ill shit droping today, but I promise y'all this is the last one for today but this NEED to get the attention of as many people as possible. Detroit grou The Regiment is another powerhouse underground duo signed to HiPNOTT Records that three years ago delivered their last album "The Panic Button". In 2014 they are preparing a follow-u and the first single "Raise Up" sounds very promising, especially considering the contributions from The X-Man and the Sensei. Stay tuned for more information on the new album!

P.SO The Earth Tone King - "Constellations" Remix

Kevin Nottingham's HiPNOTT Records has quickly proven to be a true mark of true quality music, and with one of his latest signees P.So The Earth Tone King the booming funk keeps coming. The hard hitting beat for On Planets remix of his new single "Constellations" marries a dominating bassline, a thuming rhythm track, with some funky synthesizer and percussion work that's a perfect fit for P.So's grandiose flow. "Constellations" is the latest single from the HiPNOTT projet "Gatway to Greatness/Constellations" which is out now. Cop the physical CD @ UGHH or stream/cop the digital @ Bandcamp.

THE BLACK OPERA - "No Water"

The mysterious The Black Opera, the Mello Music Group crew, and while not all that much is not known for certain about them they got a knack for interesting, alternative hip-hop. In 2012 they released their debtut full-length "Enter The Mission" which saw the outfit collaborate with producers and rhymeeslingers like French beatmaker Astronote, Nick Speed, 14KT, DJ Rhettmatic. A few months later they followed u with "Libretto", somewhat of a rush job if you ask me, but now they are releasing their more real sophomore effort. Produced by Wajeed, Talll Black Guy, 14KT, and more, with a guest aperance by Georgia Anne Muldrow. Sounds promising as hell, and here's the first single "No Water" , produced by Jansor J - enjoy and stay tuned for the full thing!

[EP] DJ SHADOW - "The Liquid Amber EP"

I'm real ecited to announce that DJ Shadow has just released a free three track EP that's as experimental as his more recent music. A lot of hip-hop nerds claims that Shadow completely lost it after his masterpiecces "Entroducing" and its spiritual successor "Pre-Emptive Strike". While those might of course be his best work, Shadow still can make extremely interesting music - his last solo album "The Less You Know, The Better" was one of the strongest albums of 2010 and had incredible replay value. This new EP, "The Liquid Amber", is filled with live instrumentation, obscure samples, chaotic arrangements and powerful drums with a production that evokes the old Rick Rubin records where he prefered to be credited as "reduced by" or "remix ruined by....". I wouldn't say it's a masterpiece but it gives a good taste of what's to come from a full-length DJ Shadow album in 2014. The ten track EP is made up of two new songs ("Ghost Down"; "Mob") a long with a noisey to ambient power remix of Machinedrum's Six Drums.
          Also I haave a strong feeling that this is a grower. with each listen so keep hitting that rewind button..'Nuff talk, check it out for youself below, but be sure to bang this MF LOUD!

MIDAZ The BEAST / Murdoc / Olli Ox Grill / Al Mighty - "Hodge Podge"

We here at The Lost Tapes have been huge fans and supporters of MidaZ The BEAST for years, all the way back to his early mixtapes though I really feel that he came into his own with "LOOPS" and more recently "AU: Another Universe" and his "New #52" series (whatever happened to that by the way?). Here the Oakland monster gets busy on a posse cut produced by TCOR (The Custodian of Records), sharing the microphone with Murdoc, Al Mighty and Ollie Ox Grill. The instrumental can be found on TCOR's free beat tape "Nobody Got Rhymes For That"  - grab it here.

[Article] Celebrating "WU-SYNDICATE" 15 years later

Remember back in the mid- to late '90s when pretty much everything with the Wu-Tang logo on it was the equivallent of high quality hip-hop? The best example of this is the first Wu-Tang Killa Beez' compilation, "The Swarm" (1998), which featured some choice cuts by the Wu generals like "Execute Them", "Cobra Clutch" and "Justice For All" but the fattest jams came from relatively unknown emcees and groups such as A.I.G. (Darkim Be Allah and Allah Wise), Royal Fam/Timbo King, Ruthless Bastards, the recording debut of Black Knights and North Star (including the lyrically fierce Holocaust), Tha Beggaz, Cappadonna and the duo Wu-Syndicate whose heartfelt "Where Was Heaven" was one of the LP:s most memorable tracks. The majority of these artists, including Killarmy, Sunz Of Man, Killah Priest, Shyheim and La The Darkman, released high quality albums in the course of the next two years; many which still to this day holds up as timeless front-to-back bangers. A long with a flood of releases from GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Bobby Digital, U-God, Inspectah Deck, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Red N Meth between '98-'99 the amount of product carrying the Wu logo basically overflooded the market and had the casual hip-hop head lose interest. Many of these albums have, however, been reevaluated and reappraised, proving to stand the test of time.


One of the most overlooked albums of this period, even amongst the hardcore Wu-Tang Clan fanatics is Joe Mafia and Myalansky's self-titled debut as "Wu-Syndicate". The 18 track album featured a gritty hardcore sound, with heavy basslines and agressive drum programming reminiscent of a cross of '97:s Wu-Tang Clan and mid-'90s Mobb Deep - the latter both in sonics and lyrics. Executive produced by The RZA, with two tracks produced by Wu-Elementz beat head Allah Mathematics, and engineered by RZA's right hand studio man Nolan "Dr. No" Moffitte. But that's pretty much where the real Wu-Tang connection stops; despite their name and the album being released on Wu-Tang Records "Wu-Syndicate" is really a family affair. "Having the name of Wu is another but we are just another Wu-Tang, we have our own distinctive sound and style", says Myalanski in '99. "We're not a gimmicky group we get inspiration from our real life," he continues. Hailing from Virginia, the duo that became known as Wu-Syndicate actually started out as a hip-hop trio sharpening their skills in their hometown of VA under the name Chryme Syndicate. In fact in 1996 the group self-released their 12" "Chryme Syndicate" BW "Where Wuz Heaven" on International Chryme Syndicte (the labels only release). With both sides produced by DJ Devastator, caught the ear off RZA, Divine or Power, and the group was instantly signed and started work on their debut album for the label.

From the group's original inccarnation the group officially consisted of Joe Mafia, Myalansky and their friend and fellow emcee Napoleon (Corey Hart). Add to that the fact that already from the start they built a strong musical relationship with local DJ and producer DJ Devastator (David Walker). Even when it came time to record the album in early 1998, Napoleon was still a part of the group and participated in several sessions, recording verses for close to half the songs that eventually would end up on the full-length. Unfortunately, only months after the deal with Wu-Tang Publishing went through, Hart was incarcerated on an outstanding charge from 1997 and thus could not contribute any more to the album, resulting in the group becoming a duo for the actual album. However, Napoleon played a similiar role on "Wu-Syndicate" to that Raekwon played on Ghost's "Ironman" or "Bulletproof Wallets"


However, you could say that to be fair Wu-Syndicate was for all intent and purposes still a trio considering that their original producer DJ Devastator played a huge role in making that record made. Not only did he produce the most well-known jams like "Where Was Heaven", "Lutunza Hit" and "Thug War but he oversaw the album, he also single handedly provided the music for 12 out of the LP:s 17 joints. The other cuts were handled by the aforementioned Allah Mathematics, E. Dred and three traccks by Smokin Joe. But there's no question that it's DJ Devastator that set the sonical tone and vibe for the album, and he no doubt did a great job. Strangely enough, despite the record selling gold in the US pretty much all the main players involved pretty much dissapeared all together from the scene. DJ Devastator did a pretty ill track onn Raekwon's sophomore '99 effort called "Real Life" , Myalansky and Joe Mafia both released respective solo projects on the low-tip around 2008 - two albums that really didn't have much to offer even the most hardcore fan of the album this article is about. But in fact in 2010 the two reunited as Wu-Syndicate again, albeit without both Napoleon and DJ Devasator, on the full-length "Gremlinz". I haven't personally listened to it yet but from the reviews and articles I've read about it, it seems the reception has been quite lukewarm. I think I'll stay clear off this one and just remember these guys for the still overlooked boom banger that is 1999:s "Wu-Syndicate"


It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since this undrrated Wu-Tang LP first hit stores. You can stream the entire album @ YouTube or Spotify, though I strongly suggest you pick up a copy over @ Amazon or iTunes if you still don't own it. Below you can listen to the first Wu-Syndicate joint recorded after the group's signing with the Wu, a collaboration with Master Foul called "From The Grips". The slow piano rolls blending with the thumping drum programming makes for a perfect match for Myalansky's.Mafia's and Master Foul's thugged out lyrics. I also uploaded the classic remix of perhaps The Syndicate's most famous single - "Bust A Slug" which features Ghostface Killah joining his Killa Beez brethren for the one and only time. Although Ghost would soon reuse his verse on the US version of "Supreme Clientele" - but who cares, the verse sounds just amazing together with Myalansky and Joe's thugged out rhymes and Smokin' Joe's headbreaking boom bounce. Let's hope for another Wu-Syndicate album with DJ Devastator and Napoleon and a real dope sound again, but I'm definitely holding my fingers crossed. At least they have one outstanding album, which is more than I can say for many highly praised hip-hop artists.

WU-SYNDICATE x MASTA FOUL - "From The Grips"
WU-SYNDICATE Ft. GHOSTFACE, TRIFE, M.M.O. & ILL KNOB - "Bust A Slug" [Remix Dirty]

[Album] RAS KASS - "Goldyn Child"

More than ten years past its incarnation Ras Kass finally is giving his much bootlegged "Goldyn Child" album an official release. Albeit only a digital release via Ras' Bandcamp page at this point it's good to see that the LP is at last given it's proper due; mastered and all. While it's not my favorite project from this lyrical giant, the 18 track album has its fair share of bangers, including collaborations with Pharoahe Monch, DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Busta Rhymes, Hi-Tek, Rockwilder, Xzibit, Scott Storch. Not to mention loads of ill verses from the main artist, but that's a given. Be sure to give this one a spin and why not throw up a 10 for a HQ download while you're at it?

STATIK SELEKTAH / POSDNOUS / BUN B / JARED EVANS - "God Knows"

Statik Selektah releases his new single "God Knows" in dedication to comedian and actor Robin Williams who tragically passed away yesterday (rest in peace). The track features an impressive cast of guest emcees which include De La's Posdnous, UGK's Bun B and Jared Evans who gets busy over a steady Statik banger. "WhatGoesAround" drops August 19.