September 28, 2010
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-9-26)

  1. Prodigy (45)
  2. Curren$y (29)
  3. Ghostface Killah (14)
  4. The Roots (13)
  5. Nas (11)

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September 21, 2010
Q-Tip, The Roots, Curren$y & Erykah Badu Live in Chicago Videos

Q-Tip w/The Roots & Curren$y - Lets Ride (Live Chicago) from Cam Be on Vimeo.

The Roots w/ Erykah Badu - Star/You Got Me (Live Chicago) from Cam Be on Vimeo.

Yes, this really did happen! Live from the Hennessy Artistry event in Chicago this past Saturday.

video by Cam Be

September 21, 2010
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2010-9-19)

  1. Ghostface Killah (29)
  2. Vic Spencer & Sulaiman (13)
  3. Kendrick Lamar (10)
  4. The Roots (9)
  5. Jay Dee (8)

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August 26, 2010
10 Word Album Reviews For Summer 2010 Hip-Hop Releases

Curren$y - Pilot Talk

Production by: SkiBeatz, Nesby Phips & Monsta Beatz

Notable Features: Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Mikey Rocks

Dope Tracks: Audio Dope II, The Day, Roasted

Review: Pretty Dope. Not quite what I expected. Great beats though.

Rick Ross - Teflon Don

Production by: Kanye West, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, NO ID, Clark Kent, Lex Luger

Notable Features: Kanye West, Cee Lo, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, T.I., Diddy, Gucci Mane, Drake

Dope Tracks: Maybach Music 3, B.M.F., MC Hammer

Review: Overhyped. Crazy production. Diddy joint made me turn it off.

Bun B - Trill OG

Production by: DJ Premier, Play-n-Skillz, Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Boi-1da, Steve Below

Notable Features: 2Pac, Pimp C, Drake, Gucci Mane, Twista, Young Jeezy, T-Pain

Dope Tracks: Let ‘Em Know, Just Like That, Put It Down

Review: Typical Bun. Hella features. Not 5 mics but not awful.

Drake - Thank Me Later

Production by: Boi-1da, 40, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, NO ID, Timbaland

Notable Features: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Alicia Keys, TI, Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj

Dope Tracks: Fancy, Miss Me, Unforgettable

Review: Very R&Bish but that was expected. Grew on me. Decent.

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here

Production by: Big K.R.I.T.

Notable Features: Devin The Dude, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, Smoke DZA

Dope Tracks: Country Shit, Glass House, Children of the World

Review: Dope. Reminiscent of classic UGK, Outkast & 8Ball & MJG.

8Ball & MJG - Ten Toes Down

Production by: Drumma Boy, Nitti, David Banner

Notable Features: Young Dro, Bun B, Lil Boosie, Soulja Boy, T.I., Slim Thug

Dope Tracks: Bring It Back, Ten Toes Down, Fuck U Mean

Review: Amazing single. Got some decent joints. Not consistent enough though.

Stat Quo - Statlanta

Production by: Sha Money XL, Needlz, Boi-1da

Notable Features: Marsha Ambrosious, Devin The Dude, Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn

Dope Tracks: Welcome Back, Success, Penthouse Condo, Catch Me

Review: Surprisingly quality.  Makes me wonder about the Shady deal fallout.

The Roots - How I Got Over

Production by: ?uestlove

Notable Features: John Legend, Phonte, Blu, Truck North

Dope Tracks: Doin’ It Again, The Day, Dear God 2.0

Review: Possible album of the year candidate. Expect lots of Grammys.

Paul Wall - Heart of a Champion

Production by: Travis Barker, Beanz n Cornbread

Notable Features: Raekwon, Jay Electronica, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Yelawolf, Jim Jones, Kid Sister, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Lil Keke, Devin The Dude

Dope Tracks: Live It, Showin’ Skillz, Smoke Everyday

Review: Weak. Forgettable.  Jay Electronica is featured on it. C’mon Paul!

Murs & 9th Wonder - Fornever

Production by: 9th Wonder

Notable Features: Kurupt, Suga Free, 9thmatic

Dope Tracks: Fornever, Let Me Talk, Vikki Veil

Review: Easy listen.  Murs & 9th always work well together. Dope.

Freddie Gibbs - Str8 Killa

Production by: Blended Babies, Block Beattaz, Beatnick & K-Salaam, DJ Burn One

Notable Features: Bun B, Dan Auerbach, Chuck Inglish, Chip Tha Ripper, Jay Rock, BJ The Chicago Kid

Dope Tracks: National Anthem, Personal OG, Oil Money

Review: Well put together. Great gangsta rap EP. Gibbs will win.

B.o.B. - The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Production by: B.o.B., The Smeezingtons

Notable Features: Eminem, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, Janelle Monae, Playboy Tre, Bruno Mars, Hayley Williams

Dope Tracks: Bet I, Past My Shades, The Kids

Review: Disappointing.  I grew less fond of the album each listen.

All albums that were reviewed were all released for sale either in stores or on iTunes this summer.  I skipped over Eminem and Fat Joe’s albums due to the fact that I had not listened to them because I personally can’t stand either artist at this point in time.  If I have forgotten anyone else  let me know and I’ll gladly review their album in a part 2.  Also I limited the dope tracks to 3, in some albums cases damn near every track could’ve been considered and on some I really had to stretch just to get three.

April 3, 2010

This is a compilation I made a few days back when the weather broke and I was able to hop on my board for an extended period of time for the first time this year.  This group of songs is very instrumental heavy with sounds coming from underground super producers MF DOOM, Madlib and Jay Dilla. Of the hip-hop songs with lyrics actually on them my choices were quite schizophrenic. This mix features a dark somber side with music from RZA & The Gravediggaz, Cannibal Ox & KiD CuDi which is balanced with some more lighthearted music from Curren$y, Mos Def & Dom Kennedy.  I also sprinkled in a little Cody Chesnutt for an eccentric R&B flavor which I am sure you’ll enjoy. There is NO MIX on this because this was kinda a spur of the moment type deal, and I wasn’t gonna bug any of my DJ friends and ask them to mix 71 songs for me. I sequenced this myself though, which was pretty hard due to the amount of tracks, but I gotta say it plays out pretty well considering there is no mix. This is kinda a trial run before I start putting together my 4/20 mixtape which will be titled Reefer Madness. The track listing and download are below the jump

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April 2, 2010
The Roots: Dilla Joints Mixtape

New Mixtape From The Roots covering Dilla Joints, this is just what I need, I been on Dilla heavy recently… tracklisting and download after the jump

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