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