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Old 01-10-2012, 05:16 PM   #641
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I actually don't have one, to be honest! Heard it twice, and while the arrangements are unorthodox and the production dry (generally the way I like it, being into east coast underground), not many of the tracks hooked me in. The lyrics stick to the abstract, but I didn't observe the MCs having particularly great flow. I think the album is worth hearing because there isn't much out there like it, but I don't consider that factor to be the greatest in determining quality.

Saw them live as well, and after starting 15 minutes late, they delivered a set more reliant on a laptop than charisma...the dude making the beats kept looking down mid-rhyme, and it was really distracting.
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Missed your chance to get me into hip-hop.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:30 PM   #643
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Haha, there's better abstract hip-hop out there than Shabazz Palaces that I would feel more comfortable recommending. If you want a comfortable foundation for understanding the depth and variety of hip hop beats, look no further than Madlib's Shades of Blue, which crafts the Blue Note catalog into a beautiful instrumental hip hop album all its own. From there, his work with Madvillain isn't so much the mother of abstract hip-hop as it is the Michael Jordan of it.

Also, Dalek is mindblowing simply for their skill at merging shoegaze, black metal, ambient and hip-hop into one sound.
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If you want a comfortable foundation for understanding the depth and variety of hip hop beats, look no further than Madlib's Shades of Blue, which crafts the Blue Note catalog into a beautiful instrumental hip hop album all its own.
See, now this is the sort of thing that would interest me. I'll look into it. I think that the genre has a lot to offer musically, but the lyrical content almost always discourages me.
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Personally yup I think you'd get a kick out of Outkast's ATLiens. I remember you saying you liked Aquemini, the track, from my DI list, and ATLiens has those sort of slow, hypnotic beats (plus a more grounded, less postural set of lyrics) in spades.
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Yo, Cobbler, check this shit out:

Umm, hell to the motherfucking yes. Probably a little too long, but if the rest of the album's anything like that I need to hear it immediately.

It also seems like it's a disgrace I am yet to hear any Madlib or Madlib/Madvillany
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Oh, it's ALL like that. And it's one of the longer tracks, if that bothered you at all. The album is like 76 minutes long, but it flies by because every track is baller as hell.

Pete Rock is right up there with RZA, DJ Premier, Kanye and Madlib in my pantheon of great hip-hop producers.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:14 AM   #649
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Mecca and the Soul Brother seems to be the only available anywhere in the world (Amoeba doesn't even have the other two used!!) so I guess I'll have to buy that and illegally download the others.

Speaking of CL Smooth, he appears on Raekwon's new mixtape, Unexpected Victory.



It's pretty good. Definitely a few really good tracks. Mobb Deep and Busta Rhymes also appear. Production's pretty sweet in spots.

Anyone know anything about Jean Grae? Saw her open for Pharaohe Monch who opened for GZA and she was pretty fucking awesome.

Rick Ross' new mixtape also got an 8.2 from p4k. Pretty tempted to check it out.
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Mecca and the Soul Brother seems to be the only available anywhere in the world (Amoeba doesn't even have the other two used!!) so I guess I'll have to buy that and illegally download the others.
You're doing well picking up the debut, both that and Main Ingredient are dope. As a matter of fact, I might prefer the former.
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Schoolboy Q got BNM'd on p4k. Cassie has been passionately singing his praises on Facebook.
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Travis and I were talking about this earlier. May give it a spin later.
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I have no idea why the albums that follow De La Soul is Dead get overlooked. This is as dope as ever.
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Haven't got around to them yet.

Honestly, I didn't really like the Schoolboy Q record. Don't see myself going back to it. Only liked three or four, the ones with the more chilled, spacier production (Grooveline, My Homie). Lyrics sounded pretty cliche in a lot of parts though I admit I didn't listen to closely.
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The new Big KRIT mixtape is very strong. He's got a lot of soul, and I like that.

Since mixtapes are free, here's a fucking download link:

Big K.R.I.T. - 4Eva N A Day - Cinematic Music Group

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Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q Sign to Interscope | News | Pitchfork

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New El-P

First single is up there too. Shit's pretty cray.
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I was pretty damn disappointed by Return to the 36 Chambers The Dirty Version. Like, really disappointed.
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Other than Shimmy Ya and Brooklyn Zoo I find that album completely unlistenable. Actually, I think it's a testament to Rza's ability as a producer that he was able to patch together something semi-coherent out of Dirt Dawg's bullshit ramblings.
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