Friday, August 26, 2011

Rhymes & Life: Lauryn Hill to Release New LP in Feb 2012

While this news is extremely exciting, I take this with a grain of salt. And even if she does come out with an LP next year, if her live shows are an indication, she doesnt have the same pipes as she did on her classic debut.

But let's put all pessimism aside, Miss Hill is one of the most talented artists of the past 20 years, and a new album would be awesome to hear.

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According to Record Executives at Island Def Jam, Lauryn Hill signed a 3 album contract with the highly successful label. After more than 10 years out of the spotlight Lauryn Hill has returned to the booth laying down tracks for her comeback album. Lauryn Hill as stated in many interviews that the reason for her Absence following the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (one of the biggest selling rap albums of all time) was the miscommunication and direction of her previous record label. Lauryn Hill mentioned that she was anxious to release a sophmore solo album but plans were halted because of the direction that her record label Columbia wanted her to take.

“This time the album will go where I want it to go.” says Lauryn Hill about her comeback album. Lauryn Hill also goes on to say about the rise of hip-hop music since her departure from the scene 10 years ago ” I feel a great deal of shame listening to where Hip-Hop has gone. The industry is filled with talented young artist who are thirsty for success but their talent gets overshadowed by the label’s efforts to make everyone sound ignorant.” Lauryn Hill promises that her album will be a reflection of who she really is and her life growing up, the album will have the same truths as her Diamond album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill“. “I know it’s been a minute but everything happens for a reason. This time is the right time and the wait for the fans will be all worth it. Lauryn Hill exclaims about her comeback album.

Lauryn Hill has reached out to producers such as Kanye West, and Saleem Remi who were more than honored to be apart of Lauryn’s comeback album. Rumors have also surfaced that former band mate Wyclef maybe featured and producing of her tracks. So are you guys ready to hear Lauryn Hill return to the music scene. The album is rumored to be titled “Redemption.”Lauryn Hill‘s comeback album is scheduled to be released February 2012.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Rhymes: Apathy - Honkey Kong

So Apathy released the best titled album of the year, Honkey Kong on Tuesday. Apathy, who pokes fun at his whiteness on the album, ironically has one of the least white-sounding voices in hip hop. Apathy has it all on this record, hilarious punchlines, phenomenal story telling, powerful battleraps, and just all around great hip hop jams all over consistently solid production. Kong is easily one of the year's best releases, and should not be over looked.

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Apathy is preparing to take his career to another level with the release of his third-solo LP, Honkey Kong, which was released today (I have included a retail link below). The Connecticut emcee and The Get Busy Committee (Apathy, Scoop Deville and Ryu released Uzi Does It in October 2010) and AOTP member has undeniably crafted his best project to date and it includes production from Apathy, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Statik Selektah, Evidence, Da Beatminerz and Teddy Roxpin (Mac Miller) among others. Guest appearances on Honkey Kong include Xzibit, Slaine, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Ill Bill, Celph Titled, Action Bronson, General Steele (Smif N Wessun) and Mad Lion.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rhymes: Chico & the Man Preview

Finally Kno and Tone shed a little light on their up coming album. The "underground Detox" has been rumored to be released since 2003, and we finally have a date which is 12/13/11. I'm sorely disappointed I was unable to attend the QN5 Megashow in New York, and I decided next year, I will be a college graduate and I will not miss another QN5 Megashow.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rhymes: Blu - My Sunshine (music video)

My Sunshine | Blu feat Nia Andrews from aaronisnotcool on Vimeo.

And another smooth west coast late summer jam from another California favorite, Blu. This is the lead single from the long-awaited major label debut, No York! This is probably the best track I've heard from the project thus far.

Blu will be releasing an official version of his Jesus LP (under the name B, presumably due to record label conflicts) on August 23, get a copy here.

Rhymes: Evidence - "Same Folks (ft. Fashawn)" (Music Video)

Here's the 2nd offering from Ev's much anticipated Rhymesayers debut. On the laid back, summer vibe soul beat, the Dialate People goes back and forth with another one of my favorite up-and-comers from the left coast, Fashawn. The music video is also pretty awesome, as it shows the 2 rappers debut a new song the old fashion way, playing it for people on the streets (as opposed to spamming your Twitter feed).

Cats & Dogs 9/27

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rhymes: A Message from Evidence (Video)

Finally one of the most anticipated releases of the year, Evidence's RSE debut, Cats & Dogs will hit shelves 9/27. I will also be seeing Evidence (along with Blueprint and Atmosphere) next week in Cleveland.