7L & Esoteric x Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) CZARFACE 2.19.2013 (Brick)
Wu-Tang Clansman Inspectah Deck first collaborated with Boston area duo 7L & Esoteric back in 1999 on the track “Speaking Real Words”. Almost 15 years later, 7L & Esoteric teamed up with Rebel INS to craft what is hands down going to be regarded as one of the best releases of 2013 with CZARFACE. DJ 7L handled the brunt of the production with help from Spada4 on six jawns and the legendary DJ Premier even contributed one track (“Let It Off”). This brutal 14 song set of bravado laced boom bap is just what the doctor ordered. Hardcore fans demanded more and they go it.
CZARFACE features guest bars from Ghostface Killah (Wu Tang Clan), Roc Marciano (The UN), Vinnie Paz (Jedi Mind Tricks & AOTP), Oh No (Gangrene & The Professionals), Action Bronson, Cappadonna (Wu Tang Clan) & Mr. MFN Exquire. From the bars, beats and down to the cover art & CD packaging this entire project is top flight. Cop it from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH or Get On Down right now.
MED x Blu x Madlib The Burgundy EP 2.19.2013 (BangYaHead Entertainment)
Talk about flying under the radar! MED, Blu (whose album NO YORK will finally see a physical release in March) and Madlib dropped a collaborative EP last week and not many cats were up on it. When you have Madlib (arguably the closest thing to Dilla we have) on the boards with Georgia Anne Muldrow on the assist it’s a must have regardless. MED’s last LP Classic was dope and Blu consistently makes good material so The Burgundy EP is a no-brainer…provided you knew it existed. You can cop it right now from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats or UGHH.
Gensu Dean x Planet Asia Abrasions 2.26.2013 (Mello Music Group)
Texas’ own master of the SP1200 Gensu Dean joined forces with West Coast avenger Planet Asia and the end result is 17 tracks of pure uncut raw flowcaine in the guise of the Mello Music Group release Abrasions. Gensu Dean and Planet Asia alone are a formidable duo but when combined with the Gold Chain Military, Tragedy Khadafi, David Banner, AA Rashid, Rogue Venom, Twin Gambino (Infamous Mobb), Killa Kali and others things take a turn for the lyrically lethal. You can cop Abrasions from iTunes, Amazon, Fat Beats, UGHH or stream it before you purchase it from the Mello Music Group Bandcamp page.
Ill Bill The Grimy Awards 2.26.2013 (Uncle Howie/Fat Beats)
The legendary Ill Bill follows up last year’s La Coka Nostra LP Masters Of The Dark Arts with his first solo set in years, The Grimy Awards. Ill Bill employed a platoon of producers to create the foundations for his lyrical constructs that include Pete Rock, Large Professor, DJ Premier, DJ Muggs, Psycho Les (The Beatnuts), El-P, Ayatollah, MoSS and himself amongst others. The Grimy Awards lives up to its title featuring guest bars from Lil’ Fame (M.O.P.), OC (D.I.T.C.), Cormega, El-P, Jedi Mind Tricks, Q-Unique (The Arsonists), Meyhem Lauren and Shabazz The Disciple. You can cop it from iTunes (but wait for iTunes to fix it first), Amazon, Fat Beats and UGHH. Don’t sleep…
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