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"A setback is just a setup for a comeback." --from Bebe Moore Campbell's "72 Hour Hold"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"Heaven or Hell" by Georgia Anne Muldrow f/Black Milk, Kool G Rap and LMNO

Georgia Anne Muldrow has been affiliated with the the illustrious Stones Throw set. Good things jump off over there. Peanut Butter Wolf. Madlib. Ohno. J Dilla. And now not only does she have a foot in over at Ubiquity, but she's doing her own thing w/the Mellow Music Group. Yes, yes, yall ... Georgia Anne's in a good place; the past paving the way for the present.

I dropped a blog post about her a few weeks ago on my other blog about the track "Roses" w/Mos Def. Now some of her latest project is out there. It's a collabor w/Declaime (Dudley Perkins in disguise), "SomeOthaShip" (apparently, there's a "Heaven and Hell" EP, which is a prelude to "SomeOthaShip"; stay with me now ... and yeah, I know about "Kings Ballad" too. It's obvious that Georgia's keepin quite busy.

One of the tracks on the "SomeOthaShip" project is "Heaven and Hell". The mix of characters involved tells you something about the ensuing dichotomy: Black Milk, Kool G Rap and LMNO. It's true that I was nearly immediately turned off by the mention of both the words 'ho' and 'bitch within the first 20 seconds. I mean, give me a chance to enjoy the track first before you startle me w/ridiculousness. Whatever. I'm not adverse to the words being slung around, but at least consider slinging them w/purpose; show some depth of character. Damn. Flippant use of any derogatory term is a cop out ... And now I'm out of focus, right? Or am I? The track is called "Heaven or Hell" ...

Lucky me, I did not tune out all together. Outside of the first verse by Kool G Rap, the other contributors make good use of their time on this track. As a matter of fact, the track has a good dose of positivity.

I could go on, but you know you want to hear it for yourself, now don't you hip hoppers? kfox.

Download Georgia Anne's and Declaime's "Heaven or Hell" from Mediafire.
Check out the track "Get Up" produced by Oddisee.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Read a Book" by Bomani

The song "Read a Book" by Bomani is not new. It's not quite new to me either, but I am just getting around to sharing it. At first I thought, this would be the kind of song that I'd listen to once or twice, however, I just keep coming back to it.

It might be too harsh for the meek and those who are 'hood sensitive' because it is not radio friendly, but the message is strong. Love the way he mocks Lil Jon! Well, the song is a mockery in itself. Love the craftiness of it all. You have to listen to the entire track.
So go get your knowledge on hip hoppers, there's a message in the music. kfox.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Soul, Funk Jazz, Hip Hop

A friend posted this link on Facebook. I saw the words 'soul', 'hip hop' and 'old school'. That combination never fails.
It's fifty some minutes of beats w/some old school funk and hip hop mixed in. You'll like it. You'll like it because it's free and it'll be worth the effort to download it.

It's all good hip hoppers. And last I checked, good is better than bad. kfox.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Mos Def "The Ecstatic"

I've been meaning to do a review of Mos Def's "The Ecstatic" for the past few months. Let's not be cynical in my lateness to this project. I mean, "The Ecstatic" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album. That spotlight has come and gone ... it is what it is. However, as a result of my inability to get a review posted, many, many others have covered the ground on this one.

So that leaves me to point you in the right direction for information as it relates to "The Ecstatic". What I will say about this project is that I love the diversity. There is a mix of genre's represented here.
I was attracted to "Roses" right away. Georgia Anne Muldrow's voice is immediately identifiable. She also produced the track. Seems 'The Academy' took notice of "Casa Bey", but unfortunately, Mos lost out to Jay-Z's "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)".

If all else fails hip hoppers, check the vid for "History". That's a collabo w/Talib. Black Star doin it so well. kfox.

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