Friday, December 24, 2010

#NewMusicFriday - 12/24/10 Edition


So it's Christmas Eve 2010 and I've got some presents for you... Yup, that's right - It's this week's edition of #NewMusicFriday! (the best new hip hop singles from the past week along with album recommendations and videos). Highlights this week include an incredible single from Seattle rapper Macklemore and his talented producer Ryan Lewis about a baseball announcer from their city "The Town". Also, check out "I Did It To Myself" by Ryu with a beat by Apathy that conjures visions of Charlie Brown Christmas. Very appropriate for this time of year. Stream the 9 songs below or download the whole bunch at the link up top. There's so much good hip hop coming out these days - you just have to know where to look to find it. The rappers and producers that I feature on #NewMusicFriday are keeping the genre alive and healthy. Bump this music and come back every week!

#NMF Songs
Doc Ish - She Did It Again (Feat. Crooked I And Billy Danze)
Family Business - Sunshine (Ft. Skeme & Coolroy)
Fashawn - In the Rain (Ft. Bravo & Grafik) (Prod. By Hecktik)
Joe Budden - Ordinary Love Shit Pt. 1
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - My Oh My
MindsOne - Break (Prod. Kev Brown)
Rapper Big Pooh - Zone Out
Ryu - I Did It To Myself (Prod. Apathy)
SonReal - Clap For Me (Prod. Chanes)

Video
SonReal - I Tried (Video)
-Canadian MC SonReal rapping over Asher Roth's "I Love College" beat - trying to wrap his head around the importance of individuality in rap music.


Albums That I've Copped In The Past Week
Big K.R.I.T. - Krit Wuz Here (2010)
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty (2010)
Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute (2010)
yU - Before Taxes (2009)
SonReal - The Lightyear Mixtape (2010)
Joel Ortiz – Free Agent (2010)
MED – BangYaHead III Pt. 2 (2010)
Rakaa - Crown Of Thorns (2010)
Doc Ish - The First Treatment (2010)
Big Boi vs. The Black Keys – The Brothers Of Chico Dusty (Mashup) (2010)
Reek Da Villian - The Gift Mixtape (2010)

Enjoy the music. Hope to see you again soon (peep last week's #NewMusicFriday here). There might just be some best-of-the-year lists from yours truly next week...

Friday, December 17, 2010

#NewMusicFriday - 12/17/10 Edition


It's been another fantastic week for hip hop, as you can tell by listening to the #NewMusicFriday top 9 songs of the week below (or hit the link above to download all of them). I've gone through about 100 songs, albums, and videos this week to bring you the below selections, so you know my picks are about quality hip hop over quantity. On an extremely important tip: Ghostface Killah's new album Apollo Kids just leaked on the internet, but if you're looking for a Christmas present for the real hip hop fan in your life - this is it! (Drops December 21st). You definitely need to have this under the tree on Christmas morning and need to be playing it when the relatives arrive. Peep "The Wallabee Kingpin" in the video below for some classic Ghostface.

Top Songs of the Week
Asher Roth & Nottz - Break Bread
Ghostface Killah Ft. Black Thought - In Tha Park
Joell Ortiz Ft. The Lox - Put Some Money On It
Madwreck Ft. Torae, John Robinson & Talib Kweli – Someday Remix
Neek The Exotic Ft. Large Pro – Guess Who
Oh No Vs. Percee P - Praise
Sheek Louch (Ft. Bun B & Jase) – Ol Skool (Prod. J. Cardim)
Smoke DZA - Ralph Lifshitz (Prod. Boi-1da)
Vast Aire Ft. Cappadonna – I Don’t Care

Videos
Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids (Video)

SonReal - I Tried (Video)
Eligh - Soul On The Road (Video)
The Niceguys - The Good Shepherd (Video)

Albums I've Copped This Week
Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids (2010)
*This just leaked, but buy it for Christmas on Dec. 21st because this one's gonna be a classic!
Evidence – I Don’t Need Love (FreEP) (2010)
DJ Premier Presents – Year Round Records: Get Used To Us (2010)
Boog Brown & Apollo Brown - Brown Study (2010)
Brown Bag AllStars - The Brown Tape (2009)
H.O.P.E. – Sincere - The Nas Tape (Mixtape) (2010)
Buff1 – It’s A 1derful Life (Mixtape) (2009)

If you can't tell, Friday is my favorite day of the week. Come back every Friday to have some new hip hop to enjoy for the weekend.

-Filet Of Sole

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Artists: Brown Bag AllStars are having the best month ever!

Album Cover: Soul Like Khan (2010)

In the past three weeks, I have independently arrived at the name Brown Bag AllStars four separate times (1 album, 2 EP's, and 1 incredibly produced track - all of which are great). So how is it possible that I had never heard of this underground hip hop group before?! I have absolutely no idea, but lucky for us, these guys have been keeping real hip hop alive in 2010 with their newest releases below. Don't sleep on any of this music!

Downloads
Soul Khan - Soul Like Khan (2010)
Preview: Soul Khan - Soul Like Khan

Koncept - Playing Life EP (2010)
Preview: Koncept - Keeping On (Prod. Maticulous)

Sene & J57 (of Brown Bag AllStars) – Eye Don’t Dream…But I Do EP (2010)
Preview: Sene - 4U (Prod. J57 of Brown Bag AllStars)

Joell Ortiz - Battle Cry (Prod. by Audible Doctor of Brown Bag AllStars) [Download]

The Brown Bag AllStars consist of Soul KhanThe Audible Doctor, J57, Koncept, DJ Goo Punch, DJ E Holla, and Deejay Element who all met each other while working at the legendary hip hop record store Fat Beats NYC (now R.I.P.)

My introduction to the Brown Bag AllStars started with a battle rapper named Soul Khan. If you have never seen a hip hop battle, then today is your lucky day. The below is one hell of an introduction to both Soul Khan and the important (yet dying) tradition of the MC battle. His delivery and punchlines are INSANE. Stand back or you might get a black eye.

Soul Khan VS. Madness (Battle starts at 1:15)

Peace and enjoy hip hop responsibly.

-Filet Of Sole

Friday, December 10, 2010

#NewMusicFriday - 12/10/10 Edition

#NewMusicFriday - 12/10/10 Edition

So it's my favorite day of the week, and hopefully yours too... #NewMusicFriday! The fact that I can provide you about 10 new incredible hip hop songs a week should give you an idea that the hip hop genre that was claimed to be dead by Nas is actually alive and well. Actually, the term "dead" really is inaccurate and oversimplified and I'm surprised that a rapper as "conscious" as Nas would make that claim. It might even be somewhat inaccurate to say that hip hop has been "misguided" and wrongly portrayed by the media. I'm starting to believe there's something even bigger happening here. Never before has there been a musical genre so bifurcated amongst its own that it's beginning to feel as though mainstream hip hop and underground hip hop are two giant land masses slowly separating from continental drift. I'm really advocating for this separation, but it's not happening fast enough. I'm tired of calling what's played on the radio these days "Hip Hop". I want there to be a CIVIL WAR and get this split over with. Consider this a post a declaration of a "Hip Hop House Divided". If you are with me then fucking take a stand and lead your friends on a journey to discovering what real hip hop means by sharing this post and turn off the damn radio. Thanks and I look forward to having you back next week. Until then, enjoy the fantastic music from the past week below.

Songs This Week - (Full download link above!)
Fashawn - Going Home
Grynch Ft. Sol - All I Wanna Do (Prod. Jester)
Jay Electronica - Jazzmatazz
Joell Ortiz - Battle Cry (Just Blaze Mix)
Malcolm & Martin – Movement Music (Prod. Marco Polo)
Promise - Awake (Prod. Algarythyms)
Rapsody - Win Ft. Rah Digga
Smokey Robotic - SuperVicious
Snowgoons - Cant Go On Like That (Ft. Torae & Skyzoo)
Statik Selektah - No Shame (Ft. Termanology, Easy Money & Wais P)
T.Calmese - Call My Name
The Los Angeles Leakers - Purp & Yellow Ft. Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Thurzday, Snoop Dogg, YG & Joe Moses

Video You Must See
Joell Ortiz - Battle Cry (Video)


Albums I've Copped This Week (and you should too)
Buff1 & DJ Rhettmatic - Crown Royale (2010)
Kooley High – Kooley is High (2010)
JR & PH7 - The Update (2010)
Soul Khan - Soul Like Khan (2010)
Bun B - Trill O.G. (2010)
Rapsody - Return Of The B-Girl (2010)
Koncept - Playing Life (2010)
Sha Stimuli - My Soul To Keep (2009)
B.o.B – No Genre Mixtape (2010)

Don't be lazy when it comes to your music selection. It's too damn important. Share it!

Much Love,
-Filet Of Sole

Friday, December 3, 2010

#NewMusicFriday - 12/3/10 Edition

#NewMusicFriday - 12/3/10 Edition
Download "New Songs" Here

Another #NewMusicFriday for my few, but dedicated followers. Just hit play on the songs below and get acquainted with some underground gems. There's a lot of new talent on the scene these days so you best get with the times. Here are my highlights from this past week in Hip Hop. Use these songs to impress friends who have absolutely no knowledge of decent hip hop music. Oh yeah, and check out last week's #NewMusicFriday - 11/26/10 edition here in case you missed it. Download the 9 songs below at the link up top and also check out the video and album sections for new items that I've found in the past week. You might just find something you like and your iPod will definitely thank you.

New Songs
Big KRIT - Can't Be All
[Original beat used by Outkast on classic song "Jazzy Belle"]
Big Sean - Big Nut Bust [Original] (Prod. The Monsters)
Elite - Sing My Song
JR&PH7 - The City Ft. Elzhi & Frank-N-Dank
Koncept - Day Dreaming
Kooley High - POGO
Spice1 - Rollin And Smokin (Ft. Scarface & Devin The Dude)
Strong Arm Steady - Makings Of You (Prod. Pete Rock)
[Beat used for Kanye West's "The Joy" G.O.O.D. Friday release]
Talib Kweli - Palookas (Prod. Marco Polo)

Videos
Rapsody – Imaginaton (Prod. Oh No) (Video)
*Gotta love the Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory sample


Scheme - Chicano (Video)


Albums
AZ - Do Or Die 15th Anniversary (2010)
Chuuwee & Cookin Soul - The Date Tape (2010)
Deacon The Villain & Justme - Tragedy & Dope (2010)
Deacon The Villain & Sheisty Khrist - Niggaz With Latitude (2010)
DJ Muggs & Bambu - LA to Phillipines Mixtape (2010)
Joell Ortiz - Pre Agent (2010)
Joell Ortiz And Novel - Defying The Predictable (2010)
Kali - Timeless (Hosted by Clinton Sparks & Statik Selektah) (2010)
Khingz - Khake & Khool-Aid (2010)
Redman - Pancake N Syrup Mixtape (2010)
Scheme - Same Rebel, New Cause (2010)
Stik Figa & Oddisee - From The Top EP (2010)
The Lyricists - Constructicons Mixtape (2010)
Various Artists (Mello Music Group) - Helpless Dreamer (2010)

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