Hip-Hop

Artist: 
7L & Esoteric
Label: 
Babygrand

If you haven't heard the legend the 7LES, then you haven't been paying attention to good music. 7L the DJ, and Esoteric the MC make up ungerground royalty. A New Dope is some of their best production to date. The reality is that you could play any of their songs, as they are all clean, and they will be enjoyable. The ones I selected have some of the more "accessible" beats, or original composition.

 

8-30-06

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Name: 
Noah Polloch
Date Reviewed: 
08/30/2006
Artist: 
88 Keys
Label: 
Decon Records

88 Keys excels at contructing a tight narrative, making Death of Adam a true concept album. He enlists the help of fellow comic MCs Phonte and Redman to drive the story throught their lyrical skill on "Close Call" and "Burning Bush" respectively, with Redman expecially displaying his old outrageious wit. To tie together each song, Keys utilizes a female narrator that adds a few words at the end of each track. Her anecdotes are entertaining and short enough that they don't detract from the flow of the album.

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Name: 
Eric Ryan Costenbader
Date Reviewed: 
01/23/2009
Artist: 
Galactic
Label: 
Domino Recording Co. Ltd.

Galactic plays on the concept of classic funk with a new spin - hip hop. It has blaring loud horns, straight from New Orleans. The sax plays great on top of everyone else. There is fat bass horns and the trombones are sliding all over the place. And a rhythm section to top that all. Galactic also has this great classic male funk voice. Ya-Ka-May is just great to let loose and groove to. What is even better is the names of the songs. Who knows what provoked them.

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James Brown
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Blakroc
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2010
Artist: 
The J. Davis Trio
Label: 
Yo Yo Smuggler Records

The J. Davis Trio is a jazzier version of The Roots. That's all there is to it. These guys "twist it, shake it, bend but don't break it/ Work that body gettin' so crazy/ Don't hurt nobody up in this party/ Twist it, shake it, bend but don't break it/ Twist it, shake it, bend but don't break it/ Work that body gettin' butt naked/ Don't hurt nobody up in this party/ Twist it, shake it, bend but don't break it." They just have it all. The deep male vocals bouncing on top of the beats. The beats are all instrumental, no auto tune or other b.s. I'm pretty sure J.D.T.

Sounds Like: 
The Roots, Breakestra, Jurassic 5
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2010
Artist: 
Breakestra
Label: 
Ubiquity Records

Breakestra has the goods. They are a 7 piece band of groove and style. They have the whole deal complete with horns, organ, strings, and percussion. They present a funky style that is pretty much unmatched in the current music scene. Breakestra just wants you to get up and groove. The lyrics harken back to Kool And The Gang or James Brown. The vocals have soul just like the glory days of Motown and funk. The horns blare and jam out along side the guitars.

Sounds Like: 
Kool And The Gang, James Brown
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
11/03/2009
Artist: 
Mike Superhero
Label: 
Unsigned

This guy is coming straight out of Tucson and is ready to throw down. His beats are very repetitive and the sound like they are out of a Sega or Game Boy, but it's cool and unique. His lyrics are crazy and pretty funny. He cracks a bunch of jokes throughout his piece. Don't be fooled though, all 3 tracks on this album are the same. Mike Superhero does have good rhythm and flow. Plus his effects are nice and they go good with the beat. M.S. is definitely up and coming and will be seen in the future.

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Buck 65, Mac Lethal, Solja Boy Tell Em
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2009
Artist: 
Swollen Members
Label: 
Suburban Noize Records

The Swollen Members used to be different. This new album is partially sponsored by SRH, the well known bro-dawg consortium. Their motto is all about lifted trucks, platinum blonde girls with fake boobs, and dippin'. I think they pushed for this album. The Swollen Members never used to curse a million times a song. These guys have worse mouths than a sailor. You can barely get 30 seconds into a song without f**k. There is nothing wrong with that, in fact i prefer my rap to be like that, but not fit for the radio at all.

Sounds Like: 
La Coka Nostra, Sweatshop Union, Tech N9ne, Cunninlynguists
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2009
Artist: 
Serengeti & Polyphonic
Label: 
Anticon

Over bouncing electric beats and harmonic rhythms, rapper Serengeti spits major rhymes. Serengeti never stops and seems to narrate the tracks, rather than rap on top of them. The electronica gives Serengeti and producer Polyphonic a unique sound and the beats are elcletic and very full. There are unusual percussion hits and various instruments emulated throughout this album. There are a few guest artists on this album including Buck 65 and Doseone. Terradactyl is definitely a unique album in the library.

Sounds Like: 
Buck 65, Bike For Three!, Sole
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2009
Artist: 
Blakroc
Label: 
Blakroc

Imagine, The Black Keys, a band comprised of a guitar and drums that make insane full music and sound, working with rappers to create a crazy album of real music beats and fresh rhymes. I have good news, the album in your hands is such! It's no dream! This album is fresh and straight bumpin'. Everything is unique about this record - from the artists to the backgrounds. The Black Keys have made a smart move with this album. They can now reach into a new genre for a fan base. T.B.K. has out done themselves on this album.

Sounds Like: 
The Roots, The Black Keys, ODB, Ludacris, Mos Def, Noe, RZA, Pharoahe Monch, Nicole Wray, Raekwon, Jim Jones, Q-Tip, Billy Danze
Name: 
Isaac Gealer
Date Reviewed: 
12/12/2009

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