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By   |  1 May 2013 15:00 pm  |  
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RewindWednesdays

Last Thursday, April 25 2013 marked the 18th anniversary of Mobb Deep‘s sophomore album The Infamous, arguably one of Hip-Hop’s most prized possessions. That said, the Takin’ Mines massive thought a track by track review of their Loud debut would be quite fitting for today’s edition of Rewind Wednesdays. Joining us on our review are Robbie from Unkut, and Doug Cohen of Flud Watches.. hit the jump.

 

The Infamous was a soundtrack for a new era of anti-social, hardcore Hip-Hop, driven by Havoc’s accomplished sampling techniques, tight drum programming and bleak moods, and the heartless microphone techniques of Prodigy at his most ruthless. Outstanding assists from Q-Tip, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Nas made it clear that this was “the realness” personified, in terms of cutting edge street music for 1995. -Robbie, Unkut

 

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By   |  21 December 2012 13:21 pm  |  Audio Audio
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Busta Rhymes has proved his knack for reinventing himself over more than three generations of hip-hop, but it’s never felt like he’s really given due love to the era he came up in as part of the Leaders of the New School. Nevertheless, exactly 20 years since Bussa Buss and A Tribe Called Quest collaborated for the iconic “Scenario” in ’92, he reunites with Q-Tip on “Poetic Justice”–yes, a cover (a pretty decent one at that) of Kendrick Lamar‘s modern classic. It comes courtesy of Busta and The Conglomerate‘s Catastrophic compilation mixtape, which you can download here.

 

 

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By   |  5 February 2012 0:15 am  |  Audio Audio
Phony Ppl TakinMines

Phony Ppl are a new group out of Brooklyn that can claim people such as Q-Tip, Peanut Butter Wolf, Plain Pat and Giles Peterson as fans.  Consisting of emcees, a live band and a songwriting/production team, they manage the difficult task of combining all their individual elements into a focused sound, which is something I find lacking in most live hip-hop/multi-genre bands. The collective just released their debut  album, PhonyLand  a few weeks back and it’s something that’s worth taking the time to check out.  Stream “Good” below and hit the jump to stream/buy the whole project, courtesy of Bandcamp.

 

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Greg Grease – “Forward”

 

 

If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.

 

  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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