What happens when you take Jay-Z’s most lyrical and personal verses & juxtapose them with DJ Premier’s most dark and precise works? The result is 7:18. This mixtape is a love letter to the hiphop we grew up listening to. This is for the people who grew up analyzing the b-side of every Gangstarr and Group Home single. This is for the people who listened to Jay’s “A Million And One Questions” a million and one times.
This is music you should only listen to wearing Carhartt jackets and wheat Timbs. Do not listen to this album at a beach under a palm tree. This is music for a cold, grey day. Preferably enjoyed in a 1994 white Lexus. This is raw and uncut Brooklyn hiphop in it’s prime. A tribute to two of the best who ever did it, and in a way only we could bring it to you. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
You can never go wrong with DJ Premier beats, couple that with Jay Z and this already had me wanting to listen to it. Checking it out now as I post this. If you about that life click here.
Given the fact that sooo much has happened this year, I felt like I had to be a bit more light with this year’s Black Friday mix. From the passing of people that shocked the globe like Prince, David Bowie and Phife Dawg and the many more celebrities and those in out personal lives. The police murdering unarmed men and women to those individuals who murdered police l. Then there’s the fact Trump who is our President elect. Music is my constant and I know it’s not just me. This is another good mix, enjoy.
Tribe Called Quest – We The People….
De La Soul feat. 2Chainz – Whoodeeni
DITC feat. Fat Joe, A.G. & O.C. – It’s Cold Outside
Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – Jordans & a Gold Chain
Westside Gunn feat Action Bronson – Dudley Boyz
Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz – Jesus
Masta Ace feat. Your Old Droog – 3000 Avenue X
Black Star – You Already Knew
Common – Joy And Peace
Slum Village feat J Dilla – Reunion
Rapsody feat. Raphael Saadiq – Gonna Miss You
David Banner and 9th Wonder – No Denying
Moss feat. Eternia – Day & Night
Pete Rock feat. CL Smooth – Back On The Block
Kanye West feat. Talib Kweli and Common – Get Em High
Reflection Eternal feat. Vinia Mojica – The Blast
Little Brother – Whatever You Say (remix)
Tableek of Maspyke – Summer In The City
88 Keys – True Feelings
Chance The Rapper – Blessings
Hip Hop Album: Hus Kingpin & SmooVth: Splash Brothers
The first song of course is the “Playoffs” jpint , you know that was a hot joint. The album is pure underground gold. I never really listened to either one of these dudes before this 11 track free Ep but I’m checking them out now.
Hip Hop Song: Gangrene feat Havoc and Sean Price: Sheet Music
The beat, the hook, the bars…… Hip Hop. This is the track that grape attention from the album, the hook by Havoc almost steals the show.
Non Hip Hop Album: The Weekend: Beauty Behind The Madness
Up until this year music from The Weekend was not on my radar. Ask me about dude now and I think he good for what he do and a way better than his contemporaries. Not surprised that I like the album more surprised I didn’t get down with it sooner. The album is fire.
Non Hip Hop Song: Ellie Goulding : On My Mind
Just a tad too poppy for my taste but sometimes you gotta give it up to something good. I always have a Ellie Goulding in the cut that I like, this year I put it l my list.
Hip Hop Album: Statik Selektah : Lucky 7
I swear every year it feels like I’m throwing Statik Selektah album in the mix of my favorite albums
Not surprising given the fact that Statik gets the right personal for these albums and Lucky 7 isn’t any different. The album is filled with gems as one would expect. Another great outing in 2015.
Hip Hop Song of the year: Wale White Shoes
One of the better albums this year was Wale Album About Nothing. One song I personally thought was great goes to”white Shoes”. I could have placed the whole album in the list but I’d have to leave out something I really think should be I’m this list. One thing is for sure I’ve become a fan Wale more and more with the release of each new project
Non Hip Hop Album: Adele: 25
First off I have to applaud those who hate on this album for being slow and semi depressing, it shows people are so in denial with real life that when an album that touches on heartbreak comes around people panic. No dance tracks nothing crazy uptempo and yet an album that filled a void in radio right now, the truth records. Mary J was the queen of those types of songs. 25 is good as it is depressing and that counts for something.
Non Hip Hop Song: Alessia Cara: Here
Anit social to the highest power, or super stuck up. Either way this song is sick, I hunted the song once I heard it on the radio.
An ill haunting repetitive sequence beat. I chopped the hell out of the sample
Another beat from my KCMO era.
A chop with some sharp snares, I always wanted to do something with the beat.