20 June 2017

NEWS: RIP Prodigy

This is crazy. Still don't believe it. The 42 year old Queens emcee just passed away today, June 20th, 2017. The legend had a career that spanned almost a quarter century. But most know Prodigy as one half of Mobb Deep. Nothing much we know now. We know Prodigy has battled sickle cell anemia most of his life. And that he was on the Vegas stop of the Art of Rap tour with other Hip Hop legends.

All we have now is his catalog with HITS like: "Quiet Storm", "Shook Ones", "H.N.I.C", "Win or Lose", "Drop A Gem On 'Em", "Hell on Earth", "Get Away", "There That Go", "Hold You Down", "Mac 10 Handle", "Blood Money", "The Illest", "Extortion", "Back At You", "It's Mine", "Trife Life", "Bang On Em", "Survival Of The Fittest", "The Learning", "Eye For An Eye", "Thug Music", "Temperature's Rising", "The Realest", "Peer Pressure", and of course "Keep It Thoro" (and WHOLE RACK of other songs I'm probably missing). Rest in peace dun.

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15 June 2017

VIDEO: Mac Lethal - 27 Styles of Rapping

So I stumbled across this video today. No idea who Mac Lethal is. No idea he's a rapper. No idea he's a YouTube star(?). But like most things I post, I like to provide some background/history. So here we go. Mac Lethal is a 35 year old independent artist, radio and television host, and author from Kansas City. This dude has an EXTENSIVE catalog that consists of four LPs, seven EPs, and twelve mixtapes that span about 16 years. His YouTube page has well over half a million subscribers and the video below garnered over one million views in less than a week. If yall want more info, Google him or peep his YouTube page. You will definitely be entertained.

Now on to the video. This dude shows AMAZING control of cadence, flow, word play and accents (ha, except for the UK accent). The video isn't really "27 styles" of rapping since he goes into specific artists. Artists are not styles. I guess you can make an argument for that. But you can definitely look past that to get the "Old Kanye" vs "New Kanye" style. On the surface this video is meant to be entertaining and funny, but you get some Hip Hop history in a format that is mainstream friendly. This dude has a lot of talent to pull this off, so take a second and make your day better with this joint.

Peep video below.

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09 June 2017

VIDEO: Apollo Brown & Skyzoo - On the Stretch & Bob Show

At the end of last year, Skyzoo dropped The Easy Truth. The album features Apollo Brown on the beats with Sky taking on the emcee duties. We've mentioned that Skyzoo has two projects planned to drop this year. This has your boy HYPE. But while we wait for new singles to drop (soon hopefully), we got some visuals for a single from Sky's last joint. The track "On the Stretch & Bob Show" is an homage to The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show. If you know nothing about that, peep the documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives. But if you can't get a hold of that, this is the basic rundown. Robert “Bobbito” Garcia and Adrian “Stretch Armstrong” Bartos hosted a radio show (The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show) on WKCR-FM, from Columbia University in New York. The show ran from 1990-1998 and featured freestyles, demos and interviews from Hip Hip legends during their unknown/unsigned periods. If yall want a post that goes into the history of that show, hit us up in the message boards and we can make that happen. 

The single "On the Stretch & Bob Show" reenacts what an episode would have been like if Skyzoo went on The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show. It starts with samples of Stretch and Bobbito from previous shows and edits them in a way that sounds like Skyzoo went on the radio show and dropped a freestyle. For the video, Skyzoo gets help from five kids who act out the scene the song creates. Not only do we get a kid Skyzoo and Apollo Brown, we get mini Stretch and Bob, and a little girl who is recording the session on a VHS camcorder. So we get a your normal high definition clips cut in between grainy and choppy clips from the camcorder. The overall feel is authentic and definitely pulls at those nostalgic strings. It makes me want to watch the Stretch and Bobbito documentary again AND run through Sky's catalog on a road trip. Track is dope. Lyrics are dope. Video is dope. 

Peep the video below. 

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VIDEO: Talib Kweli & Styles P - Nine Point Five ft Sheek Louch, Jadakiss & NIKO IS

In April your boy dropped the review for The Seven, the tag team EP that united Hip Hop vets Talib Kweli and Styles P. Last month they dropped the visuals for the single "Nine Point Five", which features the rest of the mighty LOX squad and NIKO IS on the hook. While the album didn't see that much commercial success, it definitely garnered critical acclaim from Hip Hop heads nationwide. To see what I thought about The Seven EP, peep the review.

The documentary style video follows Talib and Ghost as they embarked on their The Seven Tour. We get clips from concerts, radio station interviews, down time on tour buses and behind the scenes footage. "Nine Point Five" is one of my favorite tracks on the EP simply because of math. You get one track with four of the strongest lyricists in the game. The longevity of all the emcees is a testament to their pen game. And not just that, but to be dropping gems in today's Hip Hop landscape shows their ability to change and adapt. They all do this and at the same time never sell the fans short when it comes to lyrical content.

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VIDEO: Big Boi - Kill Jill ft. Killer Mike & Jeezy

About a month and some change ago, BITM's own jet setter Irish Ninja posted the single "Kill Jill". The Big Boi track assembles a monstrous SOUF trio by tagging Killer Mike for a verse and Jeezy for the hook. If yall peeped Irish's post, you know the instrumental for "Kill Jill" is a straight shake the concrete head banger. The video has the standard Hip Hop video tropes (whips, chicks, jewelry), but adds that Big Boi flare with a freaking lion, kings throne (like Game of Thrones type), and throws in Asian influenced visuals to wrap it up. 

"Kill Jill" is the second single from Big Boi's upcoming album Boomiverse, dropping on June 16th. We might get another track before then, but if we don't, Big Boi definitely did himself a favor by releasing this joint. With a single this strong, you can only expect a solid effort from the vet.

Peep the video below.

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