New Music: MED, Blu & Madlib – Knock Knock ft MF DOOM

MED, Blu & Madlib – Knock Knock ft MF DOOM

Artists MED, Blu and Madlib have joined forces and will be releasing an album next month titled Bad Neighbor. The talented trio have worked together on numerous occasions in the past however; this will be their first official project. Earlier in the month we were lucky enough to receive the tracklist for Bad Neighbor which features the likes of Hodgy Beat, Aloe Blacc, Oh No, Anderson.Paak and of course MF DOOM. I would have been surprised had I not seen DOOM’s name somewhere on this album, we all know his relationship with Madlib so its no wonder we see him on the albums first single.

The track is titled Knock Knock and features that groovy, chilled and unique sound that is evident on Madlib & DOOM’s collaborative masterpiece Madvillainy from 2004. In an interview with Rolling Stone MED spoke on DOOM’s verse for the track stating that ‘Doom’s concept was that it’s a text message. He text messages me while I’m not home, so he comes to my house anyway and starts borrowing all kinds of shit, you know, villain-style … going to my house, drinking my beers, going through my DVDs’.

Blu and MED definitely bring their own flare to the table whilst Madlib takes care of the funky, abstract beat. This is certainly one trio I want to hear more of, Bad Neighbor is due to drop on the 30th of October and as mentioned before will feature some stellar guest appearances. So make sure you cop the album and check out the first single titled Knock Knock below and also take a look at the tracklist. Peace.

  1. Greetings
    2. Serving feat. Hodgy Beats
    3. Peroxide feat. Dam-Funk, DJ Romes
    4. Get Money feat. Frank Nitt
    5. Streets feat. Oh No & DJ Romes
    6. The Stroll feat. AMG
    7. Knock Knock feat. MF DOOM
    8. Mad Neighbor
    9. The Strip feat. Anderson.Paak
    10. Finer Things feat. Likewise, Phonte
    11. Burgundy Whip feat. Jimetta Rose
    12. Drive In feat. Aloe Blacc
    13. Belly Ful, feat. Black Spade
    14. Birds
    15. The Buzz feat. Mayer Hawthorne
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Marvel Comics Pay Homage To Hip Hop… And It’s Dope!!

This is probably the coolest thing you will see this week!

Over the years comics and hip hop have shared a strong relationship, the likes of MF DOOM, David Banner and Jean Grae have all attained their names and look through comic book influences. Darryl McDaniels a.k.a. DMC of Run-D.M.C also has his own comic publishing house which produced a full length graphic novel titled DMC#1. And lets not forget hip hop supergroup Czarface (Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric) their first album featured a brilliant comic book inspired cover created by Mishka’s Lamour Supreme whilst their latest album cover Every Hero Needs a Villain is an actual mini comic with a CD sleeve attachment at the end, easily one of the coolest album covers of all time.

Comic books in general have had an active relationship with hip hop over the years however; its Marvel who have been the most heavily engaged with the culture. Marvel have worked with numerous artists in the past such as Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon on their collaborative album Wu-Massacre, they also worked with Eminem back in 2009 for a one off comic which involved a story revolving around Slim Shady and The Punisher taking on Barracuda who is representing the Parents Music Council. Marvel also featured Eminem on the front cover of their November 2013 issue of Mighty Avengers which saw Marshall chilling side by side with Ironman. And earlier this year Marvel were inspired by hip hop duo Run the Jewels iconic fist gun salute. Enough so to feature the image on the front cover of two issues of Howard the Duck and Deadpool.

Today though the comic book giants took their ever growing relationship with hip hop to the next level by revealing a set of comic book covers that pay homage to a long list of classic hip hop album covers from artists such as Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Whilst we only get a sneak peak of a few today the series which will drop in October is expected to feature 50 works that will pay tribute to multiple album covers from past and present hip hop artists. Showcased below are the works that were released today, as I mentioned before this is probably the coolest thing you will see all week and I cannot wait for the rest to be released in October! Enjoy!

Marvel ASAP
(Captain America #1 – LONG.LIVE.A$AP)

Marvel 50 Cent
(Invincible Iron Man #1 – Get Rich or Die Tryin’)

Marvel Biggie
(Ant Man #1 – Ready to Die)

Marvel De La Soul
(Extraordinary X-Men #1 – 3 Feet High and Rising)

Marvel Dr Dre
(Doctor Strange #1 – The Chronic)

Marvel Lauryn Hill
(Ms. Marvel #1 – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)

Marvel ODB
(Howard the Duck #1 – Return to the 36 Chambers)
Marvel Rakim
(Spiderman/Deadpool #1 – Paid in Full)
Marvel Tribe
(Amazing Spider-Man #1 – Midnight Marauders)
Marvel Tyler
(The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 – Wolf)
Marvel Wu Tang
(Squadron Supreme #1 – Enter the 36 Chambers)

Fresh Weekly #7

Fresh Weekly #7

Fresh Weekly is back! Episode seven is finally here and I got to say its filled with some monster tracks. There is a lot of new music in here from the likes of Raekwon, Method Man and Open Mike Eagle whilst there is also a tonne of bumpin’ classics from artists such as Outkast, MF Doom and Digable Planets. I also throw in an Eminem track from Relapse that certainty never received the credit it deserves and to kick things off I’ve got my favourite track off A$AP Rocky’s new album that is just pure fire! So kick back and take a listen to this week’s Fresh Weekly, you won’t be disappointed!

Tracklist

1. A$AP Rocky – Excuse ME
2. Outkast – Spaghetti Junction
3. Stro – K.I.N.G. ft Bishop Nehru
4. Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
5. Snoop Dogg – Peaches N Cream ft Charlie Wilson
6. Run the Jewels – Lie Cheat Steal
7. RZA – Just Blowin’ in the Wind ft Flatbush Zombies
8. Beastie Boys – B-Boys in the Cut
9. Chuck Inglish – 2003 ft Grey Sweatpants
10. Raekwon – All About You ft Estelle
11. Eminem – Stay Wide Awake
12. Open Mike Eagle –  Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)
13. MF Doom – Gazzillion Ear
14. Method Man – The Meth Lab ft Hanz On & Streetlife

Fresh Weekly #6

Fresh Weekly #6

Its been a while since I’ve dropped one of these! Episode 6 of the Fresh Weekly features a bunch of dope tracks including some new music from Aesop Rock, Tech N9ne, Joey Bada$$ plus a fresh joint from BADBADNOTGOOD featuring Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM. Also on the playlist I include some classics from the likes of Snoop Dogg, EPMD and an absolute killer from the worlds most dangerous group N.W.A. plus much, much more. As always light a doob sit back and enjoy the dope vibes of the Fresh Weekly!

Tracklist

1. Aesop Rock – Cat Food
2. Snoop Dogg – Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Cant Have None)
3. EPMD – Symphony 2000
4. Tech N9ne – Aw Yeah (interVENTion)
5. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Ray Gun ft DOOM
6. Flatbush Zombies – 222
7. Lupe Fiasco – Mural
8. Joey Bada$$ – Like Me ft BJ The Chicago Kid
9. Jurassic 5 – The Way We Do It
10. Kid Cudi – The Prayer
11. Freddie Gibbs – Satin Black
12. C Dot Castro – Fuck About You
13. Nas – One Time For Your Mind
14. N.W.A. – Compton’s N The House

 

Fresh Weekly #4

Episode 4 of the Fresh Weekly features new music off Eminem’s Shady Records compilation album SHADY XV, there’s a new track from Aussie producers Flight Facilities featuring young gun Bishop Nehru, I also add a bunch of old school classics from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, Beastie Boys and a whole lot more. As always sit back, spark a joint and turn it up! Enjoy.

Tracklist

1. Bad Meets Evil – Vegas
2. Diamond District – Lost Cause
3. Warren G – And Ya Don’t Stop
4. LL Cool J – Funkadelic Relic
5. Flight Facilities – Why Do You Feel ft Bishop Nehru
6. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gz And Hustlas
7. Jahzel – Faithful
8. Ghostface Killah – Blood In the Streets ft AZ
9. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
10. Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM
11. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
12. Kanye West – Family Business
13. Lighter Shade of Brown – Where You At
14. Slaughterhouse – Y’all Ready Know

New Music: Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM

Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM

Flying Lotus has decided to release another track from his Flylo FM station off the new Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. Last week we heard Medication Meditation which features Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony, now the experimental DJ has released Masquatch, a grimy track that features the one and only MF DOOM. Its been a while since we last heard DOOM on the mic, the veteran rapper only had a few words to say on his collaborative album NehruivanDOOM with up and comer Bishop Nehru. This time the masked villain hovers over Flylo’s minimal beat with his gloomy flow creating two minutes of pure dopness! Listen to the track below and go and check out the tracklist for Grand Theft Auto V, Hip hop fans will not be disappointed.

New Music: Flying Lotus – Medication Meditation ft Krayzie Bone

Flying Lotus – Medication Meditation ft Krayzie Bone

Gaming fans must be pretty excited after the release of the new next-gen edition of Grand Theft Auto V yesterday however; I think hip hop fans are just as hyped after hearing what new songs will appear on the soundtrack. Danny Brown and Action Bronson have a new collaborative track titled Bad News which will appear on the Radio Los Santos channel, also appearing on the Radio Los Santos channel is a new track from Freddie Gibbs and Mike Dean titled Sellin’ Dope.
The real excitement comes on Flying Lotus’ station Flylo FM which will be showcasing a new track from hip hop veteran MF DOOM titled Masquatch. Alongside DOOM’s new track is a new release titled Medication Meditation from Flying Lotus featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony member Krayzie Bone. The track features that classic chilled production from Flylo with Krayzie Bone bringing his signature flow which is to fast for us to really understand what he is saying, but you just know it’s dope!

This isn’t the first time Flying Lotus has delved into the hip hop world, earlier this year the legendary producer hooked up with both Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg for songs on his latest album You’re Dead! and now he has this track with Krayzie Bone. It makes you think wouldn’t it be dope as fuck if Flylo made a whole album that just featured rappers….DO IT! Listen to Medication Meditation below!

Top 14 Hip Hop Album Covers Of All Time!

So basically this is a countdown of my top 14 favourite hip hop album covers of all time.I found that a lot of my favourite covers were actually debut albums. There’s a lot of dope covers in there let me know what you think, what would you have in your list? Enjoy.

14.
madlib
Album:
Medicine Show No.5 (History of the Loop Digga)
Artist: Madlib
Year: 2010

History of the Loop Digga was a part of Madlib’s Medicine Show series which consisted of 13 album’s released over a period of two years. The album was the fifth in the series consisting of previously unreleased Madlib productions dating as far back as the 1990s. The artwork was hand drawn by Stone Throw’s art director Jeff Jank who actually coordinated the visuals for all 13 of the albums in the series.

13.
blackalicious
Album:
Blazing Arrow
Artist: Blackalicious
Year: 2002

Blazing Arrow is the second album from California duo Blackalicious. The incredibly cool artwork was created by artist Brent Rollins who has also worked on album covers for the likes of Dilated Peoples, Lyrics Born and Black Star. Brent Rollins’ artistic style is one of my favourite and I particularly like his work on Blazing Arrow because of its unique design and the fact that it shows that hip hop is universal.

12.
undun
Album:
Undun
Artist: The Roots
Year: 2011

Undun is The Roots thirteenth studio album and is an existential concept album told through a reverse chronological narrative about the tragic life of a fictional character named Robert Stevens. The album cover features a black and white photo of a child in mid-air performing a back flip on a rugged torn up mattress. A powerful image for a very powerful album.

11.
Biggie
Album:
Ready to Die
Artist: The Notorious B.I.G.
Year: 1994

Considered one of the greatest debut albums of all time Ready to Die put Biggie Smalls on the map. The album features timeless classics such as Juicy and Big Poppa amongst others and was sadly the only album Biggie would release while alive. The cover depicts a young infant who resembles BIG which relates to the album’s concept of biggie’s life from birth to death.

10.
Doom
Album:
Mm.. Food
Artist: MF DOOM
Year: 2004

Coming in at number ten is the masked hip hop veteran with his second full length album under the MF DOOM persona. Mm.. Food which is actually an anagram of MF DOOM was released in 2004 and features many food related samples. Jason Jagel is the artist behind this cool cartoonish cover which was part of a series consisting of scenes of MF DOOM eating breakfast and mixing chemicals in a forest. Dope!  

9.
Tribe
Album:
Midnight Marauders
Artist: A Tribe Called Quest
Year: 1993

You couldn’t have a greatest hip hop album cover countdown without at least one Tribe album and what better cover to choose then this absolute classic. The cover artwork for Midnight Marauders was released in three separate variations, one green frame, one red frame and one black frame and they all featured the faces of different hip hop artists. They don’t make them like this anymore.

8.
outkast
Album:
ATLiens
Artist: Outkast
Year: 1996

Outkast’s sophomore album ATLiens is one of the most recognizable album covers in hip hop history. Released in 1996 the cover showcases Big Boi and Andre as if they were comic book characters trying to take on the world. Because hip hop didn’t really come from the South back then people saw the duo as aliens hence the title. D.L Warfield who was head designer for Tommy Boy Records’ clothing line was appointed the job of creating the cover and I have to say he nailed it!

7.
RZA
Album:
Bobby Digital In Stereo
Artist: RZA
Year: 1998

RZA’s debut solo album as his alter ego Bobby Digital was released in 1998. The epic cover work was created by artist Bill Sienkiewicz and depicts RZA (Bobby Digital) as a superhero with a big ass fucking gun. The James Bond inspired cover also features plenty of women, guns, explosions and of course the classic Wu symbol, what more could you ask for? Epic!

6.
blackstar
Album:
Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
Artist: Black Star
Year: 1998

Artist Brent Rollins features again, this time for his 70’s reggae influenced cover for Black Star’s self-titled debut album. Mos Def and Tailb Kweli who make up the supergroup feature on the cover with heroic looks on their faces as if they are carrying the weight of their hometown Brooklyn on their shoulders. The powerful and colourful cover represents the passion that was used to create this amazing album.

5.
GZA
Album:
Liquid Swords
Artist: GZA
Year: 1995

Rounding out the top 5 is Wu-Tang member GZA with his 1995 sophomore album Liquid Swords. Considered to be one of the greatest hip hop album covers of all time, the idea for the artwork struck GZA obviously while he was stoned. The Wu-Tang member said he came up with the idea whilst playing chess against fellow Wu member Masta Killa. The artwork represents chess pieces coming to life and battling it out on the board, definitely one of the coolest concepts for an album cover!

4.
nehrudoom
Album:
NehruvianDOOM
Artist: NehruvianDOOM
Year: 2014

The newest album cover on the list comes from MF DOOM and Bishop Nehru’s collaborative album titled NehruvianDOOM. The amazing illustration was created by Adventure Time artist Ghostshrimp and features the duo inside the cartoon world of Ooo. The detail is phenomenal, it’s the type of album cover you stare at for a while finding new things to look at each time. There is no denying that this was by far the dopest hip hop album cover of the year which is why it has made its way to number 4 on my list of greatest of all time.

3.
Pharcyde
Album:
Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
Artist: The Pharcyde
Year: 1992

Another debut album to feature on my list this time from legendary group The Pharcyde. Their 1992 masterpiece Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde is considered to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time as well as one of the best covers. The Fat Albert-ized artwork shows all four members of the group crammed in a carriage roller coasting their way into some sought of funhouse. The cover represents this album to a T as it really is a fun and bizarre ride from the very first track to the last.

2.
Nia
Album:
Nia
Artist: Blackalicious
Year: 1999

Blackalicious make their second appearance on my list with their 1999 debut album Nia. Artist Brent Rollins who has already featured twice on my list created this incredibly dope artwork which features two children playing with some recording devices. I really love this album cover because it represents everything about hip hop from the vinyls to the turntables even to the kids’ afro. Everything about this cover is dope which is why it’s my second favourite hip hop album cover of all time.

1.
Snoop
Album:
Doggystyle
Artist: Snoop Doggy Dogg
Year: 1993

My number one all-time favourite hip hop album cover goes to Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg’s (then known as Snoop Doggy Dogg) classic 1993 debut album. Created by Snoop’s Cousin Joe Cool the artwork represents exactly who Snoop was at the time. I love everything about this album cover from its humour to its use of colour and its cartoonish style. There really could not have been a better way to show the world what they were in for. Hands down my favourite (not just hip hop) album cover of all time.



 

 

 





 

 

 

 

Fresh Weekly! #1

Alright so basically the “Fresh Weekly!” is a playlist that I will post every Sunday. The tracks on the playlist are not necessarily new, they’re just dope tracks that I have been listening to in that week. The aim is to show you what I’m listening to and hopefully if you haven’t heard some of the tracks before help you discover new music. To kick things off here is episode 1. Enjoy.

Tracklist
1. Joey Bada$$ – Get Paid
2. A-F-R-O – Trap Door
3. L’Orange ft Red Pill – Entering the Silence
4. Wu-Tang Clan – Shame on a Nigga
5. The Notorious BIG ft Eminem – Dead Wrong
6. NehruvianDOOM – OM
7. Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
8. Statik Selektah ft Bun B, Jared Evans & POS – God Knows
9. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
10. Baro – Travellin’ Through Time
11. The Beatnuts ft Method Man – Se Acabo Remix
12. QuESt – Back & More
13. Jeru The Damaja – Billie Jean (Safe Sex)
14. Black Star – Definition

Diplo’s epic two hour hip hop mix! (Must Listen)

Now I know the name Diplo doesn’t usually come to mind when you think of hip hop however; his latest mix from his own BBC radio 1xtra show might make you think differently. The electronic producer who were used to seeing rock crowds with a long list of dance genres such as trap, moombahton and electro house has gone back to his original roots and produced a hip hop mix that is sure to have even the biggest hip hop fans impressed. The two hour expedition takes the listener through the golden era of hip hop featuring artists such as Big L, Mos Def, 2pac, Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest and MF Doom just to name a few. For all the hip hop heads out there this is a must listen! Sit back light a joint and turn up your speakers for one of the greatest mixes of the year.

(Unfortunately the mix will not play on wordpress, so just click on the link below.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p027f7bw