The Mars Volta
The Bedlam in Goliath
I really dig this album.. the new drummer Thomas Pridgen is more than impressive.. he conducts beats w/n beats and beats w/n melodies.. it's unreal.. def a great add to the band... but the thing that always impresses me is how evolved their live performances are.. i could hear hints of Carlos Santana, King Crimson, to Phil Collins, to even Curtis Mayfield.. pretty dope shit.. plus their live shows can last around 2.5hrs to 3 hrs..
New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
She took this album places i thought weren't possible.. i really like the fact that Sa-Ra Creative Partners worked very closely with her on the album... really dig the sound and the message.. PLUS Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta is featured on a track.. this album was def on heavy rotation..
Searching for Rick Rubin
This mixtape i think is really underated.. I enjoy watching these guys live and it translates pretty well on wax as well.. Netic is a pretty dope emcee and you can tell he really respects the craft.. this mixtape draws from songs that legendary hip-hop producer and Co-Founder of Def-Jam Records Rick Rubin had something to do with.. (by the way.. he produced The Mars Volta's 1st Album De-Loused in the Comatorium ;) and features folks like Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Zion I among others... definitely something that folks that are only hip-hop heads may be able to get into..
The Odd Couple
I've seen many reviews of folks hating on this album.. but i enjoyed this album more than I enjoyed St. Elsewhere. It's a bit melancholy.. but that's what i'd expect from a group that's been on top in the world of Pop for like 2 years.. i love the progression and can't wait to hear more from this duo
Ode To The Ghetto
I wasn't impressed the first time I heard Guilty.. I saw him for the first time the day after new years at a Madlib show in NYC.. He was the best performer that night HANDS DOWN... and I've been following him ever since.. Ode To The Ghetto is a more than solid release and I'm beginning to understand why J.Dilla held Guilty in such high regard..
She came on the scene and blew motherfuckers away... it's like damn.. last year i was hyped about M.I.A. and Santogold goes and puts out an album that's waaaay doper than Kala.. and a dub mixtape wit Diplo that keeps folks dancing.. I'm excited by the fact that she fucks wit Bad Brains and she did a cover of Right Brigrade on the Top Ranking mixtape
The Beauty in Distortion/ Land of The Lost
I actually found these folks on ?uestlove's myspace page.. and I'm glad I did... I saw them live and I was immediately in love with Jack Davey.. the stage presence is fucking amazing and drawing.. sexy people and sexy sounds
Mainframe & Blu
Johnson & Jonson
i dig the ole school beats.. and i can't seem to get bored hearing Blu flo.. all around solid album.. not a single track that i skip over
L.A. EP 2x3
reminded me of the first time i heard madlib instrumentals... can really feel the excitement he breaths through his music.. plus his sound is larger than life.. definitely made to really play loud. it's super crisps, super clear, with great depth
The Layover EP
pretty much a banger all around.. like the fact that he and The Alchemist are coming out with an album together... really impressed by Fashawn.. def want to hear more from him.. I'm sure I wont be disappointed by Cats and Dogs when it drops next year..