Great visuals for “Are You… Can You… Were You” from Shabazz Palaces release Black Up which came out last summer. Be sure to check out the video and the entire stand out release.
Archive for January, 2012
A quick teaser for the long awaited 3rd DJ Format album, Statement of Intent. While it hasn’t been announced that, personal favourite and frequent collaborator, Abdominal will feature, it does include the UK’s DJ Format collaborating with Edan, Mr. Life, Sureshot La Rock, Phill Most Chill and more. This is the first we’ve heard about a follow up to 2005 album, If You Can’t Join ‘em, Beat ‘em, since he dropped the Mr.DJ/Dope Pusher EP nearly a whole year ago. The album is due out on February 27th 2012.
One we clearly missed on last year. Jazz Spastiks lay down an amazing 4 minutes of sample usage for Junclassic to kick it over. Hard to hate it, shame we missed it.
Long Time Comin is a collaboration between three Chicago artists that don’t get enough recognition. This is the first work we have heard from these artists in 2012, and we are looking forward to more.
Download it here
While Lasers, Lupe’s previous full length album might have been a dud, the Friend of the People mix tape showed what Lupe is capable of at his best. In this video for Double Burger With Cheese, Lupe’s rhymes are dissected and illustrated line by line. This is the type of work Lupe does best.
Considering half of the Lesson Six staff is from the UK, we don’t post as much British Hip-Hop as we should. So, let’s rectify that with Brighton’s producer/MC, Jae Fresh, and his recent jazz-inspired release I Need A Coffee. It’s really interesting to hear British topics on tracks, we don’t really get enough tracks on the class divide from American artists, unless it involves the hood or the police in some way. Some really great production on this one too, also handled by Jae with “Wronging”, “Today” & “Black Coffee” standing out so far.
Joke/Not Joke Hip-Hop group, Das Racist, have recently decided to all release solo mixtapes for the new year. Unsurprisingly, Heems’ mixtape, Nehru Jackets, is pretty strange but occasionally hits on those intelligent references that DR’s high reputation was built upon, if albeit littered with subpar guest apperences. Download it for free, before Mediafire goes down as well.
A video for Seijun Suzuki from the Blue Scholars latest album Cinemetropolis, which on a side note was one of the best from the last year. The video is a little random, and the samurai swords are pretty cool.
What a great collection of instrumentals this one is. The 19 year-old Hashbrown has a whopping thirty-seven of 60s and 70s funk inspired beats for you to feast on. Let’s hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of this eclectic producer throughout the year. The collection is available on one of those name your price deals.