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As of late I’ve mostly been offering you goodies from established artists and people you’re generally familiar with. Cats who’ve already put in their work and now have the luxury of having fans who actually pay attention whenever their name pops up.
Well, with ’09 on its death bed and the genesis of a new year upon us, I figured, let’s hang with some newer cats today. And even though these guys aren’t technically the newest, most unheard of bunch, they’re still working hard to have their cult followings blow up to the masses.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
No, the above title heading isn’t my prediction but in fact the name of the new record from Detroit’s torchbearer of production since the late great Dilla‘s passing, Black Milk.
As this is his 4th official drop (and like nth if you count mixtapes and what not) it’s odd for me to call Milk a new schooler just because he’s still relatively unknown to the masses. Everyone in the scene knows him and is quite familiar with his hard edged boom bap and pocket cadences, and homie’s been doing his thing for quite some time now. However, because of where he’s at and what he’s accomplished, general media still consider him part of this class and well, I guess it’s better than going the route of has-been. Anyway, from what I’m told, Milk’s swinging for the fences this year and I’ll be the first to admit I have a personal stake in seeing Detroit cats win. So, here’s my nudge for Milk to get his this year.
It seems like if you throw Jay (or J-)in your name, success is inevitable.
Jay Dee (Dilla not Dupri), Jay-Z, J-Rocc, J.J. Fad, J-Kwon…okay, so maybe not everyone who throws it in there, but there seem to be enough. Now to add to the list, the South’s first internationally known true-blue lyricist since ’93’s inauguration of a young Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin, Jay Electronica.
Nas approved, Mos Def affiliated and Erykah Badu loved, in his short time in the business, the new Jay on the block has accomplished an incredible amount and shows absolutely no signs of slowing for the new year. If you’ve never heard him, just imagine Mos Def and DOOM‘s lovechild. Or better yet, why don’t you just take a listen for yourself. Courtesy of Jay and another blockbuster of a close affiliate in Just Blaze, I give you that new new.
This Roots affiliate, like many of the others (Malik B., Dice Raw, etc.), gets under appreciated for his work. I’m not trying to claim that he’s the hottest thing out, but he’s quite good at what he does and if you’re ever searchin for some good ol’ fashioned gettin it in type raps, he’s always worth checking.
Cut from the Roots ‘Sandwiches EP’, Truck brings you a minute of that raw ish. I like it beaucoup.
And that’s the news.
Tomorrow’s NYE! Get it in.
So between having technical, not artistic, differences at work and running around like a bear during mating season I’ve managed to become really fucking ILL, naw mean? ha ha ha. To be less cryptic I am nursing a bit of a cold and yeah it’s mostly related to my day job cuz I do like teaching! Edutainment is always good and Clipse and Black Milk may provide some for us on this new music Tuesday.
Big Up Brent “Boom Bap” Modesto for turning me on to Black Milk. Check Black Milk’s latest release:
Gangster rappers, The Clipse, with a penchant for the bappy sound are still waiting for their album to be released, it’s been pushed to December last I read. They’ve collaboed with British soul singer Joss Stone on one track and love it, hate it or kind of like it; it is different. Mix tape soon to be released to promote their clothing line, Play Cloths.