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As album sales increasingly decline, it seems that official CD releases are following the trend as the next few weeks look barren at best.  All the while, online mixtape downloads seem to be doubling and tripling.  So, as not to combat the grain of the market, I give you a bunch of new DL’s for your listening pleasure.

First up, Jim Jones.

The Dipset Capo definitely knows how to market himself.  Every time he drops a ‘Ballin‘ or a ‘Pop Champagne’, he has the good sense to jump on a Ghostface or Kid Cudi joint and actually hold his own (yes…I said it).  And well, I still can’t tell you why I like him, or why anyone does….perhaps it’s one of those ‘Je ne sais quoi’s (or what Jim lovingly refers to as his[the most overused word in the world right now] swagger) or maybe it’s just time for Pigpen to succeed.  Anyways…here he is once more, this time with Hip-Hop’s Zach Morris, Asher Roth doing a remix of ‘I Love College’.

Asher Roth ft. Jim Jones – I Love College (Harlem Mix)

…Taipei’s Newest Imports

Haha…I still have NO idea how or why DJ Paul and Juicy J were in Taipei on NYE, but I heard they scared the bejeezus out of the crowd and rocked them pretty senseless.  So, hopefully that means more Three6Mafia in the clubs and less Flo Rida. YAAAAY!!!!

Here’re are a couple new tunes from the brains behind Crunk Music….

Three 6 Mafia – DAMN Feat. Project Pat
Three 6 Mafia – They Don’t Like That (Club)

New mixtape ish from Blacksmith Music.

This time Blacksmith CEO, Talib Kweli, long time collaborator, Res, and Toronto indie darling, Graph Nobel have combined to create Idle Worship. No word as to whether there will be an album or if this is just for fun, but here they are debuting over Busta’s ‘How we do it over here’ beat by Dr. Dre.

Idle Worship – Try It On (howwedoitoverhere)

Finally, if you’re like me, you were bombarded by Loud.com on your myspace and facebook a few months back talking about a competition to be the next Loud signee.

Well, aside from my general reservations of online contests, I also figured there’d be no way I could be among the finalists strictly based on my lack of gangsterific content.  Well, I was wrong….they picked dope lyricists….only problem is that you had to be a semi-celebrity FIRST, to even be considered a finalist (or so it would seem).

Loud has released their contest mixtape featuring the likes of:

  • Jake One : Underground uber producer.  Has worked with everyone from Posdnuous to 50 Cent and had one of the best hip-hop albums of ’08.
  • Brother Ali : Atmosphere labelmate and underground champion
  • Eyedea : Another underground darling, although I think his DJ, DJ Abilities, outshines him like a sun to a candle.
  • Royce Da 5’9″:  You already know about him.

So yeah….check it out…it’s still a good collection of artists, just lacking in the contest department.

KNONAM:  The Loud.com EP

That’s it from me.

The crew will be centralized back in Taipei very soon, so expect more posts from the fellas in the next few weeks.

Triple.

In 6 days…the name sake of this blog returns. **GUNFINGER IN THE AIR!!! PULL IT!!! PULL IT!!!**

And to commemorate, I thought I’d post 6 classic (and not-so classic) Posse Cuts all featuring 6 artists.

In no particular order…

1. De La Soul Feat. Q-Tip, the Jungle Brothers & Monie Love – Buddy Remix

Yes, I know, Queen Latifah sings backup on it, but it’s only for 4 bars, so it doesn’t deserve a principal credit.  Also, Phife was on the original remix, but if I’m not mistaken, was taken out of the video because his verse was too explicit.  Anyways…possibly the first posse cut ever where everyone in the video actually seem like friends.

2. Rascalz Feat. Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Thrust & Checkmate – Northern Touch

If you’re a Canadian, you know how much this track meant to Canadian morale.  The biggest thing since Maestro’s (f.k.a. Maestro Fresh Wes) – Let Your Backbone Slide.  The Rascalz before they started sucking, Choclair when he didn’t suck as much and Kardinal before he was a Konvict…

3. Three 6 Mafia Feat. Young Buck, 8 Ball & MJG – Stay Fly

The last Three 6 Mafia single with Crunchy Black still part of the crew.  This tune is enormous and did tremendous things for the South’s mainstream reputation of only putting out stripper music.  Many people have converted on the strength of this song alone.

4. Wu-Tang Clan (RZA, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface, Cappadonna & Inspectah Deck) – Careful (Click, Click)

In my opinion, one of the Wu’s most highly slept-on tunes/videos.  Menacing, grizzly basstones, Philip Glass’esque tinklings, a vomit green wash, great camera work and Dwayne Wayne from a Different World…what more do you want!?!  This is pure, unadulterated Wu-Tang.

5.  Hieroglyphics – You Never Knew

Call them the Wu-Tang of the West.  Or call Wu-Tang the Hiero of the East.  Either way, although Hiero never achieved the same star-status, much like Wu-Tang, Hiero (Del, Souls of Mischief, Pep Love, Casual) completely changed the way emcees both wrote and delivered.  Lyrically beasts, Hiero has, and continue to (see Casual and Del’s latest work) pioneer some of the newest and most exciting cadences in music.  If you never knew…now you do.

6. New Edition – Hit Me Off

And last, but certainly not least…Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mikey, Johnny and Ralph.  New Edition.  Nuff said.

Triple.

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