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KA A Martyr's Reward

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KA A Martyr's Reward
Ka's A Martyrs Reward is a masterpiece. A cultural relic. It feels like every word and every moment and every sound is considered on this album.

Yamin Semali Phantom Feeling

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Yamin Semali Phantom Feeling
Yamin Semali’s Phantom Feeling is a head nodders daydream. Songs made with the soul of Boom-bap music for riding through southern streets and country roads.

Jeru the Damaja The Sun Rises in the East

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Jeru the Damaja The Sun Rises in the East
Jeru the Damaja’s The Sun Rises in the East will always be a certified classic.

Nas King's Disease 2

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Nas King's Disease 2
The follow-up to his Grammy award-winning King’s Disease, he brings us Kings Disease 2, his 13th release.

Sa-Roc The Sharecropper's Daughter

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Sa-Roc The Sharecropper's Daughter
Sa-Roc is very much a lyricists’ lyricist and it really shows on The Sharecropper's Daughter.

De La Soul De La Soul is Dead

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De La Soul De La Soul is Dead
This is a celebration of one of my favorite albums and favorite groups ever. Congratulations on getting the rights to your masters and 30 years of this classic masterpiece.

Kev Brown and J Scienide Stray from the Pack

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Kev Brown and J Scienide Stray from the Pack

Kev Brown and J Scienide Stray from the Pack Kev Brown and J Scienide’s Stray from the Pack heralds the headnod concocting producer/MC duo of Kev Brown and J Scienide return after 2019’s The Drum Machine Cassette. One of the most amazing feats of this album is how it seems to give a feeling of nostalgia without being redundant. Sometimes the way Kev Brown rhymes is reminiscent of when Pete Rock would rhyme on Pete Rock and CL Smooth albums. Nothing particularly groundbreaking on this album but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be appreciated. Truth be told I’ve already...

Goodie Mob Survival Kit

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Goodie Mob Survival Kit

Goodie Mob Survival Kit Goodie MO -B!!! A wise man told me that that new Goodie Mob was that FI and I concur.   “Calling, calling the ATL south and the whole entire world Get up, get into it involved Looks like a job for the Goodie Mob, lets work”   Good to hear them back and especially back together in general. This album took me by surprise, not only by the fact that it was made but how fire it is. This is an album, and it has to be listened to as such. I may have heard “Frontline”...

Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event 2: Wrath of God

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Busta Rhymes Extinction Level Event 2: Wrath of God
An album that’s been 11 years in the making. A sequel 22 years after its predecessor. A legend reminding people why he’s a legend. A theme that feels like it was made for the year of pandemics, upheavals, murder hornets, swarming locusts and don’t quote me on this but I even believe there was an admission of aliens or some shit. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is here!

Adrian Younge presents: Angela Muñoz Introspection

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Adrian Younge presents: Angela Muñoz Introspection
The first thing that has to be noted is that this is an Adrian Younge album. With his signature sound that may sound vintage but simply uses more vintage recording techniques. It’s obvious that Adrian Younge grew up in an age inhabited by hip hop as we know it. It’s also obvious that he was influenced by Thom Bell and the Philadelphia sound which was evidenced by a previous release with William Hart (Poogie) of The Delfonics. That release may have showcased a familiar voice with a familiar sound, but obviously with a new man steering the way forward as it also lets us get a glimpse into a range of his vision forward.

A Tribe Called Quest We Got it From Here... Thank You for Your Service

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A Tribe Called Quest We Got it From Here... Thank You for Your Service
This album is amazingly vivrant, soulful, heartfelt, bangin’, etc. An unfortunate undercurrent though is that this is the last Tribe Album ever, due to the unfortunate passing of The Trini-Gladiator, Malik the Five Foot Freak, Dinomutt, The Funky Diabetic, Don Juice, Mutty Ranks, Phife Dawg, Phife Diggy, The Phifer. There will never ever be another. And seriously, Jarobi is in rare form on this album! Similar to how Phife gained legendary status when he really really showed up on Low End Theory.

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