Monday, 8 October 2007

Intervallum 83 - QB Street Knowledge

Killa Sha - God Walk On Water

Traffic Entertainment Group and Money Maker proudly presents Killa Sha ""God Walk On Water"" featuring: Large Professor, Tragedy Khadafi, Havoc from Mobb Deep, Trife Da God, Ayatolla, ILL Bill from Non Phixion and La Coka Nostra & more! Study your lessons!

01. Intro
02. Nourishment
03. Air
04. Deep Thoughts
05. Unbroken
06. One Hand Wash The Other (feat. Tragedy Khadafi & Trife Da God)
07. A Thing Called Love
08. Work The Plan (feat. Havoc)
09. Tune Of Life
10. Piff (feat. ACD)
11. Front Lines (feat. Large Pro)
12. Maskaraid
13. Come on
14. Cash
15. Mr Ni-Eve (feat. Dressa)
16. Stick & Move (feat. Born Unique & Ill Bill)
17. Un Believable

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Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Intervallum 82 - Long Time Comin

Special Teamz - Stereotypez

Newly formed group made up of Bostonian underground emcees Slain of La Coka Nostra, Jaysaun of The Kreators, DJ JayCeeOh and the legendary Edo G. For their Duck Down debut they've enlisted the like of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Jake One and Marco Polo on production, and while each member brings their own personal style to the album, they still share a common factor, growing up in one of America's oldest cities. Though rich in history, Boston is not without its faults, nor is it widely spoken of when referring to hip hop, as the group touches on socio-political topics and a city that prides itself on its diversity, and yet this ideology alone is the reason it remains a city divided.

01. Get Down
02. Three Kingz
03. Stereotypez
04. Boston To Bucktown (feat. Sean Price / Buckshot)
05. Classical
06. Main Event
07. Long Time Commin (feat. Devin The Dude)
08. Home (feat. JY / Twice Thou / Akrobatik / Frankie Wainwright / Dre Rob)
09. Clap Your Handz
10. Story Of My Life (feat. JY)
11. Fallen Angelz (feat. D Guest)
12. One Call
13. Fight Club
14. Dirty Money (feat. Ill Bill)
15. Pushaman
16. Race Riot
17. Gun In My Hand (Bonus Track) (feat. Jamey Jasta)

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Intervallum 81 - Spreading Like Cancer

DJMuggs Vs. Sick Jacken - Legend Of The Mask & The Assassin

Legend of the Mask and the Assassin is a collaboration album of Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill. This is the first time a Psycho Realm member has collaborated with a Cypress Hill member since Psycho Realm's debut album. Most of the tracks are featuring Cynic of Street Platoon, who is also part of the Sick Symphonies group. The album has two Spanish tracks, "El Barrio'" and "Ciclon".

1. The Initiation
2. Mask And The Assasin
3. Ciclon
4. Land Of Shadows
5. God's Banker
6. Reptilian Renaissance
7. Praying Mantis
8. El Barrio
9. Interlude
10. Unorthodox Blocks
11. The Hole (P.O.W.)
12. Stairs To The Beast
13. Black Ships
14. Rebel Angel
15. Silent Crimes
16. 2012

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Monday, 1 October 2007

Intervallum 80 - Listen To The Pouring Rain

Earmint - Another Early Evening

EV Records is proud to introduce Chi-town beat-smith Earmint! This debut LP features vocals from Psalm One (Rhymesayers), Illogic (Rhymesayers), Diverse (Chocolate Industries), Murs (Def Jux), Roc C (Stones Throw) and LongShot (EV Records) along with co-production from Elliot Lipp (Hefty Records), Overflo (Birthwrite Records), and Mr. Magic Pantz. Earmint first hit the Chicago hip hop scene with a track on Diverses critically acclaimed album “1AM.”

01. The Flashy Slang Ft. Psalm One
02. Cut To Carchase
03. Haven't Been Home
04. Don't Aver Know Why (Instro)
05. Be That Ft. Longshot & Roc C
06. So Much For Nothing (Instro)
07. Wreck Shop (Instro)
08. Guaranteed (Instro)
09. So Terrible It's Terrifying
10. Good Grief (Instro)
11. I'm The Ft. Mur & Anacron
12. All City
13. The Bluessinger Ft. Diverse
14. Attack On All Fronts (Instro)
15. Move That (Instro)
16. What My Climn Ft. Longshot
17. Listen To The Pouring Rain
18. Then Go Outside (Vocals By Samatha Dole)
19. At The Shore (Bonus Track)
20. Plug Connect Express (Bonus Track)

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Intervallum 79 - Stoned Raiders

Cypress Hill - Temples Of Boom

"Once again the powers of the herb open up the deep inside and tell me what you find." With that piece of counsel (soon followed by a coughing fit), Cypress Hill begins its journey through Temples of Boom, the group's third (and seemingly Halloween-inspired) album. Creepy, catchy and cranky The Temples of Boom is mostly the same little green bag of tricks, mixed with the occasional Cypress treat. On each spooky track, the Hill leads the listener deep within the temples, fills the room with ganja smoke, and then suddenly leaps out, flexing its trademark skillz inches from your nose. For me it's their best album.

01. Spark Another Owl
02. Throw Your Set In The Air
03. Stoned Raiders
04. Illusions
05. Killa Hill Niggas
06. Boom Biddy Bye Bye
07. No Rest For The Wicked
08. Make A Move
09. Killafornia
10. Funk Freakers
11. Locotes
12. Red Light Visions
13. Stickly Hip Hop
14. Let it Rain
15. Everybody Must Get Stoned

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Intervallum 78 - Train Of Thought

Pat D & Lady Paradox - Kind Of Peace

‘'Kind of Peace'’ is the second release from Hull based Hip-Hop label A Bridge Too Far Recordings. It features the production skills of Hull based beat maker Pat D accompanied by the smooth and honest lyricism of Midlands based female emcee Lady Paradox. The album features 14 tracks of Jazzy soulful based Hip-Hop fused with down to earth, yet meaningful lyrics provided by Lady Paradox and guests. The album also boasts several guest appearances from some of the UK’s finest emcees and singers, such as Karizma, Sam Sure, Logan, Lauren Jade and Selone.

01. Intro
02. Perspectives
03. Step Off (Feat Lauren Jade)
04. Dreams
05. Tick Of Time (Feat Sam Sure)
06. Train Stations & Playstations
07. Saw You Last Week (Feat Lauren Jade)
08. Nightmares
09. When The Weather Fades
10. Hiphop Quotables (Feat Logan)
11. Escapism (Feat Karizma & Selone)
12. Train Of Thought
13. Summertime
14. Outro

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Intervallum 77 - Lyrical Melee

Army Of The Pharaohs - Ritual Of Battle

The collection of tracks on Ritual of Battle is so grimy and morbid that it would make your current favorite hard body emcee run and shudder and will probably have the same effect on your average Hip Hop fan. Army Of The Pharaohs’s group members all contribute their unique style to the cauldron reminiscent of another 9 member group from New York (Wu Tang) but their concoction, Ritual of Battle, lacks the chemistry and focus of early Wu Tang projects. Ritual of Battle is an album for a specific niche of hardcore East Coast underground heads and despite the endless violence there are still some head bangers on Ritual Of Battle but if you’re not apart of the cult they’re targeting it’s safe to pass on Ritual Of Battle.

01. Swords Drawn

02. Time To Rock
03. Dump The Clip
04. Black Christmas
05. Blue Steel
06. Gun Ballad
07. Strike Back
08. Frontline
09. Through Blood By Thunder
10. Murda Murda
11. Bloody Tears
12. Seven
13. Drama Theme
14. Pages In Blood
15. D & D
16. Don't Cry

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Intervallum 76 - Rap Circus

Dev Rocka - The Night Shift

Up and coming Philadelphia / New York producer Dev Rocka, best known for his work with Chief Kamachi and Reef The Lost Cauze, is about to unleash his debut album Night Shift. With help from an all-star ensamble of independent Hip Hop's elite, Dev Rocka will leave an undeniable mark on the game with this producer album, as he provides a new fresh sound for Hip Hop fans everywhere to take in and enjoy. The record features guest vocals from Planet Asia, Killah Priest, Krumbsnatcha, Chief Kamachi, Reef The Lost Cauze, Maylay Sparks, The High & Mighty, Charon Don, State Store, Black Opz and more.

01. Intro Ft. Kawshen
02. Us Against The World Ft. Mr. Eon & Charon Don
03. Relax Ft. Maylay Sparks
04. Slum Hustler Ft. State Store
05. Sky High Ft. Chief Kamachi
06. Say What? Ft. Charon Don
07. Dutches & Phillies Ft. NY Rhyme Exchange & Reef The Lost Cauze
08. Curtains Ft. Planet Asia & Reef The Lost Cauze
09. Hood Shit Ft. Broady Boy Ace
10. Rap Circus Ft. Kawshen, Krumbsnatcha
11. Observers Ft. Charon Don & Killah Priest
12. Ain't No Holding Back Ft. Granz
13. Vocab & Knowledge Ft. Drac, Mic Wrecka, Madman, Broady Boy Ace
14. In The End Ft. Reef The Lost Cauze
15. Captivating

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Intervallum 75 - From The Tobin Bridge To The Brooklyn Bridge

Big Shug - Street Champ

Big Shug has a gargantuan significance in the Boston hip hop scene. With the 2005 release of Who’s Hard?, Shug made his personal album debut into the hip hop market. However, his involvement is infinite and perhaps most memorably captured by his verse in Gangstarr’s classic "The Militia." Having encouraged Guru to begin rapping in the first place, Shug is largely responsible for establishing the Boston hip hop community. His new release entitled Street Champ is more evident of that than anything, featuring singles with Singapore Kane and Boston’s own Edo G, it looks to launch Shug even further above the clouds of Boston hip hop’s legendary status. Staying true to the Gang Starr Foundation formula, Big Shug recreates his indelible bond with DJ Premier on Street Champ with three tracks, including the street-banger ''It Just Don't Stop.'' For round two, however, Shug also taps rising producer MoSS to guide his sonic tour de force. Street Champ also features guest appearances from Termanology, Sean Price with the latter joining forces with Big Twins from Infamous Mobb on the massive posse cut ''Leg Breakers''.

01. Intro
02. Streetchamp
03. Hood with That
04. Play It
05. Warpath - Big Shug, , Ea$y Money, Termanology
06. Walk Away
07. Legbreakers - Big Shug, Big Twins, , Sean Price
08. Street Move - Big Shug, Singapore Kane
09. Spit It Real
10. It Just Don't Stop
11. Call Me Back
12. Spitfire - Big Shug, Dre Robinson, Singapore Kane
13. Hear Me
14. What You Gonna Do
15. Interlude
16. Exposed
17. Lost
18. After Me

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Intervallum 74 - For The Fans Of The Chicago Sound

Pugs Atomz - Conversations With A Chamelion

This is Pugs' third album and Conversations with a Chamelion successfully encompasses the positive unification of Hip-Hop's raw elements. Producer Colin Response provides most of the quality production and from the bluesy first cut The Last Time you know Pugs' career has really just begun. Response has worked with Chitown's finest including Twista and he is also behind the head-nodding Whatever Man, a track for all the slackers that got an excuse for everything. Another banger is The Outlaw, a combination of the soulful Chi sound and a scratched Lil' Kim sample. Hi-Tek drops in on the production with Black Boy which featuring Hall of Fame. Tear In Your Eye is another Colin Response track and Pugs delves into the love Hip-Hop is capable of evoking, reminding me of some of the good memories I have from my experiences with Thick. Moments that encapsulate someone else's unbridled expression that you can relate to whether during concerts, albums or countless documentaries that capture irreplaceable times. The introspective For The Free is an excellent punctuation and summarizes the sentiment here well.

01 Working, Building
02 Movement
03 Whatever Man
04 Memorial Feat. Deuce Eclipse and Dave Ghetto
05 4 Play
06 Dogwood Tree
07 Break Night
08 The Outlaw
09 Black Boy Feat. Hall Of Fame
10 N Side
11 Questionin Feat. Capital D and Verbal E
12 Eye Of The Storm (Blue)
13 Tear In Your Eye
14 Vacation
15 For The Free

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Intervallum 73 - Crown Royal

Jill Scott - The Real Thing

Jill Scott is one artist that continues to put out solid music year after year. With her third release she continues this streak by displaying thoughtful lyrics, a beautiful voice, and some nice tracks. The tracks range from having a slight rock tinge to just relaxing smooth tracks. This is a very nice album, cop it or...

01. Jill Scott - Let It Be
02. Jill Scott - The Real Thing
03. Jill Scott - Hate On Me
04. Jill Scott - Come See Me
05. Jill Scott - Crown Royal
06. Jill Scott - Epiphany
07. Jill Scott - My Love
08. Jill Scott - Insomnia
09. Jill Scott - How It Make You Feel
10. Jill Scott - Only You
11. Jill Scott - Whenever You're Around
12. Jill Scott - Celibacy Blues
13. Jill Scott - All I
14. Jill Scott - Wanna Be Loved
15. Jill Scott - Breathe
16. Jill Scott - Imagination (Crown Royale Suite)
17. Jill Scott - Rightness (Bonus Track)

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Intervallum 72 - Check It & Give Props

Shane Hunter - Conditions And Shifts

Shane Hunter is the next generation of underground hip hop. Listen to where indie hip hop should be. Gripping vocals, shredding lyrics, and hip hop hooks that are so memorable and catchy, Conditions and Shifts will have you rapping along after one listen. In Conditions and Shifts, Shane Hunter raps about his Los Angeles surroundings during the past few years, but does it in a very un-traditional Hip Hop fashion.

01. Dust
02. Equine Traffic
03. Effigy
04. New Stylus
05. New Bear Flag Revolt
06. Soon Come
07. Alaska
08. Do Your Worst
09. Yes, Indeed
10. Rollin' Trusses
11. Stack Of Bibles
12. Equine Traffic Version

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Intervallum 71 - Choice Choice37

Choice37 - Diligence

Choice 37's album "Diligence" hits you's heat son! and shit's bigger than Pokemon son! HEAT!...the album features: Aloe Blacc, Blu, Braille, Othello, Lauren Santiago, Kero One, El Gambina, Freddie Joachim, and The Earl...did I mention...HEAT!

01. People Music (Intro)
02. Conversate feat. Kero One & El Gambina
03. Wings feat. Braille
04. Tomorrow feat. Othello
05. Love vs. Vanity (Interlude)
06. Search
07. Balance
08. Piece feat. Blu
09. Rhythm (Interlude)
10. Take Your Time feat. Aloe Blacc
11. Back To Cuba feat. The Earl
12. Hope feat. Lauren Santiago
13. Part of Me feat. Jung
14. Conversate feat. Kero One & El Gambina (rmx)
15. Wonder (Outro)

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Intervallum 70 - Music Box

Matlock - Moonshine

Not your grandma's Matlock, this is bedrock Chi hip hop Matlock -- a hard thumpin' batch from an MC that doesn't mince words - with appearances by RA The Rugged Man, Rusty Chains, Pace Won and Juice. Chicago on fire baby !

01. Intro
02. Liven Em Up
03. Pignose (feat. RA The Rugged Man)
04. Bury My Body
05. Don't Sleep
06. Interlude
07. Moonshine
08. Love N Hate
09. Dear Abbey
10. Get Lit (feat. Rusty Chains)
11. This Music
12. Interlude
13. Cursed
14. Live At EV
15. Quatro Muchachos (feat. Pace Won / Rusty Chains / Juice)
16. I'm A Thief
17. Music Box
18. Northside Die-Hard
19. Outro

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Intervallum 69 - Good Luck Trying To Categorize Their Music !

The Heliocentrics - Out There

Four years in the making, The Heliocentrics' debut album is finally complete. Out There is here. Good luck trying to categorize their music. Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective's objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that's where you might find The Heliocentrics.

A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there's also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra's music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics' music isn't retro. It's brand new. And it's timeless. They have well-placed fans in the likes of Madlib (Catto was featured on his Shades of Blue album and on various Yesterdays New Quintet releases) and DJ Shadow (the band backed him on the song “This Time I’m Gonna Do It My Way” from his The Outsider album), who will tell you that this band is really the next shit but that they have the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years.

1. Intro
2. Distant Star
3. Flight 583
4. Once Upon a Time
5. Beyond Repair
6. Sirius B
7. Untitled
8. They Are Among Us - Part 1
9. The Zero Hour
10. Joyride
11. The American Empire
12. Before I Die
13. Intermission
14. Age of the Sun
15. They Are Among Us - Part 2
16. Winter Song
17. A World of Masks
18. Sounds of the East
19. Somewhere Out There
20. Second Chance (K2’s Prayer)
21. Return Journey
22. Sirius A
23. Falling to Earth
24. Outro

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Intervallum 68 - 25 To Life

Tragedy Khadafi - The Death Of Tragedy

Tragedy Khadafi's (A.K.A. Percy Chapman) latest album is "The Death of Tragedy" (2007) a short seventeen track release which features production from Havoc, Scram Jones, Betrayal, GQ Beats, Now & Laterz, Crack Val, Alchemist & 4th Disciple. The veteran Queensbridge MC provides an album for the streets, often reppin his record label 25 To Life Records.

01. G-Formation
02. The Truest
03. I Am The Streets
04. Murder By Numbers
05. Crime Legacy
06. Sole Dead Brothers
07. Militain Mind State
08. Ryder Musik
09. Emaculate G's
10. Intimate Vision
11. Dejavu
12. If You Don't Know
13. 25 To Life
14. Elbouhio Of Death
15. Milk Murder (Tribute)
16. Mind State (bonus track)

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Intervallum 67 - Neverending Burning Fire

Gentleman - Another Intensity

„We got to be still, and still moving into another intensity.“

What can I say ? Another amazing album !
  1. Evolution
  2. Tranquility - Acoustic
  3. Lack Of Love
  4. Different Places
  5. Round The World
  6. Serenity
  7. Soulfood
  8. Celebration
  9. Mount Zion
  10. The Light Within
  11. In Pursuit Of Happiness
  12. Rage & Anger
  13. Respond To Yourself
  14. Missing Those Days
  15. Hosanna
  16. Jah Love
  17. Sin City
Chillout !