Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cheers To The Future As We Toast To Life

I haven't been around these parts in a long while and I'm just hoping this post will put me back on your good sides. I feel like the rap industry is bumpin' right now, from all the commercial stuff being released to up and coming young dudes doing their thing. I'm hooking you up with a few tracks I've been listening to on my last couple of playlists.

Apathy - Swagger Like Us Freestyle :: I gotta show a little love for Connecticut artists. Apathy has been puttin' out doubt shit for a while and I need to always show love from the local artists.
B.o.B. - I'll Be In The Sky :: This dude has been puttin' out shit from the ATL from a while now, but you need to at least hear this song before you dismiss the dude. And tell me this song doesn't remind you of an Andre 3000 influence.
Big Boi - Dubbz :: Big Boi's first joint off the album was so much doper than this, but I'll give him the chance because I really want to see this album succeed.
Cassidy - Circumstances :: It's nice to hear something from Cassidy every once in a while. Couple that with some amazing Island music behind it and you've got an irresistible song.
Charles Hamilton & Joe Budden - Invasion Freestyle :: Charles is one of the shining stars of young rap. He's got it going on, and mix the kid with Joe Budden and you have a freestyle worth listening to.
The Cool Kids - Gold Chain :: Typical Cool Kids rapping about just how fly they are.
The Cool Kids - If It Rocks, Let It Knock :: I cant get enough of this groups simplified beats about lyrical style.
Devin The Dude - I Can't Make It Home :: This southern rapper can clearly tell a story and he makes it enjoyable to listen to.
E-40 ft. Turf Talk - Got Rich Twice :: Although Forty Water's new album isn't going to be worth listening straight through, this song makes us remember early 40 and why he keeps it hyphy.
The Game ft. DJ Khaled - Red Light :: This dope song doesn't even compare to the kid's newest album, LAX. It's definitely worth the listen.
Kardinal Offishall ft. Akon, Sean Paul, Twista - Dangerous Remix :: I had to throw this one on their from all those readers who still listenin' to the radio. You'll appreciate this remix as much as I did when I saw Sean and Twista were on it.
My Life - Killer Mike Freestyle :: Although the original song was most definitely the fire, this freestyles a nice change of pace talking of life in the streets in a completely different way.
Lil' Wayne ft. Mike Tyson - The American Dream :: I don't know exactly what mixtape this comes from, but Dwayne continues to produce gems like these. Mike's lines add so much to the song, too.
Ludacris ft. Chris Brown, Sean Garrett - What Them Girls Like :: This track comes from Luda's new album, Theatre of the Mind. It appeals to any rap fan's love of Ludacris' lyrics and every girl's dream of Chris Brown, as well.
Lupe Fiasco ft. Pharrell, Q-Tip, Sarah Green - Paris, Tokyo Remix :: It takes a lot to remix a Lupe song well. Adding an all star line-up of the musicaly-inclined Pharrell, the oldschool but still rockin' Q-Tip, and Chi Town's Sarah Green makes this laid-back remix outstanding.
Lupe Fiasco - Phat Joe :: This track is from a young Lupe and it reminds us of why did as well as he did in the industry.
Peedi Crakk - More Towels :: I've always been a fan of Peedi and it's upbeat tracks like these that keep me listening.
Rick Ross ft. T Pain, Glasses Malone, Birdman - Sun Come Up :: My one complaint about this song is Birdman's verse. It definitely brings the joint down, but I posted this anyways to spread the word of Glasses and his west coast lyricism.
Scarface ft. Lil' Wayne, Bun B - Forget About Me :: Every once in a while a real hip-hop track comes around that keeps you listening. The legendary member of the Geto Boys is accompanied by the entertaining Wayne and Bun B, who I can never get enough of. This track let's you know why some say the South is on top.
Shwayze ft. J.Conway, J.Rockwell - Buzzin' Remix :: A lot of people have been feeling this song and I don't blame them. A couple of unknowns jump on the remix and result in a laid back song.
TI ft. Justin Timberlake - Dead & Gone [Right Click, Save As] :: The Paper Trail is going to be nice. Tip reminices on this track about his fallen friends and keeps it real.
TI - Ready For Whatever :: A typical TI track, but no one is complaining.
TI ft. Rihanna - Livin' Your Life [Right Click, Save As] :: The first time I heard this song on the VMAs, I was hooked. From the sample, to Rihannas excellent appearence, to TI's consistent delivery, it's a great track.
Wale ft. Young Chris, Freeway, Beanie Sigel - Cypher :: Couple DC artist Wale with some of Rocafella's best and you have one amazing cypher. (See Cypher on Urban Dicitionary.)
Wale - Will I :: Another great track by this DC dude, telling a story of how he came up. He might not have as much national appeal as he should, but you have to recognize talent.
Wiz Khalifa - Hero Freestyle :: I've been feeling Wiz ever since I heard his Say Yeah joint. He's rising on the underground rap scene, and he impressively tears up Nas' Hero instrumental.
Wiz Khalifa - Ink My Whole Body :: Another song by Mr. Spacely. His love of tattoo's is lyrically expressed over this captivating track.
Young Buck - My Chevy :: Every since Buck left the Unit, he's been dropping track after track of glorious down south hip-hop. He does work on this song about doing work in his ride.
Young Jeezy ft. Nas - My President Is Black :: On a track that is reminiscent of the trend on Untitled, Jeezy talks about his perspective. The Nas feature wraps this jam up nicely. Definitley a song worth having.

And that's a wrap.