Likwit Junkies (Defari & DJ Babu) —
LJ's ... CD ABB, 2005. Used ...
A strong set from the team of Defari and DJ Babu of the Dilated Peoples! It's certainly no secret that our favorite hip hop is still built from soul and funk beats, and if you haven't figured it out from the Likwit's logo, a tribute to the mighty JBs, that's the kind of game they play! Defari's vocals complement Babu's beats so well that it's a wonder that this is their first LP as a team! Another treat from Cali! Tracks include "L.J.'s Anthem", "One Day Away", "The Hop", "Salute", "Change", "Strength In Numbers" with Phil Da Agony & Evidence, "Keep Doin' It", "Brother" and more! CD
Defari's underground hit that proved that LA MC's don't have to fall into the trap of Death Row-type gangsta on one side and the we're-boring-but-at least-we're-underground sound on the other. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Little Brother transitions to the majors with their soulful underground sound intact – and deliver an effort that in the best moments improve upon the already classic Listening LP! It looks like this just isn't going to go over with the TRL crowd, despite the Atlantic logo. The soul sample vibe in general has seeped back onto the pop charts thanks to Kanye, but the prolific 9th Wonder's brand is of a much grittier stock. Honestly, as ubiquitous as 9th's production presence continues to be, there's still really no one else out there like Little Brother – which is another reason to celebrate. Like the golden era work by the prime movers of the Native Tongues, the Wu, and Organized Noize collectives, LB's sound is an instantly identifiable, singular signature that you just can't bite. Don't expect to hear a better full length hip hop album on a major label in '05. Tracks include instrumental versions of "Beautiful Morning", "The Becoming", "Not Enough", "Slow It Down" and "All For You" feat Darien Brockington, "Cheatin'", "Lovin It" feat Joe Scudda, "Watch Me", "Sincerely Yours", "Still Lives Through", "We Got Now" feat Chaundon and more! LP, Vinyl record album
A tasty helping of material from Justus League flagship Little Brother – who lit the underground ablaze a couple years ago with their debut on ABB – and hope to do the same in '05 when the Minstrel Show drops on Atlantic! Chitlin Circuit features unreleased tracks, remixes and b-sides – largely produced by 9th Wonder (natch) and Khrysis, with some guest turns by Nicolay and Young Guru. There's some damn strong s**t here – featuring the crew's signature soulful and string-laden funk production – with the tougher wordplay they've been rockin' in the couple of years since The Listening! 18 tracks in all: "War", "Third Party" feat Joe Scudda, "Honorable" feat Chaundon, "Yo-Yo (rmx)", "Nighttime Maneuvers" (rmx), "Altitudes", "Welcome To Durham" featuring Big Daddy Kane, "Flash And Flare" feat LEGACY, "Take It There", "The Beginning" feat Yahzarah and more! CD
Three nice ones from the always-dope Tommy Tee. "What's Your Name?" features Nice & Smooth, with their best cut in a while, almost reminding us of the classics on their first lp. "Lethal Dosage" features Souls Of Mischief. "Above Da Law" features Ruck, 8-Off/Agallah, Starang Wondah, Labba, & Big Twan. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Tracks include "Southern Comfort", "Stick To Your Own Kind", "That Ol' Dupree Sh!t", "I'm Not The Man", "Devils Get No Dap", "3-2-1 Contact", "Stabbed By The Steeple", "Another Nail In The Coffin", and "Life". LP, Vinyl record album
Tracks include "Dreamy Days", "No Strings", "Banishment Boogie", "Black Box Interlude", "Kicking The Cack", "Sinny Sin Sins", "Evil Rabbit", "Swords In The Dirt", "Highest Grade", and "Stone The Crows". CD
Talib Kweli —
Gravitas ... LP Javotti Media, 2014. New Copy 2LP ...
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Modern mic legend Talib Kweli delivers once again – with busy, brilliant rhymes and diverse production backdrop – and appearances by guitarist Gary Clark Jr, Big KRIT, Raekwon, Abby Dobson, The Underachievers and more. Kweli has been killing mics since the 90s, and much to our appreciation he's still sounds like a hungry young gun after all these years – and proudly carrying the torch for mic centric hip hop. Includes "Inner Monologue", the standout "Demonology" with Big KRIT & Gary Clark Jr, "State Of Grace" feat Abby Dobson, "Violations" feat Raekwon, "New Leaders" feat The Underachievers, "The Wormhole", "What's Real" feat RES, "Art Imitates Life" feat Black Thought, Rah Digga and Albe Back, "Lover's Peak" and "Colors Of You" feat Mike Posner. LP, Vinyl record album