Friday, 21 December 2012

"Game Changer" by Saigon ft. Marsha Ambrosius

"Now all along they thinkin we do a song how we bang the girls, I said naw lil' nigga we bout to change the world/
And when I turned it in expecting a grin, they gave a nigga this look like 'never again'/
And I looked back at them like 'never again', I love all of you mother fuckers but just as some friends/
I can't do music if it ain't got a message within, I guess y'all can leave that up to the rest of them then/"
So K Brenton just showed me this song and was telling me he was thinkin of blogging it but the homie is getting jacked so I'm the guy to bring you that sick hip hop shit for the day. This song was awesome. I always wish more people heard songs like this because they think the industry is one way when it's really not. I got in an argument with someone saying I don't dislike mainstream music, mainstream is just what is popular. I don't like when the mainstream becomes taken over by people created by the industry. And I know about the industry doin that because of songs like this; others that pop into my head are "Just to be Different" by Joe Budden or "Industry is Punks"  by Tech N9ne. Songs explaining an artist realizing getting signed to a record label means they have to sacrifice their integrity and change who they are, ultimately leading them to abandon that path. Anyways, he kills the rhymes and message and Marsha Ambrosius provides a great chorus with a nostalgic feel from an earlier hip hop. Check it out.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

"Oh My God, You Need to See This!" by Mac Lethal

"Every time I turn the television on/
I see another thing reminding me that everything is wrong/
I see news people interviewing 5 year old children/
not even 30 minutes after witnessing a killing/"

This video is pretty fucking cool. It starts off slow, with what seems to be an annoying guy having too much fun with his iPhone. But it quickly evolves into a catchy little beat with some BIG rhymes and tongue flippin skills lol. Mac Lethal is known for his creative YouTube videos, and once again his emceeing skills are crazier than you would expect just based on the setting. He talks about the way he sees this fucked up world these days, and absolutely murks it. Check this creative shit out!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

"Familiar" by Classified ft. Mic Boyd & DJ IV

"Ain't nothin' like bass to put a smile on your face/
You can hear the 808 from a mile away/
And if you see the smoke blowin', then we're higher than planes/
Those Boyds and their childish ways/"

So the information surrounding Classified's next album has finally released. The self-titled album will be released on January 22nd, 2013. Fuckin right. The Eternal Cadence team has big hopes for 2013, expecting plenty of dope music to share with y'all! Anyways. I know we JUST posted a Classified video the other day, but this one was too dope to not post as well. The Boyd Bros. hop on this all-around hip hop beat with grimy drums, a cool guitar sample, and dope scratching provided by DJ IV. They both have pretty sick lyrics, and twist up a few lines and breaks from familiar old school songs. Check this shit son!

Monday, 17 December 2012

"One Last Thing (Blue Slide Park Anniversary Edition)" by Mac Miller

"I observe, asking what did he design, I see an artificial future for a digital mind/
Muhamed Ali, yea I'm him in his prime, just that normal kid in class who was sittin behind/
Didn't really pay attention though, spittin his rhymes, but now you see his car try gettin inside/
No.  Hell no... I wanna go back home." 
So I fell off the hype of Mac Miller for a while cuz once he started sipping that codeine I wasn't understanding his vision so much. I just didn't appreciate his music as much, it was still always hot stuff but it wasn't my taste. But I like to check up on his new shit cuz he's sick with the rhymes but this one video blew my mind. The first minute or so is a recap of some videos, reminiscing some of his projects over the past year but be patient. Once you see Mac standin in a field looking a little bit like John Lennon your in for a masterpiece. Mac brings some really introspective lyrics to an incredible beat which creates an ambience I can't get enough of. As if the instrumental wasn't heavy enough it continues to build into a faster and more throbbing structure which really feels like it's taking you on a journey. The psychadelic effects and imagery of the video also seem to thump and breathe along in perfect flux with the song. I feel this song is about Mac's struggle with fame, or atleast that's how I interpret some of what he says, particularly towards the end. Anyways, thought this was psychadelic and beautifully done. Check it out!

Friday, 14 December 2012

"Damage" by Krizz Kaliko ft. Snow Tha Product

"Now when I step in, these bitches that sittin, finna get the fuck up/
I'mma make them all get dead, I'm a Mexican wreckin', like a drunk in a truck/
When I say I'm the bested, its a statement no question, and I don't give a fuck/
You say that you fly, you whole bitch you a lie, if you comin' against me you shit outta luck/"
So here is the final project of the long awaited Strange Music and Snow tha Product collaboration. They both kill the lyrics and I particularly thought Snow bodied shit, even Kaliko haha. The whole battle set up was jokes but I would've had to been standing with Tech and Rittz on Snow's side. She was choppin really precisely with sick rhymes. Hence why I chose her for lyrics. It was cool seeing some of the Strange family hangin around in the video. I know I saw Kutt Calhoun and E40 in there, but there may be more. I'd feel pretty cool if I was Snow destroying bars and having the whole army of elite Strange muh fuckas rocking around me. Anyways check it out!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

"On Top Of My Game" by Papoose ft. Mavado

"They say the devil's making us all hot in the flames/
Somebody tell me why is the law watching it rain/
More shots in my thang, more dots in my aim/
More rocks in my chain, on top I remain/"

It seems like it's been forever since Papoose first stated that "The Nacirema Dream" was soon to be released. Apparently, this song is from the long awaited CD, and even if it isn't I'm not gonna complain. Papoose proves once again that he is definitely on top of his game. I've been hoping for more music from him ever since I heard his "5 Fingers of Death" freestyle on Sway In The Morning. Anyways, if you like multi-syllable rhymes... this tracks for you!

"Inner Ninja" by Classified ft. David Myles

"Ayo, I've been high, and I've been real low/
I've been beaten and broken, but I healed though/
So many ups and downs, roughed up and clowned,
We all got problems, but we deal though/"

Awww yeah. It's a fucking beautiful day out here in Kitchener. The sun's shining, it's relatively warm out, and Classified decided to drop a video with some feel good music. I'm assuming that this is one of the featured singles from his upcoming, untitled album. He's already released the song, and a makeshift video with old kung-fu movie scenes. But this video kinda made me think Classified made this song for a general audience. There's kids in the video, and singing in the song. Dont get it twisted tho. On a hip-hop level, Classified still bodied this track. The rhymes are crazy, and the production is very well done. If you have yet to find your inner ninja, this will definitely help you expose it!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

"Plant the Seed (What U Paid For)" by Saigon

"Everybody ballin' huh, everybody winnin', ain't nobody poor no more, everybody spendin'/
Naw we just caught in a world that we call pretending where pretend-to-be niggas been pretending from the beginning/
The minute women are sinnin' in a minute just listen to the infants, they morals becoming so inconsistent/
Lil' boy with his wrist split, lil' girl thinkin strippin' is a business, that's cuz their mother wasn't against it"
I don't bump Saigon that often cuz I have a little bit of a weirder taste but Brenton has one of his songs playin often enough that I know he's dope and really down to earth and just an all around good straight hip hop cat. This song kinda seems like one that's gonna pass by in a day or so without barely anyone taking notice when it was actually a very self conscious song. One that down the road people will look back and realize how much this song defined a generation that you can easily observe all around you if you take a second to be mindful. I don`t really know what else to say about this song, just kinda spoke to me in a way. Check it out, hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

"The Ill Mind of Koopa" by Chamillionaire

"The thought of the implication of that would be blasphemous, snatch the words out the mouth of whoever's vocab it is/
If that rapping is rap I'm unwrapping their packages, then I re-package it up just to show you what rapping is/
Competition, we should start a petition for every person that's still in a major label position/
Obvious that you idiots never paid for tuition, you switch up the definition, you calling that a musician?"
Awwwww shiitttt, the Chamilitary man has jumped on the instrumental for Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 and showed us his own ill mind. First off I was just happy to see Chamillionaire rocking a Hopsin instrumental, real recognize real you know what I'm sayin. Especially since I've seen Chamillionaire hooking up with Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, and Crooked I this past year just to name a few. But fuck! Chamillionaire came fuckin hard on this and destroyed the entire mainstream game of weak ass rappers in a very intelligent way. He didn't go out just making fun of em but broke down the whole situation of what these rappers are really doing in comparison to him. Some of this verse is straight fire though, Chamillionaire's got an ill mind too. A Hopsin and Chamilitary collab could be awesome in the future. Check it!

Monday, 3 December 2012

DMX Sings "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

Well it's finally December and I decided maybe I should spread a little bit of that Christmas cheer. Ahh what would we do without DMX in the rap game? Ripping christmas carols like a G and keeping all those pussy ass rappers from ruining em. The shit actually sounded dope once he started laying the beat on the table, Santa should get DMX to remix that shit for real so he can bang that in his sleigh. Would probably make Rudolph feel pretty G too.

Friday, 30 November 2012

"Knock Ya Wig" by Krizz Kaliko

"Now looky looky looky here, look here shorty got back/
She got a hump but she's a jump off, she's skinny but fat/
I score if I can get my punt off and she'd run it back/
A real one, I'd eat her lunch off and say it's a snack"
I've loved the couple songs Kaliko has released from his ep N'eh Mind but this is the first one I'm really, really feelin and gets me bumpin. I could get down with some chick to this. But not without that all too awesome Strange flava. Me and Brenton have really been noticing some progression in Kaliko's confidence with the sick rapping. I'll always love his voice but he's really starting to spit crazy bars these days. I think the one line about how he's Tech's "sidekick" and doesn't swat at flies might be aimed at Jokerr too. This video was pretty cool too just havin tons of random characters being catered around by big Krizz while he drives through backgrounds that make no sense. I really like the effects in the chorus too which are much more reminiscent of the talk box sound Roger Troutman used to use as oppose to autotune. Roger Troutman is the guy who sang the chorus to California Love by 2Pac and Dr.Dre if you didn't know and wanted to understand the effect I mean.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

"Cookie Cutter Bitches" by Snow Tha Product

"Yea I'm kinda cocky when it come to what I'm made of/
Cuz we, we ain't the same and they don't want you from the waist up/
You the cookie cutter type and they call me the baker/
And all I see is numbers, numbers, numbers like a pager/"
DWAAMMM! Awww yea fellas. Snow Tha Product is back with a hot new track asserting her dominance over all these bubble gummy cookie cutter hoes plaguing the world of hip hop in these modern times. I really love Snow haha a little too much. I find it difficult to watch her videos sometimes cuz by the end I'm quite aroused haha. but I don't mean to take away from the high quality of her music and lyrics by commenting on her sexiness. Just admiring a beautiful work of art ya know what I'm sayin. Anyways Snow kills it in this track and I'm really hoping for big things in her future so we can kick these Nicki Minajs and Kreyshawns the fuck outta here and replace them with strong women like Snow. Check it out!

Friday, 23 November 2012

"The Future" by Kid Vishis ft. Horse Shoe Gang

GOD DAMN. Man every time there's a track with Horseshoe Gang rappin', I don't even wanna say anything. It happened again. Not to leave Kid Vishis out, cuz he killed it too. Not even gonna add some rhymes below the video this time cuz there's just too much. Check it.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

"When I Die" by ILL BILL

"I left you outside the gates of heaven, they wouldn't let me in/
I waved goodbye as you stepped within/
It's like hell on earth without you near/
I named my label after you, so when I rhyme, it's sorta like you're still here/"
The Cult Leader is back! And god damn... it's been a while since I've heard something this deep and emotional from him. This track is from his upcoming album, "The Grimy Awards", and it instantly had me bobbin' my head. Throughout the song he outlines two different stories of two of his deceased relatives, reflecting on memories and paying homage. This one goes out to anybody who ever lost someone they cared about. Check it.

Monday, 19 November 2012

"My Remedy" & "Outer Lanes" by Stevie Stone

"Isolating myself in a daze/
Beautiful musical melodies flowin through my veins/
Juices is gone when I'm jottin' the things that I can say/
I'm lost in the moment, today my problems fade away"

 Both K Brenton and myself originally weren't sure about Stevie Stone in Strange Music cuz we're not the type to just get into a banging track cuz the beat thumps hard. Some of his earlier hits were kind of dissapointing us but I've kept a tab on him since he's with Strange Music and he's ended up impressing me. Tech knew what he was doing picking this guy for the team cuz there's more to him than you'd guess from some other tracks. Strange has provided him a great outlet to evolve and recently I been loving his songs like these two. Both these tracks bang loud and hard but have a great atmospheric feel and are some personl shit to him. His voice goes great with the smooth feel and both songs have an incredible chorus. Check em out!

"I'm a dominant nigga when I grab the mic and deliver/
Married to music, now my life is surrendered/
Missin' my kids, one week till I'm home/
Be home three weeks then the next I'm gone."

Sunday, 18 November 2012

People Answer: "Who is the Worst Rapper of All Time" by VLADTV

Haha this isn't a song but it's short and I thought it was sick. I'm not gonna go into super detail bout what I think of certain people cuz people can like whoever they want. Although I'm sure you could deduce my opinions by checking out the rest of the blog and seeing who we feature. I just thought it was entertaining and showed me some hope for people atleast wanting some good substance in their music. Enjoy. 

Boost mobile Presents: Be Heard Sessions feat. Crooked I

I think it's cool when artists make videos like this. Inspiration to people around the world trying to reach the same goal that their role models have reached. This video kind of reminds me of Vinnie Paz's "Power Of Music" clip. If you're a Crooked I fan, his story will interest you. If you're a fan of crazy rhymes, his freestyle at the end will BLOW YO MIND. Haha in other words, enjoy!

Friday, 16 November 2012

"Toothbrush" by Wax

"I come home and you're on my couch/
Go back to your momma's house/
I just wanted to relax and unwind on it/
You laid out smokin' weed, drinkin' wine on it/"

Over the past year, one artist that has gained my respect, is the internet-based emcee, Wax. This guy's really clever when it comes to forming ideas to make new songs with. He's got some of the most unique ideas for songs that i've ever heard, and this song right here adds another to the list. This one's called "Toothbrush" starts off with him realizing there's an extra toothbrush in his bathroom. It proceeds to lead into a girl he's fuckin' who just invites herself to live with him, without his say. I think this is the same chick from his "Rosana" video. And to be honest... I'm not sick of seeing her one bit. Check it lol.

"Don't Wanna Be" by Jon Connor ft. Lia Mack

"Reality shows got girls thinking actin' ratchet is cute/
When in fact this bitch is an actress, the actual fool is you/
And we always wanna argue, fussin', fightin' and cuss/
'Fore we point the finger at them, lets point one at us/"
This is fuckin' sick. The Flint, Michigan native is always making that real, straightforward music. I love how in his music he can choose beats to perfectly match the idea he wants to get across, and flow it without any flaws. The video for this track was sick too, and Lia Mack has a beautiful, soothing voice. I think Crooked I would agree that this fits the criteria of the music he was talkin bout in the "Adorn Freestyle" posted below this one. Enjoy!

"Adorn Freestyle" by Crooked I


 "I feel like in this new shit, we never hear/
That true shit, we getting further from it every year/
I play Pac's album and I shed a tear/
That's why I hope my words reach Heaven's ear/"

If you follow this blog at all, you know we're huge Crooked I fans. Tracks like this one are the reason I like him. He can be the craziest lyricist when it comes to hard tracks, but he's also good at rhymin' about real shit. I've never heard the song that this beats from, and it's kinda weird. But I could dig this freestyle just for what he's talkin bout. Looks like I'm not the only one that wishes real music was the norm. Check it.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

"Permanent Enemy" (Hopsin Annihilation) by The Jokerr

"Just put the facts together, he ain't a rapper, he's the world's biggest blackest Marshall Mathers swagger jacker ever/
It's fuckin sad but clever/
Every single thing he does Eminem did ten years in the past and better/" 

LMAO YES YES, this was awesome. I'm a huge fan of Jokerr and he really pulled a sick move this time. Don't get me wrong I love Hopsin too and this whole back and forth shit is entertaining as hell when I love both artists. After Jokerr's last diss to Funk Volume leaving you feeling all fuzzy inside he came hard as fuck on Hopsin with 110 bars and a kick ass chorus. The chorus made the w hole 110 bars feel like a real catchy song too instead of just relentless bars comin at you. I was so glad Jokerr brought his heavy dark energy into this song cuz I swear some people get the wrong idea when they see his other sides. The video was pretty funny too with the whole cooking show set up and Jokerrs funny as hell rapping the chorus in the hat. Anyways, I don't wanna ramble on bout their shit too much cuz Jokerr lets you into some pretty personal stuff between him and Hopsin and revealing things about them and I don't wanna judge the situation just check out the song and enjoy it!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

"Problem Solver" by Vinnie Paz ft. Scarface

"The knife work nice all day, 'Cenz will carve ya/
And I stay on point like a pencil sharpener/
Matter fact I'm on point like Tibetan archers/
Move weight, legislate like extended caucus/"
Haha aww yea so I heard another song on Vinnie's new album that I really liked. Vinnie's unstoppable from the start of this song till the end. Crazy bars. The chorus is catchy too and bangs sick. I'm loving that Vinnie brought the fire in some of these songs. So much multisyllable rhymes with sick metaphors that allude to all kinds of things in different areas of knowledge. Check it out!

"Wolves Amongst the Sheep" by Vinnie Paz ft. Kool G Rap

"I'm dying before I trust you, the iron inside the duffle/
You on Rikers Island I could get homicidal to touch you/
I'm inside, I'm viral, I'm the Messiah's idol above you/
I'm the pride of Cairo, I'm genocidal and I will cut you/" 
Holy fuck so my buddy bought Vinnie Paz's new cd and showed me a couple of the songs and a lot of the ones he showed me are really sick. Vinnie's really, really on point with the sick lyrics. I haven't heard all the songs on the album but ones like these stand out. This song has such a dope beat with such a well done chorus by Block McCloud. Makes me wanna go locing and killin people living by the assasin's creed lmao. Kool G Rap is pretty sick in it but Vinnie kills it in the second verse and I was just all around impressed. Check it out!

Monday, 12 November 2012

"Hurricane Sandy Relief" (Freestyle) by Redman

Nat King Cole, unforgettable, even my Mama don't call me Reginald/
Fuck y'all up like a brownie edible, set it off like Kane the way I let it roll/
Breathe sativa, animals on the tap I'm the zookeeper/
Opposite of diva, my bullets hit the whole body, my nina just signed your prenupt/
Lmao so this song is kind of weird but it's sick. The title Hurricane Sandy Relief makes you kinda think its gonna be somethin real deep bout helpin people and shit but Redman decided to just jump in on this funny but cool beat and kill it with rhymes and punches. He does talk about the hurricane at points but most of it is just sick rapping. He actually kills it with the the flow in this. I listened to alot of Red & Meth in highschool and I knew Redman for a slower pace with rhymes that really pop out. But Dwamn he just takes it up a notch like it's nothing. Check it out.  

Friday, 9 November 2012

"Goodbye" by Slaughterhouse

"Hard turn from memorable to cynical, picturing clothes for what would've been identical/
Similar outfits, similar names, my deceased kids ultrasound in a frame/
So I'm deprived of my chance to be a better dad, staring at my twins that I never had/
I shed a tear looking up in the sky, even though y'all just got here... goodbye/"
So this song was easily my favourite one from Slaughterhouse's recent album and I'm glad they took time to make a good video for it. This song is one of those ones Slaughterhouse occasionally makes where even though they are all hardcore G's you just wanna give em a hug. There's some really sad stories told in this song but even on a technical level the lyrics are hot and the beat is perfect. Enjoy!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

"Alone" by Tech N9ne ft. Krizz Kaliko

"I can't wait for the meet and greets, making fans/
That's why I be hella happy, huggin, and shaking hands/
When I perform, I want everybody to know/
I stretch the show cuz when it's over, everybody go/"

With the recent release of Tech N9ne's latest EP, "Boiling Point", fans have been hit with 7 more dope tracks from the Strange frontman. Out of all the tracks to make a music video to, he chose the deepest one. The black and white visual within an abandoned area compliments the song very well. This song reminds me of "Hello Walls" by Krizz Kaliko, just for its deep, mellow sound. Check it.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

"Cross Trainers" by Pac Div ft. Kendrick Lamar & Blu

"Sean on the cuts, Swift D on the drum kits/
Standing on your table with a bottle and a drunk bitch/
Fallin all over, spillin drinks, tryna tongue kiss/
Money over hoes, so you know I ain't the one, miss/"

Aight. So I don't really follow anybody in this track. I've seen one or two videos by Pac Div, heard a few tracks by Blu, and I'm not really a fan of Kendrick Lamar. But this song was pretty sick. I think they all killed it, even Kendrick. I just checked it randomly and it turned out to be a pretty cool track. Check it.

"Keep Pushing" by Saigon ft. Chamillionaire

"Remember the originator, boy do I hate a/
Fuckin' perpetrator, hate a record label slave trader/
My story's the recipe of a grown man/
Had to go put my destiny in my own hands/"

Sai giddy is back in the buildin' suckas! And he brought Chamillionaire along, and totally misused an opportunity to collaborate with him. Half of the reason I checked this song was to hear Cham, but he just does background vocals in the chorus. Quite the piss off, but it's all good. This song turned out to be pretty sick anyways. The smooth beat makes the chorus sound real nice, and as always, Saigon brought the fire to this record. This track is from Saigon's second studio album, "Bread and Circuses", which released yesterday. Check it.

"All We Know" by Rittz ft. Jihad

  "God hear me out I appreciate you, I don't wanna seem like I been ungrateful/
I'm lucky that I'm livin' I ain't been no angel, but ever since grade school shit has been painful/
I don't know my purpose or it's explanation, how am I to live up to your expectations, I'm addicted to meth, to say that I'm depressed is an understatement/
Estimation, need some medication or atleast some love, my boyfriends cheating and he beats me up/
Got a best friend but she strung out to, when I talk to her she says join the club/
And I don't wanna die but I'm losing my will to live, please God forgive, in th name of Jesus I pray Amen/
Then she hits the again chile again cuz that's all she knows/"

The poofy haired prodigy is back at it again. This song is probably one of the most meaningful on Rittz' White Jesus Revival album. He has great songs discussing his own personal issues but this song translates more to the world around him and the struggles of others as well. I was a little surprised about how the video unfolded but after watching a few times I saw there was more going on than I thought. If you pay attention the child in the video draws a picture he puts on his fridge. At the very end when the woman is being placed in the ambulance there is a scene of the child but then there is a scene of Rittz looking pretty depressed. Then you'll notice Rittz is looking at the same drawing the kid drew but it's all crumpled, wrinkled and folded as if it's very old now. Seconds later Rittz is nowhere to be found in the scene. I can't be positive but I believe the video might be a real representation of something Rittz went through as a kid. Great song and video, check it out.

Monday, 5 November 2012

TeamBackPack Funk Volume Cypher 3 by Funk Volume

"See I no longer have a life, just a nasty apetite/
Search up on the graphic sites, lookin up hermaphrodites/
Filthy when I grab the mic, look at all this madness I/
Bring to these other emcees yea it's a tragic sight/"
So I don't necessarily follow the activities of most of Funk Volume but I always keep up on what Hopsin is doing. I won't say anything negative about Funk Volume but SwizZz, Dizzy and Benton aren't my particular taste but they all do a pretty sick job of killin it in this. I'm glad to hear Hopsin still bringin the fire since the only things we've heard since RAW is Hop Madness and Ill Mind of Hopsin 5 both of which are on this blog. But hearing his consistency in each product gives me hope for Knock Madness if he ever finishes that shit.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

"Monster" by Iron Solomon ft. Saigon & Emilio Rojas

"This is cause for celebration for the Monster generation/
Who've been calm and sittin' patient for a proper education/
Or an honest explanation bout the trials and tribulations/
People dyin' in our nation, seeing lies on every station/"

If I hadn't known of Iron Solomon from rap battles online, I probably would never check his music out. But I'm thankful as hell that I discovered him, because he's a fucking beast who deserves a lot more recognition. When I seen that this track featured another two underdogs that I enjoy listening to, I had to check it out. My favourite part is Iron Solomon's verse. He kills it. I don't really have much more to say lol, just listen to this shit!

"Scriptures" by Jon Connor

"Aww nigga don't trip, that mean be cautious/
The flow is sick, cuz I get nauseous, when I hear all this garbage/
I'm scarin' niggas in the office/
People countin' down cuz my shit comin', hold me down cuz my shit bumpin'/
In the street, can't shut me up cuz my mouth ain't for no dick suckin'/"

Amidst the outbreak of thousands of mediocre new-school rappers, very few catch my attention. I'm very picky and it's usually either dope or wack with me, no in betweens. One artist that has managed to catch my attention is Jon Connor. This dude has crazy flow and seems to have flawless breath control. I feel like he keeps a good balance between his street attitude, and his ability to make his music relateable. This track reflects the more "cocky rapper" side of him. I think this track and the video are both sick. This is from his mixtape, "While You Were Sleeping" which can be found here.

"It Ain't Over" by Shad

"Nowadays it seems like love is fast, to come and go doesn't last/
Little bundles of joy cost big bundles of cash/
And it's hard to buy in the city, I'm always flyin', I'm busy/
Do I need something real? I kinda get by with midi?/"

Last week we had Classified's new single, this week we have Shad's new single. Fuckin' sick two weeks to represent Canadian hip-hop haha. This track is from his 5-track EP, "Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness", which can be downloaded here. As usual, Shad makes his words seem to naturally flow onto the beat, made with soulful samples. The video was kinda cool, and pretty decent for just filming inside a bedroom. One thing that both Shad and I know is that women are always more fun to have around when they bring chips. Word is bond.

"Everything's Corrupt" by Ice Cube

"Everything's a scam, beat the next man, it's capitalism/
They'll just build a new prison/
For you slick ass niggas that's trying to beat the system/
Put you on the front line if you ain't re-enlisting/"

The cube of ice is back, just in time for winter. And just in time for the US Election, he's decided to release a song talkin' bout how corrupt politicians are. It's all about timing. I was kinda surprised when I seen a new release from Ice Cube, and to make it even better, he's speaking real shit. There's nothing crazy about his rhymes or flow as usual, it's what you'd expect from him. But the beat hyped up every idea he was presenting. I liked the idea of the video too, flashing random viral internet clips, and ending it off with that unfortunate YouTube screen that we've all grown to despise. I'm glad the Don Mega's keepin' it real.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Psycho White Halloween! Push Em and Whistle Dixie by Travis Barker & Yelawolf

 I've been hearing a few tracks off Yelawolf's and Travis Barker's new joint cd Psycho White and so far I've been digging em. Even if it's not your kinda thing I like the original sounds coming from the pair. Both these songs have a feel I haven't heard from anyone else recently and I dig it. The first track is just some crazy quick fire drumming from Barker with some good screaming and shit from Yela. Song makes me wanna jump in a mosh pit or flail my hair around but unfortunately it isn't long enough.

This second song was released just today and the video, although quite confusing to me, is more creepy in the spirit of Halloween. I really liked the beat providing the chorus with the whistle. The effect on Yela's voice with the short verses made a cool song in my opinion too. Got Yelawolf and his gang rockin some facepaint in this too, gotta love it. Don't know why the hell Danny Trejo was in the video though haha.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Live From The Streets: "Tent City"

If you follow us regularly, you'll know that we keep up on Mr. Green's "Live From The Streets" series. This morning I found a new addition to the series, with another interesting use of a sample. This time, Mr. Green visits a small village called "Tent City", where around 40 people live together in tents. He meets up with one of the citizens, gets his story, and a recording of him singing. Later, the recording was sampled into a beat that Mr. Green would proceed to get two emcees to spit over. This video is the making of the song, but if you would like to listen to the song in its entirety, click here.

"Severed Heads of State" by ILL BILL ft. El-P

"We're all guilty as charged, or just simply involved/
Often brainwashed by quick money, loose women and cars/
But maybe that's the way we're meant to be, Ignorant mutants for nukes/ 
Trapped in a matrix ruled by shooters in suits/"

With what I've heard from ILL BILL lately, when I seen that he released a new track today, my expectations weren't very high. On top of that, the video starts off really weird. But once the beat dropped, and he started spittin', my whole perspective changed. I've been spoiled by his album, "The Hour Of Reprisal", and most of what I've heard from him since then still can't compare. But I was surprised with how this track turned out, and he ended up killin' his verse. This is the first released single from his upcoming album, "The Grimy Awards", which drops on the 29th of January, 2013.

Friday, 26 October 2012

"URALYA" by Tech N9ne

 "Don't do your job like you oughta, I'm gonna beat ya like a pinata/
Better yet I'm givin the Devil a stigmata, hit you with a hell of a Afrika BamBaataa BOOM/
Layin' on the ground, that's what you get for playin on the clown/
Sayin that my sound they don't wanna hear, it missed em, but I gave you money to get THE SHIT DONE/"
So right on the heels of Tech's EP E.B.A.H is another EP called Boiling Point. It will be released the day before Halloween and in tune with the season Boiling Point is another taste of Tech's well known dark side. This first release URALYA starts it off with a bang. This song has some really badass sound going on. Tech could've been the lead of some hardcore rock band. He's rockin some pretty badass facepaint patterns, the little stripes in the beard are a cool touch lmao. Welcome to his boiling point mother fuckers!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

"Anything Goes" by Classified ft. Saukrates & Skratch Bastid

"Life's a journey, not a destination/
People wanna try to burn me with no hesitation/
Can't change you, can only change me/
I ain't losin' any sleep, we ain't in the same league/"

HELLL YEA. This is that feel good music that this shitty world needs more of. The recently released single from Classified's upcoming album has already reached #2 on the iTunes hip-hop charts. The video for the catchy song was released today, which helps accommodate the mood of the track. And the part of the video near the end where he pushes the bitch in the head was jokes. It's crazy how many albums Classified's made, and stayed consistently sick with. Anyways, check out this dope shit straight outta CANADA muhfuckas!

"Imagining" by Intuition & Equalibrum

"I feel guilty, I'm pursuing different paths so far away/
We never used to talk but now "hello" is hard to say/
When you got back from absence, I felt things start to change/
I let it breathe as memories slowly start to fade/"

This shit right here is touching. I've never heard a track outlining the complications of Alzhiemers before, but Intuition did an amazing job at venting his feelings regarding how it's affected him. He doesn't have the disease himself, but it's his father who struggles from the disease, causing a shitload of negative feelings to arise. The video and beat were perfect for the topic, and shouldn't be displayed any other way than this. This is some real shit.

"Bad Man's World Remix" by Jelly Roll ft. Rittz & Shawty Fatt

"They say insanity's doing the same thang/
Over and over again and still expecting a change/
But ain't nothing changed but the price of a ????/
Like a boxer outta shape, I'm living life on the ropes/"

As our blog description states, this is "our recommended choice of hip-hop". As of late, there hasn't been much to recommend to y'all, in our eyes. However, this morning on Facebook, Rittz shared this new track that he's been featured in by Jelly Roll. I donno much about Jelly Roll at all, but this beat is fuckin' cool, and both Jelly Roll and Rittz killed it. I didn't really like Shawty Fatt at all, but fortunately his verse is last and I can switch the song after Rittz! But yea, this song takes you through 3 different perspectives of the struggles comin' up in a "bad man's world". Check it!

Monday, 15 October 2012

"Flammable" by Ransom

"Hit every pothole on the road to riches/
Must've took a wrong turn, wonder why I'm so suspicious/
And why the flow is vicious/
I went through hell and back, just so I could pose in pictures, call a couple hoes a mistress/"

I'm kinda disappointed that Ransom keeps making songs over beats that have already been used. His emceeing skills are too ill to be displayed as remixes or remakes. But that's his decision, not mine. And regardless of it all, he manages to kill everybody else's beats, so I can't complain lol. This one's over an old CNN beat produced by the Alchemist. I've just recently started following Ransom's music and I keep getting impressed with his lyrical abilities. Check out our other Ransom posts, and you might feel the same way!

"The Oracle" by Vinnie Paz

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"I'm tryna make the same money that Madonna make/
Eyes never lie, I'm surprised that you not with jake/
Rhymes in one take, record an album in an hour straight/
You a pile of waste, I see a sucker and salivate/"

With only 1 week away until Vinnie's next solo release, "God of the Serengeti", JMT fans worldwide are impatiently waiting. To ease the pain, Vinnie Paz released a brand new video for another track from the highly anticipated album. This one's called "The Oracle" and is produced by the legendary DJ Premier. Which I'm really thankful for because this beat is fuckin sick! Vinnie kills it too, despite having like 10 bars ending with the word "shit". I've grown used to this pattern though so I can handle it lol. The official link for this video disabled the option to embed it onto another site, so if this link doesn't work, I'ma provide a link below where the video should be. Peace.

Friday, 12 October 2012

"Sucker Freestyle" by Rittz

"Emcees can't see me like invisible, double timin' I'm rhymin it's like I'm fictional/
But listen I can teach you, I should start an institute, I'm on the blogs daily don't nobody mention you/
Nobody rockin your merch, nobody's coppin a verse from you, it's obvious your a dummy, you thinkin' you killin it but you're really just an imbecile/
The way I spit they say it's whimsical, you sleepin on me time to wake up!"
So just recently BET showed a huge host of cyphers with all kinds of different rappers from young to old. There was lots I had no expectations for, but there was a lot of artists I was excited were present  that kind of dissapointed me. I don't know, it just wasn't exciting. Maybe it was the format of it, with a lot of artists spittin' such short little verses, so many different styles that it all got kind of diluted, but I digress. Since that shit kind of dissappointed me I figured I'd post Rittz recent lone freestle from MTV to show how it's done. I've been reppin Rittz since the beginning of this blog and I'm still watchin this guy go up. He's ridiculous in this, he plans out a lot of his bars almost mathematically and just when you think a rhyme was done with he still had a whole plan to continue. His country accent allows for a lot of sick rhymes too that I wouldn't necessarily gravitate to but it comes out sick for him. I can't wait for his first album off Strange. Check it out!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

"I Need A Dollar" (Live) by Aloe Blacc

Alright, so our blog says "our recommended choice of hip-hop music" but me and K Brenton love all kinds of music. The reason we formed a blog for hip-hop is cuz it is the particular kind we are most passionate about and it's also the genre of music filled with the most bullshit. This blog is supposed to be sort of like a flashlight shining through the fog of all the commercial, mainstream bullshit that people are fed by the media. But occasionally I see something too awesome to not share with you viewers who check out this blog. For example, this amazing live performance by Aloe Blacc with string instrument accompaniment. Aloe Blacc is filled with soul and his original song "I Need A Dollar" is fricken awesome too but this live perfromance gave it a special kind of flavour that I really enjoyed. Check it out!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

"Yuck Freestyle" by Ransom

"You chase hoes.... I chase dough/
Nobody's perfect with that roc but my J Cole/
Close to facin' death, I seen the face of death/
Now I'm back to fuck the game up like a replacement ref/"

I'm not an avid listener of Ransom's music. But it seems like every time I hear a new freestyle by him, he murks it. I don't know the original song. I haven't heard it, but I have a funny feeling Ransom spits sicker over this beat than 2Chainz does. Even though a lot of Ransom's substance revolves around cockiness, ballin', and materialistic shit, he makes up for the bullshit by using the perfect words to describe it. This is a random find, just like all of the tracks I find by this guy. But it's sick nonetheless. Yuck.

"Feet On The Ground" by Saigon

"Fuck whoever don't understand, I'm a man/
A man with the courage to take a stand/
I might run in the precinct with a gage in my hand/
Be front page with a grenade in my hand/"

With a sequel to Saigon's last album on it's way, "The Greatest Story Never Told 2: Bread and Circuses" has me eager to hear what he's been workin' on lately. The chorus sounds really similar to his song "Bring Me Down Pt. 2", but it's still sick. Saigon always has some cool shit to rap about, and does it flawlessly. The guitar beat along with the distorted chorus make the song have a sort of deranged feel to it. The lyrics of the chorus are fuckin sick too. Check it!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

"Sidekick" (Funk Volume diss) - The Jokerr

 "It's gotta be so, so hard to be a sidekick, stuck living in the shadow of a giant/
So, so hard, with everybody watchin when you know they'll never understand/
It's gotta be so, so hard, to be a sidekick, it doesn't matter how popular you might get/
When your whole identity's defined by the efforts of another man/"
Lmao! Oh my god, Jokerr hyped up that he was making a music video for his song The Maestro which disses Tech N9ne and when the time came for it to drop, it turned out to be a huge diss to Funk Volume, specifically SwizZz. Lmao I honestly felt bad for SwizZz watching this cuz Jokerr does pretty much rip his career apart. Not only did he probably really hurt SwizZz's feelings this was a very, very well produced song and a great video. I loved getting to see Jokerr actually tearing up the drums. There is a small part at the end where Jokerr is apparently discussing with Hopsin how hypocritical he is and if it really was Hopsin it was a pretty weird conversation and I have to say I agree with Jokerr's opinion. But besides all that bullshit, just on a musical level this was a pretty cool song, lots of shots at different people but unlike his other diss tracks I heard recently, I could listen to this again and again. Check it out!

"Strange $" by Kutt Calhoun

"Stayin' up on my toes, like a midget peein' at a urinal/
But back when I sold dope, I envisioned people at my funeral/
Found out that I had flows, then I started livin' at the studio/
And that was all that she wrote, now my living room is so beautiful/"

Here's another release from Kutt Calhoun's upcoming EP, "Kelvin". It seems as if Kutt's focusing on making his sound a little bit more on the mainstream side, which kinda sucks in my opinion. But I think he was pretty sick on this song and the beat was cool. This song takes a shot at anybody who ever doubted his financial state working for the Strange Music empire. I donno why the fuck anyone cares how much money he makes, but if you were hatin' before you should bring that shit to a stop. Lol Check it!

"Cherry Wine" by Nas ft. Amy Winehouse

"She done been there and heard all the rumours before/
She love art, she ride out with me on my music tour/
She like the herbs, natural medicine, she cookin' good/
She tell me everything is cool when it ain't lookin' good/"

Once again, Nas proves why he's legendary. I haven't heard many songs off his new album, but the two or three that I have heard are fucking sick. I really like this track, and the Amy Winehouse chorus made the vibe of it feel so sick. Reminds me of some shit The Roots would've made. But Nas describes his dream woman with perfect rhythm and rhyme. The classy video also adds to the effect of the song. Dope shit!

"Left Me Hanging" by Hopsin [Unreleased]

"How come it's always about bitches, and talkin' about riches?/
and walkin' it out, This is me chalkin' em out, witness/
Provocative sound, disses I'm tossin' around, mission/
Is knockin' em down, this shit is causin' a drought/"

Tonight, Hopsin and the Funk Volume team are gonna be in Toronto as part of the Funk Volume 2012 tour. I wasn't disappointed about not going until I realized that it was happening tonight, and one of my friends is attending the sold out show. Anyways, I found this unreleased track by Hopsin which I thought was really sick. The vibe of the beat is different for him but he managed to kill it, and add a sick chorus at the end. I wish he woulda finished the whole thing because it seems like it would have quickly turned into a new favourite of mine. Since I ain't gonna be in T Dot tonight, Imma have to put this on my iPod and jam to it at work from 3-11:30. Lame, I know.

Monday, 1 October 2012

"Stupefied" by Wax [Live Performance]

"Simple questions are unanswerable/
And the hard truth becomes much less durable/
How can I tell you that I'm working at a grocery store/
You probably dated stock brokers before/"

Man. I really like the direction that Wax is taking with his music. It has some crazy soul/funk/r&b flavour mixed in with flawless rapping, every time. I'm not sure if this song's new or not, but it's my first time hearing it. I think a concert like this would be really cool to attend. I stated in the title that this songs by Wax, and I didn't mean to exclude the band because they're fucking talented as well. This is some next level shit that isn't seen very often. Check it!

"This Thing Called Life" by King Myers ft. Rakim

"A lot of beautiful women to whom beauty is given/
If I see them and I like them then I'm usually with em/
It be the, baddest ones with the mean demeanour/
The bad things in life always seem to please us/"

Once again, I've never heard of the guy who holds ownership to the song. I just seen Rakim's name as a feature, and I had to check it out. Turns out King Myers is fucking sick, and was able to ride a track with The God without being outshined too bad lol. I like the idea of the song, both guys KILL it, and the beat has a sick feel to it. Unfortunately, I could only find a clean version of the track. But this shit still makes ya feel good!!

"Who Want What" by JR & PH7 ft. Freeway, Saigon & Ras Kass

"I came in the game with the aim to change it/
Everybody else is still doin' the same shit/
But I'll show you what the difference is/
So y'all know the significance/"

I'm gonna be honest. I have no knowledge of the production team, JR & PH7. I just checked this song out because Saigon had a verse in it. It turned out to be an alright track. I usually hate when I hear Freeway's voice, but he was alright in this song. Saigon's flow was a lil strange, but he was still killin' the rhymes, and Ras Kass was alright too. I really liked the beat, but yeah. Random find lol.

"Independent Living" by Dizzy Wright ft. SwizZz & Hopsin

"For really my niggy, they sayin' that Dizzy that nigga be goin' too hard/
But it's fuckin' a lie, it's fuck yo life, nigga, they will take yo art/
Uh, Can't do it if I'm not the man/
Sign me up and then lock me in, lot to learn but nigga I got the fans/"

With the FV 2012 tour in full effect, I haven't been hearing much from the Funk Volume team lately. But today, Dizzy Wright dropped the video for this collaboration with his label mates, "Independent Living". This track is from Dizzy's free SmokeOut Conversations mixtape, and it's fuckin' sick. The beat goes hard, and they all spit some sick verses. I didn't like SwizZz's verse much, but I didn't expect to. The video had really cool effects, and was different from the typical visual. Check it!

"Reach For The Sky" by Maestro ft. Classified

"I got the strength of a raging fire, flaming when I hit 'em/
Mazes I've been in got burnt down, blazing with the rhythm/
Display your precision, amazing with vision/
Priest hear my speech and re-evaluate their religion/"

I know you've heard of liquid courage. This track's a bit different. This shit is some audio inspiration. Comin' from two very talented and respected Canadian emcees, the message of this track is to try harder doin' whatever you aim to do. I really liked this song, because they both killed the verses, and they picked the perfect beat to shed light on the topic. Also, the video was done very well. A lot of cool shots of T Dot were depicted. Chiggy check.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

"Power of Music" by Vinnie Paz

This isn't a song, just a short yet very powerful video I saw today that really brought my own feelings about music to life. If music is as important to you as it is to me I know you'll feel the same way. Check it out.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

"Dumb" by Hyperaptive

"They think they're living in original ways/
When their life is programmed in every individual stage/
As well as thinking they have freedom of speech/
When someone sits above em with a script, feedin' em sheets/"

LOL YES. This is how I feel about the majority of the people in this world. Everyone seems so dumb. I'm guilty of it myself sometimes, and I don't do much to change things. But regardless, this guy put it all into perspective. The beats a lil soft sounding, and the video's kinda weird, but it gives it that 100% underground hip-hop feel. This was a kind of random find, but sick nonetheless. Check it!

"Paradise" by Rittz ft. Nikkiya

"Everything's starting to make sense, I wish that I could shake the hand/
Of every fan whoever bought my shit and showed love, truly thanks again/
Cuz this must be paradise."
Paradise. The place we all wish to visit, or occupy one day. That was the case for Rittz at least, and this song right here is an anthem to the long-awaited success he's been feeling lately. As the newest member of Tech N9ne's Strange Music empire, it's only right that Rittz would decide to make a video for such a song. I was kinda disappointed with the video though. It's pretty boring and doesn't really reflect the song itself. Unless his idea ofdope. paradise is riding around in his car all day in a mainly rural community. Maybe that's the case, but I feel like this song deserves a better video. Check it anyways cuz the song's dope.