10. Zeb – Stop the Eart, I Want to Get Off! Turntables on the Hudson’s resident strummer May not man the decks, but he’s a beast on production, and his worldly compositions are nothing short of hypnotic.
9. Blue Scholars – Bayani Geologic and Sabzi provide the classic one-two punch as emcee-DJ/producer of this surging Seattle rap duo. Their sound is smooth and evocative, yet undeniably fierce. 8. The Pimps of Joytime – High Steppin’ Reserve a slot in between Ozomatli and Antibalas at your next tree-fest for these funksters outta N’Orleans and Brooklyn. If they bring this kind of heat on CD, I can’t wait to see them rock a bandshell.
It’s early in the lengthy tour, but the show was already in top shape for Aesop Rock when he landed in Chicago Thursday night. The crowd was definitely glad to see him and knew what they were in for as they rapped along to the choruses of every cut throughout the crisp set that leaned heavily on his recently released None Shall Pass.
The crowd had their hands bobbing in the air from the moment Aes stepped on stage accompanied by Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. He didn’t make them wait with much chatter, simply dropping into rhymes and running through songs until Big Wiz provided the transition to the next one. Aes dropped his rhymes with clarity and authority, hitting the high points of the new disc, especially on the title track.
'For those who fancy coloring books-lots of people do-here's a new one for you."
Not content with just another hip hop producer instrumental solo project, Manhattan beat maker Blockhead gets some help from friends on his latest Uncle Tony's Coloring Book: most notably DJ Signify of 1200 Hobos on scratches. Compared to Blockhead's elegant use of restraint as one of Aesop Rock's go-to dudes, Coloring Book is inspiringly instrumental with its many many layers and, at times, borders on over the top. The whimsical journey starts out with ...