Although we’re just over a month away from winter solstice, there’s no harm in revisiting the joys of summer as the seasoned emcee/deejay Iron Lyon unveils the visuals for “Summer In The City.” Taken from his sophomore LP, From The Ground Up, the soulful production of Chad Dubz combines effortlessly with the visual direction of A Cut & Dry Production for the artist’s follow-up video to one of the more slept on albums of the year. Sit back, relax and have a look.. summer’s always around the corner. From The Ground Up includes features from Sean Price, Edo G and Slim Kid Tre (of The Pharcyde) among others, and is now available on iTunes. Rumor has it that AllHipHop.com’s offering an exclusive MP3 download of the track, so do your iPod a favor and download, and then head back this way!
Released by OM Records
My familiarity with J-Boogie comes from the various remix and edit work he has done in the past (including one he made for Vieux Farka Touré's "Fafa" from 2009) as well as his collaboration with fan favorites People Under the Stairs, Quantic and his Combo Barbaro, Bay Area compadres Zion I, Goapele and Raashan Ahmad spanning multiple projects, personal and by others. By no means an exhaustive list, J-Boogie’s talent is undeniable and his knowledge of mixing, sampling, and creating great-sounding gems continues to this day. J-Boogie’s extensive network ...
Released by HiPNOTT Records
With XXL unveiling their "Top Ten Freshmen" in hip-hop earlier this month, there have been many smiles, many frowns and many "shoulda-beens." Not to jump on the bandwagon--okay, that actually is EXACTLY what is going on here, but please pay attention--K. Sparks is definitely worthy of being a freshman next year (should XXL choose not to change the line-up after this review, of course). With A Day In The Life, this New York artist teams up with producer G.C. to give listeners just that: an album that illustrates a day in the life of the/an aspiring MC. Most of the time, people cringe whenever the word "conceptual" and "album" are put together (kinda like "romance" and "novel," right?) but Sparks actually does a great job.
Released by Public School Records
Sure, 1976 Iowa does not really sound like the type of place that would yield underground greatness in the hip-hop scene, but then again, what else would Coolzey have done to pass his time? Though nobody really knows, luckily, nobody really has to. The Honey at a glance seems like another good’ole fashioned ten song hip-hop album. Upon further inspection, it becomes quite clear that there is a little bit more going on.