Slum Village are like the Lynyrd Skynyrd of hip-hop. Two-thirds of the founding three are deceased, yet the group keeps going. This is the first track off of the forthcoming SV LP, Villa Manifesto. Recorded mostly before the untimely death of Baatin, the album reads like a family reunion, with original member T3 and Baatin, as well as Elzhi, who joined in 2002, appearing on tracks with the late J Dilla and his younger living brother Illa J. Also involved are extended family Dwele, De La Soul, Little Brother, Colin Munroe, and Phife on vocals, plus Young RJ, J Dilla, Dave West, Hi-Tek, and Mr. Porter contributing to production.
Faster features hip-pop wunderkind Colin Monroe. Like a newborn cousin to SV’s hip-hop elders, Monroe’s creative auto-tune (yep—creative) is …
The time has come. One of the most acclaimed hip-hop groups of the last decade, the North Carolina duo of Phonte and Big Pooh, better known as Little Brother, are set to release their fourth and final album. They’ve represented the essence of hip-hop with vivid lyrics and fantastic production, but they’ve also seen more than a fair share of ups and downs. Expectations are high for LeftBack and fans don’t want this to come to an end, but after this LB take off to focus on other endeavors.
For those familiar with the work of Arthur Verocai, this video (click here) and mp3 download should be very special for you. Verocai’s 1972 S/T release has garnered much attention and admiration from the hip hop community, sampled by MF Doom, Little Brother, 9th Wonder for Ludacris, and many others. The video and audio present today is a never-before-heard composition specifically written and performed for last year’s Timeless event, and today, is the first time it’s share with the world, in support of the Timeless DVD Box Set brought to you by the good folks at Mochilla. Even more exciting is the remix for Verocai dropping next week! Below is the official press release text from the VTech site. …MORE
Here’s the backstory on this track, according to Phonte:
This was recorded back in ’05-06 at Young Guru’s crib sometime after the release of Minstrel Show.
This was intended for Leftback as an iTunes bonus track but we just got word today that @9thwondermusic doesn’t want us to use it for whatever reason, and that’s fine.
In any event, I’m not gonna let anything or anybody stop me from getting music to my fans. Fuck that.
Enjoy. And as always, thank you for listening
Smh as to why 9th can’t at least give a reason not to use the track… ah well. It’s here. It’s free. And that’s all that matters. Via MW.