Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rhymesayers' Soundset Recap

So the Rhymesayers website posted a recap of Soundset '08, a great day if I might add.

After following that link, there are more options to see photos taken and what not. I also couldn't help but notice that there were dudes taking video footage of the concerts everywhere, so if we're lucky (knock on wood), maybe Rhymesayers will put together some DVD deal with highlights of the day.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Flashing Lights Original Video

This is apparently the first video Kanye made for Flashing Lights. Dude is a perfectionist, this is a pretty sick video and it got straight 86'ed.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Muja Messiah: MPLS Massacre

Stumbled upon Muja Messiah's mixtape, MPLS Massacre. Follow this link to download it. He's a underrated rapper in the Twin Cities scene, and will hopefully be making some noise soon. In fact, he seems relatively well on his way after ripping it up on stage at the side stage during Soundset, as well as jumping on the main stage for "Crewed Up," Atmosphere's insane Twin Cities posse track featured on Strictly Leakage. They all got up there and performed the song, creating a fitting closing to a great day at Soundset last week. Here's the track if you haven't heard it yet:

Atmosphere: Crewed Up ft. Stage One, St. Paul Slim, Muja Messiah, YZ, Brother Ali, Toki Wright & Blueprint

The Cool Goes Gold

Lupe just went gold, which is pretty big these days (unless your name is Kanye West or Mariah Carey or some shit). Good for him, he deserves it, especially after the leak issues with Food & Liquor.

Celebration Video (...?)

Hip-Hop Saved My Life

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Slug Battles Faheem

This is an MTV commercial I stumbled upon. It was promotion for the new Atmosphere album, and has Slug battling Faheem, Brother Ali's Son, who also kicks a guest rap on Ali's Off The Record album. Future GOAT in the making? I think so.

Soundset '08 in 1 day!

Slug Likes To Get His Thug Mansion On

Insight on When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold from our favorite psychoanalytic rapper, and much, much more.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Midwest Broadcast's Slept On Albums, Vol. 1

So I'm trying to add something new to this website besides just posting shit I see and like elsewhere. Here is hopefully the first of many posts on albums that I think are just too good and may have slipped through the radar.

Brother Ali & BK One: Off The Record

This album, as Fifth Element states, is comprised of "a number of exclusive cuts and guest appearances" by Brother Ali. That, however is the delicate, easy way to describe this record. Basically, as far as I'm concerned, Off The Record is a bunch of great cuts Ali recorded that for some reason, didn't make any of his other albums. But, nearly each song is still individually spectacular. I don't intend for this to be taken lightly when I say that I honestly believe that Brother Ali is one of the best, most consistent lyricists in the game right now. This has nothing to do with me hailing from Minnesota (although that does allow me to keep up with his work more easily). I'm not favoring the home team, here. Ali just simply drops hip-hop quotables on damn near every song, never failing to impress lyrically. Furthermore, he isn't scared to tackle a multitude of topical matters. And he does so masterfully. The first track, "Original King" features Ali brashly claiming that he's second to none in this rap shit. Brother Ali reliably backs up his claims throughout the whole record. While most rappers aren't scared to say they're the best, few do so convincingly. Ali is one of them, and belongs on a pedestal with the great contemporary lyricists today.

I'm not going to go through each of the 17 tracks on Off The Record for you, here. Ali's cadence, delivery, and passion is something that really should be heard rather than described. In the end, if you want to have a comprehensive collection of the work of one of today's best rappers out there, this album is a must have. Limited copies of the CD exist, but can be purchased (YES, it's worth your actual money) at the Fifth Element's website. Plus you won't be able to download this anywhere. Or at least I seriously doubt it. Also, if you don't have Shadows On The Sun or The Undisputed Truth, you need to get on your grind. You haven't heard some of the truest hip-hop music out there if these records aren't in your collection.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Common's First Leaked Single

Below is the link to download U.M.C. (Universal Mind Control), Common's first single off of Invincible Summer, his upcoming album. My verdict has yet to be decided on this one, I kind of prefer Common on some simple, jazzy boom-bap, but I suppose this is moderately fresh as well. Strong dance vibe, which is also what the rest of the album may be sounding like. No reason not to try something new. In the end, this album could be a great change of pace for Common, or could be complete shit. Only time will tell.

U.M.C. (Universal Mind Control) ft. Pharrell

Atmosphere on Conan

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Live Footage of Kanye

This doesn't look like Glow in The Dark Tour, because shit isn't blowing up and lights aren't flashing everywhere. It's still pretty dope, though. Ye goes off the top, and then spits some new written material.

KANYE SAVES THE WORLD. from Bobby Hundreds on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Lil' Wayne ft. Kanye West: Lollipop (Remix)

Still not too huge on Wayne, or Kanye's guest spot on this track. The whole vocoder craze really doesn't do much for me. Whatever, he's the link:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Blueprint vs Funkadelic...

Blueprint is finally back. The Rhymesayers artist has been absent for a few years, but he just dropped a FREE EP. Featuring all Funkadelic (word to George Clinton) samples that Blueprint made himself.