Rabbi Darkside – “See Something, Say Something”

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If you ask any rapper, producer, or a Hip Hop junkie, what the ideal sound they would like in their favorite music, they would say “the New York sound”.

If you are one of those three people, then you NEED to listen to Rabbi Darkside.

After looking up The Extremities and Them Crunchy Kids, on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts, I had to follow that road of great music, which is where I found Rabbi Darkside.

He’s got a new album out, called “Prospect Avenue”, of which it was funded through Kickstarter. Here’s how he describes the album:

These are my stories of teaching, learning and evolving in new millennium Brooklyn: an homage to New York City offered in a time of distress, a love letter laced with co-dependence, a tribute to social and civil servants, a prayer for students and teachers.

It is written from the hallways of our public schools, from the stages of shuttered venues, from the expanses of bridges traversed on bicycle, from the bandstand and the cypher.

From the front stoop of the house on 18th Street, where I’ve resided for 13 years, I’ve documented the city changing while growing within its confines; journeying to touch distant points on the globe, always returning, culminating with a ride on the R train to Prospect Avenue.

“See Something, Say Something” is my favorite track off this album. Take a listen below, and let me know what you think.

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The Extremities – “Like This”

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This track is AMAZING with a capital A. I even had to include the rest of the letters capitalized, because it best describes how good this track is.

This is another group, I came upon, after looking up the CMJ Hip hop charts. There’s a good reason they’re number three on the chart. I don’t think this is the only stop for this group to go on the charts. Sky’s the limit with them.

Here’s why I REALLY love this track. First, Guilty Simpson is guest-starring on this track. Being I’m a huge Stones Throw fan, that’s a plus. Second, I love head-bobbing tracks and the beat is good enough to leave you with whip-lash 😉

You really need to check out the rest of these guy’s music. If you want to listen to “Like This”, just click on the forward button on the player once.

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Them Crunchy Kids – “Avenues”

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I was starting to reminisce on my days charting CMJ hip hop at Bearcast Radio. While I was looking up some of the Hip Hop that’s currently on that chart, I came across The Crunchy Kids.

I checked out their Band Camp website, and was blown away by the first track off of their “Mint” album. You get into a real organic vibe on the first minute of the track. Then Slim Chance, of the group, busts out with his lyrics. His rhymes, along with the album’s production creates a nice progressive sound. No wonder their album’s charting on CMJ at #12.

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I remember the first time I heard Killer Mike. It was when he killed his guest verse on “The Whole World” with Outkast. After that I heard him every now and then, and appreciated the solo tracks he made.

My attention is certainly on him now that he’s working with el-p. The production on this is amazing. The two making a whole album together is an even bigger bonus for me. Killer Mike is a true lyricist that can switch it up easily. I highly recommend clicking here to download this free track adult swim’s offering.

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The White Mandingos – “My First White Girl”

There are three things I like about this song and video.

First, I like the people he’s paired up with in this side project of his. He’s got Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains and artist, Sacha Jenkins, who is also the co-founder of “Ego Trip” magazine.

Second, this a great storytelling track. What makes the video great is because it really helps you follow along with the song. It’s a great positive message overall.

Third, and most important, Murs looks like Randy Watson from “Coming to America”, DEAD ON! hahaha.

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I love to catch up with all the Hip-Hop I listened to during my college days. Aceyalone was one of them.

I’m trying to figure out whether or not he filmed this in Cuba. Regardless, Aceylone’s flow is progressive and as always on another level. He never ceases to amaze me with his lyrical talent.

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Happy birthday, “Mecca and the Soul Brother”! You are officially 21 today.

The album Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth made in 1992 brought you great hits like “Lots Of Lovin’”, “Straighten It Out” and the classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”.

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The Uncluded – “Delicate Cycle”

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I’ve heard Aesop Rock in groups and guest appearances, but never him make a duet album with a female singer like Kimya Dawson. I’m a big fan of Aesop Rock, and this new album is really refreshing to me. It really shows that Aesop likes to change things up. Kimya is a great match for Aesop, and the sound, the two create, is very eclectic.

Above is the track for their song “Delicate Cycle” off of their new album, “Hockey Fright”. If you’re a fan of Aesop Rock, you’ll definitely won’t be disappointed with this track.

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