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  • Free album from The Problemaddicts

    10 nov. 2009, 20h31m

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Problemaddicts/The+Dark+Side+Of+Oz

    The new album from The Problemaddicts is free to download from last.fm

    This album and their first album 'The First Step' are definitely worth checking out!

    Great for fans of any hiphop, particularly along a Del, Masta Ace sort of vibe.

    Spread the word as they don't get anywhere near enough listens!

    Cheers,

    cj

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  • Albums I own from my top 100

    2 jui. 2008, 13h02m

    Albums i own are in bold italics...

    1 Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
    2 Rhymefest – Blue Collar

    3 Atmosphere – God Loves Ugly
    4 Masta Ace – A Long Hot Summer
    5 Sway – This Is My Demo
    6 Kanye West – The College Dropout
    7 Dr. Dre – 2001

    8 RJD2 – Since We Last Spoke
    9 The Problemaddicts – The First Step
    10 Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
    11 De La Soul – Stakes is High
    12 Pete Philly & Perquisite – Mindstate
    13 People Under The Stairs – ...or Stay Tuned
    14 Aesop Rock – Labor Days
    15 Incubus – Light Grenades
    15 Lyrics Born – Later That Day...
    17 Ty – Upwards
    18 CunninLynguists – A Piece of Strange
    19 J Dilla – Donuts
    20 De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
    21 Nas – Illmatic

    22 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
    23 Danger Mouse & Jemini – Ghetto Pop Life
    24 RJD2 – Deadringer
    25 Madvillain – Madvillainy
    25 Masta Ace – Disposable Arts
    27 The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
    27 Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers

    27 213 – The Hard Way
    30 Giant Panda – Fly School Reunion
    30 Blackalicious – NIA
    32 Cage – Movies for the Blind
    32 Zero 7 – Simple Things
    34 Speeka – Bonfire
    34 The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
    36 Lifesavas – Spirit In Stone

    37 Kano – Home Sweet Home
    37 The Sunshine Underground – Raise the Alarm
    39 Proof – Searching for Jerry Garcia
    39 DangerDoom – The Mouse & The Mask
    41 Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow
    42 CunninLynguists – Southernunderground
    42 Looptroop – Modern Day City Symphony
    44 Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley – Welcome to Jamrock
    44 Looptroop – Fort Europa
    46 The Spinto Band – Nice and Nicely Done
    47 John Legend – Get Lifted
    48 Aesop Rock – Bazooka Tooth
    48 The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
    48 C-Rayz Walz – Year Of The Beast
    48 Blackalicious – The Craft
    52 Dizzee Rascal – Boy in Da Corner
    53 The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
    53 Kanye West – Late Registration
    55 A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
    55 Jurassic 5 – Quality Control

    55 Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
    55 Atmosphere – Seven's Travels
    55 Me&You – Floating Heavy
    60 Outkast – Stankonia
    60 De La Soul – AOI: Bionix
    60 Ghostface – Fishscale
    60 OutKast – Idlewild
    60 Talib Kweli – Quality
    60 The Subways – Young for Eternity
    66 People Under the Stairs – Question in the Form of an Answer
    67 Ghostface – More Fish
    67 Cut Chemist – The Audience's Listening
    69 Shy FX & T Power – Diary of a Digital Soundboy
    69 Atmosphere – You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Havinhg
    71 Roll Deep – In at the Deep End
    71 R.A. The Rugged Man – Die Rugged Man Die
    71 Yungun – The Essance
    71 Busta Rhymes – Genesis

    71 Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
    76 Hot Chip – Made In The Dark
    76 Sage Francis – A Healthy Distrust
    76 C-Rayz Walz – Ravipops (The Substance)
    76 Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt
    80 Common – Be
    80 Aim – Hinterland
    82 Various Artists – Float
    82 Aesop Rock – Daylight
    82 Ugly Duckling – Mmm...Taste the Secret

    82 Little Brother – The Listening
    82 The Roots – Things Fall Apart
    82 Kanye West – Freshman Adjustment
    88 Ugly Duckling – Journey to Anywhere
    88 The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
    90 DJ Krush – Meiso
    90 Talib Kweli – Ear Drum
    90 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
    90 Aceyalone – Magnificent City
    94 The Cinematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur
    95 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
    95 The Roots – Game Theory
    98 Lack Of Afro – Press On
    98 OutKast – Aquemini
    98 Jehst – Falling Down
    101 People Under the Stairs – O.S.T.

    I make that 31 out of my top 101 albums.

    I don't even own a third of my so called 101 favourite albums!! Pretty shocking really especially as I absolutely love a lot of the albums that i don't own and the artist concerned is extremely deserving of the tenner i would have to cough up for a hard copy.

    All that considered I think i might try and get hold of some real versions of the albums I don't own, just so that i'm not quite so much of a leech on the music industry.
  • Free Quannum Downloads

    19 jan. 2008, 12h06m

    Just thought i would spread the love of some great Quannum artists. They pretty much all seem to be giving free tracks away which is kind of them!! (Shame i already own all of the cds, but all the same.....people should listen to these guys much more)

    firstly...

    Latyrx - Say That
    Latryx - Latyrx
    Latyrx - The Wreckoning

    Some quality tracks from their album 'The Album'. Lyrics Born and Lateef are two dope mc's and they work seamlessly together and if you haven't heard this album then you should have. The tracks 'Muzappers Mix' on the album is incredible. so funky.

    Lyrics Born - Lady Don't Tek No
    Lyrics Born - Knock Knock
    Lyrics Born - Callin' Out
    Lyrics Born - Bad Dreams

    A couple of tracks from his album 'Later That Day' which is one of my favourite albums. Revitalised by the quality 'Same Shit Different Day' album with some awesome remixes with the likes of Evidence and Krs One in particular. The amazing Lady Don't Tek No is an old track that I have played countless times in my past and is an absolute joy to listen to. I challenge you not to want to dance while listening to it, (not a techno dance if you are wondering!)

    Gift Of Gab - Rat Race
    Gift Of Gab - The Writz

    A couple of tracks from Gabs solo effort '4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up'. Part of the legendary Blackalicious duo. These tracks aren't quite Blackalicious standard but are still very much worth a free download.

    Lifesavas - Hellohihey
    Lifesavas - Shine Language
    Lifesavas - Fever
    Lifesavas - Gutterfly
    Lifesavas - Head Exercise

    The ridiculously slept on group of Lifesavas. Blackalicious proteges that really have the quality to reach their sort of level. Check out these tracks (particularly Head Exercise which is exactly what it says on the tin with its head-nodding beat) and enjoy!!

    hope that you like!!!

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  • The most important albums of my life so far......

    11 jan. 2008, 18h09m

    Apart from this being a ridiculous bit of procrastination, I have always felt a need to kind of show some appreciation for albums that had a part in making me the person that I am and the music that I like now. I see plenty of journals out there telling us about their top 10 favourtie albums, this is far from being that, only a couple of these albums would make my top 10 but all of these albums meant something to me, not just in a little way either they were influential on my life during the times that I would play them. They aren't in any particular order but I guess it would still make sense to start at the beginning....

    1. Oasis - (Whats the Story) Morning Glory
    I always boast about how this was the first album that I ever bought, it is a bit of a classic after all. Not only was it the first album that i bought but pretty much the only album i owned for about 2 years. I didnt own many albums on tape, I think it was just this album and a couple of lighthouse family albums?? lol. This one was constantly in the tape player as well. I would play this all the time after school and as I had no internet to look up lyrics i spent forever listening and rewinding to try and understand all of the lyrics (bear in mind i was about seven or eight years old!) Me and one of my mates in primary school used to sit in the playground at lunch times and sing the lyrics, occasionally we even had a crowd watching us! This album always reminds me of times when there were less complications in life, you didnt need to worry about exams, women, cooking your own food, getting a job! It's nice to hark back to it every now and then and drift off into thinking about being seven again...

    2. Korn - Follow the Leader
    I skip forward a long period of time to get to this album, Korn are not exactly my most listened artist any more, in fact I barely remember the last time that i listened to any of their music. Without being cruel to Korn or this type of music but i saw this period of time as a downward slope in my musical tastes, i listened to a lot of deftones, dabbled in slipknot, and completely rinsed the first two limp bizkit albums (as you will go on to see)This album was an absolute masterpiece though, and i still regard it highly, its not exactly my cup of tea anymore but it is quality. The album makes me think of the first years of high school and not really knowing what sort of person you are going to turn into and knowing that music was going to alter this. The thought that i for some reason should be an angry teenager that had issues with the world seemed somehow appealing. I knew i was going to be a lover of music and i needed a path to follow and this was the most available option with several of my friends and my elder sister listening to this music. The thing is, i did really love it, i wonder whether i kind of made myself love it but nevertheless tracks like 'It's On!' and 'Children of the Korn' are absolute tunes that really stir something in me. If anything this album showed me that i shouldn't be a sheep, not because i don't think that the music is any good any more but that i should be making my own choices in what i listen to and the sort of person i'm going to be.

    3. Limp Bizkit - Significant Other
    Haha, how i loved this album. Break Stuff was always the best track to listen to if you felt the need to vent some anger, the start, 'It's just one of those days....' is classic and the emotion that it stirs in you is ridiculous. I still feel a tingle in my spine when i hear this track and i wana jump up and down and pretend that i have long hair that would make it worthwhile for headbanging. Re-Arranged that followed up from break stuff was such a ridiculous antithesis of the track that it would calm you down and your heart rate would be back to normality befor the track was through. The amount of times i've crooned along with Durst, 'reeeeeeeaaaaaraaaanged'. Not only was this album great for every emotion that a pubescent male teenager was going through but it was also one of my first experiences of hiphop. 'N2gether Now' was regularly skipped for the first couple of months of listening to the album but after a few time of not wanting to get up and change the track it started to grow on me and showed me what else there was that was out there. I always saw music as two seperate entitities beforehand. There was the popular chart music and there was 'rebellious' music which your parents would forever be telling you to turn down. I started to realise that there was a bit more out there and maybe being angry wasn't what i was meant to be either.

    4. Cypress Hill - Black Sunday
    The first hip hop album that I listened to in full. Not knowing a lot about drugs meant that i barely knew a single reference throughout. I had heard of a bong and knew that marijuana was an illegal drug (that Cypress Hill definitely seemed to enjoy according to their music) but stuff like 'roach clip' and the large number of other ridiculous terms for weed pretty much went straight over my head. I tell you what i liked though, just the flow, and the beats. I almost felt like i was on some form of drug listening to this album. The first track 'I Wanna Get High' just made me wana groove and chill out at the same time, the lyrics are mind-boggling and awe-inspiring. Before you know it the track is over and you think, 'shit....i need to hear that again!!' Despite thinking that listening to Cypress Hill was going to turn me into a drug addict (lol) things didn't turn out that well luckily! Cypress Hill definitely opened some doors to me, it was a strange transfer from the more nu-metal sort of bands there were mainly filling my head space but it was revolutionary in changing my path in music taste, something i am forever grateful for because i now listen to some of the most incredible music that i believe to be out there.


    TO BE CONTINUED....

    back to the revision then.....yawn!
  • my music of 2007

    2 jan. 2008, 11h08m

    what i have listened to over the year of 2007....

    Top Artists

    1. Aesop Rock - 471
    2. Kanye West - 469
    3. Nas - 311
    4. The Roots - 240
    5. Arctic Monkeys - 236
    6. Atmosphere - 228
    7. De La Soul - 226
    8. People Under The Stairs - 208
    9. Talib Kweli - 201
    10. Jay-Z - 197
    11. Incubus - 178
    12. Pete Philly & Perquisite - 152
    12. Klaxons - 152
    14. Bloc Party - 146
    15. Modest Mouse - 145
    16. John Legend - 141
    17. Blackalicious -139
    17. k-os - 139
    19. Pharoahe Monch - 131
    19. J Dilla - 131

    Top Tracks

    1. Kanye West - Good Life (Ft. T Pain) - 21
    2. Nas - Black Republican - 20
    3. Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm - 19
    3. Kanye West - Stronger - 19
    3. Klaxons - Golden Skans - 19
    6. Aesop Rock - Catacomb Kids - 18
    6. Incubus - Dig - 18
    6. Incubus - Anna Molly - 18
    9. Kanye West - Barry Bonds (ft. Lil Wayne) - 17
    9. Kanye West - Flashing Lights (ft. Dwele) - 17

    My Favourite 10 Albums..... (in no particular order)

    Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
    Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
    Pharoahe Monch - Desire
    Kanye West - Graduation
    Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
    Jay-Z - American Gangster
    Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future
    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
    Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats
    Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book

    This year has been a great year for music, it was great to have some really good hip hop albums released that show that despite all of the shit hiphop out there that is flooding the charts there is still a lot of good music being made. Aesop Rock continues to be as consistent as ever. Pharoahe Monch's long awaited return was lyrically outstanding. Graduation was not quite to the standard of Kanye's previous albums yet I still seem to have absolutely rinsed it! lol. It was nice to see Jay-Z return to making what hes best at rather than that crap on Kingdom Come.

    And most importantly we finish the year with the knowledge that Lupe Fiasco is god.

    Roll on 2008!
  • kanye west vs. 50 cent

    19 août 2007, 10h29m

    in my opinion i cannot see how on earth Kanye West will sell less than 50 Cent. kanye has had 2 strong albums. 50 cent had a strong album in 'get rich..' but the massacre was balls, and he probably lost a few fans and some interest in this album because of it.

    he is also being a dick by trying to get kanye to have 'beef' with him. i keep generating more respect for kanye for not reacting to 50 cent and just letting the music say what he needs to say.

    as for 50 cent retiring if he doesnt sell the most, well i heard that he made a u-turn on that comment and took it all back. he wont quit, hes already got another album in the pipeline and then hes got a 'greatest hits', THEN he might quit, but not until then. and even though im not a massive fan of 50 cent i wouldnt want to see him retire because its through him that a lot of people might get into hip hop and then find out about other better hip hop!

    but as kanye said....this little competition will be good for hip hop, i cant wait to see how angry 50 gets when he loses though! :P

    come september 11th i will be buying 'graduation', thankyou very much.

    ps. everybody stop hating on 'Stronger', so what...he sampled a fucking song, everybody in hip hop samples fucking songs! just because this one is a well known song everybody thinks they have to decide which one they prefer and say that kanye is destroying/improving what is a great song. just listen and love. please.


    oh.....and everybody buy aesop rock - none shall pass. because in the end thats the real winner.
  • aesop rock - lyrics appreciation

    6 août 2007, 10h23m

    just a few lyrics from Aesop Rock that send shivers down my spine every time i hear them. One of the greatest lyricists out there i'd say......


    'all i ever wanted was to pick apart the day, put the pieces back together my way'

    'Yeah, the police'll laugh
    You won't be laughing when your covered wagons crash
    You won't be laughing when you're hosted by the ghost of Christmas past
    You won't be laughing when your blow up doll's
    got a headache and won't give up the ass'


    'Look, I've never had a dream in my life
    Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven't pursued
    I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done
    So i've been the dream that I wanted to be since day one!'

    '1 2 3
    That's the speed of the seed
    A B C
    That's the speed of the need
    You can dream a little dream
    Or you can live a little dream
    I'd rather live it
    Cuz dreamers always chase
    But never get it'

    'What are you saving, honestly? (honestly, honestly)
    What are you saving, honestly? (honestly, no honestly)
    What are you saving, honestly? (damn)
    Promise me you gon shut the fuck up and recognize
    What you holdin aint really broken?'

    'And I hang my boots to rest when I'm impressed
    So I triple knot them then I forgot them
    This origami dream is beautiful
    but man those wings will never leave the ground
    Without a feather and a lottery ticket, now settle down'


    my personal favourite -
    'Life's not a bitch life is a beautiful woman
    Your only call her a bitch because she won't let you get that pussy
    Maybe she didn't feel y'all shared any similar interests
    Or maybe you're just an asshole who couldn't sweet talk a princess'


    Labor Days has to be one of the best underground hip hop albums out there (although not so underground any more you could say) Every time i listen to it i get more and more impressed.
  • best album of 2006 - buy it now

    20 sept. 2006, 22h49m

    seriously I havent heard such a good hiphop album in a while, lupe fiasco is so lyrically incredible, he comes with the most amazing rhymes throughout, not a single slip-up, i cant pick a bad track throughout it all, the production is so smooth and his voice compliments all of the tracks superbly. The help he has had on the choruses of a few of his tracks are quality particularly the track Daydreamin' with Jill Scott.
    His tracks have a lot of depth and thought in them, particularly the politically conscious 'American Terrorist'.
    Lupe Fiasco will undoubtedly hit the big time, Kanye West styley, because to me, he comes with a similar flow, but his lyrics are on a completely different level.
    i am so glad i got hold of this album because it is the best thing i have heard all year, undoubtedly. so go out and check it.
  • itunes opposites

    2 août 2006, 9h19m

    This is something I just made up, its probably been done before but still, its quite fun.

    Open up your itunes or whatever you use and search for songs that contain these words, its supposed somehow to determine your character…
    Also, write down your favourite song from each winning category.

    Happy: 6
    Sad: 18
    System of a Down – Sad Statue
    Well…I’m generally a very happy man, and Sad won fairly convincingly there, damn

    Love: 234
    Hate: 31
    Masta Ace – Good Ol’ Love
    Very comprehensive win for love, maybe because I am ‘in….’ also because there are loads of albums that I own that have love in their names. lol

    Alive: 44
    Dead: 68
    Audioslave – Heaven’s Dead
    Ok, well, I’m not actually dead…I think

    Smile: 12
    Frown: 0
    Milburn – Cheshire Cat Smile
    This was crap, I wouldn’t have actually thought there would be a song I had with ‘frown’ in it but I couldn’t think of another word to try at the time.

    Heaven: 13
    Hell: 41
    Lyrics Born – Hello (not even hell really, but still has ‘hell’ in it)
    Yeah…I probably am going to hell

    Healthy: 6
    Sick: 7
    Sway – Sick World
    Quite even there, I’m normally a fairly healthy person though

    Sun: 75
    Rain: 51
    De La Soul - Sunshine
    Its sunny at the moment, although it’s the UK so its always raining somewhere

    Television: 3
    Radio: 74
    Jurassic 5 - Radio
    I don’t really watch much TV, radio is supposed to symbolise music in general, rather than actual radio coz I don’t really listen to that either (radiohead won this argument though)

    Evil: 40
    Nice: 24
    Roots Manuva – Evil Rabbit
    Yeah, hmmm, I have evil tendencies I guess.

    Run: 121
    Walk: 24
    213 – Run On Up
    I got bored, this was a rather amateur one.

    Feel free to adapt your version if you would like to give it a go yourself.
  • ipod is full!!!!

    27 jui. 2006, 12h50m

    jesus, i didn't actually think that the day I filled up my 30gb video ipod would ever come, but it appears to have been thrust upon me, it isn't even like i have videos or any of that rubbish on there either! it totalled up at 7545 songs when trying to put on Kanye West - [album]late orchestration[/album]. This was quite fitting as one of the first albums i put on there when i got it about 6 months ago was [album]kanye west - late registration[/album] because i was absolutely loving that album at the time, and late orchestration brought back some really good memories of seeing him in birmingham, it was an absolutely amazing concert, a true spectacle.

    so here comes the extremely annoying task of deleting stuff from my ipod, i guess i have probably accumulated a lot of junk over time, a load of random demos and wierd recommendations that are actually not quite my taste, so i might spend a lil while deleting some crap, 50 Cent very much comes to mind. no offense to fiddy fans out there, but hes just not really my taste. i don't even know why he's on there! lol

    any recommendations of what i should delete after checking out my top 50 artists? could be interesting....