So E-40 dropped a 3 Lp album this past week, it spans 54 tracks and features a ridiculously strong guest list. You would think that the LP itself will tend to repeat itself, it doesn’t at all. Sonically, most of the tracks are geared to take advantage of bass heavy cars indigenous to E-40′s Oakland but you don’t feel like you heard the same song twice. It’s amazing to think that an artist creeping in his second decade of music would be able to release this amount of songs barely a year after a double lp release, E-40 does it with ease. I feel that Hip Hop in 2012 is youth orientated but pressure from the older generation means that a lot of homage has to be paid within the first LP or mixtape (Drake, i feel really pushed himself on his 2nd LP as he had rid himself of doing that homage stuff either in his 1st LP or appearing on close to 40 singles in that time). E-40 remains fresh by just being himself, hell he even still influences slang better than any other rapper. This LP is filled with them, its even better than a self help book.
Miguel is back with his latest installment of the Art Dealer Chic series. I wish that he would have release a full mixtape instead of drips and drabs every month, but even to say that is unfair as his music is leading the way in R and B in 2012. above is the teaser for the latest edition and here is the link for the ep itself.
One of our favourite riddims from last year gets a video with all the JA stars but sadly not the man with our favourite cut on the riddim Gappy Ranks. Either way it still has Gyptian, Taurus Riley, Fambo, Bling Swag, Munga, Bounty Killer, Kibaki, Ishawana all starring in the video. The riddim itself teases you with that bass and get gets you into that groove.
Spice is back with her latest video, her cut on the the Tun Up Tun Up riddim. Spice extols the virtue of her body especially her well it’s Spice you should know what she is talking about. Spice in my opinion is important to the landscape of not only dancehall but music, instead of hiding her boasting like other artists (cough Rihanna) she puts it all out there, so to speak.
The riddim immortalised by the wicked Cham cut, still has burn and Spice rides the Dave Kelly production salaciously.
Every week the excellent So Shifty guys will bring you a performance that they deem #unf*ckwithable. You can give them suggestions on twitter just using that hashtag but ultimately they will decide. This week’s edition is from Durban, South Africa and it’s Big Nuz feat DJ Tira.