Archive for September, 2009

Common To Work With No ID, Kanye West & Twilite Tone on Upcoming Album

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Ynot + Common Sense

Today XXL confirmed what I’d long heard and (kind of) known:  that Rash was to reunite with No ID on his upcoming album, The Believer.  What I hadn’t heard, however, was that he was also returning to the lab with the one and only THE Twilite Tone.  Hey, why not? (Pow!)

This, to my knowledge, is the first time Common will receive production from Tone and Dion since One Day It’ll All Make Sense, which is my favorite Common album if you’re keeping score at home.

During the benefit show for his Common Ground Foundation over the weekend, Com told that he has already recorded tracks with Kanye and No I.D. for the project, which he expects to hit stores sometime next spring.

No I.D. has been producing songs for the rapper/actor ever since Com first broke out onto the scene in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar? He went on to produce the majority of Common’s next two albums: Resurrection and One Day It’ll All Make Sense.

Along with signing the fellow Chicago resident to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, Kanye produced the bulk of Com’s highest selling album 2005’s Be, as well as 2007’s Finding Forever.

Common also said he has been in the studio with beatsmith Twilight Tone, who he hasn’t worked with since his debut.

For shits and giggles (Whatever happened to Chantay Savage?)

Video: Common – "Universal Mind Control" [Alternate Version]

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Hooray for Alternate Versions.

Props to Meka

Certified Block Boys – "Angel"

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Something new from Ras Rok’s collective, Certified Block Boys.  They let this one fly in rememberance of Derrion Albert and the rest of the fallen soldiers.

Certified Block Boys – “Angel”

Freddie Gibbs – "Thug Psalms"

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

And you guys wonder why Gibbs is one of my favorite emcees breathing right now.  Not only does he have a great ear for beats, he also picks dope, unconquered (or rarely conquered) ‘industry’ instrumentals to rock over.  Not just the standard “hot” song of the moment, that 4,000 other people have also remade.  And that my friends, is what separates the emcees who will thrive in this industry and the ones who are simply lemmings.  No shots, of course.

Here he goes in over Ras Kass’ “Understandable Smooth”, which is quite possibly my favorite song from the Waterproof MC.  Ras’ version got caught up in label politics (which has plagued most of his career) and sample clearance issues, so this one has been a file sharing and (mostly) internet only gem – unless you got the white label, of course. 

This is #91 of the’s Freestyle Series.

Freddie Gibbs – “Thug Psalms”

Video: Mic Terror, Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt & John James [Da Phedz] – "Freak Ass Playa" (Live)

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Da Phedz, a group consisting of Mic Terror, Million $ Mano, Hollywood Holt, John James and a whole slew of others, took the stage during Mic T’s set the other night at Sub-T.  They premiered their triggaman-infused collaboration “Freak Ass Playa”, which I hear is an absolute monster.  I’m looking forward to this joint leaking.

Video courtesy of Gold Coast TV

Voyce G.I. Go – "Chase Bank"

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Produced by Solitaire.  Off Voyce’s mixtape, Follow The Leader

Voyce G.I. Go – “Chase Bank”

Rita J feat. ADaD – "No Regrets"

| September 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Off Rita J’s Artist Workshop, dropping on November 3rd.  I just got my copy in the mail yesterday.  Pow!

ADaD is featured on the track, with production from K-Kruz.  Also, lookout for Rita who will be performing at Atlanta’s AC3 Festival on Friday, October 2nd

Rita J feat. ADaD – “No Regrets”

Bump J Sentenced To 10 Years

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

More unfortunate news for the crib.

Today Terrence Boykin, also known as Bump J, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  However, as bad as this news sounds, he received the minimum sentence for both charges, 7 years for the gun and 37 months for the bank robbery.

By law, these two terms have to be served consecutively, but he does gets credit for the time he’s served and will finish out 85% of his sentence.  At the end of his sentence he’ll be eligible for placement in a halfway house.

Previously: Bump J Takes Federal Plea for 2007 Bank Robbery

Mike Flo & Jeff Jones feat. Boog Brown – "Backbone"

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

From the upcoming project from Mike Flo & Jeff Jones, Lucid, The LP.  Coming in 4Q09.

Mike Flo & Jeff Jones feat. Boog Brown – “Backbone”

Sly Polaroid feat. Kaye Fox – "Chicago State Of Mind"

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

I was just remarking to a friend the other day how Chicago needed some kind of anthem like Jay’s “Empire State Of Mind”, as that song seems to be one of the absolute breakout hits from Blueprint 3.  Because before you know it, everyone in the country is going to be singing that tune.  Well, sure enough, Sly P steps up to the plate alongside Kaye Fox, for the Chi-Town interpretation.  Thumbs up.

Sly Polaroid feat. Kaye Fox – “Chicago State Of Mind”