Tagged: Hip Hop Renaissance

Album of the Week: Mos Def – The Ecstatic

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Conceptually designed as a Euro-only press, this album showcases Mos’s career path from true Brooklyn eMCee to ‘face of the underground’ to ‘a bit Hollywood’ to experimental singing & rock n’ roll. That said, instead of being disjointed, this album comes together magically. Released in 2009 on the independent label Downtown Records, Mos reaffirms his almost mythical status as acceptable underground/crossover with Quiet Dog Bite Hard, a rough, rock-influenced track in addition to the near-miraculous Life In Marvelous Times. Though guest appearances have been known to ruin hip hop albums, Auditorium (Slick Rick) and the 9th Wonder-produced History with Talib Kweli both provide excellent complements to Mos on the appearances.

Peep the album – it’s wonderful, and a true Hip Hop Classic.

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Renaissance II Track listing

Hip Hop Renaissance II (track listing)

i) Projections – Juggaknots

ii) Starr Status – Kenn Star

iii) Anti-Matter – KingGeedorah/MF Doom/Mr. Fantastik

iv) Here we Go – 9th Wonder/Buckshot

v) Duck Season – DJ Babu/Beatnuts

vi) Dreamin’ – Del the Funky Homosapien/Brother Ali

vii) In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley

viii) The Grudge – EMC

ix) Murs Day – Murs

x) History – Mos Def/Talib Kweli

xi) You’re a Customer – EPMD

xii) Cypher Freestyle – Mos Def/BlackThought/Your Boy Eminem

xiii) Take Me to Your Leader – King Geedorah

xiv) Stay Chisel – Large Professor/Nas

xv) High Rollers – Ice-T

xvi) Hip Hop’s Cool Again – Oddisee

xvii) Hip Hop Tribute – Icewater/Raekwon

xviii) Kelly Watch the Stars – Air

Hip Hop Renaissance

A little break from sports to remind people what real hip hop really is. . .and in light of these bodaciously bogus ‘Songs of the Decade‘ lists – which should be renamed ‘commercial tracks of the decade’ – here is the Track Listing for my Hip Hop Renaissance compilation:
Waitin’ On You – Kenn Star
Trouble Man – Juggaknots
Clear Blue Skies – Juggaknots
Surving the Times – Nas
Hope –
Pete Philly & Perquisite f/ Talib Kweli
The Web – The Roots
We Can’t hear You – The Herd
Brooklyn In My Mind – 9th Wonder f/ Mos Def, Jean Grae, Memphis Bleek
The Healer – Erykah Badu f/ Pharoahe Monch
Brand New – MF Grimm f/ Monsta Island Czars
‘Maica Living – Large Professor f/ Killa Sha & Guardian Leep
Can’t Let Her – Little Brother
Madness In a Cup – Mr. Lif
Dear Zev (Never Give Up) – Scienz of Life
Smile – Juggaknotz f/ Castro
Still Love – Soulstice
Realistically the compilation spans from 1997 – 2009, but since real hip hop (nee, Underground) is never understood nor fairly represented, take a moment to peep said tracks – or email me for a compilation, I’ll send – and you’ll figure out what real eMCees and producers are doing these days.