Monday, November 29, 2010

Pick of the Week (12/16/10)

88-Keys - The Death of Adam

The debut album from rapper and producer 88-keys, released in 2008 and executively produced by Kanye West. Other featured artists include Kid Cudi, J Davey, Redman, Bilal, Phonte of Little Brother, and Shitake Monkey. A great alternative album that should not be ignored.

Just Groovin' Pt. 2 (12/16/10)

Pretty simple this week. Check it out.



The Foreign Exchange - Come Around
Outkast - LIberation ft. Cee-Lo, Big Rube & Erykah Badu
Theory Hazit - Extra Credit
Talib Kweli - Waiting for the DJ
Madvillain - Great Day
J Dilla - So Far To Go ft. Common & D'Angelo
One Be Lo - Hip Hop Heaven
Blue Scholars - HI 808
De La Soul - Eye Know
Mos Def - Love
Brother Ali - Self Taught
Mighty Underdogs - Escape ft. Mr. Lif & Akrobatik
DJ Jazzy Jeff - All I Know ft. CL Smooth
Crown City Rockers - Astroshocks

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DJ Pick

Talib Kweli & Madlib - Liberation

Liberation is a fantastic collaborative effort from Talib Kweli and producer Madlib, which is out on Stones Throw Records in 2007. Not as far-reaching as some of Madlib's other production work, but nonetheless is a great combination of talent.

Throwback Pick

Outkast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Released back in 1994, Outkast's debut album reshaped the face of southern hip hop, and continues to be an often-referenced example of true funk/jazz inspired hard hitting hip hop. Check it out.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pick of the Week (12/2/10)

Slum Village - Detroit Deli (A Taste of Detroit)

The fourth studio album from Slum Village released in 2004 saw the group only consisting of Elzhi and T3, as J Dilla had gone solo and Baatin had left. Still, it's solid and the track "Reunion", while not featuring Baatin, is a tribute to how far the group has come (I have yet to hear a more honest and heartfelt song). Show some love and check it out.

Just Groovin' (12/9/10)

It's been a week since Thanksgiving, and we're back on the air for another episode of Beat Seeker!

Tonight, we're just gonna groove to some good sh*t and see where it takes us. Next week we will be checking out the hip hop stylings of .

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Common - Thelonius
Nas - Poppa Was A Playa
Jaylib - Starz
Strange Fruit Project - Luv Is
MY-G - Push Me ft. Blitz & DJ Chill
Elzhi - Transitional Joint
BK-One & Benzilla - Here I Am ft. Brother Ali, Phonte & The Grouch
Danger Doom - Old School Rules ft. Talib Kweli
Cunninlynguists - Nasty Filthy ft. Supastition & Cashmere the Pro
Gang Starr - Above the Clouds ft. Inspectah Deck
Brother Ali - Star Quality
J Dilla - Workinonit
Naughty By Nature - Uptown Anthem

*The bold songs/artists will always be from the weekly region/city/state that we're checkin out.

DJ Pick

Elzhi - The Preface

The first full length debut album from Slum Village member Elzhi, The Preface was widely heralded as one of the best albums released in 2008. Hard hitting production by Black Milk and guest spots from the likes of Guilty Simpson, Royce Da 5'9", Phat Kat and Black Milk, this album deserves the praise. Check it out if you want some new Detroit flavor.

Throwback Pick

A Tribe Called Quest - The Anthology

A collection of all their greatest hits, The Anthology is a must have for fans of good old-fashioned soulful hip hop. Released back in 1999, and featuring Erykah Badu on the cover, this album is a great way to get some golden oldies all in one place.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pick of the Week (11/18/10)

Zion I & The Grouch - Heroes in the City of Dope

Released in 2006, Zion I's collaboration album with The Grouch (of Living Legends) is a straight up fun album to listen to. Production is mostly handled by Amp Live, but the album also features production work from The Grouch himself and Living Legends member Eligh. Great guest spots, good beats and lots of heart.

California Pt. 4! (11/18/10)

Finale time!!! It's been four weeks since we started hittin' up California and the West Coast hip hop scene. Hopefully I got some good stuff in there, and a range of past and present awesomeness.

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Roc' C - Movin'
One Self - Bluebird
The Foreign Exchange - Raw Life
The Pharcyde - Runnin'
Del Tha Funky Homosapien & Tame One - Keep It Up
Wu-Tang Meets Indie - Listen ft. Planet Asia, Littles & Khalid
Dudley Perkins - Flowers
Evidence - To Be Determined ft. Elzhi & Aloe Blacc
Zion I - Bird's Eye View
Lifesavas - Shine Language
People Under The Stairs - People Riddum
MC Solaar - Leve-toi et Rap
Blue Scholars - North By Northwest
The Mighty Underdogs - Gun Fight ft. MF Doom

*The bold songs/artists will always be from the weekly region/city/state that we're checkin out.

Throwback Pick

The Beatnuts - Street Level (The Samples)

Boasting some great old school New York hip hop, The Beatnuts first full-length studio album hits pretty hard, especially with it's two stand out singles "Hit Me With That" and "Props Over Here". Released in 1994, this is the last album from them that features group member Fashion a.k.a. Al' Tariq. Street Level features guest appearances from Grand Puba, Miss Jones and DJ Sinister.

DJ Pick

Danger Doom - The Mouse & The Mask

Heavily inspired by Cartoon Networks Adult Swim program, the first album by producer Danger Mouse and MF Doom is a daring and exceptional piece of hip hop collaboration. Released in 2005 on Epitaph Records, marking the third hip hop release for the label, The Mouse & The Mask is one of the best experimental albums out there.

Pick of the Week (11/11/10)

Dilated Peoples - 20/20

The fourth album from California hip hop group Dilated Peoples definitely got back some of the swag that they lost on Neighborhood Watch. The album didn't do too well in the mainstream, but for fans it was a godsend with tracks like "Kindness for Weakness" (ft. Talib Kweli), "Back Again" and "You Can't Run, You Can't Hide". Check it out.

California Pt. 3! (11/11/10)

Still going strong on the West Coast!!! Finale is up next, followed by a city/state or region I haven't picked yet. Hit me up with ideas, requests and all that good stuff.

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Move.Meant - Say When
Strong Arm Steady - Cheeba Cheeba
Sara Devine - Take Me Home
Lyrics Born - Callin' Out Remix ft. E-40 & Casual
Swollen Members - Swamp Water ft. Phil Da Agony, Planet Asia & DJ Revolution
J Dilla - Baby ft. Madlib & Guilty Simpson
Ghostface Killah - One ft. T.M.F.
The A-Team - Pump Up The Jam
Dilated Peoples - Kindness for Weakness ft. Talib Kweli
Gang Starr - You Know My Steez
Murs & 9th Wonder - H.U.S.T.L.E.
Blu & Exile - My World Is...
The Visionaries - V-Peat
Defari - Lowlands Anthem Pt. 1
De La Soul - Plug Tunin' (Are You Ready For This)

*The bold songs/artists will always be from the weekly region/city/state that we're checkin out.

Throwback Pick

Ghostface Killah - Supreme Clientele

Another Wu-Tang second generation solo album, Supreme Clientele had a really strong debut back in 2000, following Ghostface's first solo album Ironman. The album went certified gold, and features guest spots from fellow Wu-Tang affiliates and collaborators RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Method Man, Redman, Cappadonna and Masta Killa. Dig it hard. That is all.

DJ Pick

Kanye West - The College Dropout

The debut album from Kanye West, before he went all screwy, is such a good album you can't help but respect the man despite 808s & Heartbreak and later musical and personal fiascos. Produced entirely by West and released on Roc-A-Fella Records in 2004, the album was 4 years in making beginning in 1999. You can definitely see the carry-thru from his work on Jay-Z's The Blueprint earlier in 2001, with heart, soul and funk influences really shining through. Should we judge him by his mistakes or his triumphs? One wonders.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pick of the Week (11/4/10)

Little Brother - Get Back

The third album from North Carolina native group Little Brother (Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh and 9th Wonder), Get Back is a throwback to how dope and fluid hip hop groups used to be. Honestly, you don't even have to listen to the albums when they come out, you know that Little Brother is gonna bring some great material to bear. Check it out, and look for their new album coming in 2010 Leftback.

California Pt. 2 (11/4/10)

Here we go, half way through this West Coast set! Checking out some dope stuff tonight, trying to get some nice range of time periods and styles.

Check out Radio 1190 for all the good stuff as always.



Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones - Can't Hold Back ft. Treasure Davis
Dilated Peoples - You Can't Hide, You Can't Run
Main Source - Snake Eyes
Jurassic 5 - Freedom
Common Market - Re Fresh
The Beatnuts - Hit Me With That
The Game - Hate It Or Love It ft. 50 Cent
Ras Kass - Billboard #1
Illa J - Strugglin
Swollen Members - Dark Clouds ft. Evidence
Strange Fruit Project - Ready Forum
Giant Panda - Diggin in the Tapes
Naughty By Nature - Feel Me Flow
Abstract Rude - Headcase

*The bold songs/artists will always be from the weekly region/city/state that we're checkin out.