SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: EYE FOR A EYE (MUSIC FOR HIP-HOP LOVERS)
As great great great hip-hop addicted , we selected for you dope hip-hop pieces.
According to our editorial policy, we spread hot joints from renowned hip-hop artists but we also give the proper space to undeground/indipendent performers that surely deserve your attention!
So , allow us to introduce to you Eye For A Eye – Music For Hip-Hop Lovers.
To introduce the first piece of this selection we gonna do a step back in the 2005 when a hip-hop trio dropped via Los Angeles label Tres Records the stunning EP Timeless under the moniker Lightheaded.
Together they combined their passion for the “Golden Age” hip-hop with a massive dose a flavorful soul and jazzy sonorities.
We selected the extra-soulful cut called Surprise Cypher II arranged by Ohmega Watts which used a sample of the immortal J.Dilla.
After launching the debut album entitled In The Ruff in 2009 , Diamond District gave to the world anotha proof of their musical chemistry with da sophomore project called March On Washington released three years ago via Mello Music Group.
Washington representatives yU, Uptown X.O and Oddisee make us go crazy with a project that sounds solid from start to finish and the impressive track called Ain’t Over it’s a pure form of brilliance blending the sample of Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes.
Two months later Mello Music Group released an exclusive version of March On Washington focused on stunning revisitations handled by great masterminds such as Apollo Brown, Diamond D, Nottz and Large Professor among others.
Recently Oddisee launched his new album called The Iceberg
He comes straight from North Carolina and his bars are raw and hot like fire! We’re talking about Yul Hanner better known by the stage name Omniscence which dropped in 2012 the supa-dupa-track called Raw Factor 2.0 .
The superlative cut was sumptuously produced by australian DJ/producer Debonair P and ….damn….it’s something epic that you should include in your own hip-hop music collection.
Inspired by Spike Lee movie Do The Right Thing , Mr. Madden cooked a serious of outstanding beats unveiling a particular penchant for the hip-hop old-school and for the luminaries such as Pete Rock,DJ Premier,J.Dilla,Nujabes.
The beat called Sal’s Famous finds its storyteller through the microphone of Brooklyn rapper HDBeenDope , which takes advantage of Wil Madden beat to record the boom-bap piece Fake The Funk , included on his work The Greay(t) Area dropped in 2015
Packed with some of the most interesting acts of the hip-hop scene such as Slimkid3 (Pharcyde),Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest) , Mndsgn , the album gave us a hot piece entitled I Live For The Funk.
The effervescent charisma of Mellow Man Ace meets for the occasion Andre Titus aka Dres (Blacksheep) and MC Mikey D (Main Source) to spit solid bars over the beats wisely cooked by Mellow Man Ace son Cazal Organism , which uses the sample of Biggie Small Machine Gun Funk .
When we think about southern hip-hop flava ,names such as Outkast,Big K.R.I.T,Geto Boys,Bun B,Goodie Mob,Curren$y,Paul Wall spring to mind!
But wait…we can’t forget Kno, Deacon the Villain and Natti …yessir!
These three gentleman , known as CunninLynguists continue to wave the flag of true and genuine hip-hop music flexing brilliant skills in terms of beats, tempos, instrumentation, song moods and lyrical depth. We selected the mellow piece entitled Yellow Lines featuring one of our favorite rapper Phonte Coleman and Witchdoctor. Two months ago , CunninLyinguists released a new EP called The Rose
Put together the sharp rhymes of Jorge Alvarez aka Kurious and the hard-hitting beats masterfully produced by New York City multi-talented artist Dave Dar…and here is the sound of Bamboo Bros.
In 2011 Bamboo Bros dropped the compelling American Jibaro that received positive reviews from influential media such as Okayplayer and HipHopDx.
We want to serve you up what we consider as the centerpiece of the entire opus: Stay High.
Catchy,feel-good vibes,head-nodding rhythms , Stay High is definitely a summer anthem!
In 1993 directors Allen and Albert Hughes debuted with the drama film Menace II Society.
The official soundtrack was really dope with jams from Boogie Down Production,Pete Rock, Brand Nubian,DJ Quik,Too Short and Mc Eiht!
Oh yes, Mc Eiht gave to the rap history a piece that today echoes in the heart of every true hip-hop lovers!
We’re talking about the milestone Streiht Up Menace co-produced by Mc Eight himself
CAMP LO – SUGAR STREETS (PRODUCED BY SKI BEATZ)
Bronx duo Camp Lo earned their stripes in 1997 dropping a classic hip-hop album entitled Uptown Saturday Night entirely produced by DJ Clark Kent protegé David Willis aka Ski Beatz.
Ski is definitely an authority and with his top-notch productions he had a relevant role to push hip-hop music to high standard of quality in particular from 1995 to the present day working along side Bahamadia, Jay-Z,Lil Kim,Fat Joe,Big Pun and the list goes on and on!
But wait..raise your hand if you have nodded your head listening to Luchini or Coolie High!
Well, recently Camp Lo launched via Persia Records da project called On The Way Uptown , a series of demos designed to be the foundation for the group’s debut album.
Scratchtheblock.com celebrates the legacy of Camp Lo spinning the hot track called Sugar Streets produced by hip-hop mogul Ski Beatz which used the sample of da iconic Feel Like Making Love by Bob James.
The most interesting aspect of hip-hop music is the capability to merge together different cultures,different way to live life! We think is always cool and stimulating to see artists from different places collaborating to create something good through a fruitful connection of musical perspective and approach. Internet changed the rules of the game,giving to artists the keys to break the territorial boundaries and even though United States remains the cradle of hip-hop culture par excellence , we can assert european producers and rappers as well singers are doing incredible things (sometimes bringing back the 90s flow). Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave collaborated with San Diego incredible producer MNDSGN, german beatmaker FloFilz enlisted one of the most respected emcee of L.A underground hip-hop scene,Blu , german producers JR&PH7 recruited Phonte Coleman,danish producer Kriswontwo worked alongside Georgia Anne Muldrow,Oh No and MED , Ol’Burger Beats teamed up with J.Dilla’s brother Illa J , super producer RZA produced a great song for swedish songstress Snoh Alegra and the list of international collaborations goes on & on. Now we’d like to recommend to our fans the interesting work produced by bernese hip-hop producer SAD featuring Slum Village entitled Slow . The compelling work was released via Mouthwatering Records and it was followed by a remix project with treatment remixes from Ruck’n’Wiz , Shuko and Melodiesinfonie. The bright beatmaker Melodiesinfonie recalibrates the track called Nothing Left To Say featuring neo-soul singer Djemeia , adding his remarkable signature supa-mellow touch!