Snoop Dogg-That's My Work 2 (Mixtape)

A (presumably) unintentional consequence of Snoop changing personas more than he changes underwear (we’re at Snoopzilla now, after Snoop Lion) is that when he reverts back to hip-hop under the regular Dogg guise, it’s almost a relief and has much more of an appeal than it did before the name-switching.

This project is seemingly a bit of a pit stop before he launches into the Snoopzilla project, as Snoop and DJ Drama come together for an unexpected burst of 19 tracks, packing in features from Method Man, Erick Sermon and Suga Free. The list of features certainly hints at a more old school direction, and fingers crossed Snoop has got all the genre-blending out of his system with his alter egos, and this project packs in some good old fashioned rap work. Either way, 19 free Snoop Doggy Dogg tracks aren’t usually something you’re going to pass up, so head below for the stream/download.

Snoop Dogg-That’s My Work 2

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Hit-Boy-Cypher ft. Kent M$NEY, Audio Push, B Mac The Queen, SchoolBoy Q, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Man, Redman & Raekwon

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An incredible lineup here, for the latest single from HS87′s upcoming All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of album.

Over the last 2 years, there’s no doubt Hit-Boy has become one of the go-to producers in music (he’s proven himself as an MC too), and that’s clearly allowed him to bring these names together. Each rapper involved exchanges enjoyable short verses in true cypher style (no hook, of course), and each brings a definitively unique offering; arguably, no-one’s verse is delivered quite as distinctly as ScHoolboy Q’s here. His slightly offbeat raps certainly catch the ear, and though there are better verses in terms of flow consistency and lyrical output, with Raekwon being an obvious example, credit to Q for trying something different. Not sure why Ross gets a different production segment, but it’s a nice break from the throwback production that everyone else gets, though it does seem to give him a bit of an advantageous playing field. Nonetheless, a good slice of hip-hop with a very diverse collection of rappers who will keep this track interesting for many plays to come.

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RZA's The Man With The Iron Fists Soundtrack Tracklist

Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With The Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA—alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu—tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. The film arrives on November 2, 2012.

I saw the trailer for this a little while back and frankly, it looks epic. Normally projects like this can be pretty shoddy, but RZA’s clearly surrounded himself with the right people and properly committed to this, and the sheer scale of the names involved in both the film and the soundtrack suggests he’ll pull this off with considerable success. The tracklist features a fantastic roster, including Kanye West, Pusha T and of course the Wu-Tang Clan; click below for the full list, where you can also grab a free download from the OST.
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Wu Legends - Live in London

The Wu Legends tour rolls into London this Friday (13th July), with four of the most gifted members of Wu Tang performing live at the HMV Forum, Kentish Town.

Featuring Method Man, Ghostface, Raekwon, and GZA, we’ve been promised a performance spanning ‘Liquid Swords’, ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Lynx’, ‘Supreme Clientele’, and ‘Black Out’ so this is one not to be missed by ‘heads. If that wasn’t enough, OTU will be in attendence…

Support from Riz MC.

Tickets available at Ticketmaster and HMV tickets.

Wu Legends and Riz MC will also play dates at

-14th July Manchester HMV Ritz
-15th July Birmingham HMV Institute

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Erick Sermon ft. Redman and Method Man-Look

Damn, what’s it with our old-schoolers getting back on it? First we have the Wu/Block connect coming hard, now not to be beaten, two-thirds of the Def Squad (plus the ever-present Mef) team up for a heater sounding straight out of ’95. This is some classic Erick Sermon right here and heads will be clamouring to get their hands on this.

We don’t know where this is from yet, but no complaints from the industry on this one.

Erick Sermon ft. Redman and Method Man-Look

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R&B Fridays: Episode 99

When it matters, I’ll come through for you: 1 episode away from breaking all kinds of R&B records, and I’ve finally turned up on time. With this miracle taking place, what could I possibly serve up in next week’s edition to trump this? (great, I’ve just hyped something I haven’t come up with yet).

A few posts from the week gone by that will be of note: Skylar Grey’s superb live performance of Love The Way You Lie, Chris Brown’s latest set of energetic visuals, Diggy Simmons working with Bruno Mars for his mainstream single, an enormous 30-track official mixtape from T-Pain, and finally some fantastic visuals for The Foreign Exchange’s newest single.

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Redman ft. Method Man & Bun B-Lite 1 Witcha Boi

From Redman’s upcoming Reggie album due to drop December 7th. Red enlists long-time collaborator Mef to spit a very tidy verse and the help of everyone’s everyman Bun B who also smashes his bars to pieces. It’s the production which to a certain element lets this joint down; Not exactly the type of boardwork you would expect the East Coast duo over, and undoubtedly suits Bun’s Southern roots better. The chorus is terrible, but the verses make up for it. This will get a few spins though.

Redman-Lite 1 Witcha Boi ft. Method Man & Bun B

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Quick Blast: Reek Da Villian, Busta Rhymes, Method Man and More-Mechanics

Fresh off his appearance at the BET cyphers, Reek comes through with a star-studded track. This will be the first studio track I’ve heard of his, and he’s definitely going to grab lots of attention with these features. Looking forward to the Method Man verse.

Reek Da Villian-Mechanics Remix ft. DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Cam’ron, Vado, Method Man and Nelly

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Spotify: OTU's July Snapshot

Fans and followers, friends and foes: you heard it here first. Being the forward-thinking, innovative blog we are, Overrating The Underrated is jumping on the latest music revolution which is Spotify playlists. This will allow us to bring you monthly snapshots of all five authors’ posted material. The OTU monthly snapshots will ensure you never miss a thing and can enjoy all our picks from one central location: your Spotify application!

Unfamiliar with Spotify? It’s a free music application which allows you to stream and share music with your friends. You can listen to your playlists from any computer or phone in the world and you can also sync with Facebook to see what your friends are listening to. Keep up with the in-crowd, read about it and then get it here.

This month we’ve scoured through our back catalogue to bring you a stylish summery playlist boasting material from the likes of The-Dream, Empire Of The Sun, Tinchy Stryder, The Roots, Rick Ross, Skepta, You Me At Six and many more. So hurry up and click that glorious red text below!

Overrating The Underrated’s July Snapshot

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 34

In 1999 two of New York’s finest MC’s came together to create not only one of the 90’s most memorable rap albums, but an album spearheaded by one of the 90’s most memorable rap songs.

That’s right, we’re talking Wu-Tang’s Method Man and Def Squad’s Redman with their debut LP Blackout! and their cornerstone single Da Rockwilder. The album’s hyped success saw it go platinum less than three months after it’s release date and is considered amongst many hip-hop advocates as a debut classic.

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Sunday's Classic Collabo: Method Man/D'Angelo

The year 1998, during which time one of the best rappers around collaborated with one of the best R&B/neo soul singers about. As you can see and hear in the video to the left, this track is about relationship troubles that Method Man had been experiencing.

Also, did you notice 50 Cent in this video? Several years before you had even heard of him, and I presume this was before his infamous How To Rob track that led to troubles with Method Man’s Wu-Tang brethren (amongst others).

D’Angelo used to be so cool, what the hell happened to him? Anyway, if you like what you hear, grab the mp3 below.

Method Man – Break Ups To Make Ups ft. D’Angelo

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Meth, Ghost and Rae-Our Dreams Video

It makes me laugh how the eclecticism of Monday has been completely wiped away by a barrage of hip-hop releases today. Crazy.

Visuals for the great RZA-produced track from their collaborative Wu-Massacre album (released next week). Haven’t watched this yet, but I expect them to deliver as the track itself is pretty good.

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Album/Single Artwork

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The Music of 8 Mile (The 90’s Version)

So before getting into things I feel it is only appropriate to show our remorse at the tragic death of Brittany Murphy and our thoughts at OTU go out to all her family during this difficult time. Her work was admired by masses across the globe, and her performance in 8 Mile was, for me, one of her best moments on the big screen.

Ever since joining the OTU team I’ve been looking forward to doing this review. Why? Not only is 8 Mile an awesome insight into the hip-hop world back in the mid nineties, but also because it showcases an array of hip-hop talent throughout the picture. You cannot get these on the OST released with the film, these are the tracks from the 90′s when the film was set. 7 years on from the film’s UK release date, I’ve got eleven absolute gems (the other two are essential to cover, but don’t achieve the minimum standard 4 BDK rating) to share with you over the next few minutes of your life and I guarantee they are going to make you feel more complete because of it…

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Wu Tang – Return of the Wu & Friends

New Wu on the horizon kids and kidettes. Wu producer DJ Mathematics is bringing the heat with a new wu project, complete with exclusives, recorded between 2000 through to 2008. I’m expecting some nice remixes on this joint and look forward to its release date on 16th Feb of this year. After the click is the track listing. Be sure to check it.

The single Clap 2010 can be copped right below and features the wu heavyweights Rae, Meth and Ghost. (It states U-God makes an appearance so unless over time my ears have become immune to his ‘standing-out-like-a-sore-thumbness-shitness’ then I must be mistaken). Although I’m really looking forward to the album dropping next month, I’m actually relativley disappointed with this remix. Although saying that, I wasn’t crazy about the original. I guess that’s why it was only a hidden bonus track (3:53 onwards – but don’t skip it because the outro Jah World is awesome)…

Wu Tang Clan – Clap 2010

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Ajay-182's Best of '09

In what can best be described as a fitting coincidence given the retrospective nature of this particular post, 2009 was very much a year of hindsight. I rediscovered artists I’d neglected, I discovered artists who I’d simply ignored, but most importantly I began to see the fundamental flaw in my appreciation of music (especially hip-hop) and how I probably got it wrong.

Don’t make the same mistakes. Click on to grab some unmissable tracks, and of course my discoveries from the year gone by. I’ve thrown in a couple of lists too, as I know some of you can’t deal with excess reading.

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The Catch-Up

As I posted earlier this week, there has been a build-up of tracks in my library that I simply haven’t had the time to post over the last 2 weeks. Well, this is the final clearout from the last 2 days, after which I’m back on sentry duty and posting it on the minute I get it. This is a pretty nice collection too, with Drake, Sadé (that’s right!), Rev Run (that’s right!), Wale and more making appearances.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 2

You may recall some time ago, I wrote a post in which I put up a couple of tracks from some underground hip-hop artists that you might have missed.

Well, it’s back again, and there are some artists in here that you’ve probably never heard of, and some you may have. Either way, between them they provide music to suit a variety of hip-hop styles.

The same theory applies to this post as applied to its predecessor: This is merely my way of sifting through the hundreds of artists that drop tracks daily and showing you a few more to check for. Check them out and broaden your horizons.

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