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.
As per every year, the only thing we check the BET Awards for is these excellent ciphers, and this year is no different.
The 2012 edition brings you some utterly superb lineups, with the clip up here being a personal highlight as it features several of my favourite upcomers-A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Childish Gambino and Angel Haze, alongside newcomer Driicky Graham. The rest of the ciphers feature the likes of T.I., B.o.B., Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, DMX, Eve, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, DJ Quik, Xzibit, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Hopsin and more.
Plenty of promise, click on below to check out all of the ciphers. Who do you reckon had the standout performance? Big fan of Joey Bada$$ with the cipher up here, and my winners for the rest are below.
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With his own surefire hit under his belt, E-40 hops over to help X to the Z out for this single from Xzibit’s upcoming Napalm album.
The production utilises thick, very bassy synths for the most part, much like E-40′s Function, giving the track a powerful intensity that’s capitalised on in a very different way to the aforementioned track. X’s natural aggression means that rather than convert this into a club anthem, it’s instead a track that has more grit and punchiness about it via X’s raps, and the synergy of beat and vocals makes this a track that almost feels like it’ll hop out of the screen and start shoving you around a little bit. A very physical track that pretty much bullies your eardrums.
Very interesting. Despite being namechecked a very long time ago by Dr. Dre as someone he was working heavily with for Detox, it’s fair to say there doesn’t seem to be much material coming from Slim in light of that glowing endorsement/working relationship.
Hence, I’m sure this will interest many of you. Slim comes through with some decent rhymes for a relative newcomer, and certainly exhibits (no pun intended) a rapping style that will certainly suit Dre’s own flow. He’s not going to blow anyone’s mind lyrically, but a duo’s chemistry tends to be more important than individual ability, and it appears they’ve got along well enough for Dre to keep him around. Nottz serves up a great production here, with a clear structure, unfussy sound and powerful melodies driving the track along, whilst Xzibit tags along for a typically-aggressive hook. Decent all-rounder.
Slim The Mobster-Don’t Believe You ft. Xzibit
Despite being extremely underwhelmed with a lot of Xzibit’s recent music (I absolutely love some of his older albums), I still do check out his music in the hope that he still has it in him to deliver music that has actual re-playability value. Well I’m glad I checked this out as he’s come back with a track that is actually thought provoking, which is something I feel he’s lacked in recent times! This is off his upcoming album, MMX, and features Detroit rapper Trick Trick.
Xzibit – Highest Form Of Understanding (H.F.O.U.) ft. Trick Trick
What is it with X on features today? Australian hip-hop powerhouse enlist the West coast legend for a joint from their recently released (and very good) Running On Air.
Aussie rap is something which we often sleep on over here, but as I demonstrated with Hilltop Hoods at the turn of the year, we are stupid to do so.
I always go straight for the bangers on unfamiliar projects (I know – It’s a bad habit) and both lyrically and production-wise this joint achieves that. I could have in fact dropped various others from the album, but wanted to give you a familiar name you could run with. Baby steps here people, baby steps.
Bliss N Eso (feat Xzibit) – People Up On It
The first leak from the upcoming album from Statik and Term (under the name 1982) comes with a couple of heavy-hitters on the feature. Statik drops off an interesting production, which has some of those gritty elements mixed in with a jazzy feel. Pretty unique stuff, and nice to hear him mixing it up like that. The verses are all pretty likeable, with Termanology probably just shading it ahead of Xzibit for the best one.
1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology)-Goin Back ft. Cassidy and Xzibit
The very definition of classic collaboration right here, this infamous track features: RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One. Kind of forgot about Classic Collabo this week, so hope this makes up for it! Amazing that this amount of stars came through and did this track, let alone a video! Check out the crazy visuals, and grab this vintage track below.
Sway & King Tech – The Anthem ft. RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, Jayo Felony, Chino XL & KRS-One
A short version of this song was used for a BET show (also called Live From L.A.) and the video for this track premiered on that show some 11 years ago! We have only now managed to get our hands on the a cd quality version of this track, which features three West Coast legends. Grab this nice summer song below.
Snoop Dogg – Live From L.A. ft. Xzibit & Ice Cube
Couple of collabos here with some decent line-ups on them. Good to get some new music from Bishop Lamont, and the Lakers Anthem should make for pretty good listening too. Pretty tired right now, so forgive the ‘quick blast’.
Bishop Lamont-Blow Your Mind ft. Xzibit & Jelly Roll
DJ Felli Fel-Lakers Anthem 2010 ft. Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Ray J, Chino XL, Roscoe Umali & New Boyz
Been looking forward to these visuals for quite some time. Have really enjoyed the audio since it dropped in December, and X comes full force on this one. The video is dark and moody, which fits the track absolutely perfectly.
Audio is here, don’t sleep on this.
Whenever I look for a random/pointless picture for a non-artist specific post, I always end up with cowboys. Maybe we should turn the site into a country music hub.
Anyway, in complete contrast to that, pick up two tracks below featuring 5 rappers on each. One is full of Eastside rappers, and the other with 5 from the West which makes for a nice bit of variety for you.
Capone-N-Noreaga-Bodega Stories ft. The LOX
40 Glocc-Welcome To Cali ft. Snoop Dogg, E-40, Too $hort and Xzibit
Don’t hear enough from Xzibit these days. The last track I caught from him was Hurt Locker back in December, which got plenty of plays in my iTunes. This is another good one from X, and comes on a little bit of a ‘lighter’ tip than Hurt Locker. Very listenable though, and hopefully we’ll be getting more from the upcoming MMX album.
Keep a close ear to the production: it’s interesting to note how Game’s been disappointing on this exact type of beat recently, but X takes it on pretty comfortably without coming off as ‘radio-friendly’.
Xzibit-Phenom ft. Kurupt
2009 was one hell of an interesting year. We saw the comeback of Eminem, albums by the 2 other big names of hip-hop in Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and once again we waited all year for Dr. Dre’s Detox which never came. It’s fair to say that despite this the year hasn’t been dominated by the big boys and we’ve seen a gradual change in hip hop – the gangsta rap of previous years has steadily evolved into what can be described as ‘Hip Hop Hipsters’. Kanye led the way back in 2004 and by 2009 the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Wale and Asher Roth have emerged.
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Must say, I’m a little surprised. This tracks actually bangs pretty hard, and is a nice hip-hop joint. Didn’t see this coming at all (no disrespect, just out of the blue!) and it’s definitely a well-produced track which X takes on with some muscle.
It’s time for another uptempo/club/party/whatever track post. There’s hip-hop, dubstep, electro and miscellaneous here. Hit the click for some party-ready, club-busting, face-shattering tracks.
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