Friday, November 30, 2007

What’s New In Dart’s iPod #16 AKA 8 Is Enough

Due to the fact that I was flooded with so much new shit on Thursday and I decided to see Southland Tales for the second time yesterday (I've read all of the graphic novels and seen the flick twice and I STILL feel like I didn't even catch half of what the fuck was going on with that joint) I didn’t get a chance to even post up a blog. Since I have very limited time I will cut to the chase and post up my abridged reviews for the following new releases (in this order) Wyclef Jean’s “Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant”, Beanie Sigel’s “The Solution”, Drama’s “Gangsta Grillz: The Album”, Wu Tang Clan’s “8 Diagrams”, Styles P’s “Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)”, Scarface’s “Made”, Hi-Tek’s “Hiteknology 3” and Ghostface Killah’s “The Big Doe Rehab”. Here’s the breakdown for how my unique "Cop It Or Not" ratings system breaks down below:

Oh No! This CD is a drink coaster/table balancer/doorstop/gerbil/hamster room divider/frisbee/discus/makeshift shield/last ditch choice for a visor/alternate shuriken choice. Sell this shit to whoever is dumb enough to buy it from you.

Maeby (Maybe)! Depending on your own set of personal preferences you might like this joint. Give it a listen first to see if it's in your lane or not.

Mos Def! Cop the album when it drops...'Nuff said.

I’mma let y’all people know one thing. There’s one life, one love, so there can only be one king © Nas

I will simply post my findings for each album one after the other minus the leader paragraphs for each project so it will just be a rapid fire chain type deal this week. Here goes:

Best Joints: “Riot”, “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)”, “Welcome To The East”, “Slow Down”, “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill Remix)”, “King & Queen”, “Fast Car”, “Wha About The Baby”, “Any Other Day”, Heaven’s In New York”

Hot Garbage: N/A (If you wince when your hear a guitar and vocals and don’t appreciate different forms of music then avoid this album like the plague. If not then it's a recommended maybe)

Best Joints: “All Of The Above”, “Bout That”, “You Ain’t Ready For Me”, “Go Low”, “Gutted”, “Judgement Day”

Hot Garbage: “Pass The Patron”, “I’m In”, “Rain (Bridge)”, “Dear Self”, “Prayer” (I expected so much more than this from Beans, especially after his last album was so dope. Big damn disappointment here, too R&B for my taste.)

Best Joints: “Takin’ Pictures”, “Cannon (Remix)”, “The Art Of Storytellin’ Part 4”, “Talk ‘Bout Me”, “No More”, Throw Ya Sets Up”, “Cheers”

Hot Garbage: Everything else (I’m clearly not the intended audience for this album..this jewel case is getting used for something else and this album minus the above joints is getting wiped from my hard drive)

Best Joints: “Take It Back “, “Get Them Out Ya Way Pa”, “Rushing Elephants”, “Unpredictable”, “The Heart Gently Weeps”, “Wolves”, “Stick Me For My Riches”, “Starter”, “Windmill”, “Weak Spot”, “Life Changes”, “16th Chamber”

Hot Garbage: “Tar Pit”, only 2 dudes on “Unpredictable (the chorus length and frequency), “Sunlight” not being on a RZA album, George Clinton’s chorus on “Wolves” being repeated more than twice (once at the beginning and again at the end would’ve been fine), Sunny Valentine and the other guy being more frequent guests than Killa Sin, Streetlife and Killah Priest. Where was Suga Bang Bang and Ox? RZA still came through and delivered the heat though.

Best Joints: “Blow Ya Mind”, “Let’s Go”, “Alone In The Streets”, “In It To Win It”, “All I Know Is Pain”, “Got My Eyes On You”, “Green Piece Of Paper”, “Da 80’s”, “Super Gangster”, “Star Of The State”, “You Ain’t Ready”, “Gangster, Gangster”, “Cause I’m Black”

Hot Garbage: “Holiday”, “Look @ Her” and “Shoot Niggas” (how come his Koch album is so much better than these major label albums? It's another recommended maybe)

Best Joints: “Never”, “Girl You Know”, “Burn”, “Boy Meets Girl”, “Who Do You Believe In”, “Git Out My Face”, “The Suicide Note”

Hot Garbage: “Big Dogg Status”, “Go” and “Dollar” (solid album, but far from a classic)

Best Joints: “Life To Me”, “My Piano”, “God’s Plan”, “Kill You”, “Step Ya Game Up Remix”, “Know Me” and “Time”

Hot Garbage: “I’m Back”, “Handing My Bizness”, “Come Get It” and “Ohio All Stars (borderline) (Hi Tek’s last joint had better talent, better beats and was an overall better project than this one IMHO. Good overall album, though)

Best Joints: “Tony Sigel AKA The Barrell Brothers”, “Yolanda’s House”, “Walk Around”, “Yapp City”, “White Linen Affair”, “Supa GFK”, “Rec Room Therapy”, “The Prayer (why couldn’t Ox have sung on the Wu album?)”, “I’ll Die For You”, “Paisley Darts”, “Shakey Dog Featuring Lolita”, “Killa Lipstick” and “Slow Down”

Hot Garbage: My least favorite song on this entire joint is the lead single “We Celebrate”...and I LIKE that joint. Ghost done did it again, y’all!

Late Pass:

Download this Marsha Ambrosius mixtape "Neo Soul Is Dead: The Chronic Mixtape" from my boy Kas' blog!

That’s all there is...there ain’t no more! © Juju of the Beatnuts


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Kinda Like The Source But Not Really

Heavy Rotation In My iPod (as of 11.28.07):
Fat Tape/CD-R (as of 11.28.07):

Tony Sigel AKA Barrel Brothers-Ghostface Killah f/Beanie Sigel
Gutted-Beanie Sigel f/Jay-Z
Lookin' At It- Jacka, Yukmouth & Keak Da Sneak
Valley Of Death-Cunninlynguists
When They Remember-Freeway
Good Girls-Wale
5th Gear-Joe Budden
Paisley Darts-Ghostface Killah f/Raekwon, Sun God, Trife Da God, Method Man & Cappadonna
Party Life-Jay-Z
Suicide Bomber-Witchdoctor
Da Art Of Storytellin' Part 4-OutKast f/Marsha Ambrosius
Cause I'm Black-Styles P f/Black Thought
Starter-Wu Tang Clan
I Wonder-Kanye West
Gangster, Gangster-Styles P f/Jadakiss & Sheek Louch
ExtraHard-Little Brother
Slow Down-Wyclef Jean f/T.I.
Stand Up-Vandalyzm
The Hardest-AZ f/Styles P
Dear Diary-Joe Budden
My Piano-Hi-Tek f/Ghostface, Raekwon & Dion
Cheers-Pharrell f/The Clipse

Look for the review blog coming up on Friday.