December 16, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Havoc - 13 (May 7, 2013)

The final cog in the machine that will ultimately bring us to this year's The Infamous Mobb Deep, 13 is Havoc's third solo album, one with a title he must have fucking loved, since this year he went and swiped it for 13 Reloaded, an otherwise-unrelated project featuring all new tracks.  That one I won't be getting to for quite a while, but hey, we'll always have 13, right?

December 12, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons (December 9, 2014)

I'm thinking that, at this point, Ghostface Killah must be bored of traditional rap albums: I assume the idea of filling twelve or more tracks with boasts 'n bullshit hasn't appealed to him over the past few years.  2013's brilliant Twelve Reasons To Die was a marvel in straight-up storytelling, proving that not all concept albums have to automatically suck ass.  So instead of forcing everyone to wait around for Supreme Clientele II or that long-gestating collaborative effort with MF DOOM, Ghost appears to have been dropping writing exercises set to music to keep the fans alert. 

December 9, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Prodigy and The Alchemist - Albert Einstein (June 11, 2013)

Although I know a lot of you two have been waiting around for this post for quite a while, there's at least one reader who's going to run through this quickly while wondering just when I plan on getting to the actual new Prodigy album that dropped last month, that joint effort with something called a Boogz Boogetz.  To which I have two responses: (1) I don't know, but that shit definitely won't be happening anytime soon, and (2) stop fucking complaining and just read this thing, please.

December 5, 2014

My Gut Reaction: Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow (December 2, 2014)

One year after the twenty-year anniversary of their first group release, 1993's Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Wu-Tang Clan (with an assist from Warner Music Group because their original label, Loud Records, no longer exists) have dropped A Better Tomorrow, which is being billed as their final album as a collective.  Well, at least the project's timing makes a tad bit more sense than fellow former Loud labelmates Mobb Deep's "twenty-year anniversary" album from earlier this year, The Infamous Mobb Deep, celebrating their sophomore album The Infamous (their breakthrough) one year early (it dropped in 1995).  Although Havoc and Prodigy probably wanted to rush that fucker out before the duo disbanded again, a problem the Wu doesn't have anymore, since these days they're really nine guys in one room as opposed to being a singularly-focused group.

December 2, 2014

Reader Reviews: More Nappy Roots Stuff (Yes, There Was More)

(Today's post comprises of three separate Reader Reviews frequent contributor Justa sent over to finish up the back catalog of the Nappy Roots thus far.  I decided to run them all at once because, well, it's the holidays, and also this helps me clear out my queue, so yay!  Leave your thoughts for Justa below, but keep in mind that it may take you a while to get to that comment section.)

November 28, 2014

Naughty By Nature - 19 Naughty III (February 23, 1993)

I had toyed with the idea of running a placeholder post today, it being the day after Thanksgiving in the States and, as such, the unofficial day of choice to recover from a food hangover, but the hell with it: you two might need something to read while waiting in line at Best Buy to purchase shit nobody actually needs for cheap.  Or maybe you're like a lot of people and have to work today.  If that describes you, congratulations, you're in luck!  Today's post might be about an album you actually want to read my thoughts about!

Or not, I don't care.

November 25, 2014

Various Artists - UGodz-Illa Presents The Hillside Scramblers (March 16, 2004)

You see it in every family.  There's always that one person who demands attention but doesn't receive it regularly, constantly overshadowed by the exploits and excitement surrounding various other relatives, but rather than play it low-key and wait for a window of opportunity to arise, they choose to take the bull by the horns and make a bold, dramatic move outside of the family unit, oftentimes while talking shit about their loved ones.  Eventually, they will end up crawling back to their family, who are nice enough to take them back in without fuss, and things quickly appear to go back to normal, as though nothing ever happened, although now everyone else has some ammunition to pull out when a certain someone decides to act out again.

That's pretty much what happened between U-God and the Wu-Tang Clan in 2004.