July 20, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #33!

 


Episode 33 of RandoMax Radio is hitting your ears sooner than usual. Observant readers will likely believe that this is running early because there will be other stuff coming during the final week of the month. I'm not going to confirm or deny anything, but I will say that you should come back next week to see for yourselves.

Not until after you've listened to this month's entry, though. There's some good shit here. I mean, I only play good shit during these podcast-slash-mix show things, but there is definitely some good shit here. Can I use the phrase "good shit" more?

Good shit.

Tracklist coming soon. You know the drill.



General reminders and requests: subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear on either of the sites; you can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max; and of course, you can leave your comments, complaints, memes, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see.

Enjoy, and share this good shit!

-Max

July 13, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #13! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)

 

 
 

Episode 13 of the Max-Approved Mixtape, which is what we're here to discuss today, features ten hip hop tracks that I found yearning for some affection at the hip hop tracks store, each lifted from various eras of our beloved culture and compiled in a manner that gives each song some new context to work within. There is no expiration date on good music, but I can guarantee you've forgotten about some of these, so pour yourself a tall one (unless you're driving while listening to this, in which case pour up two tall ones, you won't be able to refill it on the road) and enjoy.



MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #13:


1. Danny Brown - "Really Doe" (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, & Earl Sweatshirt)
2. Estee Nack - "Force Field" (featuring Planet Asia)
3. Xzibit - "At The Speed of Life"
4. Benny the Butcher - "Over the Limit" (featuring Dom Kennedy)
5. Dr. Dre - "Talk About It" (featuring King Mez & Justus)
6. The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) - "That's My Bitch"
7. Big Punisher - "Wishful Thinking" (featuring Fat Joe, B-Real, & Kool G. Rap)
8. Flipmode Squad - "We Got U Opin, Pt. 2" (featuring Buckshot)
9. Conway the Machine - "Raw Oysters"
10. The Notorious B.I.G. - "Suicidal Thoughts"

Feel free to play this one on repeat. I'm not going to tell anyone.

Until next post,

-Max

July 6, 2021

My Gut Reaction: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By - Side B (December 18, 2020)

In January of 2020, a pre-pandemic Marshall “Eminem” Mathers surprise-released Music To Be Murdered By, his eleventh proper album. Heavily inspired by Alfred Hitchcock, from its interludes to its very title, Music To Be Murdered By was a guest-heavy affair marked by the man’s multiple attempts to out-rap his past self while abusing the English language. It featured production from heavy-hitters such as Dr. Dre, Royce da 5’9”, Mr. Porter, Skylar Grey, and a hilariously terrible offering from The Alchemist, notable only because this was Eminem’s very first time to record a track by himself over a beat from his tour DJ, and it was bad, folks. Regardless, because it was an Eminem album released by Aftermath/Interscope Records, he managed to move over a million copies (through a combination of streams and sales, which is the reality we live in today).

In December of 2020, a Marshall Mathers living in the midst of said pandemic surprise-released Music To Be Murdered By – Side B, a long-rumored collection of sixteen tracks tacked on to the original project as a bonus disc of sorts. It continued to toil under the long shadow of Alfred Hitchcock, even more blatantly than the first time around in at least one instance, but doesn’t appear to be recognized as a separate project of its own, although that’s how we’re going to look at it for today.

June 29, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #32!

 


Episode 32 of RandoMax Radio is currently live, and it's a vibe. Describing exactly what type of vibe it is would defeat the purpose of the straight-through listen, but take it from me: emotions be all over the place. Will you find yourself crying in your car on the way to work, or banging on the roof because of how fucking hard the songs hit? I don't know, I don't control your lives. All I do is curate the soundtrack.

Come through, you're going to like this one. You don't really need that tracklist anyway, right?



EDIT: Okay, kiddos.

RANDOMAX RADIO EPISODE #32:

1. "Left of Center" - Suzanne Vega (feat. Joe Jackson)
2. "I Will Follow" - U2
3. "Time's Up" - O.C.
4. "Drag" - Day Wave
5. "Mouthful of Diamonds" - Phantogram
6. "Vocab (Refugee Hip Hop Remix)" - Fugees
7. "Midnight" - Coldplay
8. "Life's What You Make It" - Talk Talk
9. "TTYL" - Morabeza Tobacco
10. "Tribulations" - LCD Soundsystem
11. "What They Call Me" - Rah Digga
12. "I Woke Up And The Storm Was Over" - Tropic of Cancer
13. "Streets On Fire" - Lupe Fiasco (feat. Matthew Santos)
14. "Saved By Zero" - The Fixx
15. "The Creator" - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
16. "Push Up Ya Lighter" - The Roots (feat. Bahamadia)

General reminders and requests: subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear on either of the sites; you can also troll me on Twitter at @hhid_Max; and of course, you can leave your comments, complaints, memes, song and/or article suggestions, and whatever else you two want me to see. And tell your friends! The sooner those follow numbers jump, the sooner I'll stop asking. It's a win-win for both of us.

Enjoy!

-Max

June 26, 2021

Beanie Sigel - The Reason (June 26, 2001)



Dwight “Beanie Sigel” Grant’s sophomore album, The Reason, dropped less than a year after his Roc-A-Fella label boss Jay-Z attempted, and failed, to brand the four most successful rappers on the imprint as a quartet called The Dynasty. As you two may recall, The Dynasty consisted of Hov, Sigel, Memphis Bleek, and Amil, the latter of whom absolutely counts under that “successful rapper” qualification given her participation on Jay-Z’s hit single “Can I Get A…”, among other tracks, so while it can best be described as a technicality, it’s still a true fact, and hopefully she will continue to rake in the royalties from that record until the ends of the Earth. Although this is the music industry we’re talking about, so odds are she’s had to take on multiple extra shifts at Rite Aid to cover rent, in which case, come on Jay, do the right thing and hand her a motherfucking check!

(*straightens tie*) Anyway.

June 22, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #12! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)

 

 
 

That's right, we've somehow made it to the twelfth episode of the Max-Approved Mixtape, a monthly podcast-slash-mix show-slash-thing featuring only songs that I personally approve of. That may seem rather narcissistic of me, but if you're reading these words then you're likely familiar with the rest of my writing, so this shouldn't be much of a shock. Besides, isn't this what every mixtape deejay does in a way? How many playlists have you stumbled upon where the intent was for the deejay to present songs that they thought were fucking terrible? And would you even click 'play' on that if you found it?

Anyway, back to music I think you both will actually like. Episode 12 of the Max-Approved Mixtape features ten hip hop tracks that I found bathing with nymphs in that mystical-looking forest behind your grandparents' house, each lifted from various eras of our beloved culture and compiled in a manner that gives each song some new context to work within. There is no expiration date on good music, but perhaps some of these have slipped your mind, so you may find some pleasant surprises within the tracklist below.



MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #12:

1. Def Squad - "Countdown" (featuring Mally G and PMD)
2. Group Home - "Tha Realness" (featuring Smiley the Ghetto Child and Jack the Ripper)
3. Young Zee - "Milk" (featuring KRS-One and Busta Rhymes)
4. 7L & Esoteric - "Be Alert" (featuring Beyonder and Virtuoso)
5. Quelle Chris - "PSA Drugfest 2003 / Sleeveless Minks"
6. Boot Camp Clik - "Had It Up 2 Here"
7. UFO Fev x Big Ghost Ltd. - "Boxcutter Jiu Jitsu" (featuring Gorilla Nems and DJ Grouch)
8. Das Racist - "Sit Down, Man" (featuring El-P)
9. Artifacts - "Heavy Ammunition"
10. Dr. Dre - "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (Freestyle Remix)" (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound)

Share this one with every single person you come in contact with. It may be tricky, considering the pandemic isn't really over yet, but life finds a way, right?

Until next post,

-Max

June 17, 2021

My Gut Reaction: The Game - Streets of Compton (June 17, 2016)

The year in between Jayceon “The Game” Taylor’s two-part sixth album The Documentary 2 / The Documentary 2.5 (I refuse to look at these as two separate projects even though their combined length would certainly qualify it as such) and his seventh, 1992, was a busy one for the man. Critique The Game all you want – his incessant need to drop the names of other famous rappers is long overdue for a tweak; he’s unable to ever keep his fucking mouth shut, which is the main reason why he’s been a part of so many hip hop beefs; his general proximity to more gang-related murders than one would think possible; his alleged predilection for, well, let’s just say underage girls – but one thing you have you admit about the man is that, between his proper albums, mixtape work, cameos, compilations, and whatnot, the guy is incredibly prolific behind the mic. Which goes back to how he’s unable to ever keep his fucking mouth shut, but whatever, that fucking mouth of his is the reason why we’ll be discussing Streets of Compton today.