November 26, 2020

RandoMax Radio Episode #25!


For those of you in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving, or, as we say in 2020, "Please don't kill your grandparents just because you like eating turkey once a year." If you're reading this from literally anywhere else in the world, I hope you're enjoying your Thursday. Regardless of your point of origin, I present to you a brand new episode of RandoMax Radio, suitable for your commute, or to listen to as you clean your apartment, or, and I know this is a radical thought, you can also just play it for fun! Weird, right?

Episode 25 outright refuses to reinvent the wheel, which is exactly the level of consistency you've come to expect from me through the years. The November 2020 edition features some cool shit for the hip hop heads here, and for those of you who enjoy the indie leanings and my obsessive New Wave flights of fancy, well, I have you covered as well. And as usual, there are just enough surprises within these sixteen tracks to keep you in suspense, if for no other reason than to hear just how well these tracks end up working together.



I'm keeping the tracklist close to the vest, unless you're a Patreon subscriber, in which case, you can have it all! Take it!

As always, I both encourage and humbly request that you share these RandoMax Radio mixes with anyone you believe may enjoy them. Your support is appreciated like you wouldn't fucking believe. Don't forget to subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear here. 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!

-Max

November 24, 2020

LL Cool J - 14 Shots to the Dome (March 30, 1993)


It’s the last Tuesday of the month, and we all know what that means – (*checks notes*) um, a continuation of my ongoing reverse chronological narrative of LL Cool J’s career, this time focusing on the man’s fifth album 14 Shots to the Dome? Sure, why the hell not?

November 17, 2020

Reader Review: RBX - No Mercy, No Remorse / The X-Factor (June 29, 1999)


 

(Today I'm running a Reader Review from BrianL, who continues his exploration of West Coast projects that I likely wouldn't have gotten around to writing about with the second RBX solo project, the horribly-titled No Mercy, No Remorse / The X-Factor, named as such for reasons that will become clear in a bit. Leave your thoughts for him below, and if you have an album you'd like to see written up on HHID and are cool with doing the legwork yourself, hit up my e-mail and we'll chat.)

November 13, 2020

My Gut Reaction: Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God (Reloaded) (November 2, 2020)

It took Trevor “Busta Rhymes” Smith eight years and multiple false starts to finally get Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God into the hands of the listener. Not wanting to waste another moment ever again in his lifetime, it only took the man three fucking days to drop Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God (Reloaded), a re-release of project with four additional tracks tacked onto the end (leaving the main program unaltered, at least as far as I know – what, were you expecting me to sit through all twenty-two original tracks again so soon?).

I would believe that is some sort of world record, except I’m convinced that the man is going to keep re-releasing this project until he’s finally depleted all of the songs from his hard drive. He may never get another shot at a solo album, so why not milk the current one for the rest of our days, right? I mean, there’s only five years left and all.

November 10, 2020

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #6! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)


 A tiny part of me wanted to make this month's mix just the following track playing ten times.


I thought better of it, since even I thought that would be petty as hell. Which I am. So I urge you all to put this shit on repeat while reading through the rest of today's post.

Episode 6 of the Max-Approved Mixtape alters the format a bit to provide listeners with a window into a part of my soul I don't often reveal to anyone. I'm just kidding - you all know enough about me already. Instead, how about we stick with the recipe and run ten hip hop tracks from various regions and time periods, you know, like we always do about this time?


MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #6:

1. Conway the Machine - "Juvenile Hell" (featuring Flee Lord, Llyod Banks, and Havoc)
2. Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap"
3. Mood - "Karma"
4. Xzibit - "Let It Rain" (featuring King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks"
5. Murder Inc. (Jay-Z, Ja Rule, & DMX) - "Murdergram"
6. Large Professor - "Cool"
7. The Left - "Battle Axe" (featuring Mu)
8. Above The Law - "Menace To Society"
9. Pusha T - "Alone in Vegas (Outro)"
10. Ol' Dirty Bastard - "N---a Please" (featuring The RZA)
 
Let me know if you're enjoying these larks by listening, liking, reposting, sharing, doing whatever it is that people do on the Interweb these days - these mixes are meant to entertain.
 
Until next time!

-Max 

November 3, 2020

My Gut Reaction: Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God (October 30, 2020)

After eight years and multiple false starts, Busta Rhymes finally managed to drop his tenth solo album, Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, last week. Its midnight release had been preceded by relentless promotion from Trevor “Busta Rhymes” Smith, who attempted to use everything from his friend Swizz Beatz’s Verzuz series (unsuccessfully) to the final debate between Joe Biden and some orange asshole to push his project into the current narrative.

Which was never really going to work, because it’s 2020 and the last Busta album we all seem to agree to be “good” was The Big Bang, which was released fourteen fucking years ago. But then again, I’m here writing about his tenth album after having been almost entirely unimpressed by Year Of The Dragon, his last full-length effort which he only managed to release for a short time through Google Play before it was deleted from the server, so obviously something went right for our erstwhile Dungeon Dragon.

That something? For me, anyway, it was the co-signs from his peers in the music industry over the past couple of years, all of whom allegedly listened to an early version of Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God and proclaimed it to be the man’s best work. Is the album we’re about to discuss today the same project folks such as Just Blaze and 9th Wonder got to hear first? Definitely not, but the fact that we’re even listening to a brand new Busta album in 2020 is a feat in and of itself.

October 27, 2020

RandoMax Radio Episode #24!

 

Look, it's entirely possible that you're no longer sheltering in place. A lot of the world has reopened, for better or for worse, and you may be in a situation where you're required to commute to a workplace or to class once again. We all know this isn't the right time for it: we know this. There won't be an economy to protect if everyone's dead, right? But a lot of us aren't in a financial position where we can tell our employers to fuck right off, so let this new episode of the ongoing RandoMax Radio concern help you forget your frustrations with the outside world, if only just for an hour.

Episode 24 continues the trend of me pretending that you're sitting in my car while my phone is on 'shuffle', although just why I'm driving you around is unknown. Unlike last month, the hip hop heads that look to HHID as an authority for some reason will find some semblance of satisfaction, as there's more rap to be found here, interspersed with the other general randomness. The tracklist, as always, will come later, but why ruin the surprise? (Unless you're a Patreon subscriber, in which case, (a) thanks!, and (b) feel free to ruin the surprise, as subscribers get early knowledge of what appears.



EDIT: Hey, guess what time it is!

RANDOMAX RADIO EPISODE #24: 

1. "Eyes May Shine" - Xzibit
2. "On The Run" - Timecop1983
3. "Obamacare" - Quelle Chris
4. "I Still Do" - The Cranberries
5. "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" - De La Soul
6. "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead" - Depeche Mode
7. "In Motion" - Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
8. "Broken Bottles" - Benny the Butcher
9. "You" - Monifah
10. "Baby" - Helena Deland
11. "Red Light" - Siouxsee and The Banshees
12. "Soul Brother #1" - Pete Rock
13. "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" - Talking Heads
14. "Road To The Riches" - Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo
15. "We Had A Good Time" - Bullion
16. "LVL" - A$AP Rocky

As always, I both encourage and humbly request that you share these RandoMax Radio mixes with anyone you believe may enjoy them. Your support is appreciated like you wouldn't fucking believe. Don't forget to subscribe to the RandoMax Radio feed to catch up on previous episodes and to receive updates before they appear here. 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!

-Max