December 6, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #18! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)

 


Episode 18 of the Max-Approved Mixtape is here just in time for the holidays, although it isn't a holiday mix. You get enough of those elsewhere, let's be honest, and if I were to do one of my own it would blow your mind, rendering you incapable of finishing up your prep work for your various holiday celebrations. So instead, you get ten more hip hop tracks pilfered from across time and space, smashed together onto a single mix that will force you to reevaluate your relationship with the music.

Hit that 'play' button and get ready for 2022! If you want, anyway - it isn;t my place to tell you what to do while you're listening.



MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #18:

1. Mobb Deep - "Can't get Enough Of It" (featuring Illa Ghee (f/k/a General G))
2. Zilla Rocca - "Merv Griffin Enterprises" (featuring Alaska and Curly Castro)
3. WC & the Maad Circle - "Out On a Furlough"
4. Jay-Z - "Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit" (featuring Rick Ross)
5. Erick Sermon - "Do-Re-Mi" (featuring LL Cool J and Scarface) 
6. Your Old Droog - "Bangladesh" (featuring Heems)
7. Dr. Dooom - "Bitch Gets No Love"
8. Company Flow - "Last Good Sleep" 
9. DMX - "Bane is Back" (featuring Swizz Beatz)
10. Diddy - "Everything I Love" (featuring Nas and Cee-Lo Green)

If you like what you hear and/or read on these things of ours, consider sharing this mix with the friends you feel need to update their concepts of what hip hop can be. Sounds conceited, I know, but you know I'm right. As always, I appreciate everyone that gives this a chance!

Until next post,

-Max

November 28, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #37!

 


Episode 37 RandoMax Radio, the podcast-slash-mix show series where I attempt to mimic the idea of connecting my phone to your Bluetooth speaker and setting it on 'shuffle', has been around for over three years now as of today's post, which is quite a long lifespan in today's short-attention-span world. Then again, you two seem to actually enjoy when my write-ups go extra-long, so I shouldn't have been that surprised, but I'm grateful regardless that you've taken the time to listen. And if you still haven't ever pressed 'play' on these posts, the good news is that the previous thirty-six episodes are still hanging around, ready for some fresh ears.

The tracklist will pop up here eventually after a waiting period, but I encourage everybody to go in blind, because it's more fun for me that way. Oh, and because I feel the listening experience is enhanced by not knowing exactly what's coming next. Yeah, that's the stuff.



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 or do with these things.

Enjoy!

-Max

November 22, 2021

My Gut Reaction: Kanye West - Donda (August 29, 2021) (PART ONE)

I think we can all agree that the rollout for Kanye West’s Donda was less than ideal, correct? The phrase “utter shitshow” doesn't do a decent enough job describing the fuckery present during this project’s run-up.

November 14, 2021

Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (May 31, 1994)


1994’s Ill Communication, the fourth full-length album from New York City-based, Carvel-loving “rap” group the Beastie Boys, pushed the act further down the path that its predecessor, Check Your Head, began traversing two years prior. Famously known as a punk band before switching genres and signing a deal with Def Jam Records in the late 1980’s, the trio, made up of Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, Michael “Mike D” Diamond, and the late Adam Yauch (also known as MCA, among other pseudonyms he hid behind for various creative tasks), began their careers within our chosen culture as an outfit that leaned very heavily on samples (see: 1986’s Licensed to Ill and 1989’s masterpiece and I will not be accepting any questions at this time Paul’s Boutique) before drifting away from sonic collages, challenging themselves to play more of their own instruments, although obviously sampling is a huge part of hip hop they’d never be able to leave behind permanently.

November 8, 2021

The Max-Approved Mixtape - Episode #17! (Brought to you by RandoMax Radio)

 


Episode 17 of the Max-Approved Mixtape, the only collection of songs actually co-signed by your favorite italics-abusing music critic, features ten hand-selected hip hop tracks that, when played in the correct sequence, has the capability of changing the world. Please note that "world" in this instance means "mood", and "correct" means "the one I chose".

Regardless of the semantics involved, hit that 'play' button and stream this shit at high volume, preferably in a residential area.



MAX-APPROVED MIXTAPE EPISODE #17:

1. Fat Joe - "John Blaze" (featuring Nas, Jadakiss, Raekwon, and Big Punisher)
2. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - "Down '71 (The Getaway)"
3. Slim Thug - "Already Platinum" (featuring Pharrell Williams)
4. Step Brothers - "Bally Shoe" (featuring Psycho Les and Fargo)
5. The Bad Seed - "Black Zeus"  
6. Nice & Smooth - "Down the Line" (featuring Preacher Earl, Melo T, Bās Blasta, Asu, and Guru)
7. Jermaine Dupri - "Get Your Shit Right" (featuring DMX and Tha Madd Rapper)
8. Westside Gunn - "Hell on Earth Part 2" (featuring Conway the Machine and Benny the Butcher)
9. Originoo Gunn Clappaz - "Slo Mo" 
10. Snoop Doggy Dogg - "Gin and Juice (Laid Back Remix)"

If you like what you hear and/or read on these sites o' mine, consider passing this mix along to absolutely anybody who is willing to listen, so that we can keep the conversation alive!

Until next post,

-Max

October 26, 2021

RandoMax Radio Episode #36!

 


Episode 36 of the ongoing RandoMax Radio concern, featured below, means that this side hustle has been active for nearly three years, a fascinating development I hadn't anticipated when this blog project first took shape. It's weird how things can evolve over time - originally I needed an outlet to keep my writing skills fresh in between projects, and why not write about something that I feel strongly about, right? And now look at us: we're older, wiser, and we're still looking for ways to avoid sitting down and writing about the rest of Donda. It's called growth, you two, and I'm proud of us.

You know how it's going to go with the tracklist, but you need to press 'play' anyway because there are some interesting transgressions here.



EDIT: Happy holidays!

RANDOMAX RADIO EPISODE #36:

1. "Angel'" - Madonna
2. "Easy To Lie" - Night Drive
3. "Boom Bye Yeah" - Sean Price
4. "Heart" - Pet Shop Boys
5. "Nautilus" - Bob James
6. "5 AM In Toronto" - Drake
7. "The Ghost Inside" - Broken Bells
8. "Money Maker" - A Tribe Called Quest
9. "The Sweetest Taboo" - Sade
10. "Pap Smear" - Crystal Castles
11. "Run Run Blood" - Phantogram
12. "The Game" - Love and Rockets
13. "Mass Appeal / Transmission" - BADBADNOTGOOD
14. "December 4th (Remix)" - Jay-Z
15. "Everywhere" - Fleetwood Mac
16. "This Corrosion" - Sisters of Mercy

 

 

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 or do with these things.

Enjoy! Also, you should let this play while on the job and gauge how long it takes for someone to ask you what you're listening to. It's fun!

-Max

October 21, 2021

House Of Pain - Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again (October 22, 1996)



Truth Crushed To Earth Shall Rise Again is the third album from the fake Boston Los Angeles-based trio House Of Pain. It ended up also being their final album, as lead artist Eric “Everlast” Schrody broke up the band, which also consisted of Leor “DJ Lethal” Dimant and part-time rapper Daniel “Danny Boy” O’Connor, the very day that Tommy Boy Records released the album to stores. For anyone reading these words who may believe that to be a harbinger of a bad album to come, just know that you’re absolutely correct, but also that the three artists reconvened as part of Danny Boy’s loose-knit La Coka Nostra art and music collective less than a decade later, and House Of Pain itself has recently been reinstated into at least the culture of live hip hop shows, even if we likely won’t ever get another project from them.