Blogospheric Conditions: April Showers

Better than snow I suppose. The best offerings from around the rap bloggasfear after the jump. Stop sleeping on Steady Bloggin, No Jumper, George Bush Money, or any of the sites that I link.

‘We Have Seen The Best Of Our Time’ – Ta-Nehisi Coates points to Shakespeare’s King Lear to illustrate the mystery and beauty of a text’s rhythm, a concept that figures into his won attempt to deploy a “hip-hop approach” to memoir, inspired by Faulkner and Nas.

Quarterly Rap Up: Q1 2011 – Ivan compiles 50 choice tracks from January through the end of March.

REVIEW: “The Fly 2″ – hl examines the most recent effort from Gun Rule, Michigan’s Willie The Kid.

Rakim’s definitive moment of the noughties – There are two moments here, really, one musical and the other unintentional comical, covered in tandem as only the Martorialist can do.

White Label: 041787 ft. Ultra Magnetic MC’s – mytee thor excavates acetate gold from the original avante-garde crew.

Aggressive Content – GuttaBoy Jihad reminds us that aggressive content is the bedrock of this new school rap shit, and provides us with a brief homemade compilation of Tony Yayo/Uncle Murda collaborations.

The Death of the Savior Emcee – Aaron Matthews examines the peculiar notion of the messianic emcee.

Dead Prez Red Tape – Werner Von Wallenrod curates a mostly forgotten Dead Prez promo tape from ’97; check the promo video here.

dreamin like biggie did when he was my age – done discusses HHC’s 100 best albums from ’95-’05 list.

Some Boston Beats (and Rhymes) This Week – In honor of their live appearance in the Boston Area, wayneandwax discusses Las Rakas, the Afro-Latino Bay Area by way of Panama rappers.

Mystery solved: “Bronco” settles Mobb Deep sampling question that’s remained hidden since ’95 – Oliver “O-Dub” Wang discusses the culture of online sample-sleuthing.

Album Review – MCM – Ryan Proctor’s review turns into a full-blown history lesson of UK rap group Caveman.

Nightmares Of A Past Reality – J. Tinsley discusses This’l’s video “I Hate You,” a remorse filled account of the drug trade.

Queen – The BASIC Bootlegs – The remains of a mid-90s scrapped Queen remix project featuring everyone from Rick Rubin to Chyskillz to Organized Konfusion and Trent Reznor sees the light of day, thanks to The Unheard.

Boo Yaa! – The Boo Yaa Tribe meets prince Paul. Werner Von Wallenrod has the details.

Domo Genesis – Rolling Papers [REVIEW] – Yayo reviews Odd Future’s least rape-tastic release.

Fast doubletime rap – Noz notes the seemingly coincidental independent emergence of similar fast rap styles across the country.

Ayo Tone sat down wit these soft niggas to discuss some shit…nahmean! – More hilarity from Big Ghost.

Choppa’s definitive moment of the noughties – The Martorialist travels to the shadows of the internet to find the diamond in the rough.

Lil B, Wolf Gang, Young L – Noz ponders whether or not the internet-popular rappers need the major labels.

drank and my two steps back – done reflects on his Jansport past and finds new reasons to appreciate an old People Under The Stairs album.

Tony Yayo & Danny Brown – Hawaiian Snow [REVIEW] – Maxwell Casaveno tells us why we should not sleep on the Tony Yayo/Danny Brown collaborative mixtape.

“Our ship sailed…” – Noz points out where a poor attempt at being deep amounts to shitty poetry while the everyone else falls for the trick.

Full Clip: DJ Quik Breaks Down His Catalogue – The title says it all.



18 Responses to “Blogospheric Conditions: April Showers”

  1. hl says:

    I greatly appreciate that.

    • Thun says:

      I’m really excited (nhjic) with the possibilities opened up by No Jumper and George Bush Money joining the ranks of other collaborative blogs that focus on newer music. There has been so much garbage rap blogging in the past year or so, I think we might be seeing a change in the tides.

  2. AaronM says:

    Appreciate the shout, man. Great work as always

  3. abortatron says:

    good looks thun

    *illuminatist handshake*

  4. Brandan E. says:

    please check out my latest post and tell me what u think Thun!
    hopefully one of these days one my posts will end up in this blogosperic conditions.

  5. Ryan Proctor says:

    thanks for including the link to my mcm album review in your latest-round-up – it’s definitely appreciated…

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