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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by letterlbeats

Ladies & Gentlemen of Hip Hop,

With the end of the year quickly approaching and this beingĀ  the last 1st Friday of 2009, it’s time for Top 5 Fridays Hip Hop Albums of the year:

5. David Banner Death of a Pop Star

Actually, this album hasn’t even been released yet but thanks to 9th Wonder’s YouTube series called De Blog Jam (Filmed and edited by 9th’s keyboardist E. Jones) I witnessed them create almost the entire album. Even better is the fact that the album is free. Its quality far surpasses many records that you had to pay for this year. By the way, did I mention that 9th Wonder produced it? It features many of 9th’s homegrown N.C. talent plus a smoother more mature flow from Banner. Google it.

4. Slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse

I was having a random Twitter conversation one day and this dude was telling me that he prefers a brand of emcee who spends more time actually rapping than he does talking about how good he is. Slaughterhouse is definitely not that brand of emcee but these guys back up everything they say. They are lyrical beasts that grew tired of the usual bureaucracy of major labels and took their careers in their own hands. Comprised of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″ & Crooked I, they crafted the blueprint for today’s independent artists. During the 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards Show cipher Joe Budden said, “I never needed my A&R my A&R needed me.” I guess he doesn’t need an A&R.

3. Wale Back to the Feature

This wasn’t even an album, it was a mixtape! (See Drake below) Another free venture produced by 9th Wonder and mixed by Nick Catchdubs, its stacked with guest features including Jean Grae & Freeway. This was really something special because it’s not everyday you find quality hip hop like this.

2. Jay-Z Blueprint III

What can I say about this (See archives for song by song review of Blueprint III) except that my grandmother was singing Run This Town. Another classic Jay-Z album with the hottest everything in the game; guest features, beats, verses…everything.

1. Drake So Far Gone

If I need to explain this to you, then just navigate away from the page because you don’t know hip hop.

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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by letterlbeats

This is the third installment of a series that will review each track from Jay-Z’s new Blueprint 3 album.


Run This Town

We have all heard Death of Autotune and Run This Town. I thought D.O.A. was down right prolific. Aside from the commentary on the state of hip hop, the instrumental (I’ll call it that instead of a beat because these were truly instruments) was insane. Especially that drum break. I actually sampled that already into a song I did called Tenth. Jason is posting it as a Top 3 for October I believe (he cracks me up because he tries to save all the “good” songs–like I’m not gonna make more!).

Run This Town is a good solid track. My gut instinct is that he was trying to use it as a platform to launch the Rihanna/Kanye/Jay-Z supergroup that I keep hearing about. The problem with Rihanna’s voice is that it has a lot of nasal tones. If you feature her wailing too much (a la Umbrella) it can get annoying. Especially when the song is on the radio 89 times a day. Instrumentally, I love the overdrive guitar sound and the drums. Like I mentioned in the first part of the series, the heavy live sounding drums are a signature of the album.

In other Letter L related business: Young General is performing on Thursday night (9/24) at Debonair Social Club in Chicago at 9pm sharp. He is opening for E-Train/Atari Ferrari. The word is that there will be a lot of press so hopefully we can use that as an opportunity to further our cause.

Jason is working hard these days. He hooked up with an artist called Cause in NYC. The man is a lyrical beast. I’d be honored to work with him.

In the mean time we are grinding. Booking shows for Young G, getting new artists in the studio and always making beats.


P.S. Throw It In The Bag remix…remix of the year!

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