Thursday, 14 June 2007

My 1st Post

Well, what can I say?
I've finally decided to start my own blog. After much deliberating, I've decided maybe there is something new I can add to the World Wide Web. It will be mainly based on the whatever comes to mind at the time, and I'll be posting some random albums for all the music heads.
At this point in time, I'm a university student in London, and loving every minute of it. I figure that as long as I'm in education, I'm not in work, and that works for me! The two loves of my life at the moment are football (Liverpool for the league next season), and hip hop. Over the last couple of years, I've been collecting a great deal of music, both mainstream and underground, old school and new school. There's been a lotta talk about hip hop being dead, but I gotta say that as long as people are doing what they love to do, hip hop is very much alive, and will continue to be so.
I'm still questioning what my blog can bring you that so many other hip hop blogs (including the ones on the right side) can't bring you. I'm still not sure what that factor is, but hopefully I'll find out soon...
So, before I up my favourite album of all time, I'd like to give a word of advice. I'm gonna be posting some shit you may or may not heard of. If you haven't heard of the artist, take a risk and download it anyway. You'll be surprised at how much good unheard shit there is out there if you'd only give it a chance. And please remember, if you download it, and you love it, spare some cash and buy the damn CD. If you don't, many of these artists won't be making music for much longer.
So, I'd like to start with a classic...

I've listened to this album a countless number of times now, and although I hate using the cliché, it gives you something new every time you listen to it. 'The Best Part' was supposed to be oringinally released on Raw Shack Records, and then on Payday Records, but it never quite made it into your local music shop as Payday's parent company was taken over by Warner Music Group. Sound complicated? Well it is. Anyway, after some bootlegs appeared, and it's popularity grew, the album was finally released on Triple Threat Records a whole 5 years later.
If you had to describe the perfect hip hop album, the two main components would be...
Lyrics that make sense?
Beats that make you move?
Now you can add some humour, some stories, some nice skits, and some guest appearances. The album ticks all of the boxes, and then some. It privides everything, and then some. The story song, 'Wax Paper' (co-produced by Prince Paul), is undoubtedly one of the most overlooked stories in hip hop. i used to love h.e.r what? J-Live makes your brain work to try and figure this one out.
'Timeless' is one of those where you can kick back and relax, and just let the music flow. J's voice perfectly complements the beat produced by Chris Catalyst and Probe.dms. His versatility shines on 'Them That's Not', where he effortlessly varies his tempo with the beat. Premo is easily recognisable working his magic on 'The Best Part', and Pete Rock also makes an appearance, co-producting 'Kick It To The Beat', which also features Asheru.
'Epilogue' provides an almost educational outro the album, where J-Live does something for the kids. I have to yet to meet anybody who has a bad word to say about this album (drop a comment if you do!), and for good reason. This is indeed, 'The Best Part'.

7 comments:

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