Erick Sermon – The Funk Lord Instrumentals

Erick Sermon
The Funk Lord Instrumentals
Def Squad
Release date: April 20th

1. Bomdigi (Instrumental)
2. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Instrumental)
3. Tonight’s Da Night (Instrumental)
4. Safe Sex (Instrumental)
5. We Getz Buzy (Instrumental)
6. Get Lifted (Instrumental)
7. Can’t Wait (Instrumental)
8. This That Sh*t (Instrumental)
9. Funkorama (Instrumental)
10. Keep It Real (Instrumental)
11. To Da Beat Ch’all (Instrumental)
12. Head Or Gut (Instrumental)
13. It’s Going Down (Instrumental)
14. All She Wanted (Instrumental)

At the beginning of 2018 Erick Sermon announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund ‘Go’, his forthcoming new album. To keep fans occupied he’s put together some instrumentals of his previous productions. The Funk Lord Instrumentals includes tracks he’s made for himself, Redman, Illegal, Keith Murray, Jamal, Doctor Dré & Ed Lover, the late MC Breed & the lesser known The Knucklehedz.

This compilation shows clearly that Erick Sermon is up there with any producer, especially those from the 90’s, being ranked as being one of the best in Hip Hop.

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Slum Village – The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 2 (Slum Village Edition)

Slum Village
The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 2 (Slum Village Edition)
Ne’Astra Records
Release date: April 20th

This compilation includes 11 archived remixes & demos performed by the original group line-up of J Dilla, Baatin & T3. As you’d expect, all the tracks are Dilla productions & they were recorded from 1996 to 1999.

1. Hold Tight (Lost Remix) (feat. Q-Tip)
2. Burn
3. Hard Core
4. Bring It Back
5. Dilla Freestyle
6. Oh!
7. Like This
8. Living It Up
9. On The Run
10. Talk About The Hoes (feat. Kurupt)
11. Lab Test

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TV One ‘Unsung’: Brand Nubian

Brand Nubian
TV One
Produced by: A. Smith & Co. Productions.
Season 12, Episode 8
Scheduled airing time: April 15 2018. 21:00 EDT

TV One show description:
“Brand Nubian combined soulful samples and hip hop beats with socially conscious lyrics on Top 5 songs like “Wake Up” and “Slow Down”. But internal battles and controversy plagued the group. In this episode, Grand Puba, Lord Jamar and Sadat X keep it real about the rise and fall of Brand Nubian.”
(TV One)

‘Unsung’ is an 1 hour-long music documentary program that airs on TV One, highlighting R&B & Hip Hop artists & groups who had success, but are generally unappreciated by the masses. The show documents the background & rise to fame of the acts, as well as the behind the scenes issues that affected their careers. It usually ends with the current status of the profiled artist or group.

The show is in season 12 now & they’ve decided to honor the Hip Hop group from New Rochelle, New York ‘Brand Nubian’. The group comprises of three emcees: Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar, and alternatingly, two DJs: DJ Alamo and DJ Sincere. There main vibe was political & socially conscious lyrics inspired by the teachings of Allah’s Five Percent (generally known to outsiders as The Nation Of Gods & Earths).

Brand Nubian began their music career in 1989 when they signed to Elektra Records, dropping their debut album ‘One For All’ in 1990. Internal problems saw Grand Puba leave to pursue a solo career, but Sadat & Jamar continued the group with the addition of Sincere as Alamo left with Puba. External problems came due to some of the group’s videos & lyrics and saw them accused of prejudice & homophobia.
The group reunited around 1997 & the rappers have all released numerous solo projects. Lord Jamar has found fame in acting, appearing in various tv series. He himself has become a controversial figure with his outspoken social commentary.

Brand Nubian still make regular live show appearances, but there’s been no indication that they’ll release any new music. Tonight’s documentary should cover most of the story & we’ll know whether it was always ‘One For All’, or not.
(Rashad Unique)

The premiere of ‘Unsung’: Brand Nubian is tonight @ 9pm, repeated later @ 11pm.
Visit the TV One website here

Brand Nubian
Premiere Party
Five Spot Soul Food
459 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
5pm – 11pm EDT

To celebrate tonight’s ‘Unsung’ of Brand Nubian a premiere party is being held at Five Spot Soul Food restaurant & lounge. It’s located at 459 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn & begins at 5pm until 11pm. To be hosted by Mic Hanz, the Music will be provided by DJ Alamo, Just Blaze & DJ Tahliem. Day party drinks specials will be available.

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Blu & Nottz – Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh

Blu & Nottz
Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh
Coalmine Records
Release date: April 13th

Blu & Nottz released their 1st EP ‘Gods In The Spirit’ in 2013, then their 2nd ‘Titans In The Flesh’ 3 years later. In a clever marketing move they’ve combined the 2 EP’s, remastered the tracks & released them as a full length album ‘Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh’. Actually, to be fair it’s more than a marketing move, it’s a creative remodeling of their projects in order to make improvements. The additional artwork, remastered sound & re-organized tracklist makes this an essential purchase for fans of the previous EP releases.

1. Atlantis
2. Boyz II Men (feat. Nitty Scott)
3. Creme Of the Crop (feat. Versis & ScienZe)
4. Crooks In Castles (feat. Anth’m, Homeboy Sandman, Sene & Johaz)
5. To The East (feat. Definite Mass, Tristate, Mickey Factz & Johaz)
6. Giant Steps (feat. Bishop Lamont, Torae & Skyzoo)
7. The Man (feat. Exile & Nottz)
8. The Truth (feat. Shateish)
9. End Of The World (feat. Rashad)
10. Heaven On Earth
11. God Shit (feat. Aloe Blacc, Cashus King & Definite Mass)
12. Yesterday (feat. Sene & Elisa Meri)
13. Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)
14. End Of The World (Remix)

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U-God feat. Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef & Jackpot Scotty Wotty – Epicenter

U-God feat. Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef & Jackpot Scotty Wotty
Babygrande Records
Directed by: Brann

In the latest visual from U-God’s new “Venom” album, he, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon & Jackpot Scotty Wotty travel the world. Covering many different regions & using various forms of transport, the backdrops show imagination & creativity.

U-God – Venom

Babygrade Records
Release date: March 30th

This album has long been anticipated due to the rift between U-God & RZA, so is the “Venom” aimed at the head of the Wu? U-God’s recent book said as much, but he’s focused on his 5th studio album right now.

With a solo project by a Clansman, additional Wu vocals are expected & this is no different. Method Man, Raekwon & Inspectah Deck show up as well as regular collaborator Jackpot Scotty Wotty. There’s some big name production too in Large Professor, Lord Finesse & DJ Green Lantern, who provides a remix of Venom as a bonus track.

Will the Wu-Tang Clan ever be the same? Only time will tell, but for now, solo albums are the focus for the individual members. U-God is no different.
(Rashad Unique)

1. Exordium
2. Unstoppable
3. Epicenter (feat. Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef & Jackpot Scotty Wotty)
4. Bit Da Dust
5. Elegance (feat. Nomdiq)
6. Climate
7. Venom
8. Felon
9. Legacy
10. Whole World Watchin’
11. XXX (feat. Method Man)
12. Jackpot (feat. Jackpot Scotty Wotty)
13. Wisdom
14. Venom (DJ Green Lantern Remix) (Bonus)

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13Five featuring Sun Tzu Cadre & more – Master Equality 2: The Mixtape

13Five featuring Sun Tzu Cadre & more
Master Equality 2: The Mixtape
Right & Exact Entertainment
Release date: March 23rd

Part 1: ‘Master Equality: The Mixtape’ was recorded in 2008 & released in 2009. Since then there have been many solo projects from Sun Tzu Cadre as well their group project “The B.I.G. album”. Moving more forward, 13Five has come out of retirement to work on & deliver ‘Master Equality 2: The Mixtape’. His D-Mecca associates ‘Sun Tzu Cadre’, along with additional vocalists back him up over a much more modern rap sound. With that said, the messages remain influenced by the righteousness of Allah’s 5%.

13Five is back. Different sound, but same message from the Master, shared in Equality. He & Sun Tzu Cadre are a movement & they want listeners to move with them.
(Rashad Unique)

1. Intro
2. Do the Knowledge (feat. GotAlotaMoney, Vegas Posada & OnOne)
3. Show & Prove (feat. Dial G)
4. Fade Away (feat. Ressurector & Dr. Bahu)
5. Above Six (feat. Dial G)
6. Free Cipher (feat. Most High, OnOne, Dial G & Mr. Wright)
7. Fatherless Child
8. My Culture is I-God (feat. Dial G & Arkil Magnetic)
9. And Beyond (feat. Most High)
10. Love Hell? Alright (feat. Scrooge McJus & Most High)
11. Newborns, Born New (feat. A-King & Bully Boy Fastlane)
12. Stand Alone (feat. Breana Marin & OnOne)
13. 85 (feat. GotAlotaMoney & AllWise 360)
14. Solar Facts (feat. Most High & Mr. Wright)
15. L.I.T. (Love Islam, True!) (feat. Sun Tzu Cadre)
16. In The Name (Outro)

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