Sean Price – Imperius Rex

Album Release

Sean Price
Imperius Rex
Ruck Down Records/Duck Down Music Inc.
Release date: August 8th

On August 8th 2015, the death of Sean Price sadly took place. Today the 2nd anniversary of the event has been marked by the release of a collection of tracks by him entitled ‘Imperius Rex’.

The album features guest appearances from Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, Junior Reid, Buckshot, Ruste Juxx, DOOM, Prodigy, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, Rock & more. Amongst those who handled production duties are Marco Polo, Nottz & Alchemist.

1. Imperius Rex
2. Dead or Alive (feat. Bernadette Price)
3. Definition Of God
4. Ape In His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
5. Apartheid (feat. Buckshot & Steele)
6. Lord Have Mercy (feat. Rim P & Vic Spencer)
7. Negus (feat. DOOM & Ike Eyez)
8. Church Bells (feat. Junior Reid)
9. The 3 Lyrical Ps (feat. Prodigy & Styles P)
10. Not97 Skit
11. Refrigerator P!
12. Prisoner (feat. Freeway)
13. Resident Evil
14. Clans & Cliks (feat. Smif N Wessun, Rock, Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck & Foul Monday)
15. Rap Professor
16. Price Family (feat. Bernadette Price)

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Japreme Magnetic – Retired Armed Robber

Album Release

Japreme Magnetic
Retired Armed Robber
Release date: July 28th

The latest full length release from Washington D.C.’s Japreme Magnetic is entitled ‘Retired Armed Robber’. The album includes vocal features from Kasim Allah & Queen Divinity.

1. Intro
2. Just When I Retired
3. The Fresh One
4. Wisdom Bodies
5. No Religion (feat. Kasim Allah)
6. Calculated & Patient
8. Shotgun On A Budget
9. Underground Hip Hop (feat. Queen Divinity)
10. Stocking Mask

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Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) – Resolution

Album Release

Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists)
Mello Music Group
Release date: July 28th

After a 12 year hiatus, this is the first album release from Mr. Lif & Akrobatic since then. The duo are known as ‘The Perceptionists’ & the album title is ‘Resolution’.

1. Early Mourning
2. Hose Down (feat. Syne)
3. Out of Control
4. Lemme Find Out
5. When Push Comes To Shove (feat. Dutch Rebelle)
6. Let’s Battle
7. Free At Last (feat. Syne)
8. Dirty Drumz
9. Grab Hold
10. A Different Light
11. Resolution

Album description:
The first full-length from Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) in a dozen years reflects the struggles and near-death sagas that struck them. During that span, Lif miraculously survived his tour bus plummeting over a 38 foot cliff. Akrobatik weathered a sudden aortic rupture and emergency open-heart surgery. The impact of those experiences forced the former Def Jux duo to contemplate fate, luck, and their own place within a world spinning out of control.

But their ability to survive has allowed them to thrive. They’ve harnessed a radiant hard-won optimism that refuses to flinch from the evils of existence. From the album’s first track, “Early Mourning,” Akrobatik asserts that courage comes from within, but reflects on the millions of young black men sent to premature graves. He considers whether gang affiliation is inherent in their souls, or more likely, whether things would be different if these neighborhoods were well lit and effectively policed.

If turmoil and inequity currently wrack the globe at record levels, Lif’s verses seem more prophetic than ever. His verses offer searing indictments of corporate and political corruption: corporations oppressing local farms, governmental duplicity in dealing with big pharmaceutical companies, and the crooked brutality of cops who get away with shooting unarmed black men.

On “Hose Down,” the pair brilliantly intersperse news reports from the MLK-led Birmingham protests of 1963 with the internecine problems of the present—where a traffic stop can still lead to a funeral. It’s as poignant of a polemic as you’ll find, but blended with a danceable Caribbean lilt.

With the Perceptionists, the personal is political and vice-versa. Akrobatik rhymes about his “desire to breathe in the sun before my skin dries out” but still refuses to be “the coward in a pretend hide out.” On “Lemme Find Out,” they kick ingeniously sinister dystopian horror raps about our grotesque addiction to technology. There are love songs over beats that sound like they could’ve been on Madvillainy, stories of cypher demolitions of would-be challengers, and dirty ass rhymes over dirty ass drums—as The Perceptionists sagely insist, that’s all the world really wants.

It’s music from deep in the trenches, songs that confront the blitzkrieg of bad news but offer light at the end of the bombardment. If you listen closely, you can intuit a profound story of friendship and camaraderie between Lif and Akrobatik—lifelong friends trading bars with the chemistry of Tip and Phife, Andre and Big Boi, Erick and Parrish. They’re mortal men who made mistakes, gained experience, and obtained wisdom. This is Resolution.
(Album description via Bandcamp)

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Oddisee – Mental Liberation (Remastered)

A Remastered Re-release

Mental Liberation (Remastered)
Mello Music Group
Release date: July 7th
Original release date: May 9th 2009

One of Oddisee & Mello Music Group’s first records together, “Mental Liberation” has been remastered & given new artwork.

Produced & Mixed Oddisee, the album has many featured artists including: Hassaan Mackey, Prince Po, Kenn Starr, J-Live, Stik Figa, Rapper Big Pooh & Black Milk.

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Jay-Z – 4:44

Album Release

S. Carter Enterprises, LLC./Roc Nation/Universal Music Group Recordings Inc.
Release date: June 30th

After a mysterious advertising campaign that has left people intrigued, Jay-Z has now released his 13th album “4:44”. The 10 track album is at present only available on Jay-Z’s music & video streaming site Tidal.

The album will eventually be released on iTunes. The physical copies will include 3 bonus tracks.

1. Kill Jay Z
2. The Story Of O.J.
3. Smile (feat. Gloria Carter)
4. Caught Their Eyes (feat. Frank Ocean)
5. 4:44 (feat. Kim Burrell)
6. Family Feud
7. Bam (feat. Damian Marley)
8. Moonlight
9. Marcy Me
10. Legacy
*11. Adnis
*12. Blue’s Freestyle/We Family (feat. Blue Ivy Carter)
*13. MaNyfaCedGod (feat. James Blake)
(* CD bonus track)

Stream @ Tidal here

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MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West

Album Release

MC Eiht
Which Way Iz West
Year Round Records/Blue Stamp Music
Release date: June 30th

Legendary Compton (as if you didn’t know!) based rapper MC Eiht has now, after a delay, released his 13th solo album “Which Way Iz West”. Released on DJ Premier’s Year Round Records label, the album includes a lengthy guest feature list including: B-Real, Kurupt, Big Mike, Bumpy Knuckles, Lady Of Rage, Xzibit, WC & CMW.

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