NOTEWORTHY CLASSIC……….V10 #SoundBombing Vol II @jrocc @djbabuforeal

Soundbombing Vol II, DJ J-Rocc and Babu 1999

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Blogging for achieves two things for me as an artist.  First, it offers a platform to promote artists that I believe to be the most talented, but may not get the respect and credit I believe they deserve.  Second, blogging provides an opportunity to give context to the artwork and promotions that I do here at ra-nyc.com.  Soundbombing Vol II is a classic hip hop album that has definitely inspired me for years and is the basis of the RA project called BRTH A N8TN.

Soundbombing Vol II was my introduction to artists like R.A. The Rugged Man, Company Flow, Eminem and gave me more exposure to backpacker lyricists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Pharoahe Monch, J-Live and other mc's like Cocoa Brovaz, Skillz, etc.  Projects like Soundbombing Vol II put a ridiculous list of talented lyricists, dj's and producers on one project that instantly made an impact on hip hop culture.  Soundbombing Vol II combines so many elements of hip hop that it's hard to believe that isn't widely held as a relavent model for hip hop albums.  I still regularly listen to Any Man (by Eminem) and Stanley Kubrick (by R.A. The Rugged Man) and the whole album is always on my IPhone.

features:  Eminem, High & Mighty, Mos Def, Skillz, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Pharoahe Monch, R.A. The Rugged Man, J-Live, Prince Paul, Kid Capri, Medina Green, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Sir Menelik, Sadat X, Grand Puba, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Tash, Dilated Peoples, Thirstin Howl III, Company Flow, Q-Tip, Common, Diamond D and the Cocoa Brovaz.

 

Ronin of RA (@ra_nyc)

Cats & Dogs @evidence

Cats & Dogs, Evidence 2011

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The solo album from Dialated Peoples' Evidence is something to behold. It's a well executed album filled with plenty of talent. I admit I'm not as familiar with Dialated Peoples albums as I should be, but I'm well aware of Babu, Evidence and Rakaa Iriscience as artists individually. It's really a shame too because Dialated Peoples have consistently been putting out projects and representing LA's underground for a minute. All it takes is an album like Cats & Dogs to drop to make me catch up on Dialated, Tha Alkaholiks, The Alchemist and Swollen Members.

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It makes sense that this album released on Rhymesayers because of Evidence's humble, never aiming for fame. Evidence's style is quality over quantity and he focuses on content/punchlines and syllable placement rather than flow and experimentation with the track. Relatively humble record sales hasn't affected his respect within the hip-hop community (at all!). Featured artists like Roc Marciano, Prodigy, Raekwon, Ras Kass, Aloe Blacc, Slug, Aesop Rock, Rakaa (Iriscience), Termanology, Lil Fame, Krondon and Fashawn solidify it as a dope album with well respected lyricists. There is also an all-star lineup of producers including The Alchemist, Twiz the Beat Pro, Rahki, Danny Keyz, Evidence, Khrysis, DJ Premier, Charli Brown, Sid Roams, Ethan Browne, Statik Selektah and DJ Babu. You put it all together and you have Cats & Dogs, 2011 hip hop at it's finest.

LINKS

@evidence Evidence homepage Rhymesayers.com

 

Ronin