Run The Jewels 2, @killermikegto @therealelp #hiphop

RTJ2, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), 2014

What more can I say about Killer Mike and El-P?  This is an "I told you so" moment because I've been listening to El-P and Killer Mike for a long time now.  My attitude toward a lot of the music industry has centered on the fact that clowns get record contracts and exposure because they will do the dance, fit the role and be the puppet.  Artists like El-P and Killer Mike have stayed true to their art, kept experimenting and now, they are reaping the benefits from teaming up with each other and pushing the envelope.  Artists like these two deserve the recognition and it's encouraging to see them get to the level of coverage they are.  Put simply, media coverage doesn't necessarily mean that the artists is better at what they do, but in this case it does.

RTJ2 is my favorite album of 2014, easily.  I love hip hop and 2014 has been a slow year for me not only because my life has been changing course, but because I think there has been a lot of garbage out there.  If you don't have RTJ2, get it!!!  Also, check out my drawing inspired by the first night I heard the project.  Just as a side note....there are dope collabo projects out there like Barrel Brothers, The 1978'ers, Prhyme and a few more.

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Ronin

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors @bigboi

Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Big Boi 2012

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The influence of electronic music on hip hop is overlooked for whatever reason.  The combination of funk, electronica and soul in Big Boi's latest album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is a great combination of the many different faces Big Boi, the Outkast co-star.  He mixes in crunk/southern hip hop with the classic lyricism known from Outkast with the electro funk that tends to prevent albums like this from blowing up.  A quick side note......Chris Carmouche is all over the credits and I'll definitely be familiarizing myself with his music.

Of course when a veteran like Big Boi puts together a project, you can expect some featured big names.  Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B among others all make appearances.  There are a lot of different styles that all fit within the overall sound of the album.  There's something for everyone.....

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Ronin