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20/20Proof Podcast Episode 18

July 20, 2008

In the last installment of our favorite beats series we talk about uhhh beats… and some other stuff. Brought to you by Andy Van Slyke.

M.O.P.- How About Some Hardcore
Gang Starr- Work
Souls Of Mischief-93 Til Infinity
3rd Bass-Wordz Of Wizdom
Sadat X-Escape From New York
DJ Krush & The Roots- Meiso Remix
Pete Rock & CL Smooth-T.R.O.Y.
De La Soul- I Am I Be
Marco Polo & Masta Ace-Nostalgia
Ghostface Killah-Iron Maiden


20/20Proof Podcast Episode 17

June 28, 2008

We continue with the 3rd part of our 4 part favorite beats series. We venture off topic at several points to discuss the release of Rambo on DVD, 70 year old men who love the Geto Boys, and MC Eight’s housing situation. Peep it.

Viktor Vaughn-Saliva
Group Home-Supa Star
Public Enemy-Welcome To The Terrordome
Geto Boys-My Mind’s Playing Tricks On Me
GZA-Cold World
Nas-Memory Lane
Aesop Rock-Daylight
Outkast-Spottieottiedopalicious
Kool G Rap-Streets Of NY
CMW-Growing Up In The Hood

20/20Proof Podcast Episode 8- 2007 Rewind

January 2, 2008

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Don’t call it a comeback.

The McNulty and Bunk of hip hop podcasting discuss some of their favorite and not so favorite moments of 2007. Here are the tracks you shall hear:

Common-The People
NYG’z-Your Dayz Are #’d
Pharoahe Monch- Desire
MF Grimm-Head In The Clouds (Remix)
Wise Intelligent- Go With Me
Aesop Rock- None Shall Pass
NYOIL- Unreal
Lupe Fiasco- Hip-hop Saved My Life
Blu & Exile- Blu Collar Workers
Camp Lo-Black Hollywood
Bishop Lamont & Black Milk- Goatit
Smif N Wessun- I Can’t Feel My Face
Tomc3 & Prince Po- Bad Brainz
Sean Price-King Kong
Prodigy- 7th Heaven
Little Brother- Can’t Win For Losing
Devin the Dude- What A Job
Ghostface Killah- Yolanda’s House
Wu Tang Clan- The Heart Gently Weeps
Marco Polo & Masta Ace- Nostalgia

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20 Thoughts On Lupe Fiasco and The Cool

December 26, 2007

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1. I really wanted to like this album. Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want.

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2. “Hip Hop Saved My Life” is really dope! Now that is what you call character development.

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3. The poetry intro is worse than that shit the goth kids on South Park spit. Someone please tell her.

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4. “Go Go Gadget Flow” brings back memories of Crucial Conflict. They are currently planning their comeback.

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5. I love my HD dvd player but “Hi Definition” is just fucking disgusting. Just because new technology exists does not mean you have to rap about your life being like my favorite TV show broadcast in crisp and clear 1080p glory. Look out for my new track “Lightscribe DVD Burner.” My life is like one, yo.
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6. Lupe’s voice doesn’t really do much for me and simply lacks power.

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7. “Paris, Tokyo” has Tribe fans creaming their pants. They simply won’t believe that Lupe has never heard Midnight Marauders and have begun to call the track “Exhibit A.” If any other person told you they loved hip-hop and knew nothing of Midnight Marauders you would most likely laugh your ass off or smack them in the mouth. “Paris,Tokyo” is ok, but is far from a get out of jail free card. Put simply, Lupe lacks “it”. Perhaps he realizes this and it’s why he is in the process of planning a retirement.

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8. “Intruder Alert” is one corny PSA. What was the thought process when they created the hook? “Ok, you say intruder and I will say alert.” Oh, to think what a group like Outkast could do with this concept.
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9. Is it just me or does Lupe’s voice sound better screwed?
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10. Listen to The Cool and try and tell me that Lupe doesn’t need to join a group or get a partner in crime who is willing to edit him.

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11. RA would say that this is a pop album. I think I would have to agree.

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12. “Streets on Fire” and “Little Weapon” are a nice one, two punch.

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13. “Dumb it Down” has grown on me.
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14. I have seen Lupe live and it was kinda wack. This album will not translate well live.

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15. Shouldn’t Chris Martin be on this album?

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16. It seems that Lupe could not afford Chris Martin so he got this cat named Matthew Santos. He is just as bad. Why do rappers like the wrong white people?

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17. Word is that Mos Def wanted to appear on “Hello/Goodbye” after he heard there would be a guitar on it. Didn’t work out.

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18. At first I thought this album was simply too long, but now I don’t even think cutting it in half would save it.

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19. If The Cool is a classic album (which some folks seem to have bestowed upon it) , then where are the classic tracks?

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20. The Cool is not a Ritz cracker.

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20/20Proof Albums Of The Year

December 23, 2007

10. Pharoahe Monch- Desire

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Those who are crowing this as the greatest thing since sliced bread are oblivious to Monch’s true potential. Despite my problems with this record, it does put a lot of other shit to shame. Desire is one of those records you enjoy but resent at the same time.

9. Marco Polo-Port Authority

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This album has a lot of bangers. Port Authority transports me back to the good ol’ days when I walked to my after school job in the freezing cold attempting to work the buttons on my walkman through some thick ass gloves. Eventually I just took off the gloves and dealt with the cold. Marco Polo lets us say “did you hear that new shit?” rather than “remember when?” . Tony Soprano would approve.

8. Prince Po-Saga of the Simian Samurai

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Prince Po’s newest album is a rarity in hip-hop as it features only one producer, TomC3. The consistency works wonderfully as Prince sounds sharper than ever and delivers the goods. TomC3’s use of Planet of The Apes dialogue in the intro is no coincidence. “Land of Perfect” is cinematic and suspenseful. Only thing missing is Roddy McDowell and Charlton Heston. The best thing about Saga of the Simian Samurai is the lack of fat, as most tracks come in at 3 minutes and under.

7. Little Brother- Getback

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I was never really a Little Brother follower in the past, but after this album I may have to change my perspective. Getback leaves the skip button with little purpose. A head nodder that I have been playing on repeat during morning drives.

6. Sean Price-Jesus Price Superstar

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Meat and potatoes. Who the fuck doesn’t like meat and potatoes?

5. Prodigy- Return of the Mac

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Many will probably forget this album when it comes to their end of the year top 10 lists due to its early 2007 release. When this shit dropped it was easily the dopest album put out in 07. Sure, Prodigy has lost a step or two and only busts his guns within the confines of the shooting range, but Alchemist brings California wildfire type shit for P to spit on. If Prodigy had been able to step his lyric game up on this album it would have easily been the best album of the year.

4. Devin the Dude-Waiting to Inhale

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Soulful, funky, and hilarious. If you told me 10 years ago that I would one day enjoy a Devin the Dude album more than something that Pharoahe Monch appeared on, I would have looked at you like you lost your damn mind. One of the most entertaining albums I have heard in years with numerous laughter inducing moments. One of a kind shit.

3. Aesop Rock-None Shall Pass

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It took me a little while to truly appreciate Aesop Rock. None Shall Pass is a dense and murky, yet rewarding experience. At times it feels like you swimming underwater and can’t see anything in front of you. Blockhead’s production pushes boundaries and sets the bar just a tad higher for other producers. This shit gets my ears wide open.

2. Ghostface Killah- The Big Doe Rehab

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No complaints here. How does Ghost keep doing it again and again? One of the greatest and most unexpected elements of The Big Doe Rehab is the reinvigorated Method Man. Did he drink some sort of special HP potion? Having wrote him off years ago, it is nice to see him steal the show on “Yolanda’s House,” one of the best tracks of the year. Ghost is the Tony Gwynn of hip hop.

1. Blu & Exile-Below The Heavens

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Talk about a debut. Blu could have easily named his record Longevity as this is one of those classic gems you cross your fingers and wish for. I don’t think I checked for this album until a couple months after its release because at first I thought it was either an R&B record or that Bubbles from the Wire had started a recording career. Thank goodness I wised up. Exile out-wonders 9th wonder while Blu drops rhymes and ideas that should send past their prime cats like Common back to the drawing board.

20/20Proof Podcast Episode 2

April 24, 2007

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For the second episode of 20/20Proof podcast, I chose to give a commentary on the top 25 albums I recently submitted as part of the Passion Of The Weiss/Straight Bangin’ assignment. A selection from each of my favorite 25 hip-hop albums is played.

Poor Righteous Teachers-Rich Mon Time
Sean Price-I Love You (Bitch)
KRS One-Stop Frontin’
Redman-Can’t Wait
Brand Nubian-Allah U Akbar
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth-In The Flesh
Camp Lo-Coolie High
Mobb Deep-Temperature’s Rising
Common Sense-I Used To Love Her
Artifacts-Wassup Now Muthafucka?
LONS-Case of The PTA
Diamond & Psychoctic Neurotics-Sally Got A One Track Mind
Outkast-Aquemini
The Roots-No Great Pretender
Goodie Mob-Dirty South
De La Soul-Ego Trippin Pt. 2
Wu Tang Clan-Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin To Fuck Wit
A Tribe Called Quest-Oh My God
The Pharcyde- On The DL
Nas-Memory Lane
Raekwon-Ice Water
Public Enemy-Welcome To The Terrordome
Ice Cube-I Wanna Kill Sam
De La Soul-Keepin The Faith
Organized Konfusion-Stress

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My Favorite 25 Hip-Hop Albums

April 21, 2007

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Yo, all I do is make lists. I am OCD like Nic Cage in Matchstick Men. The whole concept of the 20/20Proof Magazine was making top 20 lists. Passion Of The Weiss contacted me and other bloggers about a project he and Joey from Straight Bangin’ were putting together that was about gathering top 25 hip-hop album lists. What I thought was cool was that Jeff emphasized that this was about our individual favorites and that there was no pressure to please the hip-hop Gods by recycling the same albums you see on every list out there.

Here are my 25 favorite hip-hop albums (at the moment)-

1. Organized Konfusion-Sress:The Extinction Agenda
This is an album I have listened to more times than I can count, and which never gets old. Has been criminally slept on and influenced various artists (Nas)without getting the credit it deserves.

2. De La Soul- De La Soul Is Dead
I can’t find anything bad to say about this album. Ever.

3. Ice Cube-Death Certificate
If Cube weren’t from the west coast this album would be given the props it deserves. I will put this up against Ready To Die any day of the week. It had amazing storytelling, dope lyrics, sick gangsta beats and vicious political commentary.Not to mention the greatest dis track of all time.

4. Public Enemy-Fear Of A Black Planet
I used to pump this album a la Radio Rahim but without all the D Energizer batteries. That paper route money wasn’t really enough to pump it like that.

5. Raekwon-Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
I lost my mind when I heard this shit. Immediately picked up the phone and began dialing every number to let people know that Raekwon had managed to create the dopest Wu Tang album.

6. Nas-Illmatic
While I recognized that this album was brilliant, it took me a few years to recognize it as a classic. As I have gotten older, this album has continued to grow on me.

7. The Pharcyde-Bizarre Ryde II The Pharcyde
Contains more fun and energy than any hip-hop album ever created. Made me forget about the bullshit growing up.

8. A Tribe Called Quest-Midnight Marauders
I faked sick and ran up the street to the store, copped the disc and spent all day in bed listening to it. Somedays I consider calling off work just to lay around and listen to it.

9. Wu Tang Clan-Enter The Wu Tang
I don’t think anything needs to be said about this album.

10. De La Soul-Buhloone Mindstate
Recently listened to this album on cassette 2 times back to back while playing poker with friends. Nobody ever asked to hit the fast forward button. Love the jazzy flavor and what Shorty No Mas added to the album.

11. Goodie Mob-Soul Food
Fronted on due to its region of origin. It has the Organized Noize production, lyrics, and no moments that make you wince. Perfect from beginning to end. Everybody talks about how hot or awful Southern hip-hop is, but Goodie Mob and OutKast could stand their ground with two groups from any coast.

12. The Roots-Illadelph Halflife
The Roots grabbed me right off the bat with this effort and it never got dull for me. I can’t even think of a word to describe the vibes on this album.

13. OutKast-Aquemini
I never thought that OutKast could do better than their previous efforts and they continued to step their game up. Aquemini was the plateau.

14. Diamond & Psychotic Neurotics- Stunts,Blunts & Hip-Hop
Classic material.

15. LONS- A Future Without A Past
Ahhh the days when you didn’t have to rap about cocaine and killing people.

16. Artifacts-Between A Rock and A Hard Place
The Artifacts could have said “we are hip-hop” and I would have believed them.

17. Common-Resurrection
Common came into his prime like an athlete in a contract year.

18. Mobb Deep-The Infamous
This album was the ish back in the day but perhaps I have dropped it due to a subconscious reaction to all the grief that P has taken from various writers and rappers.

19. Camp Lo-Uptown Saturday Night
Fun, fun, and more fun.

20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth-The Main Ingredient
Once the weather starts to get warm this album has to be on constant rotation. I should start praying for a reunion.

21. Brand Nubian-In God We Trust
Punks jump up to get beat down.

22. Redman-Dare Iz A Darkside
Wore this shit to death walking to high school in the winter.

23. KRS One-Return of The Boom Bap
Premier+KRS One=DOPE.

24. Sean Price-Monkey Barz
Brought back my faith in hip-hop.

25. Poor Righteous Teachers-Black Business
PRT never stopped bringing that killer ish when they were recording. They didn’t stop bringing it until, well, they stopped recording.