December 31, 2017

My Gut Reaction: DJ Muggs and Meyhem Lauren - Gems From The Equinox (October 27, 2017)

The last review of 2017 goes to a project that came out of nowhere for me (during my "break", I also opted out of paying attention to any promotional e-mails I received, so when I randomly came across info for today's topic online I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised), one that I ultimately enjoyed much more than I thought I would: the return of the DJ Muggs Vs. series of albums, today's post being for his Meyhem Lauren collaboration, Gems From The Equinox.

So you already know how this write-up will end. Click on the link and buy the fucking thing, please. Or keep reading, that's fine.

December 21, 2017

Soundtrack Soundcheck: Gang Starr

Bringing back a feature that I only tried out once over five years ago to mild response isn't how I thought I would be finishing off 2017, I'll tell you that much. But I saw an opening to write about Gang Starr, the duo made up of producer Chris "DJ Premier" Martin and the late rapper-slash-producer Keith "Guru" Elam, and figured I'd shoot my shot.

December 12, 2017

Reader Review: Sticky Fingaz - Blacktrash: The Autobiography of Kirk Jones (May 22, 2001)

(So today I'm running another of the Reader Reviews submitted fifty years ago, this one from Savion, who tackles the solo debut from Onyx's Sticky Fingaz, Blacktrash: The Autobiography of KirkJones. Note: this write-up will not discuss any plot details, as Savion chose instead to comment on just the music and not the overall narrative, so there aren't any spoilers to be found, unless you count song titles. If anyone wishes to discuss the story itself, use the comments section. Enjoy!)

November 27, 2017

Reader Review: Das EFX - Hold It Down (September 26, 1995)

(Today I'm running a Reader Review from frequent contributor shoe-in, who is in the midst of a Hit Squad appreciation project over on his own site, Boom Bap Reviews. I've sat on this submission about Das EFX's third album, Hold It Down, for probably three years now, but he was kind enough to update some of it for today's audience. Enjoy.)

November 8, 2017

My Gut Reaction: The Game - The Documentary 2.5 (October 16, 2015)

I may never complete the tenuous project that I've tied this blog into (at least not without laying down some parameters that will undoubtedly piss both of you off), but when it comes to finishing something that I've started, I can at least do that with The Game's The Documentary 2. You see, Jayceon Taylor recorded so many tracks for what was ostensibly a project celebrating the ten-year anniversary of his major label debut that he opted to compile a double album, and then ridiculously chose to release each disc as its own separate entity. That's how we ended up with the subject of today's post, The Documentary 2.5, released exactly one week after its partner.

Click through to read more about what Game now refers to as his seventh solo album, and as always, purchasing anything by clicking the prevalent Amazon links helps support the site and keeps it going a little bit longer. Christmas is coming up very soon, and you know you'll be buying shit off of Amazon, so why not click through HHID first? I'm just saying.

November 3, 2017

My Gut Reaction: The Game - The Documentary 2 (October 9, 2015)

Before the hiatus that ended up getting away from me (and threatens to continue doing so, if I'm being real), I received the most requests to write about The Game, who had just released The Documentary 2 in an effort to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his major label debut, The Documentary. And I mean by far: the sheer volume of requests for an artist I figured most of you two didn't really follow anymore was deafening, and I'm still not convinced that as many people will actually comment about the project now that a review exists. But I present this lost write-up as evidence that I was, in fact, working on a review for The Documentary 2, so I wasn't lying when I told you that two years ago, and what follows represents how far I got into it.

I believe I was trying to write about both that album and its immediate follow-up, or sequel, or second half, depending on what school of thought you attend, The Documentary 2.5, all within the same post, as I sometimes do, but I only managed to get about five songs into that one before the world started burning, so for obvious reasons, there's going to be a delay on The Documentary 2.5. But there is at least this, so enjoy!

Oh, and as always, I need to see comments, likes, mentions, retweets, whatever in order to gauge further interest in the site, and purchasing The Documentary 2, or literally anything else, by clicking through the Amazon links will help keep the blog sustainable. I hate that I have to write that now, as it should be obvious, but you two want this to continue, right?

What follows is my virtually untouched writing from 2015, save for some editorial changes.