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Hot Stuff: Lupe Fiasco & More Hip Hop To Get Your Grow Room Groove On Featured

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Lupe Fiasco’s latest jam shows how hip-hop can go pop without sucking. Lupe Fiasco’s latest jam shows how hip-hop can go pop without sucking.

 

Hey growers, we’re back with more Hot Stuff for you. In our web exclusive, we’re bringing you the best music to bump in your grow room, on the commute to and from your grow, and of course while you’re enjoying the fruits of a new harvest. This week, we’re bringing you five of the best hip-hop records we’ve come across lately. Dig in!

Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

Lupe’s back with another winner. For those that found his last album too pop, Lupe dials the sugary stuff back a bit with this one. Although still pretty synth heavy, it’s much more in “The Cool” territory rather than “Lasers.” He still drifts into pop with catchy sung choruses peppered throughout this album, but that don’t mean he’s going out that way. The intriguing thing about Lupe is how he has songs that sound ready for the radio or club (and they are), but that are also packed with vivid storytelling, introspection, a conscience and pure poetry from a real emcee. It’s what pop Hip Hop music could be, but sadly isn’t. Food and Liquor II only sounds pop. But his words speak a whole more.

 

Murs and Fashawn – This Generation

I’ve been a big Murs fan since about 2000, but I gotta be straight, I didn’t really know Fashawn. I hate it when I find out I’ve been sleeping, but I was amped when I woke up. Murs and Fashawn make a brilliant team. Their flows, voices and styles are perfectly matched, like kindred spitters finally meeting in sublime Hip Hop. And the beat selection knocks consistently as the able emcees rap about life, ladies, and even rolling in a dope ’64. A number of times this was taking me back to my ’94 era as far as the sound is concerned. Each track is hittin’ in its own right, no need for skippin’, and the album has enough diversity in subject matter and beats to stay fresh without losing cohesion throughout the project.

 

Busdriver – Arguments With Dreams

I remember my first exposure to Busdriver. His voice and flow tripped me out. I’m a huge fan of the Project Blowed/Good Life/After Life collectives, a massive group of incredible stylers and lyricists, the curb servers, the choppers, the freestylers. Even in that incredible scene, Busdriver manages to stick out, offering hyper-intelligent and outlandish delivery, occasionally rapping over top of classics while aping the melody and cadence of the piece. None of that exists this time around, as the ‘Driver more often creeps down the beat in a more reserved, yet still progressive manner. Production-wise, this album is very electronic, as if the audio actually filtered through micro-chips and circuitry as it was imported into the net as a free download. Check it at http://bigdada.com/busdriver/

 

Blu & Exile – Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them

Over brilliantly smooth jazz hip-hop beats filled with flutes and bass lines, Blu recites sick poetry with casual flair, offering a variety of subjects for listeners. On “Ease Your Mind” he hits the beat with poetic braggadocio, rapping, “fat Miramax script I’m livin’ written spittin’ with precision sittin’ opposition to a dizzy listing.” On “More Outta Life” he speaks on “blind kids with money on their eye-lids,” and on “A Man” he asks, ”I wonder who do you believe in/ I hope it ain’t me/ I hope it ain’t a priest or what you see on TV.” And Blu’s poetic philosophies are always underscored by the perfect accompaniment, as Exile knows his way around drums, melodies and jazzy funk. It’s the kind of album that makes you really want these guys to get their heartbeat props, or rather that they get to smell their flowers while they still can.

 

Friends With The Help – Confidence

Following an equally dope mix-tape debut, Vancouver’s Friends With the Help drop their first official album, bringing Confidence to your ear holes. As DJ K-Rec drops bumpin’ beats and blazin’ scratches. emcees Young Nige and Lo Lux deliver attention-grabbing rhymes with complimentary style, charisma, and honesty, delving into personal history to weave stories of fun, regret, and growing up. And K-Rec keeps your head nodding to his groove using a variety of styles, from the classic turntablist sound (“K-Lude Pt. 3”), to bouncy drums over acoustic samples, to some down right gangsta-assed beats (I expected MC Eiht to start bustin’ a “Gyeah!” over “Mama”.) That’s the Friends - well rounded, well matched, and dope. Free Download at http://friendswiththehelp.bandcamp.com

 

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