Common Sense, Ab-Soul & No I.D.

Never thought I’d see this connection, everyone delivers too.

Realest Track Rick Ross Ever Made

“I’m just living my life…”

No I.D. on the track, let the story begin.

Evident is Rick Ross’ beat choices. He has a great ear for choosing excellent backdrops to his lyrics. Better than any Maybach Music, Live Fast and Die Young, or any other beat chosen, this beat here sits atop those excellent beat choices. The guitar is whining, the piano is sad, the background voices are sobbing, some are shouting and Rick Ross is crying Continue reading

Nas – Life Is Good Album Review

 New Nas album. Let’s check it out.

1. No Introduction (Produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)

“Really what’s in my mind is organizing a billion black motherfuckers
To take over JP and Morgan Goldman and Sachs
And teach the world facts and give Saudi they oil back”

I didn’t expect an intro like this. You hear a crowd cheering as if Nas is about to address his congregation or something. I think that’s a pastor shouting soundbite during the breaks. If it is, damn. It does have Continue reading

Great Expectations: Common’s “The Dreamer, The Believer”

With only a few months away from year’s end, I start to think about some of the great albums 2011 has brought and albums that still are to be released this year. One album I am hyped about is Common’s new album, “The Dreamer, The Believer”. The first two singles have been nothing short of spectacular. That damn “Blue Sky”, such a great song. Smh. Partial credit should go to long time collaborator, No I.D., who produced both singles along with the entire album. No I.D. and Common doing a full album once again. Think about it for a second. No I.D. has always been nice on the boards but over the past couple years his beats have been Continue reading