Just want to time to offer my condolences to poet, singer and musician Gil Scott Heron who died last week. Though the brother had a prolific music career, he's best known for the song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", which every wannabe rebel spouts off but never knew where it came from. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
All Time Low - ”Dirty Work” [Interscope]
Well, it finally arrived, people! All Time Low’s new album is hitting shelves this week. If you gush over catchy, poppy, punk goodness, then you’re in for a treat. With songs like “Feel Like Dancin” and “Time Bomb," the album will unequivocally make you rock out and dance around in your underwear…in public…with the cops watching nearby with handcuffs at the ready. ”Dirty Work” is so dance-able, it’s criminal.
Kool Moe Dee - ”Kool Moe Dee” [Jive Records]
Back in the day when battle rapping only consisted of two MCs, a microphone or no mentioning of killing their their lips, Kool Moe Dee was one of the rise with his feud with the then up-and-coming rapper, LL Cool J. The battle will go down as one of the most recognized feuds in hip-hop EVER!!! And I don’t use all caps and exclamation points likely. Before the battle, Kool Moe Dee was just another hungry New York rapper trying to make due. His 1986 debut release is a window into the genius that would come later in his career. Tracks like “Do You Know What Time it is?” and “Rock Steady” serve as a sample of this man’s legacy and hip-hop history.
Hail Mary Mallon - ”Are You Gonna Eat That?” [Rhymesayers]
It’s a simple equation: Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic = the most funky, witty, lyric-spitting boombap that has ever come through the speakers and into your eardrums. Both cats have collaborated for their Rhymesayers debut and, man, it’s something to take a gander at. Check out their video for “Smock”.
Ikebe Shakedown - ”Ikebe Shakedown” [Ubiquity Records]
This is a funky album for a bunch of white guys from Brooklyn. Ikebe Shakedown combines the styles of funk, afro-beat, disco and, well, damn near any music genre that can induce the moving of asses. It is all put together in a funky, soulful stew to enjoy. All tracks have a nice smooth, almost cinematic feel to it. But you can check it out for yourself below.