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Album Review: M.O.B.Stars – “II S.O.S. (Substance Over Swag)”

You might remember the M.O.B.Stars video that I posted up a couple weeks ago called “Watch Ya Back“. That song was from their first mixtape, “II S.O.S. (Substance Over Swag)“, which is what I’ll be talking a little bit about right now.

M.O.B.Stars (O.B., S.C.G. Jochi, and newest member Safe) are currently working on their second release, “California Eden“. That will be like an introductory project to Safe (who can be seen at the end of the “Watch Ya Back” video, when the song “Diamendz” starts up). As of right now, the date the album will drop is May 6th, but that could change. To get you ready for the album, the guys have plans of releasing a “Spring Collection” of tracks. This will include tracks that were recorded before the first mixtape and tracks that don’t make it onto “California Eden“. So be on the look out for that.

Album Review: Nomar Slevik – “In The Field Where I Died”

About a week ago, good friend Nomar Slevik asked me if I’d review his new album “In The Field Where I Died” before its release date (April 5th). I said yes, of course. Having reviewed his “Welcome to Fuckland” record on the site, owning previous albums, as well as interviewing him back in 2009, I’d say I had a good idea of what to expect from this album. Dark, experimental beats with disturbing subject matter. Bingo.

The Maine artist/producer, Nomar Slevik, presents “In The Field Where I Died” as his first solo release on Milled Pavement. It has 18 tracks, and features Meiso, Selfhelp, Myn Dwun, Demune, Cognition, Noah23, Brzowski, A-Frame, Id Obelus, and Xczircles. Production by Nomar Slevik, and also DJ Extend, S.L.A.P., John Cue Publik, Myn Dwun, Mat Young, Tony Ciro Saggese, zoën, and Efalive. Read on!

Album Review: Xczircles “Swan Storm” / Aamir “The Quiet After the Storm”

West Coast underground artists Xczircles and Aamir (both in the California group Escape Artists) dropped new albums at the end of 2010 — “Swan Storm” and “The Quiet After the Storm” respectively. The albums were packaged together and released on Ooohh! That’s Heavy Records. The double CD is a follow up to albums that both of them released in 2008 titled “Act of Gosh” and “Underwater Regions“.

Album Review: Jayson Turnbull-Hip Hop City Vol. 1

I’ve recently gotten back into listening to full on instrumental tracks, so I was really interested when Jayson Turnbull contacted me for a review of his volume one instrumental album, Hip Hop City. Released on Vash Music Records, the 14-track album (which can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon) is completely produced by Jayson, himself. Not having much to go on other than that, I dove in to the album with a fairly clean slate, and ready to give my opinion. Check out what I thought, and offer your opinion as well. I’d like to know your thoughts.

Album Review: Venomous2000 – “Fresh, Amazingly”

Very Energetic Nubian (New-Being) On Mics Opening Universal Sounding… is Venomous2000 the Ultra Emcee. Repping New Jersey, this 29-year-old has been freestyling and writing rhymes since the early 90s. Connected with Delinquent Soundz Entertainment, Venomous2000 dropped his latest album this year called “Fresh, Amazingly“. The album is 16 tracks deep (a little under 1 hour) and was produced by DJ Priority. Thanks to V, I had the opportunity to listen to the album and give my review (to dissect and interpret). And before I get into each track, let me just say that Priority came with it. Every beat is clean and crispy, and pairs perfectly with each track and the lyrics laid on ’em. Boom bap goodness! And out of all the stuff I’ve heard of V’s, this is my favorite project. Fresh amazingly all the way through. Now let’s get into it…

Album Review: MC Homeless – “27”

MC Homeless is an emcee from Ohio. He grew up going to DIY punk shows and singing in grindcore bands before forming a relationship with hip hop. His first album, “Trapped Under an Ohio Sky“, received 4/5 stars in Alternative Press, and eventually gained international attention. Soon after, he toured internationally and did a 12” split record with Indonesia’s Homicide on Dis.eased Recrods. Between self-releasing albums, Homeless is also part of the Milled Pavement label. He has contributed to the MP’s “Goose Bumps” compilation series (1, 3, and 4). And now in 2010, he dropped his album, “27“. All of the production comes from Zoën, and features artists Brzowski, Ira Lee, Zoën, Mesparrow, and Riddlore.

This album is entirely personal to MC Homeless. It’s like he ripped out pages of his life’s journal (the one that you hide from everyone’s eyes but your own), and put it in the form of an album for people to listen to. Making him vulnerable. Check out my review for the 10-track album (song by song)…

Album Review: Stainless Steele – “Dub Hop Illuminations”

Stainless Steele has an upcoming album titled “Dub Hop Illuminations: Offerings from the Electric Worship Workshop” that will be dropping on November 5th. When compared to previous albums such as “My Top Friends Are Beat Makers” and “Chester Copperpot Dropping Jewels“, this release takes a slight left turn to experiment in the intergalactic, smooth electronic scene… while still being hip hop, of course. All the production on the album was done by him too. So with all that said, let’s get onto the review…

Album Review: Marvelous World of Color

We’ve reviewed Jason James and Rodney Hazard’s collaborative effort God’s Favorites (here), and we’ve just finished an interview with Jason James himself (here), and now we’re back to give our opinion on his and Rodney’s most recent release, Marvelous World Of Color. The album is 14 tracks of free-for-download goodness, and Tiffology and I split them down the middle, so let’s just jump right into it.

Album Review: WEB & I.D.e.A – “God’s Favorites”

So, yesterday I promised a review of God’s Favorites from WEB&I.D.e.A. A few weeks ago, I reviewed Waiting To Exhale and was actually quite impressed with what I heard. You guys know me, I’m more into R&B, Reggae and Pop, but I actually really liked the track. With that being said, I wanted to check out the album and I meant to post this review earlier today. Oh, yeah, and I recruited Tiffology on this review, because as our resident hip hop head, I wanted to see what she thought of the album as well. So without further ado, CrayonBeats reviews God’s Favorites. Check it.

[Album Review] Kidd Russell -THE DASH EP (deluxe)

It’s that time again boys and girls. We here at CB haven’t done a group review since Rafael Casal’s Monster back in November.  This time around, we’re taking a look at alternative hip hop artist Kidd Russell. We here at CB haven’t necessarily heard much about Kidd, but after reading the press kit we were happily surprised to find out that he has opened for The Roots, The Flobots , Mr. lif , Common, and Uncle Cracker among others. His music video for his track Dear Shooter has been featured on both MTV2 and MTV Jams (they still have that show!?) and his second video has wrestling stars from both WWE and ROH (it’s also the ROH theme music). Sounds like quite a resume right? Well, after learning this, we jumped into his recently released EP with pretty high expectations (or at least I-Tiffny- did). Read on for our thoughts….

Album Review: Ancient Astronauts – "We Are To Answer"

Ancient astronauts are said to be intelligent aliens that have visited Earth in ancient times and, by coming here, they are connected with the development of human cultures, technologies, and/or religions. With that being said, Kabanjak and Dogu make up the German hip hop duo, Ancient Astronauts. They are signed with Switchstance Recordings. Their sound is a mash-up of old school hip hop, downtempo, funk, and dub reggae.

[Album Review] Rafael Casal – Monster LP

It’s time for another joint review here on CrayonBeats and this time Tiffology and myself [Tiffny] gave a listen to Rafael Casal’s new LP entitled “Monster”. Released Halloween weekend, the digital LP is a follow-up to 2008’s “As Good As Your Word”, which was also released online.  Mr. Casal has been talked about a couple of times here on CrayonBeats, so we’re a little familiar with him [exhibits A &  B]. In case you haven’t heard of him, Rafael Casal is a numerous amount of things – a slam poet, a recording artist, an educator, and a founding memeber of The Get Back. Wedecided that we’d review it here on CB, considering how pumped we were to listen to it. I mean, after seeing the video for his “Monster” track, we were looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. So with that said, you’ll be getting two different perspectives, as we split up the tracks evenly. Below the jump, you’ll find our reviews, tracks 1-6 from Tiffology, and 7-12 from Tiffny.

Oh btw, the album is free, so go to The Getblog and download it!