2007. augusztus 28., kedd

A Tribe Called Quest

Group/Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap, East Coast Rap, Jazz-Rap
Without question the most intelligent, artistic rap group during the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest jump-started and perfected the hip-hop alternative to hardcore and gangsta rap. In essence, they abandoned the macho posturing rap music had been constructed upon, and focused instead on abstract philosophy and message tracks. The "sucka MC" theme had never been completely ignored in hip-hop, but Tribe confronted numerous black issues -- date rape, use of the word nigger, the trials and tribulations of the rap industry -- all of which overpowered the occasional game of the dozens. Just as powerful musically, Quest built upon De La Soul's jazz-rap revolution, basing tracks around laid-back samples instead of the played-out James Brown-fests which many rappers had made a cottage industry by the late '80s. Comprised of Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife, A Tribe Called Quest debuted in 1989 and released their debut album one year later. Second album The Low End Theory was, quite simply, the most consistent and flowing hip-hop album ever recorded, though the trio moved closer to their harder contemporaries on 1993's Midnight Marauders. A spot on the 1994 Lollapalooza Tour showed their influence with the alternative crowd -- always a bedrock of A Tribe Called Quest's support -- but the group kept it real on 1996's Beats, Rhymes and Life, a dedication to the streets and the hip-hop underground.

A Tribe Called Quest was formed in 1988, though both Q-Tip (b. Jonathan Davis) and Phife (b. Malik Taylor) had grown up together in Queens. Q-Tip met DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad while at high school and, after being named by the Jungle Brothers (who attended the same school), the trio began performing. A Tribe Called Quest's recording debut came in August 1989, when their single, "Description of a Fool," appeared on a tiny area label (though Q-Tip had previously guested on several tracks from De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and later appeared on Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart").

Signed to Jive Records by 1989, A Tribe Called Quest released their first album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, one year later. Much like De La Soul, Tribe looked more to jazz as well as '70s rock for their sample base -- "Can I Kick It?" plundered Lou Reed's classic "Walk on the Wild Side" and made it viable in a hip-hop context. No matter how solid their debut was, second album The Low End Theory outdid all expectations and has held up as perhaps the best hip-hop LP of all time.

The Low End Theory had included several tracks with props to hip-hop friends, and A Tribe Called Quest cemented their support of the rap community with 1993's Midnight Marauders. The album cover and booklet insert included the faces of more than 50 rappers -- including obvious choices such as De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers -- as well as mild surprises like the Beastie Boys, Ice-T, and Heavy D. Though impossible to trump Low End's brilliance, the LP offered several classics (including Tribe's most infectious single to date, "Award Tour") and a harder sound than the first two albums. During the summer of 1994, A Tribe Called Quest toured as the obligatory rap act on the Lollapalooza Festival lineup, and spent a quiet 1995, marked only by several production jobs for Q-Tip. Returning in 1996 with their fourth LP, Beats, Rhymes and Life, Tribe showed signs of wear; it was a good album, but proved less striking than The Low End Theory or Midnight Marauders. While touring in support of 1998's The Love Movement, the group announced their impending breakup. John Bush, All Music Guide


A Tribe Called Quest - Peoples Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhytm (1990)

1. Push It Along
2. Luck Of Lucien
3. After Hours
4. Footprints
5. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
6. Public Enemy
7. Bonita Applebum
8. Can I Kick It?
9. Youthful Expression
10. Rhythm (Devoted To The Art Of Moving Butts)
11. Mr. Muhammad
12. Ham 'N' Eggs
13. Go Ahead In The Rain
14. Description Of A Fool

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A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991)


1. Excursions
2. Buggin' Out
3. Rap Promoter
4. Butter
5. Verses From The Abstract
6. Show Business
7. Vibes and Stuff
8. The Infamous Date Rape
9. Check The Rhime
10. Everything Is Fair
11. Jazz (We've Got)
12. Skypager
13. What?
14. Scenario

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A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders (1993)

1. Midnight Marauders Tour Guide
2. Steve Biko (Stir It Up)
3. Award Tour
4. 8 Million Stories
5. Sucka Nigga
6. Midnight
7. We Can Get Down
8. Electric Relaxation
9. Clap Your Hands
10. Oh My God
11. Keep It Rollin'
12. Chase, Pt. 2
13. Lyrics to Go
14. God Lives Through

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A Tribe Called Quest - Beats, Rhymes and Life (1996)

1. Phony Rappers
2. Get A Hold
3. Motivators
4. Jam
5. Crew
6. The Pressure
7. 1nce Again
8.Mind Power
9. The Hop
10. Keeping It Moving
11. Baby Phife's Return
12. Separate/ Together
13. What Really Goes On
14. Word Play
15. Stressed Out

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Above The Law

Group/Gangsta Rap, G-Funk, West Coast Rap
Part of the post-N.W.A. explosion of California gangsta rap, Above the Law came out of the Eastern Los Angeles suburb of Pomona; leader Cold 187um, aka Big Hutch (born Gregory Hutchinson), was joined by KMG the Illustrator (born Kevin Dulley), Go Mack (born Arthur Goodman), and Dj Total K-Oss (born Anthony Stewart). Mixing '70s vintage-funk and soul samples with live instrumentation (Hutchinson had studied jazz while in school), the group signed with Eazy-E's Ruthless Records and issued their debut album, Livin' Like Hustlers, in 1990; split into violence- and sex-themed sides, it was coproduced by Dr.Dre (prior to N.W.A's rancorous breakup) and received well in gangsta circles. The Vocally Pimpin' EP appeared in 1991, and the full-lenght follow-up Black Mafia Life was released in 1993. Go Mack left the group shortly thereafter, and Above the Law stuck with the trio format for their last Ruthless album, 1994's Uncle Sam's Cruse, which featured greatercontributions from KMG. Following Eazy-E's tragically sudden death, Above the Law left Ruthless for Tommy Boy, debuting in 1996 with Time Will Reveal; although the lyrics stuck with the group's well-worn gangsta themes, it demonstrated that Big Hutch's skills as a G-funk producer were becoming ever more polished. 1998's Legends kept the West Coast gangsta flame burning, but proved to be their last release on Tommy Boy; formed their own label, West World, and struck a distribution deal with Street Solid for 1999's
Forever: Rich thugs, The same year, Big Hutch released his solo debut, Executive Decisions. In 2000 Big Hutch was recruited by Suge Knight to become the new house producer and musical director at Death Row Records, making it the new home of Above the Law as well. They recorded a new album called Diary of a Drug Dealer, but the release dates were continually pushed back while Big Hutch worked on production assignments, including the decbut album the groups's breakup.

Above The Law - Black Mafia Life (1993)

1. Black Triangle
2. Never Missin' A Beat
3. Why Must I Feel Like Dat
4. Commin' Up
5. Pimpology 101
6. Call It What U Want
7. Harda U R Tha Doppa U Faal
8. Game Wreck-Oniz-Iz Game
9. Pimp Clinic
10. V.S.O.P.
11. Process Of Elimination (Untouchakickamurdaqtion)
12. G's & Macaronies
13. G-Rupies Best Friend
14. Mee Vs. My Ego
15. Outro

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Above The Law - Uncle Sam's curse (1994)

1. Return of the Real Shit
2. Set Free
3. Kalifornia
4. Concrete Jungle
5. Rain Be for Rain Bo
6. Everything Will Be Alright
7. Black Superman
8. 'G' in Me
9. Uncle Sam's Curse
10. One Time Two Meny
11. Who Ryde
12. Gangsta Madness

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Aesop Rock (Ian Bavitz)

Alternative Rap, Underground Rap
New York City-based hip-hop artist Aesop Rock posesses a rapping style similar to such eccentric artists as Kool Keith and Del tha Funkee Homosapien, while building a following with a series of releases on the Def Jux label. After the release of this debut full-lenght, Mush, Aesop Rock issued a pair of singles for Def Jux, Coma and Boom Box, before issuing his second full-lenght overall, Labor Days, in September of 2001, an album which suprisingly featured numerous references to history and mythology (not your usual hip-hop subject matter).

Aesop Rock - Labor Days (2001)

1. Labor
2. Daylight
3. Save Yourself
4. Flashflood
5. No Regrets
6. One Brick feat Illogic
7. Tugboat Complex Pt. 3
8. Coma
9. Battery
10. Boombox
11. Bent Life feat C-Rayz-Walz
12. The Yes and The Y'All
13. 9-5ers Anthem
14. Shovel

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Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth (2003)

1. Bazooka Tooth
2. NY Electric
3. Easy
4. No Jumper Cables
5. Limelighter
6. Super Fluke
7. Cook It Up
8. Freeze
9. We're Famous
10. Babies With Guns
11. The Greatest Pac-Man Victory Ever
12. Frijoles
13. 11:35
14. Kill The Messenger
15. Mars Attacks

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2007. augusztus 12., vasárnap

Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go


Type : x264
Resolution : 640 X 480
Size : 35 MB
Source : DVD (PO)
Genre : Hip-Hop

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M.O.P. - Cold As Ice


Type : x264
Resolution : 636 X 382
Size : 43 MB
Source : DVD (ETV)
Genre : Hip-Hop

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Swizz Beatz - One Man Band Man (2007)


1. Product Man 2:50
2. It’s Me Bitches 2:34
3. Big Munny 3:33
4. Bust Ya Gunz (Feat. Drag On) 3:58
5. You Know Your Boy Did That 4:46
6. The Funeral 2:57
7. Take A Picture 3:33
8. Top Down 3:08
9. Money In The Bank 3:11
10.Part Of The Plan 3:15
11.Snoop (Skit) 0:52
12.It’s Me … (Remix) (Feat. R. Kelly, Lil Wayne 3:29
& Jadakiss)

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