I have been on that Hip-Hop tip lately. Some stuff I’m enjoying include:

People Under The Stairs – Fun D.M.C.

As the title insinuates, its a throwback to some old school beats and lyrics on the lighter side of life. This is a Hip-Hop album that doesn’t make any bones about saving the genre from extinction or talking about politics or other depressing dross. Its so easy to listen to its insane.

The Wiz is their tribute to Oz, filmed in Sydney and referencing every Australian stereotype in the lyrics. “I’m the wizard of Oz…”.

Madlib – WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip

This shit is tight and smooth, running across a gamut of styles and never feels played out. Guests include Talib Kweli, Guilty Simpson, Prince Po, Murs, J-Dilla… Madlib also has another Beat Konducta album out, Madlib The Beat Konducta Volume 5.: Dil Cosby Suite which is also really chilled out.

This is a promo for Madlib The Beat Konducta Volume 3-4: Beat Konducta In India because I suck at finding current stuff on Youtube.

DJ K.O. – Picture This…

Strong beats to go with the soulful sounds. Talib Kweli, Elzhi, 9th Wonder, Black Milk, Masta Ace and many more lend a hand to proceedings on this flowing DJ K.O. project.

The first track on the album, Here We Go Feat. East & Silent Knight.

Elzhi – The Preface

The Preface is Elzhi’s proper full length solo release, having spent the rest of his career guesting everywhere and being half of Slum Village. Black Milk takes on the role of the main producer, working on 14 out of the 16 tracks on the LP. 4 tracks from his previous limited tour CD release, Europass make it onto this album, including Motown 25, Talking In My Sleep, Save Ya and Transitional Joint.

Elzhi performing Motown 25 and That’s That One live.