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52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2012 (Part Four) – Public Enemy / Kingdom Of Fear / Constant Deviants etc.

Public Enemy – “Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear On No Stamp” (Slam Jamz) – Twenty five years after their Def Jam debut “Yo! Bum Rush The Show”, arguably the greatest group in Hip-Hop history returned with a robust collection of typically rebelutionary beats and rhymes, with Chuck D joined by allies such as Brother Ali, DMC and Bumpy Knuckles to fire lyrical shots at political figures, mass media corporations and rap culture vultures.

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Muneshine – “There Is Only Today” (Droppin’ Science Productions) – Backed by top-notch production from the likes of DJ Spinna, Buckwild and Jeff Spec, Canadian rap renaissance man Muneshine delivered both inspirational and introspective rhymes on this latest addition to his already impressive musical catalogue.

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Masta Ace – “MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne” (Fat Beats) – Considering how many times MF Doom’s “Special Herbs” beats have been used for freestyles, YouTube videos etc, it would take a talented emcee to make them sound like you were hearing some of them for the first time all over again. But that’s exactly what former Juice Crew member Masta Ace did with this autobiographical project, recalling memories of his Brooklyn childhood and early rap career with his typical attention to detail and story-telling skill.

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Purpose & Confidence – “The Purpose Of Confidence” (Ill Adrenaline Records) – Having produced one of 2011’s best albums in the form of his “The Element Of Surprise” collaboration with NY’s Rashad, Boston beat-master Confidence hit the target again in 2012, teaming-up with Tragic Allies emcee Purpose for another accomplished project. Displaying a slightly harder, grittier side to his production this time around to match Purpose’s street-orientated verses, Confidence one again proved his ear for both quality beats and lyrical talent.

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Kingdom Of Fear – “Kingdom Of Fear” (YNR Productions) – Inspired by the work of legendary American gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, UK favourites Kashmere and Jehst adopted off-the-wall alter-egos for this larger-than-life concept album, with the pair careering through bright lights and big cities in a haze of weed smoke and Hip-Hop technicolour. Inspired, creative and entertaining.

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Oddisee – “People Hear What They See” (Mello Music Group) – Drawing inspiration from a wide-range of real-life experiences and conversations, Washington DC producer-on-the-mic Oddisee’s latest album showcased the sound of a maturing artist, an individual determined to push the boundaries of his own creativity whilst remaining grounded in the underground sound that he built his name on.

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Dialect & Despair – “Self Evident” (UKNOWHO Records) – Proving the sentiment behind Rakim’s famous lyric that it ain’t where you’re from, it’s where you’re at, this Australian duo crafted an impressive collection of true-school bangers on the follow-up to their 2010 debut “The Vortex”, featuring an inspired line-up of featured talent including the UK’s Melanin 9, X-Ecutioners member Total Eclipse and D.I.T.C. affiliates Majestic Gage and D Flow.

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Sean Price – “Mic Tyson” (Duck Down Records) – Brooklyn’s favourite microphone bully Sean P finally got around to releasing his long-awaited “Mic Tyson” project in 2012, pummeling a concrete-tough selection of beats from the likes of 9th Wonder, Evidence and the UK’s Beat Butcha with his trademark brand of deadpan threats of violence and amusing Hulk-sized boasts.

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Verb T – “Morning Process” (High Focus Records) – UK emcee Verb T has always been more interested in letting his talent do the talking rather than trying to shout louder than everyone else. With this latest project, Verbs put the complexities of his own personality under the microscope, describing the thoughts of an emcee entering his thirties who is just as happy shutting himself away from the world for extended periods of time as he is ripping mics onstage for enthusiastic fans. Understated brilliance.


Aarophat – “Invictus” (Ill Sevenz Music Group) – Raised in Ohio but currently based on the West Coast, veteran subterranean wordsmith Aarophat’s seventh full-length project mixed motivational sentiments, down-to-earth life observations and mystical imagery together into one satisfying listening experience, with the authoritative lyricist proving himself to be a true master of his craft by tackling a variey of subject matter with both character and insight.

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Constant Deviants – “Diamond” (Six2Six Records) – Gaining notoriety in the 90s with indie favourites such as “Competition Catch Speed Knots”, NY / Baltimore duo M.I. and DJ Cutt returned to the rap game without having missed a beat on this quality album. Blending golden-age flavour with current inspiration, the pair effectively bridged the gap between the past and the present with an undeniable rugged charm. A real diamond in the rough.

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Part Five coming soon – check Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

New Joint – Ruste Juxx & Kyo Itachi

Ruste Juxx & Kyo Itachi – “Boom Bap Goon Rap” (Shinigamie Records / Duck Down Records / 2012)

Taken from the album “Hardbodie Hip Hop”.

Soul Brothers – DJ Premier / Pete Rock

Preemo speaks on Pete Rock’s forthcoming Duck Down “Monumental” album project with Smif-N-Wessun.

The War Report – Pharoahe Monch

TheHipHopChronicle.Com caught up with Monch in Texas at SXSW 2011 to talk about his new album, working with Nate Dogg and collaborating with Immortal Technique.

Lyrics To Go – Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch interview and freestyle on Canada’s The Come-Up Show – some interesting comments about the current state of the rap game made here.

The Warning – Pharoahe Monch

New online promo video for Monch’s heavily-anticipated album “W.A.R.”.

New Joint – Skyzoo / Illmind

Skyzoo & Illmind – “# All About That” (Duck Down / 2011)

New video from the duo’s critically-acclaimed album “Live From The Tape Deck”.

The Promo – Buckshot

Duck Down’s Buckshot talks online promotion with OnSmash.Com’s Hof.

Buck’s book / CD project “The Common Knowledgy Of The Entertainment Industry” is out now.

New Joint – Buff1 / David Dallas

Buff1 & David Dallas – “Eyes On Success” (ASideWorldwide / 2011)

Head-nodding P-Money-produced collabo between Crown Royale’s Buff1 and New Zealand’s David Dallas (who recently partnered with Duck Down Records for his upcoming project “The Rose Tint”).

Life Music – Pharoahe Monch

Footage of Pharoahe Monch performing “Desire” at Duck Down’s CMJ showcase.

Iron Mic – Sean Price

Footage of Sean P performing “Genesis Of The Omega” from his forthcoming album “Mic Tyson” at the recent Duck Down / BB Kings show in NYC.

Sky’s The Limit – Skyzoo

Brooklyn’s Skyzoo performing “Frisbees” from his new Duck Down album “Live From The Tape Deck” at the 2010 A3C Hip-Hop Festival.

Are We On Air? – Pharoahe Monch

Footage of Pharoahe Monch doing radio promo in London on Kiss FM and 1Xtra.

Kiss FM with DJ MK & Shortee Blitz.

1Xtra with Tim Westwood.

Bonnie & Clyde – Jean Grae / Pharoahe Monch

HipHopChronicleUK interview with Jean Grae and Pharoahe Monch.

Live On Stage – Hip-Hop Detoxx / Pharoahe Monch

Footage of local crew Hip-Hop Detoxx and the legendary Pharoahe Monch performing at Chicago’s evilOlive.

New Joint – Ruste Juxx

Ruste Juxx ft. 34 Click – “24 Karate Flow” (Duck Down / 2010)

Collabo with France’s 34 Click taken from Ruste’s forthcoming album “Adamantine” produced entirely by the UK’s Endemic.

Mouth Of Madness – Pharoahe Monch

Recent Monch freestyle on Tony Touch’s Shade 45 radio show.

New Joint – General Steele

General Steele – “Amerikkka’s Skemin'” (Bucktown USA / 2010)

Taken from “General Steele Presents: Amerikkka’s Nightmare Part 2 – Children Of War”.

Maintain – Skyzoo

Brooklyn’s Skyzoo talks to Culture VI about the need for quality over quantity.

Price Is Right – Sean Price

Footage of Duck Down’s Sean P performing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.