Tag Archives: Smif-N-Wessun

New Joint – Tek

Tek – “The Illest” (@TekSmokeeLah / 2020)

Smif-N-Wessun’s Tek spreads love the Brooklyn way as he pays tribute to the legendary Biggie Smalls.

New Joint – Smif-N-Wessun

Smif-N-Wessun – “Bucktown 360” (@SmifNWessun / 2020)

Brooklyn’s Tek and Steele are “still rockin’ Timberlands with the camo” as they revisit their classic 1994 single alongside longstanding collaborators Da Beatminerz.

100 Best Albums & EPs Of 2019 (Part Two) – Gang Starr / Benny The Butcher / Train Robbers etc.

Check Part One here.

Gang Starr – “One Of The Best Yet” (Gang Starr Enterprises) – The trials and tribulations DJ Premier experienced in order to complete this album were well documented in 2019, but the hardcore composer’s determination definitely paid off, with this celebration of the late, great Guru largely succeeding where so many posthumous rap albums have failed. Nothing about this project appeared forced or rushed, with Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal sounding as timeless as ever and Preemo delivering quality boom-bap throughout. Input from crew affiliates such as Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, Big Shug, Freddie Foxxx and M.O.P. made “One Of The Best Yet” a true family affair. RIP Guru! Gang Starr forever!

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Your Old Droog – “It Wasn’t Even Close” (YourOldDroog.BandCamp.Com) – The first of three full-length projects released by the prolific NY emcee during 2019, Droog’s natural rhyming ability shone through here, with the Rotten Apple lyricist making the writing and delivery of intricate verses appear easy, backed by production from the likes of Sadhugold, Daringer and Tha God Fahim (also props to the UK’s Emily Catherine for the album’s ill cover art).

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A.J. Munson – “Cigarettes & Coffee” (AJMunson.BandCamp.Com) – Boasting an impressive list of guest artists. including Tha God Fahim, Mach-Hommy, Recognize Ali and more, West Coast producer A.J. Munson dropped this quality collection of true-school flavour geared towards the ears of those listeners who’re passionate about sample-based Hip-Hop.

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JayARE – “Youth Culture Power” (JayARE.BandCamp.Com) – True-school veterans J Rawls and John Robinson delivered some edutainment in the truest sense of the term, with this concept-based album being released in conjunction with the pair’s book, highlighting the potential benefits of utilising Hip-Hop in the classroom to engage students and improve teacher / pupil relationships. Each one, teach one.

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NDEFRU & Ohbliv – “Foreign Local” (NDEFRU.BandCamp.Com) – Further proof that Virginia is a strong breeding ground for dope Hip-Hop, this EP from emcee NDEFRU and producer Ohbliv was the sound of two individuals clearly on the same page musically, resulting in a thoroughly cohesive project packed with laidback-yet-confident wordplay and mellow, sample-heavy soundscapes.

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Sean Peng & Illinformed – “Trips To The Medicine Cabinet” (LostScrollRecords.BandCamp.Com) – Part entertainment, part therapy session, this project from Creatures Of Habit members Sean Peng and Illinformed was a lesson in creative chemistry, demonstrating the level of quality that can be achieved from the good old-fashioned one emcee / one producer combo. The Bristol emcee’s sometimes cryptic, always engaging rhymes were perfectly complimented by Illinformed’s solid, multi-layered style of production. Get your prescription renewed here.

Him Lo & Giallo Point – “OJ Glovez” (MarQSpekt.BandCamp.Com) – Having released two group projects in 2018, Him Lo and Clever 1 of Phillys Buze Bruvaz both decided to step out solo in 2019, with this EP being the first of four releases in total to come from the Illadelph duo throughout the year. Produced entirely by the UK’s Giallo Point, this was more of the punch-you-in-the-face-rap that Buze fans have come to expect, mixing hardcore threats and politically incorrect punchlines with inappropriate humour and old-school bravado.

DIE-REK – “The Dying Ones” (Illect.BandCamp.Com) – Canada’s DIE-REK channelled his spirituality throughout this self-produced collection of inspiring, life-affirming anthems, crafted to motivate and encourage anyone out there struggling to swim against the tide of today’s turbulent times. The Toronto emcee’s sincere, commanding flow added further weight to the sentiments and thoughts expressed here, with the end product leaving the listener feeling as if their Hip-Hop soul had been given a thorough musical massage.

C.A.M – “Just Breathe” (CAMOfficial.BandCamp.Com) – Following up his previous EP releases (2017’s “The First Move” and 2018’s “Persian Rugs”), talented London-based emcee C.A.M joined forces with Bristol music man BigLikeBaz for this five-track release, a well-crafted blend of head-nodding beats, echoing horns, smooth keys and a positive lyrical outlook.

Cor Stidak – “Dry Tears” (CorStidak.BandCamp) – Virginia-based emcee Cor Stidak showcased his undeniable microphone mastery throughout this largely self-produced EP, delivering competition-crushing verses, robust flows and poignant lyrical gems over a quality selection of beats.

The Jerzadelphians – “Era Of The Get Back” (JDelph.BandCamp.Com) – New Jersey emcee P-Rawb and Philly producer Shane Great demonstrated what a true musical partnership should sound like on this impressive release, channelling the spirit of the golden-era through their beats and rhymes whilst remaining fresh and in the moment.

Benny The Butcher – “The Plugs I Met” (GriseldaxFR.Com) – 2019 was definitely the year of the Griselda family, with Benny, Conway and Westside Gunn all releasing potent solo projects, along with their long-awaited group effort for Shady Records. This EP picked up where The Butcher left off on 2018’s classic “Tana Talk 3”, spitting vividly descriptive street life rhymes over raw, drama-laced production from Daringer, Beat Butcha, DJ Shay and The Alchemist.

Train Robbers – “Expect Delays” (RobbingTrains.BandCamp.Com) – UK duo Bucket Hat Jack and Casa Blanca ensured no listeners were left waiting on the platform as they were right on time with this lively EP, a release full of  mischievous, well-crafted verses and solid, chunky production. The project bubbled with the energy of two individuals whose main motivation for making music appeared to be the sheer joy and satisfaction of simply creating dope material. Mind the gap!

Skyzoo & Pete Rock – “Retropolitan” (MelloMusicGroup.BandCamp.Com) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Skyzoo is one of the greatest emcees of his generation. The Brooklyn artist’s attention to detail and ability to draw listeners into his world through the art of rhyme elevates him above many of his peers. No matter what walk of life you come from, there is something in a Skyzoo verse that you will be able to relate to.  Backed here by the soul brother beats of the legendary Pete Rock, Skyzoo delivered a full-length dedication to NYC, adding to his already impeccable catalogue of album projects.

Smif-N-Wessun – “The All” (DuckDownMusic.Com) – Bucktown’s Tek and Steele succeeded in releasing an album that was rooted in their mid-90s Timberlands-and-hoodies flavour whilst still reflecting the personal growth and present day perspectives of the Duck Down duo. Production from Jamla’s 9th Wonder-led Soul Council squad provided the project’s melodic thump, effectively complimenting the BK pair’s tag-team rude-bwoy rhymes, with the end result respectfully adding on to Smif-N-Wessun’s twenty-five year legacy.

Ketch P – “Gift Certificate” (KetchP.BandCamp.Com) – Veteran Detroit emcee and Street Justice member Ketch P returned from a six-year hiatus to deliver this free project, which was an extremely generous gesture considering the high quality of the material included here. Showcasing a strong pen game and an authoritative flow, the Middle Finger Music affiliate got busy over a strong selection of soulful boom-bap from the likes of Simple Cuts, Foul Mouth and Chanes.

Verb T & Pitch 92 – “A Question Of Time” (HighFocus.BandCamp.Com) – Following up their  quality 2017 collabo album “Good Evening”, London lyricist Verb T and Manchester music man Pitch 92 joined forces once again for this equally dope project. An accomplished writer and one of UK Hip-Hop’s most consistent artists, Verb T once again successfully allowed the listener to see the world through his eyes, with the rapper’s introspective rhymes being complimented by the talented Pitch’s dynamic production.

Flashius Clayton & DirtyDiggs – “Fronto Fever Dreams” (FlashiusClayton.BandCamp.Com) – This heavily-anticipated project from Knuckle Sandwich Deli representative Flashius Clayton definitely didn’t disappoint, with the Cali emcee dropping razor-sharp rhymes over the dusty-fingered, sample-based soundscapes of DirtyDiggs, joined by the likes of Planet Asia, Lisaan’dro and AA Rashid – guard ya grill!

Brother Ali – “Secrets & Escapes” (BrotherAli.BandCamp.Com) – The mighty Brother Ali made a welcome return with this Evidence-produced collection of masterful, worldly lyricism and stripped-down beats, recorded over a few spontaneous sessions in a California garage studio during visits the Minneapolis emcee made to see the Dilated Peoples member.

Sparkplug – “The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth” (ColdCaseRecords.BandCamp.Com) – This full-length effort from Leeds-based emcee Sparkplug offered listeners an honest look into the life of an individual navigating his way through the everyday struggles of the human experience, embracing the small wins, owning personal shortcomings, dealing with disappointment and facing reality head-on with a self-deprecating sense of humour and a talent for sharp punchlines.

Part Three coming soon.

 

New Joint – Professor Daddy-O / Smif-N-Wessun

Professor Daddy-O ft. Smif-N-Wessun – “Part Uv Da Plan” (@ProfessorDaddyO / 2019)

Cautionary rhymes from the Stetsasonic legend’s recent album “From My Hood 2 U”.

New Joint – Tek

Tek – “Eastside” (@TekSmokeeLah / 2019)

Hypnotic head-nod music from the Brooklyn emcee’s recent solo project “The Lost G-Mixes”.

New Joint – Smif-N-Wessun x dFonk

Smif-N-Wessun x dFonk – “IMOM (In Memory Of Marvin)” (@deFonktionoaris / 2019)

Tek and Steele bless some smooth, horn-laced Belgian beats with their trademark Bucktown flows on this tribute to the late, great Marvin Gaye.

New Joint – Smif-N-Wessun x dFonk

Smif-N-Wessun x dFonk – “IMOM (In Memory Of Marvin)” (@deFonktionoaris / 2019)

Belgian producer dFonk teams-up with Brooklyn’s Tek and Steele for this smooth, horn-laced nod to the legendary Marvin Gaye.

New Joint – Smif N Wessun / Musiq Soulchild

Smif N Wessun ft Musiq Soulchild – “Ocean Drive” (@DuckDownMusic / 2019)

Produced by Khrysis and taken from Tek and Steele’s recently-released album “The All”.

New Joint – Smif N Wessun

Smif N Wessun – “Stahfallah” (@DuckDownMusic / 2019)

Taken from the Bucktown duo’s new album “The All” produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council.

New Joint – Smif N Wessun / Musiq Soulchild / Rapsody

Smif N Wessun ft. Musiq Soulchild & Rapsody – “Ocean Drive” (@DuckDownMusic / 2019)

Smoothed-out head-nodder from the Bucktown duo off their forthcoming album “The All” produced by 9th Wonder & The Soul Council.

 

New Joint – Smif N Wessun

Smif N Wessun – “Testify” (@DuckDownMusic / 2019)

Taken from the Crooklyn duo’s forthcoming album “The All” produced by 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.

New Joint – Smif N Wessun

Smif N Wessun – “Let It Go” (@DuckDownMusic / 2018)

The Bucktown duo take to the streets in the visuals for this 9th Wonder-produced single from their forthcoming album “The All”.

New Joint – Masta Ace & Marco Polo / Smif-N-Wessun

Masta Ace & Marco Polo ft. Smif-N-Wessun – Breukelen “Brooklyn” (@MastaAce / 2018)

One of the most consistent emcees of all-time, living legend Masta Ace drops a dedication to BK as the first single from his forthcoming Marco Polo-produced album “A Breukelen Story”.

New Joint – Smif-N-Wessun

Smif-N-Wessun – “Let It Go” (@DuckDownMusic / 2018)

9th Wonder-produced head-nodder from the Crooklyn duo’s forthcoming album “The All”.

New Joint – Tek

Tek – “Skin On Trial” (@TekSmokeeLah / 2017)

The Smif-N-Wessun emcee couples social commentary with hard-hitting images.

Built To Last Mix Stream – Smif-N-Wessun / Concu Pour Durer

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Dope mix of gritty Bucktown beats and rhymes, plus the samples that inspired them, courtesy of France’s ConcuPourDurer.Com.

New Joint – TNT (Timbo King / Tek)

TNT – “Brooklyn Bridge” (@TimboKing1 / @TekSmokeeLah / 2016)

Gritty Rotten Apple dopeness from the Wu-Tang / Smif-N-Wessun representatives.

New Joint – V. Nova / Smif-N-Wessun

V. Nova ft. Smif-N-Wessun – “Abstract Art” (@Mr_VNova / 2014)

The Brooklyn emcee joins forces with fellow Bucktown representatives Tek and Steele to “take it back to the block party era” off his “Hidden In Plain Sight 3: The New Commission” project.

New Joint – Krazy Drayz / Smif-N-Wessun

Krazy Drayz ft. Smif-N-Wessun & DJ Rondevu – “Rude Boy” (@KrazyDrayz / 2014)

Taken from the Das EFX member’s solo album “Showtime”.

New Joint – Joox / Tek

Joox ft. Tek – “Green Light” (@TheRealEJoox / 2014)

The Bronx artist teams-up with Smif-N-Wessun’s Smokee Lah for this Mudd Buddah-produced track.