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52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2013 (Part Four) – Verb T / Ghostface Killah / Ugly Heroes etc.

Verb T – “I Remain” (High Focus Records) – The UK lyricist reconfirmed his status as one of the most consistent talents to be found within the British Hip-Hop scene with this impressive self-produced project. Mixing the mundane grind of daily life with a creative imagination, “I Remain” offered another vivid look into the world of Verb T.

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Ka – “The Night’s Gambit” (BrownsvilleKa.Com) – Painting more detailed images of NYC’s darkside, Brooklyn’s Ka dropped another understated opus of haunting brilliance that stayed with the listener long after the final track faded into silence.

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CM Jones – “Perfect Hand Off” (Ascetic Music) – With the power of technology at their disposal, French producer Creestal and New Jersey-based emcee MoShadee didn’t let thousands of miles prevent them from building a musical chemistry that ensured this multi-layered mix of soul, jazz and boom-bap sounded like it had been recorded by a pair of Hip-Hop heads who’d known each other since childhood.

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Hannibal Stax & Marco Polo – “Seize The Day” (Soulspazm Records) – As one of the most recognisable voices of the Gang Starr Foundation, the debut album of Crooklyn lyricist Stax might have been years in the making, but it definitely arrived right on time. Backed by the thunderous, neck-snapping beats of Marco Polo, Hannibal took it back to a time in Hip-Hop when gimmicks were frowned upon and emcees relied purely on skills and mic presence to keep a listener’s attention. Brooklyn’s in the house!

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Cyrus Malachi – “Black Athena” (First Son Records) – The Triple Darkness emcee continued to build on his brand of intricately written, mind-expanding Hip-Hop with this latest collection of intense bangers produced by the likes of 7th Dan and HellzEcho that could shake the foundations of the pyramids.

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Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “12 Reasons To Die” (Soul Temple Music) – Backed by the soulful live instrumentation of Adrian Younge, the Wally Champ dove headfirst into this brilliantly-executed cinematic concept album based on an outlandish plot that made the average kung-fu flick seem straight forward.  Joined by Wu swordsmen such as Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna and Masta Killa, Ghostface navigated his way through betrayal, love and murder in this musical martial arts thriller.

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Ugly Heroes – “Ugly Heroes” (Mello Music Group) – Comprised of producer Apollo Brown alongside emcees Verbal Kent and Red Pill, Ugly Heroes provided a poignant soundtrack for people everywhere pushing their way through the everyday struggle, dealing with the pressures of day-jobs, family responsibilities and the unexpected knockout blows thrown by life. One of the year’s most sincere and heartfelt albums.

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7 G.E.M.S. – “Golden Era Music Sciences” (Ill Adrenaline Records) – Massachusetts-based Tragic Allies members Purpose, Estee Nack and Code Nine joined forces with Queensbridge legend Tragedy Khadafi for this collabo project that was best described by its own title. Full of rugged, boom-bap beats and street-influenced god-body lyricism, “Golden Era Music Sciences” combined all of the correct elements from Hip-Hop’s periodic table for this true-school experiment.

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Jack Diggs – “Dirty Finger Nails” (Revorg Records) – Deeply autobiographical and sublimely produced, TPS Fam member Diggs dug into his personal history as well as his record crates on this quality album which showcased the talents of an individual who clearly lives, breathes and sleeps the culture of Hip-Hop.

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The Mouse Outfit – “Escape Music” (TheMouseOutfit.Com) – The Manchester-based crew of live musicians, deejays and emcees offered listeners a diverse melting pot of musical styles on this infectious album covering Hip-Hop, reggae, jazz and soul in the process. Highlighting the distinct lyrical flavour of veteran UK emcee Dr Syntax whilst introducing the likes of Sparkz and Black Josh to a wider audience, “Escape Music” was honest music made for all the right reasons.

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Check Part One, Part TwoPart Three and Part Five.

New Joint – U-God

U-God – “Skyscraper” (Soul Temple Music / 2013)

Taken from the Wu-Tang member’s new solo album “The Keynote Speaker”.

The Keynote Speaker Album Sampler – U-God

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Original Wu-Tang swordsman U-God is preparing to drop a new solo album in July featuring Method Man, The GZA, Kool Keith and more – listen to the sampler here.

New Joint – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – “Rise Of The Ghostface Killah” (Soul Temple Music / 2013)

70s-style visuals from the Iron Man’s dope new project “Twelve Reasons To Die”.

New Joint – Ghostface Killah

Ghostface Killah – “Rise Of The Black Suits” (Soul Temple Music / 2013)

Taken from the alternative Apollo Brown-produced cassette-only version of the Wally Champ’s new project “Twelve Reasons To Die”.

Twelve Reasons To Die – The Brown Tape Album Sampler – Ghostface Killah / Apollo Brown

In conjunction with RecordStoreDay.Com, Soul Temple Music will be releasing a limited edition cassette-only version of Ghostface’s upcoming “Twelve Reasons To Die” album which will swap Adrian Younge’s original soundscapes for the production of Detroit’s Apollo Brown.

New Joint – Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge / Inspectah Deck / U-God etc.

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge ft. Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa & Killa Sin – “Murder Spree” (Soul Temple Music / 2013)

More sonic criminology from the forthcoming album “Twelve Reasons To Die”.