Slept-On But Very Dope Hip Hop Songs From The Week Of 8/8/2011

Three songs from several former Jay-Z and Kanye West collaborators, yet none of the tracks are from "Watch The Throne," as some pretty interesting other singles dropped this week, two with videos.

Contrary to what Twitter and passing cars may suggest, more than one album came out this week. And yes, while Jay and 'Ye did the damn thing, some pretty amazing songs dropped too, some from some former collaborators of the Roc-A-Fella pair. One of these artists worked on Jay-Z's break-from-retirement album, while another earned a Grammy Award on Kanye West's debut album. Times may have changed, but the quality of songs sure hasn't. Pay attention and homage.

Showbiz & A.G. - "Suspended Animation"

Released late last week, D.I.T.C. fans, ourselves included, rejoiced at this reunion. Bronx, New York's Show & A are reportedly coming back with an album of the same name. Both artists have experimented with their sound on solo work in the last several years, so this hones things back wonderfully. Here, you can hear A.G.'s strong lyrical influence on a newer class of emcees, including in this week's round-up. Meanwhile, Show's chopping skills come back strong with a loop at the chorus, and slices through the verses. If you like this and you've never heard Goodfellas or Runaway Slave, now would be the time to pull out your credit card.

Listen to "Suspended Animation" by Showbiz & A.G.

Evidence featuring Fashawn - "Same Folks"

This week Jay-Z and Kanye West's lock and key strategy for Watch The Throne worked. Limited to iTunes, there were no unsanctioned leaks prior to the digital drop and the eventual Best Buy exclusive (pushing Mom & Pop record stores into the cold). So perhaps it was fitting that Evidence of Dilated Peoples, another veteran in his own right, took an entirely opposite - and more inclusive - route when it came to giving the streets (literally) a taste of his eagerly awaited Cats & Dogs album. For his "Same Folks" video, Ev and featured guest Fashawn, took a trip back to the days when hungry up-and-comers would burn CDs, rig a crude listening station (a/k/a Discman and headphones) and set up camp in high foot traffic areas to hustle their music. "Same Folks" features "regular folks" vibing on - or taking a pass on - the bonus track from September's Cats & Dogs. Now all this wouldn't mean a thing if the song was a snooze. Thankfully "Same Folks" is a perfect example of how to use Soul samples to build a track that breathes as Ev and Fashawn completely relaxed, neither stepping on the others toes, bounce back and forth waxing nostalgic on simple pleasures from a  simpler time. But what's really refreshing is that through it all they make being older and wiser look like a lot of fun.

Listen to "Same Folks" by Evidence featuring Fashawn

Self Scientific - "God's Language"

With all the success DJ Khalil is having with Bad Meets Evil, Game and Raekwon, it's great to see him back with his partner Chace Infinite. Self Scientific has been quiet for the last five years, primarily doing feature, compilation and mixtape work. Backed by an amazing video, "God's Language" brings the duo back to the epicenter of hard rhymes, ghetto truth amidst global commentary. With all the recent headlines and stalemates in the legislative branches, Chace's rhymes are heartfelt when he says "The government doesn't love us." From the Trials of The Black-Hearted freeEP, this video belongs on something retail, as we supported and still play 2005's Change regularly.


Check out last week's Slept-On But Very Dope Hip Hop Songs.


  • Anonymous

    i was expecting to see some beyonce, pitbull or jayz bullshit so im surprised but your forgetting one thing THIS JBIRD BITCH get me on there playaz dont make me call up puff diddy and get signed to bad boys

  • Kate Travis

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  • Salaam

    That Evidence/Fashawn video is just a damn good time. If the 4 minute mark doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will

  • Anonymous

    Most slept on album of the week. THURZ. LA RIOT ALBUM.

  • MurksYourHeroes

    You forgot about The Doppelgangaz "Doppel Gospel"... or any of the other ridiculously dope songs from that whole slept-on album.

  • For The Record...

    Let it be known that I fucks with the D-to-the-ilated. Cats & Dogs!

    • calibeatbox420

      Same here homey.....That video is so ill...Venice Beach is filled with a bunch of blue collar emcees....and when I say that Im referring to way these dudes grind. They will damn near chase you down the beach so you can hear them spit. This is why I love Cali, damn I wish I was there when they were filming that.

  • Jansport

    Show & A.G. never gets enough credit. That reunion excites me. A.G.'s first two solo albums were cool, but that Godsville shit let me down. Really fucking with this SC video too.

  • Teletran1

    The Show and AG joint is hot.

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