RZA has helmed a cohesive, equally cinematic collection of music that stands on its own and respects the art of sequencing.
From the hilarious to the dry, Nardwuar The Human Serviette gets reactions out of rappers like nobody else can. From Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z to MGK and Krizz Kaliko, we revisited some of our favorites.
Musical movements happening in New Jersey, Alabama and Kentucky are creating powerful and informed production in the 2011 work of Cunninlynguists, G-Side and Lil B.
Thankfully the clunkiest part of the album's wordplay is its title as The Burnout Brothers include the strongest tracks from their 2009 EP.
Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is a throwback to the days when the Beastie Boys ruled New York.
While the beats all seem to come from the same cinematic place, the disparity between the emcees on Can You Dig It? is where the album falters.
If Serge ever needs an elevator pitch to sum himself up he can lift it straight from one of his track titles: "Classic But So New".
From Keith's hiccups arrive great material thereafter, like the Legend Of Tashan Dorrsett - all remixes but enough revamped "newness" to satiate the Keith Kult.
"The big letdown that is The Meaning and The Definition isn't due to an artist who can't prove he's talented but rather an artist who deserves better."
While Freestyle Fellowship's Myka 9 and Project Blowed affiliate Medusa check in, this is still a Punk project at its core.
This is a mixtape for Hip Hop heads who stayed up to listen to Stretch & Bobbito; who still reach for The Beatnuts and Violent By Design before Plies and Gucci.
Doe or Die's genius lies in AZ's abilities as a rhymer. He had a nimble style that never forgot about substance. He sounded hungry but always landed gracefully.
As U Were fails as both an exercise in Electro-nostalgia and as a stylistic departure who's proven style is so inherently unique.
The Cunninlynguists producer/sometimes emcee delivers his solo debut, but although the production is groundbreaking, do the rhymes totally measure up?
G.U.R.U. has also just caused a permanent smudge at the 20 second mark of Nas' "Where Are The Now?" where he links the question with Group Home's legacy.
Unfortunately, the attempt at fusion on Record Collection just comes across as tired, despite involvement from Ghostface Killah, Q-Tip and D'Angelo.
Strange Music's Krizz talks about why he's several performers in one, and the creative liberties encouraged at Tech N9ne's Strange label.
What's refreshing about DJ Muggs production is that it always rocks, in other words it always sounds human.
Not only did Don make beats for Ultramagnetic MC's and Mobb Deep, but he also joined the exclusive ranks of emcee/producers whose skills in one area weren't completely dwarfed by the other.
DX looks at songs involving Ice-T, R.A. The Rugged Man, Afrika Bambaataa and Dr. Octagon-meeting Bad Brains, Pushead and The Ramones explain this long-standing mutual respect between two genres.