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Oddisee: The Beauty In All

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Just from the title, The Beauty In All, I knew I’d be in favor of Oddisee’s latest instrumental album. Oddisee is known for his ability to tell a story and evoke emotion with each sample or key he picks, so I was looking forward to hearing how he would exhibit ‘the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth’ [Oddisee]. The album kicks off with the cinematic ‘After Thoughts’ track where Oddisee’s choice in quick roll piano notes and eerie synthesizer sounds sucks you right into his world leaving behind any sort of reluctance you had to follow this musical voyage. From that piece I expected to be on a futuristic ride the whole record but there was a surprising amount of throwback samples like the highly recognizable sample from The Stylistics ‘Hurry Up This Way Again’ that Jay-Z used in ‘Politics As Usual’. I’m usually a fan of sampling but I feel that in this context some of Oddisee’s choices lacked stealth and broke me away from that universe he had initially created. I was too caught up trying to identify where the samples were coming from. It wasn’t until the 8th Track, ‘Caprice Down’, that I was able to let my mind ride with the beats again. If we are just talking production quality, this album is another one of Oddisee’s best but in terms of the concept it lost some of it’s depth as the tracks progressed. With such a great idea at hand I expected more from Oddisee.

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Damian Lillard Illest splitter in the NBA

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Portland Trail Blazers killed all the rumors about who is the best ill splitter in the league by dropping a mean freestyle (not off the dome) to a classic beat during his recent visit with “Sway in the Morning” at the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City.

“Gridin in the gym / So I can live through the recession”

“I tried to y’all” – Damian Lillard

What did y’all think of the DAME’s lyric’s?

 

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Toronto Hip-Hop artist C Black drops Cory Joseph Anthem

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There’s no doubt hip-hop and basketball go hand in hand like a sweet alley-oop. We already know “Rappers want to be Ballers”, and “Ballers want to be rappers.”

Over the years we’ve seen the likes of many mainstream NBA players attempt and fail to generate any buzz with their rap careers, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Chris Webber all dropped singles that flopped and eventually ending their childhood ambitions of wanting to be the next Nas or Jay-Z.

With the growth of Canadian Basketball, also comes the growth of Canadian Hip-Hop.

Luckily for Pickering, Ontario native Cory Joseph he has no ambitions of dropping an single or an album, at least not that we know of. Instead, Coryjo, the NBA would rather let Toronto artist C Black let you know what’s up and what’s really good!

“You on that Steve Nash, we on that #CoryJo, he grew-up and blew up, now that’s how the story go!”

Respect to 2014 NBA Champion Cory Joseph  and Major Oaks and Pepperwood! 905 coming strong!

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Foreign Exchange: Love In Flying Colors

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I know, I’m mad late on The Foreign Exchange. I was only introduced to this duo, Phonte (Rapper/Singer) and Nicolay (Producer), in the past few months by their new album Love In Flying Colors. I’ve been following Phonte as a rapper for a while now so I’m not sure how this missed my radar but I’m glad I picked up on it now because it showcases a whole other side of his talent that I never knew. Though people tend to categorize The Foreign Exchange as a Hip-Hop duo, there is very little Hip-Hop on this new album, except for maybe that quick 8-bar in ‘Right After Midnight’. Love In Flying Colors exposes much more of an Experimental Jazz and RnB essence, where much of the focus is on the production and melody. Phonte’s singing voice, unsurprisingly, has just as much flow as his rapping, and with the attenuation of words, his rich voice lingers pleasantly on the beat. As for Nicolay’s production, each track is crafted with intricate layering that is built together seamlessly so that our ears explore different musical perspectives without feeling overwhelmed. The album has elements from Hip Hop, House, Jazz and more, yet it never feels like it steers from it’s unique sound. For those who’ve been following The Foreign Exchange for a while, this album may be a little more experimental and jazzy than you would have expected but as a new listener, it got me hooked.

Label: +FE Music

 

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