Archive for Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc Talks About The “Very First Time”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , on Friday, September 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is another track from the multi-talented Aloe Blacc. This time the track is called “Very First Time”, and he also produced the beat for this track. From what I read a while back, Aloe is working on a lot of new material right now. He will be putting out his own solo album, and he will be releasing another album with Exile (as Emanon) sometime in the future. Don’t sleep on this guy.

Download: Aloe Blacc, “Very First Time” (Prod. By Aloe Blacc)

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Fashawn, Boy Meets World (Artwork & Tracklisting)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Friday, September 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here’s an album that is way off of the hype meter for me. October 20th can not come soon enough. As I’ve mentioned at least 15 times, Fashawn’s album Boy Meets World comes out next month. Chances are, it is going to be one of the best debuts I’ve ever heard. The album is produced entirely by Exile, and it features Evidence, Blu, Aloe Blacc and more. Make sure you go out and cop this album. Support real Hip-Hop. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading

Aloe Blacc Talks About “Houston”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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If you haven’t heard of Aloe Blacc or Emanon, you should feel ashamed of yourself. According to 2DopeBoyz, Aloe Blacc & Exile (Emanon) will be putting out a new album. If you haven’t heard any of Emanon’s prior work, I suggest that you go out and get yourself acquainted. On a separate note, Aloe Blacc is one of the most talented guys you will ever listen to. He sings and raps, much like Phonte of Little Brother. On this track, “Houston”, you will actually hear Aloe sing and rhyme. Definitely something I can say I am looking forward to.

Download: Aloe Blacc, “Houston” (Prod. By Exile Aloe Blacc)

Album Review: Evidence, The LAyover EP

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Tim Althaus

the-layover-epWhat can I say? You people that have been reading this blog, have been listening to me blabber about Evidence from day one. The LAyover EP drops today and suffice to say I already have my copy. I will also say that it’s only 10 tracks long and it might be the best money you will have spent all year on music. This EP is so sound that I can’t find one adjective to describe it (perfect is at the tip of my tongue). Evidence has been single-handedly taking over the Hip-Hop game (with the occasional nod from Alchemist) the last two years and this EP is a perfect example. I also want to say that in the last year we have been hearing a lot of Hip-Hop groups that we all love going towards a very electronic feel (not that it’s bad, but everyone is doing it), and EV sticks to the traditional Hip-Hop sound (samples and straight boom bap) for the most part on this EP (there are 2 tracks that are synth heavy).

The EP starts out with”The LAyover” which was produced by North Carolina beast Khrysis. The beat has a very mysterious and eerie loom to it, but it fits EV just fine as he describes what it’s like to experience a layover on a flight at LAX. “For Whom The Bell Tolls” to some may be one of the top highlights of the album, which features LA native Blu, and North Carolina native Phonte (of Little Brother) and produced by Khrysis. All 3 emcees spit 16 bars of inferno and Khrysis’s beat might actually make you think death himself is coming for you. “So Fresh” is in my opinion maybe one of the best beats on the album, the guitar loop is groovy as fuck and I also think this track serves as a great first track for Step Brothers. “The Far Left” has one of the most bangin’ beats on the album, the shit’s hard as hell (straight head nodder) and Alchemist, Fashawn & Evidence tear the beat apart. The thing that I find impressive about this EP is that I did hear a majority of the tracks before they came out, but there are three tracks of this album that serve to me as the definitive moments. “Rain or Shine” is a great track with a very soulful beat and Evidence rhyming by himself. DJ Babu‘s cuts are impeccable and the samples on this track are beautiful. To me “To Be Determined” is the EP’s shining gem. When I heard that Elzhi and EV were going to be on the same track I flipped my shit, and the result is pure magic. EV and Elzhi spit bars of fire and Aloe Blacc adds a great deal to this track as well with 16 bars of blackout material. If “To Be Determined” wasn’t on this EP “Cold Weather” would surely be the highlight of this album. Evidence takes on this track by himself and rolls smoothly over the beat and beautiful piano loop: “As of late these mics don’t reach too far/ so I kill each bar like it’s Flashing Lights“.

In conclusion this EP is as close to perfect as you can get. This is more than just an EP, it’s a testament that Evidence is going to be doing some huge things. If you slept on The Weatherman LP, you sure as hell don’t want to sleep on this shit, you will be making a huge mistake. Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of the top 3 releases of 2008 folks, you’ve got my word on that.

10/10