Posts By Ken Glauber

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Homeboy Sandman – All That I Hold Dear

Homeboy Sandman - All That I Hold Dear Stones Throw: 2013 Pairing up was all the rage in the late ’80s/early ’90s. There was Guru and DJ Premier, C.L. Smooth and Pete Rock, Eric B and Rakim, etc… The rapper/producer dynamic…

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Interview: Pete Rocks Speaks On Working With Camp Lo, Chilling With J Dilla and Creating “T.R.O.Y.”

It’s pretty tough to call up Pete Rock, a man that I’ve idolized since I was 16, and keep my pants dry. It is easy to see Pete Rock’s greatness. Turns out it’s easy to hear it too. The guy…

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Wale – The Gifted

Wale - The Gifted Maybach Music Group: 2013 Summer releases are generally saved for big acts like Kanye and Jay-Z, so it’s nice to see Wale in the mix of big commercial artists getting big release dates.  Thank goodness he lives up…

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J. Cole – Born Sinner

J. Cole – Born Sinner Roc Nation: 2013 You know the ironic sincerity of clichés? Like how you can’t take an expression seriously because of how overused it is, but there must be a reason it became so clichéd and…

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Aceyalone – Leanin’ On Slick

Aceyalone - Leanin’ On Slick Decon: 2013 The first track off of Aceyalone’s new album, Leanin’ On Slick, is called “30 And Up.” Thanks to Aceyalone for explaining the audience for this album straight away. This album is not for hysterical…

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CX KiDTRONiK – KRAK ATTACK 2: BALLAD OF ELLI SKIFF

CX KiDTRONiK - KRAK ATTACK 2: BALLAD OF ELLI SKIFF Stones Throw: 2013 Some rappers like to smoke, some like to drink, some like to lean, yet CX KIDTRONIK is all about that crack; butt crack that is. Five tracks on…

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Nametag & Nameless – For Namesake

Nametag & Nameless – For Namesake Brick Records: 2013 There are plenty of ways to make messy sound good. Record labels like Stones Throw, Warp, and Brainfeeder have made it their trademark to boast rhythmically challenging beats, but there is…

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Homeboy Sandman – Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent

Homeboy Sandman - Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent Stones Throw: 2013 Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent, Sandman’s new release with producer El RTNC, celebrates the format and original purpose of the EP. There are no singular tracks that stick out as much better…

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Papoose – The Nacirema Dream

Papoose - The Nacirema Dream Fontana: 2013 This album’s history is so pregnant with delays and label interference that at the end of the day, you just have to be thankful that it didn’t turn out like Lupe Fiasco’s LASERS.  The fact that The…

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Blu, MED & Madlib – The Burgundy EP

Blu, MED & Madlib - The Burgundy EP Bang Ya Head: 2013 It takes a lot to make Blu drop the ball on a release. This is not one of those releases. The man/color seems very comfortable in his place in…