OH NO...IT'S HIM AGAIN!
Talk about music running in the family! Producer/Rapper Oh No has managed to make a name for himself, even though his big brother is none other than Madlib The Bad Kid, and their father is the 70's soul singer Otis Jackson. Also, Oh No's uncle is Jon Faddis who is a world renowned jazz trumpeter. Knowing all of that it is obvious where Oh No gets his love for music. He started making beats seriously at the age of eleven, but his official debut was in 2004 with the release of the highly slept on album, "The Disrupt" on the Stones Throw Label. For those who don't know, Stones Throw is large on the underground hiphop scene for producing artists, images & music that deliberately goes against the grain of mainstream for the most part. With heavy hitters like Madlib, J Dilla (R.I.P), M.F. Doom and Peanut Butter Wolf on the label's roster, it's not difficult to understand why? Oh No is no amateur on the production tip either though! The two brothers (Madlib & Oh No) basically handle the majority of the production duties for the artists assigned to the Stones Throw label. Even with all of those duties over his head, Oh No still finds time to make music for himself as well. In 2006, Oh No released his second album entitled, "Exodus Into Unheard Rhythms." The most interesting thing about this project is that it's a concept album where he only uses Galt MacDermot 60's soul samples to make the beat for every song! Galt MacDermot is known for his unique R&B rhythms and Broadway melodies back in the late 60's. Oh No was actually able to make approximately 70 instrumentals using those samples, but what's a dope beat without lyrics? So, Oh No pitched the beats to the emcees in his network. Several artists like Buckshot, A.G., Planet Asia, Rascoe, Wordsworth, Posdnuos & LMNO blessed the tracks, which made for a solid album. If you are looking for something refreshing on the hiphop tip, give Oh No a try.
Many people say that "HIPHOP IS DEAD!" Nas even has an album supposedly dropping this year using that as the actual title? I'm here to say that it's just not true! There are two groups of music fans in my opinion. There are those fans that let radio & videos dictate what is hot in music for the moment, and then there are the rest of us who decide for ourselves. In my opinion, it's the radio listeners that feel hiphop has lost it's way. If all you are hearing is artists like Rick Ross, T.I., Young Jeezy, G-Unit & Chingy all day, everyday on the radio...I totally understand why you feel that way? I suggest that you make your way to the underground hiphop scene and get familiar with some new artists. You can't blame your lack of knowledge on your location either in 2006. The internet is overflowing with knowledge just waiting for you to tap into it, so take the plunge.
Where do you start? Good question! Luckily, that's what this site is all about, opening doors for you to walk through and explore further. I put a compilation together of some underground joints that I am feeling right now! I did this back in May too. I don't expect you to like them all the way that I do, but that's not really my main focus for posting compilations and mixes on this site. If you dig all of the music I post that's great, but if you only like few tracks then use those to open avenues to discover other unknown artists. For every artists that you know, there are atleast 20 others that are just as good or better that you don't know? Use this option to keep this music alive that some of you feel is dying a slow death, or has croaked already?
I present you with a DEFIBRILLATOR...(((CLEAR)))!!
ESSENCE OF THE UNDA 2
1))Ta Raach - Teenage Love
2))DJ Mitsu - Yeah Ya'll feat. Roddy Rod & Kev Brown
3))Defari - Peace & Gangsta
4))Boot Camp Clik - Yeah
5))Skyzoo & 9th Wonder - Live & Direct
6))Method Man - Somebody Done Fucked Up Now
7))J Dilla - Baby feat. Guilty Simpson & Madlib
8))Rhymefest - Steppers & Skaters
9))Oh No - Keep It Lit feat. MED & Wildchild
10)The Roots - Bread & Butter
11)Obie Trice - Cry Now
12)Exile - Newest Greatest
13)De La Soul - Wasn't For You
14)Jean Grae - Luv Song Mad
15)Little Brother - Back At It feat Cormega
16)Mr. Lif - Brothaz
17)J Dilla - Who Iz He feat. Ta Raach
18)Swollen Members - Swamp Water feat. Planet Asia & Phil Da Agony
19)Hi-Tek - Where It Started feat. Jadakiss, Papoose, Talib Kweli & Raekwon
20)Boss Hog Barbarians - Cocksucka
21)Lord Jamar - Advance The Game
GET THIS COMPILATION HERE!
If you missed the first "ESSENCE OF THE UNDA 1" mixx, you can get it HERE!
GET THE ESSENCE OF THE UNDA 1 TRACKLIST HERE!