May 03

David Chesky – Rap Symphony (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:04 minutes | 458 MB | Genre: Classical, Jazz, Hip-Hop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

David Chesky’s Rap Symphony is about a transitional society, a society that is shifting from the word to the image. Our civilization once used to believe in depth and reading and art; now abstract thought is changing into a simplistic, superficial society where one is consumed with the quick Starbucks or Twitter fix. It’s all lightness of being today. We don’t celebrate anticipation anymore, people don’t want to put the time in. This symphony is about the collapse of that whole ethos.

The phrase in the lyrics that says ‘kill the philharmonic’ doesn’t mean that literally. It’s a metaphor for a society that has no use for the philharmonic. We’re losing these things. Pretty soon John Coltrane and Miles Davis, along with all jazz and classic music, will become museum pieces. We used to have a culture that cherished these, but in a super simplistic society, there’s just no room for them.

Tracklist:
01 – Rap Symphony
02 – Street Beats
03 – Central Park Dances: Dance No.1
04 – Central Park Dances: Dance No.2
05 – Central Park Dances: Dance No.3

Produced by David Chesky.
Recorded January 2014 in New York, NY.
Mixing and mastering engineer: Alex Sterling.

Musicians:
David Chesky with Orchestra of the 21st Century
with: Mike Two – rapper / Leber – rapper

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Apr 23

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:00:27 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: Hip-Hop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Epic Records

After 18 years, A Tribe Called Quest is back with their final album We got it from Here… Thank You 4 your service. Featuring original members and special guests.

It seemed like the story of A Tribe Called Quest ended with the sad passing of original member Phife in early 2016. It began with their glory days as one of hip-hop’s greatest acts to years of sometimes bitter estrangement, then hit a high point with the group coming together in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm. They had a surprise up their sleeve, though. On the night they performed on The Tonight Show, the four original members of the Tribe decided the time was right to hit the studio and make a new album. Repairing relationships was the first step and once that happened, the group (minus Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who was in Los Angeles working on the music to Luke Cage) holed up in Q-Tip’s home studio and started working on their comeback, We Got It frrom Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. Q-Tip held down the producer’s chair with a mad scientist’s flair, searching near and far through his record collection for inspiration. Tip, Phife, and Jarobi brought rhymes that sounded like they’d been sealed up since the early ’90s, then broken open and served fresh. Old collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence dropped by to add their skills and energy; new artists like Kendrick Lamar and Anderson Paak, who grew up on the Tribe, dropped by to add verses, and some big names like Andre 3000 and Kanye West jumped in feet first, especially Andre, whose rapid-fire verses with Q-Tip on “Kids” provide one of the record’s highlights. Jack White adds some of his guitar heroics on a few tracks and Elton John makes a cameo as well, singing the hook of the very odd “Solid Wall of Sound.”

The sheer number of guests, the long wait since their last album, the shifting tides of hip hop — all these factors could have led to We Got It being a disappointment. Amazingly, it turns out to be almost the exact opposite. Thanks to Q-Tip’s visionary and pleasingly weird production, which draws from golden age hip-hop, old-school jazz, odd samples, dub reggae, and interplanetary electro, the fact the neither he nor Phife have lost even a small percentage of a step, and the seamlessly integrated contributions from the guests (especially Paak on “Moving Backwards”), the album is vibrant, intense, and alive. The group sound like they’re having a blast on party songs like “The Donald” or the buoyant “Dis Generation,” get mad as hell on tracks like “Space Program” and “We the People,” and generally come off like they’re still the greatest. This is no nostalgia trip or callous comeback. It’s a giant exclamation point on the end of a brilliant career. It’s also a tribute to the everyman genius of Phife, a widescreen look at the record-making skills of Q-Tip, and most importantly, it’s a pure, undiluted, joyous thrill to have the Tribe back and still sounding this vital. ~~ AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra

Tracklist:

01. The Space Program
02. We The People….
03. Whateva Will Be
04. Solid Wall of Sound (feat Busta Rhymes)
05. Dis Generation (feat Busta Rhymes)
06. Kids… (feat André 3000)
07. Melatonin
08. Enough!!
09. Mobius (feat. Consequence and Busta Rhymes)
10. Black Spasmodic
11. The Killing Season (feat. Kanye West and Talib Kweli)
12. Lost Somebody
13. Movin’ Backwards (feat Anderson .Paak)
14. Conrad Tokyo (feat Kendrick Lamar)
15. Ego
16. The Donald

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