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Common – Celebrate

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A new track from Common off of his upcoming album, The Dreamer/The Believer.  I’m excited.

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Stream the new Reflection Eternal Album

As we mentioned previously, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have reunited as Reflection Eternal and released a new album titled Revolutions Per Minute.

I’ve been pretty critical of Kweli over the last couple of years, and that’s not exactly the fairest journalism around.  It’s likely I’m too tainted by the greatness from the Black Star or the first Reflection Eternal albums to truly appreciate his more contemporary work.

Still, I’ve got high hopes for this new album.  The great thing is that you can stream the album for free from Entertainment Weekly.  I don’t know how long the album will remain up online, so check it out as soon as you can.

As for the tracklist, while I’m not a fan of City Playgrounds, I do think Back Again is a bit more classic Kweli.  However, Strangers may run away with the album.  Either that or Just Begun.

The best part about this disc is the variety of styles the duo uses.  There’s some old gospel-sounding samples that sneak in (In this World), and a couple of tracks hit you with the traditional ballad hooks (Ballad of Black Gold).  A few of them hit you in the face with a hard beat (So Good), or are covered with a gritty phone filter (Get Loose).

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Stream Shad’s new Album

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Spinner magazine has Shad’s new album TSOL streaming in its full glory.

Check it out here.

It’s neat that each track has a little commentary by Shad himself talking about where each came from and what it was all about.

This album is going to be great when it lands at the end of May.  Of course it’s already leaked, but I strongly suggest you wait for the purchase.  But now you have a legal way to stream it and check it out ahead of time!

Plus, Shad’s touring as we speak and will be passing through your neck of the woods pretty soon.  I’m sure you want to know the new material before you see him live!

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Mr. Lif drops new album…one track at a time

In order to drop some real time knowledge on the masses, venerable alterna-hip hop emcee Mr. Lif has come up with a new way to produce his album.

Pitchfork Media is reporting that he wants to respond to current events as they happen, so he’s going to make and release a new single (or two) every three weeks until the election happens, then he’ll make one more responding to the election itself.

Bonus points for his creativity, but things like this are always tenuous.  They’re also dated as soon as you make them.  Five years from now, I can still see cats going out and buying a timeless album (Midnight Marauders, maybe?), but I’m not so sure that Mr. Lif will find that much of a market for his 2008 US Election album.

But then again, maybe that’s just me.

Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think.

[Source: Pitchfork]

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Timbaland producing new Jay-Z album

Timbaland (the producer who can do no wrong)  is reportedly producing Jay-Z’s new album.  Not that Jay-Z seems to need the help producing an insanely popular record, but I think having Tim behind your beats pretty much ensures it goes platinum several times over.

The last time these cats got together to make a track they ended up with Big Pimpin.  Not even one of my favourite tracks, but one that was a huge commercial success.

I think Timbaland’s severely unrerrated.  Not to say that people don’t recognize his actual beat-making talent, but that people don’t understand just how much of a starmaker he is.  Singlehandedly, he can make someone a success somehow.  He’s done it over and over again for everyone from Nelly Furtado to Keri Wilson (the girl from The Way I Are).

[Source: Pitchfork]