Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Pack: Top Hip Hop Albums

1 - Billy Woods – History Will Absolve Me
Last: #5 in 2010 (Super Chron Flight Bros)
Video: Duck Hunt
Notes: Billy Woods may be today’s greatest MC at painting a world of vivid imagery filled with obscure pop culture references, historical footnotes, and conscious level lyrics.

2 - Sean Price – Mic Tyson
Last: #2 in 2007
Video: STFU Part 2
Notes: The Alchemist produced “STFU Part 2” on continuous loop would be the perfect theme music for a post- midnight session of mailbox baseball.

3 - Dinosaur Burps – Mother Nature Wants You Dead
Last: NA
Notes: West Virginia based crew blends hard hitting beats with lyrics about “beating off all in my Snuggie” and other gems. Rappers who don’t take themselves too serious, a novel concept in 2012.

4 - Masterminds – Giant Antlers
Last: NA
Notes: Alfred’s “some men just want to watch the world burn” quote from The Dark Knight perfectly sets off this gritty NYC crew’s offering, seamlessly blending into “The Invisible World.”

5 - Aesop Rock – Skelethon
Last: #1 in 2007
Notes: Hip Hop isn’t dead when you can make a track about a “Homemade Mummy.” “Take the brain out, leave the heart in, major take down, eat the porridge, take the brain out, leave the carcass.”

6 - Dark Time Sunshine – ANX
Last: #1 in 2010
Notes: I copped a signed physical copy of this release direct from front man (and one of the most underrated MCs in the game) Onry Ozzborn at their Boulder show. An added plus? He’s a Broncos fan.

7 - Oh No – Ohnomite
Last: NA
Video: 3 Dollars f/ MF Doom
Notes: Oh No again comes correct both behind the boards (where the samples from Dolemite set the album’s tone) and in front of the mic. Collabos with MF Doom, Erick Sermon, and more.

8 - Homeboy Sandman – First Of A Living Breed
Last: #2 in 2010
Notes: “Not Really” is the anti-swag of 2012: “It occurred to me one show/I’m on stage while used to be in the front row/That’s like a ten foot distance/It’s not a real big difference…”

9 - Gangrene – Vodka And Ayahuasca
Last: NA
Notes: Oh No and Alchemist team up and get a bit trippy on their second release, featuring heavy guitar loops and heavy beats. Prodigy, Roc Marciano, and Kool G Rap give up solid collabos.

10 - Typical Cats – 3
Last: NA
Video: The Crown
Notes: The Chicago based group returns with their trio of MCs: Qwel, Denizen Kane, and Qwazaar, who flip their tracks in the fashion of the multi-member crews of yesteryear.

Others Receiving Votes:

El-P – Cancer For Cure
Last: #6 in 2007
Notes: The rat/squirrel puppet on “The Full Retard” video may be the most creative and out the box puppet since the UMC’s Blue Cheese blob. A banner year for El-P headlined by this joint.

Odd Future – The OF Tape Vol 2
Last: NA
Video: Oldie
Notes: Strip away all the hipster, frat boy, and random weirdo fans, and Odd Future puts out quality and on point Hip Hop. Not to be fronted on is Earl Sweatshirt’s epic verse on “Oldie.”

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles - Kolexxxion
Last: NA
Video: More Levels
Notes: Combined 50 years in rap, Primo and Foxxx give exactly what you would expect: straight rhymes and boom bap beats. Bump is out for fake ass rhyming pus*ies, and he ain’t afraid to let em know.

Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Last: NA
Video: Big Beast f/ Bun B, TI, and Trouble
Notes: A meticulous mix of El-P’s trademarked production and Killer Mike’s southern flow, this record serves to remind us that the South ain’t all about trap houses and candy paint…but still is.

Roc Marciano – Reloaded
Last: #6 in 2010
Video: 76
Notes: Roc doesn’t need elaborate production or superstar cameos or even over the top marketing. He just gives the listener on point street driven rhymes.

GOING BACK: 2006 Best, 2007 Tops, 2008 Greats, 2009 Bangers, 2010 Damn That's Fresh, 2011 Dayuuuuuum


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas SG Style

Christmas is the SG House and with it comes the tree and all the trimmmings. Like many readers, one may wonder: "what is hanging on the SG Christmas Tree?"  Falling in line with the pillars we rep here, let's take a look...

-CU Ornaments: 15 - Yes, the number of ornaments on the tree outnumbers the wins by the football team over the last four seasons.

-Beer Ornaments: 5 - The favorite is El Boracho ornamnent, which is described as "Mexican or Chicano slang for a drunkard."  Si, pass mas cereveza...Feliz Navidad.

-Rockies Ornaments: 1 - There was two, but one broke over the long storage season.  Kind of like the actual team.

-Nuggets Ornaments: 1 - Surprisingly equal to the number of outside jumpers hit by the team last night.  However, there are a couple gifts wrapped in Nuggets' wrapping paper.  If only the team played that tight of defense.

-Broncos Ornaments: 2 - One of them is a John Elway figurine that is missing his right foot.  The since deceased cat bit it off some years ago.  Damn cat was always a Chargers fan.

-Hip Hop Ornaments: 0 - Always thought a Krylon can on top of the tree might be a nice touch

RELATED: De La Soul f/ Redman - "Oooooh" - ("all my goodies out from under the tree, except the CDs of shiny-suit rappers and flossin emcees who fail at takin it to rhyme degrees")

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dyme-A-Duzin - "Swank Sinatra"

No one really thought that this Dyme-A-Duzin joint with Joey Bada$$, Capital Steez, and CJ Fly would get past the Slushy Gutter eyes. Classic NY feel, precise lyrics, boom bap beat, no bullshit.


Friday, December 07, 2012

SG Bowl Mania 2012

It must be the Holiday season again: decorations, present shopping, and CU is no where to be seen in teh myriad of upcoming bowl games.  Fear not Buff fans, because we still pick all the bowl games.  Take that and stick it in your garish blazer, bowl people.

This year the winner of the SG Bowl Mania will get to be the next CU coach!  Invite everyone and anyone to join.  Except for one Mr Butch Jones, he probably wouldn't be able to decide if he wanted in anyway.

Yahoo College Bowl Pick Em
id = 21273
password = beer

RELATED: House Of Pain - "Fed Up"

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