First Listen #65: DMX’s ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’

DMX exists in five different ways in my brain. 1) as the "you will not take this from me, baby!" sound on Tik Tok (edit: it's actually pulled from "My Niggas" from this album), 2) this orchid scene (and its accompanying stills) from Fresh off the Boat, 3) "Drake's" rendition of "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" from this cartoon parody … Continue reading First Listen #65: DMX’s ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’

First Listen #64: Armand Hammer and The Alchemist’s ‘Haram’

Last week's First Listen was from the "I Finally Listen to a Project from an Artist I've Wanted to Hear an Album from for a Long Time" collection, and this week's is from the "This Album Has Been Hyped Up on the Internet So Lemme Hear It" collection. This time featuring Armand Hammer and the … Continue reading First Listen #64: Armand Hammer and The Alchemist’s ‘Haram’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

We've reached the end of this week of traveling back in time to 90s New York, and we're finishing off with Havoc and Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Mobb Deep is a group that has existed more on the periphery of my hip hop experience than the other folks this week. It's been clear before now … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #62: Mobb Deep’s ‘The Infamous’

Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’

Following yesterday's embodiment of the greatness that is a hip hop posse cut, we have A Tribe Called Quest. While the group is about a third/half of the size of the Wu-Tang Clan, Tribe has made just as much of an impact. I say all of that as I have continued to stand back as I … Continue reading Week Fulla 90s East Coast Hip Hop – First Listen #61: A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’