Funcrusher Friday - Issue 3

By Ru1

While I certainly aint one for tracks celebrating cars and the materialistic 'good life', I cannot help but feel the good vibes off Murs and Fashawn's 64 Imapala. These two collaborated to great effect on This Generation and we can only hope they link up again!

Have a great weekend folks!


AZ - We Movin

By Ru1

While AZ is regularly cited as the most underrated emcee of all time, I cannot disagree more. That's simply because he is highly regarded by real hip hop heads that know their stuff. He has always been and will always be one of the greatest lyricists to have held a mic. So it is no surprise then that the second release off his upcoming LP Doe or Die 2 is pure fire! This Statik Selektah produced banger has it all - a sick beat, masterful wordplay, flow, and lyrics!


Redman featuring. Mr. Cheeks and DoItAll - Hands Up

By Ru1

What can you say about a track with Redman, Mr. Cheeks (Lost Boyz) and DoItAll (Lords of the Underground) on an Easy Mo Bee beat? Lots, but we aint gonna say anything. Just enjoy this gem of a song!


Funcrusher Friday - Issue 2

By Ru1

While we featured a new Cannibal Ox release for the first instament of Funcrusher Friday, we couldn't resist taking you back to 2004. Oh yes, the Ox is represented by a fine Vordul Mega on Spitamatic together with another Rap Buzz favourite, C-Rayz Walz. Enjoy!


Grand Daddy I.U.

By Ru1

Ok so here's the thing, we totally slept on Grand Daddy I.U.'s 2007 album Stick to the Script. Sadly we even slept on some of his newer joints which are pretty dope.

Well, now the man's gonna get the attention he deserves. Let's not forget that this dude is a Cold Chillin stalwart. He rolled with the likes of Kane and G Rap for crying out loud! Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised by Grand Daddy I.U.'s latest offering She Said off his EP P.I.M.P. - Paper Is My Priority. Damn, we had totally forgotten about his flow and style. Presumably the classic sample-based instrumental is also by the Grand Daddy himself. Oh and its always a pleasure to hear Sadat X featured!


Wu-Tang 2013

By Ru1

With the Wu's sixth studio album set to drop later this year, 2013 has already witnessed some insane Shaolin mastery.

Czarface, the collaboration album between Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric, is already on many people's record of the year lists. It was difficult to choose just the one track off this expansive record, but we've settled for Cement 3s featuring a sick Shaolin'style beat by 7L.

Cement 3's

Earlier this year Ghostface and Adrian Younge combined to produce one of those concept albums that will stand the test of time. 12 Reasons to Die combines Ghostface's lyricial virtuosity with Adrian Younge's masterful compositions. Set in 1960s Italy, Tony Starks fights against a crime organization in an intrictate plot including a love story with the kingpin's daughter. The album definitely deserves multiple listens! Here we feature The Rise of the Ghostface Killah featuring Masta Killa and Killa Sin.

Rise of the Ghostface Killah

Although not released to much fanfare, Killah Priest's latest full length offering,  The Psychic World of Walter Reed, features KP in fine fettle. Cosmic lyrics are accompanied by cosmic beats in this gem of a record.

Ps. how sick would a Killah Priest/Jay Electronica collab be??

New Reality


Love for the Hiero

By Ru1

I still remember being mesmerised by the Hieroglyphics Crew's logo the first time I ever saw on it. Since then, I've had nothing but love for Del, Pep Love and the rest of the crew.

We've been blessed with a number of tracks by Hiero members of late and this year has been no exception. Gun Fever  is the crew's take on the current firearms debate raging in the US - although, to be honest, its hard to decipher their position on the issue. The second track we want to share features the sublime Opio and Pep Love, collaborating here as First Light.


Gun Fever



R.A The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die

By Ru1

Having now listened to Legends Never Die twice over, I can almost forgive R.A. the Rugged Man for taking almost ten years to release his sophomore LP. It is truly a unique and original album that captures R.A.'s technical prowess and lyrical capability in equal measure. The beats are generally of a high standard with Mr Green hitting the mark multiple times. The feats are also spot on with the likes of Talib Kweli and  Masta Ace laying down some memorable verses.

Bang Boogie

Learn Truth feat. Talib Kweli


Funcrusher Friday - Issue 1

By Ru1
Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Funcrusher Friday’, your weekly dose of Definitive Jux inspired awesomeness!

The parameters are pretty simple; tracks in this category must be by former/current Def Jukies or associates. If we feel like it, we may also select tracks that simply evoke the signature Def Jux sound…just cos we can! Just like Company Flow ‘s Funcrusher Plus, we like to be independent as f**k!

Rather than trawling through the back catalogues, we’re gonna bring you a brand new track by the lyrical geniuses that are Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, aka Cannibal Ox. ‘Psalm 82’ is a straight up banger showcasing the lyrical dexterity the duo are known for and a sick complex beat by the aptly named Bill Cosmiq. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the EP Gotham!


One Love for Preemo

By Ru1

For almost a quarter of a century DJ Premier has been at the forefront of the production game and that is no understatement.  Despite being widely venerated across the generational divide, we at the Rap Buzz have heard numerous comments from hip hop literati that Preemo’s been resting on his laurels over the last few years. It has even been said that his beats are so formulaic they’ve become predictable. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and in no way are we saying that pioneers should escape criticism, but seriously?!  

The Rap Buzz has nothing but love for Mean Joe Preem and we couldn’t be happier to post three bangers he’s produced this year. The man is no doubt in a rich vein of form and clearly knows no bounds.  Bring on the collabos with Immortal Technique, Nas, AZ et al – all scheduled for 2013 releases!


Papoose -  Turn It Up

Big Daddy Kane – 28 Bars of Kane

Ill Bill – World Premier

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