Joell Ortiz and Fat Joe go IN on One Shot (Killed for Less). This joint is fire.

This is some East Coast gangsta sh*t.

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Meyhem Lauren is grimy on Got the Fever but he flows over a jazzy soulful track that sounds like it could have come from the “golden age” of the mid-nineties.

Meyhem Lauren – Got the Fever

That grimy flow over smooth jazzy beats kinda reminds me of cats like these:

DJ Premier is one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Ambrosia for Heads contributor Omar Akil is a Primo scholar and fan. Check out the first installment in his weekly column dedicated to Premier.

PREEM-EAR

A DJ Premier track = Rare chopped up sample + ill drum loop + vocal sample as hook (manipulated by turntables).
While Preem has never deviated from this formula (in almost 22 years as a producer), his tracks always, always, always sound different and familiar at the same time.  He has the unique ability to cater his production to whomever he is lacing at the moment.  Take these classic examples: “Ten Crack Commandments” & “Nas Is Like“–same ingredients, but completely different dishes.

With that said, and since I, admittedly, have STAN-like tendencies when it come to Premier, I have chosen to salute the big brother by spotting/spotlighting NEW PREMIER productions.  Partly because, Preem is what I like to call, “Powdered Street Cred (just add water),” when it comes to rounding out a dope hip hop album.  And partly because I appreciate the fact that he is still working and relevant in today’s “follow ’em” then “forget ’em” hip hop game.

Understand, DJ Premier needs no accolades from yours truly, but if you check here weekly, I will put you up on what Preem is working on.  Yes he’s working that much. Whether you know about it or not.

This week, check out what he did for Fat Joe’s new album, “THE DARKSIDE VOL 1.”  Track is called “I’m Gone.”  It’s being touted as a Guru tribute track. Salute!

–Omar Akil (@omarakil3)

“Slightly better than a DJ with a broken fader and no doubles”

If it Ain’t About Money – Fat Joe ft. Trey Songz

Funkmaster Flex spun this joint with straight venom in his voice when he premiered it.  He was on a tear about some local DJs who were hating on his game (radio, clubs and cars).  The soundtrack was so sweet it didn’t matter what he was saying—Joey Crack spitting with Trey Songz.  This is another Summer banger.  Fat Joe has consistently kept himself relevant for more than 15 years now.  The big man does not get his proper respect…Click here for the download.

Let’s Go!!! – Playlist

Old school hip-hop playlist guaranteed to get you hyped. Tracklist below. Click here to play.

Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya?

Jay-Z – Rock Star

Lil Cease ft. Lil Kim and Puff Daddy – Play Around

Big Pun – Glamour Life

Mase ft. Puff Daddy – Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down

M.O.P. – Ante Up

Freeway ft. Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel – What We Do

LL Cool J – Jack the Ripper

Terror Squad – Lean Back

Nas – Made You Look

Snoop Dogg – Ups and Downs

Gang Starr – Full Clip

Snoop Dogg – From tha chuuch to da palace

Ludacris – Stand Up

Ice Cube – Check Yo Self (Remix)

Jay-Z – Show Me What You Got