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Playlist No. 1: Random Hip Hop Gems (Alex Biles)

Lewis Parker – Walk in the Sky

Lewis Parker is a British rapper/producer who came to prominence in the late ’90s with a hard-hitting sound not too far removed from the jazzy boom bap of DJ Premier or the Beatminerz here in the States. This here is from his 2002 EP B-Boy Antiks.

 

Little Brother – Light it Up

Straight out of Durham, North Carolina, the now-defunct trio of 9th Wonder, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh known as Little Brother was one of hip hop’s bright spots during the middle of the last decade. “Light it Up” is soulful and full of swagger, and for some odd reason never made it to an album. This b-side to “Whatever You Say,” from 2003′s The Listening, is produced by Nicolay, the other half of Foreign Exchange, the collaboration project with the aforementioned Phonte.

 

STS – Bullshit (feat. Kyle Lucas)

Atlanta-born rapper turned Philly transplant STS is an affiliate of the Roots and member of the Money Making Jam Boys. He first made heads turn last year with his metaphor-filled verse on How I Got Over‘s “Right On.” This year marked the release of his debut album, The Illustrious. The album has largely flown under the radar, but picked up a nice accolade this week as it was named one of NPR’s top 50 albums of 2011. “Bullshit” is one of my favorites off The Illustrious, featuring some nice and mellow production. If you’re looking for STS to rhyme his ass off (and rhyme over Phantogram), check out “STS is Gold.”

 

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Count Bass D – Real Music vs. Bu11$#!+

A short, but beautiful interlude from the lost 2002 classic and the Madvillainy-before-Madvillainy album, Dwight Spitz. I’m not quite sure where the first two samples are from, but they blend in perfectly with Count Bass D’s spin on Stevie Wonder’s “You Got it Bad Girl.”

 

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Soul Assassins – When the Fat Lady Sings (feat. GZA)

DJ Muggs rose to prominence with his excellent work as the in-house producer for Cypress Hill. His side project, Soul Assassins, finds him working with a slew of emcees. Here, he lays down a track based around a gorgeous classical music sample and GZA’s wordsmith takes care of itself.

 

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deep

The upcoming MadGibbs collaboration between the Stones Throw producer and the rapper out of Gary, Indiana is one of Madlib’s most anticipated projects for 2012. “Deep,” featuring some killer sample work (as per usual) is featured on the Thuggin EP and one of two vocal tracks that have been released.

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