Durag Dynasty – 360 Waves, CD, new, $9.99: I love this album for the following reasons:
The whole Durag theme is really tongue in cheek. I like when rappers stop taking themselves so seriously and break out the wavy comb.
This is the best I’ve heard Planet Asia since How the West Was One. Tristate and Killer Ben, the other two members of the Durag Dynasty Click, also pull their weight.
Alchemist produced the entire album. The guy is on an absolute tear — chosing his projects well and delivering exceedingly.
Phil the Agony kills his guest appearance. I was so juiced after the first time I heard his verse that I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. That shit doesn’t happen to me anymore. Ag is too nice.
The deluxe edition of the vinyl and CD come with DRDC durag and “durag-yourself” stickers. (See above.) Fucking epic. And hilarious. I really wish I knew about this before I bought the CD. I think it would’ve been worth the extra time.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Echo, CD, used, $3.99: Petty is one of my all-time favorite song writers and musicians. Yet, for some reason, I don’t own his entire catalog. This was the first step in that direction. I had read some press about Petty working on a new LP with the Heartbreakers and he mentioned this album being overlooked as one of his better efforts. Take that and the fact that it’s named Echo, and I’m now a proud owner. It’s good. Real good. Another Rick Rubin sureshot, but Wildflowers still reigns supreme in my opinion.
Providence is about to get real crusty. Check the sidebar for details on RA coming through town next month and watch this video while you’re at it. Hopefully he brings the samurai sword along with him.
Rugged Man gets better every time I hear him. He’s far more cohesive a rhymer than most people credit him to be. Also, Apathy seems to bettering himself as a producer as the days go by. Check their collaboration, “The Peoples Champ,” set to be off the upcoming R.A. album Legends Never Die.
A new video from music video direction extraordinaire, Nicholas Heller, this time around no shirtless Juan Deuce though. Joining Heller on the other side of the camera is an interesting grouping of Blu, R.A. the Rugged, and Tristate, a dude I was fortunate to see perform with Planet Asia last year. The music is pumped in via production from Bombay. Be on the lookout for a 7″ of this track, due out in time for this year’s Record Store Day. A National Holiday in the eyes of Chris and myself.