The 2013 Fall album release season is upon us; and in the hip-hop world, it begins with new material from a bevy of hip-hop veterans. Here's a quick synopsis of what's coming up for October.
Featured October Hip-hop Release:
Oct. 1 - Deltron 3030, Event II - Cult hip-hop super-group Deltron 3030 return from a thirteen year hiatus on Oct. 1st. Their self-titled debut was a concept album which spun a complex narrative. Frontman Deltron -- aka Del the Funky Homosapien -- delineated "a post-apocalyptic world, morbid, and horrid" in the year 3030 with Orwellian overtones. Combined with the achingly innovative production by Dan the Automator, and warped, futuristic scratching of DJ virtuoso Kid Koala; Deltron 3030 became an unexpected underground favorite after its May 2000 release.
The long awaited follow-up Event II reunites the cast and continues the story where the debut left off. There are also some interesting guest contributions from The Lonely Island, Black Rob, and David Cross among others. Event II is certainly a huge point of interest to underground hip-hop enthusiasts, though the sci-fi concept -- like frontman Del -- will not be for everyone. That said: the album is available in advance of its official in-store release date to stream here via Pitchfork.
Psssst...... The final track -- 16. "Do You Remember (feat. Jamie Cullum)" -- is the best.
Other October Hip-hop Releases:
Oct. 1 - Cam'ron, Ghetto Heaven Vol. 1 (mixtape) - Harlem rapper Cam'ron is releasing this mixtape ahead of his upcoming album Killa Season 2. Killa Cam hasn't hit big since 2004's Purple Haze, which was a certified classic. His follow-ups Killa Season and Crime Pays were modestly successful, but lacked the overall continuity evident in Purple Haze. Hip-hop heads everywhere have been hoping for a return to form for Cam. With The Diplomats, and the prodigious, trail-blazing production style of The Heatmakerz; The Dipset sound was the hip-hop gold standard of the early 2000's. This mixtape may very well portend whether we see such heights from the Dips again.
Oct. 8 - Pusha T, My Name Is My Name - Pusha T has had some bad industry luck.... But thankfully for him it has been sandwiched in-between great luck. It was life-changing luck when he and and his brother -- as Clipse -- signed on with Pharrell Williams' brand-new Star Trek record label in 2001. If not luck, it was at least serendipitous. Pharrell -- with The Neptunes -- was at the peak of his stardom and production prowess at the time, and produced the Clipse's WHOLE debut album. The lead single "Grindin'" became a monster radio hit, which still seems unfathomable given its ultra-grimy, industrial/minimalist aesthetic. The Clipse album Lord Willin' nearly went platinum. The bad luck came when the Arista-owned Star Trek imprint was absorbed by Jive records through a merger with BMG and Sony which....... Yeah so basically the Clipse ended up in a years-long label war which totally destroyed their career trajectory from about '04, until -- perhaps -- 2013. So back to good luck again; this year Pusha T signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music label. If this were a hip-hop SAT analogy test I think, 2001 : 2013 = Neptunes : Kanye. It's uncanny! The album will feature production from both Kanye West and The Neptunes.
Oct. 15 - Boldy James & Alchemist, My First Chemistry Set - Alchemist is still working hard. We know Al from his work with Dilated Peoples, Mobb Deep, Cormega, Cam, Jada, Styles... everybody. We especially remember Prodigy's super-street-banger "Keep it Thoro". Well, Al's pumping out another collaboration; this time with Detroit representative Boldy James. If you've slept on him, here's the deal: he sounds EXACTLY like Prodigy. That's okay too, because he's pretty good, and so many are so awful. The leaked single "Moochie" has a first verse that's basically an homage -- I'll say -- to the Big L classic "Ebonics", for better or worse. Definitely worth checking out if you loved H.N.I.C. -- which despite Google search, doesn't mean Hockey Night in Canada --.
There you have it. It’s hip-hop in October. Check back with me next month to learn which rap albums go well with turkey.