Fresh Fish: Pete Philly Open Loop Project

31 12 2010

As sad as I was to hear Pete Philly and Perquisite were calling it quits last year, This awesome mixtape by MC Pete Philly shows that he’s starting his career on the right start.. and its free! Seems like his production is a lot more electronic and modern R’n’B oriented this time but Pete always brings the realness.


Fresh Fish: Dela – Untitled (Far Away) (20??)

27 12 2010

Chill Instrumental Hip Hop for Jazz Lovers. Originally on this Compilation/ Concept Album about a Russian Girl reaching the Moon, This Track features Smooth Guitar licks, xylophones, warped, phased-out Vocals,  and a bobbing bass-line Perfect for Working out the Post- Traumatic Holiday Disorder.. Check this track out if you like The Production of Sound Providers, Pete Rock, or Peanut Butter Wolf.


Dela- Untitled (Far Away)


Fresh Fish: The Lyricists – How Nice I Am

20 12 2010

Straight out of Port Huron, MI, Michigan’s forgotten second passage into Canada, come the Lyricists, a fresh, intelligent hip hop duo with some tight writing, sampling, scratching and producing skills.  I always love it when something zesty and exciting comes out of these relatively obscure corners of the Mitten.  I mean really, outside of the Great Lakes states, who’s ever heard of Port Huron?  With a location just far enough away from Flint and Detroit yet a population of no more than 32 thousand, Port Huron has created an independent yet fairly insignificant mark on the Southeast Michigan cultural map.

This doesn’t seem to phase The Lyricists though, and How Nice I Am, coming hot off the heels of August’s release of their Constructicons Mixtape, is a great example of these emcees’ lyrical and production prowess.  And thanks to a nice little Tribe sample, we get a Funky Introduction to how Nice The Lyricists really sound.  Thanks Phife.

Fresh Fish: Cheeks – The Wiz

14 12 2010

Charles Cheeks, of Ann Arbor’s Tree City, released this new single yesterday off his upcoming debut solo project, The Potential EP.  With such a creative title, one may be surprised to find out that the featured sample is in fact from Michael Jackson’s The Wiz, one of Motown’s greatest films.  But all sarcasm aside, this track is pretty damn hot.  Cheeks, like the rest of Tree City, has always shown a heightened propensity for lyrical dexterity, and “The Wiz” follows nicely in suit.  The synths, samples and breaks bring a crisp, fresh, uplifting feeling to the beat, kicking it up to the next level.  What’s the theory of freshness?  Welcome to The Wiz.

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