What's In Rotation, Vol. V: Rap 101

I have to offer an apology for my last installment of this series.  Although it was composed of songs that were individually very good, the whole was less than the sum of it's parts.  The songs didn't mesh well and as a result the mix did not live up to my own standards.

This month's edition is different and I can honestly say it's the best mix I've put out in the series.  It sounds great and I can't wait for you to hear it.  As always, I appreciate feedback on my musical palate, writing, and blog in general.  Hit the jump for the tracklist/download link.

Peace, Love, & Hip Hop,
  1. Bobby Creekwater - "Hey" (feat. Mykel) - This Atlanta artist killed almost every track he recorded last year and this song, off of The B.C. Era Deuce, is no exception.
  2. Beastie Boys - "Super Disco Breakin'" - The Beastie Boys have always been a guilty pleasure that I don't really feel that bad about listening to.  They have one of the most distinctive deliveries of any group, often trading bar for bar or word for word rather than verses.  This song comes off of their 1998 album, Super Nasty.
  3. J. Cole - "Dead Presidents" - I know it's sacrilege and let the hip hop gods strike me down where I stand, but I think J-Dot's rendition off of his superb mixtape, The Warm Up, tops Hova's Reasonable Doubt version.
  4. Fearce Villain - "Kinda Like a Big Deal Freestyle" - Just more proof that No Beat Is Safe from a Dyme Def emcee.  This song sees the the rapper go in over the Clipse's hit.
  5. Small Eyez - "Open Wide" - As I explained earlier, the ATLien's flow on this song is simply too good to pass up.
  6. Atmosphere - "C'MON" - Hey police man, don't bother/ even as a child I only played robbers and robbers.  Enough said.
  7. K. Sparks - "Hip Hop 101" - As always, K-Dot provides another very good song.  You've gotta love the scratches on this track.
  8. Wale - "Thank You Freestyle" - The D.C. emcee goes in over my favorite instrumental of '09.
  9. Crooked I, K-Young, Ya Boy, & One-2 - "My Story" - Each emcee does his thing, but it is the haunting chorus that makes the song.
  10. Joell Ortiz & Novel - "Stressful" (feat. Cri$tyle) - My favorite Slaughterhouse rapper transforms Drake's hit into a meaningful and beautiful song.
  11. Blue Scholars - "BUTTER&GUN$ (Loyalty II)" - I still haven't decided if I like the remix more than the original.  Both are amazing.
  12. Talib Kweli - "Get By" - No introduction is necessary for this song.  The Kanye-produced track speaks for itself.
  13. Donnis - "Gone" - One of my favorites of '09.  Expect big things from this ATL emcee in 2010.
  14. XV - "Everybody's Nobody" - The title track off of one of the best mixtapes of 2009.
  15. Fresh Espresso - "Diamond Pistols" - The first track after the intro on Glamour., "Diamond Pistols" is a banger.
  16. The Clipse - "Mr. Me Too" (feat. Pharell) - It's pretty simple to explain; The Clipse + Pharell + Pharell production = gem.
  17. De La Soul - "Church" - The Grind Date was one of the most underrated albums of the past decade.  Spike Lee drops by for the introduction.
  18. Gilbere' Forte - "I'm So Appalled" - This freestyle over the Kanye beat is undeniable.
  19. Freddie Gibbs - "Crushin' Feelins" - The LA-via-Gary, Indiana emcee simply demolishes this song.  One of the best songs I've heard lyrically (ever) and it serves as more proof that Gibbs is one of the only cats in the game who still does Gangster Rap right.  Honestly, if I didn't know better, I would have thought this was a song by Pac (his voice/flow/lyricism is very similar in this instance).
  20. Brother Ali - "Us" - The title track off of the prophet's latest, Brother Ali delivers another beautiful song and the perfect way to send the mixtape off.

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