After making serious noise in the modern funk world, XL Middleton makes a return to the g-funk/hip hop sound that marked his earlier work with “2 Minutes Till Midnight“. It’s a funked out, synth-heavy excursion with an equal amount of appeal for modern funksters or the underground legions of g-funk fans that put XL on the map originally. Those familiar with his most recent albums, “Tap Water” and “Things Are Happening,” will recognize the signature synth leads and intricate analog bass lines. Those unfamiliar with Middleton as an MC will find that he challenges standards in the worlds of both underground and mainstream rap, eschewing the backpack as much as the Bentley, falling into a space that few can. XL’s lyricism is cerebral and well-read, yet it’s clear that he comes from a part of the world that relishes khakis, Chuck Taylors & Zapp records.
“2 Minutes Till Midnight” stands firmly rooted in the funk tradition of Los Angeles, showing reverence for the music that inspired it by bringing g-funk legends Kokane & Domino (“Getto Jam”) into the fold as guest artists and by featuring album artwork from Joe Cool, who designed the iconic “Doggystyle” album cover for Snoop Dogg. XL’s contemporaries, such as labelmates Zackey Force Funk, Moniquea, & I, Ced, also join in and help to remind us that the album is not just a self-indulgent tribute to a bygone era of music. As modern funk grew largely out of hip hop, XL takes that growth backward, and moves the music forward as a result.
We has a unique chance to listen to the whole album in advance and we have to admit that it’s the amazingly dope g-funk album with a modern funk feel to it. It is available in Vinyl, CD, Cassette & Digital formats @ MOFUNK RECORDS BANDCAMP
After coming with his solo album “Hustle Life” only a year ago, now Rekta is back with another dope release, this time it’s “Boyz N The Hood” Mixtape, which sound more like a proper album, however, since, in addition to some original tracks, it has a lot of remixes on his previously made tracks a DJ intro, the artist decided to call it Mixtape. However, as our opinion, it does sound like an album and not just an average one but the real solid release that he dropped for his fans worldwide. This is the extremely dope release from start to finish, not having a single track which you could feel you might wanna skip.
Peep the track list with all the credits:
1/ Intro “Boyz N the Hood” DJ MOSKO
2/ Boyz N the hood ft. G PERICO & AUGUST BLEU – (prod. KAYSE REURTI / scratches DJ NOISE)
3/ J’laisse ça ft. HACHE-P & KENYON – (prod. JAY P BANGZ)
4/ Soldat (Madizm RMX) ft. SOFIANE & STAFF – (prod. MADIZM)
5/ Débrouillard ft. REDA & MOWDEE – (prod. JAY P BANGZ)
6/ Vivre et mourir à L.A. (Gizzle RMX) ft. NANCI FLETCHER – (prod. GIZZLE)
7/ Petit frère ft. ABD & K’TASTROF – (prod. JAY P BANGZ)
8/ Gang Bang Muzik (DJ Easy RMX) ft. BIG TRAY DEEE, KOKANE & SMOKEY LANE – (prod. DJ EASY)
9/ Les by du hood ft. JUICY P & MYSSA – (prod. ASTRONOTE / Talkbox MOFAK)
10/ Real G’z don’t die (AAyhasis RMX) ft. LIL EAZY-E, E3 & SMOKEY LANE – (prod. AAYHASIS)
11/ Moi et ma bitch – (prod. JAY P BANGZ)
12/ Hard on a hoe (Astronote & Chilea’s RMX) ft. BIG TRAY DEEE & SMOKEY LANE – (prod. ASTRONOTE & CHILEA’S)
13/ Gangsta party ft. COLONEL ZILA & DJAZ DJAMS – (prod. JUNIOR BEATS)
14/ Ganksta (Astronote RMX) ft. MAC LUCCI – (prod. ASTRONOTE)
15/ The way I iz ft. YOUNG GIANTZ & CHAG G – (prod. DAE ONE)
16/ Les spécialistes (Gizzle RMX) ft. SETH GUEKO – (prod. GIZZLE / scratches DJ MOON)
It’s really a pleasure to hear new releases from west-coast veterano Kokane, the current king of g-funk (he got all rights to claim that). Though it’s really hard to do smth new, Koka doing it again! Not looking at the extraordinary title, the most featured artist in the world drops album with absolutely no features. Except the dope producers list (Cold 187um, Battlecat, Tha Chill, West Coast Stone, Caviar to name a few…), of course. Pure 100% Kokane! Warning! Listening may become addictive! We do recommend to check the Discogs Page for a full tracklist.
And that’s not all Kokane prepared for the fans!!! Along with BassBuds company he made a stylized bluetooth speakers and earphones merch! Buying a signed copy or regular one, you will get a digital version of the album + exclusive bonus track. Or just buy a t-shirt… It’s up to you! Go check those out on Kokane BassBoomz Website!
The last, but not least, the first video from the album:
Rekta, a French rapper from Rennes city, has been on top of the game since quite a while, and now he’s back with his new album called “Hustle Life“. It looks like a solid g-funk / gangsta rap album packed with dope guests both from USA and France: Kokane, Big Tray Deee, RBX, Westcoast Stone, Bad Azz, Lil’ Eazy-E, Baby Eazy-E, Smokey Lane, Mofak, Reena, Nancy Fletcher and others.
It’s worth pointing out that Rekta never disappointed on his previous albums La Niche (released as duo with his homie Twareg) and Marche Ou Creve and now he proves again that he’s one of the most active gangsta rappers nowadays keeping it real with the game, droppin’ dem bombs on a constant basis.
All in all, we highly recommend you to check out and cop this album which gets released in CD format as well as digitally thru ADDICTIVE MUSIC