Posted Jan 9, 2010 in Music | 2 Comments

Holiday Hip Hop

DJ Critical Hype & Present - The Art of Clipse Blends

So with the holiday season always comes tons of new music & in the month of Dec & Jan we have definitely been blessed with some new dopeness.

Let’s start off with the new Clipse album, “Till The Casket Drops,” which came out on Dec. 8th. For those that may not know, The Clipse have dropped 2 classic albums over the years and their 3rd effort is definitely a banger. “Counseling,” “Back by Popular Demand,” and “Doorman” are a few of my favorite joints off the album, so make sure to cop that asap! Speaking of The Clipse, I had been working on a new mixtape with them called “The Art Of Clipse Blends,” which was hosted by Malice and was released a week before their album dropped. The mixtape is a bunch of  Clipse vocals, old as well as new, mixed over various instrumentals selected by yours truly.  So make sure to check out that mixtape as well.  It is available online as a free download at

As of late, I’ve also been bumping new music from Jay Electronica, Doppelgangez, Kendrick Lamar, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco (his “Enemy Of The State” mixtape is bananas), Sean Price, Skyzoo, Royce Da 5’9, and Charles Hamilton. Now let’s touch on Charles Hamilton for a second. After all the controversy that surrounded him, I felt he may have lost some steam.  For those that don’t know what happened, Charles claimed J Dilla’s ghost spoke to him, so he put Dillas name as Exec. Producer on his last project. This led to a beef with Dilla’s people and practically the whole city of Detroit (if y’all don’t believe me, google it). Despite all that, Mr. Hamilton seems to have been concentrating on making good ass music while on his short hiatus. I have his new joint “Air Agains” on repeat. It seems Charles is back and better than ever.

Talib Kweli

2010 looks like it will be a good year for Hip Hop with Talib Kweli & Hi Tek’s new Reflection album coming out (I’m sooooo excited about that album). I’m also hoping that Eminem’s new album “Relapse 2″ will be amazing because his last few songs have been much better then most of the first Relapse album.  I’m also looking forward to Joe Budden’s “The Great Escape” album, as his beat selections have been getting better as of late so that’s definitely something to look out for.

Looks like it should also be a big year for the Grand Hustle click, as Mike Bigga a.k.a. Killer Mike‘s new album  “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind III” and Bobby Ray a.k.a. B.O.B.’s new album  “B.o.B. Presents The Adventures of Bobby Ray” both drop in 2010. Grand Hustle’s leader, T.I., was just released from prison and is serving the rest of his time in a half way house, so I’m sure we can be expecting some new music from him VERY soon.  In fact, I just heard from Just Blaze that he’s working on a T.I. comeback record as we speak.


As you may have heard, we’re lucky enough to be getting a new Sade album this year (dropping Feb. 2010).  The first single, “Soldier of Love,” puts her in her comfort zone with a familiar sound, but there ain’t nothing wrong with that! I took it upon myself to add a little Critical Hype twist to her new single and blended/mixed in verses from Ghostface Killah & Black Thought to the original track. You can listen/download it here at

Until next time.

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  1. Unlike many posts on the internet, this was fun to read and gave me some valuable input. I will have to put a backlink on my website. Regards. J

  2. Glad you enjoyed it

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