Touch & the Dirty Sample – The Fly

The inimitable dope that is Touch, one of Edmonton’s finest and most characteristic rap practitioners, returns with yet another bottomless record. This time around he’s conscripted the production of The Dirty Sample, a Vancouver beat maker with a long curriculum vitae. On The Fly you can expect to hear a buffet of sci-fi samples (Jeff Goldblum of course), some of Touch’s most addictive lyricism in years (I belittle you, my head high and I’m a little dude, I aint got a  problem admitting that I’m a little rude if it’ll prove how little you knew you didn’t have a clue—forbidden use of libel n’ hating inside of the booth…), beats that synthesize a classic underground hip hop sensibility with modern splashes of swagger, and a small constellation of Canadian rappers worth a damn jumping on tracks like ‘Mr. Smoketoomuch’, ‘Your Mind’, and ‘Stop Buggin’. It’s a dream come true. Dig it:

Touch – Reject

Touch has long been one of my favorite rappers in this vast nation. I am not sure how Reject, which came out back in April, escaped the praise of this blog. Touch is without a question one of the banginest emcees to drop enough content for me to stay interested. Beyond that, his production and cuts are ridiculous. He’s been in the game for a lot longer than most of us and his swagger is still singularly his. He evolves from record to record but without any recognizable outter influence. His own direction seems to me to be entirely self created. If you’re digging this most recent record, check out his other shit, especially the massive record Touch dropped with the venerable DJ Nato back in ’07, The Representatives in Intelligent Design. Both Touch and Nato are playing tonight in an all-star Edmonton rap line up that includes Kazmega, Corvid Lorax, and The Liberators. It’s going down at Wunderbar, it’s only 5 bucks, and it’ll be punctual, don’t worry. 9pm. Here’s the facebook event.

HATE: Every Man’s Muse

HATE: Every Man's Muse

DJ Argue Job – HATE: Every Man’s Muse (Extremely Obnoxious Version)

A NEW MIXTAPE FROM D-D-D-D-D-D-J-J-J-J ARGUE JOB complete with air horns, explosions, gunshots, and haters! Look out for appearances from Rebecca Black, Snooky, Dave Chapelle, Michael Jordan, Teddy Holtby, Katt Williams, that aggravated ginger kid, and DJ Argue Job himself!

Devin The Dude    What A Job (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000)
Death Grips    Lord of the Game (ft. Mexican Girl)
Jaylib    Champion Sound
The Notorious B.I.G.    Notorious Thugs feat Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Risskant De Woordvoerder & Anonymouz    Krakende Sh*T
Method Man    Meth Vs. Chef (Feat. Raekwon)
Touch    Prairie Rap
Max Prime & Marc Pause    Old Brothers
Ryan Leslie    Gibberish
Shawty Lo    Dey Know (Remix) ft. Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Plies, Lil Wayne
Mitchmatic    D-Bags ft.Mikey Maybe and The Joe
Flash Bang Grenada    Moisturizer
Durrty Goodz    Oi Wot U Lookin’ At
Collie Buddz    Blind To You
Cadence Weapon    Rotten Guts (with Shuttle)
Yelawolf    Good To Go ft. Bun B
RasulSyed    Weird
@Peace    Nobody
DJ Cosm    Cosm Mega ft. Kazmega
Action Bronson    Set It Off
Curren$y    Prioritize (feat. Nesby Phips)
Lil B    Motivation

If for some reason all the air horns and gun cocking sounds interrupt your hip hop experience, HERE IS AN UNADULTERATED VERSION (Part 1, Part 2, there’s a lot of rap songs here) with some bonus tracks that I wanted to squeeze in but couldn’t fit!

Dedicated to the CBT.

Edmontonia – Volume Two

Edmontonia’s newest volume dropped a couple days ago. It’s got unreleased goodness from dudes like Cadence Weapon and Mitchmatic. Another gorgeous showing of Edmonton talent all in one place. Veterans like Touch and Shout Out Out Out Out, rising names like Falklands and Wool On Wolves, and up’n comers like DoT and Micelli. Round all that out with two of Edmonton’s finest hidden treasures, Liam Trimble and Philip Dickau, and you have another mix to give your out of townerz when they scoff, vituperate, and heckel, saying Edmonton!? What’s in Edmonton!? A mall??? Now you don’t have to just feel sorry for them. You can say: here, this mixtape is for you and yours. Check yo’self lest you wreck yo’self.

DJ Cosm – Time and Space

In what may be the best hip hop record to come out of Alberta this year, DJ Cosm finally drops his long awaited solo piece. This sixteen track album is stracked with dozens of incredible emcees tearing up Cosm’s 94′ golden era vibes and back-in-the-day turntablism. He’s got the old Dragon Fli Empire homie Teekay on two jams. Other than that we’ve got two jams with Boston’s Insight (one of my all time favorite rappers), the previously blogged about swagger master Rasul Syed, rap legends Craig G and Prince Po, Oakland’s Raashan Ahmad, and Canadian mainstays like Moka Only, Touch, Ghettosocks, and Calgary homies Cam the Wizard and KLH Ali. Edmonton’s producer DJ extrordinaire DJ Nato also holds it down on “Learn From Mistakes” with Insight. Qwazaar tears up one of Cosm’s smoothest beats on “Better World.” The highlight jam is without question Kazmega’s collaboration, “Cosm Mega,” which was released as the single about a year ago and received lots of loving argument on this blog. It remains the jam to beat. Every single line is a gut buster and the vibration is so 88 it makes me puke neon. “Dragon Punch my way through life / the new floor is the old ceiling!” DOES IT GET BETTER THAN THAT?