Pep Love Tells Us With Rigmarole

I have always been a fan of Hieroglyphics and their music and I am still glad they are still putting it down for hip-hop. They have never stopped so this is not a come back. It is just time for Pep Love to shine on his own with his new album, “Rigmarole“. Rigmarole has lots of different meanings but I think this one would suit it best:

rig·ma·role
a complex and sometimes ritualistic procedure
~© 2012 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

Which is why we are getting this album now.  The first single and video, “Can’t Nobody Do It Like Us” (see below), doesn’t need to be explained it is just want it says nobody does it like Hiero. The second single and video (see below), “Hip Hop My Friend” does a great job of making you feel the way you felt the first time you heard good hip-hop in your soul with a sample to get you in that zone. The album will be released March 6, 2012 and he currently has a pre-order (which I bought the deluxe verison) of three bundles:

Pep Love – Can’t Nobody Do It Like Us

 

Pep Love – Hip Hop My Friend

 

ESP Gaming Agenda: The Backlog

If you are like me then you have the too many games and not enough time to play them. It is the infamous backlog of games that accumulate over time that can not be avoid thanks to websites such as CheapAssGamer, Amazon Digital Download and the Steam sales. So I have set a goal (new year resolution?) to complete and chip away at this growing list of games. So far, I have beat several games and wanted to give a quick recap of each game:

Saints Row The Third
What is not to love about this game with its over the top gameplay and insane story line I will be looking for the next installment.

Battlefield 3 (Single Player Campaign and Multiplayer)
What can I say about Battlefield 3 that hasn’t already been said a million times in tons of reviews. Just go play it and enjoy it too.

Bioshock 2
The twist is in the first one you fought Big Daddies and in this one you are one. If you choose the evil route you get a demented ending that I will not spoil here.

Red Faction: Guerrilla
A open sandbox game that gives you hammer and stuff to smash sound fun? Yes it is.

Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Single Player Campaign and Multiplayer)
An unorthodox group of soldiers have to save the world and give you all the weapons and vehicles you will need.

Just Cause 2
Open your parachute and discover all the secrets on the island of Panau while people shoot at you.

 

ESP Music Agenda: Bigg Jus

One thing I always worry about is when a group breaks up or want to put out solo albums is that one artist gets the shine and releases more music. It happened to Dilated Peoples with Evidence, Vast Aire and countless others putting out multiple albums while their counterparts Rakaa, Vordul Mega and others put out one or two at the most. This happened when Company Flow went separate ways with El-P making his label with a sudden stream of albums with Bigg Jus starting a label and putting out two solo albums and two collaborative albums but then he seemed to slow his output. Well all of his can rejoice because he is back with a single called, “Advanced Lightbody Activation“. It is that futuristic on the next level music that you expect from the King Spitter himself. Not only that we found out he is releasing an album called, “Machines That Make Civilization Fun” on May 8, 2012 and with a title like that you can only imagine what he is cooking up for his fans. If you go to the Mush Records’ (the label putting out his new album) Sound Cloud page you are enticed with the new sound that will hitting your ear lobes. I am ready to hear some new material from the Bigg Jus and had to let everyone know about this one. Check out the artwork for Machines That Make Civilization Fun below:

Drip Stones Throw Subscription

Stones Throw is always putting out great music to make your head nod and now they have teamed up with Drip.FM so that you never have to miss a release ever again. It is a new subscription service that will run you $10 month to get all of their new releases. I have already put down the money for the service and happily got the brand new Homeboy Sandman – Subject: Matter EP. The list of stuff you will get with the subscription is here:

How it Works:
– Get every new Stones Throw release, delivered to your inbox
– Download any time, anywhere
– 320 kbps MP3 files, with no ‘DRM’ restrictions of any kind
– Exclusive tracks, mixes and sessions from Stones Throw artists
– Month-to-month billing.

Upon signing up, receive our three latest releases. Currently:
– Homeboy Sandman’s Subject: Matter EP
– The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2 (advance release exclusively on drip.fm)
– M.E.D.’s Classic Instrumentals LP

Next up:
– J. Rocc’s Mystery Tracks EP
– Quakers, Quakers Album (Geoff Barrow of Portisthead & a hip-hop group of 35+ members)
– Jonwayne’s Oodles of Doodles Album

If that list doesn’t get you hype then you need to go to the emergency room because you maybe dying. Time to get back to the music.

Video Of The Moment! Part VI

I don’t know why this is my first post about The Doppelgangaz but I can assure you it won’t be the last. If I were to try to explain them to you it might put you off because they wear cloaks and make dark landscapes with their music. You still there okay good because they make dope music and have put the visuals to one of my favorite tracks off of their album, “Lone Sharks“. Check it out below and stay until the end to see why they are handing out apples. Watch off for the…

Directed by Nicolas Heller of @RickyShabazz
Cinematography by Seth Applebaum
Edited by Nicolas Heller and Seth Applebaum
Additional Cinematography by Gordon Hendrick
VFX by Brian Dohn
Special Thanks to Gregory Matesich
2011 Groggy Pack Entertainment, LLC.