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New Rap/Hip-hop Releases: May 2008
Written by Kenny Smith   
hip-hop releasesAfter a recent bid, Ms. Ill Na Na returns with her fourth solo project and her first release on KOCH Records.


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7L & Esoteric – Esoteric vs. Japan - The genre-bending MC delivers a brand new batch of eclectic sounds; this time traveling East to Japan for inspiration. *

8 Ball And MJG – We Are The South: Greatest Hits - A compilation of classic tracks from the legendary southern duo, featuring hits “Pimp In My Own Rhyme” and “Space Age Pimpin.” *

Albion – Strange Hip Hop -

All Natural – Elements: Fire - Part of a four-part series of Hip-Hop, (Fire) is that old-school boom-bap sound of the 90’s.
AP. 9 - The Best of AP. 9
B. Dolan – The Failure - After some re-working and revision, B.Dolan’s debut on Strange Famous Records is finally here, after it “took 8 meticulous years to complete…”
Big King – Hard II Kill & Refuse II Die - The gangsta/Christian rapper Big King offers a 16-track record with songs like “Gangstaz Prayer” and “Holla If Ya Want (Jesus Got Ballers)”

Big Twins – The Grimey Collection - The QB Veteran gives us a prelude to later release with a collection of mixtape and underground favorites.

Boondox – Krimson Creek -

Bun-B – II Trill - The last half of the legendary group UGK continues with an impressive follow-up to his debut.*

Common Market – Black Patch War - This seven-track epic sets the stage for a promising career for the Seattle crew.

Custom Made - Original Dynasty - This West Coast collective is being billed as a cross between "N.W.A., Mobb Deep and The Wu-Tang Clan."*

Cypress Hill – X2 (Cypress Hill/Black Sunday) - A special two-for-one package with one of Hip-Hop’s most innovative groups in the 90’s.*

D’Cyple – For My People - Fresh from a brief hiatus, D’Cyple produces a jazzy and fresh batch of Hip-Hop reminiscent of yesteryear.

Dame Grease - Goon Musik - Grease jumps on the mic for this ode to the golden era of rap. *

Darkroom Double Album – Duke – Kill Them Slowly & Crooked – Violence Solves Everything - A double-disc collection of some of Darkroom Studios best hits.

Daru & Reggie B – Future Music - Infectious beats and solid rhymes rule on this eclectic album.*

Demon One – Demons Et Merveilles (Import)

Devin The Dude – Best of Devin The Dude - Recently leaving Rap-A-Lot, Devin’s last project is a greatest hits album ending his 15+ years with the label.*
Digital Underground – “..Cuz A D.U. Party Don’t Stop!” - The Bay Area group gives their last stand after a great, 20-plus year career.

DJ Payback – Hecho en Aztlan, Vol 3

DJ Yoda – Fabriclive 39 - A fusion of the world’s most eclectic sounds, DJ Yoda puts his stamp on the Fabriclive series.

Dogge Doggelito – Superclasico

Emmanuel Jal- WARchild - Former Sudanese soldier-turned MC shares a 13-track look into his life, including an interesting song directed at 50 Cent.*

Flobots – Fight With Tools - This live hip-hop band drops a political bomb on this 12-track album.*

Foxy Brown – Brooklyn’s Don Diva - After a recent bid, Ms. Ill Na Na returns with her fourth solo project and her first release on KOCH Records.*

Frayser Boy – Da Key - The Memphis Academy Award Winner returns with his third release on Hypnotize Minds.

Giant Panda – Electric Laser - With an out-of-this-world sound, Giant Panda brings a refreshing Seattle/Tokyo flavor.*
Grave Plot – The Plott Thickens - The devastating duo is back more dark than ever with guest like Tech N9ne, Brotha Lynch Hung, Spice-1, Haystak and more.

J-Live - Then What Happened? - The former high school teacher drops his latest thought-provoking, intelligent release. *

K’Naan – The Dusty Foot Philosopher (Reissue w/DVD) - International-street tales prevail on the philosopher’s latest release.
The Kaze – Block 2 The Basement - The North Carolina spitter brings 20 tracks of message and meaning with his latest

Kidz In The Hall – The In Crowd - After a critically acclaimed debut album, the young Chicagoan duo prepares for a refined touch on their individual sound.*

Killah Preist – Behind Stained Glass - Brooklyn lyricist and long time WU – Affiliate Killah Priest keeps delivering razor- sharp rhymes.*

Lil' Kim - Ms. G.O.A.T. - This set's being touted as Kim's "official street album" and her first release since being released from prison.

Lil Scrappy – Prince of the South - The self-acclaimed ‘Prince of Crunk’ claims another, more important title on his third solo album.

Mac Dre Presents – Da Nation

Mike P. – Bakerz Dozen

Mistah F.A.B. – All Star Season - 18 tracks from one of the Bay’s rising stars
Mopreme Shakur – Black and Brown Pride

Max Minelli – Remedy - The former No Limit soldier teams up with producer Happy Perez for his Koch Records debut.

Method Man & Street Life – Back to Back: Raw & Uncut (CD/DVD) -
Mr. Capone-E – Love Jams

Mr. Lil One – Dangerous Mind -

Nas – X2 (It Was Written/Stillmatic) - Two damn near classics for the price of one; this is a no brainer for any God’s Son fan. Great collector’s item.*
One Be Lo – The R.E.B.I.R.T.H - After a lyrically successful start in 2005, One Be Lo returns for a seemingly similar result with his latest project.
Pastor Troy – A-Town Legend - The O.G. southern crunk star keeps pumping out street music with his latest album, featuring bangers “Ride It Out” and “Sip Mo.’”
Prolyphic – Reanimator – The Ugly Truth - The MC/Producer duo present their 15-track debut on Strange Famous Records, bringing a fresh perspective to the game.

Rock – Shell Shock - The Rockness Monstah stays true to his Boot Camp brashness with some fresh sounds.

Ron Browz – The Wonder Years - Since producing the incredible diss record ‘Ether’ the New York producer has made hits for some of Hip Hop’s top-notch acts and continues with his own album.
Sonny Rich – The Virus - Keep Lock Entertainment presents their first talent, Sonny Rich with his smash single “Stunners.”

Supa D – Rinse: 03

Tech N9ne Presents Krizz Kalika – Vitiligo - Tech N9ne’s protégé Krizz Kalika steps out of the shadows and delivers a surprising performance in his debut.

The Coup – Genocide and Juice (Reissue) - A re-release from 1994, this political platform is a great point in The Coup’s career.

The Dirtball – Crook County - Oregon’s slick-spitter Dirtball fine tunes his sound for his third solo album.
Time Life Entertainment – Hip Hop Hits -

Tre-8 – Most Underrated - Louisiana’s own, Tre-8 returns after a 5 year hiatus with a sleuth of guests on his newest release.
Trip Lee – 20/20

Yukmouth – Best Yukmouth - The Westcoast veteran offers up a collection of his best work from a long-hauling career.

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