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Future Classics
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Future Classic: Shabazz Palaces “Lese Majesty”

I remember being absolutely blown away when I listened to “Black Up“, Shabazz Palaces‘ first record released back in 2011. Members Ishmael Butler (formerly Butterfly from the legendary Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire are visionaries, at a time where we are in desperate need of them in the music landscape. …

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MIMS Lists
Hip-Hop

Stones Throw Records – 18 Years x 18 Picks from (some of) the Finest Music Heads

To mark the release of the upcoming Stones Throw movie titled “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” we wanted to put together a feature to talk about one of the most beloved record labels from music heads worldwide. We then noticed that ST are actually celebrating their 18th birthday this year. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: East Flatbush Project “Tried By 12″ Remixes (1998)

When I was 17, I used to hangout with a guy named Fat Steve who lived in a suburb of Montreal called Cote-St-Luc. We’d chill in his bedroom at his mom’s house and listen to rap music after school. He had the fattest cat I’d ever seen in my life, …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Niko Is “Onda”

A great soul sample almost untouched and a good emcee telling his story… it seems like I can never get tired of that timeless formula! It’s exactly what we get here with this excellent cut from Rio de Janeiro native and Florida resident Niko Is. Newly signed to Talib Kweli’s …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Eman x Vlooper “Mantra”

Hip-Hop album hype usually comes off of one lead single. I still remember seeing the Still D.R.E. video for the first time and I knew right then and there the album would be a classic. It’s a hard thing to pull off but ill be damned if Mantra by veteran …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Hawk House “Chill Pill” (Experiment 2)

A little over a year ago, we gave you one of the first heads up about a great London crew known as Hawk House and their first mixtape “A little more elbow room”. The song that was my introduction to them was the instant classic “Tidal Tendencies”. But now, they are back with …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Alaclair Ensemble “Toute Est Impossible”

The Alaclair Ensemble boys are back with their 3rd record titled “Toute Est Impossible” (Everything is impossible). As you know, here at MIMS we don’t do “music reviews” per say. We’d rather spend our energy talking about the records we truly love instead of those we think are one or …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Dead Obies “Collation Vol. 2 – Limon Verde: La Experiencia”

Dead Obies are on the rise. Hot off their Polaris Prize shortlist nomination and the critical acclaim of their excellent Montreal $ud, Limon Verde is the holy grail strain of sativa and the Obies are experimenting with new styles to keep pace with the ever changing rap landscape. The tape is …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: IshDARR “They Lost Me”

There is no denying the comeback of the early 90′s sound in music and hip hop is no exception. The 17 year old emcee from Milwaukee, IshDARR, embody’s that sound perfectly on this track. His nice delivery combined with a soulful jazzy beat brings us back to what most people …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Monk-E “Le seul chemin”

Monk-E has been on the scene for a minute and recently gained notoriety as the Canadian champion in the End of the Weak MC competition. A deadly pengame has always been the major characteristic for the MTL spitter, however his artistic expression has always extended beyond rhymes as he is …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Half A Mill “Any Day Can Be Your Last” (1993)

I found this myserious 12′ single in a dollar bin a few days ago and I don’t why I picked it up but I guess the Afro and $$ visuals caught my attention. Well I’m glad I did because this is some heavy heavy stuff from hip-hop’s golden era. NYC …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Buckshot “At Night” (Produced by 9th Wonder)

Here is a track we put on our last monthly MIMS Show (link) we loved so much we had to make sure it found its way to your ears. Fantastic track from frequent collaborators Buckshot of Boom Camp Click / Black moon fame and producer 9th Wonder which proves that …

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