Super Dragon X - Where the Fuck is your Album Mixtape

Super Dragon X, known to most as the harsher-voiced of Metamystiks Incorporated's two emcees, has decided to release a mixtape of his older tracks in preparation for a new era of SDX's rap career. As SDX himself put it;

"This is the first time I've ever put out a mixtape of my own tracks, fully tagged and collected, and I hope this stuff gets some heads nodding among people who haven't heard my music yet. With scratches and a couple beats by the omnipresent DJ Snyder, these tracks run the gamut from dark sci-fi to tongue-in-cheek rants about video games."

I haven't listened to it yet, but I assure you it'll be good, 'cause if it's got any of the SDX tracks I've already got, then it's a sure-fire winner. Super Dragon X's gruff vocals and subject matter come together perfectly, and he delivers his rhymes without hestitation, never letting up on the flow and always delivering a powerful punch.

I'm excited about this because it's the first SDX mixtape and there are tracks I haven't heard before, so I'm pretty excited. Don't miss this one, because if you haven't heard SDX you're missing out!

The Mainstream is Unoriginal

When I log in to my MySpace account, I'm bombarded with ads on all sides from artists who already get way too much exposure and it's starting to frustrate me. On the top left, there's a Red Jumpsuit Apartatus banner, to my left there's some news about Katy Perry. Right above the login there's an ad for Coldplay's new CD. Honestly, if I wanted to hear their music I would throw on the radio, but I don't, so I listen to Pandora or KDVS Online.

Everywhere I go I feel like there's no escape from the horrible mainstream music with their half-assed beats, even more half-assed rhymes, and the repetition that not only carries throughout the song, but throughout the playlists radio DJs choose to play these days. Some of my friends listen to the radio and every time they turn it on, it's never something new, it's always the same songs being cycled over and over.

What I'd like to see is some new music being advertised, some new music being played, and some singles that aren't a chorus played six times with three verses which takes three rappers and a producer to create. It's really disgusting. I can think of some artists who not only rap amazingly, but produce their own tracks as well. I don't undertstand it.

I want good artists to be recognized. Someday, I suppose...

Pandora Internet Radio

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everybody. It's a great holiday, all the family together, eating a huge ham, getting presents, spreading cheer, playing with a brand new puppy, and listening to new music! It doesn't get better than this... or does it? I think it does:

Seattle-based hip hop band Optimus Rhyme has been broken up for some time, though in the grand holiday spirit, they have released a fantastic EP featuring five brand new songs... and the kicker?

It's FREE!

Not surprisingly, it's also really awesome, and hearing unreleased music from one of my favorite groups of all time is always a plus (especially when they're no longer together). transfORmed is fantastic, a medley of new songs that combine all of the breathtaking style that Optimus Rhyme is known for, letting us know they're still kicking from a shallow grave.

OR, we still love you!

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Optimus Rhyme Official Website

transfORmed Download Link

Transitions Between Songs and Verses

One of my favorite aspects of listening to music is hearing an album that flows from one track to the next seamlessly, getting rid of the standard album of "a collection of tracks" and instead focusing on making the album a listening experience. I noticed this because when I'm listing my favorite albums of all time, I tend to choose those which are either concept albums or those whose tracklisting flow perfectly together, regardless of genre.

Yesterday I was listening to Deltron 3030 with Fusionbot while we were driving around doing some last-minute Christmas shopping and we were discussing how the album's central theme wasn't the only thing that tied it together, but the perfect transitions between the tracks. Each track flows into one another in a way that only a well-thought out album can, which makes me think that a lot of artists just hit the recording studio and put out a collection of tracks which they've been working on over a length of time.

Even then, however, you can have great albums, as in the case of Xczircles' album Act of Gosh, which is a collection of tracks, but the album flows together so smoothly, you'd hardly even notice. Each track ends where the next one picks up, not thematically, not musically, but in that way that I just can't explain, where the beats line up and the album keeps moving at exactly the right pace. I suggest picking that album up for FREE at Xczircles' myspace (but real fans picked it up when it was pressed the first time).

And then there's the smooth transition between emcees within a track that really are perfect, either following up the vocal style, picking up on a lyrical line, or just plain doing it right.

The Four Horsemen - The Horsemen Are Here:
I'll march towards France, teach them to dance
Teach them about arts, wine and romance
I'll stalk them with knives, torture their minds
Cause them to die then run off with their wives
I've lived for the day, do as I may
Then plan my escape for the day I'm betrayed

If they betrayed you, then they'll betray me
The PCH gobbler, rip 'em now, let 'em bleed
Know exactly what he need, tie his legs to the tree
And no, nobody else torture this little fucker but me

Wu-Tang Clan - While the Heart Gently Weeps
Lester, smoked Chester sister, Vest, I heard it was a mess
They ripped the apple out her throat, blessed her
Hungry hyenas from Medina, all eight trained us
Who got reluct', think fast, and blast from Beamers

[Ghostface Killah]
I brought my bitch out to Pathmark, she's pushing the cart
Headed to aisle four, damn I got milk on my Clark's
That's what I get, not focusing, from hitting that bar
My mouth dried, need plenty water quick, I feel like a shark

The transition between lyrics like that, which you have to listen to, is just perfect, and I can't describe how much I wish every collaboration sounded like these two examples. I think that it's important that when artists are doing collaborations they focus on making the transitions smooth, knowing each others' verses so they can play off their lines, and sounding like a team, instead of what I generally describe as "verse-dropping" which is what most people do: providing a verse that fits to the beat, but doesn't necessarily fit to the song, which is an important aspect of the music, despite what most people seem to think. Smooth transitions and seamless verses really make an album stand out, but generally the albums that I come across tend to just throw together a collection of tracks, which can be great, but it less appealing.

Xczircles - Act of Gosh Download

Epic-1 - Black Friday

Epic-1 has released his debut album Black Friday, a fantastic piece of poetry spread across five of the coolest tracks I've heard in a while. EMPulse Records, home to some great artists (Rocket Propelled Geeks, Krondor Krew, In Real Life, and more!) picked up Epic-1 a while ago, and since he popped up on Rocket Propelled Geeks' track Boomstick Serenade I've been eagerly awaiting a release by the man.

Black Friday is a five-track EP, available for free from EMPulse Records, with new tracks from Epic-1 over some seriously wicked production. With everything from nerdy rhymes to serious stuff and just messing around on the track, he's got it down, no doubt. Epic-1's voice is soothing, his rhymes are fresh the entire album through, he throws around metaphors like a hero, and the songs transition very smoothly between each other. It's a great EP.

Favorite Track: Black Friday

There's no doubt that the production on this track is awesome, and Epic-1's vocals float smoothly over the melodies, especially in the choruses. What I really like is that his vocal range allows his choruses to not simply sound like an extension to the verse, but to be catchy, original, and clean, which I really like. And being free, how can you pass this one up?

EMPulse Records

Epic-1's Myspace

Download the Album for Free!

Just a Few More Things to Fix Up

I've been fixing up the website and I think it's looking quite nice right now.
There's going to be better organization on the far right-hand bar when I'm done.
Give me a little more time!

Coming Reviews:
  • Id Obelus - The Inevitable Crushing
  • Epic-1 - Black Friday EP
  • Hand'Solo Records - Hokey Religions Live
  • Touch - Dead Words
  • More!
Coming Interviews:
  • Id Obelus
  • illGill
  • Doctor Popular
  • More!

Important Update! New Site Coming!

Legendary Hip Hop is looking to expand, change, and rebuild. This will likely be a frustrating and invigorating process followed by the introduction of new LHH team members, a switch to Wordpress for more flexibility in posting, and more updates and information for you to feast your eyes and ears upon.

We are changing our focus!

LHH is going to primarily focus on everything from indie/underground hip hop to nerdy hip hop and start more promotion, including releasing mixtapes, compilations, putting together shows, and more! The new team is being assembled now and the complete transformation to a new site (with all the old articles intact and the same website URL) will likely be done in January of 2009. With the start of the new year comes new things!

We are looking to plan shows from Sonoma County to San Francisco to The Sacramento Area, and a couple shows are already in planning. Come January, Legendary Hip Hop will be back on board with way more involvment in the community! We want to unite venues with artists for consistency in shows, and get DIY venues across the state to collaborate for DIY show tours and more. LHH is planning for a nuclear explosion of hip hop shows, collaborations, albums, and compilations.

The Plan:
Change LHH in a way that more information can be sent your way, more consistently and in a better organized fashion. If you're afraid that it won't be as good, don't be. It'll be better. Much better, in fact.

If you are interested in joining the LHH team, e-mail me at the address on the right and I'll talk to you about what you can do to help. There are likely positions open, if you are flexible in your interests, though keep in mind that I'm already assembling a team.

More news to come! I'm not going to stop updates while we are in transition, so there will be some album reviews this week and information on upcoming events in the Sonoma County Area.

Midwest Nerdfest CANCELLED

The highly anticipated Midwest Nerdfest, organized by Madhatter of Scrub Club Records, unfortunately had to be canceled. Though it would have undoubtedly been incredible, as The Sinister Six were scheduled to perform as a group for the first time (since the members are scattered all throughout the country), and there were even rumors of Kabuto, SCR's newest artist and a beast of epic proportions, performing at the festival... And, to kick it all off, there was going to be a costume contest which Blazercake(s) and myself had gotten pretty excited for, though I'll have to refrain from telling you what our costumes were in case there is another costume contest anytime soon. Here's an excerpt from the blog post about the cancelation;

Sponsorship was looking good, although the main and most important sponsor of them all (the audio / video company) flaked out on me and I hadn't replaced them yet... everything else was pretty much locked in place. Unfortunately, due to medical bills for our daughter, Shel and I had to file bankruptcy. We believed we could still pull this off, but I ended up being stuck in some identity loophole with the credit agencies (apparently, they can't confirm I exist at this point)... and since we haven't been able to fully go through with the bankruptcy, we won't be able to take in money from ticket sales or sponsors because that would look really suspicious to the government.

To read the entire explaination, please visit THIS LINK.

Though show was canceled, Scrub Club remains strong. This week, Noncents Volume III is scheduled for release, featuring Madhatter and Chester, as well as newer Scrub Club members Kabuto and Deafinition. As for other albums in the works on the label are Deafinition's unnamed debut album, Kabuto's Parseltongue Mixtape, and Benjamin Bear's Nightmare People. As for other work, Scrub Club is focusing on finishing up their tabletop roleplaying game Time Paradox, hopefully scheduled for a 2009 release.