By Sarah Gearhart
Stat Quo Statlanta [Shady/Aftermath Records]
"A lot of people think [hip-hop] is dying, or it's not as good," says Stat Quo. "I want to restore people's faith that great records still come out."
Get ready for an impressive debut album dropping Aug. 28 from Shady/Aftermath Records' latest recruit. The Atlanta-bred rapper spits 16 tracks of classic soul and hip-hop, with appearances from Young Buck, Eminem, Scarface and Bilal. According to Stat Quo, his sound is fresh compared to "the cookie-cutter hip-hop" out there.
"People make what everyone else is making, instead of creating their own sound," Stat says. "I make my music stand apart." He does so by rhythmically mixing raw attitude with sick hooks and solid beatsall with the help of Dr. Dre and Eminem, both of whom produced the album.
First Single: "Here We Go!"
You'll definitely get fired up with these beats and dope lyrics. Good for practice, game time, any time.
Just Jack Overtones
Need an off the hook CD for your next workout? Check out Jack Allsopp's highly acclaimed sophomore effort, Overtones. The former London DJ turned singer/songwriter flaunts a confident attitude throughout the dozen-track album, which is a genre-jumping blend of hip-hop, soul, ska, pop and funk. The vibrant and savvy intermix is music you'll definitely want to rip.
"Life Stories" Quick beats and energetic hooks make this song perfect for a warm up.
"Disco Friends" Don't worry, there's no disco in this tune. It's full of simple rhythmsgood for a cool down/stretch routine.
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