AllHipHop Staff Picks—10.14.07

Now we’re not saying these joints are the end all be all to what should be on your Hip-Hop musical palette. But, we won’t deny that our tastes are highly refined. That said, we thought it would be nice to share what we’re bumping.Jigsaw (Saw IV)Kanye West “I Wonder”The song is representative of a lot of people striving to do better and also maintain some of the other core things in life – like a stable relationship. Trying to pursue dreams and such comes at a price. No matter the walk of life, people can relate. It’s a great song on a great album.

Aqua (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)Talib Kweli “Eat To Live”So many rap fans claim to be starving but that lyrical sustenance and Hip-Hop nutrition isn’t so hard to find, if you know where to look.

Kathy Iandoli (The Italian Job)M.I.A. f/ Bun B and Rich Boy “Paper Planes (Remix)”Anyone who uses gunshots and plane sounds as a backbeat is cool with me. M.I.A. is a movement by herself, but gets more street cred with MCs on the remix…well, at least Bun B anyway.

Dove (Purple Rain)“I’m So Hood” DJ Khaled f/ T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross & PliesFive of my Florida favorites on one track… it just doesn’t get any better! I’m not hood, but I know what they’re talking about when they say walk it out.

Steve Raze (Hell Raiser)Eminem “Untitled”Not too many people can not drop a song in a year and have a song played on the radio and cause a frenzy.  Eminem hasn’t lost a step and the people want to hear more from him.

Odeisel (A Man Apart)Jay-Z “Blue Magic”PSK cadence. Rakim Flow. Absence of a chorus. Simple refrain and minimalist drums. Less is definitely more and Jay-z puts it down for those of us old enough to remember. Blue magic IndeedJamile Karout (Space Jam)Jay-Z “Blue Magic”The lyrics are real and it has a smooth flow that doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard from Jay. After hearing this, I can’t wait to hear the rest of American Gangster… Hov’s baaackkk!

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