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Who says hip-hop doesn't watch the news anymore? There it is, smack-dab in the Spyder D–rapped title track to the early-February release Big Apple Rappin': "We've got mo' mad mics [something like that anyway] and transit strikes"! Timely or what? Especially if you forget the line was recorded a quarter-century ago and is surrounded by tourist information about Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Son of Sam, and the World Trade Center. Spyder D's on disc two; on disc one, the presumedly unrelated Brother D warns that "America's got concentration camps" and "The party may end one day soon when they're roundin' niggers up in the afternoon." So "How we gonna make the black nation rise? We're gonna agitate, educate, and organize." One year before "The Message," six before the presumedly unrelated Chuck D.


CATHEDRAL
The Garden of Unearthly Delights
(Nuclear Blast art-rocked doom-metal album)
Stream "Oro The Manslayer" (Windows Media)
Stream "Tree of Life & Death" (Windows Media)

DERIN DOW
Retroactive
(Crapshoot Music AOR pop-prog heavy rock album with biblical-verse-embellished lyric sheet)
Stream "Friday"
Stream "Inside" (Windows Media)

DOOMFOXX
Doomfoxx
(Armageddon Australian outback broken-bottle-battle biker-bar-boogie marsupial-metal album)
Stream "Boyfriend"
Stream "Drugs" (Windows Media)

M&R RUSH
The Thrill of the Chase
(mandrrush.com AOR Cubs-fan pop-prog jock-rock album)
Stream "Heavy Metal Christmas" (Windows Media)

ONKEL TOM
Bon Scott Hab'ich Noch Live Gesehen
(Armageddon oi!-schlager beer-metal EP)
Download "Im Tiefen Keller (Live)"

PERSEPHONE'S DREAM
Opposition
(Persephonesdream.com pop-prog goth-metal album)
Stream "Puppetmaster"
Stream "Endymion" (Windows Media)

TWELFTH OF NEVER
Things That Were
(Dark Symphonies goth-metal album)
Stream "Bratty-Girl"
Stream "As Autumn Falls" (Windows Media)

JOY LYNN WHITE
One More Time
(Thortch Records alt-country pop-rock album)
Download Keep This Love"
Download Girls With Apartments In Nashville" (MP3)

Big Apple Rappin': The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City 1979–1982
(Soul Jazz double old-school rap reissue compilation)
Stream "Catch The Beat" (Windows Media)

Houston for Dummies: Mixed By DJ Ayres & JD
(Rockist/The Rub sometimes screwed and chopped Houston hip-hop DJ mix compilation)
Stream "Snippets" (Windows Media)

Mighty Real: A Dancefloor Retrospective 1980-1988: Morning Music
(Candystore disco-after-nobody-called-it-disco-anymore reissue compilation)
Stream "(Various Songs)"

Sonic Cathedral—Sirens
(Sonic Cathedral/The End "female voice in Metal," by which they mean "dark gothic metal that often has no metal in it," compilation)
Stream "Lake Of Sorrow"

 
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