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[December 19, 2006] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Our writers highlight a handful of notable records scheduled to hit the shelves this Tuesday. Plus, check the full list of this week's releases:




Hip-Hop is Dead

Def Jam

Few hip-hop artists are as celebrated and criticized as Nasir Jones. He has released seven albums yet is forever beholden to his fans for his first, Illmatic. The idea of a new Nas album is always intriguing, but it never quite feels like the first time. So, as the Internet discusses final track lists to his new album and the streets wonder about his credibility working with former rival Jay-Z, I pose another question to Nas's Hip Hop is Dead: Can it reconcile the differences between listener and artist expectations? By figuratively burying his culture, will Nas finally convince his audience to stop expecting Illmatic, Pt. 2 and to stop reliving 1994? Maybe that's a question even bigger than the Lil' Homie. ~ Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.defjam.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=608

Label: http://www.defjam.com/site/home.php

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/nas 

Styles P

Time is Money

Ruff Ryders

Have you read Wikipedia's articles on your favorite rappers? Most of them read like press releases ghostwritten by fanboys. Here are some choice lines from Styles P's entry:

  • "[A Gangster and a Gentleman] contained � the weed anthem 'Good Times (I Get High),' which was one of the most played songs of the year 2002 [citation needed]."
  • "On a mixed album with several songs about the lifestyle behind bars, 'Some Niggas' was one of the fiercest and most remembered songs on the street from that album [citation needed]."
  • "'My brother,' one of Styles [sic.] most emotionaly [sic.] filled creations."

Which is a shame, because Styles P deserves better. Actually, anybody deserves better.


By the way, he is part of an estimable group of artists releasing an album this year's end. Time is Money, the follow-up to his 2002 debut, finds the D-Block co-founder grinding his gravelly voice over both standard pop production (Neptunes, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch) and in combination with fresh faces (Gerald Levert, Sleepy Brown, Marsha Ambrosius). I suppose this is the part where I should write, "And the people huzzaed." ~ Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.stylesp.net/

Label: http://www.ruffryders.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/stylesp

Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Umvd Import)
Blak Jak: Place Your Bets (Republic)
Bob Dylan: Blues [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] (Sony / BMG Import)
Bow Wow: Price of Fame (Sony)
Charles Mingus: Three or Four Shades of Blue/Cumbia and Jazz Fusio (Collectables)
Curtis Mayfield: Gospel Greats (Collectables)
DJ Clue?: Professional, Pt. 3 (Roc-A-Fella)
Do or Die: Headz or Tailz [Chopped & Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)
The Doors: Doors (WEA International)
The Doors: Strange Days (WEA International)
Eamon: Love & Pain (BMG International)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Rockin' with the Killer (Fuel 2000)
Johnny Cash/June Carter: Live at the Louisiana Hayride (Cbuj Ent)
The Killers: Bones EP (Umvd Import)
Lil' Flip: Welcome 2 Screwston (BCD Music Group)
Lil' Flip: Young Bosses Getting Cash (BCD Music Group)
Mac Dre/DJ Backside: 16 Wit Dre, Vol. 2 (Thizz)
Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead (Def Jam)
Neil Young: Living with War - "In the Beginning" (Reprise / Wea)
Original Score: Blood Diamond (Varese Sarabande)
The Pack: Skateboards 2 Scrapers (Jive)
Paul Oakenfold: Lively Mix 
Soft Cell: Demo Non Stop (Some Bizzare)
Styles P: Time Is Money (Ruff Ryders)
Teddy Pendergrass: Platinum Collection (WEA International)
The Sugarcubes: Complete Studio Albums Box (One Little Indian)
Trick Daddy: Back by Thug Demand (Atlantic / Wea)
Various Artists: Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streets, Vol. 4 (Atlantic / Wea)
Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children: I Look, I See (EMI)

 *Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with corrections or additions.

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