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} TBE Digest 10 – 5.29.10 [Hip Hop Roundup!! + Arcade Fire, Mystery Jets, Hot Hot Heat, …]

Another batch of new tracks for y’all. New Arcade Fire has the blogosphere creaming itself and a bunch of other new jams from old bands. It’s been over a year since my last (and first) Hip-Hop Roundup and since I had a bunch of hip-hop(esque) jams accumulating I figured it was high time to unload ’em on you. Anyway, most of the tracks here I am down with so it’s a rather upbeat Digest! Get to it!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

♫ Mystery Jets – Flash a Hungry Smile – The band behind one of my favorite albums of 2008 are back with this kazoo laced jam that while good, isn’t as great as I know they are capable of. I’m waiting for Read more

Wale’s great track is like a needle in an… Um… Ricka*

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little nut jobs come swarmin’ the village up

Wale – Um Ricka f. K’Naan (prod Mark Ronson)

If you know Wale chances are you know he recently dropped another acclaimed mixtape on the world, Back To The Feature. Tons of praise has been slathered on the mixtape but I’m just not feelin’ it. It’s bloated, the beats leave me bored, and half way through I just wish I had Dave Chapelle’s Wrap It Up box to use. If you can make it to track 21 (!?) you are in for treat. “Um Ricka” (Butchered pronunciation of ‘America’) stands out for its mellow horns and groovy piano, and the more I listen the better it all gets. Unfortunately for Wale I feel that the track’s awesomeness is mostly due to the stellar production by Mark Ronson and the killer verses by K’Naan. My expectations for Wale’s forthcoming debut LP Attention Defecit are waning by the moment.

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* It’s closer than you think.

Listen to Back To The Feature after the jump. Recommended before you download.

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