Dub Sonata On The Arm

While some conscious heads may shun this entire project because the intro is about "pimping hoes and getting dough,” the album is dope. Dub Sonata is a New York producer with smooth and heavy beats, occasionally outshining an array of street rappers, including J-Hood and Thirstin’ Howl. On The Arm showcases beats that reflect both versatility and a sense of what today’s hip-hop listener wants to hear. "Philosophical Gangsta” presents Bizzy Bone on the album’s best track, and "Greatest Love” is a close second. Pick this album up if you have recently complained about the death of hip-hop; you'll feel the presence. (Independent)