Sunday, December 25, 2011

John Robinson "Gifted"

Expanding the Backpack, 12/25/11

New free album from Scienz of Life frontman and frequent MF Doom collaborator John Robinson, entitled "Gifted." John Robinson has a super dope voice and has always been kind of underrated as an MC, plus he always collabs with top notch producers and brings some interesting lyrics and content to the table. This free "Gifted" album is John Robinson's holiday gift to the masses, and features Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Ta'Raach, and I.D 4 Windz handling the beats amongst others. This project is unmixed and is mostly a collection of unreleased songs and B-sides from Mr. Robinson, but it still features some ill rhymes and beats, particularly the tracks "Her" and "Dap." I also gotta say that hearing John Robinson and Wordsworth go back and forth on "Cherish" makes me long to hear more collabs between those two. Their voices definitely compliment each other. You can download "Gifted" for free over at John Robinson's Bandcamp Page, or stream it in full below:

1. Her (produced by IG Culture)
2. Freestyle @ Lotus Crib (produced by Flying Lotus)
3. A.T.R (Annette Tijuana Robinson) (produced by ID 4 Windz)
4. C.U (produced by Ta'Raach)
5. Why'd You Lie? (produced by R'thentic)
6. Cherish (feat. Wordsworth) (produced by K.Dubble)
7. Heavenly (feat. Invizible Handz & Tiffany Paige) (produced by J Dilla)
8. Dap (feat. Farrah Burns) (produced by Flying Lotus)
9. On the Road Again (produced by ID 4 Windz)
10. Rap Thing (produced by Flying Lotus)
11. Ordo Ab Chao (produced by J Dilla)
12. Makings of U (IG Culture Remix) (produced by IG Culture)
13. UK (feat. Cymarshall Law & K Banger) (produced by ID 4 Windz)

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