Eric Johnson’s studio, Upstairs At Eric’s, is located in a three story walk up. There’s a huge partition separating the cyc and seamless from the living room. Several Ikea Closet Maid Cubeicals align the back wall, holding what seems like a century’s worth of vinyl. There’s a vintage point and shoot camera resting on the couch as a Bengal cat named Cooley prances around our peruse through Johnson’s catalog of history…

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Hell Rell – Black Mask, Black Gloves – The Ruga Edition & Top Gunna – The Ruga Edition – Album/Mixtape (2008)

Black Mask, Black Gloves is Hell Rell’s second solo album following his 2007 debut, For The Hell Of It. The first single released from the album was “Get Ready“. The album went on to peak at #9 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart. The CD sold 5,390 copies in its first week and debuted at #131 on The Hot 200.
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ByrdGang – M.O.B. : The Album – Album (2008)

M.O.B. : The Album is the debut album by hip-hop group ByrdGangThe album was released digitally on June 17, 2008, and the physical copy was in stores July 1, 2008.
The album’s first single was “Splash” performed by Jim Jones, Chink Santana, Juelz Santana & NOE. Continue reading


Jim Jones – Harlem’s American Gangster & Street Religion (Love Me No More Special Edition) – Album/Mixtape (2008)

Harlem’s American Gangster is the seventh mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Jim Jones released to digital retailers on February 19, 2008 under Koch Records. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number one on the Top Rap Albums chart. The Koch CD was remixed and remastered from a limited edition release that came out the previous November. There was also a change in the track list, with some tracks added and others omitted. The mixtape is hosted by Dame Dash and features the entire ByrdGang crew. “Love Me No More” was released as a single but didn’t reach any major Billboard charts. Continue reading

J.R. Writer – Writer’s Block 5 & Politics And Bullshit – Mixtape / Album (2007-2008)

Dipset member and widely regarded wordsmith J.R. Writer’s June 10th Politics And Bullshit, is the follow up to late 2007 Writer’s Block 5.
One of the most renowned lyricists to emerge from the Dipset camp, J.R. Writer is also one of the most prolific; a mere 7 months after the release of Writer’s Block 5, J.R. Writer offers another entry into his voluminous catalog.
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DukeDaGod - Harlem Classics

DukeDaGod – Harlem Classics – Compilation (2008)

DukeDaGod brings to you Harlem Classics, an album highlighting 21 of the hottest tracks from his own vaults including unreleased material. As the director of A & R, DukeDaGod is often considered the architect of the hottest Rap crew out of Harlem, having spearheaded the mixtape saturation for which the group is known. This former Roc-A-Fella executive and artist along with Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Hell Rell, and the rest have solidified a place in Hip Hop history selling millions of albums.
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J.R. Writer – Block Work – Album (2007)

J.R. Writer has proven his skills over and over, most recently with the crew here at Traffic Entertainment on “My Past Is Your Future.” This time out J.R. Writer makes it All about the future and brings it hard, on an all new recording, “Block Work.” Those of you familiar with ‘the trade’ will recognize the clever twist of phrase in titles like “The Weight Is UnderThe Cook Up and Git Ya Guns.”

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Max B - Public Domain - The Prequel & Public Domain 2 - Rise Of The Slver Surfer

Max B – Public Domain The Prequel & Public Domain 2 – Rise Of The Silver Surfer – Mixtapes (2007-2008)

Max B’s latest work with Dipset / Byrdgang, After having spent 10 months imprisoned, Max B was released on July 11, 2007 on a reported $2 million in bail. Short of funds, portion of Max’s bond was raised by selling his publishing over to his label owned by Jim Jones. It would eventually go on to become one of many grievances and disputes Max B would share with his former labelmate and head Jim Jones. Max B’s fourth mixtape Public Domain: The Prequel was released later in the month following his release from prison. Continue reading