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We Plug to You: Add-2 – A Tale of Two’s City Vol. 4: Better Days

div style=”text-align: justify;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Times,’Times New Roman’,serif;”What up, y’all?nbsp;*checks calendar* word, it’s December already? 2010 definitely pulled a Usain Bolt on us. Not gonna lament on it, though, cuz it’s been a good year for me (hopefully, it was a good one for y’all too).nbsp;/spanspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Times,’Times New Roman’,serif;”Moving along, a while ago the chief Ayo suggested I plug some Hip-Hop. A specific project in particular. I was game, but a little wary, because this specific artist is one I could literally go on amp; on amp; on about. And he’s from my city, Chicago, so that bias is one I can’t completely get rid of, no matter how much I try. He’s just that good. Without further ado, I plug to you a href=”http://www.myspace.com/add2″biAdd-2/i/b/a./spanbr /span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: Times,’Times New Roman’,serif;”br //span/divdiv class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://cdn.2dopeboyz.com/m.php/2010/03/20100322-ADD2.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://cdn.2dopeboyz.com/m.php/2010/03/20100322-ADD2.jpg” //a/divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”ahref=”http: 3.bp.blogspot.com=”” _ttkul001blg=”” aaaaaaaaavu=”” add.jpg”=”” onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” pp6pbzd_o8y=”” s1600=”” tpipfjewkli=””br //ahref=”http:/divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”I became a fan of a href=”http://twitter.com/add2themc”biAdd-2/i/b/a back in 2008. Besides the uncanny resemblance to someone I attended college with (LOL), I used to read his blog on hiphopdx.com back when they had blogs (ahh…the glory days). Seems like forever ago, though. It was there that I heard his murderous freestyle over The Roots’ ’75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)’, I’ve been hooked ever since. He spat with such ferocity amp; tenacity on that freestyle, I’m pretty sure I rewound that ish a couple times. Later that Summer, he dropped ‘a href=”http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=tamp;source=webamp;cd=1amp;ved=0CBkQFjAAamp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.2dopeboyz.com%2F2008%2F08%2F14%2Fadd-2-the-tale-of-twos-city-v2-mixtape%2Famp;ei=QFAFTb4KkonkBsewwf0Jamp;usg=AFQjCNEBDYywi9juqRF-jgOZm5Ss2mshfQ”A Tale of Two’s City, Vol. 2: The Return of the Menace/a’. Since then, he has been consistently spittin’ ETHER, via features, freestyles, more singles and his next mixtape a year later, ‘a href=”http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=tamp;source=webamp;cd=2amp;ved=0CCAQFjABamp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.2dopeboyz.com%2F2009%2F08%2F28%2Fadd-2-tale-of-twos-city-v3-the-rise-fall-mixtape%2Famp;ei=QFAFTb4KkonkBsewwf0Jamp;usg=AFQjCNHRKbTI1RwqkoSCD5dcjBayZISr3A”A Tale of Two’s City, Vol. 3: The Rise and Fall/a’. Personally, that mixtape was spun on a daily basis for a long time. The breakout song ‘Luxury’ was being played on radio, and #TeamAdd2 was stronger than ever. Add’s buzz was building greater by the day. Even 9th Wonder was put on game./divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”br //divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”In March, I saw him kickin’ freestyles with Tanya Morgan, Blu amp; Exile, and he even got to perform with The Roots (!!!!) at the Highline Ballroom this past June. It was really dope to see all the success for the homie; besides being super talented, dude is super humble. Periodically, he kept hinting that an EP called ‘…Better Days’ would be dropping sometime this year. Lord knows I was geeked. In the meantime, he was featured on Actual Proof’s ‘Super Genius’ remix, which included spitters such as Naledge, Kendrick Lamar amp; Laws (just to name a few), and the recently released ‘Drunken Style’ by The Away Team (both of these songs bang, btw). Long story short, ‘…Better Days’ soon turned into the mixtape ‘A Tale of Two’s City: Better Days’, one of the BEST (yeah, I said it) mixtapes to drop this year. Add sticks to a winning formula for the 4th installment of his tales, and I can’t complain at all. Truthfully, if I could, I’d highlight every song on the mixtape, cause there isn’t a skippable track, but alas, I can’t. I’ll highlight the 3 (out of the many) that I absolutely loooooooooove./divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”br //divdiv class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://cdn.2dopeboyz.com/m.php/2010/10/betterdaysVOL4web-Front.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ src=”http://cdn.2dopeboyz.com/m.php/2010/10/betterdaysVOL4web-Front.jpg” //a/divdiv style=”text-align: center;”br //divobject height=”81″ width=”100%” param name=”movie” value=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7859001amp;secret_url=false”/paramparam name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”/paramembed allowscriptaccess=”always” height=”81″ src=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7859001amp;secret_url=false” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”100%”/embed /objectbr /div style=”text-align: center;”ibspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #a64d79; font-size: x-small;””Success makes me look so damn good, don’t it?”/span/b/ibr /br //divdiv style=”text-align: center;”/divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”MAAAAAAN LISTEN. The beat provided by span style=”color: #333333;”The Getards/span is just so crisp. And I’m not afraid to say I stan for a href=”http://twitter.com/#%21/TANYAMORGAN”Tanya Morgan/a, so when I saw Donwill amp; Von Pea on the track list, I knew that the three of ’em were gonna deliver nothing less than heat. Everyone (or almost everyone) has those people in your lives (exes, even ex-friends or the like) who didn’t support or care until they saw your success. They see that you’re on, so they try to get on. This is the song you play when you gracefully decline strike and then spit in their face lol/strike. The song is aptly titled ‘A Love Letter To All My Exes’…/divbr /div style=”text-align: justify;”object height=”81″ width=”100%” param name=”movie” value=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7858930amp;secret_url=false”/paramparam name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”/paramembed allowscriptaccess=”always” height=”81″ src=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7858930amp;secret_url=false” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”100%”/embed /object /divdiv style=”text-align: center;”ibspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #a64d79; font-size: x-small;””Nobody gotta accept you, EXCEPT you”/span/b/ibr /span style=”font-style: italic;”br //span/divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”Add dedicated this song, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ to the youth, more specifically our young women. This song is a beautiful dedication. I definitely love the second verse, because Add’s telling young women (even some of these older ones, yo) that they’re fine the way they are and not to fall victim to society’s “standard” of beauty, and to basically love themselves for who they are. a href=”http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=tamp;source=webamp;cd=1amp;sqi=2amp;ved=0CBoQFjAAamp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.andyallo.com%2Famp;ei=01AFTebTMsuZhQfnl_DuBwamp;usg=AFQjCNH0wsCnQWVAFm68ZpBPl-hmUDn0qw”Andy Allo/a does a beautiful job of adding her vocals to the chorus, which is life-affirming in it’s own right in my opinion. Beautiful song all around. This is a song that needs to be played on radios, in schools… man, anywhere kids need some support.br /br //divobject height=”81″ width=”100%” param name=”movie” value=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7859084amp;secret_url=false”/paramparam name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”/paramembed allowscriptaccess=”always” height=”81″ src=”http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F7859084amp;secret_url=false” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”100%”/embed /object br /div style=”text-align: center;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #a64d79; font-size: x-small;”bi”I lost my mind man, Google couldn’t map that / tryna hit Dondria amp; see if she got a Phat Phat”/i/b/span/divbr /div style=”text-align: center;”div style=”text-align: justify;”I’m a sucker for charging beats amp; awesome horns, and D-Man delivers with this, ‘Spare None’. I can only imagine the screw faces in the room when this beat came through the speakers. But yo, Add spits line after line, rhyming like a damn savage. When I heard the line “runnin’ over every n*gga that you runnin’ with / then walk up to ya grandpa amp; kick over his bucketlist “, I literally said “that’s rude as hell!” and then rewound it. That’s vicious as hell, man. The song is quite menacing, from the lyrics to the production. All around dope.br /br //divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”Another song I dig a LOT is ‘Slow it Down’. Gives me that perfect Chicago Do or Die / Twista feel. Good job on that one. You could slip this in a 90s playlist amp; it’d fit perfectly. And the song is a grooove. *snaps on beat*…nbsp;More songs to check out include ‘DGK’, ‘The Feeling is Gone’, nbsp;and ‘Off Our Cloud’. But seriously, the whole tape is solid./div/divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”br //divSo what more is there to say, really? a href=”http://usershare.net/whatsinmyheadphones/mp26v7vmi4c7″G’on ‘head and download it already/a!br /div style=”text-align: justify;”*the link is missing track three for some reason, so click on a href=”http://www.mediafire.com/?bhk051x98ehq176″this/abr /br //divdiv style=”text-align: justify;”Peace,br /br /doJo.br /br /PS: Add recently released the track Comic Book Flow. Peep it a href=”http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/12/01/add-2-comic-book-flow/”here/aa href=”http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/12/01/add-2-comic-book-flow/”,/a and read his words here:/divblockquote/blockquoteblockquotediv style=”text-align: center;”ibspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”color: #a64d79; font-size: x-small;””As an artist whose career has been aided heavily through hip hop websites, blogs amp; the internet as a whole it upsets me to see the powers that be trying to dismantle our outlets for our voice in an attempt to gain control over us. Try as they may they can not, nor will they ever be, successful at silencing us.”/span/b/i/div/blockquote

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