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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Babygrande Records
  • ASIN: B000EUMK68
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Get Dumb
2. Everywhere
3. Feel the Velvet
4. 3 Minute Classic
5. Daisycutta
6. Eso Ain't Shit
7. Dunks Are Live, Dunks Are Dead
8. A.O.S.O.
9. Cemetery
10. Reggie Lewis Is Watching
11. Girls Gone Wild (Then & Now)
12. The Most
13. Take Note
14. Perfect Person
15. Play Dumb

Editorial Reviews

A mainstay in the underground hip-hop landscape for the past 10 years, 7L & Esoteric shift gears with their 4th LP of brand new material entitled A New Dope. Just as the indie community has come to embrace the aesthetic of an M.I.A. or Dizzee Rascal, A New Dope will similarly strike a chord with both 7L & Esoteric's loyal Hip Hop fan base as well as the discerning indie/rock tastemaker. As one of the premiere emcee and producer duos in underground hip-hop, A New Dope infuses a fresh stylistic sensibility into 7L & Esoteric's distinctive brand of hip-hop, resulting in an album that is as creatively ambitious as it is palatable to the broader indie consumer.

Customer Reviews

The beats are much heavier and not catchy what so ever.
C. Froelich
I can honestly say I don't have anything else like this in my collection.
Hipoltry
Well I don't know what they were thinking when they droped this junk.
C-murder

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. David on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although a little different from their other albums, A New Dope is a tight album from 7L & Esoteric. Great lyrics as always from eso, and the beats that 7L is coming with this time is some off the wall stuff that we haven't heard before, check out the twin peaks loop on perfect person, genius stuff. If you haven't heard of 7LES before, cop their earlier stuff and then check this out, classic material from the best underground duo!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By o.f.f. on July 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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..but this album is FIYAAAA!!

i'm into OLD SCHOOLish/futuristic beats like this,

(like how timbo & missy use old beats and make 'em new..)

and eso's styles are on point.

i'd heard their stuff years ago,

but wasn't inclined to spend money on it,

but this album is well worth my money.

i went to a friends' house to listen to the older stuff,

and i personally like this new one best.

he kinda sounds like jay-z on some of it..

not sure if that's good or bad for you..

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is solid from start to finish. Eso's lyrics are witty and smart. The production is also top notch. Daisycutta with Kool Keith is one of my favorite tracks so far this year. Definitely an album worth picking up.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Shouldis on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Their best release to date for sure. really digging 3 minute classic and Daisycutta.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Froelich on August 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you loved 7L & Esoteric's old stuff, do not pick up this album. It sounds completely different than "Dangerous Connections" or DC2. The beats are much heavier and not catchy what so ever. It's not music you can knod your head to, its music you want to sit in a dark room and cut yourself to. It's very "pop" sounding and and Esoteric doesn't bring any fire in his lyrics. What happened to piano beat tracks like "Rise of the Rebel" and "Battlefield". I don't no what this CD is, but it's not the 7L & Esoteric I know and love. This isn't "A New Dope" it's "A New Nope".
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By Hipoltry on November 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is my first 7L and Esoteric album and I didn't know what to expect. I heard them once on an iTunes radio station, remembered the name and came across them a couple week later at my record store. I've never heard their previous work, so I'm making no comparisons here, just observations of this album. It's got an old school feel to it, which is kinda nice to hear. Esoteric (he's the one rapping, right?) drops some clever rhymes. Although nothing special, it's got a nice, slow flow to it. I was a little dissapointed with some of the music, but the samples 7L uses are pretty good (twoards the end of 3 Minute Classic and then Cemetary is just hilarious). The reason I only gave this 3 stars is because although Eso has some good and funny rhymes, his voice and flow get boring after a few listens and the music on some songs make me skip to the next track. It's a good album to listen to every once in awhile, just to listen to something different then the same old underground (admit it, underground rappers sound a lot better than the mainstream crap, but they do tend to all have a similar sound to them). I can honestly say I don't have anything else like this in my collection.
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Format: Audio CD
I had bought a few 7LES cds about 8 months ago, during a period when I was trying to get back into hip-hop but wasn't really feeling ANY music at all; I think my brain couldn't handle anymore music. I listened to them a few times then forgot about 'em.

After about 6 months I realized I still hadn't opened A New Dope. Well when I did, I was stunned. This album has fire, and Esoteric has improved plenty and even further diversified his style. This album is the reason I've picked up the other CDs I was missing. I still need Warning: Dangerous Exclusives and Dope Not Hype, though.

People might hate on Esoteric, but this and DC2 show an evolved man who continues to improve, and I would find it hard to dislike the lyrical content on this album, save for maybe 2 or 3 songs.
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