Flip - Without Warning (feat. Elzhi and Phat Kat) (Video)

Flip - Without Warning (feat. Elzhi and Phat Kat) (Video)

"Without Warning" is the second single from Austrian hip-hop producer Flip's upcoming album "Reflections". The track features veteran rappers Elzhi and Phat Kat spitting some boastful rhymes over a looped up vocal sample that gives the song its name. "Reflections" is set to drop on February 17th via Ill Adrenaline Records and will feature guest appearances from Elzhi, Phat Kat, EDO. G, Killah Priest, Guilty Simpson, Kev Brown, LMNO, Tragic Allies, and many more.



EK - Invincible (Single)

EK - Invincible (Single)

"Invincible" is the latest track from Boston rapper Daniel "EK" Ibeh and is the latest entry in his bi-weekly song series that is leading up to the release of his "Hands of Time" EP. The lyrics on here are very positive and inspiring, with EK slowing down his flow and kicking some motivational rhymes over a sort of spacey instrumental from Bueffard Mallary. Very dope. Peep it below.



Fab Soares - Nothing But Rhymes (Album)

Fab Soares - Nothing But Rhymes (Album)

Fab Soares just dropped his "Nothing But Rhymes" EP back on January 12, 2015 and it's really dope. I gave the EP a good listen today and I'm feelin' every track on here, with the London rapper spitting fire over a variety of classic instrumentals that should definitely get you nodding your head. Don't sleep on this one folks.



C.Shreve the Professor - Legendary (feat. Jrusalam)

C.Shreve the Professor - Legendary (feat. Jrusalam)

"Legendary" is the latest single from C.Shreve the Professor and finds the North Carolina rapper linking up with Raleigh, NC emcee Jrusalam over a head nodding NosmoKing production. The song has a playful vibe to it, with both emcees just "dropping bars with Legendary aspirations in mind". Peep it below and also make sure to check out C.Shreve's dope "Summer Ransom" project that dropped last year if you like what you hear.



Coalmine Records - Remineded: A Collection of New and Old Remixes (Review)

Coalmine Records - Reminded: A Collection of New and Old Remixes (Review)

"Remineded: A Collection of New and Old Remixes" is the latest album from Brooklyn based hip-hop label Coalmine Records. The album is a remix compilation project that consists the labels favorite remixes (new and old) from artists such as Heltah Skeltah, El Da Sensei, Skyzoo, Blu and others and featuring production from Large Professor, Audible Doctor, Diamond D, Cookin' Soul and others. It was released on January 20, 2015 via Coalmine Records.

I.Am.Tru.Starr - Eat.Pray.Dilla EP

I.Am.Tru.Starr - Eat.Pray.Dilla EP

I.Am.Tru.Starr is an independent hip-hop artist hailing from Rochester, NY who dropped a crazy EP, "Eat.Pray.Dilla", back in November of 2014. The EP is the first release from I.Am.Tru.Starr and his One.Nation.Under.Art collective and was inspired by the late, great J. Dilla himself. I gave the project a listen earlier today and was really liking what I heard, which is not surprising since the EP has earned support from Toney Smith, Ma Dukes and The J Dilla foundation. Peep it below and then make sure to send any donations via PayPayl to The J Dilla Foundation at yanceymaureen@yahoo.com.



Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$ (Album Review)

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$ (Review)

"B4.DA.$$" is the debut studio album from Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$. The album features guest appearances from BJ The Chicago Kid, Chronixx, Maverick Sabre, Dymeond Lewis, Raury and others as well as production from Statik Selektah, DJ Premier, J Dilla, The Roots, Kirk Knight, Chuck Strangers and others. It is set to be released on January 20, 2015 via Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era.

Lone Ninja - Hostile Territory (feat. 9th Prince of Killarmy) (Single)

Lone Ninja - Hostile Territory (feat. 9th Prince of Killarmy) (Single)

Brooklyn's own Lone Ninja just dropped the first leak from his upcoming 7th album that is due out later this year. The track is called "Hostile Territory" and finds the Twin Perils emcee teaming up with Killarmy/Wu-Tang affiliate 9th Prince over a Mir The Bloody production full of frantic pianos and head nodding drums. It's dope to hear these two emcees together on a track since both have a similar voice and style, a similarity that I mentioned in my review of Lone Ninja's extremely dope "Trapdoors and Secret Passageways" album. Anyways, peep the song below and be on the lookout that the full album when it drops later this year.



The Jazz Jousters - Locations: Italy (Instrumental Album)


Hip-hop production crew The Jazz Jousters are back with the latest entry in their "Locations" compilation series, this time with the focus being on sampling the music of Italy and turning it into crazy hip-hop instrumentals. This edition dropped back on December 20, 2014 and is the third entry in the series, following their Japan and Brazil tribute albums that dropped earlier in 2014. As should be expected by now, the production is very smooth and jazzy and is sure to keep your head nodding the entire time. Peep it below.



The Savage and J-Heat - Back To The Essence (Review)

The Savage and J-Heat - The Essence (Review)

"Back To The Essence" is the followup to The Savage and J-Heat's "The Essence" EP that dropped back in 2013. The album features some additional vocals from Wicked Chimpanzee and is fully produced by The Savage himself (with a few co-production credits from J-Heat). It was released on December 25, 2014 over on the duo's Bandcamp page.

OSHUN - buildestroy (Single)


OSHUN are back again, this time with their latest single "buildestroy". The song is produced by Sifu and was released to accompany their Sir Noah Bility digital photo book, which can be viewed on the duo's Tumblr page. Dope shit. Peep the song below and then make sure to check out their "AFAHYE" EP that dropped last year and got quite a lot of play from me.



Interview with DUS and Eloh Kush

DUS and Eloh Kush

So I'm going to post up something a little different than the norm for "The Essence of Rap and Hip-Hop" in the form of an interview I conducted with two New Jersey based hip-hop artists, DUS and Eloh Kush. As you all know, I mainly focus on writing reviews and such on this site, but the opportunity presented itself to get the word out about these two artists and I just couldn't pass that up. So, without further ado, check out the interview below.

Ed Rowe x Sleep Sinatra x Concept - Concentrated Forces (Album)

Ed Rowe x Sleep Sinatra x Concept - Concentrated Forces (Album)

"Concentrated Forces" is a collaborative EP between Atlanta word-smith Ed Rowe, Nebraska rapper Sleep Sinatra and New Zealand based hip-hop producer Concept that dropped back on December 20, 2014 via Essenchill Records. I gave the project a good listen earlier today and it's really nice, with both Ed Rowe and Sleep Sinatra touching on a variety of topics over beautiful, boom-bap inspired production from Concept. The beats are soulful and the rhymes are potent, with some tracks featuring socially conscious rhymes while others find Ed Rowe and Sleep Sinatra just straight spitting. The only bad thing about the EP is that it's just so short, featuring only five full tracks and a quick instrumental outro from Concept that just left me wanting more. Hopefully these guys collaborate more in the future since I think I've had "Celestial" on repeat all day. Anyways, count this as yet another strong release from Essenchill Records. Peep it below.