G-Unit - The Beauty of Independence (Review)

G-Unit - The Beauty of Independance (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"The Beauty of Independence" is the latest EP from hip-hop group G-Unit (currently consisting of rappers 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Kidd Kidd). The EP features no guest appearances but does feature production from Havoc, Lord Quest, Ryan "Ryu" Alexy and others. It was released on August 25, 2014 via G-Unit Records, Inc.

Dali Darko - Sleeping Dragon (Single)

Dali Darko - Sleeping Dragon (Essence of Hip-Hop)

Pittsburgh emcee Dali Darko is back yet again, this time with his latest track "Sleeping Dragon". The song is banging and features the 21-year old rapper spitting some hard ass rhymes over a beautiful B.eastcode production. This one is fire. Check it out below.

Darnell Little - XX (Album)

Darnell Little - XX (Essence of hip-hop)

Darnell Little just dropped a new project, titled "XX", back on August 19th and it's really nice. The project finds the 20 year old emcee spitting over a variety of instrumentals, from the experimental sounds of Flying Lotus to more boom-bap orientated productions from Pete Rock and Madlib. The beats are really dope and Darnell sounds great over them, alternating between straight up braggadocios bars to more personal and reflective rhymes on a few tracks. Overall, I'm really feelin' the project and highly recommend it. Peep it below.

Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes EP (Review)

Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes EP (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Ugly Heroes EP" is the latest EP from hip-hop trio Ugly Heroes (which consists of hip-hop producer Apollo Brown and emcees Verbal Kent and Red Pill). The EP features guest appearances from Murs and DJ Eclipse as well as production from Oddisee, but mostly the entire project is produced by Apollo Brown himself. It was released on August 19, 2014 via Mellow Music Group.

SilentSomeone - Grey Skies (ft. John Robinson) (Video)

Bronx hip-hop producer SilentSomeone comes through with some visuals for the third single from his "I Have Company" album that dropped back in March. The song is called "Grey Skies" and finds New York veteran emcee John Robinson (who just dropped a dope album with PVD a few months back) doing his thing over a beautiful SilentSomeone production. "I Have Company" features guest appearances from Sadat X, Tame One, El Da Sensei and others and is available for purchase via the links below.

C.Shreve the Professor - Summer Ransom (Album)

North Carolina rapper C.Shreve The Professor just dropped his long awaited 10th full length release on August 14th and it's really dope. The album features production from ILe Flottante, Good Shepard, Handbook, Whokairs?, Soul Monk and others as well as guest verses from Woven Hatchets, Jrusalam, Trapbo' Chad and more. I gave the project a good listen today and was feelin' mostly every track on here, from the jazzy, soulful feel of "Blast Off" and "My Hemisphere" to the harder, grittier boom-bap vibe of "The Feast". Many of the instrumentals on the album have a summery feel and C.Shreve sounds great over them, effortlessly switching between boastful battle raps and some more introspective rhymes found on tracks like "The Professor". This one will be getting a lot of play from me this year. Don't sleep. Peep the full album below.

OSHUN - Gyenyame (Video)

OSHUN (comprised of NYU vocalists Niambi Sala and Thandiwe) recently dropped a video for their track "Gyenyame", which is a cut off of their "AFAHYE" EP that dropped back in March. The song is really nice and finds the duo doing their thing over MF DOOM's "High John" instrumental. "AFAHYE" features instrumentals from Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla and MF DOOM and is available to stream below.

Reason - Hands Up (Single)

Brooklyn rapper Reason (who just dropped an ill video with Ceazar a few days back) comes through with his latest single "Hands Up". The song is dope and finds Reason spitting some boastful bars over an energetic ALLROUNDA Productions instrumental. If you are not familiar with Reason, he was featured on "The Brewery" off of Raekwon's "Unexpected Victory" mixtape and dropped a nice mixtape of his own back in 2013.

Statik Selektah - What Goes Around (Review)

Statik Selektah - What Goes Around (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"What Goes Around" is the latest album from hip-hop producer Statik Selektah. The album features guest appearances from Ab-Soul, Lil Fame, Styles P, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Joey Bada$$ and many others and is fully produced by Statik Selektah himself. It is set to be released on August 19, 2014 via Showoff Records / Duck Down Music.

Ed Rowe - Change (Single)

Ed Rowe - Change (Single)

Atlanta rapper Ed Rowe and Ukrainian hip-hop producer KVH just released the lead single from their upcoming EP "Reflective Melody" in the form of the track "Change". The song finds Ed Rowe speaking "for and from the souls of those fed up with police brutality, economic inequality, mass incarceration, and political corruption as a whole" over a somber KVH instrumental. Peep the track below and then hit up Ed Rowe's SoundCloud page to download the song for free if you are feelin' it. "Reflective Melody" is set to drop on September 5, 2014.

PScril - The People Vs The Pig (Single)

"The People Vs The Pig" is the latest track from PScril (which is an acronym for Possessing Skill Character & Righteousness In Life), who is a conscious rapper that has worked with Big Poo and has shared the stage with a variety of emcees such as Talib Kweli, BIG Krit, Immortal Technique, and more. The song is produced by Jaemix and features the Greenville, NC emcee trying to "help our younger generation focus on the positive aspects of life and at the same time educate them on the harsh reality of our surroundings." Nice.

Accent - Paper Game (ft. Skyzoo and Kinetics) (Video)

Accent just dropped some visuals for his track "Paper Game", which features the NYC hip-hop artist linking up with Skyzoo (who just dropped a crazy LP with Torae a few months back) and Kinetics over a dope Judge instrumental. The song is the first single off of Accent's upcoming "The Last Lyricist" project, which is coming later this fall.

V. Nova - The New Commission (Video) and Abstract Art (ft. Smif-n-Wessun) (Single)

V. Nova - Abstract Art (ft. Smif-n-Wessun) (Essence of Hip-Hop)

Brooklyn emcee V. Nova is gearing up to drop his upcoming mixtape "Hidden In Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission" and has recently released both a single and a video from the project. The first is the single, which is called "Abstract Art" and features hip-hop legends Smif-N-Wessun with production from The Crack Factory. Next up is some visuals for "The New Commission", which is the intro track of the mixtape and also produced by The Crack Factory. "Hidden In Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission" is set to drop this September.

The Underachievers - Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium (Review)

The Underachievers - Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium" is the debut album from Flatbush, Brooklyn hip-hop duo The Underachievers (which consists of emcees Issa Gold and AK). The album features a guest appearance from Portugal The Man as well as production from Ryan Hemsworth, Nick Leone and the Ruby Suns and others. It was released on August 12, 2014 via RPM MSC.

DJ Tekwun - I Does This (ft. EL)

DJ Tekwun - I Does This (ft. EL) (Essence of Hip-Hop)

DJ Tekwun is back, this time with the latest drop from his upcoming "Cassette Music" album. The song is called "I Does This" and finds the Westchester County, NY producer/emcee sharing the mic with EL over a head nodding boom-bap instrumental. "Cassette Music" is set to feature hip-hop legends Sadat X and Ed O.G. (as well as others) and should be dropping in the near future. For now, peep the single below.