Boston rapper Stiz Grimey comes through just in time for Halloween with some visuals for his track "Lizzie Borden". The song finds Stiz Grimy telling the haunting story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman who was tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in Fall River, MA back in 1892. The story hits kind of close to home for Stiz, who lives nearby to where the murders happened all those years ago. Peep the video below.
Veteran New York emcee J-Live is back again, this time with his latest single "I Am A Man (American Justice)". The song finds J-Live rapping about the "consistent tragedies and travesties of justice concerning Black men, women, children and the police" over an ill self-produced instrumental. Peep it below.
"Blasphemy" is a collaborative album between Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown and California native/legendary emcee Ras Kass. The album features guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Rakaa Iriscience, Sean Price, Royce The 5'9" and others and is fully produced by Apollo Brown himself. It was released on October 22, 2014 via Mellow Music Group.
"Heavy Lies The Crown" is the latest album from hip-hop supergroup Army of the Pharoahs. The album features verses from almost everyone that is currently in AOTP as well as production from C-Lance, Stu Bangas, 7L, Frank Dukes and others. It was released on October 21, 2014 via Pazmanian Devil Music, LLC.
Kentucky rapper Allen Poe just dropped his latest album, "How Gardens Grow", over on his Bandcamp page and it's real dope. The project features rhymes from Denmark Vessey (on the track "Lookin For Sumthin") as well as production from Cookin Soul, Amerigo Gazaway, Nemo Achida and others. According to Allen Poe himself, the album "plays a lot on nature metaphors to illustrate the growth we go through as people from the different experiences we typically encounter between our 20's through our early 30's". I gave it a good listen earlier and it's real ill, so don't sleep.
Stoneface (who was featured on a few cuts from William Cooper's banging "Beware of the Pale Horse" album) comes through with the first single from his upcoming solo album "The Stone Age". The song is called "Calico Audio" and finds the Gemstarr Regime Records emcee linking up with Philly legend Freeway over a cinematic production by BP (who has produced a ton of tracks for Killarmy emcee 9th Prince, among others). Very dope. Peep it below.
"Nightfall" is the latest solo drop from Jazz Jouster member Gadget. The album gets it's name from the fact that it was produced entirely in the late/early hours of the day and features thirteen instrumental tracks that should definitely get you nodding your head. Be sure to give it a listen if you are a fan of jazzy hip-hop instrumentals. Peep it below.
C.Shreve The Professor comes through with his latest track "Be True", which features the North Carolina emcee linking up with Ill Will over a soulful Handbook production. The beat is real dope and the rhymes are just as strong, with both emcees being "largely influenced by the police militarization we continue to see in Ferguson and elsewhere." Peep it below.
"March on Washington" is the latest album from D.C. based hip-hop trio Diamond District (consisting of Oddisee, yU and X.O.). The album features no guest appearances (outside of Asheru on the intro track) and is fully produced by Oddisee himself. It was released on November 11, 2014 via Mello Music Group.
Rochester, NY rapper Hassaan Mackey and Washington D.C. based hip-hop producer/emcee Kev Brown return, this time with the dirty version of their latest single "Hassann Be Rappin". The song is actually the first drop from the duos upcoming "That Grit" EP, which is set to drop November 4th on Ill Adrenaline Records, and even had a video released for it a few weeks back. Peep it below.
Boston rapper Daniel "EK" Ibeh is back yet again, this time with his latest track "Mean Ol Town". The song finds EK kicking some vivid rhymes about violence in the streets and is part of a bi-weekly song release schedule leading up to his upcoming "Hands of Time" EP. In addition, the song is also being featured in the movie "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (which stars Jennifer Hudson) and is actually the first song you hear in the movie. Dope shit. Peep it below.
"The Diam Piece" is the latest album from hip-hop legend and D.I.T.C. member Diamond D. The album features guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, A.G., Pete Rock, Masta Ace, Talib Kweli and many others and is fully produced by Diamond D himself (except the bonus track, which is produced by DJ Scratch). It was released on September 30, 2014 via Dymond Mine Records.
New Jersey rapper uMaNg and Swedish hip-hop producer B.B.Z. Darney return, this time with some visuals for the first single from their upcoming "The Black Rose Certificate" album. The song is called "Accomplices" and its a banger, with uMaNg absolutely bodying an ill B.B.Z. Darney instrumental. "The Black Rose Certificate" is due out November 25th via Ill Adrenaline Records and will feature guest appearances from Beneficence, Purpose (of Tragic Allies), HexOne and Tek-nition (Epidemic) and Hashfinger and will be fully produced by B.B.Z. Darney himself.
Newport News, VA rapper Awon and Portland hip-hop producer Phoniks come through with the first single off of their upcoming "Matte Black" EP and it's fire. The song is called "Natural High" and finds Awon kicking some ill rhymes over a beautiful Phoniks production. The "Matte Black" EP is set to be released this winter and will be followed up by the duo's next collaborative LP, which is set to drop sometime in the Summer of 2015. Also, if you haven't peep it yet, make sure you check out Awon and Phonik's banging album "Return to the Golden Era", which dropped last year.
"Trapdoors and Secret Passageways" is the third solo project from Twin Peril's rapper Lone Ninja. The album features no guest appearances and is fully produced by 5th Element Ninja (who has produced for both 9th Prince and Dom Pachino of Killarmy). It was released on November 26, 2013 via Holographic Pagoda Recordings.
Joe "Angel" Sauseda comes through with his track "Originator", which is a cut off of his upcoming mixtape and finds the Texas rapper spitting fire over a beautiful Moises "Moe" Ramirez production. The song is really dope and has me anticipating his upcoming mixtape, which is set to be released sometime around the new year. Peep the track below. Don't sleep.
"Earth Cry" is the lead single from the upcoming group effort between Atlanta emcee Ed Rowe, Nebraska rapper Sleep Sinatra and New Zealand based hip-hop producer Concept. The song is real nice and finds Ed Rowe and Sleep Sinatra rhyming about "black consciousness and survival in the urban mindset" over a head nodding Concept instrumental. "Earth Cry" will be released on the trios "Concentrated Forces" EP, which is set to drop in November of 2014.
Hip-hop production crew The Jazz Jousters are back yet again, this time with the first entry into their "Locations" compilations in the form of the "Japan" edition. The concept is really dope, with the Jazz Jousters stepping away from their tribute albums and instead sampling Jazz from other countries and attempting to blend it into their own instrumentals. Very nice. Peep it below.
UK hip-hop group Too Many T's (consisting of members Leon Rhymes and Standaloft) is gearing up to release their "Running Wild" EP on October 9th and recently dropped another single via their Soundcloud page. The song is called "Butter Rug" and has a real positive vibe to it, with all of the featured emcees rapping about their love of hip-hop over a lively horn instrumental. The full "Running Wild" EP will be released for free over on www.toomanyts.com.
"Cassette Music" is the latest album from Westchester County, NY producer/emcee DJ Tek-Wun. The album features guest appearances from Edo G, Sadat X, Pudgee Tha Phat Bastard, Erox and others as well as production from Erox and Ty Bless, but mostly all tracks are produced by DJ Tek-Wun himself. It was released on September 17, 2014 over on DJ Tek-Wun's Bandcamp page.
Bronx rapper Godz Chyld returns, this time with his newest single "Godz Chyld". The song is produced by St. Peter (who produced some of my favorite cuts on Killah Priest's "Psychic World of Walter Reed" album) and it's real dope. I'm not sure where this one is going to end up, but I'm definitely feelin' it. If you like what you hear, make sure you also check out God Chyld's "Forever" EP, which dropped last year and was produced by Godz Wrath producer Jordan River Banks.
Rochester, NY rapper Hassaan Mackey and Washington D.C. based hip-hop producer/emcee Kev Brown come through with the first drop from their upcoming "That Grit" EP in the form of a split video for the tracks "Dope" and "Hassaan Be Rappin". Both songs are banging and full of that gritty, boom-bap sound that both of these guys are known for. "That Grit" is set to drop November 4th on Ill Adrenaline Records and will feature guest appearances from Kaimbr, Toine, yU, Kenn Starr, Eye-Q, Asheru (of Unspoken Heard) as well as the Younger Soul Brother Grap Luva. The EP/mini-album will consist of an intro, eight full-length tracks and six instrumentals and is the first full project together from Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey, despite both of them being members of the Low Budget Crew. Peep the video below.
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- Cappo and Stealf - Unicron EP (Review)
- Stiz Grimey - Lizzie Borden (Video)
- J-Live - I Am A Man (American Justice) (Single)
- Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - Blasphemy (Review)
- Army of the Pharoahs - Heavy Lies The Crown (Revie...
- Allen Poe - How Gardens Grow (Album)
- Stoneface - Calico Audio (feat. Freeway) (Single)
- Gadget - Nightfall (Instrumental Album)
- C.Shreve the Professor - Be True (feat. Ill Will) ...
- Diamond District - March on Washington (Review)
- Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - Hassaan Be Rappin (...
- EK - Mean Ol' Town (Single)
- Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait EP (Review)
- Diamond D - The Diam Piece (Review)
- uMaNg - Accomplices (prod. by B.B.Z. Darney) (Vide...
- Fliptrix - Polyhymnia (Review)
- Awon and Phoniks - Natural High (Single)
- Lone Ninja - Trapdoors and Secret Passageways (Rev...
- Joe Sauseda - Originator (Single)
- Concentrated Forces (Ed Rowe x Sleep Sinatra x Con...
- The Jazz Jousters - Locations: Japan (Instrumental...
- Too Many T's - Butter Rug (ft. Abdominal MC, Jeste...
- DJ Tek-Wun - Cassette Music (Review)
- Godz Chyld - Godz Chyld (Single)
- Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - Dope / Hassaan Be R...
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