Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2014. Show all posts

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.



Hex One and 5th Element - Hologramz (Review)

Hex One and 5th Element - Hologramz (Review)

"Hologramz" is a collaborative album between Epidemic's Hex One and Las Vegas based hip-hop producer 5th Element. The album features guest appearances from Tek-nition, Ruste Juxx, Planet Asia, Prince Po, Reks, Reef The Lost Cauze and others and is fully produced by 5th Element himself. It was released on December 22, 2014 via Mic Theory Records.

Token - Till It's Gone (Remix)

Token - Till It's Gone (Remix)

Salem, MA rapper Token is back again, this time with the 16 year old emcee spitting his ass off over Yelawolf''s "Till It's Gone" instrumental. If you haven't heard of this kid before, I suggest you check him out. Peep the video, as well as a Bandcamp link to download the full song, below.





Merc Versus - Magnetic (Single)

Merc Versus - Magnetic (Single)

Merc Versus returns with the final installment in his #MonthlyMagnetic series with the title track of his upcoming mixtape "Magnetic". The song might just be my favorite track of the entire series, with the Indiana-based rapper kicking some knowledge over a dreamy Lord Chain produced instrumental. If you like what you hear, make sure to check out some of the other #MonthlyMagnetic songs such as "Hunger Games", "This World Don't Love Me" and  "The Program" (which was produced by Blue Sky Black Death).



Sim-E - Sim-City (Review)

Sim-E - Sim-City (Review)

"Sim-City" is the second album and debut solo LP from Brooklyn producer/emcee Sim-E. The album features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Smif-N-Wessun, Prince Po, Planet Asia, Chace Infinite, Strong Arm Steady and others and is fully produced by Sim-E himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via Manafest Vision Media LLC.

OSHUN - # (Video)

OSHUN - # (Video)

OSHUN (comprised of NYU vocalists Niambi Sala and Thandiwe) recently dropped another video from their crazy "AFAHYE" EP that dropped back in March. The song is for the track "#", which finds the duo spitting some socially conscious rhymes about police brutality over A Tribe Called Quests's "Midnight" instrumental. "AFAHYE" features instrumentals from Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla and MF DOOM and is available to stream below.





Manni Festo - Free (Video)


New Jersey rapper Manni Festo just released some visuals for his track "Free", which is a cut off of his "Abstract Island" album that dropped back in April. The song is dope and finds Manni Festo rhyming about the freedom of being independent over a guitar-based instrumental. Peep the video, as well as the full album, below.





Stará Kazka - Brain Chain EP (Instrumental Album)



Ukrainian hip-hop producer Stará Kazka comes through with his debut release "Brain Chain EP", which was released a few days back on Millenium Jazz Music. The project is dope, featuring five head nodding instrumentals centered around funk and jazz that ended up getting a lot of play from me this holiday week. Peep it below.



Eloh Kush - Initiatez (ft. Scienz of Life) (Single)

Eloh Kush - Initiatez (ft. Scienz of Life) (Single)

Eloh Kush comes through with his latest track, "Initiatez", which features the Angelz Inc. emcee linking up with Scienz of Life (John Robinson and ID 4 Windz) over a head nodding ID 4 Windz banger. The beat is fire, with an ethereal, spaced out sample over boom-bap drums, and all three emcees kill it with their rhymes. Don't sleep. Peep it below.



Peezy - Head In The Clouds (Album)

Peezy - Head In The Clouds (Album)

Boston rapper Peezy returns with another dope release, this time with his latest project "Head In The Clouds". I gave the album a few listens this weekend and it's real nice, with Peezy kicking some personal rhymes about the ups and downs of his life over beautiful, boom-bap production. The album, which you can stream below, features guest appearances from Chin, Phacade and El Ay and is available over on Peezy's Bandcamp site as a free download.



The Best Rap Albums of 2014


So 2014 is just about over and I just wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite hip-hop albums that have dropped this year. Here are my top 25 rap albums of 2014, in alphabetical order.

The Four Horsemen (Ras Kass, Kurupt, Canibus, Killah Priest) - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

The Four Horsemen - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

Gemstarr Regime producer BP comes through with another unreleased exclusive, this time with a remix for the track "Historic". The original version of this cut was one of the standout tracks from Canibus' last album "Fait Accompli", but I'm actually diggin the beat on this BP remix more than the original version. Peep it below.



Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Newport News, VA rapper Awon just dropped another album back on December 8, 2014 and it's a banger. The project is called "Matte Black Soul" and finds Awon touching on a variety of topics over smooth soul samples with production from Phoniks, Rashard, Ak, HDK as well as from Awon himself. The album was released as a "name your price" release over on Don't Sleep Records' bandcamp site and is available for stream/purchase via the link below. This shit is real dope and is yet another outstanding release from Awon.



ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill is an emcee hailing from Tacoma, Washington who just released some visuals for his track "Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix)", which is a cut off of his upcoming album "Almighty". The song is definitely a banger and features the BKR$CLB member spitting some ill bars over a crazy MPadrum's instrumental that sounds like it came straight out of the 90's. I'm feelin' the fuck out of this track and am definitely looking forward to the full "Almighty" album, which will be dropping February 3rd on Ill Adrenaline Records. Don't sleep on this one folks. You can preorder the album now over on iTunes.



PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - PRhyme (Review)

Prhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - Prhyme (Review)

"PRhyme" is a collaborative album from Slaughterhouse emcee Royce Da 5'9" and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier. The album features guest appearances from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q and others with all production being handled by DJ Premier himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via PRhyme Records.

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

"2014 Forest Hills Drive" is the latest album from Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole. The album features no guest appearances, but does feature production from !llmind, Willie B., Vinylz, Phonix Beats and others with many songs being produced by J. Cole himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via Roc Nation LLC.

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds comes through with his latest album "Lazy Palms", which was released back in March of 2014. The album is real dope and finds Luke doing his thing over instrumentals from Spaceghostpurrp, Dont Azpiazu, Chris Ro$e of AMVRT PVRTY as well as Luke Bonds himself. Very nice. Peep it below.



DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun comes through with some visuals for his track "Timeless", which is a select cut off of his stellar "Cassette Music" project that dropped earlier this year. The song is definitely a banger, with the Westchester County, NY producer/emcee linking up with the legendary Edo G over a head nodding, boom-bap instrumental by Tek-Wun himself. Peep the video and then make sure to check out my full review of the project here.



Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

 Austrian hip-hop producer Flip just dropped a video for the first single from his upcoming album "Reflections" and it's real dope. The song is called "Dreaming" and features none other than legendary DITC rapper AG kicking some thoughtful rhymes over the dreamy instrumental by Flip. "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.



Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

"Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" is the latest album from Cincinnati rapper Buggs Tha Rocka. The album features guest appearances from MOOD, Chuck Inglish, Aida Chakra, Tanya Morgan and others as well as production from !llmind, Jake One, Sal Dali, Hop Trax and others. It is set to be released on December 10, 2014 via Buggs Tha Rocka's website.