Showing posts with label 2015. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2015. Show all posts

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.

Rome Cee - Signs (Video) and Glimpse (EP)

Rome Cee - Glimpse EP

Baltimore rapper Rome Cee comes through with a video for his track "Signs", which is a cut off of his "Glimpse" EP that dropped back in December. Both the song and the full EP are really dope, with Rome Cee getting real personal and touching on some topics that are very relevant in the world today over some beautiful production. "Glimpse" features production from E. Hill, Infinite99 Beats, God Sense and others as well as a guest appearance from K. Matth on "Signs". Peep the video, as well as the full EP, below. Don't sleep.





C.Shreve the Professor - Phoenix (Single)

C.Shreve the Professor - Phoenix (Single)

North Carolina's C.Shreve The Professor just dropped his latest track, titled "Phoenix", yesterday and it's pretty dope. The song finds the Free The Optimus rapper kicking some socially conscious rhymes about the bullshit going on in the world today over a head nodding Kevobeats production.

"They divide us til we fall, but we riders for the cause / So we rise together til the blood spilled pays the cost / For that freedom that you claim, code word game by any other name.."
Nice. Peep it below. Also make sure to check out the Free The Optimus website if you like what you hear.



Ethan Bence - Different Levels EP

Ethan Bence - Different Levels EP

Pittsburgh rapper Ethan Bence just dropped his debut EP "Different Levels" earlier today and it's real nice. The EP finds the 19 year old emcee providing his own take on current songs such as Kendrick Lamar's "The Recipe" and "Backseat Freestyle" as well as older classics like Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones" (which is probably my favorite remix on here). Lyrically the project is pretty good as well, with Ethan spitting some humorous bars and changing up his flow throughout each of the EP's eight tracks. According to the projects writeup -
"The title of the EP comes from the structure and the nature of the songs, and several other meanings come from the songs themselves. The subtle wordplay and metaphors will challenge the listener, making for an interactive experience, and the listener will be able to find a new meaning each time."
Dope shit. Peep the full EP below.