Lone Ninja - Trapdoors and Secret Passageways (Review)

Lone Ninja - Trapdoors and Secret Passageways (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"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 Sauseda - Originator (Single)

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.

Concentrated Forces (Ed Rowe x Sleep Sinatra x Concept) - Earth Cry (Single)

Concentrated Forces (Ed Rowe x Sleep Sinatra x Concept) - Earth Cry (Single)

"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.

The Jazz Jousters - Locations: Japan (Instrumental Album)

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.

Too Many T's - Butter Rug (ft. Abdominal MC, Jester Jacobs, Kathika Rabbit, Lazy Habits and Parallax) (Single)

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.

DJ Tek-Wun - Cassette Music (Review)

DJ Tekwun - Cassette Music (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"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.

Godz Chyld - Godz Chyld (Single)

Godz Chyld - Godz Chyld (Essence of Hip-Hop)

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.

Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - Dope / Hassaan Be Rappin (Split Video)

Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - Dope

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.