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.



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.



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).