Ahead of his Mass Appeal release "The Ecology," Fashawn teams up with Alc and creates "FASH-ionably Late." Peep the new video feat. Evidence after the read more link.
Primo and Royce Da 5’9” have joined forces to create a new underground rap super group titled PRhyme. Classic beats and cuts by DJ Premiere create a backdrop of bom-bap resurgence style drums underneath hard hitting lines by one of hip-hop’s heavyweight rhyme writers.
The title track is a memoir in which Royce reminisces about his real life. He gives listeners a glimpse into the everyday life of a rap star. The song doesn’t delivery many punch lines but the lyrics stay focused on one theme. It serves as a great intro to an album full of complex wordplay and lyricism.
A-list guest vocalists Ab-Soul and Mac Miller contribute to the album on “Dat Sound Good.” Mac Miller spits a self loathing verse, “(I) bought a Mercedes with money I raised for Haiti.” Ab-Soul strokes his ego in a lyrical barrage of punch lines, “I’m an ancient artifact, we questions if your art is fact. In fact, you gassed up like you’re hard to match.”
Another great track is “You Should Know” feat. Dwele. The Detroit native Dwele is an R&B singer with no shortage of hits. His name can be found in the liner notes of albums by Common, Kanye West and Slum Village. Instrumentation is provided by music producer Adrian Younge.
“Courtesy” puts DJ Premier’s classic sound on display. The beat is simple. It features only an organ, kick and snare. During the hook he scratches Jay Z’s line, “Hustle hard in any hustle that you pick.” Royce Da 5’9” demands courtesy from the rap world and drops one of the best lines on the album, “Try to cross me without fallin’ off I’m afraid not. I’m a frayed knot like a drawstring.”
The heavy hitting collaboration may be left off many so called hip-hop heads best of blog posts because it was released on Dec. 8, 2014. And this new duo won’t ever top Gang Starr. But this album offers a well needed break from mainstream production and radio rap.
Doomtree releases the first video single off the forthcoming "All Hands" out Jan. 27, 2015. The concept of the video is interesting to say the least. The ending ties it all together. Dope.
Complex Magazines gives fans a first look at the new Ghostface Killah single titled Love Don't Live Here No More feat. Kandace Springs.
Brooklyn, NY based hip-hop record label, Coalmine Records will release "Remineded" on Jan. 20, 2015. The remix compilation will feature tracks by Blu, Sean Price and El Da Sensei among others. Notice the title Remineded is spelled wrong and intentionally emphasizes "mine." The remixes represent the Coalmine Records back catalog and "a taste of what's to come." For more information visit the Coalmine Records website.
Ill Adrenalin records (a sub-label of Fat Beats) will release ChillxWill's new album titled Almighty on Feb. 2, 2015. The single "Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix)" features a retro vibe, reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop. For more information on the project visit the Fat Beats Website.
Boston Vs. Everybody will be released in a few days according a Facebook post on Slane's wall. The song is a great representation of Boston hip-hop because it includes a veteran rap artists in EDO G, a huge name like Sammy Adams and a lesser known freshman like Dutch ReBelle.
If you are familiar with Qwazaar (Galapagos 4) or Lady Daisy, then you already know the producer Batsauce. Batsauce will create a beat of the day for a while, under the title of "Beat Du Jour." In April of this year, Batsauce produced an album for Wax (Assault & Battery, Red Rock) titled The SoulDad Brothers.
Stones Throw Records newcomer Jonewayne releases the third installment of Wanyiac Mondays. This beat was was produced by Jonwayne.
Joey Bada$$ releases the first single from his forthcoming album titled BAD4DA$$. His new album will be released later in 2014. Joey Bada$$ is a flagship artist in the Pro Era rap collective from Brooklyn, New York City.