So 2015 is already half way over and I just wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite hip-hop albums that have dropped so far this year. Here are my top rap albums of 2015 (as of June), in alphabetical order.Read more » Read entire story.
Hip-hop production crew The Jazz Jousters return with the latest entry in their “Locations” compilation series, this time with all of the instrumentals using German jazz samples. As usual, the production is really dope and kept me nodding my head the entire time. After peeping the project, make sure to check out their Italy, Japan and Brazil tribute albums as well, all of which dropped last year and are just as nice as this entry. Next up: Nigeria.Locations: Germany – Cassette + Digital by The Jazz Jousters Read entire story.
Hot on the heels of his last single “I Just Don’t”, New York veteran emcee J-Live returns with the third single from his upcoming album “His Own Self”, which is set to drop on March 17, 2015 and is currently available for preorder over on his Bandcamp site. The song is called “Red & The Kid” and it’s a banger, with J-Live rapping about how he learned to DJ as well as about the DJ’s that inspired him over an old school instrumental that has my head nodding like crazy. “His Own Self” is shaping up to be crazy. Peep the single below. Read entire story.
"Sour Soul" is a collaborative album between Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah and Canadian hip-hop band BadBadNotGood. The album features guest appearances from Danny Brown, Elzhi, MF DOOM and Tree, with all songs being produced by Frank Dukes and BadBadNotGood themselves. It is set to be released on February 24, 2015 via Lex Records.Read more » Read entire story.
Austrian hip-hop producer Flip just released his album “Reflections” on February 17th and it’s really good. The album features guest appearances from AG (of DITC), EDO. G, Killah Priest, Guilty Simpson, Kev Brown, LMNO, Tragic Allies and many others with all production (and some of the scratching as well) being handled by Flip himself. I’m not quite sure what my favorite track is just yet, but “Dreaming” with AG is definitely getting a lot of play and has been since the video dropped. Anyways, make sure you peep the album stream below then head on over iTunes and cop the full album if you are feelin’ it. Read entire story.
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.Locations: Italy – Cassette Album by The Jazz Jousters Read entire story.
"Voices From Planet Cattele" is the latest album from London based rapper Onoe Caponoe. The album features a guest verse from Jehst and is fully produced by hip-hop producer Chemo. It is set to be released on January 28, 2015 via High Focus Records.Read more » Read entire story.
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 Read entire story.
"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.Read more » Read entire story.
“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. Read entire story.
“Without Warning” is the second single from Austrian hip-hop producer Flip’s upcoming album “Reflections”. The track features veteran rappers Elzhi and Phat Kat spitting some boastful rhymes over a looped up vocal sample that gives the song its name. “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. Read entire story.
“Invincible” is the latest track from Boston rapper Daniel “EK” Ibeh and is the latest entry in his bi-weekly song series that is leading up to the release of his “Hands of Time” EP. The lyrics on here are very positive and inspiring, with EK slowing down his flow and kicking some motivational rhymes over a sort of spacey instrumental from Bueffard Mallary. Very dope. Peep it below. Read entire story.