In the current McBlog culture it’s almost impossible to keep up with every noteworthy free album/mixtape that gets a post, so I’ve taken it upon myself to post a few notable independent hip hop releases that, in my opinion, didn’t get a decent enough run in the blogosphere so far in 2010. Check out the free releases that you might have missed from DTMD, Mohammad Dangerfield, Pig Pen, Dela, Poetic Republic, Batsauce, and more after the jump.
Jacksonville, FL producer Batsauce has released an album calledÂ Summertime, which is constructed entirely from versions ofÂ Gershwinâ€™s classic song â€˜Summertimeâ€™. The project features special guestsÂ The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik), Mass Influence, Qwazaar, Baje One, Dillon, Chop, Paten Locke, Lady Daisey, andÂ Wynton Kelly Stevenson.
This is one of my favorite releases since I returned from my internet hiatus earlier this Summer. He killed it.
Check Out: All of it.
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Ahp Qwes, King Rem, Asante, Angelo Vagas, DJ Ceven, Theron Brown, and Yosh Benjamin turned me into an optimist when they sent over their 2008 LP,Â The Natural Progression of Things– a poetic paragon of post-Native Tongue hip hop and one of my favorite releases of the past few years.Â Ahp and Rem’s seamless flows mixed with the band’s organic sampling and crisp live instrumentation gave me flashbacks of early Roots records, but for the first time ever, I heard a hip hop band blazing their own path rather than stomping in their forefathers footsteps.
Fast forward to present day Brooklyn, New York. With their instruments strapped to their back and bright future burning in their chests, the group recently crossed Pennsylvania into the core of NYC. After two flawless albums (The Indigenous Philosophies of the Gentiles & The Natural Progression of Things) and their latest mix tape/street album,Â The Blackest Man Alive, Poetic Republic hopes that hip hop fans won’t judge them as another transient act trying to squeeze the juice out of The Mecca, but by the fruits they bear.
The free download for their latest release,Â The Blackest Man Alive, is below and features live recordings and studio cuts hosted by DJ K-Nyce.Â I also upped a couple of sample tracks from the album and their 2008 LP.
Download Album:Â Poetic Republic- The Natural Progression of Things (2008)
Download:Â Poetic Republic- Third
Download:Â Poetic Republic- Pale Horse
I was a bit surprised on how little coverage this 9-track Robert Glasper inspired beat tape got. The pad punching phenom Dela, who won the hearts of jazzy hip hop heads around the world in 2008 with his fantastic Atmosphere Airlines mixtape and Changes of Atmosphere LP, dropped this beat tape in March that features loops of trickling ivory from the hands of Blue Note jazz pianistÂ Robert Glasper and dreamy drums and samples from Dela. Sometimes sad, sometimes summery, but always crisp.
Check Out: “Dizzy” and “Praise & Praise”
DTMD is a young duo making a lot of noise in the DMV after their debut first quarter release, The Basics EP. DTMD (Dunc Toine Makin’ Dollas) consists of MC Toine and producer Dunc– two young PG County natives that aren’t old enough to enjoy a brew on a barstool yet. You might know Dunc from his contributions to the 2009 Album of the Year candidate from fellow DMVersÂ Diamond District andÂ their albumÂ In The Ruff. Much like the neck noddin’ track,Â “Shining,” Dunc laces the EP with smooth samples and plump production that accompanies Toine’s terminology perfectly.
Check out: “Champion” and “Above the Clouds”
Lincoln Park, Michigan producer,Â Pig Pen, released a fresh summer themed instrumental album right as Spring left our rearview.Â Summer State is both smooth and cozy, like a midnight drive down the strip with smoke filled eyes and booze splashed thoughts.
Check Out: “The Dynasty” and “For a Friend”
Kon’s introduction to the world has an impeccable sound. The versatile production fromÂ DJ Dyllema, Marcus Sebastion, The Individualz, and Kon himself will exercise your neck as Kon anchors the ship with his crystal clear cadence. The luminous feel of the EP gives a whole other meaning to its title, but is more than likely due to the simple touch of an MC/Producer that also holds a degree in music engineering and has produced/engineered for Ras Kass, O.C., Blahzay, and more.
Besides the EP’s altostratus sound, Kon makes quite a first impression. Reminiscent of a fellow New York MC inÂ Sene, his pen is heartfelt, thoughtful, and poetic; his flow is simplistic, precise, and digestible; and his ear for production near flawless.
Check Out: “Ride Wit Me”
MCsÂ Hasan Salaam andÂ Rugged n Raw, better known asÂ Mohammad Dangerfield, have released a free EP in anticipation for their debut full length LP coming later this fall. The HipHopDX hosted $Free.99 features eight hard hitting tracks that show off Hasan and Raw’s organic chemistry and knack for making crisp East Coast underground music. The EP also features guest vocals fromÂ Shabaam Sahdeeq andÂ Sha Stimuli.
Check Out: “Writers Block”
Download:Â Mohammad Dangerfield- $Free.99
After numerous leaks and a stunning video, Boston MCÂ Black EL is mic’d up and ready to give the hip hop community his color commentary on life and music. The Dick Vitale of Hip Hop shows his everlasting energy and excitement for music on his sophomore release, even more so than on his debut, A Major Minority, an almost impossible feat.
Black has definitely upped his game and has transformed from a diaper dandy into a PTPer with Ryan Durkin at his side. Tune in.
Check Out: “Sunday Drive”, “Dead Poets Society” and “Go”