Archive for the ‘Independant Hip-Hop’ Category

VIDEO: Meyhem Lauren – Hate

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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I’ve been bumping the fuck outta Piatto D’oro and this jawn happens to be on that just makes me feel a little something extra in the whip. Peace to Meyhem and Super Dave for this one.  –Philaflava

 

Atmosphere – My Best Half

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
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Outta nowhere comes a brand new Atmosphere song. We all have a better half, it’s just that some of them are absolutely insane for one week out of each month. All we want is some love and in return we just get the big piece of chicken. Peep the new joint and happy and healthy New Years to all of you. –Philaflava

 

 

This song is also available on:
Bandcamp – http://bit.ly/MyBestHalfBC
Fifth Element – http://bit.ly/MyBestHalfFE
YouTube – http://bit.ly/MyBestHalfYT

 

ST 2 Lettaz – Good Day in the Ghetto EP

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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New solo EP from ST 2 Lettaz of G-Side fame. Produced entirely by The Block Beattaz, of course, but the sound here is harder than on their previous space age exploits. There’s a feature from Clova (so it’s technically a G-Side song), a surprising cross-generational collab with The Migos and Hunstville legend Big Pope, and a nice cameo from another old HSV favorite Mic Strange. All in all good stuff. Read ST’s own description of the project below.
 

“I literally tried to format it like a TV series. This is season one and it’s mostly an introduction to the main character Crooked Letter. He is basically my whole crew I hustled with rolled into one person. All the stories, the personality traits, even his moral compass, it all derived from real people and real events. It’s 30 minutes long and even ends with a cliff hanger. To me, it’s a chance for the listener to let go of real life for a minute and live through my eyes and see what a good day in my ghetto consists of…and in some cases, it ain’t all good. The tape starts out with a nightmare.”

 
Released via Mishka

Richposlim – #THOTLIFE EP

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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4 new tracks of rap miscreancy from Awful’s most vocal shit talker, all produced by KeithCharles Spacebar. Mostly sparse with emphasis on percussion and a little fuzzy, like something from an old west coast tape mix.
 

 
Premiered via Complex

COMPILATION: Main Attrakionz – L​.​S​.​D. O​.​G. (Loosies in the Sky with the Diamonds Of God)

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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Main Attrakionz logged at least 50 releases between 2009-2012, if you count both group and solo projects. The number goes up to about 80 if you count collaborations and related Green Ova material. If you extend the date period to 2015, their upcoming 808s and Dark Grapes III album might just be somewhere around their 100th. That’s a whole shitload of music, and incredibly that’s actually not all of it. There were also innumerable loosies.

A lot of these random unattached tracks came out between late 2010 and 2012, arguably the peak period for the group in terms of both quality and popularity. Some were purposeful high-profile collaborations with other noteworthy rising rappers and producers of the era, the rest were likely just fortuitous byproducts of hyperactive creativity. A whole lot of them were really really good. Unfortunately, because the internet moves at such a rapid pace, many were quickly forgotten.

I’ve always thought it was a shame to just let all these gems fade away from memory. So with the anticipation of the new album in mind, I’ve decided to compile my favorite loosies from that time. Enjoy!

Cover by Jah Turner
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Life After Dilla: 25 great post-Donuts instrumental hip-hop releases (Via FACT)

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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I wrote a round-up of instrumental releases that have come out since Donuts for FACT Magazine. Despite the prodigious length, this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive – there have been hundreds of albums and tapes released that fit the criteria, accounting all of them would’ve been impossible. So I mostly focused on my favorites, while also trying to keep in mind things like influence, public standing and the role each release played in its creator’s career. Note that the ‘post-Donuts’ designation in the title is a temporal reference, not a stylistic one. Some of the most interesting items released in this subgenre since 2006 have notably deviated from the influence and legacy of Dilla and other similarly canonical producers, and I specifically wanted to reflect this in my list as well. Enjoy.
 
Life After Dilla: 25 great post-Donuts instrumental hip-hop releases (Via FACT)