Following the release of two brand new tracks “N.S.T.” and “Things Can’t Stay the Same,” both of which have unfortunately been removed, “BROCKHAMPTON” have returned with two more brand new tracks titled “M.O.B.” and “Twisted” featuring Ryan Beatty and Christian Alexander. The two songs have been released on the group’s official “YouTube” channel. You can listen to “M.O.B.” and “Twisted” below:
On this day in 1990 Ice Cube released his debut solo album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. After his departure from N.W.A. Ice Cube linked up with Public Enemy’s production team The Bomb Squad to produce what became both an iconic and controversial release that found Cube frequently defending his right to freedom of speech after loads of accusations thrown at him due to the graphic nature of the lyrical content. With much fearlessness Cube spoke on topics such as racism, poverty, and the gangster lifestyle, and much like N.W.A. this scared America. Cube saw himself as a street journalist as he uncompromisingly detailed the dark realities of poverty-stricken African Americans, and this was something America needed to hear. This fearlessness is something you rarely see in Hip Hop nowadays, and this album is widely regarded as a classic. Happy Anniversary!
Slowthai has been on a roll this week releasing track after track. The first was “ENEMY,” the second, “MAGIC,” and today he has released another new track titled “BB (BODYBAG)” and like the two preceding singles, the track is a banger. Now of course there’s a big elephant in the room. These tracks follow his shameful actions at the “NME Awards” earlier this year, but one can only hope he has learned from his mistakes. It’s looking like he’s on his way to bouncing back from it all. You can watch the music video for “BB (BODYBAG)” below:
“Run the Jewels” have finally unveiled the release date for their highly anticipated new album RTJ4. It will be released on June 5th via Jewel Runners/BMG, and will feature their previously released tracks “Ooh LA LA” and “Yankee and the Brave.” The album will also feature appearances by Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, Mavis Staples, Pharrell Williams, and 2 Chainz. You can check out the album’s tracklist below:
01. Yankee and the Brave (Episode 4)
02. Ooh LA LA (feat. Greg Nice and DJ Premier)
03. Out of Site (feat. 2 Chainz)
04. Holy Calamafuck
05. Goonies vs. E.T.
06. Walking in the Snow
07. JU$T (feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack de la Rocha)
08. Never Look Back
09. The Ground Below
10. Pulling the Pin (feat. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme)
11. A Few Words for the Firing Squad (Radiation)
EP: Grey Skies & Palm Trees
Genre: Hip Hop
Just when I was starting to lose faith in contemporary Hip Hop, out from the underground emerges two Hip Hop scholars from the Central Valley to slap me back into reality. The reality being that Hip Hop with true artistry is far from dead, and this is a refreshing realization. With MC Zak Gutierrez A.K.A. Sacrilege and Aidan Lozano A.K.A. USB on production, Grey Skies & Palm Trees is just what Hip Hop fiends unsatisfied with the current Hip Hop landscape littered with generic Trap beats and mumble clones have been yearning for, but by no means does this E.P. carry an overbearing “old head” mentality. Instead, Sacrilege delivers introspective lyricism more focused on confronting his personal demons and past hardships to work toward a better tomorrow than telling us all how dope he is. He doesn’t need to tell us how dope he is. It’s clear the guy can fuck you up on the mic, and what better way to compliment his flow than to back him with “Boom Bap” dominated production that’s immaculately produced with an incredible attention to detail that’s distinct enough to separate itself from dusty old lo-fi beats of yesterday. This is music that evokes the spirit of underground Hip Hop of the 2000’s, but at the same time isn’t stuck in the past, and it’s clear that Sacrilege is on a mission to take Hip Hop back to a place of artistic integrity. This one’s for the culture. This is only the beginning.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
It’s looking like the release of RTJ4 is near, as “Run The Jewels” have been at it again releasing two brand new tracks and now a music video for one of the tracks “Ooh LA LA.” The song features a Greg Nice sample from the “Gang Starr” track “DWYCK,” and it is an earworm of a hook while DJ Premier provides the cuts. About the music video “RTJ” have stated “This video is a fantasy of waking up on a day that there is no monetary system, no dividing line, no false construct to tell our fellow man that they are less or more than anyone else. Not that people are without but that the whole meaning of money has vanished. That we have somehow solved our self created caste system and can now start fresh with love, hope, and celebration. It’s a dream of humanity’s V-DAY… and the party we know would pop off.” The video also features Greg Nice, DJ Premier, and someone who goes by the name Zack? He’s from a little band called “Rage Against The Machine?” You might have heard of them. You can watch the music video for “Ooh LA LA” below:
Why is Kari Faux so criminally underrated? That’s a question i’ve been asking for awhile now. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based rapper/singer released an incredible E.P. last year titled Cry 4 Help, and it was the kind of introspective honesty that needs to be spotlighted more in contemporary music, but hey, it’s no surprise something real slips under the radar, but Faux is doing just fine gaining attention from those yearning for substance. Today she dropped a new single titled “While God Was Sleepin’…” and it is an all-rapped banger that finds Faux reflecting on her vices, her view on people, and her relationship with God. It’s a short track, but it’s impactful nonetheless. You can listen to “While God Was Sleepin’…” below:
Artist: Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats
Genre: Hip Hop
Label: PH Recordings
Some rappers and producers just work very well together. You’ve got Murs and 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Killer Mike and El-P, the list goes on and on of matches made in Hip Hop Heaven. Now we can add Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats to that list. Being two well respected artists in contemporary Hip Hop, artists that are about the culture as opposed to exploiting the genre for a quick buck and 15 minutes, it’s no surprise that the two linked up. However, it is a surprise that the two dropped their collaborative album so out of the blue, but their album UNLOCKED is here and it is what you’d probably expect it to be, bars on top of bars over killer beats. This album finds the two having the time of their lives with Kenny Beats providing experimental Boom Bap flavored beats that wouldn’t have sounded out of place backing someone signed to “Definitive Jux” back in the early 2000’s, and Denzel completely flexing his rhyming and free-styling ability while dropping his usual pop culture references, clever wordplay, and odes to his Hop Hop forefathers. On one song he’ll channel DMX, (DIET_) and on another he’ll reference CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob (Pyro leak 2019.) This is the work of two Hip Hop scholars having fun and not caring about a grandiose concept. In the grand scheme of things this album may seem disposable or inessential to some, and that’s completely understandable, it is completely obvious this album was made in 24 hours, but I don’t think the two were shooting for a groundbreaking effort. It was a fun jam session that just so happened to flow cohesively enough to be an album, but if there’s anything we can take from this album besides the fact that Denzel Curry and Kenny beats make that fire is that if the two get together again and take time to fully construct fully fleshed out songs with more direction, then they are a force to be reckoned with. Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ll hear from the duo.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
On this day in 2009 Underground Hip Hop supergroup “Felt” released their third album Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez. The group consisted of rappers Murs and Slug, working with a different producer for each album. Felt 3 is arguably the group’s best album, once again switching their style up thanks to Aesop Rock’s unique production. This album signified the end of an era for Underground Hip Hop. The go to scene for Hip Hop heads who wanted to hear substance, flow, and lyricism as opposed to hearing the mindless stuff that was being played on the radio reigned supreme all throughout the 2000’s, and Felt 3 was almost like an unintentional last hurrah, because let’s face it, the majority of artists in the underground scene didn’t really make anything essential in the next decade, but they made their staple in time and influenced a myriad of younger artists taking the D.I.Y. route. What better way to represent the underground than to feature 3 artists representing 3 essential crews in the scene? Slug represented “Rhymesayers” from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Murs represented “Living Legends” from California, and Aesop Rock represented the now defunct “Definitive Jux” label from New York. 3 different styles colliding but working perfectly together with innovative and at times odd as Hell production and an impeccable back and fourth between Murs and Slug as they range from boastful flow and mature themes, to vivid storytelling. I can’t think of a better album to end an era. Happy Anniversary.
Danny Brown is set to release his new album uknowwhatimsayin¿ this Friday on October 4th. Today the Detroit rapper has shared a new song off the upcoming album titled “3 Tearz,” and it features “Run The Jewels” and JPEGMAFIA on production. This follows his previous singles “Dirty Laundry” and “Best Life.” You can listen to “3 Tearz” below: