Apathy – Connecticut Casual

East Coast rapper Apathy drops an album with a strong sense of hometown pride.

Freddie Gibbs x The World’s Freshest – The Tonite Show

After dropping with Madlib what will no doubt be a strong contender for the greatest hip hop album of the year (Piñata), Freddie Gibbs wasted no time teaming up for another noteworthy collaboration. This time, the Indiana rapper has joined forces with Bay Area producer DJ Fresh (a.k.a. The World’s Freshest), making another entry in Fresh’s Tonite Show series.

At under a half an hour, The Tonite Show is short, sweet (eh, maybe not such much), and to the point. Gibbs delivers one unapologetically hard and blunt bar after another and The World’s Freshest brings some good ole boom bap beats to the table. I mean, it might not be the veritable masterpiece Piñata is, but it is probably the greatest installment of the Tonite Show yet and the two artists work well together. Give it a listen above and enjoy!

The Tonite Show is out now via Empire Recordings.

Flatbush Zombies x Trash Talk – “97.92″

Beast Coast‘s Flatbush Zombies share a psychedelic video for the recent collaboration they did with Trash Talk titled “97.92.” The fish eye on this thing is intense! Props to Aplusfilmz and Pier Pictures for the direction on this!

I guess the musical collab was brought together by Converse or something. While it doesn’t seem like Trash Talk had that much “input” on the track, but it’s said that Garrett Stevenson of Trash Talk produced the track. “97.92″ probably isn’t going to go up there with the likes of Public Enemy & Anthrax, but I think the trio drops some of the best bars they’ve released since their BETTEROFFDEAD tape. Enjoy!

deM atlaS – Charlie Brwn EP

Technically proficient Minnesota rapper deM atlaS comes through with some speedy flows and thoughtful bars on this latest EP of his, Charlie Brwn. Enjoy!

Roc Marciano – “Slingers” ft. Knowledge the Pirate

New York’s Roc Marciano attaches some visuals to “Slingers,” which features some guest verses from Knowledge the Pirate. This track comes from the East Coast rapper-producer’s latest album, The Pimpire Strikes Back. Stream it here. Enjoy!

A$AP Nast – “Trillmatic” ft. Method Man

Method Man teams up with the A$AP Mob’s A$AP Nast for a new single titled “Trillmatic,” which has a hard-hitting, vintage boom bap beat that nostalgic hip hop listeners will dig on. While I’m not too crazy about the “funky style” and “funky swag” oozing out of this single, this song does give me hope the A$AP Mob may have more to offer than Rocky and Ferg. Enjoy!

ThisisDA – “Lifers”

British rapper ThisisDA is slated to release his full-length debut, Super Arkane, later this year. Above, check out the project’s lead single, “Lifers,” a simultaneously hard-hitting and colorful piece of boom-bap produced by Mancunian beatsmith Mankub, who lends instrumentals to the entire album. Enjoy!

Ka – The Night’s Gambit

Despite his quiet demeanor, Ka might be one of the most intense, thought-provoking, and creative MCs you run across this year.

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Jay-Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail

Jay-Z returns to putting out rap albums with Maga Carta… Holy Grail, and raps about as well as you’d expect at this point in his career over some pretty fresh production.

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The Underachievers – “The Proclamation” (LOVED)

If you were to tell me that one of my favorite tracks of the year so far would prominently feature a sample of the Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter,” I would say that’s ridiculous. Damn, if New York hip-hop duo The Underachievers didn’t turn it into one hell of a boom-bap beat and prove me wrong.

The classic soft sung background vocal from “Gimme Shelter” is a clear highlight of the track along with notable guitar riff as well, however the addition of a hard hitting drum beat underneath it all gives an extra edge that I didn’t think the song was capable of having. Making the sample feel far more psychedelic on top of  what would otherwise be typical boom-bap production.

Of course members Issa Dash and AK go off in each of their verses, which are dense with wordplay and a message that truly speaks to the name of their project. Speaking on how all of their life people told them they wouldn’t amount to anything because they were underachievers in school. It’s a “look at me now” kind of track that may tread some of the same ground that similar artists have already covered, but these two do it with unparalleled technical skill and outstanding production that makes it shine on its own.

Check out a review for the latest Underachievers mixtape below: