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:

Pro Era – “Like Water”

East Coast boom bap crew Pro Era, which counts Joey Bada$$ amongst its members, put out their PEEP: The aPROcalypse mixtape on December 21 last year. Three days afterward, member Capital Steez was discovered dead. Pro Era has released this video dedicated to his memory.

“Like Water” was the first track on PEEP: The aPROcalypse, but the context feels differently now. When it was initially released, it felt like the introductory statement to a formative chapter in the story of a rising group of youthful, passionate individuals; now, it feels like a eulogy. But it is not a particularly downcast one, and its new video follows. Pro Era pays respect to their late friend with a sense of pride in his image, spray painting a mural of his face on the rooftop of a large building. It seems to symbolize not only the immortality of Steez’s legacy, but also the group’s decision to let it influence their art rather than set them back.

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Joey Bada$$ – “World Is Bond”

Joey Bada$$ has definitely cemented a place in the underground hip-hop scene with his 1991 mixtape and Pro Era group mixtape PEEP: the aPROcalypse characterized for his long wordplay filled bars and boom bap styled production.

“World Is Bond” is set to be on his upcoming album Summer Knights the follow up to his mixtape  and it seems like he is continuing in the same direction almost exactly with this track. Of course with added recognition his production has received a step up in budget and it feels like Statik Selektah the producer on this track is a perfect match for Joey. The beat is filled with a classic sounding piano loop over top of a great heavy head bobbing kick and snare reminiscent to a lot of the beats on 1991.

Joey is continuing to grow as an MC though with the complexity and messages within his verses maturing as he does. It is always interesting to see how an artist develops and while I don’t expect anything too different from his past releases on Summer Knights that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde

Gummy Soul presents a collection of tracks that bring A Tribe Called Quest-inspired instrumentals under a number of vocal cuts from 90s-era hip hop start The Pharcyde. Stream and enjoy via the widget above, and download it on a name-your-price basis on Bandcamp.