NehruvianDOOM – “OM”

For months, there’s been talk of an full-length collab between DOOM and Bishop Nehru, and we’re getting the first taste of it with the song embedded above, “OM.”

DOOM is a seasoned underground vet that’s known for his eccentric rhymes, classic output, and ominous mask. However, Nehru is a relative unknown in the hip hop world. The young New York MC hasn’t dropped many projects thus far, but DOOM has obviously heard some serious potential in Nehru–enough to risk collaborating on a project of this magnitude, anyway.

I think I’m hearing what DOOM’s hearing as well. Nehru comes off confident and charismatic on “OM,” and he’s got flow and some clever rhymes, too. Even though he doesn’t have the most distinctive voice in the game, I’ll chalk it up to being young for now, and excitedly wait for him to come into his own.

Favorite line: “Am I being idolized, or am I a pair of idol eyes?”

Mick Jenkins – “Lazarus” (prod. Chuck Strangers)

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins is gearing up to drop his new project titled The Water[s]. It’s dropping August 12th. Just take a listen to this dude’s lyrics. The wordplay is tight, the the passion in his delivery is immeasurable! Keep tabs on this dude!

NehruvianDOOM – “Darkness (HBU)”

Mass Appeal signee Bishop Nehru might be a fresh face in hip hop right now, but the ambitious 17-year-old MC has already been working on a full-length collaboration with MF DOOM, slated for release later this year. Above you can check out the project’s first single “Darkness (HBU)” and its video. Enjoy!

Nehru also did a thing with Disclosure recently. Check it here.

“Old English” ft. Young Thug, A$AP Ferg, and Freddie Gibbs (prod. Salva & Nick Hook)

Magazine/label Mass Appeal recently announced a compilation album with the goal of highlighting a number of the hottest MCs at the moment, including Pusha T, YG, and Mac Miller; as well as  showcasing the talents of some of the imprint’s up-and-comers. “Old English” is the first track off this forthcoming all-star effort, and it certainly has us looking looking forward to hearing the rest. Young Thug, A$AP Ferg, and Freddie Gibbs are freaking fire on this thing and producers Salva and Nick Hook turn out a top-notch, banging beat. Hear it above and enjoy!

Mass Appeal Compilation Vol. 1 is due out September 2 via Mass Appeal Records.

Shabazz Palaces – “Forerunner Foray”

NEW SHABAZZ PALACES! The previously loved Seattle hip hop project has released another track from its forthcoming record, Lese Majesty. Just like their last LP, this one is looking at a release via Sub Pop Records. The date: July 29th.

“Forerunner Foray” is equal parts hip hop and electronic psychedelia. Fluttering synth sequences, spacey rhythms, and a plethora of effects make up the sonic pallet of this instrumental. There are even some short vocal interludes that sound like they’re being handled by someone in THEESatisfaction.

A lot of Ishmael Butler’s lyrics come off confident and brag-laden, but any grander meaning is eluding me at the moment. Regardless, another interesting tidbit from this forthcoming record.

Pearls Negras – Biggie Apple

Yeah, I know I’m late on this, but I’ve been spending so much downtime listening to this peppy, upbeat hip hop EP from Brazil’s Pearls Negras that I had to give it a mention

DJ Qbert – Extraterrestria/GalaXXXian

Extraterrestria/GalaXXXian, the new double album from DJ Qbert, is being promoted as the producer’s first proper full-length effort since 1998′s Wave Twisters.  But despite this 15+ year gap, you might still have been hearing his work over the years, in particular a nice bonus track on the deluxe edition of that great Run the Jewels record last year.

This new project of his is split up into a disc “from space” and a disc “from earth.” The former, Extraterrestria (stream here) is meant to “transcend turntablism” and explore what “skratch music sounds like in the future.” If you dug El-P’s last LP Cancer 4 Cure, then you stand a good chance of enjoying this side of the project. El-P actually appears as a guest MC on the second disc, GalaXXXian (stream here), which is decidedly a bit more traditional than the first half, with Qbert placing an emphasis on bangin’ beats and “the illest skratches.”

There is no shortage of ear-catching sonic textures throughout this thing, and there’s a number of great guest verses - ones from Del the Funky Homosapien and Kool Keith, to name just a couple. Above, find the previously mentioned El-P-featuring highlight “OG BBOY.” Enjoy!

Sadsic – Sells/Cells

Previously reviewed beatmusic producer Sadisc drops a new EP, which is essentially a few odds and ends surrounding a massive, 20-minute monster of a track. The song is titled “Cells,” and it’s really a test of Sadsic’s abilities as a composer, weaving a group of incredibly varied instrumentals and grooves together into one pretty cohesive piece.

Give the EP a stream above and enjoy!

Apathy – Connecticut Casual

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

Michael Christmas – “Y’all Trippin’”

Michael Christmas is one of the frumpiest rappers I’ve laid on eyes on in a while. His look is pretty unsuspecting, but don’t make any assumptions based simply on that. His rhymes are pretty playful, clever. He’s definitely the kind of MC I could see an old school De La Soul fan appreciating.

Michael’s got a new tape out you can partake in right here.