SPEAK – “Mazda Blue”

West Coast rapper SPEAK has always been a little hit-or-miss despite a confident flow and lyrics that could border on absolute nonsense. However, on his new track “Mazda Blues” he goes in with some of his his best verses yet.

The lyrics here are still mostly punchlines, but they all hit and leave an instant mark. SPEAK doesn’t really leave listeners wondering, “what exactly does that mean?” What makes this song even greater is the absolutely huge beat from producer MMAC coming in with a great sample and a kick heavy beat that’ll knock you off your chair; it also compliments SPEAK’s style extraordinarily well.

Herbal T – “That’s It”

Up-and-coming rapper Herbal T comes through with some top-notch verses on this Kinda Neat video for “That’s It.” The dude’s too clever for his own good, hah! The second verse on this thing is especially hilarious.

T strings together a series of lines that revolve around death–especially sudden death. I guess it’s just a little reminder that the end can come at any moment. However, the final verse tries to keep a positive mindset, acknowledging that there are ways to “live on,” and that one person’s positive impact on the world can last past their death. I’d say that’s worth a collective “awwwwwww,” right?

Herbal T’s got a new project out titled Lo-Fi Blow Dry, which you can check out here.

Lil Herb – Welcome To Fazoland

Illinois rapper Lil Herb seems to be the hotly anticipated lyrical messiah to come out of the currently hot Chicago drill scene.

Big Momma – The Plague

Cakes Da Killa collaborator Big Momma drops a new mixtape titled The Plague. Much like with Cakes, you’re gonna catch a lot of speedy flows over complex production. However, Momma doesn’t sound too uncomfortable on top of some moody, atmospheric beats as well. Download the mixtape here. Enjoy!

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – “I Got That Line”

Remember “Sweet Valley”? You know, the brotherly production duo consisting of Nathan and Kynan Williams. You probably already know Nathan from Wavves. Well, they’ve recently teamed up with Bay Area rapper DaVinci for a new project titled Ghetto Cuisine, which is currently downloadable via Fool’s Gold Records.

“I Got That Line” is the lead single off of the project, and I’m digging the color video and obvious Beastie Boys reference attached to this thing. While I’m more enamored with the instrumental than I am the MC, it’s still worth checking out. Enjoy!

Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.

CunninLynguists – Strange Journey Vol. 3

CunninLynguists pack their latest project with one track after another of quality features.

Aesop Rock – The Blob

Out of the damn blue, Aesop Rock drops a 30-minute collection of unreleased beats, loops, and sonic oddities that haven’t made his commercial releases. It’s a pretty colorful collection of tracks, honestly. It’s just as lo-fi and idiosyncratic as I’d expect. It’s kinda like a Tobacco or Black Moth Super Rainbow album, but without the incessant psychedelia vibe. Enjoy, and download the Blob here.

Flatbush Zombies – “Red Light, Green Light” ft. Espa (prod. The Architect)

New York’s Flatbush Zombies drop another song in a recent string of track’s they’ve been putting up on YouTube for a few weeks now. This particular one features some really pretty, atmospheric beat. As usual, Meechy Darko and Erik Ark Elliott prove to have two of the most gripping voices in the underground right now.

Hopefully, all of these songs lead up to a mixtape that’s just as enthralling as last year’s BetterOffDead! Enjoy!

Ratking – So It Goes

New York hip hop outfit Ratking is back with a new record and original sound that takes a modern approach to recreating the urban jungle they come from.