Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s Kismet is definitely a bounce back from the New York rapper’s last project, which was a little too inconsistent. He brings plenty of topical tracks with grimy beats on this thing. His deep, somewhat goofy voice adds some character to these tracks, too.
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The Underachievers have dropped a new track titled “May’s Patience,” which is great and continues to showcase the talents of these bona fide East Coast spitters, but what’s even more exciting is the description of the embedded track above teases toward a new full-length project on the way from the up-and-coming duo this June, CHAPTER 23! Looking forward to it. Stream and enjoy!
Check a review for the duo’s latest mixtape, Indigoism, below:
R.A. The Rugged Man returns with his first album in almost ten years. While he may be rapping faster than ever–and is incredibly vile at points–some of the production on this LP sounds incredibly dated and obvious.
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New York hip hop outfit Pro Era drops a new video for the track School High, which was featured on their last mixtape, PEEP: The aPROcalypse. Check a review for it below:
Throughout an excellent debut LP and a handful of stellar EPs, Nicolas Jaar has proven himself worthy in a number of roles throughout the past few years: a producer with fine attention to detail, a justifiably patient songwriter, and a seductive singer. His skills extend to a live context as well, revealing him to be a coherent and focused DJ. This particular talent manifests itself in this set Jaar recently performed in NYC for Boiler Room, which marks the first time he has contributed to the established underground music show.
Over the course of the set’s 45 minutes, Jaar pulls together a series of minimal yet hypnotic microhouse grooves which are peppered with interjections from static-infused radio samples. Especially admirable is the way he never loses sight of his aesthetic, maintaining the smooth and seductive vibe which defines his studio material. A subtle approach to the tension-and-release technique also proves rewarding, with Jaar refusing to allow the bass to remain prominent for extended stretches of time, which allows for a stimulating sense of dynamic. The set is consistently understated, but also passionate and vitalizing, hopping from idea to idea with enlivening finesse.
Check a review of Jaar’s Space Is Only Noise below:
The good people at NPR Music have the new Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge album streaming for all to hear. Nice! Give a listen, enjoy!
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Joey Bada$$ hitches a ride on some Harry Fraud production with the track “Day In The Life.” Enjoy!
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New York’s hip hop scene has been quite active lately, with crews such as A$AP Mob, Pro Era, Flatbush ZOMBiES, and The Underachievers enjoying notable amounts of success throughout the past couple of years. The latter two have teamed up for a track titled “No Religion,” which comes from Flatbush ZOMBiES’ upcoming mixtape, Better off Dead. Stream the track above via the group’s SoundCloud.
If nothing else, both Flatbush ZOMBiES and The Underachievers certainly have a respectable amount of energy. The MCs in each crew possess consistently fiery flows and inspired delivery, which serve to maintain a substantial sense of momentum throughout this track. Lyrically, their lines are similarly empowered, with a hook that encourages other rappers to stop trying to follow in the footsteps of their idols and instead strive to be something greater. With an appropriately hard-hitting beat to back them up, Flatbush ZOMBiES and The Underachievers pull together every element necessary in order to display their bold personalities.
Check a review of the new Underachievers tape here: