DOOM and Bishop Nehru drop a collaborative album that’s disappointingly short on stand-out material and chemistry.
Your Old Droog! This dude’s a brooklyn rapper who’s been making the rounds on the Internet since this past summer, and his hype was based mostly off of the rumor that he was Nas. People were even upping the pitch of tracks on his lone EP just to try to prove to themselves that this was true. Now, I understand why people were feeling this way; I mean, he does sound a lot like Nas. Even my dude Apathy was fooled.
But now that this whole mess has been put to rest, Droog is just another rapper from New York. However, that’s no reason to count him out–especially after the release of the song embedded above. Not only does this song boast a stellar feature from Prodigy of Mobb Deep, but Droog hits upon a song topic that’s close to the heart of anyone from the North East: hoodie weather.
With leaves changing and temperatures dropping, “Hoodie Weather” is the perfect soundtrack for the fall. With his deep, grime-caked voice, Droog pens a sluggishly blissful hook that can go toe-to-toe with some of hip hop’s most classic summer anthems. Lyrically, Droog is on point, and addresses everything from germophobia to friends.
All I can say right now is keep it up, and I’m looking forward to whatever’s dropping next. Despite the disappointment I’m sure some felt after realizing Droog wasn’t Nas, the fact that he can write such a great tune and get a nod from a vet like Prodigy is proof enough he’s worthy of our attention for at least a little longer.
Check out this video for “Pluto Bounce,” which one of the handful of cuts to come off the new self-titled EP from Australia cloud rap duo Milwaukee Banks. Apparently, this video was shot on about 10 minutes worth of infrared film, so nearly everything in the video has this surreal red hue to it. Insane!
The music of Milwaukee Banks is quite psychedelic as well. I’m loving the vast atmosphere, subdued flows, serene synths, and resonant bass. It reminds me a bit of what A$AP Rocky was doing when he initially hit with tracks like “Peso,” but Milwaukee Banks actually delivers on the more artsy implications of the cloud rap sound.
Try out this new EP and mixtape form Ohio rap duo Those Guys, a.k.a. Jova and J.Al. Bars and grimy beats, essentially. Make sure to hit tracks like “King” first. There are a few inconspicuous cuts on here, but some dark standouts that have me looking forward to what these guys are doing next.
TX rapper, producer, and songwriter Travis $cott delivers a mixtape that’s only marginally better than his previous effort, Owl Pharaoh.
The latest album from New York’s Uncommon Nasa is as grimy as it is experimental and conceptual.
Armand Hammer drops a post-album EP of fan-pleasing odds ‘n’ ends.
Chicago MC Mick Jenkins drops a verbose and water-themed mixtape.
Despite this being the commercial debut of this New York hip hop duo, the Underachievers are sounding a bit rougher than they did on their breakthrough tape Indigoism.