Big K.R.I.T. – “Pay Attention” ft. Rico Love

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. drops a new single from this forthcoming album Cadillactica. After tracks like this and “Mt. Olympus,” I have to admit, I’m pretty excited for this album. It seems K.R.I.T. is finally finding that sweet spot between honing a commercial sound and still impressing as an MC.

“Pay Attention” is a sweet, sensual slow-jam, featuring a great hook from Rico Love. This might not be the kind of sound K.R.I.T.’s fans expect–or even seek out–but it’s pulled off well. It’s been a while since I’ve thought a track in this style was this tasteful. Kudos to K.R.I.T. on this one, and keep and ear out for the Cadillactica release date.

Armand Hammer – “B.E.T.”

New York MCs Billy Woods and Elucid are teaming up once again as Armand Hammer. They’ll be dropping a new EP soon, and the track “B.E.T.” will be one of the tracks featured on it. The title: Furtive Movements, and it’s dropping August 5th.

Like usual, Woods’ and Elucids’ bars are cryptic and dark. These guys continue to take hip hop to come dark, eerie depths–especially with that lone guitar line laced into the beat on this one. Enjoy!

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?”

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

With more motifs and musical dead-ends than legitimate songs, the new Shabazz Palaces album is suffocated with a surprising amount of filler.

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

Apathy – Connecticut Casual

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