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.

Freddie Gibbs – “On Some G Shit” ft. G-Wiz (prod. Lifted)

Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs is dropping some new stuff already? He just released an incredible album with Madlib titled Piñata, and he’s back with “On Some G Shit,” which features an introductory verse from a member of Gibbs’ crew, G-Wiz. It’s a grimy, hard-nosed track that brings a trap instrumental to the vivid street imagery Gibbs has been delivering all along. Enjoy!

Oh, and I guess these visuals come from a True Detective episode. Go figure.

ZelooperZ – “Can’t Hang”

The previously mentioned Bruiser Brigade MC Zelooperz strikes again with a new track titled “Can’t Hang.” The dude continues to bring an over-the-top delivery, eccentric lyrics, and an animalistic flow that even Zelooperz himself seems like he’s hardly got a hold of. Oh, let’s not forget to mention the B-A-N-G-E-R beat on this thing. Damn!

From what I understand, this dude’s got a tape on the way titled HELP, and I can’t wait for it right now. My brain is about to explode from the suspense.

Signor Benedick The Moor – “I. A Boy A Man A King”

When underground MC Signor Benedick The Moor tags a new track “prog rap,” he freakin’ means it. This dude has a Bandcamp project drop a little while back that I was sorta hot on. While I think he’s a thoughtful MC with a lot of intensity, there was an overt screamo influence running through some of the songs that was a major turnoff for me.

“I. A Boy A Man A King” seems to be a bit of an afterthought or leftover from that album–I’m assuming because of the cover art–and I’m loving it. The lofty, multifaceted instrumental on this track is fantastic, and Signor’s over-the-top delivery grips my attention instantly. Yeah, he sounds a bit too much like Danny Brown on this particular track, but the diversity of his delivery becomes more apparent after listening to other tracks.

Despite an obvious influence, Signor is still incredibly convincing on this track, bringing a schizophrenic flow to the table as he attacks the numbness one might feel toward all the suffering in the world–or at least that’s what I’m picking up from it.

The way he speeds up with the tempo in the second half of the track is stellar, too. This dude’s got too much talent to be hanging in the underground too much longer, seriously. Enjoy!

L’Orange – “The End” ft. Billy Woods

Billy Woods hops on some L’Orange production with this new track titled “The End.” The video is pretty eerie as well, featuring a series of bright-eyed shadows following Billy through a nocturnal concrete jungle. I love the way the instrumental here switches up tempo and groove no numerous occasions. L’Orange is definitely experimenting on this one.

The track actually comes from a record L’Orange is dropping next week. Pre-order is via iTunes here.

Onyx – Wakedafuckup ft. Myke C-Town

After a decade-long hiatus, one of the most hardcore acts in New York hop hop return with a new album that’s backed with some solid boom bap production from Snowgoons.