Black Milk – If There’s a Hell Below

If you loved the last Black Milk album, No Poison No Paradise, as much as Anthony did, then you should be very excited to hear that the Detroit hip hop artist already has a new project out titled If There’s a Hell Below and can conveniently be streamed in full above via his Bandcamp. Check it!

Jay Rock – “Pay for It” ft. Kendrick Lamar

For the second single of his yet-to-be-detailed second album, Top Dawg MC Jay Rock has recruited fellow TDE artist Kendrick Lamar – that name may or may not ring a bell. While K.Dot has certainly been garnering more attention than Jay Rock lately, the latter manages to hold his own here with two solid verses. With this and lead single “Parental Advisory” earlier this month, we’re relatively hopeful about the prospect of a new Jay Rock album, whenever it’s finally announced.

Lil Wayne – “Gotti” ft. The Lox

With the fifth installation of Tha Carter getting pushed back to December, Southern rapper Lil Wayne has dropped yet another single. The title: “Gotti,” and it features an intro verse from The Lox.

While the screaming guitar chords and “same time Gotti got” refrain is a little corny, it’s really the verses here where Lil Wayne is sounding more coherent and focused than he has in years. Bar after bar, Wayne gets a little nostalgic over his childhood and rise in the hip hop industry. While not a perfect song, it’s a welcome change of pace from the material he’s been dropping lately. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for Carter V afterall.

Girl Talk and Freeway – “Suicide” (Remix) ft. A$AP Ferg

Girl Talk and Freeway drop an animated video featuring a load of Simpsons-esque characters for the song “Suicide,” and that’s not all: This is also a remix of the song, featuring a verse from none other than A$AP Ferg right at the start of the track. Freeway’s verse is fresh as well. The beat doesn’t seem like it’s been altered in any significant way, but it’s still a great revisit of the Broken Ankles cut, which you should download right here.

Clockwork Indigo (Flatbush Zombies/The Underachievers) – Clockwork Indigo EP

The Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies team up for a collaborative EP.

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

El-P and Killer Mike team up for an even more ambitious Run the Jewels record!

Logic – Under Pressure

Maryland rapper Logic releases his commercial debut.

Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait

West Coast rapper Vince Staples draws up some of his best singles yet on the Hell Can Wait EP.

Stream the Clockwork Indigo EP (Flatbush Zombies / The Underachievers)

2014 is ending off with a bang, I tell ya! In an effort to promote their current tour together, previously praised New York underground hip hop titans Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers have dropped a collaborative EP under the name Clockwork Indigo. It’s got five tracks, which I encourage you to stream via the embed above.

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – “Gunshowers” ft. Elzhi

Wow! That’s all I can say: Wow! We have a modern favorite teaming up with an old favorite here. Not just on this track–or that previously released track that was good as well–but there’s gonna be an album on the way via Lex Records, too.

Yes, young jazz fusion trio BADBADNOTGOOD is backing up the one and only Ghostface Killah for an entire album. The title of this thing: Sour Soul. It’s gonna be dropping in February, which can’t come soon enough.

Not only am I looking forward to this thing because of the potential of this collaboration, but we could potentially be looking at another 12 Reasons To Die-quality project here. If you remember, what ended up making that album so special was its vintage, funky instrumentals provided by Adrian Younge‘s band. While BBNG has a very different style than Younge, they’re just as capable when it comes to great grooves and a general understanding of what makes for a great hip hop instrumental. That most definitely shows on this beat’s eerie, wailing guitars, stuttering groove, and steady bassline.

As far as Ghost and Elzhi go, they’re really taking it back to the 90s with some grimy, violent, braggadocios verses. Nothing altogether new, but they deliver enough to make this project worth anticipating.