Schoolboy Q might not be an amazing lyricist, and his new album might have a handful of filler hooks, but Oxymoron also shows him riding a variety of beats with an impressive level of precision. Not only that, but a number of tracks here bring back the grit and vulgarity of 90s gangsta rap, and give it a progressive instrumental backdrop.
Step Brothers’ Lord Steppington is a great mixed bag of chill flows set against b-a-n-g-i-n-g beats. Even the more subdued instrumentals bring heat. While some tracks pale in comparison to others, there’s a lot to love here.
More Black Milk already? It was only a few months ago that he dropped his fantastic album No Poison No Paradise, and he’s already got a new EP due out next month, titled Glitches in the Break. Above you can stream the project’s lead single “Cold Day,” featuring a glitchy and grimy, but also impressively smooth instrumental backed by some nice female chorus vocals. And of course Black Milk’s bars are freaking on-point. Check it!
Glitches in the Break is slated for release March 4 via Computer Ugly, and will be put on 12″ for Record Store Day (April 19). Watch our review of No Poison No Paradise below:
A hilarious and breezy new music video from New Jersey’s GDP for his song “The Next Day.” The B&W music video of nothing more than the MC taking occasional sips from a bottle of Coca Cola kind of reminds me of a recent Xiu Xiu one – Both leave me feeling parched. But while GDP might leave me in want of a beverage, he thankfully does not leave me in want of good bars; they’re as solid as ever here. H. Jon Benjamin deserves more shout-outs.
“The Next Day” is taken from Permanent Vocation, due out via Smokers Cough later this year.
As I’ve been telling you, Prince Po and Oh No are dropping a collaborative album titled Animal Serum, but this has to be the most exciting track to drop from this project thus far. Why? Well, Pharaohe Moth lands on this thing, which essentially makes this track a bit of an Organized Konfusion reunion, right? With contributions from O.C. and a tight, horn-heavy beat, “Smash” is gritty barnburner. Enjoy, and grab a copy of this album here.
Chimurenga Renaissance is the side-project of Shabazz Palaces’ Tendai Maraire. While world music certainly informs the music of Shabazz Palaces, it has an even heavier vibe in Maraire’s solo work.
Above, check out the lead single from Chimurenga Renaissance’s forthcoming debut LP riZe vadZimu riZe, “The B.A.D Is So Good.” In it, Maraire speaks of the “black American dream” over an instrumental that continues the influence of reggae, jazz, and African mbira music found on his 2012 mixtape Pungwe, which you should definitely stream below if you’re into this new track. Happy listening!
riZe vadZimu riZe is due out March 25 via Blacklane.
You might’ve heard that Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have a new collaborative LP coming out called Piñata. This match-up alone is enough to leave one abuzz with excitement, but the features list, including Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Danny Brown, and many others; is simply overkill. Above, you can check out the new single, “Robes,” featuring smooth verses from Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis atop an expectedly soulful instrumental from Madlib. Also, the slick lead single “Deeper” can be streamed here.
Piñata is due out March 18 via Madlib’s Invazion label. Check out the review of his last solo effort Yessir Whatever below:
ThisisDA’s new video for “Gridlock” is, like the single it accompanies, chock full of analogue artifacts. The visuals have a worn VHS aesthetic, bleeding/ghosting galore, that pairs nicely with the vinyl crackle of the track’s old-school instrumental (again, courtesy of Mancunian producer Mankub). The track will appear on the Bristol MC’s debut album Super Arkane, due out February 25.
Alchemist and Evidence are Step Brothers, and they’ve recently dropped a new full-length via Rhymesaysers. The title: Lord Steppington. While I’m not usually a huge fan of the slightly monotone flow that Evidence brings to the table, there’s something about it over this spacious, bass-heavy beat Alchemist put together for “Step Masters.” It’s making me curious about this collab album has to offer.
Oh, also, the visuals attached to this new track from Ev & Alc is hilarious. It’s a series of arbitrary contests that looked pretty fun to film. Enjoy!
UK electronic music producer Actress tries his hand at the super sensual, slow, and sampled sounds of vaporwave on the track “Rap,” which is one of many cuts from the LP he’s dropping this week titled Ghettoville. The album is coming out via Werkdiscs and Ninja Tune. It’s allegedly the last release he’ll be dropping under the name this name, too. Enjoy!