Coin Locker Kid – Traumnovelle

Previously mentioned Coin Locker Kid has one of the most unorthodox approaches to hip hop that I’ve heard in the past few years. I didn’t love the last full-length I heard from him, but I still left puzzled by his odd rhymes, stories, and instrumentals.

There’s a clear hip hop influence running throughout his music, but electronic and experimental music guide a lot of the compositions on this new project as well. The title of this thing: Traumnovelle. It’s available now via Already Dead Tapes, and you can purchase this album via cassette here.

Mac Miller – Faces

Mac Miller comes through with an almost 90-minute project with Faces.

Pharoahe Monch – P.T.S.D.

New York hip hop legend returns with P.T.S.D., following up the lackluster W.A.R. with a more solid project.

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!

Quelle Chris – “Ghost At The Finish Line”

When you’re making money, and spending it frivolously, everybody comes around to be your “friend.” That’s pretty much the story behind the title track from Quelle Chris’ latest record, which dropped last year on Mello Music Group.

Chris recently dropped a video for the song, which features a pretty interesting visual aesthetic; creating a really cartoony look using black lights and neon props. Kudos to director Andrew Juncker.

Check a review for Ghost At The Finish Line below:

YC The Cynic – “Hunts Point Diaspora”

New York rapper YC the Cynic drops a b-side from his last full-length LP, GNK, which you can catch a review for below.

A lot like many cuts from GNK, YC delivers smart rhymes over a moody beat with some sharp rhythms. Seeing that this guys “throwaways” are great gives me hope that his future output will continue to be stunning.

Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

While Because The Internet is much more likable and ambitious than Childish Gambino’s last commercial effort, Camp, this album is not without its hangups.

Mick Jenkins – “The Roots”

Chicago hip hop eccentric Mick Jenkins has a new single and video out titled “Roots,” which showcases the MC’s spacey flow and clever bars. While he may be too subtle and downplayed to have a legit hit, this guy will surely blow up with those who like their hip hop verses to have a story, message, concept. Enjoy!

Also, download Jenkins’ new mixtape here.

Cakes Da Killa – “I Run This Club” (prod. Siyoung)

New York rapper Cakes Da Killa comes through with a new single that’s hard-hitting, fun, and clubby. I’d say he really embraces the club atmosphere with the instrumental here–courtesy of Siyoung–and his notoriously fast and zany flow is still pretty captivating, far from stale. Scope my review for his latest mixtape, which dropped earlier this year, The Eulogy:

Danny Brown – “Side A (Old)”

Detroit rapper Danny Brown drops another track from his forthcoming Old album, which is set for a release at the end of this month on Fool’s Gold. Lyrically and vocally, Danny really does sound like an older version of himself, rapping about some grimy, grimy stuff in a normal vocal register. While I like the over-the-top singles he’s been releasing lately, this is the Danny I can vibe with for a whole album–especially when he’s against a beat this thick, bass-y, and crushing!

Check a review for Danny’s XXX project below: