As Nas finalizes his last album with Def Jam which is due to release in the near future, a new track featuring the MC rhyming over a jazz-induced beat from the late J Dilla surfaces on the web. Borrowing the “Gobstopper” beat off J Dilla’s 2006 Donuts album, Nas showcases his signature old-school flow, effortlessly rapping over complementary looped trumpets, reminiscent of his highly-praised works in the ’90′s.
Producer and Athletic Mic League representative 14KT returns to drop an ode to Detroit’s ghettotech scene and the dirty funk at the root of the sound with the new track “BlackAPhonic.” The track is the latest from 14KT following his adventures with Mayer Hawthorne as one-half of the duo Jaded Incorporated. Check the track and listen to “BlackAPhonic” from 14KT.
For nearly 5 months straight, The Chef has been blessing us with verbal AEROBICS over some of r&b, funk and soul’s most important or cherished cuts. Today the Shaolin mic-slayer is capping off his distilled funk affair with a double dose; an A-side and B-side, if you will. First up, a little lyrical wizardry over Big Bub’s smoothed-out ’97 cut “Zoom,” which fades into the funky and familiar mid-tempo strut of Deniece Williams‘ “Free.” Put your ears to the grand finale of Raekwon’s Throwback Thursday series down below and keep it locked as FILA should be creeping up on us any day now.
The Hieroglyphics crew linked for a rare full appearance on the posse cut “Heebie Jeebies.” The octet of seasoned rhymesayers let loose on a menacing and uncharacteristically trap-tastic production laid down by Brooklyn beat-smith Gully Duckets for your Fright Night follies. Put your ears to the Hiero crew’s first full link-up in years and listen to “Heebie Jeebies” down above.
In this short film shot at 1000 frames per second, we get to see some of the worlds most talented surfers, including Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Billy Keen and Matthew Meola (among many others) do what they were born to do. Ride. Chris Bryan Films shot this short film using the Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro M-320S and the new Phantom 4K Flex with Arri Ultra prime lenses and it slows down the imagery so we can get a closer look at how effortless these lads make surfing seem. They take on these behemoths with ease and despite the sheer power behind these waves, the way they control their boards makes it seem like poetry in motion.
It’s been long and drawn-out creep to Theophilus London‘s sophomore effort Vibes. We received joints like “Do Girls” and the Jesse Boykins III-blessed dance-floor freaker “Tribes”, but the two fall distantly from one another that it’s hard to tell where the album was going to end up. The album will make its official drop next week on November 4th, boasting an all-star cast of features including the legendary Leon Ware, fellow Brooklyn mainstay Dev Hynes, Soko and a slew of others. Luckily for us all, we won’t have to wait that long to decide on whether to come out of pocket for it, as you can stream the entirety of the album down below.
Pete Rock celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nas‘ debut Illmatic LP and the more recent Nas: Time Is Illmatic documentary with the Time Is Illmatic mixtape. The mix clocks in just under the 45-minute mark and features all 10 tracks from the album as well as appearances from Large Professor, DJ Premier, Q-Tip and L.E.S.. Inspired by the film that was first inspired by the seminal album he helped to produce, Pete Rock drops a note on his passion for the Nas: Time Is Illmatic documentary alongside the tape:
“I was motivated to produce this mixtape because ‘Time Is Illmatic’ is a part of Hip-Hop history that everyone should know about; and have in both their music and now film collection.”
TDE’s original duo of mic-slayers Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar link once more on the new cut “Pay For It.” What follows is a barrage of verbal athleticism over tender string arrangements, piano loops and a drum program that shifts from playful and light to rugged and raw before you even catch wind of it. This new joint comes as a quick follow-up to the G-Funk revival we thought Jay was conducting with his last offering “Parental Advisory,” which dropped just a few weeks back, but it seems we might very well be heading towards another ground-shaking release from his camp. Jay Rock’s forthcoming project might very well be the sixth and final release from the Top Dawg crew this year. There’s no official title or release date for that project, but TDE has never been one to prep us all that well, so the drop could just as well fall out of the sky any day now. Keep it locked to the OG realm for the latest and peep Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar’s latest single “Pay For It”.
A few months back we were treated to a snippet from Earl Sweatshirt’s “Rats.” Produced by label-mate and Odd Future figurehead Tyler The Creator, this extended cut of the rugged and raw treatment of young Sweatshirt we received back in July is more than just twice the length. It’s an even more overwhelming dose of the shockadelic rhyming, sinister piano loops and overall darkness we’ve come to understand as the OFWGKTA calling card. The grit and disturbing imagery remain intact while Earl shows us why we’ve been on the edge of our seats since his introduction. Treat yourself to the full cut of Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler The Creator’s unearthed loosie “Rats”.
Today Preemo put up a remix he worked for Saigon’s “One Foot In The Door,” featuring a soulful chop, lush with piano loops, a hard-nosed low-end and a short clip of a young Jay Z giving his two cents as to who he thinks will be next to blow. Apparently this beat was meant for the almighty words of Rakim. Put your ears to DJ Premier’s masterful flip of “One Foot In The Door” from Saigon and Big Daddy Kane.
Jared Evan and Statik Selektah celebrate today’s release of their collaborative Still Blue LP with the new track “Moneyball” featuring Pro Era‘s Nyck Caution and Dessy Hinds. Jared Evan lends his sleek falsetto to the super soulful production, setting the tone for the bittersweet love track. The Pro’s bring their stutter-stepping gift of gab to the table to round things out with a tight tale of love and loss. Check the track below to listen to “Moneyball”, and stay tuned for more from Jared Evan & Statik Selektah.
Celebrated Valencia based production outift Cookin Soul continues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nas‘ seminal Illmatic LP in a special way with the release of the SoulMatic Instrumentals. The collection of tracks lands as the Queensbridge MC continues to tour in support of Nas: Time Is Illmatic, the Tribeca Films documentary from filmmakers One9 and Erik Parker that dissects his classic 1994 debut and the rich history behind it. The instrumental compilation follows the spring release of Cookin Soul’s SoulMatic mixtape and offers fans fresh perspective on their profound respect for all of the moving parts of the landmark release, particularly the production.
Alchemist is essentially the unofficial third member of Mobb Deep. Over the weekend, Alan The Chemist turned 37 years young and decided to celebrate in the only way he knew he could, by dropping some unheard heat from the The Infamous. The offering came in the form of the gritty and no longer vaulted loosie “Biology,” which boasts a menacing concoction of East Coast mic-slaying and brain-busting beat conducting that should hold a proper flame to some of their finest work together. You can lay your ears upon Alchemist’s (kinda) new joint “Biology” with Mobb Deep below, just be sure to wish your boy a happy born day if you see him.
Casey Veggies conducts official business on the new track “3AM In Cape Town” (Swag Worth A Mill Pt. 3) produced by Sango. The production is a slapper that takes a more subdued approach to trap. The pair volley back and forth on the track as Casey Veggies’ cadence provides the perfect foil for the movement of Sango’s beat. Veggies drops an update on his whereabouts before peppering the track with smooth-talking bars dense with the kind of bold statements that prove he has yet to lose a step. Check the track below to stream “3AM In Cape Town” (Swag Worth A Mill Pt.3).
Domo Genesis took over Odd Future Radio this week to premiere the new track “STRICTLY4MYN*GGAZ” from his forthcoming Under The Influence 2 mixtape. The track is a tried and true Tupac inspired slapper that channels the ruggedest golden era production and gives fans something extra fresh to sink their teeth into ahead of the project’s November 5th release. Check the track below to stream “STRICTLY4MYN*GGAZ.”