Chance The Rapper and his right-hand horn man Donnie Trumpet unveil a new sonic suite in the gospel-touched single “Sunday Candy” off their forthcoming Surf LP with The Social Experiment. This new joint takes the gospel tradition and flips it on its ear, injecting certain trap sentiments, a dynamite horn arrangement and the rapper they call Chance’s raspy croon, not to mention a hook sung by the incomparable Jamila Woods of M&O fame. Go ahead and take a trip to church with Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet, The Social Experiment and their new joint “Sunday Candy”.
A$AP Ferg lets loose a new heater with the release of his latest single “Talk It” off the freshly announced and soon-to-drop Ferg Forever mixtape. The trap lord delivers what are easily his most humble and introspective lines over a spellbinding sonic construction from Clams Casino, which is apparently all he ever needed to tap into this socially sharp sector of his persona. You won’t have to wait much longer to get your hands on a new batch from Ferg, as his forthcoming Ferg Forever tape drops this Friday. Get a taste of what A$AP Ferg and Clams Casino cooked up and stream “Talk It” above.
JMSN‘s enlists the services of Freddie Gibbs to add some verbal to his sultry joint “Street Sweeper” off the forthcoming Blue Album LP. What was a gleaming specimen of ’90s r&b melodics and future soul textures got some proper verbal embellishments from gangsta Gibbs to give this thing a touch of that rugged and raw. Listen to this Freddie Gibbs assisted number “Street Sweeper” remix above and let us know what’cha think.
Ghostface Killah comes through with another heater from his forthcoming 36 Seasons piece with the vintage soul-chopping single “Blood On The Streets” featuring Wu-affiliate AZ. It continues the verbal vigilantism of the concept album that’s already looking to be one of the year’s best and we’ve yet to even get the full treatment. 36 Seasons is due on December 9th, just one week after the mythical Wu-Tang reunion album A Better Tomorrow. Peep the new joint “Blood On The Streets” from Ghostface Killah and AZ below.
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass come through with some blazing new sonics with the release of their Sean Price assisted heater “Impossible Dream”, a bonus track off their collaborative Blasphemy LP. The West Coast legend and the Beast From The East make for a fearsome cross-country tandem of sharpened lyrical sword-smiths, throwing flame-tested lines over Apollo’s lush cinematic soul chop. Listen as Apollo Brown, Ras Kass and Sean Price deliver the fiery gospel on “Impossible Dream”, and keep it locked for the latest from this formidable true-school duo.
For Eminem fans, Christmas comes early. With his Shady XV compilation coming, Em teams up with DJ Whoo Kid for a mixtape, entitled Shady CLASSICS.
Boasting 66 tracks, curated by Whoo Kid, the free release features a slew of mixtape cuts, freestyles, remixes and other classics, including Em’s version of “Wanksta,” his 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, 50 Cent’s “What Up Gangsta” and Yelawolf’s “Hard White (Remix)” with T.I. Other highlights includes the latest Shady singles, “DETROIT Vs. Everybody” and “Guts Over Fear.” Check the mix below and let us know what you think.
Killer Mike‘s long-lost and overdue Sunday Morning Massacres has finally made its way off the cutting room floor, dropping yesterday on a public that’s been running the jewels with the brooding ATLien MC for months now. Story has it, Mike had originally planned to drop the tape back in 2008 and shelved due to unknown circumstances, but it doesn’t take long to realize that this one’s got longevity, as each and everyone of these blappers (presented by DJ Greg Street) holds their weight, even 6 years later. Stream Sunday Morning Massacres down below, and be sure to keep it lockedfor all of the Killer Mike madness in the weeks and months to come.
Cookin’ Soul, that SPANISH DJ duo of BIG SIZE and Zock are taking their dynamite collection of selections to Japan this week, and to wet appetites they’ve dropped a mixtape that samples some of their favorite Japanese recordings. Titled simply Japan Diggin, the short and sweet set is loaded with tender piano, ’80s glam-funk outros and plenty of funky all-live jazz interludes. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Japan over the next two weeks make a point to catch Cookin’ Soul at one of their dates.
Flying Lotus keeps on coming with the spooked-out goods from the soon-to-drop GRAND THEFT AUTO V OST reboot. Today’s offering comes with the assistance of another madcap mind in the diabolical MF Doom, delivering his patently dastardly verbal over a neck-cranking production from the brainfeeders on “Masquatch.”
Ghostface Killah comes through with another AZ assisted selection on the Shaolin-styled single “Double Cross” off the forthcoming comic-inspired concept piece 36 SEASONS. This new joint deserves another tip of the hat solely on the grounds of beat selection. He always seems to find those dusty heaters to run that diabolical flow over. Keep it locked for all things GFK as the winter of Wu has officially arrived.
Is the skate video really dead? What is the relevance of the skate video in this modern digital age? A new multiple-part video looks at the emergence of the solo video part, the impact a traditional premiere still has, and the hype behind the biggest team video in recent history. It features the likes of Ryan Decenzo, Zered Bassett, Torey Pudwill, Felipe Gustavo, Erik Bragg, Ty Evans, Steve Berra, Chris Thiessen, Wes Kremer, Joey Brezinski, and Dane Burman. Check out part 1 above and let us know your opinion on the subject.
The Wu-Tang Clan comes through with another vintage showing on their latest release “Necklace” off the anxiously anticipated A Better Tomorrow. Leaving no one out of the cypher, the whole crew goes in on a production that wreaks of the crackling Shaolin funk, chopping clips from old flicks and gun shots into one grimy specimen of true-school delight.
Freddie Gibbs and Mike Dean join forces on the new TRACK “Sellin Dope” from the forthcoming GTA V Next Gen Soundtrack for PS4 and XBOX One. This joint follows the serious rumblings that began over a year ago when a photo surfaced of the pair together in the studio. Finally confirming the suspicions of many and giving fans the first fruits of their labor, Gibbs and Dean drop “Sellin Dope”, a grimey, otherworldly banger that takes full advantage of Gibbs’ edgy presence and plays up the sinister tone of his gangster narrative. Check the track below to listen to “Sellin Dope.” Stay tuned for more from Freddie Gibbs and Mike Dean.
Pusha T serves up a fresh slice of heat with the new track “Lunch Money” that could from his highly-anticipated sophomore King Push LP produced by Kanye West. The project has yet to get a release date, but that hasn’t stopped Pusha T from dropping joints. “Lunch Money” is a sidewinder of a slapper that finds Pusha T spitting dope-boy quotables. Check the track below to listen to “Lunch Money”, and stay tuned for more from King Push.
Flying Lotus and Thundercat continue their streak, enlisting Krayzie Bone of the Bone Thugs crew for their slow-rocking contribution to the forthcoming Grand Theft Auto V OST reboot “Medication Meditation.” The principal host of the game’s cherished FlyLo FM program and his right-hand bass man provide a gripping sonic-bed for the Bone Thugs alum lay his machine-gun cadence over, Fans of the FlyLo’s latest album You’re Dead! will likely recall the sample from one of its closing moment as it shows up on the spooky wind-down “Obligatory Cadence.” Go ahead and put your ears to some new sonics from Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Krayzie Bone.
Check out the new video by Sean Collelo which features Rob Miceli taking us on a nice little trip through an abandoned psychiatric ward in New York state. “The campus is a pretty huge area made up of about 10 abandoned buildings and 4 buildings that are still functioning,” says Collelo. “Psych patients roam around the complex and so do cops. Most of the abandoned buildings are pretty boarded up so you can’t get in, but the thing that’s so sick is all the buildings are connected with underground tunnels, so if you can find a way into one, you can access them all. It’s surprisingly untouched. You will still find office supplies, files, photos, machinery, and other artifacts.”
DJ JS-1 serves up a free download of the single “Interference” from his recent It Is What It Isn’t LP featuring Ras Kass and Esoteric. Their feature on JS-1 details his rich history as a member of NYC’s graffiti scene since the late 80s. Echoing the true school flavor of the piece, the track itself is a tough, uptempo gem that boasts all of the hallmarks of the most celebrated boom-bap classics. Check the track below to listen to “Interference”, and stay tuned for more from DJ JS-1.