Statik Selektah‘s new album, Lucky 7, comes out tomorrow, though we’ve been lucky enough to hear much of the album already, including Crystal Clear, Beautiful Life, Top Tier and All You Need. In The Wind is a breezy affair that features Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T. and Chauncy Sherod. Make sure you support by purchasing Lucky 7 tomorrow, out via Showoff Records and Duck Down Music Inc.
There’s no end to the pitch-perfect warm season vibes in Cookin’ Soul‘s latest “Summer Waves” mix, which focuses on breezy mid-tempo grooves that bring plenty of punch. Between the Lonnie Liston Smith, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers and Sly Stone bossa nova classics, rare disco grooves, sun kissed funk and Spanish soul all gently waft over you like Mediterranean waves in this brilliant hour of sound.
DJ Rahdu of BamaLoveSoul has once again rolled out one of his time-tested Diamond Soul XXXperience mixtapes, and this one is as great as any past edition. Opening with the maximalist R&B of Nicolay’s “The Secret” and then proceeding to twist, wind and groove through some of the finest Hip-Hop cuts available today, the mix is an invigorating shot in the arm for anyone who’s grown a little weary of the scene lately. Great stuff is out there, you just need to know where to look for it, and thankfully Rahdu has done quite a bit of that work all on his own.
Nicolay – The Secret
Seek – Before You
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Ray Gun ft DOOM
Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drome Mix)
Jidenna – Classic Man (King Most Redirection)
Beatsofreen – Bloom feat Joanna Borromeo
Bishop Lamont – Ahh
Mecca83 – Open
Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl
A Tribe Called Quest – 8 Million Stories
Skyzoo – Luxury feat WestSide Gunnn
Sup Nasa – Dooinit
Common – Aquarius
Golden Rules – Never Die feat Yasiin Bey
Amiri – Echoes
John Robinson & Chief – Deep Inside feat Stan 1
Moka Only – Gordon Gartell
Kerbside Collection – Red Clay
Opolopo – Monolith
The Rurals – Cinnamon
Tyler, the Creator – Find Your Wings
Patrice Rushen – Didn’t You know
Brittany Nacole – C’mon Thru
New Sector Movements – She’s Got Soul
Dam-Funk – Rise
The Politik – Feel it feat Bahamadia
Pete Rock – Air Smoove
Bhonstro – Red Velvet
Curtis Mayfield – The Other Side of Town
Brandee Younger – Dorothy Jeanne
Bilal – Holding It Back feat Kimbra
Eulorhythmics – Hot n Nasty feat Proh Mic
Melodiesinfonie – J A $ $ pt.52
On July 17, New York rhymesayer Your Old Droog will release The Nicest, a brand new six-track EP. The first single off the forthcoming project is the DJ Skizz produced We Don’t Know You, which finds Droog calling out and criticizing the motivations of up-and-coming rappers that share the same space he does. “They’re more concerned with documenting what’s taking place then what’s taking place,” spits the Coney Island native. Listen above and let us know what you think of the track.
This recently unearthed BBC mini-documentary Watching My Name Go By from the mid-70s thoroughly chronicles the movement’s sprawling influence at the time, providing a broad spectrum of perspectives on its proliferation, some scathing, others inspired, but all tantamount to understanding the role graffiti played at pivotal moment in the city’s history, and how its influence has projected over the decades since. Lay your eyes upon Watching My Name Go By to experience the bombed-out baby photos of Hip-Hop, and the city that birthed it.
Days away from the release of his new album, Lucky 7, Statik Selektah has unleashed another track off the set. The Boston native joins forces with Slaughterhouse emcee Royce Da 5’9” to makes things Crystal Clear for listeners. The LP will be available for digital purchase on Tuesday, July 7, via Showoff Records/Duck Down Music Inc; act accordingly.
Problem returns with the release of a new project, entitled Mollywood 3: The Relapse (B Side). The 17-track release was executive produced by Bryant “Fastlane” Lawson and Problem himself. Features include Omarion, IAMSU, Freddie Gibbs, Cashout and fellow Diamond Lane crew Bad Lucc and Stoney Tha Dealer, among others. “I love this f*ckin record!” said Problem. “Feels good to be happy with who you are, no matter the situation. The ups, the downs, f8ck it ‘This is my life!! This is my liiiiife!’ Ayyyy!! Let’s live!!!”
Right in time for the Fourth of July weekend, DeJ Loaf has unveiled her latest single, Back Up, featuring Big Sean. Premiered by WJLB in both artist’s native Detroit, the iRock produced single is the headliner’s third feature this week. There’s no word on the title or release date for Loaf’s forthcoming debut on Columbia Records, but with her increased output as of late it’s only a matter of time.
RiFF RAFF and Travis Barker join forces for “Spazz Out” as an exclusive collaboration for Warped Tour. It’s interesting to hear the eccentric Jody Highroller over the uptempo, punk rock production from the percussion phenom. The track is an uptempo party starter produced by Barker with RiFF singing and spitting signature flames just in time for summer.
IAMSU! makes it official that he will be releasing a third volume in his Kilt mixtape series. The first single off the forthcoming tape is Famous, a JUNEONABEAT produced bouncy number that finds the headliner and his guests, DeJ Loaf and K Camp, coming to grips with the fact that fame attracts people for all the wrong reasons. Listen to the track above and let us know what you think.
Yes, Gucci Mane is still in prison, and yes, he’s dropped yet another mixtape. Less than two months after dropping the King Gucci mixtape, the rapper delivers Trapology. It features 14 tracks with guest appearances on every one of them. Guests include Snoop Dogg, Soulja Boy, Fetty Wap, Lil B, and RiFF RAFF, alongside production from Mike WiLL Made-It, Zaytoven, TM88, and Southside.
Action Bronson & Alchemist add another episode to their long-standing saga with the release of Alchemist’s new single “Voodoo,” which finds Bronson getting loose with his culinary lines over some dusty, psychedelic soul chops from the beat wizard. The track comes to us from Alchemist’s forthcoming project Retarded Alligator Beats, slated to be pressed on limited edition vinyl, filled to the brim with unreleased Alchemist joints and paired with a box of crayons, so you can finally do something productive while you burn one down to this hazy, new piece. Let your head knock to Alchemist & Action Bronson’s smooth new cut “Voodoo”.
Only days away from the release of Statik Selektah’s much-anticipated Lucky 7 LP, which will feature an all-star cast of vocal talent over his choice, vintage-tinged beats. That list of all-stars includes Action Bronson, Ab-Soul and Elle Varner, who can all be heard on “All We Need,” the latest Lucky 7 single to drop ahead of its full unveiling. Built of steady bass, a beautiful vocal loop and piano fills that flicker in and out of view, “All We Need” is smoother than a buttered ballon. Listen to “All We Need” above and pre-order Lucky 7 on iTunes, if you haven’t already done so.
Detroit emcee, Finale, is making his return and gearing up to release his first LP since 2009. Finale will be releasing Odds & Ends, entirely produced by Oddisee, on August 14th via Mello Music Group. To go along with the announcement, we get the first single, which features Homeboy Sandman and fellow Detroit lyricist Miz Korona.
L.A. lyricist Blu is breathing new life into his 2014 double LP release, Good To Be Home. He just released a limited-edition vinyl, also available in digi form, celebrating the GTBH single, “The Return.” This new EP release features the OG version of “The Return,” a Haz Solo remix of the GTBH track “Rap Dope,” assorted instrumentals, and this non-album bonus track “Thriller” featuring Sene, Definite, and Cashus King (fka Co$$). Check the new sounds above and let us know what you think of the track.
Skateboard filmmaker and traveler of far away lands, Patrik Wallner has just released his latest video, The Edge of Arabia. “While the turmoil in the Middle East doesn’t seem to have an end in sight, the Visualtraveling project zigzagging around the Eurasian peninsula has somewhat concluded. Exploring the nations on the edge of the Arabian peninsula was mandatory even while Yemen was going through a coup and was swept with chaos. But considering the past ventures such as taking a ten thousand kilometres trek on the Trans-Siberian, meeting the ‘stans, turning ginger in Bangladesh, taking the Mandalay Express, circling the Black Sea, traversing Iran and the Caucasus in the Persian Version and various other smaller journeys, the dedication to explore this last pocket of Eurasia with the mysterious Dragon blood trees lurking on the island of Socotra was intriguing.”
Madlib dropped a massive compendium of rare African grooves last week in the form of his latest installment of the Mind Fusion mixtape series, dubbed African Earwax. And it’s chock-full of choice and scrumptious psychedelic funk and soul from all over the great continent, all sliced and diced with The Beat Konducta’s patented touch. 30 copies have been pressed, each with individually hand-drawn covers by Jason Jegel, and were quickly dished out and sold at Rappcats’ Doomsday show in LA last week. Fear not, Lib has established his own Mixcloud with African Earwax being its lead-off mix. Stream Madlib’s one-hour-plus mix of choice African rhythms, grooves and melodies above, and be sure to keep your head on a swivel for all of the illness he’ll be letting loose through his new channel in the months ahead.