Phil Ade's upcoming FreeLP A Different World, will be dropping next Tuesday. Can't wait to hear more from the DMV representative. I can't lie though, I was really hoping he was going to be rapping over the Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth track at the beginning of the video.
West Virginia native D-WHY recently released this video of his track over the Childish Gambino "Freaks & Geeks" instrumental. I'm usually not a fan of hearing somebody rap over a beat that somebody else already killed but this was pretty cool. Audio Below.
This is a track I've been really excited to post. J. Nolan teams up with Vegas producer, Todd Jordan (you may know him as Jordan) to bring you the next single off of Chaos Theory, due out 8/16/11. I love tracks like this.
A couple of freebies courtesy of the Boston collective's website. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite up-and-coming acts. If you still haven't checked out their latest release, The Drive-In, do something positive with your life and get it now.
I'm not sure if this will be on the retail release of "Nostalgia, Ultra" but if it is, I will take down this post immediately. I did some research and I couldn't find any info on this track. It's a pretty awesome track and at this point I'm just excited to hear new music from Frank Ocean.
The Remix Artist Collective tackled the job of remixing the already awesome "Why Even Try?" and really did a great job. Found on Theophilus London's twitter account today. Don't forget, Timez Are Weird These Days drops 7/19/11.
NYC's Azeem dropped a new track today, this time with the assistance of Carlos St. John. I've only heard two tracks from Azeem and so far he's 2/2. How does this dude only have 63 followers on twitter? People, start following him @azeemmusic.
Philly emcee Gilbere Forte and Vegas' Sean Rose teamed up to bring us this 11 track FreEP. Always looking forward to new music from Gilbere Forte. The production on this EP is really the perfect backdrop to Rose and Forte.
This is only the second song I've heard from Ced Hughes it's probably one of my favorite tracks that I've heard this week. He kind of reminds me of XV. This track will be off of his One Day We'll Wake Up project. Coming soon. Produced by Xaphoon Jones (of Chiddy Bang).
This track is actually from 2008 and it's just a personal favorite of mine from SeDrew. No real reason for posting it other than the fact that it's awesome and I felt like everybody should check it out. Too bad he doesn't rap like this anymore. Always nice to hear somebody do Camp Lo's "Luchini" justice.
Jesse Boykins III first showed up on my radar when he was featured on Mickey Factz' Heaven's Fallout "mixtape" (quotations were necessary beacuse I feel like it was more of an LP but whatever). Since hearing him on "You Remind Me" I've been eagerly awaiting a solo project from him. Maybe he's dropped something since then, maybe not, but this is the first solo project I've seen him release. It's a short 6 track EP but it's a delightful 6 tracks. Think Andre 3000 on The Love Below, that's what it reminds me of. Well enough reading, go check it out.
Producer Thelonious Martin released [Super] on 6/27/11 via his BandCamp and even offered it for free. This was my introduction to Martin and I was really impressed. I don't post a lot of instrumental music but I really enjoyed this, so here it is. Oh yea, feel free to support [Super] by purchasing for $5 from his bandcamp page. Mediafire link below (the link that Thelonious provided).
Boston-based collective, The Dean's List, released a free LP back in February of this year. I had "heard of" them but never actually "heard" them until today and I was just blown away. I love the lyrics, the delivery, the content, the production (the production is ridiculously good), and just the overall vibe that The Dean's List project in each song. This may have earned them a spot on next year's All-Freshmen team. Check them out.
The Chicago collective led by Chris Mathien, released their first single from their upcoming album. Sounds a little like Mika in my opinion but that's not a bad thing. Here is an excerpt from their website:
"Merging calm, funky soul, rock, and a strong hip-hop aesthetic, singer-songwriter Chris Mathien (MAY-thee-in) conveys the passion of reggae and soul vocal stylings, the free experimentation of Parliament-Funkadelic Rock, while incorporating the unconventional hip-hop attitudes of A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots."
I purchased two new releases this week with Big Sean and SBTRKT's albums dropping on the 28th. If you haven't bought Big Sean's album yet, I highly recommend purchasing the Deluxe Edition, you won't regret it. Of the 16 tracks, I listen to 13 of them regularly. I finally purchased Saigon's album. And then I re-discovered Plushgun and felt like "Why don't I already own this album?" Then I fixed that problem and purchased it.
Due to my busy schedule, I wasn't able to post last week's edition of Championship Vinyl, so that just means you get 2 Championship Vinyl posts this week. Only new album in this bunch was from Mr. J. Medeiros.
Philly emcee, Chill Moody, links up with Cody Kahmar to bring us a very heartfelt track that's a perfect fit for the summer. I've never heard of either of these guys but I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more. Audio below.
Just found out today that LIMITED EDITION AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL COPIES of Section.80 are available now through TDE's website. For some of you, this may not mean much, but for me, this was HUGE news. So much so I had to type with way too many capital letters to express my excitement. Anyways, the link is below.
This track is amazing. I never thought I'd hear Nas rap like this again. Had me feeling like "What year is this?" This will be off of Common's upcoming album "The Dreamer, The Believer" which was originally suppose to drop in June, but is now scheduled for a November release date. The best part, Nas gave it away via his SoundCloud.
Truthfully, Apollo Brown's "Clouds" has to be one of the best instrumental albums I've ever heard. You can listen to it in full at Mello Music Group's BandCamp. Physical copies of "Clouds" are also available through Amazon.
New Rockie Fresh? Awesome. Rockie is getting ready to drop The Otherside Redux on 7/27/11 which I believe is different versions of tracks from "The Otherside" along with a few new tracks. can't wait to hear new Rockie Fresh music.
To be honest, I refused to buy "Thank Me Later" because I felt like it was a far-cry from the Drake we knew from "So Far Gone". "Take Care" on the other hand seems like everything a Drake album should be. Drake is definitely at his best when making "indie hip hop". I couldn't think of a better way to characterize it. It breaks your typical song structure, there is rapping, singing, interludes, no catchy hook; Drake seems to be reverting back to making music as an art form instead of making commercial friendly music.
This week has been really busy for me with my 2 jobs (after today I will have worked 13 out of the last 14 days and a total of 110 hours in that time span) so I haven't had many opportunities to update TOTR. But today I happen to log on only to see that Kendrick Lamar dropped Section.80 and I knew I had to cop it. I hate buying from iTunes but I will always make the exception for new Kendrick Lamar. Make sure you cop it too.