“The butcher says to the bovines/ you’re all just pastrami when it’s showtime.” – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco just dropped “Animal Pharm”, a subdued, synth-laden take on the George Orwell classic. The track finds Lupe rapping over Atoms for Peace’s “Ingenue”. No word on whether this is attached to Lu’s upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth or not. As for the upcoming LP, the album title is derived from the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film Tetsuo: The Iron Man. With that in mind, “Animal Pharm” would definitely sound right at home with that style. Stream and download the track below.
Remember when Shad dropped “Peace” awhile back? Well, it turns out the Skratch Bastid-produced track wasn’t just a one-off. Shad and Skratch Bastid just announced a collaborative EP, The Spring Up, that’s set for digital release later this month. As a preview of what’s to come, they’ve released the Cadence Weapon-assisted “Homie”. The EP was recorded shortly after wrapping up work on Shad’s upcoming full length, Flying Colours. Aside from Skratch Bastid’s production, we can expect some production from DJ Jazzy Jeff (who’s been touring with Bastid). The EP will also include a finished version of “Peace”, which was previously just a demo. Stream “Homie” below.
Sulyiman is a Chicago producer and emcee and brings us his latest creation “Cold Winter”, a collaboration with Johnny Favorite and Justin Overton. This is the first single from his upcoming album, Zulu Rebel. The rhymes on this track are an excellent combination with the superb production. Very few artists are able to master rapping and producing so Sulyiman is a rare indiviual indeed. We hope to hear some more great music from him in the near future; in the meantime, listen to the track below.
I am very excited to feature another new artist on our blog. 23 year old, DIVINE CIGHT is a recent college dropout chasing his dream of being a rap star. This is a good move because this man definitely has potential! Born in Washinton D.C. and raised in Atlanta, he fuses north and south in his own way and spits some great lyrics. “Ink Gone” is an excellent example of his flow with great production from Voski. Check out the track below.
Bronx rapper Noah Vinson collaborates with Los Angeles producer Sirplus to drop “Y.G.A” (Young, Gifted, Authentic) off his Young & Proud mixtape. Noah displays a talent for story telling in his rhymes and uses examples from his life to draw us into his music. Sirplus’s upbeat sound for this track and Noah’s verses are a perfect match that we can all vibe to. Stream the track below.
Turn your stereo to max for this one! Casper annihilates the beat on his latest track produced by Young Prince, “Drop The Gloves”. Clever punchlines, raw emotion, a catchy hook and a dope instrumental, what else could you ask for? Stay tuned for a new video featuring Casper, Big C and Nikar Kim titled “Lead A Way” coming on the 20th and hit the comments section and let me know what you think of Casper’s new track.
“Every issue everybody’s got a strong view, but at the end of the day all they do is talk”
Download: Casper – “Drop The Gloves”
Up and comer Bobby Capri collaborates with Jon Connor to bring us his newest single off his upcoming EP. The two of them, hailing from Virginia and Michigan respectively, paint the dire picture of the today’s “American Dream”. The EP includes features from veteran Sean Price and Troy Ave, and production from DJ Stylez, True 2 Life Music, and Linz Prag, just to name a few. Be sure to check out Instant Gratification, available for download later this month!
Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins just released “Muthadear”, an ode to mothers everywhere. The track finds a place on G&D’s upcoming album, The Lighthouse, which is set for release on May 21st (via SomeOthaShip Connect). You can pre-order the album here. For more from G&D, check out “Popstopper”. Stream “Muthadear” below.
Returning with another track off his forthcoming album Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Mac Miller releases “Watching Movies” late last night, produced by Sap and Larry Fisherman (Mac Miller). This eerie yet spacey instrumental throws you in a trance as Mac goes in explaining how his life is like “Watching Movies”. In a recent interview Mac talk’s about his upcoming album and explained how it is his most personal album to date, so be sure to take a look at that if you haven’t yet.
Not too long after releasing his latest mixtape Hood Politics 7, Termanology is back with another gem titled “Streetwise”, produced by Mighty Joe with cuts from Statik Selektah. The wordplay, concepts, metaphor’s and knowledge Term always bring’s to every track is what made everyone a fan from the jump I think, which “Streetwise” does not lack. I’m hoping we get another project from Termanology in the near future. Take in Termanology’s new track underneath and let me know what you think!