Joey BadA$$ single The Void featuring westcoast phenom Ab-Soul goes hard I first shined the light on this joint over a year ago. This collaboration has definitely sparked a beautiful friendship between East and West coast HipHop. Imagine Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar on the same track now that will be a magnificent day in Underground HipHop. Go check out the dope artwork at GhostDesigns , if I'm not mistaken this crew of 20 does most artwork, producing, and rhyming. Sort of reminds me of a new version of the Wu-Tang Clan. No doubt these guys are about their business.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The 90's was the era for this Flipmode Squad Allstar Rah Digga, she did a dope collaboration with Rapsody, and now she’s back to collaborate with another of the game’s most exciting female rapping talents, Brooklyn-based Nitty Scott, MC.
The new track is titled “Never Back Down” and it certainly lives up to its name. Around a minute in, Rah closes her hook with the defiant exclamation, “Never let him see you sweat, never let him see you cry, never turn the other cheek, always look him in the eye” and it’s a declaration of intent that sets the tone for the rest of that song.
Although both rappers do their thing on the mic, and Nitty’s younger voice sounds cleaner and clearer over gritty electric guitar chords, it’s Rah’s growly pitch that really hammers home. In fact, the New Jersey rappers sums up her message perfectly with simple reference to two very different female artists. By saying she’ll “never be a Kate Perry…too Maya Angelou”, Rah Digga sets a fine example to the next generation of female emcees.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mac Miller and Waka Flocka Flame might not seem like the most obvious of partnerships but on “Dog Pound” they work surprisingly well together.
There’s a simple explanation for this and it rests in the catalytic presence of DJ Dahi, a producer who’s made some of this year’s best beats, from Kendrick Lamar‘s “Money Trees“, to Smoke DZA’s “K.O.N.Y”, to Dom Kennedy‘s “My Type of Party“. Here he provides a slow, drum-heavy instrumental, complete with a haunting vocal sample. The cascading beat provides an opportunity for both rappers to experiment with their respective sounds, and they benefit from switching it up. On one side, Mac Miller’s unappealing frat-pack instincts are washed away; on the other, raspy Waka steps away from Brick Squad’s ratchet reactions.
The track, which you can listen to below, unfortunately won’t appear on Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with The Sound Off, and whilst I think that’s a grand old shame, it is available for free download, so I probably shouldn’t whinge about it.
Courtesy Of SoulCulture
Friday, March 28, 2014
With his fourth studio album, Diamond In The Ruff, former Roc-A-Fella signee and Philly native Freeway is still doing his thing. “Jungle" which was produced by Incredible Stro sees Freeway firing his battle rap-refined flow over the frenzy of a street banger, whilst the Jimmy Giambrone-directed clip features Philly Freezer stunting with a couple Bentleys around the city. Which was released via Babygrande Records, on his album Diamond In The Ruff and features collaborations with Wale, Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green, Marsha Ambrosius and production from Just Blaze and more. [Order]
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Kendrick Lamar sat down with Power 98′s Bootleg Kev and spoke on a variety of topics to do with good kid, m.A.A.d city and future projects.
In the interview below, the Compton rapper discusses the rippling, word-of-mouth effect by which his debut album sold over 240,000 copies in its first week, and says that maybe in ten years or so it’ll be regarded as a classic.
He also talks about his and J.Cole‘s status as rappers who promote substance over anything else, commenting, ”we show that through our music…the whole point and idea, for us (is) to continue this culture of hip hop that actually has a full body of work, not just sporadic songs everywhere, radio songs”, before revealing that Cole’s sophomore album takes priority over any work they have planned as a duo.
Kendrick gives brief shout-outs to Shyne and Sherane before ending with the news that fans “probably won’t get a second album for a while.” Watch below.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sean Price, probably one of the most underrated underground HipHop wordsmiths of all time has always walked his own path. This joint below is one of the many grimmy and gritty tracks off his album “M.I.C. Tyson”. This travk is acutally one of the bonus songs on the itunes version of the album and was also released on a Rock The Bells Mixtape back in 2012. Sean P. is definitely one of leaders of that Raw HipHop, without artist like him HipHop would really would be dead. Make sure you check out the visuals below.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Not much is known about the London-based singer and producer Bayou beyond what listeners can derive from his sensual, smooth R&B releases such as “Cherry Cola.” Treating his audience to subtle, brooding production and luscious harmonies, Bayou opts to use abstract, romantic footage found in Japan to add vision to his slow jam hit.
The video concludes with an unexpected, startling conclusion that leaves listeners with more questions than answers. It’s unclear whether this rising talent will choose to reveal more of himself or his music in the near future, but this memorable introduction will certainly suffice for the time being. Watch “Cherry Cola” below.
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Monday, March 24, 2014
Rav.P & Swerve single No Lifeguard On Duty from their "Weed & Wine EP". Two rappers with similar stories swimming upstream with "No Lifeguard On Duty" produced by Rochester's own D-Rock Melodeez. Take a trip with them while they explore dealing with depression and the ups and downs that comes trying to be successful. Make sure you follow them on twitter @Swerve916 & @PassportRav for more updates.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
DJ Kay Slay, the man they call Slap Your Favourite DJ, is dropping his Grown Man Hip Hop project tonight and he’s just leaked a new track to get the attention of all the heads out there.
“Lyrical Ganstas” features the highly lyrical Kendrick Lamar and Brooklyn underground wordsmith Papoose, who’s currently signed to Kay Slay’s Streetsweepers’ Ent. label. Whilst the verses would be just about good enough to appear on these rappers’ strongest solo tapes, the hook and beat could definitely start to grate on me. Listen for yourself below:
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This is a Promo for a series of short stories based on true events in my life. Stories of playing Xbox Live, nights at the strip club, after parties, and much more. Of course this is brought to you by UnsungHipHop.com Find me on Facebook @ Ritch Blackman. The track was provided by B.K., "Emergency 911" feat. Oz two of Philadelphia's dopest underground Emcees.