Saturday, January 31, 2015

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins - "Timeline" - {Official Video{

One of the standout tracks from G&D’s “The Lighthouse” album gets the visual treatment. You can peep the video above and pick up the album through SomeOthaship Connect.  This dynamic couple reminds me of a HipHop version of Kindred The Family Soul very talented and soulful couple.  Check out their video below.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rashad & Confidence - "The City" - {Audio Download}

The debut LP of the then totally unknown Emcee/Producer duo was originally released in November 2011. During that time, Ill Adrenaline Records dropped underground smash albums and singles by Beneficence, Purpose & Confidence, Tragic Allies & Tragedy Khadafi, Da Beatminerz, Neek The Exotic, The Regiment & Confidence, The Legion, and The Purist & Roc Marciano. In the meantime, "The Element of Surprise" by Rashad & Confidence became an internationally critically acclaimed LP, considered by many as an instant classic by HipHop heads worldwide. Push the play button and listen closely to the deep and soulful, but still hard hitting boom-bap beats of "The Element of Surprise", and get taken back to a time when hip-hop only produced classics.

Ill Adrenaline Records is now proud to announce the long awaited instrumental version of the already classic "The Element of Surprise" album by Rashad & Confidence! Available now on limited CD/LP, and digitally.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Trek Life - "We Good" (Ft.Oddisee, Belvi, Funklogik) - {Audio}

West Coast mic monster Trek Life and his beatmaking partner in crime Duke Westlake are back with a summer time jam everyone can relate to - We Good (feat.Oddisee, Belvi, Funklogik).
To get everyone in on things, Trek included the clean version, the instrumental, and the acapella for all the DJs out there. 
The B-side of this summer digital single is "Rhyme Harder" featuring MicWriter (prod. Duke Westlake).  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Flip - "Without Warning" (Ft. Elzhi & Phat Kat) - {Video}

Austrian HipHop Producer DJ Flip just released his latest video for Without Warning off his forthcoming Reflections Album, featuring Elzhi & Phat Kat.  This LP is set to drop on February 17th on Ill Adrenaline Records.  Make sure y'all checkout this 80's style B-Boy dopeness below.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Joey Bada$$ - "Run Up On Ya" (Ft. Action Bronson & Elle Varner)(Prod. Statik Selektah) - {Audio}

The wait is over, almost 3 years ago Joey Bada$$ dropped his highly acclaimed mixtape 1999 .  Since then he has a few scattered singles and features but this week his official debut LP B4DA$$ has arrived.  Let me be the first to tell y'all it was well worth the wait, this album is dope.  Checkout bonus track "Run Up On Ya" featuring underground veteran Action Bronson and Elle Varner on vocals.  Statik Selektah did his thing on production as always.  Make sure you support REal HipHop..!  

Friday, January 23, 2015

ILLCLINTON - "Timeless" - {Audio}


For week 2 of #ILLClintonTuesdays, The ILL gets back to the basics with another classic Blake Belair instrumental, accompanied by Brennan's increasingly lyrical and abstract flow. "Y'all gon be here for the moment. Nigga, this is timeless," Brennan chants on the record, vowing the duo will be around for years to come. Unlike those one trick ponies artists that have plagued HipHop with garbage. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rav.P - "Thuggin"(Freestyle) - {Video}

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No matter how many times we feature Rav.P he never disappoint us with his lyrical skills.  Rav has released 3 videos in less than a month kicking off his #20videos2015 Campaign. This video is just one of them, a freestyle to his favorite Freddie Gibbs beat off of Pinata.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

If Dr Martin Lurther King Was Alive Today, Would He Be Proud Of Our Progress?

Martin Luther King Injustice Archival Print
Are we really living Dr. Martin Lurther King's dream?  I mean yes black people have made some progress since his death but, how much? We have more black men in jail or killed every year by other black men. I've always wonder if Dr King was alive today what would he say about the state of black people. We used take a stance for equality and justice but now it seems every man for themselves. What happen? Besides the fact that every "Real" black leader of the past always seem to get assassinated or jailed for some trumped up charge. What can we do to rid ourselves of the curse placed upon black people?  This now self inflicted ignorance that continues to destroy Black American families most certainly force us into extinction.We are now our own Worst Enemy, so until we learn to get over our petty differences and work together by freeing ourselves from Mental Slavery, we will continue to experience the residual affects of Slavery. Ask yourself this: What are you doing to help the unification, survival, and the education of black people?  We spend a lot of time trying to Get Rich instead working together and being Wealthy.  You see being rich is Shaquille O'Neal, but being wealthy is the guy the pays him.  I believe if your not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem.  Watch the video below, if Dr King was alive this is how he would feel. "Who You Wit"? - Bernie Mac  
(Art work Courtesy Of Marcus Kwame)

Courtesy Of The Boondocks

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Rav.P - "FOH" (IMMACULATE EP) - {Official Video}

According Rav.P he's making some moves for the New Year.  "There comes a point in life where you must separate yourself from what you have known. Comfort is the cousin of failure. In order to have new results you must do something different. The journey is dark....a little intimidating, but it's a necessary journey to reach fulfillment." - Rav.P His new video for "FOH" from the IMMACUALTE EP pretty much sums it up.  I had to do this several times myself.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Young Noble - "Eazy Come Eazy Go" (Ft. King Malachi) - {Video}

Young Noble best known for being a part of Tupac Shakur's rap group The Outlawz, is now doing his solo thing.  With his new single Eazy Come Eazy Go featuring King Malachi he's destine to cause some damage in the game.  Checkout his video below and tell us what you think.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Howard Self Title LP - {Audio}

 Howard self titled LP Howard and it goes hard.!!  Underground HipHop is truly where the talented Emcees are.  Make sure you listen and download this Cd  it is surely worth it.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2014

1. Souls Of Mischief & Adrian YoungeThere Is Only Now
For another year, Adrian Younge shines at the top of our Best Of list, this time with with accomplished west coast crew Souls Of Mischief. This is a project I wasn’t initially sure about, I knew it was gonna be dope, but I wasn’t sure that it would top Adrian’sGhostface collabo. Well it did! I’m a little disappointed I didn’t see this album at the top of more “Best of lists” but oh well, their loss. This album is so rich on so many levels, lots of layers from production to lyrics to skits, and you really get the sense that it took some calculated efforts to put the project together. The only thing it requires, is for you to listen from beginning to end. I know that may sound like a lot to ask for today but this project well deserves it. The intriguing storyline pulled me in from the first track and heightened to an amazing degree once I heard the Busta Rhymes track (Womack’s Lament).Souls Of Mischeif crew kept my attention for the entire listen and showed off their talents as versatile lyricists with each track and the multiple production change ups. Definitely a project with lots of different music attributes to offer yet still very much cohesive in sound. To sum it up, the album sounds like a marriage between vintage Tribe Called QuestDe La Soul and Souls Of Mischief all upgraded to 2014.

2. Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM – NehruvianDOOM
Aaaah yes, the album I’ve been anticipating pretty much all year till its release. I admit, I didn’t know much of Bishop before I heard that this collabo was in the works, but when I heard that the two were linking up for a project, I really sought out to listen to Nehru’sMusic, but not on some casual listening tip, I really took the time to dissect the lyrics on his previous Nehruvia Mixtapes. Now maaan, when I got to listening, I totally understod why DOOM decided to work with him. This may sound cliché but it’s still worthy to note that Bishop is really advanced for his age, as he says in the line from “Great Things” – “A walking Diamond, yet they treat me like feldspar”. The young brother is really one of kind in terms of what he chooses to express in his music, just take note to the thought provoking subject matter on his latest track “Breath”. What emcee do you know under 21, let a lone older, that takes the time to do a song on the importance of breath? If you ask me, I’d say a pretty intelligent one. But as I move back to the subject of thisNehruvianDOOM LP, I must say that they both collaborated successfully on the project. I was really excited to hear new DOOM production, especially the skits and the multiple beat change ups near the end of certain songs. I could totally hear DOOM’s signature production stamp over all of this, with a variety of new beats and that’s really where the album really grasped me, not to mention his stellar lyrical contributions on the 3 closing tracks. Bishop’s lyrics shine through as a young aspiring emcee eagerness to showcase his skills on the come up, and DOOM plays the role of a big brother mentor, showing him the ropes to success and having his back through out the obstacles of the game.NehruvianDOOM is a project that has stayed on repeat for quite some months and will continue to be revisited as there’s a handful of depth both lyrically and production wise for this project. It was certainly one of my favorites of the year.
3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata
This album was a project I was anticipating since the ending of 2013. They had done a great job prepping the fans with a series of EPs leading up to this project and it made me excited about the full length to come. Boy did they deliver! Madlib just has a way of bringing out the best in Emcees, and Freddie couldn’t find a more perfect fit for his style of rapping on this project. This is another album where you can almost appreciate every track, although there are some really major standouts that make this project all the more wonderful. My favorites are DeeperBombRobesBrokenLakers, Knicks andShame but there’s much more to ride to. Salute to Gibbs and Madlib on this raw/soulful project, hopefully we can get a part 2.
4. Blu – Good To Be Home
Blu’s “Good To Be Home” LP was one of those albums that kind of crept up out of nowhere. I really wasn’t expecting it to be so good. Also recognizing that it was a double album provided some hesitation, but boy was I mistaken. This project really delivered from a cohesive vibe perspective. Like, Bombay’s Soulful production really brings out the best in Blu !. I don’t think there’s one unlistenable track on this double LP. It just flows from track to track, and the guest features contribute successfully to the project as well. Overall, this is a true modern day West Coast project. It has all of the personalities of the vintage west coast hip hop sound with lots of soul infused. The beats really remind me of something Madlib would do. My highlight tracks are HomeThe 50zThe LADre DayWell FareHe Man, and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop which is my favorite Posse Cut of the year. It’s just an awesome record from beginning to end.
5. Cormega – Mega Philosophy
Mega really put his stamp on this Album. I’m a fan of his first two albums, and generally his output as an emcee, but this one here really took his emceeing to another level. There’s a great sense of maturity in his lyrics and the production backdrop from Large Professormakes the music shine even more. In taking in the album, you could also tell that Megareally took the time to craft this into something that would be relevant for years to come. His thought provoking single “Industry” kind of sets the tone for general reflective subject matter you’ll hear on the album. My favorite tracks are A New Day Begins,IndustryMoreRise and Valuable Lessons, which is one of the best closer tracks I’ve heard for an album this year.
6. Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons
I have to admit, I really didn’t expect to hear a new Ghostface LP this year, after I found out he was doing a collabo project with production team Badbadnotgood due for a release next February, but out of nowhere he comes and hits us with this announcement sometime in early November. Yes, the sudden “36 Seasons” LP with production by theRevelations and and host of guest verses from accomplished Brooklyn Emcee “AZ”. Hmmm! What’s Tony up to I asked? I didn’t know it was an actual concept LP at first, but when I got wind of this, it made my interest in the LP all the more heightened. If you don’t know already, I’m a sucker for concept albums. I feel there’s so much more creative sides artists could explore if they go the concept album route. Furthermore, the thing that makes this album great is somewhat similar to why I liked the Souls Of Mischief xAdrian Younge LP. Ghostface does an awesome job following through on the story line and the guests also do an amazing job portraying their character roles with their lyrics. I also have to note that the Revelations and Lil Fame do an amazing job with the production. The different production backdrops really suit the scenes described in each track. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this LP. For a project that came a little late in the year, with little anticipation, I was really pleased with the outcome. Keep em coming Starks!
7. Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
I was initially stoked for this release when I heard Milk’s single “What it’s worth”. I can say that that song is probably my favorite Hip Hop single of the year. You find Black in the pocket on so many levels of that track, from the beat to the lyrics, the subject matter and the flow. That song exemplifies Black Milk at his best on all artistic fronts, so when the album finally came out, I was expecting to hear him more on that tip. To my pleasure, he definitely delivered! What I like about this album, very much like his last “No Poison No Paradise”, is the conceptual route he took. There’s also some great reflective raps which detail his struggle to balance his artist creativity with everyday survival along with his responsibility to family and community. With each new project I definitely hear Black maturing and developing more as an artist. I believe that that’s huge for his career because it encourages much more greatness to come. My two favorite tracks are “What It’s Worth” and “Story And Her” (a must listen for its creative concept!), but there’s lots more dopeness to offer on this release. “If There’s A Hell Below” can now be purchased via Black Milk’s Bandcamp page. Support Quality Hip Hop!
8. The 1978ers (yU & Slimkat) – People Of Today
yU had told me about this project back when I interviewed him back in 2011. It’s amazing to think that this project has been in the works for well over 2 years. I suppose that’s the reason why it sounds so well crafted and put together. I’ve always been a fan of yU. He’s one of the most slept on brothers in the game, but dope is dope and he’s been definitely getting my support. Him and Slimkat fit really well as “The 1978ers”, the album has a really warm, soulful and reflective vibe. There are tracks that just take you into a whole reflective mind frame about the state of “the people” today, which is why the music works so well to represent the LP’s title. One of the songs that had me smiling was the dedication track to John Robinson (Lil Sci) and Graph Luva. The joint called “Give It Up” was so dope to hear, because you get a chance to hear a fellow emcee paying homage to independent emcee’s that came before him, and what’s so ill is these brother’s he’s paying homage to are still alive, and still pursuing music, they are not recognized in the famous or revered realm of artists like Jay-ZNasRakim etc. but what’s dope is that yUis recognizing them and paying respect for their important contributions. Now, that says a lot about yU’s personality, and it’s probably the reason why he’s so brilliant when relating to “the people” in his raps. Slimkat also nailed it with thte beats! I thoroughly enjoyed this album and I hope you do too. Big props to Mello Music Group for putting this out!
9. Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) – RTJ2
I have to admit, I didn’t check for the 1st RTJ project, but due to the hype, yes, the hype!, it gave me the intentions to give this project a listen. I must say I haven’t been a huge fan of El’s productions in the past, but it definitely fits for the aggressive rhyme styles on this project. What I enjoyed most, was the depth of the subject matter on this LP. Mike and El are droppin’ some lyrical gems in critique of the status quo and succeed at keeping you entertained for the entire project. This might be one of the livest albums of the year! A little guilty pleasure of mine is the “Love Again” track with Gangsta Boo, it’s one of the favorites on the album that hit me instantly. I’ve had to catch my self a few times and caution not to repeat the hook out too loud. But beyond that, it’s a really thought provoking project. Big ups to Killer Mike and El-P, and major props to Mass Appeal on their first official label release. Looking forward to more dopeness from Nas and the team.
10. Pharoahe Monch – PTSD
I would be remised if I didn’t recognize Pharoahe’s “PTSD” LP as another one of the best full length’s this year. It kind of crept up on me as with a lot of releases this year, but it definitely made an impact. It’s one of those releases that you might possibly forget in the year, due to its lack of hype, but good music is good music, hype or not, and that’s why I really wanted to recognize this project for its quality. Pharoahe spits intricate and clever as usual, but what I really liked about the album is its ability to stick with the “Post Traumatic Syndrome” Theme. The title alone is something that is intriguing enough to require one’s attention, as mental stress is a real thing that I feel is an issue that doesn’t get enough recognition or necessity for healing as it deserves. Much props to Pharoahefor tackling such an issue and making it into an entertaining concept album as well. My favorite track on the album is “Losing My Self” featuring Mr. Porter. It’s one of those songs that hit you instantly as a quality record. Big Ups to Pharoahe and W.A.R. Mediafor delivering with this amazing project.
Courtesy of Out Da Box Media

Saturday, January 10, 2015

R.A. The Rugged Man - "It's Gone" (off Legends Never Die cassette tape) - {Video}

R.A. The Rugged Man limited edition cassette of his “Legends Never Die LP” comes with the bonus track “it’s Gone”. This was a very unique marketing move to do nowadays in HipHop.  You can purchase this Classic R.A. album  here

Friday, January 9, 2015

Maurice "Mobetta" Brown - "Daydreams" (Ft. Prodigy) - {Audio}

Fresh off of winning his very first Grammy with Tedeschi Trucks Band for Best Blues Album of the year in 2012 (Maurice was the horn arranger for the 11-piece ensemble), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown has also appeared on LP’s from Santigold, Ski Beatz, Prodigy, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild and countless others.

Maurice album, Maurice vs Mobetta, or, rather, Maurice’s Jazz side versus his Hip-Hop persona. Maurice vs Mobetta features appearances from Talib Kweli, Consequence, Prodigy, Jean Grae and production from Fyre Dept, DJ Scratch.  Don't forget to go out and support real music.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Robert Glasper - "Afro Blue" (Ft. Erykah Badu & Phonte) - {THROW BACK THURSDAYS} - {Audio}

We decided to do a tribute to all the dope music that was released before UnsungHipHop.Com was created.  We are coming up on our 4th year and there are many artist that need spotlight shined on them so we came up with this old school tribute.  If you are not familiar with Robert Glasper is a well respected and talent super producer

His successful GRAMMY-winning album Black Radio. Flaunting a diverse array of featured guests including Common,Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, BrandyJill ScottDweleMarsha AmbrosiusAnthony HamiltonFaith EvansNorah JonesSnoop DoggLupe FiascoLuke JamesEmeli SandéLalah Hathaway, andMalcolm-Jamal WarnerBlack Radio 2 is certain to surprise and delight critics and fans alike. With a unique fusion of R&B, Jazz, and HipHop that brazenly traverses the boundaries of all three genres,Black Radio 2 finds Glasper and his musical cohorts creating in a vibrant new chasm, brilliantly contrasting its predecessor in the process.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Devine Carama - "Classic Material" - {Official Video}

Devine Carama, has recently worked with Thee Tom Hardy, Nemo Achida, Nappy Roots, Canibus, & CunningLynguists. He just released visuals for "Classic Material", off  his album Believing In Forever

After dropping 4 projects (The Dream Walker, Something More EPBelieving In Forever, & The Lost Jewels) in 2014.  He has decided to take the entire 2015 year off and focus on his nonprofit organization Believing In Forever Inc

I'm just happy he gave us so much material last year before trading in his microphone for some house slippers.  This track was produced by France's Cool FD Beats & the vintage HipHop visuals was directed by Unsung Hero Media.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Stark - "The Project" (Prod. by Dsteele) - {Audio Download}

Anyone who truly knows HipHop knows that it is a reflection of all of the Soul Music that has come before it. Soul Music's roots are firmly planted in the Black Experience in America. It tells a story of joy and pain, sorrow and accomplishment. Accented by catchy rhythms, tense vocals, and a keen awareness of the blues, this Soul Music is Hip Hop.  This young kid is apart of that new generation bringing HipHop back to its "Golden Years".  Check him out below and tell us what you think.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Rah Digga Speaks About Twerking And How It Effects Young Girls - {Audio}

Rah Digga new hoes
Everywhere you go and everywhere we look nowadays, somebody is either Twerking, talking about Twerking or talking about somebody Twerking etc.
Add to that it’s official inclusion to the Oxford dictionary (“dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance”) following the recent global popularity drawn to it by a certain celebrity whose second name rhymes with virus, it has now become the current pop word/craze and Rah Digga has decided to speak out against the effect this might have on the younger, impressionable and more vulnerable audience.

“There’s more outrage over a Kendrick verse than babies in the street TWERKING. Or have folks forgotten what this leads to?? Guess I’m just too school for cool in this regard.” – Rah Digga
The New Jersey hailing former Flipmode rapper raises her points over Kanye West’s “New Slaves” on this recently released freestyle titled “New Hoes” which you can listen to below.

Courtesy OF SoulCulture

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Femi The DriFish - "13th Floor" (Ft.Native Son & Green Tea) - {Video}

From my hometown of Baltimore we have some of the illest Emcees you never heard of.  This is what REal HipHop is suppose to sound like, unique, lyrical, and with a strong message.  I met Femi and Native back in 2002, when I was a up and coming producer for the local group called The Zen Collective.  Since then I have taken a different path to success, but I'm glad to see they are still putting out good music.