No surprise that the news of a coming Trump presidency has hit the ‘hood hard. But perhaps a positive byproduct is the music rappers are making because of it. Anger, consciousness, encouragement… worthwhile foundations for dope music. There’s more than enough lamentation and trepidation to spur on the movement. We heard that “Fire” single from Rapsody. Now you can sample/stream KXNG Crooked’s “Good Vs Evil” album sparked by fears & feelings brought on by the recent political upset.
Four years from now we’ll see if I was channeling my inner Nostradamus when creating this album. I say that because the arch nemesis in the storyline is a character called the “Puppet Master” who I modeled after Trump; but with more power. Now that Trump has more power than ever I wonder if my album’s warnings will become prophecy.
– KXNG Crooked
Music, especially when it’s a jawn from Rapsody, soothes the soul. Her fans need that, something, in the wake of the Trump victory. Truth. But it can make a fire smoulder in your belly at the same time. Enter the First Lady of Jamla, doing dope music as usual, with her new single “Fire” (produced by Kash, Khrysis, and 9th Wonder).
Mannnn! The Black Opera had this recorded and well in the can before the election. But they are so on-the-head with this “African America” album and commentary therein. Check out what they had to say about it.
At its core, “African America” is the story of a people that feel lost, a people that don’t feel welcome in their place of birth. This is where Black Americans currently exist, a place where the laws and law enforcement don’t seem to serve or protect them. “African America” can be viewed as an actual plea to build a new home, or just to relocate mentally.
“African America” is the promised land of freedom.
Below is a link to cop, and a FREE stream if you need more to be sure…
Nice head nod, body rock beat by Cool & Dre. Fat Joe and Remy Ma running the rap down. And Remy on that safe box on the cover art (whew). If only Pun was here so you could really feel the ‘Pun intended’… Ha! Check out “Money Showers” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign).
It is what it is… what it says. Just figured you might like a FREE listen to what you’ll be gettin’ if you choose to cop that latest ATCQ plate. You’re welcome!
Oh hell yeah we are ready for A Tribe Called Quest to take the Saturday Night Live stage tonight! Dave Chappelle is hosting, too?? Maaaannnn! If you are not there yet with the proper level of hypeness at the coming dopeness, listen up to what ATCQ put down in this “We The People…” jawn. Off the latest album “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.”
So good to hear Phife Dawg get down one more time #SpeakLifeToPhife
King I Divine releases his new album entitled “Java FM.” This is the product of a longtime labor of love. Check it out (stream below). This project is a magical mix of the boom-bap beats King I is known for along with variances and vocals throughout. Features from emcees John Robinson, Fresh Daily, Yamin Semali, blctxt and more.
Mickey Factz and Nottz welcome Curren$y, Smoke DZA and Mack Wilds on this ode to the Marina.
Smoke DZA and Pete Rock promise to finish the year with a start-of-Christmas-season gift, “Don’t Smoke Rock,” on December 2, 2016. The lead leak from that is this “Limitless” single (featuring Dave East). Here’s what the coming album’s architects have to say about it.
It’s a vibe, it’s a painting, it’s a moment. Something that comes around once in a while. I come from old Harlem, before it was a Chase Bank & Starbucks on every corner. Before gentrification.
– Smoke DZA
As diehard New Yorkers, It was important for us to make a record that embraces what New York truly feels like. We wanted to bring the listener into our world.
– Pete Rock
Having seen .Paak perform with the Free Nationals on The Tonight Shown Starring Jimmy Fallon, and already posting on the audio & album earlier, there had to be a “Come Down” video coming down the pipe, right? Come on!
C. Breezy delivered the nice visuals to what was nothing short of an instant summer hit. Posted the embed stream for this “Grass Ain’t Greener” earlier, but now the iTunes link is below to go with the video above.
Styles P and Sheek Louch… D BLOCK! Helping out Termanology go for the gusto. Mucho gusto on this “I Dream B.I.G.” track produced by Buckwild. Cuts offered up by Term’s homie Statik Selektah. Off the forthcoming “More Politics” album (due out November 18, 2016).
“More Politics is Term’s best album yet.”
– Statik Selektah
“Term is bringing that heat. More Politics is his pinnacle project.”
Ras Kass on here. Fokis doing double-duty on here (beats and lyrics, and you KNOW we know Beatz & Lyrics). Edo. & Shabaam with the boom bap bass-based hit “Trust Ya Self” off the “Recognize Your Power” EP.
I need a two guard
Ay yo I can play the one
And we can both push forward
To the center of the sun
WHAT!?! Any talk about this new “One Two” from Blu ain’t a banger. Fuggg thaaat shiiiid! The extended intro was so necessary to let that beat build and breathe. Then Blu hopped on the track, laced lyrics and served. Now we share a taste of the forthcoming “Cheetah In The City” album from Blu & Union Analogtronics.
Yessir! Brenk Sinatra, DJ Premier and MC Eiht have got history with each other AND on here. Let’s see what’s popping above with this “Runn The Blocc” joint stream. And check out Eiht chopping (with XXL Mag in an interview) below.
When I originally got the beat from Brenk (Sinatra), rather than do something that glorified hustling, I wanted to drop something more along the storyline of how it’s so stressful in the streets. Then Premier sent MayLAy and I a beat and it just fit my vision of how the game used to be perfectly; knowing hustling is still a necessary evil and having to deal with everything that comes with it. Preemo heard the final product and said it needed to be on the album; so now it’s official.
– MC Eiht
Not speaking as an expert, just as a fan…a fanatic…a mascot of this Hip-Hop… Artists, you must keep working; keep that signal fire burning. So, when I look your way, I see you. Like Jidenna did. Now I see, really see, Jidenna out here. But that “Long Live The Chief” that I play several times daily now… he’s been working that since last year (that I know of). And now I am checking for what’s next.
That’d be “Chief Don’t Run.” So now I am a fan of Jidenna. Work artists. Stay working!
WOOOOO! Aloe Blacc put it down on this one, reminding you that he is way more than a jingle singer for M&Ms. Haaa! But seriously, Talib with this “Every Ghetto Pt 2” (a Nottz-produced remix of the “Indie 500” original). Niiiiice. Blacc… Kweli… Problem!