2) R.I.P. (featuring Styles P and Talib Kweli)
4) I Rock On
5) Uh Oh (from Talib Kweli’s Gutter Rainbows)
6) Live Up (featuring Talib Kweli)
7) Assassins (from Pharoahe Monch’s W.A.R. featuring Royce Da 5’9″)
8) Jeannie Rules
9) Blame Game
10) Killing ‘Em feat. Pharoahe Monch
11) You Don’t Like It (featuring scratches by Boogie Blind)
I’ve posted a few tracks over the past few months from the homies out in the U.K., Freedom of Press, and yesterday they dropped a 7 track Ep for ya’ll to check out. Give this a listen.
Shout to Ruairi of FSR.
I’ve been featuring alot of production by Chitown’s Slot-A on the blog whether it’s been with Neak, Mike Schpitz or himself up on the track. I’ve never featured his beats on here , and he had hit me with this joint he worked on, and it was tough. So I decided to share it with my fellow Hip Hop Heads. Give it a listen.
You can hit Slot-A on twitter at @IAMSLOTA, and check out the rest of the joints on his Soundcloud page.
A leak off Davinci upcoming Ep Feast or Famine. I can dig it .
It’s no secret; DaVinci is one of the most gifted young lyricists around, and with this latest track, “Pangea,” the Fillmore District’s prodigal son has voyaged into spaced-out Philly Sound territory, rhyming over a song, unaltered, by legendary keyboardist Dexter Wansel. The song serves as the final loosie before ramping up for the July release of his forthcoming EP, Feast Or Famine.
I always dig a new track from the homie Jelani with Durkin on Production. Here’s a little backstory to the track:
In 3rd grade, my Pops took to me to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture up on 135th Street to listen to a dialogue between Professor Jack Salzman and Dr. Cornel West on the topic of race relations in America, particularly issues surrounding the Jewish and African-American communities. At the time, Dr. West was promoting his book “Race Matters”, which, amongst other things, puts a magnifying glass to the current state of Black Folk in America. It touches on a range of topics that we’ve been dealing with since we got here, many of which have snowballed into huge present-day issues. Pops bought a copy of the book in the lobby of the Schomburg, and after he read it, he made me read some of the essays that it contains and then we discussed them at length. From then on, I had a reel keen sense of what We were going through in America. Add to that my various studies of Af-Am History throughout my matriculation in academia, and I have a pretty thorough grasp on what the deal was and is; I always keep my finger on the pulse. Years later, here’s a track inspired by and entitled after Dr. West’s book, “Race Matters”.
Boston’s N.B.S. teams up with Torae on this Banger. This Joint is Reminiscent of Royce’s “Something’s Wrong With Him” beat wise, dope nonetheless. This cut is off the duo’s upcoming album “Smokefest”. Give this a listen.