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Ayo, shout out to the god C. Lee for the alley-oop on this one.  Marsha Ambrosius covers the inimitable Sade as only Marsha should be allowed to do.  This is from the upcoming Friends & Lovers LP.  As long as Marsha doesn’t pull any of that “I Hope She Cheats On You (With Derek Fisher)” bullsh*t this time around and just makes good soul music…I’m onboard.  Oh, and yeah, that is certainly Jeru The Damaja’s “Come Clean” beat.  The video can get all the way outta here, but I’ll be on the hunt for this mp3 for sure.

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Shoutout to 2DopeBoyz on this one, because I had never heard of this dude and downloaded the Boston rapper’s tape on a whim.  It ended up being a good gamble.  Stream/download the project below and check the video for “Daily” below that.

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Before Action Bronson became the hipster-media darling he is today, Action Bronson was already releasing some of the best music of his career.  Do yourself a favor and go check out some of his older albums and mixtapes.  While the songs on last year’s Saaab Stories EP were very “now”, Bronson’s never been afraid to tap into some of that 90’s NY energy with great aplomb, coming up with gems more often than not.  Once you get past the wild personality, rhyme skills, and image, you’ll find Bronson’s always had an ear for production, forming a strong bond with the producers he works with, which obviously builds the chemistry in-studio.  Hopefully, more rappers learn from that blueprint.

  1. Get Off My P.P. :: Sampling Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia”, Tommy Mas gives Bronson an awesome track here.  In return, Bronson encourages rappers to get off of other rapper’s johnsons and develop their own styles.  If an album ever needed a now-that-I’m-famous re-release, it’s Dr. Lecter, the debut for the Queens MC. 
  2. Typhoon Rap :: Bronson’s homie Meyhem Lauren wisely pulled Bronson into the rap game and onto this song, which is actually in Lauren’s catalog.  This video is hilariously bad and I’m assuming it’s intentional. 
  3. Barry Horowitz :: One thing that Bronson brings to the table in trademark fashion is obscure and seemingly arbitrary sports and wrestling references, not to mention sick wordplay and amusing videos. 
  4. Not Enough Words :: On Well-Done, Bronson teamed up with DJ/producer Statik Selektah for a plethora of jams, including this one. 
  5. Imported Goods :: This song is simply amazing to ride to when it’s nice out.  This one came from Bronson’s 2011 mixtape Bon Appetit…Bitch

Common

Common releases another heavy track off of his upcoming No I.D.-produced album Nobody Smiling.  Ab-Soul is riding shotgun on this one and the team-up is on point.  Common is aging gracefully as an MC.

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Over a track that has slight appropriate whiffs of “Incarcerated Scarfaces” on it to me, Schoolboy Q enlists the assistance of Chef Raekwon for “Blind Threats” off of his upcoming Oxymoron LP.

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“While everyone else in rap is trying to be Best Buy, you’re trying to be Crazy Eddie”

Hilarity ensues.  Easily the funniest rapper out in addition to one of the best in general.

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North Carolina MC Supastition drops an EP, produced entirely by Croup, dedicated to the working class and inspired by NC being the first state to eliminate federal unemployment benefits this past year.  Supastition wrote the material while looking or a job himself, making this one of the more unique projects to drop this year, providing a realistic yet artful experience from a relatively unrepresented vantage point.

 KINGBand

I’m super late posting this, but it needed to be done.  And KING needs way more music out.  That’s all.  Happy V-Day.

 LoversAndGoodbyes

Talented mix artist Sasha Marie blends some sounds for a love mix Front-Free is proud to present to you all on this Valentine’s Day.

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole’s power ballad gets a remix treatment from Duncan Gerow, blending Cole’s formidable vocal chops with the production of Esta.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

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