New heat from Nashville’s own D.O.U.G.H. from his upcoming project D.O.U.G.H. Or Die. This joint was produced by by Free P X Rmur Beats (@fred_the_tech x @rmurbeats).
So I don’t know whose bright idea it was down at XXL (rap scholars over there) to release their 2013 Freshmen mixtape as one long-ass 17-track mp3, but it didn’t compel me to listen to it in full…just had to seek out single tracks from the only worthy MCs on the list, Bronson here being one of them.
Shoutout to the righteous brother Joseph Parker for the alley-oop on this one. I love that stuff like this is out there getting made. I’m absolutely on the hunt for more stuff from this guy, so when I get it, you’ll get it. Stay tuned.
Ol’ Dirty Snorlax (Brooklyn Zoo Instrumental) x Oscar O’Malley
Billy Butcher x Oscar O’Malley
That awkward moment when something is dope but you don’t know how to categorize it in your iTunes, genre-wise. Sophia Danai enlists Talib Kweli for this track off her upcoming Wishing Well EP.
Not only are El-P and Killer Mike joining forces to from a duo called Run The Jewels (awesome name), they’re also slated to join Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot on tour this summer, which basically means I’ll be crossing my fingers hoping for a DC stop on that tour.
Though the video’s a hard pill to swallow, Talib Kweli and Rugged Man really put their foot in this joint. Definitely looking forward to Rugged’s album. You can stream the album below.
Legends Never Die by R.A. the Rugged Man. Cop this album on iTunes!
Clams Casino is one of those producers I wish would work with better rappers (he’s known for lending his services to the likes of Lil B and A$AP Rocky) and it looks like he’s finally branching out to some. I’m not a huge MF Doom fan, but I definitely respect the craft.
I can understand not being a fan of E-40 if you’re not from the Bay, but songs like “1 Luv” are what I grew up on and were a soundtrack to life back home at the time. It definitely takes an understanding of the lingo and respect for local culture to “get it”, though. Levitti was a singer who appeared on a number of Bay classics and I’ll die peacefully if you guys could chip in and get the brother to sing at my funeral. Thanks and one love.
The War Report remains one of the most perfect gangsta rap albums to ever come out of either coast. “T.O.N.Y.” just had an incomparable energy to it that embodied and at the same time changed the face of NY hip-hop during that period, a time when Cali-bred guys like myself weren’t supposed to like these dudes at all. An undeniable hip-hop classic.
Looks like Queens is headed for another hip-hop renaissance and Bryant Dope is on the come-up with more production from Hannibal King. The two are collaborating on Dope’s New New York project, set to drop May 7th.