Maxwell returns to us right on time with a new single from blackSUMMERS’night, which is due on July 1st. While it isn’t the banger I’d hoped for, it’s definitely a precursor for greater things to come, adding a little bit of smooth R&B to a month already filled with great hip-hop coming from all angles. Enjoy.


In preparation for The Mountain Will Fall dropping June 24th on Mass Appeal Records, DJ Shadow calls on Run The Jewels for the first single.

“Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of ‘Nobody Speak,’ I wasn’t going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That’s the definition of a rewarding collaboration.” – DJ Shadow


Meyhem Lauren takes a break from filming “F*ck, That’s Delicious” to let the good people at Viceland record the visual treatment to “Badmon Ting” in – of course – Jamaica. This is yet another banger off of the highly anticipated Piatto D’0ro, due out this month.


Nas’ Mass Appeal Records is poised to release The Diary on April 15th, a long awaited collection of previously unreleased material from the late, great J Dilla. Nas himself pops up on this record.


Rest in peace to the late Party Arty, who left us in 2008. Live From The Balcony is a joint project by DITC crew representative A.G. and Party Arty, which is being released exclusively on vinyl and limited to 300 copies worldwide. While I respect the conviction, I really don’t understand this trend. I love hip-hop more than the next man, but I don’t see copping this just to have it when everything I own is streaming on Spotify. Hopefully, this drops on vinyl as well as other sources on the April 15th release date. For now, take a listen and get your pre-order in RIGHT HERE.


Shout out to DJ Absolut and his team. Last week it was a random unreleased Foxy Brown joint and today, it’s new heat from Freeway featuring Twista with production from none other than Kanye West sounding more like backpack Kanye than we’ve heard in recent times. That’s a good thing.


I posted one song from Ingrid not long ago after discovering her through’s article about Beyonce’s new crop of signees on Parkwood Entertainment and she’s now followed up with a way better song and visual. Sevyn Streeter brings some vocals for the chorus while Ingrid stays true to that Houston sound injected with a woman’s touch. Dope.


Action Bronson is getting ready to drop the mixtape Blue Chips 7000 on our heads any day now, so this is the first offering from that project. The Supercat “Dolly My Baby” flip is amazing. As evidenced on “Jerk Chicken” with Maffew Ragazino, Action does well over reggae sounds. Meyhem Lauren is also along for the ride and preparing to drop Piatto D’oro by the end of the month.


While this track was missing off of their recent 3001: A LAced Odyssey LP, it’s easily my favorite Flatbush Zombies record of late. While it’s easy to group these guys in with “new” rap, their music is well worth a second look, as their influences and attention to detail set their work far apart from many of their lesser-talented rap contemporaries. Check the “Notorious Thugs” flip on this one and tell me it’s not fire.

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