Rochester, NY MC Pounds is back after last year’s Rules And Parameters EP with his brand new album Pee Wee Kirkland, currently available on Bandcamp. Pounds manages to give you the criminally minded wordplay on tracks like “Problem” featuring Meyhem Lauren, but then gives you the story behind it on “Unforgiven”, where he details the direct effects of a troubled upbringing and how that influenced how he moves now.
Hackensack, NJ rapper CRIMEAPPLE has been releasing solid projects non-stop recently and Salud y Plata, a collaborative project that includes Cuns, he seems to be continuing his streak of straight heat with this short but palatable collection of head-nod material. Get familiar.
In 2015, producer FredFades dropped the Fruitful EP alongside Norwegian rapper and Rap Dad favorite Ivan Ave. Aside from the rapping on this quietly satisfying EP, FredFades stands out as silent partner to Ivan Ave, providing the perfect backdrop to accommodate the rapper’s nonchalant contemplations. On the “Fruitful” remix, the two invite some like-minded friends for a relatively subdued posse cut of sorts.
To me, “Let Me Ride” is a perfect time capsule record – it speaks from a very specific time and place, incorporating nearly all of the sounds that were popular in gangsta rap at the time, most of which can simply be credited to Dr. Dre himself as a founding father of it.
SmokeyV, Classicko, Niftee and Kilam make up the Los Angeles rap collective known as Villain Park. On “We Out Here”, the group spit some verses over a track reminiscent of the west coast bangers of old. In a good way, this takes it back to Raiders Starter jackets for me.
MF DOOM should basically go on a tour of just doing collaborative projects with deserving young MCs. I could see him working with Your Old Droog or Wiki, among others. Here, DOOM conspires with organically buzzworthy Westside Gunn, who’s been killing it recently to a point there’s just been too much music for me to sit down and really touch on. Mistake rectified. I don’t know how much more content this will lead to, but I’m excited to see where it goes from here.
Named after the original thick-skinned henchman duo, Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire and Meyhem Lauren link up for “Bebop & Rocksteady” off of X’s Brainiac EP, out now. This video is nothing short of hilarious and Meyhem’s Uberpool line at the end is a classic.