THE CHANGE By Noreaga

I don’t have words for the stinker N.O.R.E. just dropped with Pharrell, but his Drink Champs podcast is great and old “Jose Luis Gotcha / golden guns, Frank Sinatra” NoreAGA was easily one of my favorite rappers ever. His solo debut N.O.R.E. was an album that got enough spin in my Discman (!) to warrant a complete repurchase several years after its release, with classic records like “Banned From TV” requiring at least one repeat per play. I rediscovered “The Change” last week and decided to share it here.

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CHINATOWN SWING By Wiki

With No Mountains In Manhattan, RATKING’s Wiki is sure to bring in a lot of new fans who didn’t know about him before. While the pictures Wiki paints might lean more towards the abstract, he manages to bring a street-level grittiness to his music that takes you on a colorful but dangerous tour of NYC. “Chinatown Swing”, produced by RATKING member Sporting Life is easily a standout joint.

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DOOMSAYER By MF DOOM (Produced By Alchemist)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to post last week’s DOOM release (“True Lightyears”, featuring Jay Electronica) from his Missing Notebook Rhymes series on account of that flute being absolutely unbearable. However, one thing about DOOM is that you can expect something different every time, especially when it comes to production. On the ominously- and aptly-titled “DOOM”, the enigmatic MC links with Alchemist for a record that makes true heads hunger for a DOOM/ALC collaborative project (MAD ALCHEMY? Come on, man. Please.)…because this, though really good, will not be enough.

 

 

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AN OPEN LETTER TO DONALD TRUMP By Wynne

Hailing from Portland, Oregon (another one!), 20-year-old Wynne (imagine a young Margo Robbie with bars) surprised me with this incredibly thoughtful and heartfelt rhyme addressing a whole host of issues swirling around our country and its fugazi President. I’m just going to go on record saying that Portland and the surrounding area are churning out soulful, interesting artists by the dozen and you’d be a fool not to be paying attention because Portland is definitely up next. As for Wynne herself, she describes her style as “Kendrick Lamar with a feature from Julie Andrews”…and if that doesn’t pique your interest, I’m not sure what will.

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BROWN PAPER BAG THOUGHTS By DJ Clue Featuring Raekwon

Growing up on the west coast, DJ Clue and Funkmaster Flex’s respective album series were my first introduction to the mixtape format. When I went to DC for college, I began actually collecting the more consistent street tapes by Clue, Kay Slay, Flex, and others. Dj Clue’s The Professional remains an album I hold dear for several performances on it. On “Brown Paper Bag Thoughts”, Raekwon floats over a sinister track while DJ Clue somehow improves the record by screaming incessantly in the background.

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