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Oddisee – Like Really
Kicking things off this edition, it’s the second single to be taken from Oddisee’s upcoming album The Iceberg. Due to land towards the end of February, don’t let the mellow backdrop of Like Really mislead you – this is political commentary at it’s very finest.
Ivan Ave – Also
Co-produced by Kaytranada and Kiefer, the Norwegian MC’s latest offering is a bass-laden, melodic affair. Few do stripped-back, chill out Hip Hop better than Ivan Ave…
Strange U ft Cappo – Zuul
We’re a couple of weeks away from the release of #LP4080 and to further whet your appetite, the duo have enlisted the talents of the Grand Imperial for Zuul; a percussion heavy head-nodder with a definite Neptunes/ Clipse vibe. This one bumps…
Stik Figa – Central Standard Time
Last time around we told you to check out the Nottz produced Down Payment. Figa’s now released the project in full and with production from the likes of Apollo Brown, Black Milk, Exile, L’Orange and !llmind, he’s been blessed with a rich tapestry to showcase his verbal talents.
Thundercat ft Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins – Show You The Way
This one’s got the team rather excited. Thundercat’s set to drop his third album Drunk on the 24th of February and boasting guests the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell and Flying Lotus to name but a few, it’s bound to impress. The first track to be released is Show You The Way; a woozy, soulful and hypnotic affair…
O.C – Same Moon, Same Sun
The D.I.T.C OG O.C. is back with a new solo LP, Same Moon Same Sun. It’s personal, politically charge and pretty damn special. Check the sampler below for a taster and when common sense prevails, download it for FREE!!!! here
Royce 5’9″ – Let’s Take Them To War (Freestyle)
Time for a bit of a lyrical overdose. PRhyme 2’s supposedly in the pipeline and in-between time, Royce is dropping gems. This time around, he lends from Big Sean and absolutely terrorises the beat…
Rye Shabby – Arthur Lager
The latest release from Verb T’s In The Balance imprint, Rye Shabby’s Arthur Lager project is set to drop on Thursday. We’re feeling the first couple of tracks on offer and if they’re anything to go by, the rest of the EP should be well worth a spin.
Gatecrasherz – 2, 3 Break
The first track to be taken from their collective debut Uninvited; Gee Bag, Oli Sudds, Big Toast and Jack Diggs exchange verses over a selection of their own instrumentations and absolutely smash it. It’s the perfect showcase for their seeming expansive arsenal and definitely entices us in for the release of their impending full-length outing.
Dave East – It Was Written
Taken from his Kairi Chanel LP that dropped towards the end of last year, the Nas-approved Dave East has gifted visuals to one of the album’s highlights, It Was Written. Carrying that classic NY aura, East delves into his life and experiences along the way.
Jonwayne – Out Of Sight
With Rap Album Two due in a couple of weeks, Jonwayne’s released the first single Out Of Sight as a precursor. It’s relaxed and reflective and definitely has us looking forward to catching the project in its entirety…
Daryl Donald – Solitude
Time for an instrumental interlude via Edinburgh courtesy of Daryl Donald. Having previously released a project with Cutta Chase, Solitude is Donald’s first solo feature length and it’s epic. Make sure you check out the wide range of soundscapes; it’s the ideal soundtrack for kicking back to…
Leddie MC – A Piece Of Cake
As distinctive a voice as they come, Middlesbrough MC Leddie has released her debut full length project A Piece Of Cake. She’s been on the scene for years and it’s crazy to think this is her first long player but for her fans, it’s no doubt worth the wait.
Trademark Blud – The Invisible Man (T.I.M)
Produced entirely by Micall Parknsun, Blud’s latest EP is a concise dose of that raw, boombap sound we all love. Sharp lyrics and dope beats: what more could you ask for?
SiR ft Masego – Ooh Nah Nah
Wrapping things up this week, it’s the latest release from TDE’s most recent acquisition. SiR firmly hit our radars with his brilliant HER EP towards the end of last year and now the Inglewood-native’s set to release the follow-up HER TOO a week on Friday. The latest track follows in the same steps of the last project and we’re really itching to catch more of it.