PHAROAHE MONCH – P.T.S.D.

Today (April 15) marks the release of Pharoahe Monch’s fourth studio album, ‘PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), which is based *very* loosely on the psychological illness that plagues many war veterans.  Listening to the album, Pharoahe’s own immortal words can’t help but ring true: “Y’all know the name / Pharoahe fuckin’ Monch ain’t a damn thing…

SZA – BABYLON [FT. KENDRICK LAMAR]

SZA is an extremely talented artist in her own right, but you can’t help the feeling that she owes the majority of her exposure on Hip Hop blogs to her affiliation with Top Dawg Ent.  Regardless of where her notoriety comes from, this is a cool track with a typically excellent feature courtesy of Kendrick Lamar,…

YOUNG FATHERS – DEAD

Ahead of it’s official release (February 3), UK trio Young Fathers are streaming their third studio album, ‘DEAD’, on their SoundCloud page.  This time around they sound harsher and more punchy than on their previous albums, Tape One and Tape Two.  ‘DEAD’ gives fans more of everything they loved about Young Fathers in the first…

JAMLA RECORDS – JAMLA IS THE SQUAD

9th Wonder (producer extraordinaire and head of Jamla Records) releases the label’s ‘Jamla Is The Squad’ compilation, a distinctly old school collection featuring bars from legends of the game like Talib Kweli, Rapper Big Pooh, Styles P and Masta Killa, as well as production from the likes of Pete Rock, Statik Selektah and Khrysis.  Jamla…

KOOL A.D. – NOT O.K.

In a fairly low-key release, Kool A.D. (formerly of Das Racist) dropped ‘Not O.K’ just before Christmas.  A.D handles a lot of the production himself, but Toro Y Moi, Amaze 88 and Theolonius Martin also help out.  The collection also features Milo and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien.  The sheer variety on show here is what…

TALIB KWELI – GRAVITAS

Today marks the release of Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli’s sixth solo album, ‘Gravitas’.  The album is full of classic Kweli.  Lyrically, the man hasn’t let us down yet and continues to be one of the realest, most poignant rappers out.  The album also has some great features: in particular, The Underachievers, Raekown, Black Thought and…

TALIB KWELI [ft. THE UNDERACHIEVERS] – NEW LEADERS

The latest release from Talib Kweli’s upcoming album ‘Gravitas’ (Dec 15) is ‘New Leaders’.  Kweli absolutely murders Statik Selektah’s triumphant, epic-sounding beat with his patented fast-flowing and complex style.  There are a few possible comments on Kanye West’s recent outbursts, which may well prove interesting!  It’s great to see Kweli making room for fellow Brooklynites,…