RAEKWON – WE WANNA THANK YOU

After featuring ‘Wishing On A Star‘, ‘Stop Tripping‘ and ‘Footsteps In The Dark‘, we gave up chronicling Raekwon’s weekly #TBT series, figuring that at some point they’d all end up being released as a mixtape anyway.  Although this was lazier than hopping on a load of old Funk and Soul tracks and slapping on the…

NAS – THE SEASON [PROD. J DILLA]

At the Mass Appeal launch party for ‘Run The Jewels 2‘, Nas joined El-P and Killer Mike on stage to share a new track, claiming that the style of music was similar [it most definitely is not].  Hopping on J Dilla’s classic ‘Gobstopper’ beat, Nas proclaims this to be ‘The Season of Nasir’.  With his…

COOKIN’ SOUL – SOULMATIC INSTRUMENTALS

Following the original ‘Soulmatic‘ mixtape, on which the Spanish DJ duo teamed up with Nas to pay tribute to ‘Illmatic’, Cookin’ Soul release the instrumental version of the project.  In their own words, the vision for the project was “not to just remix ‘Illmatic’ as such. Actually Soulmatic only contains 4 remixes from the original album… Also…

DILATED PEOPLES – DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

One for the real Hip Hop heads, legends of the game Dilated Peoples drop their long-awaited ‘Directors of Photography’, their first album in nearly eight years.  As expected, this album is classic from the word go; filled with skits, excerpts and classic beats.  Vince Staples’ verse on ‘The Dark Room’ and Premo’s shining production on…

NAS – ILLMATIC XX

Anniversary re-issues of classic albums don’t always get Province too excited, even when the album is Nas’ Illmatic and it’s twenty years old.  However, this time things are a little different.  Side one brings no surprises – it’s a remastered version of the original – nothing wrong with that.  Perhaps it’s testament to just how…

RAEKWON – THE LIVING ROOM

While Wu fans wait in anxious anticipation for their upcoming reunion album (‘A Better Tomorrow’, July 2014), Raekwon releases a loose track entitled ‘The Living Room’.  It’s unclear if it’ll live on any upcoming project, but it starts seriously smooth, picks up a bit more speed and then ends with a ‘Walk On By’ sample –…

CHROME SPARKS – GODDESS

Chrome Sparks shares the title track from his upcoming EP, ‘Goddess’.  Real name Jeremy Malvin, the Pittsburgh native conjours up a ridiculously epic electronic composition on ‘Goddess’, which builds to a frenzy of arpeggios before it subsides, genuinely leaving the listener having experienced something of a journey.  This is a seriouslys feat of production, like a…