ANDERSON .PAAK – LOCKDOWN

Anderson .Paak celebrated Juneteenth this year with a new protest song titled ‘Lockdown,’ on which he details his experience at the Black Lives Matter protests held in Los Angeles in June. It’s a poignant and powerful contribution to the movement featuring an equally heartfelt verse from TDE’s Jay Rock. Stream below via YouTube.

RUN THE JEWELS – RUN THE JEWELS 4

“The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all. We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there,” is the message from Killer MIke & El-P.  Their new album comes amidst equal rights protests following the brutal murder of George Floyd…

FREDDIE GIBBS & ALCHEMIST – ALFREDO

Freddie Gibbs’ collaborative album with legendary producer Alchemist deserves every bit as much cult status as either ‘Bandana‘ & ‘Piñata‘.  Gibbs really is an artist at the top of his game, and thanks to Al’s production his flows sounds timeless, luxurious even.  The Rick Ross-featured ‘Scottie Beam’ is a perfect example of this, while Tyler…

FLOHIO – SNUB

Flohio drops new SPEECH-produced cut ‘SNUB’, complete with a new video directed by Ethan Barrett & Tom Gullam.  ‘Ain’t no way that you can come for me / I’m feeling my steez, my stack in my jeans, I’m not begging for companies’ she raps on the self-assured hook.  It’s an anthem for independence and self-sufficiency. …

SLOWTHAI – ENEMY / MAGIC / BODYBAG

Slowthai broke his silence and addressed his shameful behaviour at this year’s NME Awards on ‘Enemy,’ a track followed swiftly by Kenny Beats collab ‘Magic’ and his third release of 2020, ‘Bodybag.’  A recent Instagram post suggests he’s working on a follow-up to 2019’s ‘Nothing Great About Britain,’ but for now, stream the three new…

SKEPTA, CHIP & YOUNG ADZ – INSOMNIA

Only announced only less than a week ago, BBK head honcho Skepta, Cash Motto [jheez, remember them?] founder Chip and D-Block Europe front-runner Young Adz release ‘Insomnia.’ The collaborative album is a real mixed bag, shuffling around a variety of UK Rap sounds.  There’s a whole lot of autotune, and in the main it feels…

RUN THE JEWELS – YANKEE AND THE BRAVE / OOH LA LA

In these troubling times it feels only right that El-P and Killer Mike answer the clarion call with the first two tastes of ‘RTJ4’.  First came ‘Yankee and The Brave [Ep. 4]’, the title of which references the North/South divide between the two collaborators, in this case referencing their respective home baseball teams.  El-P first…

CHILDISH GAMBINO – 3.15.20

Childish Gambino’s new album ‘3.15.20’ was released with very little fanfare; just a blank website, a blank cover, and timestamps for most of the track titles.  In many ways it’s comparable to Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 release ‘untitled unmastered.’ in that it’s an incredibly worthwhile album in and of itself, even if it’s packaging appears intentionally…

PRINCESS NOKIA – EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL / EVERYTHING SUCKS

New York’s Princess Nokia presents two albums, ‘Everything Is Beautiful’ and ‘Everything Sucks,’ a double album project exploring her own duality.  The latter was reportedly made in 10 days with producer Chris Lare [aka owwwls], and is “a brash, ruthless and insistent collection,” while the former “a representation of the sensitive, feminine side of the…

MAC MILLER – GOOD NEWS

Before his untimely death in September 2018, Mac Miller was reportedly working on a sister project to his fifth studio album ‘Swimming‘ entitled ‘Circles’. “At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to ‘Swimming’, entitled Circles,” reads the official statement from his family.  “Two different styles…