NAS – THE LOST TAPES 2

‘The Lost Tapes 2’ is a compilation of previously unreleased tracks by legendary New York MC, Nas, taken from recording sessions for his previous four albums; ‘Hip Hop Is Dead,’ ‘Untitled,’ ‘Life Is Good’ and NASIR. The last instalment in the series came in 2002, and this time around tracks left on the cutting room…

COMMON – NOBODY’S SMILING

The release of Common’s 10th studio album is finally upon us, and ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ is typically solid.  Common has long-since established himself as one of the game’s greatest and production, in the main, comes from No I.D., a tried and tested formula.  Despite the tried and tested formula, the album is far from staid: contributions…

VINCE STAPLES – SHYNE COLDCHAIN II

Vinny Stapes’s follow-up to the first instalment of ‘Shyne Coldchain’ was released today, and shows a vast amount of progression.  The altogether more polished mixtape features contributions from No I.D., Jhene Aiko, James Faultneroy, Evidence and more.  Stream below via SoundCloud.

COMMON – MADE IN BLACK AMERICA [FT. AB-SOUL]

Having recently revealed that he and No I.D. are soon to release an LP entitled ‘Nobody Smiling’, Common releases ‘Made In Black America’, which features Black Hippy/TDE’s Ab-Soul.  The beat is funky in an almost blaxploitation way, and it’s great to hear Ab-Soul up there with one of Hip Hop’s all-time greats.  With ‘War‘ sounding…

COMMON – WAR

Shortly after the announcement that he and No I.D would be releasing a collaborative LP entitled ‘Nobody Smiling’, Common releases ‘War’.  On the track, Common deplores the inner-city violents that takes place all across America and the world and laments the vast loss of life in his own city of Chicago, over a militant-sounding beat…

BIG K.R.I.T – KING Pt. 3

Yesterday Big K.R.I.T treated us to the third in his ‘King’ series, this time the beat comes from Nas’ No I.D -produced track ‘Stay’.  The sample is effortlessly soulful, as is K.R.I.T’s introspective flow.  Stream below via SoundCloud.

BIG SEAN X COMMON – SWITCH UP

On the second single from his upcoming album ‘Hall Of Fame’ Big Sean pays homage to his clique.  A veneration of solidarity, it is fitting that the track features GOOD Music’s Common, who’s verse is a real highlight.  The beat, courtesy of DJ Mano, No I.D and Rob Kilenski, is really in-keeping with the GOOD…