AZEKEL – RAW VOL. 2

“I was inspired by the issues some of my friends in the city were finding themselves in,” Azekel says of the inspiration for the follow-up to ‘Raw Vol. 1‘.  “Also I was listening to a lot of similar themes in the music from Curtis Mayfield & Marvin Gaye, and became conscious that this idea of…

DUCKWRTH – LOWRIDR

Duckwrth had us thoroughly entertained with the Anderson .Paak featured visual for ‘Get Uugly‘, and thankfully he’s wasted no time in following it up with the equally Funk-inflected ‘Lowridr’.  Produced by Ru AREYOU, the track will feature on the Bay Area via South Central  MC’s upcoming debut EP ‘I’M UUGLY’, which will also be accompanied…

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BLACK EL & DURKIN – 5 TO 6

It’s now got to the point where we can rely on Boston’s producer Durkin and Black El to consistently deliver the goods.  Their collaborative EP ‘L_st‘ was studded with Indie Rap gems like new track ‘5 To 6’.  This time around, the producer/MC duo link with $pe$hil_T for a laid-back yet politically restless new cut, stream…

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BRASSTRACKS – GET YOUR WAY [FT. ROSES GABOR]

Brooklyn production duo Brasstracks release a new single from upcoming EP ‘Good Love’ [August 19].  New single ‘Get Your Way’ featuring UK vocalist Roses Gabor is an uncomplicated shot at the mainstream and, according to Brasstracks “was started in the back of a 15 passenger van, worked on in various hotel rooms around the Northeast, and finished in our home…

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…

JGIVENS – BIENVENUE

Las Vegas MC JGivens releases the visuals to ‘Bienvenue’, one of the more mellow cuts from his ‘El v. Envy‘ project, which came out last August.  The beat from Evil Needle has a beautifully laid-back West Coast vibe, over which JGivens’ clever, yet understated flow sounds perfect.  Check out ‘Bienvenue’ below via YouTube, or click…

RATKING – WIKI93

This debut EP from Harlem-based four piece Ratking features inspired production from Sporting Life and Ramon, perfectly accompanied by crafted NYC imagery that unfolds in gritty, self-assured bars from MCs Wiki and Hak.  If Foreign Beggars grew up alongside the Beastie Boys in New York this would be the outcome, and its great.  Stream ‘WikiSpeaks’…