WARA FROM THE NBHD – SLANGIN

Following ‘Raw‘ [ft. GrandeMarshall], Wara from the NBHD releases the second visual from his album ‘Kidnapped’, one of this year’s most pleasant surprises.  The video echoes the story told on the album, namely how Wara’s ambition is restricted by the trappings of his environment.  Stream below via YouTube, and/or click here to check out the album…

HAIL MARY MALLON – BESTIARY

Hail Mary Mallon [Aesop Rock, Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz] release their second album together today on Rhymesayers Entertainment.  So-called because the two MCs involved enter ‘beast mode’, ‘Bestiary’ was previewed on YouTube last week along with some vintage arcade game visuals.  Wiz’ beats on the album are decidedly different, dark and muddy –…

DURKIN – WORKWORKWORK EP

  After releasing the title track yesterday, Durkin no graces us with a full installment of his ‘workworkwork’ EP.  It joins new tracks ‘feel it’ and ‘when will u’ to form a thoroughly enjoyable short collection, brimming with Durkin’s signature ‘Space Wave’ sound.  Stream below via SoundCloud.

DELS – PETALS HAVE FALLEN

DELS releases ‘Petals Have Fallen’, an absolutely superb record that brims with the confidence and ability of one of the UK’s most exciting Hip Hop prospects.  His label, Big Dada, sum up his current sound as “intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous”, which is pretty much spot on.  Production…

WILEY – SNAKES & LADDERS

Featuring lead single ‘On A Level‘ as well as contributions from the likes of JME, Cam’Ron, Chip & more, Wiley releases his latest album ‘Snakes & Ladders’.  Originally slated to be his last [a rumour which he recently put to bed], the album represents Wiley’s ‘Magnum Opus’, and even comes with its own Grime version of…

WU TANG CLAN – RUCKUS IN B MINOR

The upcoming Wu Tang Clan reunion album ‘A Better Tomorrow’ now has a release date [December 2], artwork [above] and two singles in the form of ‘Ron O’Neal‘ and new track ‘Ruckus In B Minor’.  Premiered last night on Hot 97, Wu fans will raise a smile as the track begins and ends with vocals from…

BIG K.R.I.T. – CADILLACTICA

“Hotly anticipated” is a phrase all too often used when an album drops, but in the case of Big K.R.I.T.’s ‘Cadillactica’ it’s definitely justified.  The project has been in the works for a long time, and Hip Hop heads expect a hell of a lot from the Mississippi MC.  After dropping ‘Soul Food‘ [ft. Raphael…

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…

BLACK MILK – IF THERE’S A HELL BELOW

Black Milk’s upcoming album ‘If There’s A Hell Below’ isn’t scheduled for release until October 28, but is now available to stream exclusively via NYTimes.com.  The advanced stream follows singles ‘Detroit’s New Dance Show‘, ‘Gold Piece [ft. Bun B]‘ and ‘Scum [ft. Random Axe].  Click here to check it out via NY Times, or stream in full…

SWEATER BEATS – CLOUD CITY

Sweater Beats is due to release his ‘Cloud City EP’ on October 28.  Having already given us ‘Dark Matter [ft. a l l i e]‘ earlier this month, the New York producer brings us the titular second single, ‘Cloud City’, on which e pic, truncated synths fanfare over bass dips and lively percussion.  Needless to say,…