ANDERSON .PAAK – MALIBU

Featuring the singles ‘Am I Wrong‘ ‘Room In Here‘ ‘Come Down‘, the new album from Anderson .Paak is out now.  Though his vocal switches between rap and song, and the beats seem to traverse genres and time periods, ‘Malibu’ is underpinned by some serious Soul thanks to its continuous, underlying groove.  Stream below via Spotify,…

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…

TALIB KWELI X ELZHI X PHONTE – NO COMPETITION

Legendary producer 9th Wonder’s label imprint, Jamla Records, will release their compilation ‘Jamla Is The Squad’ next week (January 28).  Setting the standard is the Khrysis-produced ‘No Competition’, a seriously old school track featuring some serious Rap pedigree in the form of Talib Kweli, Elzhi and Phonte.  The tape will be hosted by Statik Selektah,…

TALIB KWELI – GRAVITAS

Today marks the release of Brooklyn legend Talib Kweli’s sixth solo album, ‘Gravitas’.  The album is full of classic Kweli.  Lyrically, the man hasn’t let us down yet and continues to be one of the realest, most poignant rappers out.  The album also has some great features: in particular, The Underachievers, Raekown, Black Thought and…

BUSTA RHYMES X Q-TIP – THE ABSTRACT AND THE DRAGON

Q-Tip The Abstract and Busta ‘The Dungeon Dragon’ Rhymes have been teasing their collaborative project ‘The Abstract And The Dragon’ for a long time now, but the mixtape is finally here.  The tape delivers in two main aspects.  Firstly, they manage to re-visit that classic ‘A Tribe Called Quest’ vibe, but without just making a…

TALIB KWELI [ft. THE UNDERACHIEVERS] – NEW LEADERS

The latest release from Talib Kweli’s upcoming album ‘Gravitas’ (Dec 15) is ‘New Leaders’.  Kweli absolutely murders Statik Selektah’s triumphant, epic-sounding beat with his patented fast-flowing and complex style.  There are a few possible comments on Kanye West’s recent outbursts, which may well prove interesting!  It’s great to see Kweli making room for fellow Brooklynites,…

TALIB KWELI – THE WORMHOLE

Ahead of the release of ‘Gravitas’ (Dec 15), Kweli treats us to ‘The Wormhole’, on which he discusses Illuminati conspiracy theories over a slick beat courtesy of ‘Oh No’.  Stream below via SoundCloud.