Flying Lotus – Medication Meditation
From the new Grand Theft Auto V Radio, a collab between producer Flying Lotus, fresh off his critical smash You’re Dead and hip-hop legend Krayzie Bone. Krayzie’s signature buttery smooth sing song flow and voice fit perfectly over FlyLo’s chilled out instrumental. I’ve been a Bone Thugs stan for about 15 years, but in my opinion Krayzie Bone is one of the most underrated rappers of all time. In terms of longevity and consistency I have no problem putting him right up there with rappers like Black Thought and Ghostface.
Vince Staples – Limos feat Teyana Taylor
From the fantastic Hell Can Wait EP. Vince has steadily been getting better with every release and with legendary producer No I.D. (and the potential Nas, Common, James Fauntleroy, Jhene Aiko, etc features that come with that) as well as young stars like Mac Miller and Earl Sweatshirt firmly in his corner I cannot wait for his full length Def Jam debut next year. But until then, Hell Can Wait and songs like “Limos” will definitely stay in constant rotation.
Camp Lo – Luchini AKA This is It
Lately, I’ve been trying to listen to an older classic album that I either haven’t listened to in a long time or I just missed entirely. For the most part, this has been rewarding as I’ve discovered some of absolutely fantastic albums. I can’t believe I had never listened to Prince Paul’s A Prince Among Thieves before. I like Kendrick Lamar as much as anybody, but anyone who says that Good Kid m.A.A.d City is the best concept album of all time has never heard A Prince Among Thieves. That’s the first album that ever had me on the edge of my seat before. Listen to it if you haven’t.
Anyway, the album I chose for today is Uptown Saturday Night by Camp Lo. Camp Lo is one of those 90’s groups who had a critically successful debut that even spawned a hit single (“Luchini”) and then were never able to recapture that magic and sort of just faded away. For lack of a better term, they’re a One Album Wonder, but that album is definitely worth a listen for any hip-hop fan.
Royce da 5’9″ – Boom (Prod. by DJ Premier)
Nickle Season is approaching, people. With yesterday’s release of the Shady XV Cypher as well as the much anticipated “Detroit vs. Everybody” track and with the release of the aforementioned Shady XV compilation (including Bad Meets Evil and Slaughterhouse tracks), Prhyme and a new Slaughterhouse album it looks like one of the most consistent and underrated MC’s alive is about to get some much deserved shine. Personally I’m the most excited for the release of Prhyme, Royce’s collaborative effort with arguably the best producer of all time, DJ Premier and boasting some big name features including Mac Miller, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. “Boom” marks the first meeting between the two rap vets and hopefully offers at least a taste of what’s they have in store.
The Antlers – Epilogue
For those of you who frequent this site, or at least the stragglers that remain after our long hiatus (There are hopefully DOZENS OF YOU. DOZENS!) I’m sure you’re aware that while I listen to many different genres of music, the majority of my listening goes back to my first love: hip-hop. So while I’m pathetically listening and commenting on every Run the Jewels snippet that leaks, it unfortunately means that I’m usually behind the curve as far as getting around to excellent albums in other genres go; sometimes years behind. Hospice, an album released by The Antlers, which I’m sure all of you indieheads are well acquainted with, all the way back in 2009 is one example of this. Since I’ve discovered this album through a posting of 4chan’s /mu/ essentials list on a music subreddit in an embarrassing Inception of internet forums (WOW A SNARKY POST INSIDE OF A SNARKY POST) I haven’t been able to stop listening to it. It’s a beautiful album and I really recommend any Johnny-come-latelies like myself to give it a listen.
BADBADNOTGOOD – Six Degrees feat Ghostface Killah & Danny Brown
Last week r/hiphopheads had a thread asking the various precocious pre-teens and Kanye swallowers (WE REALLY OUT HERE!) what they felt the top five hip-hop songs of 2014 thus far are. While this track might not be tmy number #1, it certainly has etched out a place in my top 5 and frankly I was surprised at how few people included it in their lists. I mean Chance hasn’t even really released anything this year besides a cover of the “Arthur” theme song. AND I SAID HEY, WHAT A WONDERFUL KIND OF DAY! Ahem, anyway, two of my favorite rappers over a BBNG beat is a formula for awesomeness and “Six Degrees” doesn’t disappoint.
DJ Khaled – They Ready feat. J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T. & Kendrick Lamar
Jhene Aiko – WTH feat Ab-Soul
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Robes (feat Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)
Pinata is out and it actually meets the hype. Make sure to buy it on the 18th.
Kanye West, Rakim, Nas & KRS-One – Classic (Prod. by DJ Premier)