MED, Blu & Madlib – Knock Knock ft MF DOOM
Artists MED, Blu and Madlib have joined forces and will be releasing an album next month titled Bad Neighbor. The talented trio have worked together on numerous occasions in the past however; this will be their first official project. Earlier in the month we were lucky enough to receive the tracklist for Bad Neighbor which features the likes of Hodgy Beat, Aloe Blacc, Oh No, Anderson.Paak and of course MF DOOM. I would have been surprised had I not seen DOOM’s name somewhere on this album, we all know his relationship with Madlib so its no wonder we see him on the albums first single.
The track is titled Knock Knock and features that groovy, chilled and unique sound that is evident on Madlib & DOOM’s collaborative masterpiece Madvillainy from 2004. In an interview with Rolling Stone MED spoke on DOOM’s verse for the track stating that ‘Doom’s concept was that it’s a text message. He text messages me while I’m not home, so he comes to my house anyway and starts borrowing all kinds of shit, you know, villain-style … going to my house, drinking my beers, going through my DVDs’.
Blu and MED definitely bring their own flare to the table whilst Madlib takes care of the funky, abstract beat. This is certainly one trio I want to hear more of, Bad Neighbor is due to drop on the 30th of October and as mentioned before will feature some stellar guest appearances. So make sure you cop the album and check out the first single titled Knock Knock below and also take a look at the tracklist. Peace.
Stro – Already Hooked
This is exactly why I have been following Stro or Astronomical Kid as he used to be called for the past five years! At only 18 years of age the young emcee is spitting lyrics harder than majority of rappers in the game right now and he has been for the past five years. First grabbing some fame from appearing on X-Factor in America at the age of 14 the Brooklyn rapper has since released a long list of mixtapes and EP’s which have been incredibly dope to say the least.
Year after year you can hear the young emcee maturing in his lyrics and he’s only getting better. Last year Stro released the underrated EP Computer Era which featured fellow up and comer Bishop Nehru. 2015 has seen the Brooklyn native release a few stray tracks here and there and now Stro has delivered a one take special titled Already Hooked. The track is part of a new freestyle segment from hotnewhiphop called Show & Prove and that’s exactly what Stro does here. The up and comer spits some astronomical bars on this one and its all in one take proving his place in the game.
Everyone needs to stop listening to the commercial garbage that is polluting the airways and start listening to some real shit like Stro. There are so many rappers out there today that are not getting the recognition that they deserve and Stro is definitely one of them. I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before this kid really blows up though, because you just can’t deny talent like that.
The instrumental for this one is provided by frequent collaborator BrandUn DeShay and the track is available for download over at hotnewhiphop.com. Keep you ears out for some new music from Stro and also check out the Show & Prove segment at HNHH.
Listen to Already Hooked below and if you haven’t already go cop Stro’s EP Computer Era on iTunes and also check out all his mixtapes because they’re dope as fuck!
Joe Budden – Slaughtermouse
It was only last month we were hearing rumours that Joe Budden was about to go in on Royce and Em with a diss on his upcoming album. Royce even took to twitter to confront the fellow slaughterhouse member saying ‘I heard you dissed me and em on your album… you sure you want that problem?. Well either there was never such a track or Budden has thrown it in the trash because his latest track titled Slaughtermouse is an open letter giving nothing but praise to his Shady Records boss Eminem. Throughout the track Budden spits some emotional bars comparing his life to Em’s and asking the Rap God for some advice. He also gives praise to Royce and expresses how much joy it gave him to see him and Em get back together with Bad Meets Evil saying ‘When Bad Met Evil, nigga who was happier than me?/ You woulda thought it was my album and I was on that shit’.
Slaughtermouse will feature on Budden’s upcoming album All Love Lost which is scheduled for an October 16 release. The track is produced by none other than araabMUZIK who provides a chilled and somewhat spiritual beat which fits perfectly with Budden’s deep lyrics. If you’re loving this track than make sure you head over to iTunes and pre-order the album as you will receive Slaughtermouse as an instant download.
So it seems like it’s nothing but love in the Shady Records fam! Check out Slaughtermouse below and cop All Love Lost on October 16. I wonder if Em will pen a letter back….
Kirk Knight – Good Knight ft Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies & Dizzy Wright
Finally the time has come for Pro Era underachiever Kirk Knight to release his debut album…well its almost time. The album titled Late Knight Special is expected to drop somewhere towards the end of October and will feature the likes of fellow Pro Era member Joey Bada$$, Mick Jenkins and the Mind.
After releasing Knight Time the albums first single Kirk has decided to follow that up with another release which keeps the homonym going however; this one will surprisingly not feature on the album. The track is titled Good Knight and it features a strong cast including Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies and Dizzy Wright. Now this is a combination that cannot be fucked with, how this track didn’t make the album is beyond me, it must have just not fit with the overall atmosphere of the album. I suppose in a way its a good thing because we get to hear it now instead of waiting another month for it.
If you are a fan of hip hop than you are going to love this track, those Pro Era boys are really stepping their game up and making a name for themselves. For me Joey is my favourite in the game right now, his style, his flow and that boom bap influence just gets me hyped up. And no you’ve got Kirk and CJ Fly out there killing it as well. Flatbush are always releasing dope shit along with Dizzy who is currently murdering tracks with Funk Volume. I mean its a good time for hip hop, once you look past the commercial garbage you will see that there is some seriously dope shit getting released.
Open your peripheral vision and check out Kirk Knight’s epic tune Good Knight below.
Tech N9ne – Slow To Me ft Krizz Kaliko & Rittz
Tech N9ne’s 16th studio album Collabos Strangeulation II is almost upon us and judging by the latest single it sounds like its going to be a monster of a release. The track is titled Slow To Me and by just reading the name you know Tech is going to be on that double time flow shit. The Kansas City native shows us why he is the king of the rapid-fire flow by absolutely murdering this one. Tech is definitely one of the best in this style if not the best and this track shows us exactly why. You can understand the 43 year old at all times even when he’s spitting in double time whilst he makes it sound like a walk in the park.
Don’t forget about Krizz Kaliko & Rittz though as both rappers keep up with Tech and show why they deserve to be on this track. Spitting incredible flows the two emcees rattle off about how todays rappers use auto-tune with slow vocal deliveries. I don’t have a problem with slow vocal deliveries but I suppose when you can spit it that fast and it sounds that good you earn the rights to be a cocky motherfucker.
Collabos Strangeulation II is due to drop on November 20th, make sure you cop the album because I can guarantee you it’s going to be something special, it always is with Tech! In the meantime listen to Slow To Me below and make sure you turn your speakers up.
Mac Miller – Clubhouse
I’m getting very keen for the release of Mac Miller’s latest album GO:OD AM which is expected to drop on the 18th of this month. The Pittsburgh rapper has already given us two tracks (100 Grand Kids & Break the Law) from the album which were both incredibly dope. Now he has decided to dish out a third and I can tell you it definitely doesn’t disappoint.
The track is titled Clubhouse and it premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show last night. There is a lot of hype surrounding Mac’s third studio album and rightfully so. The young rapper has delivered some incredible music in his time and having not released a studio album in the past two years the spotlight is shining bright on his return. Clubhouse sees Mac distribute his usual killer wordplay over a chilled out but at the same time funky beat.
It’s certainly too early too call however; my spider senses tell me that this could very well be Mac Miller’s greatest album to date. All three releases have been super dope so far and I’m sure he is saving the best till last. Make sure you cop GO:OD AM when it drops on the 18th, in the meantime listen to Clubhouse below. Also check out Break the Law and 100 Grand Kids (my personal favourite).
Big Boi & Phantogram – Fell In The Sun
Having just released the artwork and tracklist for their upcoming EP titled BIG GRAMS, Big Boi & Phantogram have decided to also drop it’s first single Fell In The Sun. The track is accompanied by a uplifting synth beat courtesy of Phantogram whilst Big Boi provides a polished flow. With the warm weather just around the corner Fell In The Sun couldn’t come at a better time. The track is sure to be a summer favourite, it definitely has a festival vibe to it which fans are going to love.
Their debut EP BIG GRAMS which is a portion of each artist name put together, is expected to drop on September 25. The duo have invited a couple of friends along to feature on the EP with the likes of Run the Jewels and Skrillex on board to lend a hand. The EP will contain a total of 7 tracks and its the first project Big Boi has been involved with since his second solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours back in 2012. It may not be a new Outkast record but it is definitely good to hear Big Boi back on some real shit. Make sure you cop the album on September 25 through iTunes, in the meantime check out Fell In The Sun below.
DJ Premier & The BADDER – BPATTER
Preemo has been a busy man not just this year but pretty much every year. The recent success of PRhyme the collaboration with Royce Da 5’9 has kept the 49 year old quite busy. Now the Gang Starr legend has started a new project and this time he has decided to ditch the emcee and instead team up with a live band.
The band is called The BADDER and it consists of a drummer, a bassist and two horn players and of course Preemo on the decks. Their first single is titled BPATTER and its a high energy jazz style piece that really gets the heart rate pumping. Of course Preemo brings his incredible scratching skills to the table but he also provides the little vocals that appear in the track (by vocals I mean some quite humorous screaming from the legendary producer).
Whilst this may not be the type of music we would expect from Preemo, it is still some impressive work nonetheless. It’s something different and definitely something that gets the head boppin’. Combining this live band with his impeccable scratching skills is incredibly dope and something I surely want to hear more of. There is an LP in the works, so keep you ears peeled for more, in the mean time check out BPATTER below. Keep it up Preemo!!!
Stro – Skrrr
The rapper formally known as Astro (now Stro) has been making some ripples in the hip hop world over the past couple of years. I’ve been following the Brooklyn emcee for quite some time now and it’s safe to say that he has been getting better with every release. Last year the 18 year old released his first retail release titled Computer Era. A 13 track EP full of boom bap jams that tackles the issue of today’s digital era ruining the authenticity in hip hop.
Staying on the topic of today’s state of rap, Stro releases his latest track titled Skrrr. The song sees the younger rapper discuss what is wrong with the rap game, including things such as gold chains, weak bars, radio playing trap all night and rappers wearing God damn see-through shirts! Everything Stro raps about here is completely true, its hard to believe that he is only 18 years old. Don’t let his age give you doubts though, because the lyrics he spits are more real than majority of stuff getting released in the game right now. Store really is the future of hip hop, I place him right up there with the likes of Kendrick, Joey and Bishop, the leaders on the new school in my opinion.
Production on this one is taken care of by Platinum Pat and he does a solid job of creating a chilling beat for Stro to shred upon. If you haven’t already make sure you check out Computer Era it is available through iTunes and also check out his earlier mixtapes such as Starvin Like Marvin for a Cool J Song and Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics. And obviously check out his latest jam Skrrr below, this is the type of hip hop we want to hearing! Rappers take note, we know Raekwon is!