Nas – The Season
If you haven’t heard this track by now then stop what you are doing immediately and turn your speakers up because Nas has released quite possibly the best track of the year! The legendary rapper appeared at a Run the Jewels album release in Brooklyn two nights ago and premiered his latest masterpiece titled The Season. The epic track which uses the late J Dilla’s famous beat Gobstopper from his iconic album Donuts is exactly what you would expect when you combine two of the greats together. Nas’ flow is next level on this one and combine’s so perfectly with Dilla’s beat, it really is a modern day classic. Nas is one of the few artists who has been consistently amazing throughout his whole career and this track continues to show why he is considered to be one of the greatest MC’s of all time.
Have a listen to the killer track below!
Guess who’s back? Back again! That’s right it’s Slim MOTHERFUCKIN’ Shady and this time the hip hop icon has gathered everyone from his label for a compilation album celebrating 15 years of Shady Records. The album which is titled SHADY XV will be a two disc set featuring new material from current artists on the label plus classic tracks from past and present artists. The artwork for the album which is shown above features two chainsaws and a hockey mask made famous by Eminem on his Anger Management tour back in 2001. The tracklist for this epic album has also been released, disc one will feature all new material from current artists such as Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Bad Meets Evil plus a bunch of new Em tracks and also what I’m really looking forward to, a new track from D12! The final track on disc one is probably the most intriguing of the lot featuring Eminem alongside Danny Brown, Big Sean, Trick Trick and Royce Da 5’9. Disc two will be a best of from the last 15 years of Shady Records featuring tracks such as In Da Club by 50 Cent, The Setup by Obie Trice featuring Nate Dogg, Purple Pills by D12, plus a whole bunch of other classic tracks including an original demo version of Eminem’s Lose Yourself. The album is expected to drop on the 28th November, the day cannot come quick enough!
Check out the full tracklist below!
Ok, so first off let me say that I have never seen any of the Harry Potter films and to be honest I don’t really like Daniel Radcilffe however; that has now changed after witnessing the actors remarkable rapping skills on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. That’s right, the wizard from Hogwarts showed off his skills by flawlessly rapping Blackalicious’ tongue twisting track Alphabet Aerobics. Word for word the British star absolutely kills it and actually sounds better than a lot of rappers out there today. Mr Radcilffe you have certainly gone up 1000 notches in my book and your wizardry rap skills (and the fact that you mentioned you like Eminem) have made me decide to watch the Harry Potter series, take a bow!
Watch the epic performance below.
Episode 2 of the Fresh Weekly sees some new music from veteran rappers Ghostface Killah & LL Cool J, Run the Jewels make an appearance with their latest track featuring Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha, Australia’s own Ellesquire makes his Fresh Weekly debut, plus a whole bunch of other dope tracks! So sit back, spark a joint and listen to episode 2 of the dopest weekly playlist on the net! Enjoy!
1. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah ft Elzhi – Gunshowers
2. Run the Jewels ft Zack De La Rocha – Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
3. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Recognize
4. Ice Cube – Ask About Me
5. Ellesquire – Dosey Doe
6. Joey Bada$$ ft Capital STEEZ – Survival Tactics
7. Redman – Dunfiato
8. Joe Budden – Dream On
9. Bad Meets Evil – I’m On Everything
10. LL Cool J – Tell Tha World
11. Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty
12. Berner & B-Real ft Snoop Dogg & Vital – Faded
13. Nas – Rewind
14. Common – Speak My Piece
LL Cool J – Tell Tha World
The smoothest voice in Hip Hop is at it again! That’s right Mr Smith aka LL Cool J has released his latest single Tell Tha World, a soulful melody that will appear on his upcoming album G.O.A.T 2. It’s been over a year since we last heard from the New York rapper who’s last album Authentic received rather average reviews. This time round though the future of funk brings his A game by delivering that signature smooth flow that we all love to hear. The song also features young gun Lil Leaky who fits in perfectly with the chilled out vibes. At the moment Hip Hop is being overshadowed by a lot of commercial, mainstream bullshit however; It’s good to know that there is still some real Hip Hop out there. Keep making that beautiful music Uncle L, the world needs it!
Alright so basically the “Fresh Weekly!” is a playlist that I will post every Sunday. The tracks on the playlist are not necessarily new, they’re just dope tracks that I have been listening to in that week. The aim is to show you what I’m listening to and hopefully if you haven’t heard some of the tracks before help you discover new music. To kick things off here is episode 1. Enjoy.
1. Joey Bada$$ – Get Paid
2. A-F-R-O – Trap Door
3. L’Orange ft Red Pill – Entering the Silence
4. Wu-Tang Clan – Shame on a Nigga
5. The Notorious BIG ft Eminem – Dead Wrong
6. NehruvianDOOM – OM
7. Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
8. Statik Selektah ft Bun B, Jared Evans & POS – God Knows
9. Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
10. Baro – Travellin’ Through Time
11. The Beatnuts ft Method Man – Se Acabo Remix
12. QuESt – Back & More
13. Jeru The Damaja – Billie Jean (Safe Sex)
14. Black Star – Definition
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah ft. Elzhi – Gunshowers
“Gunshowers” is the latest track from Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD and Wu Tang rapper Ghostface Killah. The song will appear on BADBADNOTGOOD’s upcoming fourth studio album “Sour Soul” which happens to feature Ghostface Killah on every track. “Gunshowers” opens with some elegant guitar strings that sounds like they’ve come from one of the Kill Bill soundtrack’s, the beat could have been used for a Western movie and it actually works quite well with the Wu Tang members flow. The song also features Detroit rapper Elzhi who spits a solid second verse before handing it back over to Ghost to finish it off. “Sour Soul” is due to drop on February 17th, to say I’m excited is an understatement.
PRhyme – Courtesy
If you’re one of those people who believes that hip hop is dead you might want to take a listen to the latest track from DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″. The duo known as PRhyme have released their first single titled “Courtesy” which will appear on their upcoming LP. When these two get together amazing things happen just look back Royce’s 2002 single “Boom” arguably the rappers best song, fast forward 12 years and the pair have decided to release a combined album which you just know is going to be dope. “Courtesy” is exactly what you would expect from these two legends, Royce murders each verse whilst Premo provides a crisp organ-led beat. The album is due for release on December 8th with the track list revealing features from fellow legends Common and Jay Electronica, this could very well turn out to be album of the year… stay tuned!
PRhyme full track list:
2. Dat Sound Good ft. Mac Miller & Ab Soul
3. U Looz
4. You Should Know ft. Dwele
6. Wishin’ ft. Common
7. To Me, To U ft. Jay Electronica
8. Underground Kings ft. Killer Mike & Schoolboy Q
9. Microphone Preem ft. Slaughterhouse
Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) ft. Zach De La Rocha
Killer Mike & EI-P have just dropped a new track from their upcoming second album “RTJ2” and to top it off it features Rage Against the Machine’s frontman Zach De La Rocha. The heavy track sees a stellar performance from Killer Mike & EI-P as per usual however; La Rocha is the main man here stealing the show with his gritty, hard hitting flow. “RTJ2” is due for release on the 28th of this month and the duo will also be hitting our shores over the new year playing a string of shows including falls festival and the Hi Fi alongside Joey Bada$$…. It’s going to be an epic summer!
L’Orange – Entering The Silence ft. Red Pill
L’Orange released his fourth album earlier in the year and now on top of that the North Carolina rapper has released a nine track EP titled “After The Flowers”. The production on this project is sensational, L’Orange who produced the whole EP combines smooth beats with some really cool samples to create a flawless piece of art. The highlight track for me is the sample heavy “Entering the Silence” which features fellow Mellow Music Group member Red Pill. Both artist’s bring a polished flow that combines well with the crisp production to give us a fine piece of hip hop! “After the Flowers” is available as a free download over at http://www.bandcamp.com I highly recommend you get on that!