Young up and comer Astro has been floating around the scene for quite some time now which makes it hard to believe he is only 18 years old. The Brooklyn rapper has released a number of quality mixtapes over the years however; the time has now come for Astro to release his debut album titled Computer Era. The album which was recorded entirely in Astro’s bedroom is due to drop on December 2nd and today we get to see the album cover and tracklist. The album cover which is a hand drawing of a computer relates to the name of the album and signifies the effect of things such as the internet and social media on music. The tracklist shows some appearances from Flash Gordy, Nathaniel, Noelle Flores and the one I’m most excited about Bishop Nehru. Production comes from a long list of up and coming artists much like Astro himself. Computer Era is definitely one of my most anticipated albums of the year and if it is anything like his previous two mixtapes we should be in for an incredible debut. Take a look at the tracklist below.
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass – Impossible Dream ft Sean Price & Bleu Davinci
After just dropping their incredible album Blasphemy, Apollo Brown and Ras Kass have decided to release a non-album bonus track titled Impossible Dream. Joining them on this epic chilled out track is the legendary Sean Price and cousin of Rass Kass Bleu Davinci. The track features a cool sample while the hook is taken from the classic words of Nas ’cause sleep is the cousin of death’. Everyone spits a dope verse on this one however; Sean Price is a defiant stand out. This track is for the real hip hop heads, quality music! Go and cop the album Blasphemy and check out the new track below.
Chris Miles – Topic Of Discussion
This kid is 15 years old! Yes that’s right Chris Miles is a 15 year old rapper who has recently signed a $1.5 million dollar deal with Warner Music Group. The young up and comer has been showing some promising signs lately however his latest offering Topic Of Discussion is incredibly dope. Produced by legendary producer Statik Selektah (who has been lending his skills almost everywhere lately), the track sees 15 year old Chris Miles deliver a smooth and polished flow that is better than a lot of garbage that is out today. Lets hope this young gun can mature into something special one day, the way things are going I think we will be hearing more of Chris Miles in the future. As a matter of fact his mixtape Birth of Cool drops on December 15th make sure you check it out, available through datpiff. In the mean time check out the promising rappers latest track below.
Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow
The title track for Wu-Tang’s upcoming album A Better Tomorrow is here and it does not disappoint. This is real hip hop, the uplifting and feel good track was produced by RZA and features a sample from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ 1975 single Wake Up Everybody as the hook. Method Man opens the track with his usual brilliance followed by Masta Killa who delivers an incredible verse. Cappadonna brings his A game on the third verse while Raekwon closes the track out with the best verse of the lot. The album gets released on December 2nd and after hearing this quality track hopes are now high for an amazing record! Wu-Tang really is forever! Listen to piece of brilliance below.
If you haven’t heard of A-F-R-O yet you have to stop what you are doing right now and go and check the kid out he’s fucking amazing! A-F-R-O which stands for All Flows Reach Out is a 17 year old rapper from Anaheim, America and was picked up by hip hop veteran R.A. The Rugged Man. A-F-R-O has two mixtapes titled Differences and 2013 which are both available on datpiff (I highly suggest you check them out). Here is a crazy freestyle from the up and coming rapper, heads up it’s fucking crazy!
Ghostface Killah – Blood In the Streets ft AZ
As predicted Ghostface Killah has released yet another track from his upcoming project 36 Seasons which is shaping up to be one of the best albums of the year. AZ is on board again for the new track titled Blood On the Streets, the New York rapper has already featured on two of the previous three releases from the album and will appear on another two tracks still to come. Blood On the Streets is possibly the best release from the album thus far, both GFK and AZ spit pure mayhem over a groovy guitar riff that kind of sounds like something from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The pair sound like they are on a mission to get some bloody revenge on this one “I’m taking out kneecaps of anyone standing, Perfect timing, perfect planning, I’m fillin’ funeral homes and graves, it’s no surprise GFK, the only one to survive”.
At the rate things are going we might hear the whole album before it actually gets released, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing however; make sure you support real hip hop and buy the album when it does get released. We need more hip hop like this! Check out the epic track below.
Rewinding back to 1999 with the classic track So Fresh from Will Smith’s second solo album Willennium. Willennium was a decent album from Smith reaching number 5 in the Billboard charts competing against Korn’s Issues which made it to number one and Dr. Dre’s classic Dr. Dre 2001 which reached number two. The song features fellow rappers Biz Markie and Slick Rick with DJ Jazzy Jeff on the beat. Such a groovy and mellow tune that showcases Will Smith’s flow at its smoothest. The track uses a sample from Roxanne Shante and Biz Markie’s 1986 song The Def Fresh Crew. Classic 90’s hip hop right here, they certainly don’t make them like this anymore! Enjoy the track below!
Episode 4 of the Fresh Weekly features new music off Eminem’s Shady Records compilation album SHADY XV, there’s a new track from Aussie producers Flight Facilities featuring young gun Bishop Nehru, I also add a bunch of old school classics from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr, Beastie Boys and a whole lot more. As always sit back, spark a joint and turn it up! Enjoy.
1. Bad Meets Evil – Vegas
2. Diamond District – Lost Cause
3. Warren G – And Ya Don’t Stop
4. LL Cool J – Funkadelic Relic
5. Flight Facilities – Why Do You Feel ft Bishop Nehru
6. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gz And Hustlas
7. Jahzel – Faithful
8. Ghostface Killah – Blood In the Streets ft AZ
9. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
10. Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM
11. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
12. Kanye West – Family Business
13. Lighter Shade of Brown – Where You At
14. Slaughterhouse – Y’all Ready Know
Flying Lotus – Masquatch ft MF DOOM
Flying Lotus has decided to release another track from his Flylo FM station off the new Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack. Last week we heard Medication Meditation which features Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony, now the experimental DJ has released Masquatch, a grimy track that features the one and only MF DOOM. Its been a while since we last heard DOOM on the mic, the veteran rapper only had a few words to say on his collaborative album NehruivanDOOM with up and comer Bishop Nehru. This time the masked villain hovers over Flylo’s minimal beat with his gloomy flow creating two minutes of pure dopness! Listen to the track below and go and check out the tracklist for Grand Theft Auto V, Hip hop fans will not be disappointed.
Ghostface Killah – Double Cross ft AZ
Ghostface Killah’s upcoming album really sprung out of nowhere, there was almost no talk or speculation about it and now all of a sudden we have three tracks off it with the latest being Double Cross. The short two minute track features AZ, the New York rapper also featured on the album’s previous release The Battlefield along with Kool G Rap & Tre Williams. Ghost and AZ both bring their A game for this one as they did for The Battlefield however; there is something about this track that makes it stand out from the other two releases. As the titled suggests the song is about getting set up and screwed over, Ghost brings his iconic raspy flow whilst AZ finishes the track off with his standard polished flow which sounds on point over the piano led beat. 36 Seasons is really gearing up to be one of the best albums of the year, it is due to drop on the 9th of December and it wouldn’t surprise me if we heard one more track before its release. Check out the quality track below and be sure to look up the other two releases The Battlefield and Love Don’t Live Here No More.