New Music: Stro – Skrrr

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!

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New Music: Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Let the Record Spin ft Raekwon

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Let the Record Spin ft Raekwon

Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge are back together to bring us Twelve Reasons To Die II, the sequel to their 2013 album Twelve Reasons To Die. Last month we got our first taste of the album as the duo released Return of the Savage which featured fellow Wu-Tang members Raekwon and RZA. To keep the hype flowing the pair have decided to release another track off the album, this time it’s the old-school sounding Let the Record Spin. Raekwon again lends his raw flow on this one and judging by the albums tracklist we’ll be hearing a lot from him throughout.

What I love most about this track is that it sounds like it was made in the 90’s, apparently the whole album was recorded on analog tape to give it that old school sound (tell me that isn’t dope as fuck!). Now Ghost has been releasing some incredibly wicked music lately (36 Seasons, Sour Soul), Raekwon’s latest album Fly International Luxurious Art was sick and Method Man’s The Meth Lab looks set to be a killer, so why was A Better Tomorrow so average? These guys are releasing such dope solo music and yet when they all got together for what should have been an amazing album they failed. Is RZA to blame? To be honest I don’t really know, I guess that’s a conversation for another time.

What I do know is this record is hot and I’m sure the album will too, so listen to Let the Record Spin below and be sure to cop the album when it drops on July 10.

Fresh Weekly #7

Fresh Weekly #7

Fresh Weekly is back! Episode seven is finally here and I got to say its filled with some monster tracks. There is a lot of new music in here from the likes of Raekwon, Method Man and Open Mike Eagle whilst there is also a tonne of bumpin’ classics from artists such as Outkast, MF Doom and Digable Planets. I also throw in an Eminem track from Relapse that certainty never received the credit it deserves and to kick things off I’ve got my favourite track off A$AP Rocky’s new album that is just pure fire! So kick back and take a listen to this week’s Fresh Weekly, you won’t be disappointed!

Tracklist

1. A$AP Rocky – Excuse ME
2. Outkast – Spaghetti Junction
3. Stro – K.I.N.G. ft Bishop Nehru
4. Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
5. Snoop Dogg – Peaches N Cream ft Charlie Wilson
6. Run the Jewels – Lie Cheat Steal
7. RZA – Just Blowin’ in the Wind ft Flatbush Zombies
8. Beastie Boys – B-Boys in the Cut
9. Chuck Inglish – 2003 ft Grey Sweatpants
10. Raekwon – All About You ft Estelle
11. Eminem – Stay Wide Awake
12. Open Mike Eagle –  Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)
13. MF Doom – Gazzillion Ear
14. Method Man – The Meth Lab ft Hanz On & Streetlife

New Music: Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

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.

New Music: Wu-Tang Clan – Necklace

Wu-Tang Clan – Necklace

Wu-Tang Clan have given us another taste of their upcoming 20th anniversary album A Better Tomorrow by unleashing its fourth single titled Necklace. Featuring members Cappadonna, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and GZA the track showcases each rapper talking about their jewellery and the jealously it inspires. Produced by 4th Disciple the beat has a chilled mellow vibe whilst the verses are delivered with aggression, Raekwon and GZA standing out above the rest on this one. Its been seven years since the groups last album which is why A Better Tomorrow is definitely one of the most anticipated album’s of the year. Listen to Necklace below and while you eagerly await for the album to drop on December 2nd go and look up the other three releases, Ron O’Neal, Keep Watch and Ruckus In B Minor.

 

Top 14 Most Anticipated Hip Hop Albums for the Remainder of 2014!

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Artist: Q-Tip
Album: The Last Zulu
Release Date: TBA
Over the last few years legendary MC Q-Tip has been hard at work behind the scenes working on production for artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z and John legend just to name a few. Recently its been reported that he will be working on kanye’s latest album this year however; 2014 also looks set to be the year he releases his fourth solo album titled “The Last Zulu”. The album is set to be released later this year with rumours it will feature Busta Rhymes and fellow tribe members Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White.

 

13.
Raekwon
Artist: Raekwon
Album: F.I.L.A (Fly International Luxurious Art)
Release Date: September 16th
Wu-Tang veteran Raekwon has been a busy man this year and only seems to be getting busier after the announcement of a Wu-Tang reunion with an album scheduled to drop later this year. On top of that he’s been working on his own highly anticipated sixth solo album “F.I.L.A (Fly International Luxurious Art)” which is set to hit stores on September 16th joining fellow hip hop artists 50 cent and the Game who also have albums dropping on the same date. It’s the chefs first solo effort since his 2011 album “Shaolin vs Wu Tang” which is why I’m so damn excited and if the albums first release “Call of Duty” which features R&B artist Akon is anything to go by we should be in for one hell of an album.

 

12.
The Cool Kids
Artist:
The Cool Kids
Album: Shark Week
Release Date: TBA
The Cool Kids are back! The creative minds of Chuck Inglish & Mikey Rocks have reunited to bring us their second studio album titled “Shark Week”. The funky duo from Michigan who have been on hiatus for almost three years told XXL magazine that they expect the album to be out later this year. Rumours are circling about who is going to feature on the album with Tyler the Creator topping the list. Earlier in the year they released the track “Computer School” which has their signature Cool Kids sound that really highlights the duos essence and is expected to be on the album. Their style is so fresh and so unique it’s exactly what the hip hop world needs right now.

11.
AZ
Artist:
AZ
Album: Doe or Die II
Release Date: TBA
Coming from the legendary man himself, AZ has announced that his upcoming LP “Doe or Die II” will be his last and final album. It’s been 19 years since the Brooklyn rapper released his debut LP “Doe or Die”, in that time he has produced eight incredible solo albums and is considered to be one of the most underrated rappers of all time. In an interview with Hiphopdx earlier in the year AZ stated that “Doe or Die II” might just be his best work yet and whilst he has yet to set a release date for the album it is expected to drop later this year. In a career that has spanned over nearly two decades and seen him collaborate with artists such as Nas, Raekwon and Dr.Dre, I think it’s safe to say AZ will go down as one of the greats and hopefully “Doe or Die II” will be a legendary send off.

 

10.
JAY
Artist:
Jay Electronica
Album: Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)
Release Date: TBA
It’s being called the most anticipated debut album in hip hop history and whilst there is still no official release date the album is expected to drop later this year after Jay spoke to Hiphopdx promising his fans that 2014 is the year. It’s hard to believe that this will be the debut album from Jay who first came to life back in 2007 after the release of his mixtape “Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)” which is considered to be a timeless classic. The track list for “Act II” was released by Jay back in 2012 and featured artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and P. Diddy. In a recent interview with Hiphopdx Jay stated that the track list has changed slightly but only by a“few centimetres and a few new records”leaving us all anxious with anticipation.

 

9.
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Artist:
Ice Cube
Album: Everythangs Corrupt
Release Date: October 21st
The king of gangsta rap is back and judging by the name of his latest album “Everythangs Corrupt” it seems the don mega has a strong political message to share with us all. Earlier in the year the hip hop veteran released the hard hitting track “Sasquatch” accompanied by a terrifying film clip portraying a bloody Cube as a serial killer hunting down a group of people as if it were a horror movie. His latest release titled “Drop Girl” however; is the complete opposite and has caused much up roar with his hard core fans who have labelled the track as commercial garbage. Cube replied by posting a video to his fans saying for everyone to “relax its just one song”. Love it or hate it there is still no denying that Ice Cube is one of the greatest to grace the game which is why I can’t wait for this album.

 

8.
Statik
Artist:
Statik Selektah
Album: What Goes Around
Release Date: August 19th
Coming in at number eight is the only non-rapper on the list; I’m talking about the very skilled and very talented Mr Statik Selektah. This will be the sixth studio LP from the legendary producer who has gathered up some amazing guests to feature on the album. The mix of old school legends such as Pharoahe Monch and Snoop Dogg with new school maestros like Joey Bada$$ and Freddie Gibbs is what makes it one of the most anticipated albums of the year. The first track released from the album is titled “Carry On” which features Joey Bada$$ and Freddie Gibbs rhyming over a soothing jazz influenced beat with a Classic Nas sample for the hook. Whoever said hip hop is dead needs to listen “Carry On” right now!

 

7.
Kendrick-Lamar
Artist:
Kendrick Lamar
Album: TBA
Release Date: TBA
He’s one of the biggest names in hip hop right now and rightfully so after receiving worldwide success from his critically acclaimed debut major label album “Good kid m.A.A.d city” back in 2012. Two years on and the Compton rapper is preparing to release his sophomore album which currently does not have a title or release date however; it is expected to drop before the end of the year. In a recent interview with complex, Lamar stated that he has recorded around 30 to 40 tracks for the new album which will feature a few producers including beat maestro and mentor Dr.Dre. Kendrick’s unique style and amazing story telling ability is a breath of fresh air in a time where hip hop is being overshadowed by mainstream mediocrity, “GKMC” shook the rap game up let’s hope this album can shake it up a bit more.

 

6.
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Artist:
Wu-Tang Clan
Album: A Better Tomorrow
Release Date: TBA
2014 has been the year of big reunions in the hip hop world we’ve seen the likes of Outkast, Bone Thugs and even G Unit get back together however; none have been quite as big as the reuniting of the mighty Wu -Tang Clan. Earlier in the month all living members (plus a ODB t-shirt) reunited on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about their new album and perform a new track titled “Ron O’Neal”. The track features quality verses from Meth, Inspectah Deck, Ghost and RZA with an R&B inspired hook that you wouldn’t normally expect from the Wu. Nonetheless it sounds dope and whilst no official release date has been set the album is expected to drop later this year. It’s been 21 years since their classic debut album “Enter The Wu -Tang (36 Chambers)” let’s hope they can bring the ruckus back.

 

5.
Joey bada$$
Artist:
Joey Bada$$
Album: B4DA$$
Release Date: TBA
If there is one artist you should be listening to right now its Joey Bada$$! His whole style and raw flow makes you feel like you’re in the 90s again which at times I bet we all wish we were. “B4DA$$” will be the Brooklyn rappers debut studio album with rumours speculating a mid-September release. Earlier in the month Bada$$ released the first single from the debut album titled “Big Dusty”, a very dark and hard hitting track that really highlights the rappers unique flow. Some big names have been lined up for production on the album with Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Statik Selektah all working on the album. These days it’s rare to find artists like Joey Bada$$ however they are out there you just have to look in the right places.

 

4.
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Artist:
Bishop Nehru & MF Doom
Album: NehruvianDOOM
Release Date: September 23rd
What do you get when you put a hip hop legend together with one of the games dopest up and coming MCs? You get NehruvianDoom, hip hops newest collaboration that looks set to flip the game on its head. Young gun Bishop Nehru and hip hop veteran MF Doom have teamed up to deliver one of my most anticipated albums of the year. The nine track LP will be Nehrus first feature on a major studio release, prior to this Nehru has released a few mixtapes which really got people talking due to his fresh style and solid flow. Doom will be producing the entire album and whilst he features on the hook for the duos latest release “OM”, fingers are crossed we will also hear the supervillain spit a few verses. For all the hip hop heads out there this is defiantly one album you don’t want to miss.

 

3.
Busta_Rhymes
Artist:
Busta Rhymes
Album: E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2)
Release Date: TBA
Back in 1998 hip hop legend Busta Rhymes released one of his greatest albums “E.L.E (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front”, 16 years later and the New York rapper is preparing to release its highly anticipated sequel “E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2)”. Two tracks have already been released from the album including “Thank You” ft Q-Tip and “Calm Down” ft Eminem; both tracks are pure fire that showcases the vigorous energy that’s been missing from his recent work. On the production side of things Busta has recruited Swizz Beats, Rockwilder, Nottz and DJ Scratch who all appeared on E.L.E, along with some new beats from DJ Premier, Dr.Dre and the late J Dilla. This will be the rappers tenth album and whilst no release date has been set it is expected to hit stores later this year.

 

2.
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Artist:
Shady Records
Album: SHADY XV
Release Date: November 28th
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shady Records, founder Eminem has decided to release a two disc compilation album featuring past and present artists from the label. One disc will feature several of labels greatest hits whilst the other disc will feature new music from the labels current artists Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and D12. Yes you heard right, rumour has it D12 will be showcasing some new music on the album; this will be the group’s first release since the death of fellow member Proof back in 2006. Last month Eminem released a new track titled “Guts over Fear” featuring Sia which will appear on the album, the song shows the more serious side of Slim Shady who raps about his place in hip hop by looking back on his career. “Shady XV” is defiantly an album to get excited about; I mean new D12 material how could you not get excited.

 

1.
meth & red
Artist:
Method Man & Redman
Album: Blackout! 3
Release Date: TBA
If there’s one thing the hip hop world needs right now it’s red & meths highly anticipated third album “Blackout 3!” Ever since the pair released their debut record “Blackout!” back in 1999, hip hop fans like myself have been craving that raw sound. Ten years later we got our fix when they released “blackout! 2” and now with confirmation of “Blackout! 3” the hip hop world eagerly awaits for yet another fix. Whilst not much has been said about the album it is expected to drop this year with rumours circulating it could feature production from artists such as RZA, Rockwilder and Eric Sermon. Method Man & Redman are the definition of hip hop, the chemistry between them is like dynamite and it explodes when they get on the mic. I’m going to go out and say this will be album of the year!