Only 18 years young, Internet member Steve Lacy compiles a soulful and mature project, Steve Lacy Demo, that is filled with rich drums, bass and guitars. Fans of easygoing feel-good tracks need to look no further than the 6-track project created incredibly on an iPhone. Standout single “Dark Red” is hauntingly uptempo with a rhythmically appealing and unforgettable hook. Listen to the work below via Soundcloud.
Freddie Gibbs is finally back in action with his first song release since January. The Gary rapper was exonerated from sexual assault charges in September and is now back on his infamous grind. Listen to the rhythmic “All Day” produced by Brooklyn’s Harry Fraud below on SoundCloud.
If you’ve been wondering where the quality female MCs have gone, look no further. Chicago’s Noname (formerly Noname Gypsy) provides a mystical project entitled Telefone that successfully fuses elements of Hip Hop and Neo Soul. Honest and reflective about matters of the heart, the album is a wispy mix of lyrical glory and wispy production that channels the likes of D’Angelo and Jill Scott. Listen below via Soundcloud.
Definitely the standout from the freshly released soundtrack to The Land, Nas and Erykah Badu pair up for a touching track called “This Bitter Land.” A glorious rendition of Dinah Washington‘s “This Bitter Earth,” the Classical collab is beautifully orchestral complete with strings and powerful lyrics that form a rare treat definitely worth hearing. The upcoming film executive-produced by Nas about teen skateboarders in Cleveland’s underground Hip Hop scene is out today.
Opening with a classic Tupac line from Juice, Kid Cudi sets the tone for his latest track “Goodbye” that puts a spin on the Pink Floyd classic, “Goodbye Cruel World.” Produced by Dot Da Genius (aka WZRD) the production is dark, but simultaneously inspirational and will likely be featured on one of his two albums set to drop this year. Stream below on Soundcloud.
The ever unconventional Tyler, The Creator topped off the debut of his first ever GOLF runway fashion show (which included a garden setting, skits, mopeds, & skateboarders) with an explosive performance of his new song “Ego.” Beginning with dark synths, the track appears ominous at first, but evolves into delightful piece that sounds like a leftover from WOLF, but was actually made specifically for the occasion the day before. Listen below.
Theophilus London has been out of the limelight since 2014’s Vibes dropped, but his behind-the-scenes work on Kanye West‘s “All Day” has helped rapidly spread his name among Hip Hop aficionados. His latest song, “Stay” is contagious and synth-laced with an upbeat tempo that juxtaposes his longing for isolation. Listen below on Soundcloud.
With the passing of legendary artist Prince at his Paisley Park mansion last week, celebrate his life with a mix of some of his greatest hits by DJ R-Tistic. Listen to the hour long set entitled “The Purple Mix” below on Soundcloud.
Black Thought (The Roots) and Styles P (The Lox) team up to craft a lyrically profound track “Making a Murderer” filled with fiery bars and punchlines. The superior production by 9th Wonder on the track alone is worth a listen with its brassy horns and airy flutes. Listen below.
J Dilla fans can rejoice knowing that Nas and his record label, Mass Appeal, will be dropping a new album called The Diary this spring. Due April 15, the project will have guests like Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Pete Rock, Bilal and feature unreleased beats and raps by Dilla himself. Listen to the first single called “The Introduction” below on SoundCloud.