Cormega - Honorable (featuring Raekwon)

Queens emcee Cormega links up with Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon and releases a fire track entitled "Honorable." The song features both emcees spitting darts over a head-nodding boom-bap banger. I didn't see any word of where this track is going to end up, but it might be a cut from Cormega's upcoming album, "Mega Philosophy", which will be fully produced by Large Professor. No matter where it ends up, the track is definitely ill.

Endemic - Cardinal (featuring Darkim be Allah and Supreme) (Video)

UK producer Endemic is back yet again, this time with his latest video, "Cardinal", which features verses from Darkim be Allah and Supreme. The song is the latest in a line of singles released from his album "Terminal Illness 2", which also features Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Salute Da Kidd, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla's Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. The full album is in stores now with digital releases dropping December 17, 2013.

Andrew Kelley and DJ Mekalek - Some Songs I Made For RZA (Album)

Andrew Kelley, producer and A&R for RZA's Soul Temple Records label, recently dropped a compilation album of some of his favorite cuts from the albums he has worked on for the label. The project features songs taken from Wu-Tang Clan's "Chamber Music" and "Legendary Weapons" albums as well as RZA's "Man With The Iron Fists" soundtrack and Ghostface Killah / Adrian Younge's "Twelve Reasons to Die."
"Kelley says 'I am fortunate enough to say I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest rap group of all time. Putting together songs & albums that I hope have added to their legacy.  I wanted to say thank you to all the Wu Tang fans for your support throughout the years.'" 
Also included on the project are some unreleased remixes and exclusives, all expertly mixed by Kelley's long time collaborator DJ Mekalek. Peep it below.

Chi King (of Brooklyn Zu) - Let Me Thru (featuring Prodigal Sunn)

Brooklyn Zu and Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Chi King comes through with his latest track, "Let Me Thru", which features Chi sharing the mic with fellow Wu affiliate and Sunz of Man member Prodigal Sunn. Chi King has been around for quite a while now, making appearances on various Wu-Tang mixtapes and tracks throughout the years, and he is just now gearing up to release his first solo album, "Radio Vol. 1 The Big Record." Hopefully this song is a taste of things to come. Peep it below.

AWKWORD - Go (featuring Joell Ortiz, Slug and Maya Azucena)

New York rapper AWKWORD returns with his latest track, this time with the main topic being perseverance, survival and success. The song is called "Go" and features AWKWORD, Joell Ortiz (of SlaughterHouse) and Slug (of Atmosphere) kicking rhymes over an energetic Domingo instrumental while Maya Azucena provides the hook. Very nice.

Ceazar - Showtime (featuring Fred the Godson) (Video)

Ceazar returns with the latest video from his "Render The Throne" mixtape, this time for the track "Showtime" which features the Ice H20 artist sharing the mic with Fred the Godson. The mixtape is hosted by Raekwon and features verse from JoJo Pellegrino, Raekwon, Fred the Godson and others as well as production by Scram Jones, G.U.N. Productions and others. Peep both the video and the full mixtape below. Dope shit.




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DJ Dister - Roll Wit Dis (Review)

DJ Dister - Roll Wit Dis

 "Roll Wit Dis" is the latest album from hip-hop producer DJ Dister. The album features guest appearances from The Artifacts, Masta Ace, A.G., Kool G Rap, Jeru The Damaja and others and is fully produced by DJ Dister himself. It was released on August 27, 2013 via Born 2 Roll Records.

U Call That Love - Sounds Across the Globe (Album)

"Sounds Across the Globe" is the first free compilation album from U Call That Love. I gave the album a good listen today and it's dope as hell, featuring appearances from The Audible Doctor, King I Divine, Moods, Concept, Parallel Thought, P.R, maticulous, Pawcut and many others. Check out the tracklisting, as well as the full album, below. Don't sleep on this shit.

1. The Boomjacks - Pilvet
2. Nix - Encore feat. Percee P
3. Customary - Still Yours
4. Pawcut - Walk on by
5. Souls Rest - Small Triumph
6. Maverick - The Rise and the Fall
7. Concept - With You
8. The Audible Doctor - Get 'Em feat. Guilty Simpson
9. maticulous - Wind feat. Black Sun & Hubbs
10. King I Divine - SSS (Scattered Sun Showers)
11. Moods - Mr. Clean
12. Pseudo Slang - Till It Ends (prod. Rawhead)
13. Exact Change Project - Keep It Jazzy
14. P.R - Next Destination
15. Piece Of Mind - Rhyme Training feat. Abdominal (Remix)
16. Arcka - Just Another Day
17. Kool Keith  - Stuck In The Past (prod. Keith Science)
18. olywok - Don't Matter
19. Parallel Thought - Mad iLL
20. DJ Czarny & Tas - Too Close
21. Praverb the Wyse - The Social Network feat. DJ Grazzhoppa
22. foka - Knew You Was Fake
23. Jaze Baqti - Escape

Howard - Witness (Video)

Palm Beach, Florida emcee Howard returns with the video for his track "Witness", which is a select cut from his self-titled mixtape, "Howard", and features production by Sir J. The full mixtape dropped back in late August and it's quite dope. Check out both the video and tape below.



Marco Polo - PA2: The Director's Cut (Review)

Marco Polo - PA2: The Director's Cut

"PA2: The Director's Cut" is the latest album from Canadian hip-hop producer Marco Polo. The album features guest appearances from Organized Konfusion, Large Professor, Inspectah Deck, O.C., Tragedy Khadafi, A.G. and others and is fully produced by Marco Polo himself. It was released on November 12, 2013 via Soulspazm Records.

Verbfromarizona and Mc Oneline - Off the Bench Vol 1 (Album)

Verbfromarizona and Mc Oneline sent over their latest project, "Off the Bench Vol. 1", a few days ago and I just now got a chance to listen to it. The album is dope, with both emcees trading off verses over a handful of boom-bap instrumentals provided by a variety of producers. The overall sound of the album is very reminiscent of hip-hop's "Golden Era", which is always a good thing. Check out the full album below.

SoulSeeker and A.L. Laureate - Flesh of the Mind (Album)

Flesh of the Mind is a hip-hop group consisting of South Florida emcee A.L. Laureate and MC/Producer SoulSeeker, who hails from the Netherlands. The duo released a video for the track "Hell's Passover" a few months back and have just released their self-titled debut album, "Flesh of the Mind", over on their Bandcamp site. The album is dope and has a darker boom-bap vibe to it that makes it stand out from most of the hip-hop released nowadays. Check out both the video as well as the full album below.



Slum Pritt - Morningside Massacre

Greensboro, NC emcee Slum Pritt is back, this time with the fourth single from his upcoming "Awake For The Nightmare" project, which will be dropping next month. The song is called "Morningside Massacre" and features Slum Pritt spitting verses inspired by real life events over an HP tha Hybrid instrumental.
"Almost 34 years to this day (November 3, 1979) Ku Klux Klansmen killed five protest marchers in the neighborhood where i was born and raised (Morningside Homes) The "Death to the Klan March" and protest was the culmination of attempts by the Communist Workers' Party to organize mostly black industrial workers in the area. I wasn't born yet but this hit home so hard that I was propelled to scribe this record."

Willie the Kid and Bronze Nazareth - The Living Daylights

Willie the Kid will be teaming up with Wisemen member and Wu-Tang associate Bronze Nazareth to release a collaborative project due out December 2013. The project is titled "The Living Daylights" and will be fully produced by Bronze. The duo has released two singles off of the tape, "Sweet Sorrow" and "Ain't Nothing" (featuring Boldy James), both of which you can hear below. I can already tell that this shit is going to be fire.



Endemic - Capos (featuring Roc Marciano, P.R. Terrorist and Kevlaar 7)

UK producer Endemic returns, this time with his latest single, "Capos", which features verses from Roc Marciano, P.R. Terrorist (of Killarmy) and Kevlaar 7 (of The Wisemen). The song is the second single off of Endemic's upcoming album "Terminal Illness 2", which will also feature Masta Killa, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, Skyzoo, DJ Switch, Bronze Nazareth, Salute Da Kidd, Killah Priest, Hell Razah, Shabazz The Disciple, Bugsy Da God, Cyrus Malachi, Tesla's Ghost, Ray Vendetta, Sav Killz, Supreme, Darkim be Allah, Prodigal Sunn, William Cooper and M9. The full album will be dropping November 26 on No Cure Records.

Built To Fade - To Dust (Album)

Built To Fade is a group that features vocals from Dane Ferguson, Zoƫ Wick and Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon) with production by Kno (of CunninLynguists). Their album, "To Dust", was just released on November 12, 2013 and the shit is fire. The beats are ethereal and the vocals are just beautiful. I must admit that I was surprised how dope this album turned out. Check out the video for the track "Angel" as well as the full album below.



Chin and Peezy - The Mind's Eye (Album)

Fountain Of Youth artist Chin and Peezy come through with their full collaboration EP, "The Mind's Eye." The Boston duo dropped their first single, "Perservere", a few months back and now the full EP has finally seen the light of day. I gave it a good listen and the project is dope, with both emcees doing their thing over head-nodding boom-bap instrumentals that harken back to the "Golden Era" of hip-hop. Check out the video, as well as the full album, below.



Roc Marciano - The Pimpire Strikes Back (Review)

Roc Marciano - The Pimpire Strikes Back

 "The Pimpire Strikes Back" is the latest mixtape from New York emcee/producer Roc Marciano. The mixtape features guest appearances from Action Bronson, Willie the Kid, Meyhem Lauren, Cormega and Knowledge The Pirate as well as production from Roc Marciano, Madlib, Alchemist and others. It was released for free on November 5, 2013 over on DatPiff.com.

G-Side - 4Ever (Single)

Now this is great news. One of my favorite hip-hop duos, G-Side (comprised of emcees Clova and S.T. 2 Lettaz), reunite with their first single since their 2011 album "iSLAND." The group broke up shortly after that album was released as both emcees pursued solo careers, with S.T. dropping one of my favorite albums of 2013 with "The G... Growth And Development". Since then all has been pretty quite ... until now. The first single is called "4Ever" and features both emcees ripping what sounds like a BlockBeattaz instrumental. Their new album, "Gz to Godz", is slated to be released in early 2014.


Don Cerino - DOWNtime (Album)

Another ill album that I just got a chance to listen to is Don Cerino's latest offering, "DOWNtime." The album is fully produced by Duque Nuquem, who crafts some really beautiful instrumentals with a strong 90's feel to them, and features verses from City Da God, kMFj, Croup and Jewbei in addition to Don Cerino himself. I'm not sure which song is my favorite yet, but I'm really feelin' the laid-back feel of "SITstill", which samples Kendrick Lamars "Is It Love" off of the "Kendrick Lamar EP." Very dope. Hopefully I get to hear more from Don Cerino in the future.

J.Holmes - Woodward's Gardens (Album)

San Francisco musician and producer J.Holmes recently sent me his latest album, "Woodward's Gardens", which features an array of talented bay area vocalists, including R.C., Net EQ, Matt Furey, TN Castro, Mike, Sani, and Gravy. The album is really dope and has a nice throwback feel to it reminiscent of the "Golden Era" of hip-hop. The beats should get your head-nodding and the rhymes are sharp and creative. You can download the full album (along with instrumentals) for free over on the Up Late Records website or via the Bandcamp link below.

Denzel Himself - Young Insolent

"Young Insolent" is the debut single from upcoming South London rapper/producer Denzel Himself, who is also one half of Brxtherhood, a creative partnership with Gabriella Skies for whom he produced "Burnouts" (her debut EP which was released in 2012).
"A response to the feeling that much of today’s music is based too much in jest, ‘Young Insolent’ is stripped down, black and white aesthetically and is just the first installment of a cold-blooded approach that Denzel intends to deliver upon hip-hop and urban culture."
Very nice.

The Cypher Effect (S2E26 and S2E27) (Freestyle Session)

The Cypher Effect decided to release two episodes this week, with each featuring a ton of dope emcees kicking rhymes over head-nodding instrumentals. The first episode features freestyles from Jook The First, Miss Char, EyeVL, An0maly, Bleezie and MykeeBlazaa. The cypher was lead by Lead By DJ Xist, features an instrumental by DJ iSICK and was shot by JDS Films at The Social Lohuge in Chatsworth, CA.



The second cypher features freestyles from KR, R-Mean, Curtiss King, Klassy, Pawz One, Self Provoked and Astro. The cypher was lead by Dr Zodiak, features an instrumental by DJ Javie Lopez and was shot by JDS Films at GCS Clothing in Santa Ana, CA.

Malkovich - Great Expectations (Video)

Irangeles (Iran/Los Angeles) emcee Malkovich is back, this time with the latest visuals for his song "Great Expectations", which is the title track from his most recent album. The cut features Malkovich spitting fire over a hard-ass Josh The Goon instrumental. Check out the video, as well as the full album, below.



Professor Lyrical - Put Em All To Shame (Album)

Professor Lyrical is a full-time college professor and emcee from Boston, MA who has been in the rap game for over 25 years now. He recently dropped a new album, "Put Em All To Shame", that was co-signed by the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy. I gave the album a good listen today and it's really dope, with Professor Lyrical spitting darts over head-nodding, old-school influenced instrumentals. This project brings me back to the Golden Era of hip-hop. Don't sleep on this shit.

Latyrx - The Second Album

One of my favorite hip-hop duos, Latyrx, just released their second album, the appropriately titled "The Second Album", today. If you are not familiar with the group, it consists of emcees\producers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker and is part of the Solesides collective, which hails fromthe Bay Area and also included both DJ Shadow and Blackalicious. The album features appearances from members of Anticon, tUnE-yArDs, Living Colour and The Decemberists as well as Busdriver, 1-O.A.K. and more. Latryx also released a music video for the track "Exclamation Point" in order to celebrate the release of "The Second Album". Check out the video below and then head on over to Pitchfork to stream the full album. I gave it a quick listen earlier and it sounds really dope.

RoQy TyRaiD - LAX to Germany (Video)

Phoeniz, AZ emcee RoQy TyRaiD (pronounced Rocky Tirade) recently dropped a video for the track "LAX to Germany", which is produced by Rice Master Yen. The song is dope as hell and has a nice soulful, boom-bap sound to it. RoQy TyRaiD is currently in the process of completing his album, "The Dichotomy of RoQ'y TyRaiD", which will feature production from J57, NAMELESS, Hezekiah, Slopfunkdust, among others. Check out the video below and keep an eye out for the full album when it drops.

Paranom and Purpose (of Tragic Allies / 7 G.E.M.S.) - Dayz Go By (Video)

"Dayz Go By" is the first single from the upcoming collaboration album between Purpose (of Tragic Allies) and up-and-coming lyricist Paranom, who is also the latest member to be inducted into the Tragic Allies collective. The album is titled "Life Outside The Frame" and is a 19-track boom-bap heater produced entirely by Purpose. It will be dropping worldwide on 12/10/2013 on Ill Adrenaline Records, but for now make sure you check out the video for "Dayz Go By" below. Dope shit. I'm definitely looking forward to the full album.

Serial Killers (B Real of Cypress Hill, Xzibit and Demrick) - Wanted (Video)

Serial Killers is a group consisting of Cypress Hill emcee B Real and Los Angeles emcees Xzibit and Demrick who just dropped their first mixtape, "Serial Killers, Vol. 1", back on October 31, 2013. The group recently released the second video from the project, "Wanted", which you can check out below. Dope shit.

Currensy x Smoke Dza x Harry Fraud - The Stage EP (Review)

 Currensy, Smoke DZA and Harry Fraud - The Stage EP

"The Stage EP" is a collaborative EP between emcees Currensy and Smoke DZA and producer Harry Fraud. The EP features guest appearances from French Montana and Big K.R.I.T. and is fully produced by Harry Fraud himself. It was released for free on October 30, 2013 over on DatPiff.com.

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Review)

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

"The Marshall Mathers LP 2" is the eighth studio album by Detroit emcee Eminem. The album features guest appearances from Skylar Grey, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Nate Tuess and others as well as production from Rick Rubin, DJ Khalil, Frequency, M-Phazes and others. It is scheduled to be released on November 5, 2013, via Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records. 

Serial Killers (B-Real, Xzibit and Demrick) - Serial Killers Vol. 1 (Mixtape)

Serial Killers is a group consisting of Cypress Hill emcee B Real and Los Angeles emcees Xzibit and Demrick who just dropped their first mixtape, "Serial Killers Volume 1", on October 31, 2013. The mixtape features guest appearances by Kurupt, Hopsin and Jon Connor as well as production by Futuristiks, Sir Jinx, DJ Khalil,Statik Selektah, Green Lantern, Nottz, BINK, Ill Bill, DJ Lethal and more. Check it out below.