Sim-E - Sim-City (Review)

Sim-E - Sim-City (Review)

"Sim-City" is the second album and debut solo LP from Brooklyn producer/emcee Sim-E. The album features guest appearances from Roc Marciano, Smif-N-Wessun, Prince Po, Planet Asia, Chace Infinite, Strong Arm Steady and others and is fully produced by Sim-E himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via Manafest Vision Media LLC.

OSHUN - # (Video)

OSHUN - # (Video)

OSHUN (comprised of NYU vocalists Niambi Sala and Thandiwe) recently dropped another video from their crazy "AFAHYE" EP that dropped back in March. The song is for the track "#", which finds the duo spitting some socially conscious rhymes about police brutality over A Tribe Called Quests's "Midnight" instrumental. "AFAHYE" features instrumentals from Tribe Called Quest, J. Dilla and MF DOOM and is available to stream below.





Manni Festo - Free (Video)


New Jersey rapper Manni Festo just released some visuals for his track "Free", which is a cut off of his "Abstract Island" album that dropped back in April. The song is dope and finds Manni Festo rhyming about the freedom of being independent over a guitar-based instrumental. Peep the video, as well as the full album, below.





Stará Kazka - Brain Chain EP (Instrumental Album)



Ukrainian hip-hop producer Stará Kazka comes through with his debut release "Brain Chain EP", which was released a few days back on Millenium Jazz Music. The project is dope, featuring five head nodding instrumentals centered around funk and jazz that ended up getting a lot of play from me this holiday week. Peep it below.



Eloh Kush - Initiatez (ft. Scienz of Life) (Single)

Eloh Kush - Initiatez (ft. Scienz of Life) (Single)

Eloh Kush comes through with his latest track, "Initiatez", which features the Angelz Inc. emcee linking up with Scienz of Life (John Robinson and ID 4 Windz) over a head nodding ID 4 Windz banger. The beat is fire, with an ethereal, spaced out sample over boom-bap drums, and all three emcees kill it with their rhymes. Don't sleep. Peep it below.



Peezy - Head In The Clouds (Album)

Peezy - Head In The Clouds (Album)

Boston rapper Peezy returns with another dope release, this time with his latest project "Head In The Clouds". I gave the album a few listens this weekend and it's real nice, with Peezy kicking some personal rhymes about the ups and downs of his life over beautiful, boom-bap production. The album, which you can stream below, features guest appearances from Chin, Phacade and El Ay and is available over on Peezy's Bandcamp site as a free download.



The Best Rap Albums of 2014


So 2014 is just about over and I just wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite hip-hop albums that have dropped this year. Here are my top 25 rap albums of 2014, in alphabetical order.

The Four Horsemen (Ras Kass, Kurupt, Canibus, Killah Priest) - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

The Four Horsemen - Historic Remix (ft. Tragedy Khadafi)

Gemstarr Regime producer BP comes through with another unreleased exclusive, this time with a remix for the track "Historic". The original version of this cut was one of the standout tracks from Canibus' last album "Fait Accompli", but I'm actually diggin the beat on this BP remix more than the original version. Peep it below.



Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Awon - Matte Black Soul (Album)

Newport News, VA rapper Awon just dropped another album back on December 8, 2014 and it's a banger. The project is called "Matte Black Soul" and finds Awon touching on a variety of topics over smooth soul samples with production from Phoniks, Rashard, Ak, HDK as well as from Awon himself. The album was released as a "name your price" release over on Don't Sleep Records' bandcamp site and is available for stream/purchase via the link below. This shit is real dope and is yet another outstanding release from Awon.



ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill - Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix) (Video)

ChillxWill is an emcee hailing from Tacoma, Washington who just released some visuals for his track "Warning (MPadrum'$ Remix)", which is a cut off of his upcoming album "Almighty". The song is definitely a banger and features the BKR$CLB member spitting some ill bars over a crazy MPadrum's instrumental that sounds like it came straight out of the 90's. I'm feelin' the fuck out of this track and am definitely looking forward to the full "Almighty" album, which will be dropping February 3rd on Ill Adrenaline Records. Don't sleep on this one folks. You can preorder the album now over on iTunes.



PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - PRhyme (Review)

Prhyme (Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier) - Prhyme (Review)

"PRhyme" is a collaborative album from Slaughterhouse emcee Royce Da 5'9" and legendary hip-hop producer DJ Premier. The album features guest appearances from Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, Common, Jay Electronica, Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q and others with all production being handled by DJ Premier himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via PRhyme Records.

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Review)

"2014 Forest Hills Drive" is the latest album from Fayetteville, North Carolina rapper J. Cole. The album features no guest appearances, but does feature production from !llmind, Willie B., Vinylz, Phonix Beats and others with many songs being produced by J. Cole himself. It was released on December 9, 2014 via Roc Nation LLC.

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds - Lazy Palms (Album)

Luke Bonds comes through with his latest album "Lazy Palms", which was released back in March of 2014. The album is real dope and finds Luke doing his thing over instrumentals from Spaceghostpurrp, Dont Azpiazu, Chris Ro$e of AMVRT PVRTY as well as Luke Bonds himself. Very nice. Peep it below.



DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun - Timeless (ft. Edo G) (Video)

DJ Tek-Wun comes through with some visuals for his track "Timeless", which is a select cut off of his stellar "Cassette Music" project that dropped earlier this year. The song is definitely a banger, with the Westchester County, NY producer/emcee linking up with the legendary Edo G over a head nodding, boom-bap instrumental by Tek-Wun himself. Peep the video and then make sure to check out my full review of the project here.



Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

Flip (ft. AG of D.I.T.C.) - Dreaming (Video)

 Austrian hip-hop producer Flip just dropped a video for the first single from his upcoming album "Reflections" and it's real dope. The song is called "Dreaming" and features none other than legendary DITC rapper AG kicking some thoughtful rhymes over the dreamy instrumental by Flip. "Reflections" is set to drop on February 17th via Ill Adrenaline Records and will feature guest appearances from Elzhi, Phat Kat, EDO. G, Killah Priest, Guilty Simpson, Kev Brown, LMNO, Tragic Allies, and many more.



Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

Buggs Tha Rocka - Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet (Review)

"Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" is the latest album from Cincinnati rapper Buggs Tha Rocka. The album features guest appearances from MOOD, Chuck Inglish, Aida Chakra, Tanya Morgan and others as well as production from !llmind, Jake One, Sal Dali, Hop Trax and others. It is set to be released on December 10, 2014 via Buggs Tha Rocka's website.

Reverie - Reflections (ft. HideAndSeekZoo) (Video)


Reverie comes through with some visuals for her track "Reflections", which features the Los Angeles emcee linking up with HideAndSeekZoo over a head nodding Infameezy produced instrumental. The song is real dope and is a cut off of Reverie's "The Transition" mixtape, which you can cop here. Peep the video below.



Timbo King ft Killah Priest & William Cooper - Outside Intel/Realm #7 (Single)

Timbo King ft Killah Priest & William Cooper - Outside Intel/Realm #7 (Single)

Gemstarr Regime producer BP hits us with another unreleased exclusive in the form of the track "Outside Intel/Realm #7", which is from Black Market Militia/Wu-Tang affiliate Timbo King. The song features the Royal Fam emcee linking up with fellow Black Market Militia rappers Killah Priest and William Cooper over an epic BP production. This shit is fire. Peep it below.



Twizzy - FarmFoodz (Review)


"FarmFoodz" is the debut solo album from The Three Headed Beast emcee Twizzy. The album features guest appearances from M.A.B., Jinxsxta JX, Genesis Elijah, Verb T and Farma G and is fully produced by Farma G himself. It was released on November 28, 2014 via De Facto Entertainment.

J-Live - Around The Sun (Solstice) / 8 Minutes (Video)

J-Live - Around The Sun (Solstice) / 8 Minutes (Video)

Veteran New York wordsmith J-Live is back yet again, this time with some visuals for his tracks "Around The Sun (Solstice)" and "8 Minutes". Both of the songs are select cuts from his "Around The Sun" album that dropped back in April, with the first being produced by Korede and the second being produced by J-Live himself. Peep the video below and then head on over to iTunes and cop the album if you like what you hear.



Merc Versus - Hunger Games (Single)

Merc Versus - Hunger Games (Single)

Merc Versus comes through with the latest entry in his #MonthlyMagnetic series in the form of the track "Hunger Games". The song is dope and finds the Indiana-based rapper spitting food-infused rhymes over an ill Klinik production. "Hunger Games" is also the latest single from Merc's upcoming "Magnetic" album, following up "This World Don't Love Me" and  "The Program" (which was produced by Blue Sky Black Death). Peep it below.



Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons (Review)

Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons (Review)

"36 Seasons" is the latest album from hip-hop legend and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The album features guest appearances from Kool G Rap, AZ, Pharoahe Monch, Shawn Wigs and others as well as production from Fizzy Womack (aka Lil' Fame of M.O.P.), The 45 King and Malik Abdul-Rahmaan, but mostly all production is handled by Brooklyn production team/band The Revelations. It is set to be released on December 9, 2014 via Salvation Music, Inc./Tommy Boy Entertainment, LLC.

Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow (Review)

Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow (Review)

"A Better Tomorrow" is the sixth studio album from legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The album features guest appearances from Streetlife and Nathaniel as well as production from 4th Disciple, Mathematics, Adrian Younge and Rick Rubin, but most of the tracks are produced by RZA himself. It is set to be released on December 2, 2014 via Warner Bros. Records.

Bronze Nazareth - Thought For Food Vol. 3 (Stream)

Bronze Nazareth - Thought For Food Vol. 3 (Stream)

Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth comes through with the third release in his "Thought for Food" series of albums and it's quite dope. The album features guest appearances from Willie The Kid (who released a stellar collaboration album with Bronze earlier this year), Lord Jessiah as well as The Wisemen. The project is a first of what seems to be a flood of releases from Wu-Tang here in the later half of 2014, with Wu-Tang Clans "A Better Tomorrow" dropping on December 2nd and Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons" dropping on December 9th. It's gonna be a good winter. Stream the full album below.



Telemachus - Locust (Video)

Telemachus - Locust (Video)

 London-based producer Telemachus is gearing up to release his latest album, "In Morocco", on December 8, 2014 and just dropped some visuals for his track "Locust". The instrumental is quite different than the norm, with Telemachus stepping away from his hip-hop roots and blending electronic sounds with the more earthy sounds of Morocco itself. The end result is very different than what I'm used to, but it actually works quite well. Peep it below.



uMaNg - Correct Techniques (prod. by B.B.Z. Darney) (Video)

uMaNg - Correct Techniques (prod. by B.B.Z. Darney) (Video)

New Jersey rapper uMaNg and Swedish hip-hop producer B.B.Z. Darney celebrate the release of their "The Black Rose Certificate" album with some visuals for the second single from the album. The song is called "Correct Techniques" are it's really dope, with uMaNg showing off his mic skills over a laid-back B.B.Z. Darney production. "The Black Rose Certificate" dropped today via Ill Adrenaline Records and features guest appearances from Beneficence, Purpose (of Tragic Allies), HexOne and Tek-nition (Epidemic) and Hashfinger and is fully produced by B.B.Z. Darney himself. Peep the video below then make sure to cop the album.





M.O.P. - Street Certified (Review)

M.O.P. - Street Certified (Review)

"Street Certified" is the latest EP from the legendary Brownsville duo M.O.P. (comprised of rapper/producers Billy Danze and Lil' Fame). The EP features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep and Maino as well as production from Beat Butcha, DJ Skizz, I Fresh and Lil' Fame himself. It was released on November 18, 2014 via Nature Sounds.

MKV and Concept - Dreams & Reality (Album)

MKV and Concept - Dreams & Reality (Album)

"Dreams & Reality" is the latest collaborative EP from Chicago born emcee MKV and New Zealand producer Concept, following up last years extremely dope "When the Pieces Come Together". The EP is really nice, with MKV spitting a ton of personal and positive rhymes over some absolutely beautiful production from Concept that kept my head nodding the entire time. "Dreams & Reality" is out today via Essenchill Records and is available to stream/cop below. Don' sleep. I'm really feelin' this one.



Cunninlynguists, The Grouch and Eligh - The WinterFire EP (Review)

Cunninlynguists, The Grouch and Eligh - The WinterFire EP (Review)

"The WinterFire EP" is a collaborative EP between hip-hop trio CunninLynguists (consisting of emcee/producers Deacon the Villain, Kno and Natti) and Living Legends rapper/producers The Grouch and Eligh. The EP features no guest appearances and is fully produced by Kno himself. It was released on November 18, 2014 over on Cunninlynguists bandcamp site.

June Marx - Veterans Day (Review)

June Marx - Veterans Day (Review)

"Veterans Day" is the latest release from Brooklyn rapper June Marx. The mini-EP features no guest appearances and is fully produced by June Marx himself. It was released on November 11, 2014 via Torchbearer Records, with all proceeds going towards the Wounded Warrior Program/Veterans Affairs (NY Branch).

OSHUN - Stuck (Video) and Window Pain (Single)

OSHUN - Window Pain

OSHUN (comprised of NYU vocalists Niambi Sala and Thandiwe) are back again, this time with a video for their song "Stuck". The song is real smooth and follows up the duo's latest release, "Window Pain", which dropped last week and can be streamed below. Both of the songs have a soulful/Native Tongues vibe to them remisicent of legendary artists like Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Peep the video and single below. Don't sleep.





Peezy - Head In The Clouds Introduction (Video)

Peezy - Head In The Clouds Introduction (Video)

Boston emcee Peezy is back again, this time with an introduction video for his upcoming project "Head In The Clouds". The song is made up of two parts, with the first being produced by Oriental Phase and the second being produced by Constrobuz and with each part showing us a different side of Peezy himself. "Head In The Clouds" is set to drop on December 12, 2014 and will be released over on Peezy's Bandcamp site.




C.Shreve feat. Mike L!VE, DJ Jet, and Jrusalam - Crews’ Corpses (Video)


North Carolina rapper C.Shreve The Professor just dropped another video off of his dope "Summer Ransom" album that came out back in August. The visuals are for the track "Crews' Corpses", which is produced by Whokairs? and features guest appearances from Free The Optimus members Mike L!VE and DJ Jet in addition to Raleigh emcee Jrusalam. Peep the video, as well as the full album, below.





Marchitect - Everything (Video)

Marchitect - Everything (Video)

Marchitect (from the hip-hop group The 49ers) just released a video from his upcoming album "The Overnight People" in the form of the track "Everything". The song has a sort of playful vibe to it, with the Delaware rapper rhyming over a carefree self-produced instrumental. The video itself is also pretty dope, with the visuals being comprised of footage shot in the different cities Marchitect toured in this year. Nice.



Garcia's Grooves - Message In The Music (Instrumental Album)


Millennium Jazz Music (home of The Jazz Jousters) just released another instrumental project back in October and it's real smooth. The album is called "Message In The Music" and is from South Florida hip-hop producer Garcia's Grooves, who uses this project to push the idea of "Knowledge is Power". Dope shit. Peep it below.



Buggs tha Rocka - Angel of Death (ft. Piakhan) (Video)


Cincinnati rapper Buggs tha Rocka recently dropped some visuals for his track "Angel of Death", which is a cut off of his upcoming album "Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet". The song is real nice and features both Buggs tha Rocka and guest Piakhan doing their thing over a bouncy piano instrumental from Hop Trax. "Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet" is set to drop on December 10, 2014 and features production from Sal Dali, !llmind and Jake One as well as guest appearances from Tanya Morgan, Chuck Inglish and MOOD. Check back for my full review of the project in the near future. Until then, peep the track below.



Ghostface Killah - Love Don't Live Here No More (Single)

Ghostface Killah - Love Don't Live Here No More (Single)

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah just dropped the first single from his upcoming solo album "36 Seasons". The song is called "Love Don't Live Here No More" and finds Ghost kicking some rhymes about a woman who did him wrong over a soulful instrumental from The Revelations. "36 Seasons" is set to drop on December 9, 2014 and is fully produced by The Revelations, who contributed a bunch of tracks to Wu-Tang's "Chamber Music" project. The album is a conceptual album (similar in vein to Ghost's "Twelve Reasons to Die"), and features co-stars AZ, Kool G Rap and Pharoahe Monch (among others). Peep the single and tracklisting below.

1) The Battlefield (featuring GFK, Kool G Rap, AZ, Tre Williams)
2) Love Don’t Live Here No More (featuring Kandace Springs)
3) Here I Go Again (featuring GFK, AZ, Rell)
4) Loyalty (featuring Kool G Rap, Nems)
5) It’s a Thin Line Between Love and Hate (featuring The Revelations)
6) The Dog’s of War (featuring GFK, Shawn Wigs, Kool G Rap)
7) Emergency Procedure (featuring GFK, Pharoahe Monch)
8) Double Cross (featuring GFK, AZ)
9) Bamboo’s Lament (featuring Kandace Springs)
10) Pieces of the Puzzle (featuring GFK, AZ)
11) Homicide (featuring GFK, Nems, Shawn Wigs)
12) Blood in the Streets (featuring GFK, AZ)
13) Call My Name (featuring GFK)
14) I Love You For All Seasons (featuring The Revelations)



Big KRIT - Cadillactica (Review)

Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica (Review)

"Cadillactica" is the second studio album from Mississippi rapper/producer Big KRIT. The album features guest appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Bun B, Devin The Dude, A$AP Ferg, Wiz Khalifa and others as well as production from DJ Dahi, Jim Jonsin, Mike Will Made It and Big KRIT himself. It is set to be released on November 11, 2014 via Def Jam/Cinematic Music Group.

Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - That Grit (Review)


"That Grit" is a collaborative EP between Rochester, NY rapper Hassaan Mackey and Washington D.C. based hip-hop producer/emcee Kev Brown. The EP features guest appearances from yU, Toine, Kaimbr, Eye-Q, Asheru and others and is fully produced by Kev Brown himself. It was released on November 4, 2014 via Ill Adrenaline Records.

Marc 7 - Sasquatch (Video)

Marc 7 - Sasquatch (Video)

Jurassic 5 emcee Marc 7 just dropped some visuals for his track "Sasquatch", which is a single off of his upcoming "When Sounds Attack Vol. 1" EP. The song is dope and finds the veteran emcee kicking some boastful rhymes over a hard-hitting Hirolla Beats instrumental. When Sounds Attack Vol. 1" is set to drop on January 20, 2015.



Token - Threat (Video)

Token - Threat (Video)

Salem, MA rapper Token is back again, this time with some visuals for his track "Threat" (which actually dropped on Halloween, so I'm a bit late with this one). The song finds the 16 year old emcee kicking some boastful rhymes about how he is a threat to wack emcees over an aggressive Jon Glass instrumental. Dope shit. Peep it below.



Kev Brown and Hassaan Mackey - That Grit (Album Stream)


Rochester, NY rapper Hassaan Mackey and Washington D.C. based hip-hop producer/emcee Kev Brown just dropped their "That Grit" EP earlier today on Ill Adrenaline Records and it's real nice. The EP feature guest appearances from Kaimbr, Toine, yU, Kenn Starr, Eye-Q, Asheru (of Unspoken Heard) as well as the Younger Soul Brother Grap Luva and is fully produced by Kev Brown himself.
Expect my full track by track review of the EP in a few days. For now, check out the full album stream below and remember to cop it if you like what you hear.



Cappo and Stealf - Unicron EP (Review)

Cappo and Stealf - Unicron EP (Review)

"Unicron" is a collaborative EP between Nottingham rapper Cappo and UK hip-hop producer Stealf. The project features no guest appearances and is fully produced by Stealf himself (except for the last track, which is a remix by Evil Ed). It was released on October 31, 2014 via De Facto Entertainment.

Stiz Grimey - Lizzie Borden (Video)

Stiz Grimey - Lizzie Borden (Video)

 Boston rapper Stiz Grimey comes through just in time for Halloween with some visuals for his track "Lizzie Borden". The song finds Stiz Grimy telling the haunting story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman who was tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in Fall River, MA back in 1892. The story hits kind of close to home for Stiz, who lives nearby to where the murders happened all those years ago. Peep the video below.



J-Live - I Am A Man (American Justice) (Single)


Veteran New York emcee J-Live is back again, this time with his latest single "I Am A Man (American Justice)". The song finds J-Live rapping about the "consistent tragedies and travesties of justice concerning Black men, women, children and the police" over an ill self-produced instrumental. Peep it below.



Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - Blasphemy (Review)

Apollo Brown and Ras Kass - Blasphemy (Review)

"Blasphemy" is a collaborative album between Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown and California native/legendary emcee Ras Kass. The album features guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Rakaa Iriscience, Sean Price, Royce The 5'9" and others and is fully produced by Apollo Brown himself. It was released on October 22, 2014 via Mellow Music Group.

Army of the Pharoahs - Heavy Lies The Crown (Review)


"Heavy Lies The Crown" is the latest album from hip-hop supergroup Army of the Pharoahs. The album features verses from almost everyone that is currently in AOTP as well as production from C-Lance, Stu Bangas, 7L, Frank Dukes and others. It was released on October 21, 2014 via Pazmanian Devil Music, LLC.

Allen Poe - How Gardens Grow (Album)

Allen Poe - How Gardens Grow (Album)

Kentucky rapper Allen Poe just dropped his latest album, "How Gardens Grow", over on his Bandcamp page and it's real dope. The project features rhymes from Denmark Vessey (on the track "Lookin For Sumthin") as well as production from Cookin Soul, Amerigo Gazaway, Nemo Achida and others. According to Allen Poe himself, the album "plays a lot on nature metaphors to illustrate the growth we go through as people from the different experiences we typically encounter between our 20's through our early 30's". I gave it a good listen earlier and it's real ill, so don't sleep.



Stoneface - Calico Audio (feat. Freeway) (Single)

Stoneface - Calico Audio (feat. Freeway) (Single)

Stoneface (who was featured on a few cuts from William Cooper's banging "Beware of the Pale Horse" album) comes through with the first single from his upcoming solo album "The Stone Age". The song is called "Calico Audio" and finds the Gemstarr Regime Records emcee linking up with Philly legend Freeway over a cinematic production by BP (who has produced a ton of tracks for Killarmy emcee 9th Prince, among others). Very dope. Peep it below.