It’s been a while since the last episode, so there’s plenty of material after the click for dedicated hip-hop fans. Bringing you plenty of new artists as always, whilst throwing in some more familiar names to underground fans too, don’t miss out on the goodness.
Terrace Martin-The Demo ft. Bad Lucc, Wiz Khalifa, Lady G & Kurupt
-A heavy-hitting beat sets a nice backdrop for this cut, with everyone doing their thing one after the other, with no hooks.
King Magnetic-Fullest Extent Ft. Immortal Technique & Termanology
-Don’t know much about King Magnetic, but the other two are names that are familiar to frequent followers of underground hip-hop. This is a nice hip-hop joint, with a simple beat (possibly a Statik Selektah beat) that lets the rappers shine.
Ali Vegas-Love At 1st Sight feat. Shelene Thomas
-Mixing up the styles here, this is a more soulful effort than the above tracks, with similarities to 2 Pac’s Dear Mama. Vegas’ lyrics come across as very personal, and the chilled beat fits this perfectly. The hook is nice too, adding to the soul flavour.
Swifty McVay-Verbal Contract
-Swifty of D12 drops some solo material, in advance of his upcoming album. This is pretty good stuff too, with some gritty raps over a dark hip-hop beat.
Souls of Mischief-Proper Aim
-Really dope hip-hop cut here, with an appeal to a range of rap fans. The percussion is strong, and the raps have some nice variety in the flows.
Ghetto-Bang Bang ft. Ea$y Money
-As the title/artist names imply, this is a slice of rap erring more on the ghetto side of things, which is a genre that isn’t done so well nowadays. This is good however, with some nice strings on the production. Those of you who enjoy this track can grab the Ghetto’s entire mixtape here.
Cormega-Dirty Game (Remix) ft. Prodigy & Styles P
-Some similarities to the above track, but with more familiar names. Same goes for the production, with a good use of strings. All three verses are good, and it’s a well-rounded track.
DJ Dbefekt-Raised On Classics ft. Termanology & Reks
-Using a sample from the (sampled) Nike collabo Classic, this is a pretty nice collabo. Some nice lines dropped in this one, with both rappers doing their thing.
-Closing things off with a freestyle from D. Julien. Going in over Jay-Z’s Never Change, D. Julien does his thing on this classic beat. The flow is switched up smoothly a couple of times, and some of the lines caught my ear right from the off.