Game ft. Fat Joe and Young Chris – GreyStone

Say what you want about Game, but he’s got a good publicity team behind him as he preps for his fifth studio album (F.I.V.E: Fear Is Victory’s Evolution) with the DJ Skee-assisted mixtape California Republic.

Latest drop is this little soulful number enlisting help from Fat Joe and Young Chris who spit welcome verses between them. [...]

Obie Trice – Spend The Day [Video]

Obie’s radio joint gets the visual treatment here. Pffttt…. This isn’t my lane at all and I will skip it every single time on the LP. In fact, I’ll probably straight up delete it.

That said, I’m told the LP itself is pretty good so be sure to head over to iTunes and cop that.

Apart from [...]

Kendrick Lamar ft. Dr. Dre - The Recipe

First single from K. Dot’s sophomore LP scheduled to drop later this year. This sounds like it would fit seamlessly in on Section .80 which is a great compliment. Scoop DeVille on the boards here who gives us some laid-back female vocals which props up an upbeat tempo. Dre does his thing on the verses, just [...]

1982 (Statik Selektah & Temanology) ft. Freddie Gibbs & Crooked I - Make It Out Alive

Latest drop from the Boston emcee and the hardest-working producer in the game. This can be found on their upcoming aptly-titled project 2012 which hits stores on May 22nd. This has got that military feel to it, slightly up tempo and sharp keys to boot. The verses are on point and each hold their own [...]

Slum Village x Mick Boogie – The Dirty Slums [Mixtape]

Heads will know there’s more to Detroit than a certain doctor’s protégé. That’s right, SV are back this time hooking up with Mick Boogie for a free release. I’m on my first listen now so there won’t be much of a review. From what I’ve listened to so far, that classic SV formula remains intact whilst [...]

Quick Throwback: Mobb Deep – Temperature’s Rising (1995)

In memory of the UK’s 2012 summer, here’s one of my personal favourite summer joints from the M.O.B.B.’s classic sophomore The Infamous. This is so smooth it almost hurts. Q-Tip teams up with Hav to craft a head-nodding drum loop which finds its roots firmly in the funky ATCQ playbook. Lyrically both P and Hav [...]

Kardinal Offishall - Kill Shot [Video]

Visuals from Kardinal’s Kill Shot here, the latest drop from his and Nottz’ collaborative album A.M.T.R.I.M. (Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself). 

I’m feeling this track but something about it isn’t quite right. I mean, it’s just too aggressive for a track which essentially is chastising the use of guns. The visuals are grimy and at times I [...]

Beanie Sigel ft. 8Ball and MJG - Dollar Signs

Beans hooks up with the southern duo to drop some fire from Drumma Boy’s Welcome To My City 2 mixtape out now.

I used to listen to lots of Southern music hip-hop when I was younger, mainly driven around their penchant for pulsating instrumentals and deep heavy basslines and that inner-child in me drove my interest in this. [...]

INCREDIBOX: It really is.

I’m a little late on this perhaps, but today I found one of my favourite sites on the Internet EVER. It’s rare that a website can give so much joy (there are others out there, but I’ll let you imagine which ones those are) and I find myself sat grinning at my computer screen whilst playing [...]

Nas ft. AZ – Life’s A Bitch [Live]

So I’ve been meaning to post this up for a while now, but every time I go to do it I get distracted watching the entire Illmatic performance from Nas’ SXSW set. I’ve gone with his AZ joint venture here, but you’ll have to head over to YouTube and battle with that VEVO thing to [...]

Help The ILLZ Release The Darkest Hour LP

Direct from the man himself:

“We are dying to release our follow up to The Pursuit LP entitled The Darkest Hour. We have 15 NEW TRACKS on this project and need your help in getting it done so that we can release it!

OUR GOAL: Raise $3,000 in order to release The Darkest Hour

WHERE THE MONEY GOES: [...]

Jon Connor – The Way I Am

Not as potent as the original, but nevertheless a solid attempt by the Michigan spitter Jon Connor. 13th April is the date for Jon’s ‘all Eminem beats’ album entitled The People’s Rapper LP. Catch up on on the last instrumental (Soldier) he tackled here.

K’NAAN ft. Nas – Nothing To Lose (Remix) [Prod. Will.I.Am]

Will.I.Am jumps behind the boards to give the original a revamp.

Accompanied with the black and white visuals, the remix gives us a totally different feel, somewhat more classical and throwback. I feel this version suits the verses better, Nas’ obviously a particular highlight. This is the kind of thing I’d like to hear on whatever [...]

Psalm One ft. R.A. The Rugged Man – Open Relationship [Video]

Rugged Man features are always things to savour. Rugged Man features on a video? You’d be mad to miss it. Although only a feature on this, you can tell he always has a ‘hands-on’ influence on directing as these visuals with Psalm One elicit that classic R.A. humour.

Bumpy Knuckles is also doing the rounds, on [...]

AZ - My Ni**as (Produced by Buckwild)

Now THIS is what I’m talking about. First drop from AZ’s Doe Or Die II (As summer is officially here in Barcelona, I’ve been bumping the original a lot recently) and it sounds gooood.  This is more of a ‘shout out’ track and wouldn’t surprise me if it ended up at the end of the LP, [...]

Wordsworth – Joy & Pain (Produced by Apollo Brown)

Wordsworth has a new album coming called The Photo Album with June 12th the date. This is the lead single from said project and Wordsworth hasn’t missed a trick here, enlisting upcoming beat-maker Apollo Brown to deliver the goods on the boards. And as always, he delivers. Brown allows Wordsworth to take centre stage, sliding [...]

SP Double ft. Royce Da 5’9″ and Crooked I – Recognize

Not a big fan of the artwork here, but as they say: “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. And hell, if we did that nobody would listen to anything from the 90′s… What is important is that we’ve got a real nice (and I’m going to steal this word from Ajay) slice of hip-hop with [...]

Obie Trice ft. Eminem – Richard

When I first heard this, I couldn’t help but think to myself “Obie”. Statik Selektah on the boards shows his versatility by crafting something in can only presume was made with Obie in mind. It’s got that rolling, light-feeling to it that reminds me in some ways of Obie’s hit Got Some Teeth. That said, I won’t be [...]

DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles ft. Nas – Turn Up The Mic (Remix)

This has that distinct Premo/Nas flavour, but yet still leaves me with a disappointing taste in my mouth. I haven’t listened to the album yet (which is out tomorrow, you can pick that up over here.) but from the several leaks we’ve heard, I’m yet to hear anything groundbreaking from your favourite producer’s favourite producer.

Busta Rhymes and Twista – Can You Keep Up?

When it comes to treble-time flows, there aren’t many better in the game than Busta and Twista. I, for one, have a lot of time for hype tracks like this, if only to recognise the difficulty that rapping like this must present. I just hope Busta can turn this form into something memorable like these [...]

The Game ft. Kendrick Lamar – The City [Video]

The standout track from Game’s last summer release The R.E.D. Album gets the visual treatment to superb effect.

A powerful cinematography accompanies the life of a youth making the wrong choices in the precarious world of gang culture. Interestingly Game holds his own in front of the camera and emanates that big personality we all know him for. As [...]

Reef the Lost Cauze – The Prey

Reef gives us some heartfelt bars on the subject of the fallen 17 year old Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot a few days back.

It’s always difficult to write on topics such as this, but it goes without saying that our thoughts at OTU go out to Trayvon’s friends and family across the pond.

Jon Connor – Soldier Freestyle

This is very apt for me right now as I’ve been bumping lots of early Em over the past few days (mainly SSLP and MMLP). Connor is one of the only emcees out right now that could come anywhere close to replicating the original. And by word does he. I can guarantee this will be [...]

Quick Throwback: Eyedea & Abilities – Now (2004)

A little something epic for everyone’s Sunday. Before Eyedea left this world in 2010, he was tearing it up with DJ Abilities in the underground circuit. Close friend of Atmosphere’s Slug and the inspiration behind Became, Now, is the standout track from their sophomore release E&A.

Although the instrumental on Now is to be admired for its [...]

Torae – For The Record [Video]

Finally!

The reason I say this isn’t because the video is particularly great, it’s because of the exposure it will help give this record and the LP in general. For me, this track was the middle finger to anyone who thought Premo was falling off. It’s also the track which proves Torae as one of the nicest in [...]

Apollo Brown and O.C. – Prove Me Wrong

Apollo Brown is one of the hottest behind the boards right now. His heavily slept on project with Hassaan Mackey was one of my favourite pieces of work from 2011. Now Apollo is hooking up with one of my favourite emcees, O.C, for a full length effort entitled Trophies dropping May 1st.

This first single contains all the [...]

Showbiz & A.G. – In Trouble

Lifted from Show & A.G.’s upcoming Mugshot Music, we’ve got the Show-produced, Premo-scratched In Trouble.

This emanates that classic Show/A.G. sound which underground heads will clamour for. Those punchy horns so characteristic of Showbiz’s production down the years gives this the feel it wouldn’t be out of place on the duo’s albums of yesteryear.

Atmosphere – Became [Video]

When I heard that they were making a video for this song, I set a reminder in my iCal for it’s release date. Became was not only the stand out song from Atmosphere’s latest LP The Family Sign, but also of their entire discography. It is one of the very few songs which puts goosebumps on the [...]

Brother Ali ft. Nikki Jean – Shine On [Video]

Pretty criminal that this video only has 154K views. I used to sleep on Brother Ali for reasons I am unable to justify. But tracks like this show not only how wrong I was, but also how Ali is constantly pushing the envelope for conscious hip-hop and a leading light in the underground scene.

Straight from [...]