Earl Sweatshirt-Doris (Full Album Stream)

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For a release that was highly anticipated around a year or so ago, it has to be said that the buzz for it doesn’t quite seem at the fever pitch many would have expected. Nonetheless, Earl’s talent is undeniable, and the lack of furore surrounding it might allow the LP to be absorbed for the breakout rap album it could very well become.

His Odd Future teammates are along for the ride, with Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator and Domo Genesis appearing alongside frequent OF collaborators Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, whilst Mac Miller and RZA also tag along for the ride. Undoubtedly though, this one’s all about Earl for most listeners, and whilst those features are a nice bonus, there’s a ton of expectation on Earl given the glimpses of ability we’ve been allowed to see thus far. Fingers crossed, this LP holds up and we’ve got another young talent to add to hip-hop’s growing roster. Stream below.

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Earl Sweatshirt-Hive ft. Casey Veggies and Vince Staples (Video)

Regular collaborators with the Odd Future clan and now contributors to Earl’s upcoming Doris album, Vince and Casey come along for the latest release from that LP. Due for release on 20th August, it’s certainly an album hip-hop heads are anticipating, and this effort should whet the appetite until then.

First thing many will notice is Earl’s flow approach- comparisons will be drawn with Tyler, The Creator’s deadpan, dulcet style, and that familiar delivery actually allows Earl’s smarter lyrical work to shine through. He’s backed by a dark, ominous production throughout, with its minimal stylings built up on chunky bass, crisp cymbals and a dash of melody; there’s not a lot to it, and it creates a rather eerie soundscape that suits Earl’s moody flow very well. Vince Staples’ more nasal style makes for a good switch away from that dark style, with his arrogant nature adding a touch of regularity to this relatively leftfield piece.

The video’s a relatively simple one, with plenty of darkness throughout capturing the audio’s uneasy vibe, whilst the sporadic bits of high activity with the bike riders and loose dogs adds a touch of threat to proceedings. A grim, haunting effort that sets Doris up well.

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Tyler, The Creator-Wolf (Full Album Stream)

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Wolf lands officially tomorrow, and for those of you who’ve avoided any leaks and such, you can check out the entire 18-track LP here. From a very brief listen to a few of the tracks, there’s a marked maturity in his music, and in keeping with the two previously-released tracks, the dichotomy of Tyler’s chaotic and introspective sides are represented well. The maturity comes in the form of the weighting-it seems as though the album’s highlight tracks (and those said by Tyler to be his favourites) lean more toward the reflective side of his work, and there’s no doubt he’s delivered well on that front in that past.

Features include Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, Coco O of Quadron, Casey Veggies, Earl Sweatshirt and a handful more of the Odd Future clan. Plenty of promise, and you can preview the LP below before making your purchase decision tomorrow.

Tyler, The Creator-Wolf (Full Album Stream)

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Hit-Boy-Cypher ft. Kent M$NEY, Audio Push, B Mac The Queen, SchoolBoy Q, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Man, Redman & Raekwon

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An incredible lineup here, for the latest single from HS87′s upcoming All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of album.

Over the last 2 years, there’s no doubt Hit-Boy has become one of the go-to producers in music (he’s proven himself as an MC too), and that’s clearly allowed him to bring these names together. Each rapper involved exchanges enjoyable short verses in true cypher style (no hook, of course), and each brings a definitively unique offering; arguably, no-one’s verse is delivered quite as distinctly as ScHoolboy Q’s here. His slightly offbeat raps certainly catch the ear, and though there are better verses in terms of flow consistency and lyrical output, with Raekwon being an obvious example, credit to Q for trying something different. Not sure why Ross gets a different production segment, but it’s a nice break from the throwback production that everyone else gets, though it does seem to give him a bit of an advantageous playing field. Nonetheless, a good slice of hip-hop with a very diverse collection of rappers who will keep this track interesting for many plays to come.

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Casey Veggies-Life Changes (Mixtape)

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One of the more talented young rappers coming up, narrowly missing out on my 13 for ’13 list, Casey Veggies is the next of the new generation of MCs to drop off his latest work.

I’ve only caught one track from this prior to today’s release, Lifestyle, but it was definitely an enjoyable listen with the highlight being the synergy between the smoothed-out production and Casey’s easygoing raps. If that formula’s anything to go by, this should be a very good 13-track project, and hopefully one that helps pull Casey up to that next level of fandom and popularity. Features are at a minimum with appearances from Dom Kennedy and BJ the Chicago Kid, so there’s enough spotlight on Casey-stream and download for free below.

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Fool's Gold-Loosies (Full Album Stream)

After celebrating five years of groundbreaking music and events, Brooklyn indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold Records puts a giant exclamation point on 2012 with the release of their highly anticipated rap compilation Loosies on December 18th.

Fool’s Gold are one of those labels that a surprising number of well-known acts have had some form of interaction with. From A-Trak being Kanye West’s former tour DJ and Kid Cudi breaking out on the label, to their current roster that boasts Danny Brown, Donnis and many more, they’re one of those labels that don’t force their brand on you, and instead let their acts do their work-an admirable quality.

This LP boasts 23 tracks from their artists and various guests, the latter including Juicy J, Jim Jones and Chuck Inglish, and certainly has some quality about it: an example includes Danny Brown’s thunderous Molly Ringwald, which got plenty of attention back in July. Stream the full thing here, and use the iTunes links in the player to grab the full project for yourself.

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Casey Veggies-Smart Water


Always a pleasure to get some new Casey Veggies, and this one comes with a Chuck Strangers production to boot. For those not following the Pro Era clan, along with Joey Bada$$ he’s a part of that collective, both as a beatsmith and a rapper. Great to see more members of that team spread their wings into wider hip-hop, and this is a good look for Chuck.

He serves up a production that utilises a wild jazz sample, which at times almost descends into a freeform style, and straps that to a throughouly meaty percussion line, giving the backdrop an equal measure of hip-hop solidity and vibrant expressionism. Casey’s laidback style is amped up slightly to keep pace with that, and his lively raps synergise with the upbeat percussion excellently, whilst also playing on the percussion’s intensity. Smart slice of hip-hop that’s worthy of a few replays.

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Casey Veggies-Customized Greatly Vol. 3


Slowly, Casey Veggies has won me over. His recent features have been very enjoyable, standing out on tracks alongside some well-known peers, whilst the small amount of his own material I’ve caught over the last couple of months has been equally likeable.

Whilst my personal favourite, his horn-driven and appropriately-titled F*cking Awesome, didn’t appear to make the tape, there’s plenty more to get stuck into from a rapper who’s surely on the cusp of exposure to much bigger audiences. A couple of the features here will certainly help, as the likes of Jhene Aiko and the Odd Future clan get involved to back up Casey’s project. Grab this for free below.

Casey Veggies-Customised Greatly Vol. 3

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Mike Posner-The Layover Mixtape


As promised, Mike Posner drops off his first new project since his 31 Minutes To Takeoff album, and there’s a ton of potential in this heavily-stacked mixtape.

A huge 21 tracks have made the lineup, with a good mix of covers and original material, whilst the features are definitely plentiful with Bun B, Elzhi, Casey Veggies, Machine Gun Kelly and many more hopping along with Mike for this mixtape. Clever little move from Mike adding in some funny subtitles to each track, which I suppose is both entertaining and informative (‘Drive to This’, ‘Fall Asleep To This’ and so on!), and also suggests there’s a good diversity of styles on show. Grab the project for free below.

Mike Posner-The Layover

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The Madden Brothers-Before (Volume One)


Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte fame appear to be branching out and have enlisted the services of many upcoming and established hip-hop acts for a mixtape that could end up being a half-decent listen, assuming the Maddens don’t start rapping.

It’s difficult for anyone to claim to be a true Good Charlotte fan with a straight face, but they’ve occassionally shown flashes of quality, with The River in particular being an excellent song. It is on the quality of that track I hold hope that the project might be decent, and features from the likes of The Cool Kids, Wiz Khalifa, Kreayshawn, Casey Veggies and many more are also encouraging signs that this could be worth a listen. The 12-track tape is available to both stream and download for free below.

The Madden Brothers-Before (Volume One)

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R&B Fridays: Episode 125


A nice, summery picture to further brighten up your surprisingly sunny winter day.

A decent number of posts to catch up on from the week gone by: very enjoyable new visuals from Cherri Prince, an excellent blend of jazz, soul and more from the ReGeneration project, a review of Florence + The Machine’s latest album, and finally two mixtapes from Trey Songz, the first a more hip-hop styled effort, and the other the sequel to his excellent Anticipation R&B mixtape.

Click below for this week’s box of healthy, nutritious musical snacks.
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Chiddy Bang-Peanut Butter and Swelly Mixtape


New work from the Chiddy Bang duo, coming through with a 15-track mixtape to satisfy the fans. Anyone else feel like they really missed the boat on dropping their album? This time last year their buzz was enormous, and they’ve possibly waited a little too long to release that debut album.

We’ll see how that pans out, but for now be sure to grab this mixtape and see if they can resurrect that hype. From a quick glance at the tracklist, I recognised Baby Roulette and Heatwave, though it appears the version of Heatwave on the tape has a few additional guests, namely Trae Tha Truth and frequent OFWGKTA collaborator Casey Veggies. Grab the mixtape below.

Chiddy Bang-Peanut Butter and Swelly Mixtape

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Rich Hil – I'm Gone


If you’ve paid attention at all on OTU over the last several months then you’d know that we rate this guy pretty highly, whilst he hasn’t exactly flooded the place with his music, it’s certainly a case of quality over quantity.

Having collaborated a fair amount with Kid Cudi (see here and here), you won’t be surprised by the emotive nature of this track, emo-rap if you will.

Rich Hil – I’m Gone ft. Casey Veggies, Carter & The Pricks

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