Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Full Album Stream)

With an incredible number of collaborations, joint albums, productions for other artists and much more under his belt, one of hip-hop’s hardest working men is gearing up to release his 5th solo studio album next Tuesday (18th).

It’s been fun watching Statik’s reputation grow from a bubbling-under producer to one of hip-hop’s premiere acts behind the boards, and it appears most of the genre feel the same way; features are beyond plentiful here, with appearances from Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Blu, Joell Ortiz, Mac Miller, Flatbush Zombies, Bun B, Prodigy, Action Bronson and many, many more in what is a fantastically-stacked lineup. Of course, there are several producers/DJs who tend to get a slew of guest spots on their albums (Khaled, Drama etc.) but given their tendency to hire predominantly mainstream or ‘pop rappers’, it’s refreshing to get Statik projects that are generally full to the brim with MCs that do the genre justice. Stream the full project over at NPR below, and be sure to support next week if you’re a fan.

Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Album Stream)

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Raekwon-Lost Jewlry EP

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Why he’s chosen to spell jewellery that way will forever annoy me, but I can’t be mad at grabbing a whole 12 new tracks from the Chef.

In the months building to this he’s put out a few freestyles over old-school beats, and not necessarily hip-hop ones either, though it appears they’re not on this so this is a project with more new work than most expected. Features are minimal, with Faith Evans, Maino, Freddie Gibbs and Altrina Renee bringing their talents to the table, whilst the board work has Statik Selektah, Scram Jones and Buckwild amongst others. Looking forward to giving this a run-through, and you can do so yourself for free with the grab below.

Raekwon-Lost Jewlry EP

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LA Leakers-The 2013 Draft Picks (Mixtape)

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Sourmilk and Justin Credible (props to those who associate that name with the old wrestler) have built up quite the name for themselves over the last couple of years as the LA Leakers, and their status as pre-eminent West Coast DJs is verified with this collection of unreleased tracks and remixes from some huge names.

Ryan Leslie, Wale, Pac Div, A$AP Rocky and Problem are amongst the established names contributing, whilst Ryan McDermott, Audio Push and Trinidad James are part of the very talented and/or popular upcomers featured here. For the mainstream and middle-ground hip-hop heads, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be grabbing this and I’ll delay you no further-head below for the free stream and grab.

LA Leakers-The 2013 Draft Picks

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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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Freddie Gibbs-Baby Face Killa (Mixtape)

For years, I’ve liked this guy for his genuine, no-nonsense nature, but his music has never really seemed to grab me as it should. That all changed quite recently, as after catching a few of the early leaks from this tape, I was considerably impressed with the quality and consistency of what he was putting out.

There’s undoubtedly talent there, highlighted by his signing to Young Jeezy’s label and the features on this tape, including Jadakiss, Krayzie Bone, Curren$y, Jay Rock and of course Jeezy himself. Coming in at 18 tracks, this is a great opportunity for Gibbs to establish a strong foothold in the game and really start getting to the level he’s quite clearly capable of, but firstly he needs to nail down that consistency. Find out if he’s successful for free below.

Freddie Gibbs-Baby Face Killa

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ANTHM-Joy & Pain ft. Freddie Gibbs

I caught one of ANTHM’s tracks, Life Imitates Art, a while back and thoroughly enjoyed it, and having recently stumbled on another gem from him I’ve got good hopes for the rapper.

Grabbing a nice Freddie Gibbs co-sign (plus a Blu feature on the full Joy & Pain EP), this track boasts a superb production that seems to constantly change. The first verse utilises minimal percussion to enhance the intense synths, before switching to a quicker pace in a hook that samples the beat from Jesse Boykins III’s I Can’t Stay. Towards the end of the hook and for Gibbs’ verse however, there’s a prominent electronica-style melody that brings a real atmospheric vibe to the track, whilst the final verse brings the aforementioned sample to the forefront. It’s a dynamic beat that’s seems to grow in stature as the song develops, a feature compliment by raps that begin with introspection and end with positivity. Sadly, I’m out of space to do justice to the raps, but I’d wholly recommend this as essential hip-hop listening. You can grab the track as part of the full free EP below.

ANTHM-Joy & Pain EP

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Presented by LeBron’s official website, and though I’m not sure what association he has with this mixtape otherwise, it’s apparently “the official playoff mixtape”.

Usually, I’d brush this off as a pointless gimmick but the tape features brand new material from some real hip-hop and R&B luminaries, including Ryan Leslie, Fabolous and Maino, as well as a few talented upcomers such as Nitty Scott, MC and Freddie Gibbs. Coming in at 14 tracks it should be a nice, concise listen and you can grab it for free over at LeBron’s place below. Presents: The Campaign Mixtape

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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 whilst Crooked exercises his lyrical muscle as to be expected.


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Freddie Gibbs-National Anthem [Official Dubstep Remix]

“New Orleanian DJ/producer Quickie Mart presents the official, Gibbs-approved remix of “National Anthem”. Quickie Mart’s three-volume Haze Diaries mixtape series with NY rapper Gotham Green features Gibbs as well as Planet Asia, El Prez, Sum, IamOmni and more. His Gypsyphonic Disko mixtape features Chali 2na, Juvenile and Gift Of Gab and blends New Orleans bounce, klezmer, hip hop and Balkan music.”

This was very unexpected; dubstep + US hip hop isn’t something you’d associate with each other really. Even more surprising is for Freddie Gibbs to be remixed in this fashion as his sound is very much a throwback to the classic 90s hip hop that Murray and myself love, (Freddie Gibbs being a rapper whose music I do enjoy a lot).

I’m not really sure this works though to be perfectly honest (in fairness whilst I do enjoy some dubstep I’m not a massive fan of it), but this could well be a grower. You can hear and decide for yourself to the left and go grab the mp3 for this by clicking here.

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Freddie Gibbs/Bun B – Oil Money [Video]

Plus a few other artists that I couldn’t fit into the title. Off that Str8 Killa EP, this is a track I was loving when it leaked and still loving now – so I’m delighted that they’ve made a video for it!

Audio <——- go get it, (if you missed it the first time numpty).

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Freddie Gibbs/Bun B/Chuck Inglish/Chip Tha Ripper/Dan Auerbach – Oil Money

Some real quality chilled out hip-hop to take you through this morning. Loving the vibe to this track, with some very good verses by each rapper on this beat. This is the closing track on Freddie Gibbs upcoming Str8 Killa EP, which is out August 3rd.

Freddie Gibbs – Oil Money ft. Chuck Inglish, Chip tha Ripper, Bun B & Dan Auerbach

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XXL 10 Freshman Mixtape

Most of y’all should be familiar with the XXL 10 Freshman thing they do. Last year’s was great, and they were pretty much spot on with them all. I can’t say I know as much about 2 or 3 of this year’s 10, but expect a lot from the ones I am familiar with. I do however find the inclusion of OJ Da Juiceman in a ‘serious’ list to be ridiculous (quiet down Tempest!). For those who haven’t yet checked out who’s in this year, click here.

Anyway, this is a mixtape full of new tracks from these guys and will 100% be worth grabbing. Some of these guys are definitely going to blow up this year, so don’t miss out.

XXL’s 10 Freshman For ’10 mixtape

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