Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Full Album Stream)

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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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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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Freeway-Early


For his new album, “Diamond In The Ruff,” Freeway has hit the studio with longtime collaborator, Just Blaze, for the highly anticipated track “Early.” The track marks the first time the two have worked together since Just helmed the bulk of Free’s 2003 debut “Philadelphia Freeway.”

I hadn’t checked out any of the releases from this LP, but the Just Blaze production credit got my attention and I’m damn glad about it. This beat is an absolute thumper, with a bassy, insanely pounding percussion that feels like it just might set fire to your eardrums at any given moment. Freeway’s approach? Match that power with intensity of his own, and he does very well courtesy of empassioned verses and an attitudinal hook that anchors the song excellently. A superb cut that just made Freeway’s album signifcantly more enticing.

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Boaz-Bases Loaded (Mixtape)


This guy’s flung into hip-hop consciousness seemingly out of nowhere, inking a deal recently with Rostrum Records (Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller etc.), and now drops off this mixtape packed with some excellent features.

I’ve not even heard any of his material yet, though I’ve got confidence in his abilities based on the acts he’s surrounded himself with on this tape. Contributing producers include Statik Selektah, !llmind and Beatnick & K-Salaam, whilst guest rappers include GLC, ScHoolboy Q, Freeway, labelmates Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Chevy Woods and more. Find out if this newcomer can cement himself a place in the game with the free grab below.

Boaz-Bases Loaded

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Estelle ft. Freeway-Break My Heart (Remix)


Not normally my lane, and I’m probably stepping on a few R&B Friday toes with this one (Ajay click here). I’m actually only all over this because of the beat they decided to use for the remix. It is (of course!) Black Moon’s How Many MC’s. Unusual but seems to work out OK here. What else. The beard makes an appearance with a couple of nicely timed verses. Can’t be any worse than Rozay though surely? Original here. That’s about it on this really. Yeah, think I did this review justice. Good work Murray.

Tune in on Friday for a professional’s opinion on this.

Estelle ft. Freeway-Break My Heart (Remix)

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Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)


A mouthwatering underground lineup on this one from Term’s upcoming Cameo King II dropping May 24th.

An upbeat, bouncy instrumental sees each emcee here attempt to out-do each other. The winner? It has to be Term himself who comes through with that treble-time multi-syllabic flow that G Rap in his prime would be proud.

Termanology ft. Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway-Say It (Remix)

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Freeway Releases Freelapse


Lots of music for you today eh?

It’s been in the works for a while, but Freeway finally releases Freelapse. For those who don’t know, Freelapse is composed purely of Eminem beats with Freeway spitting some bars over them. Should be a pretty good listen, and I’m looking forward to see how much justice he does to some classic beats.

Freeway-Freelapse

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Sunday’s Classic Collabo: Twista/Young Chris/Freeway/Memphis Bleek

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Taken from Twista’s hugely successful album Kamikaze, this collabo is epic for a couple of reasons.

1. The Just Blaze beat.

2. This was (a united) Rocafella at it’s very best.

There’s no chorus to this track, it’s just 4 mc’s trying to outshine one another and the fact that I find it difficult to say which verse is my favourite indicates the quality of the song. Get it below.

Art and Life CHI-ROC ft. Memphis Bleek, Young Chris & Freeway

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 8

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The latest instalment of everyone’s favourite hip-hop series is back. Once again, we give some new artists the spotlight to deliver some nice slices of fresh hip-hop. There are of course some familiar names too, so go ahead and hit that click.

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Several New Tracks For Your Ears

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I’ve been a little quiet lately, but this post will make up for that – here are 6 great new tracks that have heavily been in my rotation this past week. Click below for the goodness. → Continue Reading

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 6

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Yeah, it’s that time. Another post stuffed with the best music from talented, upcoming acts in the hip-hop world and of course a couple of more established names thrown into the mix.

Hip-hop heads, you know what to do and you know where to click.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 3

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It seems as though what began as a regular post has now become a series in its own right. The stats for these posts are crazy, so first off: Thanks!

Here’s part 3, and again, we’ve got all sorts of hip-hop in here. It’s also very feature-heavy, so there are a lot of different rappers in this one.

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