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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Erick Sermon ft. Redman and Method Man-Look

Damn, what’s it with our old-schoolers getting back on it? First we have the Wu/Block connect coming hard, now not to be beaten, two-thirds of the Def Squad (plus the ever-present Mef) team up for a heater sounding straight out of ’95. This is some classic Erick Sermon right here and heads will be clamouring to get their hands on this.

We don’t know where this is from yet, but no complaints from the industry on this one.

Erick Sermon ft. Redman and Method Man-Look

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Redman ft. Method Man & Bun B-Lite 1 Witcha Boi

From Redman’s upcoming Reggie album due to drop December 7th. Red enlists long-time collaborator Mef to spit a very tidy verse and the help of everyone’s everyman Bun B who also smashes his bars to pieces. It’s the production which to a certain element lets this joint down; Not exactly the type of boardwork you would expect the East Coast duo over, and undoubtedly suits Bun’s Southern roots better. The chorus is terrible, but the verses make up for it. This will get a few spins though.

Redman-Lite 1 Witcha Boi ft. Method Man & Bun B

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Spotify: OTU's July Snapshot

Fans and followers, friends and foes: you heard it here first. Being the forward-thinking, innovative blog we are, Overrating The Underrated is jumping on the latest music revolution which is Spotify playlists. This will allow us to bring you monthly snapshots of all five authors’ posted material. The OTU monthly snapshots will ensure you never miss a thing and can enjoy all our picks from one central location: your Spotify application!

Unfamiliar with Spotify? It’s a free music application which allows you to stream and share music with your friends. You can listen to your playlists from any computer or phone in the world and you can also sync with Facebook to see what your friends are listening to. Keep up with the in-crowd, read about it and then get it here.

This month we’ve scoured through our back catalogue to bring you a stylish summery playlist boasting material from the likes of The-Dream, Empire Of The Sun, Tinchy Stryder, The Roots, Rick Ross, Skepta, You Me At Six and many more. So hurry up and click that glorious red text below!

Overrating The Underrated’s July Snapshot

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Throwback Thursdays Vol 34

In 1999 two of New York’s finest MC’s came together to create not only one of the 90’s most memorable rap albums, but an album spearheaded by one of the 90’s most memorable rap songs.

That’s right, we’re talking Wu-Tang’s Method Man and Def Squad’s Redman with their debut LP Blackout! and their cornerstone single Da Rockwilder. The album’s hyped success saw it go platinum less than three months after it’s release date and is considered amongst many hip-hop advocates as a debut classic.

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Peter Rosenberg and Cypress Hill-The Uprising (Tribute Mixtape)

Interesting one to kick off your day, and I’m quite looking forward to giving this a listen. A good group of decent artists pay homage to Cypress Hill, including Asher Roth, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Redman and buzzing man of the moment Yelawolf (amongst others). Should be a fairly entertaining listen, and includes some of Cypress Hill’s classics in there too.

The Uprising Mixtape

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DJ Kay Slay & 25 Rappers on 1 Track!

I didn’t know who to pick for the image, so please enjoy this dog in scuba gear.

25 rappers, I kid you not. So many in fact, I couldn’t add them all into the song title in iTunes! I’ve listed them below, and they can also be found in the ‘description’ section of the track.

DJ Kay Slay-Rollin’ 25 Deep pt. 2 ft. Bully, Bun B, Busta Rhymes, Dorrough, Glasses Malone, Grafh, Hell Rell, Jacki-O, Jay Rock, Jim Jones, Maino, Mistah F.A.B., Mysonne, N.O.R.E., OGK, Papoose, Raekwon, Redman, Sauce Money, Serius Jones, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Tone Trump, Uncle Murda & Vado.

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Bizarre, Redman, Royce Da 5′9″, Kuniva & Seven The General

Bizarre has always been true to his name: not only does his penchant for shower caps seem strange, but his lyrical content has always been very unusual. This, however, goes pretty hard.

Biz’s verse isn’t the worst as he brings some real intensity, and the guest verses are all pretty gritty too. This beat definitely bangs, and this is one for the real hip-hop heads to check out. Part-time hip-hop fans need not apply, as this stuff will probably scare you a little.

Bizarre-Rap’s Finest ft. Redman, Royce Da 5′9″, Kuniva & Seven The General

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