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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La Coka Nostra-Mind Your Business ft. DJ Premier (Video)

A few days late on this track, but it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have it up on OTU.

For those who don’t know, Everlast has left LCN since the last album, with just ILL Bill & Slaine remaining as the only MC’s in the group. For me, this is no bad thing. Bill is one of my favourite MC’s, and I would have a hard time thinking of another MC who has made more progression over the past number of years than Slaine.

Anyway, on to the track, and we finally hear LCN supplied with a Preemo beat. The beat is a little different to other LCN tracks we’ve heard before and definitely moves in a different direction to the previous leaks from this album, but the change is welcome and it’s refreshing to hear Preemo playing around with the samples between Bill and Slaine’s verses.

It’s a solid track, and definitely reinforces my belief that LCN have developed into a Bill/Slaine duo project that delve into the dark subjects that seem to be so prevalent in their solo careers. The album drops on July 31st, and will definitely be one to look forward to.

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OTU Live Presents: Slaine, Reef The Lost Cauze & DJ Illegal (With Support From Stig Of The Dump, DJ Snuff & Caxton Press) @ Vibe Bar-Thursday 8th December

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Some exciting news for you all: Boston native Slaine headlines this OTU Live show with his début solo performance in the UK. Slaine became internationally acclaimed for his work as a member of the La Coka Nostra collection, and having managed to hold his own alongside veterans Everlast and ILL Bill, Slaine earned himself a solid fan base and his talent grew exponentially under the limelight. After taking timeout to secure his position as the premier ‘Boston tough guy’ in movies, starring in Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Slaine returned to music in 2011 by releasing the long-awaited A World With No Skies 2.0, and more recently the universally-praised State Of Grace mixtape with Statik Selektah.

Representing Philadelphia supergroup Army of the Pharaohs is Reef the Lost Cauze, who like Slaine will be joined live onstage by DJ Illegal- one half of Europe’s most talented production team, Snowgoons. With Reef and Snowgoons having recently teamed up to produce one of the 2011’s most anticipated albums in Your Favourite MC, this event will give UK fans the chance to see the masterpiece performed live, alongside the biggest tracks from Reef, Army Of The Pharaohs, and the Snowgoons’ considerable and critically-adored back catalogues.

In a night of diverse collaborations, the support acts will be representative of London’s own musical diversity. Multi-talented and viewed as one of London’s best event hosts, Stig of the Dump will be gracing the stage with his trademark brand of humour, and a selection of his most exciting songs. In charge of the records for the night is DJ Snuff, a veteran of the hip-hop scene, who will also be unveiling his new collective: Caxton Press.

Tickets are available RIGHT NOW. The whole OTU team will be there, don’t miss your chance to be too and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

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Sick Jacken-Slained Sick ft. Slaine

Usually when Psycho Realm and La Coka Nostra team up it’s something special. Brujeria from La Coka’s A Brand You Can Trust is one of my favourite tracks from either collective, and this new effort will definitely be welcomed by fans of either.

With a sample-heavy, soulful beat by West Coast producer G Rocka providing plenty of room for both MC’s to hit their stride, the track opens with an on-form Slaine reaching the levels to be expected from him recently. Sick Jacken comes through, and for me, gives the track a real 90′s westcoast vibe. The third verse is back and fourth between the two, and demonstrates how well the two compliment each other.

The track is from Sick Jacken’s new LPOutdated, and sets the bar high for the rest of the album. Download below.

Sick Jacken-Slained Sick ft. Slaine

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Heavy Metal Kings-Metal In Your Mouth ft. Slaine & Q-Unique

Vinnie Paz & Ill BILL get yet more visual treatment from Reel Wolf Productions for their efforts under the Heavy Metal Kings moniker, this time accompanied by underground heavyweights Slaine & Q-Unique. One of the best tracks from HMK, with solid verses from all involved and Slaine delivering one of my favourite lines on the album: “Not the man, not the myth I’m your superhero with his mask off.”

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Statik Selektah & Slaine-State Of Grace Mixtape

I’m without a personal laptop, headphones, and iPod this week, so I can’t give a review of this mixtape just yet.

On the plus side, you know what to expect when it comes to these two. Statik Selektah has been consistently putting out solid mixtapes for years now and to add to that, Slaine has been on a mission as of late (as I mentioned here the other day), and will no doubt bring his own brand of Boston hip-hop to the Statik Selektah sound.

It’s also something to hold us over until A World With No Skies, and with features from Ill Bill, Termanology, and Action Bronson, fans can probably guess what they’re getting here.

Slaine and Statik Selektah-State of Grace

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Slaine-Trail Of Blood Video

For me, Slaine has always been one of the best around, and recently he has been putting in the work to solidify his spot at the top of the underground. His recent mixtape The Devil Never Dies is testament to that, with more stand out tracks on it than most MC’s albums have.

Now, he has come out with a video for my favourite track from said mixtape. The Trail of Blood video is much like Slaine himself- polished and slick, with a grimey yet realistic look at some of the darker elements of society. The video is pretty grim, taking a look at both drug addiction and murder in a brutal and honest way, which compliments the tone of the song and manages to capture the true horror of such situations.

A World With No Skies is out August 16th, pre-order here

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Slaine ft. Checkmark-Borrowed Time

Now that I’ve got some underground writing competition in the form of Chris, it’s time I had better step my game up. Up first we have an introspective, soul-searching number for La Coka Nostra counterpart Slaine form his upcoming follow up to the acclaimed A World With No Skies (2.0) which drops on August 16th.

On a totally unrelated note, I only just found out that Ben Affleck cast him as a leading role in The Town. #Latepass

Slaine ft. Checkmark-Borrowed Time

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Reks-In Between The Lines 2 [Mixtape]

Been waiting on this for ages. Reks, one of the hardest-working, most gifted emcees in the underground scene right now, drops us for free his latest mixtape in preparation for his upcoming Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme album. Reks teams up with DJ Green Lantern, DJ Ill Will and frequent collaborator Statik Selektah to bring us this release, and boasts features from La Coka Nostra’s Slaine, OTU favourites Reef The Lost Cauze, Termanology, Sha Stimuli and many more.

I’m still checking this out but Reks goes in on this and there are some absolute bangers to accompany his razor-sharp lyricism.

Reks-In Between The Lines 2 Mixtape

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Slaine (of La Coka Nostra) - The Worst

Slaine’s debut album, A World With No Skies, drops October 26th and this little teaser will apparently not be appearing on it.

Slaine gets the job done over this Biggie-sampling Statik Selektah beat.

Slaine – The Worst

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