Despite residing from essentially the same place (Coney Island, Brooklyn) and sharing virtually the same exact cultural background (Ukrainian-American) I never really messed with rising rapper Your Old Droog all that much. I mean, in the interest of full disclosure and not frontin’, I think dude is super talented and a great altogether MC but frankly I’m not “feeling” it, you know? I always find the beats to be dated and seriously lackluster and I can never quite relate to Your Old Droog. Like, who is Droog? But this track right here, with its super kitschy and ultra NYC-indebted song title, is right up my alley, fam. Droog delivers the goods with “Unlimited MetroCard” which is produced by the always reliable Statik Selektah. Check out “Unlimitated MetroCard” after the jump and peep Statik’s new album Lucky 7 dropping this July.
Jadakiss and Styles P, while very familiar with each other as they’re two-thirds of hip-hop group The LOX, are tag teaming this new track they’ve got out entitled “Block Work.” Needless to say the two go off on this track; bar for bar. Check it out after the jump.
Troy Ave’s Major Without a Deal is set to drop in the coming months and he’s sharing its latest cut “Real N*gga.” The song follows “Doo Doo,” a track where Troy went sing-songy. This one, however, is for the streets. No doubt about it. Listen after the jump.
So apparently, A$AP Rocky, who was riding around London had an object hurrled at his car. This prompted Rocky and crew to follow the alleged assailant into a bagel shop and confront him. Rocky, who is from Harlem, put on his best Harlem tough guy pose and went at the guy, giving him a ear full, and threatened to put hands on him. Rocky cooled off and walked away. However, the man (or men?) in the bagel shop had some choice words for Rocky as well. The title of the video, by the way, is “ASAP Rocky Running Gums in London” so clearly the people in that bagel shop weren’t exactly “cool” with the A$AP Mob all-star. Check out the full video of the confrontation after the jump.
Your Old Droog will be taking his rap skills from Coney Island and take it to the world. He’s embarking on a Euro tour, which according to the art above, begins June 8th. Also, you can check out his new track “Hidden Persuaders” after the jump.
French Montana drops off the visuals to his Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer (w/ Harry Fraud) cut “Dontchu.” The visuals feature a certain storytelling quality to it. It also features a bad chick named Mileena Hayes. Check it out after the jump.
During his day in New York, Kendrick Lamar hit the press circuit. One of his stops was to The Breakfast Club to talk about his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly (read our review here,) his relationship status with Whitney Alford, his thoughts on having a classic album, respecting fans, rapper Killer Mike, Tupac, future collaborations with J. Cole & Dre. Check out the full interview with The Breakfast Club after the jump.
LA Leakers are giving you the business with Troy Ave and Young Lito. Troy Ave and his BSB compadre join LA Leakers for a freestyle entitled “Snow Doubt.” The duo of Troy Ave and Young Lito light up Ice Cube’s classic “It Was A Good Day.” Check it out after the jump.
While Bobby Shmurda and his GS9 mates are still locked up behind bars that hasn’t stopped them from going full Gucci Mane on everybody by dropping tracks while incarcerated. Little is known as far as their legal situation (although it is said that their bail has been denied and many attempts to revoke the decision have been put in place) but as far as music they’ve been steadily releasing some new material to keep their names buzzing in them streets (and blogs, I guess.) You can peep a new Bobby Shmurda cut in “Get a Room for Ya” after the jump. It features GS9 mate Rowdy Rebel and one Abillyon.
Fabolous’ ongoing #FridayNightFreestyles has been a relative success thus far but with this new one right here it’s either make it or break it for how you feel about Loso. Sure, he’s already gone over an undisputed classic in his “B.A.S.” freestyle but Mobb Deep’s 1994 cut “Shook Ones Pt. II” is a milestone/watershed moment for hip-hop. It’s such a statement in hip-hop culture that even one iconic Detroit rapper Eminem has stated numerous times that its had a profound impact on him. In fact, you may recall Eminem’s “B-Rabbit” character from 8 Mile rapping over the track during his final freestyle battle. Anyway, if Loso doesn’t deliver and do this classic instrumental justice then his whole #FridayNightFreestyles is moot. You be the judge after the jump.
Bodega BAMZ’ forthcoming project Sidewalk Exec is due out April 14th and having already previewed “Billy Bats” BAMZ is returning with a Flatbush ZOMBiES featured cut. “Bring ‘Em Out” reunites with his fellow New Yorkers (BAMZ from Harlem, ZOMBiES from Brooklyn) over Tan Boy regular V’Don’s production. Listen after the jump.
What a behemoth of a month March is, huh? If you’ve been keeping tabs: so far we’ve been gifted with Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, Future’s brand new mixtape 56 Nights, Earl Sweatshirt’s sophomore I Don’t Like Sh*t, I Don’t Go Outside. And now Action Bronson’s highly-anticipated, long-gestating mainstream debut Mr. Wonderful is available for free stream! What a month. The album arrives with “Easy Rider,” “Actin’ Crazy,” “Baby Blue” and “Terry” serving as its singles. Check out the free stream after the jump.
UK grime artist Skepta has been generating some hype over the last few months, despite being active within the UK scene for over the last ten years. With a Drake shoutout and Kanye West’s “All Day” performance (in which Ye gives Skepta a shoutout as well) the 32-year-old veteran is finally getting that much needed (and deserved) recognition. Thankfully Brooklyn’s Flathbush ZOMBiES aren’t ignorant and have certainly been paying close attention to the UK grime scene as they have Skepta join them for “Redeye to Paris.” This track goes and we hope our American readers will check out some more Skepta material after hearing this. Check out “Redeye to Paris” after the jump.
Last week Fabolous hit us with that unexpected freestyle over Dr. Dre’s “B***hes Ain’t Sh*t” from his seminal 1992 album The Chronic. This week he’s serving us up with yet another freestyle in “Told Ya’ll.” Check it out after the jump.