Lil Durk, the Chicago spitter getting into beef with Game, shouted out by his peers like Chance the Rapper, and bringing mixtape heat for the summer like Migos before him — thank him now. He’s a straight shooter in more ways than one, telling ChIraq bedtime stories for his intrigued listeners. Production mostly by Young Chop for the Drill Trill, but some highlight moments by other promising producers like Cardo and Dree the Drummer. Full stream after the jump.
Gucci is on a mixtape run like maybe no other in history. He blesses the kids with a timely holiday weekend mixtape about trappin’ and hustlin’. The features: Fredo Santana, Young Scooter, Chief Keef. At the very least, people will say scary, thuggish things over sickening bass. Stream after the jump.
Stream Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip’s Abstract & The Dragon, the tape that introduced us to “Thank You” and the still-bubbling potential of the long-standing duo’s collabs.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, the conscientious dope-boy Starlito drops this album “Fried Turkey” with enough hollowed out Gothic horror-core ambient tones and drug price quotes to get you through the family holiday.
A sleepy banger, if that makes sense. He never slacks on the lyrics but I never remember them, either.
Always have to do the Asher Roth procedure and put Marshall Mathers aside when listening to Hopsin. He appropriates a style that will inevitably be popular for a while. This, his album, is available for download now. Internet rap at its finest.
MoRuf punches his rhythmic flow into this minimal space-soul ambience.
The great Denmark Vessey, of Detroit fame and mixtape brilliance, has a new joint called Cult Classic you need to hear. It’s available for purchase and download tomorrow. Produced by Scud One.
Quelle Chris, reppin’ all that’s good with rap, blesses us with his new tape in a year when he seems to appear on almost every noteworthy project. Click the stream and enjoy. Hat tip to Mello Music Group.
Detroit is releasing amazing hip-hop music. Crown Nation, Quelle Chris, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown and a whole roster of gritty, rocky, sooty rhymers are giving “homegrown” a place in rap music again. This socially-relevant and wholly irreverent tape by Denmark Vessey titled Don’t Drink The Kool Aid will be in the rotation regularly through the fall (courtesy DJ House Shoes and Dirty Science). Do yourself a favor, and play.
Black Milk might be the most complete producer/rapper in hip-hop. Still, he remains chronically slept-on. This album, No Poison No Paradise, will probably cement him as a critical favorite. Stream at the link.
Still one of the best emcees ever. Without a doubt. Gotham Down gives us an insight into the fragmented mine of Jean Grae, who seems like a comic-tragic figure on every public forum and album. It’s the stuff love is made of.