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Detroit’s Apollo Brown links up with Coney Island’s Your Old Droog for “Not That Guy” off of Brown’s forthcoming Grandeur, which arrives September 25th. Frankly the pairing of Brown and Droog is A1 and Droog goes in over Brown’s lush soulful production. Personally, I’d like to hear more from these two. Listen to Apollo Brown’s “Not That Guy” after the jump.

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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.

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Your Old Droog stopped by Statik Selektah’s radio show and during his stay the crew decided to throw a DJ Premier beat on and of course it was Your Old Droog’s cue to spit bars. And, as you probably guessed it, he went in. Peep Your Old Droog’s freestyle over a DJ Premier beat after the jump!

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Your Old Droog’s self-titled album is out now and yesterday the Droog dropped the visuals for his “Nutty Bars” cut. So we suppose it’s only right that he finally gets his just due by appearing on Shade 45’s radio show Sway in the Morning. During his time with Sway Your Old Droog took on the show’s infamous “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle segment and needless to say the Brooklyn emcee went in. Check it out after the jump.

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Your Old Droog is real and so is his self-titled debut album. The Droogster (once mistaken for Nas) has made his debut album available for stream via NPR’s website. The project consists of the self-titled EP that he released earlier in the year and eight new tracks including “Free Turkey,” and more. Listen after the jump.

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Remember Your Old Droog? You know… the mysterious rapper who earlier this year unsuspectingly dropped an equally puzzling EP on the internet that everyone and their grandmother subsequently mistook as being something new from Queensbridge legend Nas? Yeah, well, by now I’m sure you know it’s not Nas. And thankfully that hasn’t stopped the Brooklyn emcee from releasing new music as he does so with “Where the Rhymes At?” (initially released as a freestyle). Droog is also slated to drop a full-length album later this month, as well. Listen to “Where the Rhymes At?” and stay tuned for more on Droog.

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Although the mystery surrounding Your Old Droog has been solved (he’s not Nas, he’s a rapper from Brooklyn) that hasn’t stopped him from producing stellar music. Ever since his first public appearance in NYC Your Old Droog has remained relatively silent. Until now. “Secondhand Gunsmoke” is the first bit of new recorded material since his self-titled debut EP. Check it out after the jump.

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It’s safe to say hip-hop isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And thankfully it doesn’t have to as there is plenty of talent out there to carry the game for years to come. In addition, there’s always a slew of new talent cropping up in the scene. Be it due to hard work or going viral, dozens of fresh rappers are gaining exposure every year. Peep our list of the 10 rappers you probably don’t know about in 2014, but will soon be seeing everywhere.

Honorable Mentions: Sulaiman (Hook, Line, and Sinker), Cavalier (The Offering), Rast RFC (Across West 3rd Street), Antwon (Heavy Hearted in Doldrums), Jimmy Johnson (In God We Trust), GoldLink (The God Complex), Robb Bank$ (Tha City).

Check out the full list after the jump.

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