This is a gem from the homey Cavalier, the Brooklyn chief whose collaborations with producers Quelle Chris and Iman Omari have gained him solid backing after years in the trenches. “Ink” paints a picture of the young emcee’s journey with a focus on hard lessons and gloomy glimpses. Iman Omari’s production really sings here though, giving voice and texture to this grainy photo album of classic nostalgia.
G-Unit sounds angry to be together but that has sparked some competitive fire in 50 and Yayo especially. Buck also has a gruff piercing bark on the last few Gorilla Unit remakes. Listen to them spit complaints about lack of loyalty after the jump.
The-Dream puts his talent for auto-tuning toward social change. In the video for “Black,” the singer addresses world problems with an army of actors and handy smoke machines. Watch it after the jump.
Freddie Gibbs liberates another cut from his forthcoming Pinata LP with producer Madlib, this time giving us “Robes,” his collaboration with Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis. Radio rip for now. Read More
LBC’s A$ton Matthews gets some hot production from V-Don and guest verses from Bronson and the Flatbush Zombies on his latest release, “TLC.” This will likely live on A$ton’s upcoming A$ton 3:16 tape. Read More
Nicki hops on Thugga’s smash-hit, raps her tail off for 90 seconds and then hints that she may be dropping a mixtape next month. If your brain hasn’t melted into a protein shake just yet, listen to the track after the jump. Read More
Wale stops by the Power 105 studios in NYC for another sit-down with The Breakfast Club. Folarin speaks on his Complex situation, his recent trip to Nigeria, advice from Hov and more.
Gibbs drops a proper visual treatment for the murky “One Eighty Seven” off his criminally slept-on ESGN LP.