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February 12th, 2013
While he’s busy making his new album, Born Sinner, J. Cole decided he would give us an appetizer to enjoy before the main course arrives some time this year. Titled Truly Yours, the five-track EP is comprised of unreleased tracks he had kicking around. On Twitter, Cole tried to define it, writing, “don’t call it [...]
January 28th, 2013
Though we haven’t yet played him on the show, LE1F has been one of the most talked about rappers of the last year. By help putting gay rap on the map, he’s also turned the heads of everyone from Pitchfork to FADER with his provocative steez and leftfield production. Check out his video for “Wut” [...]
October 30th, 2012
Diplo stopped by BBC1xtra this week and dropped a three-hour Halloween mix. Joined by System D 128, the two sets actually didn’t exactly focus on the spooky season, but more like a true Diplo party with tracks by M.I.A., French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, TNGHT, Juicy J, and Major Lazer, of course. However, he did [...]
September 19th, 2012
Danny Brown has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a new EP with his crew the Bruiser Brigade, which also includes his cousin Dopehead and their in-house producer SKYWLKR. It features two new tracks “Errthang” and “Jooky,” plus remixes of each by Halifax’s Ryan Hemsworth and Lockah, respectively. Download and/or stream it for free.
August 28th, 2012
After the OFWGKTA explosion, the world has been waiting for the next big rap collective to spring from the underground. Young Money and Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music have covered the radio (with the occasional MMG release). Coming from the underground, rap collectives like Black Hippy and the A$AP Mob are great stories and often launch two [...]
July 19th, 2012
Shad gave Billy Corgan a little nudge in the shoulder. The Canadian rapper has released a mixtape named Melancholy and the Infinite Shadness. The record starts off with distorted beats and samples of heavily compressed guitars, taking cue from the Smashing Pumpkin and the rest of the grunge movement. The highlight of the tape, however, is “it [...]
July 17th, 2012
Just last week we mentioned that up-and-coming Brooklyn MC Angel Haze was dropping a new EP and here it is. For an EP, 12 tracks is plentiful and also includes a collabo with Kool AD on the track “Jungle Fever (Remix).” Download here.
July 16th, 2012
A true sign that an album is a masterpiece is if the thing gets screwed and chopped. Much like Drake’s Take Care did last year, Frank Ocean’s recent magnum opus Channel Orange gets the S&C treatment courtesy of Slim K, who shifts the tempo down to make Ocean’s velvety R&B voice sound like he swallowed [...]
May 11th, 2012
Rap’s hottest MC Azealia Banks has hit us with a brand new track featuring production by Hudson Mohawke and Nick Hook. “Jumanji” is said to be included on both her EP, 1991 (out this month, she says), as well as her debut full-length, Broke with Expensive Taste, which will be released in the fall.