• Chance The Rapper x Apollo Brown – The Writer

    Chance The Rapper x Apollo Brown – The Writer

    By Mason Strehl on April 9, 2014

    Chicago emcee Chance The Rapper comes back with a new collaboration track with producer Apollo Brown titled “The Writer”. The resulting track is nothing short of incredible in my opinion. The boom bap production is quite a trip if your listening though headphones, fading, and eventually launching into a very 3 dimensional piano driven instrumental. brimming with emotion, Chance takes the track slow, laying down a few verses  over the complex framework. Check out the track below.

  • Fashawn – Champion (Prod. Exile)

    Fashawn – Champion (Prod. Exile)

    By Mason Strehl on April 4, 2014

    Fashawn gets with frequent collaborator Exile get together for a new track titled ‘Champion’. The track is short, at about two and a half minutes, but it packs a punch. Fashawn takes on a harder approach in his rhymes, spitting with the swagger of a, well, champion. The track was made for Boxer Timothy Bradley, who faces off against Manny Pacqiauo later this month. Thats some real support right there.

  • De La Soul – Much More (Helldogs Kris – Believe Me Remix)

    De La Soul – Much More (Helldogs Kris – Believe Me Remix)

    By Mason Strehl on April 3, 2014

    With De La Soul having just released the Dilla produced Smell The Daisy, Helldogs Kris decided to reach back to The Grind Date for a remix to “Much More”. With the new instrumental, the track takes on a slightly darker sound, and with the cleverly cut in female vocals, it’s a standout track. Stream the track below.

  • Flatbush Zombies – Don’t Do Drugs, Kids

    Flatbush Zombies – Don’t Do Drugs, Kids

    By Mason Strehl on April 2, 2014

    The Brooklyn rap duo Flatbush Zombies is back with the latest installment of their Day of The Dead Series, where they release a new track every week. It’s a chance to look into the vaults of your favorite crude-spitting, smooth-chilling, aggressive-spitting, lyrical masters. For this week’s track, we have one filled with irony, titled “Don’t Do Drugs, Kids”. The track starts out with a repetition of acid references, leading into cool, upbeat with Meechy Darko and Zombie Juice laying down some dark rhymes. Stream the track below.

  • Blu – The West

    Blu – The West

    By Mason Strehl on March 12, 2014

    Blu has been popping up with a number of guest verses lately, but it’s been awhile since we’ve heard any new solo material from the L.A. emcee. In anticipation of his upcoming double album, Blu drops off a new track titled “The West”. It’s a funky joint that holds Blu less in his jazzy, laid back sound, but more in his hard-hitting, annunciated state. It makes for a more intense track overall, but still a great tune to bump.

    Keep an eye out for the Good To Be Home Album set to drop May 20th. Stream the track below.