• BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Ray Gun (Feat. DOOM)

    BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Ray Gun (Feat. DOOM)

    By Mason Strehl on January 9, 2015

    As you might know, Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD have an album coming out (February 23rd) titled Sour Soul. You also might know that Ghostface and DOOM have an album coming soon after. Today we get a little taste of both projects in a single track with all three joining for an incredible record titled ‘Ray Gun’.

    The instrumental bubbles to a smooth start, kicking off a jazzy shuffle before the two emcees slide into the low-key instrumental. Ghostface takes the first verse with a steady stream of laid back lyrics. DOOM’s verse is short and characteristic, brimming with onomatopoeias and mysterious lyrics. The whole track flows like butter and will have you nodding before you get 3 seconds in. Check it out below.

  • Joey Bada$$ – Curry Chicken

    Joey Bada$$ – Curry Chicken

    By Mason Strehl on December 28, 2014

    Less than a month out from his debut album, B4.DA.$, Joey Bada$$ drops off a new single off. This album is one of my most anticipated of 2015, and judging from this record, it’s gonna deliver. Joey takes a step back from his somewhat angry rhymespitting, and lays down a smooth track – harkening back to his 1999 days – and its refreshing as hell.

    The instrumental is a Statik Selektah beat, and Joey is no stranger to this type of smooth production. He butters it up with his classic introspective stream of conscious lyrics to celebrate the start of pre orders for the album. Check it out below.


  • EKL – EKLephantz Vol. 2

    EKL – EKLephantz Vol. 2

    By Mason Strehl on December 12, 2014

    Buffalo, NY collective EKL comes through with their newest project just in time for Christmas. The collaborative LP, put together by 7 individuals (Dr.Ooo, Sammy Booms, Wza, Hooizzy, C.U.F.X., Goodman Brown, & Truey V), is titled EKLephantz Vol. 2. Being a group so large in music has several immediate benefits on this project. Firstly, throughout the full project you get quite the differentiation on hip hop sub genres. At just a few tracks per artist you get just a taste of each ones style. It’s a very flavorful project for sure. Stream below.

    Download: EKL – EKLephantz Vol. 2

  • Ras G – Take It Slow

    Ras G – Take It Slow

    By Mason Strehl on November 13, 2014

    All you Ras G fans out there will be pretty excited about the Brainfeeder, Leaving Records and Low End Theory artist’s newest track ‘Take it Slow’. But what I think you’ll be more excited about is the announcement that comes with it – Ras G will be releasing a new album Down To Earth Vol. 2 (The Standard Boom Bap Edition).

    The three-minute long track will leave you nodding uncontrollably as the infectious be a weaves in and out of vocal samples, guitar riffs, and grooving bass. Ras G has definitely got a handle on chopping samples and making something cool out of it. ‘Take it Slow’ will act as the first single on his upcoming record and a tribute to the boom-bap style of production.

    “This is dedicated to those all over the planet who recognize and respect the sound.” – Ras G

  • Hex One & 5th Element – Deep Cover ’14 (Video)

    Hex One & 5th Element – Deep Cover ’14 (Video)

    By Mason Strehl on November 10, 2014

    Now we’ve been listening to Hex One, one half of Epidemic, for a while now. We know he can rip the mic better than your favorite emcee, but this new track is something new. It’s a savage barrage of lyrical might, meant to hit you in the dome and drop you. For the entire 3ish minutes Hex demands your full attention, and its warranted. He is joined by 5th Element on this one, who chops up a banger of a beat that loops in and out of symphonic melodies. It’s the perfect pairing, and it makes one hell of a tribute to Big Pun who was born today in ’71. The track will live on Hex One and 5th Element’s Hologramz record coming soon via Mic theory Records.