2011 introduced the interwebs to the southern rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. with three dope mixtapes. Slowing down on free material in 2012, K.R.I.T. dropped another tape with a critically acclaimed debut LP, Live from the Underground. With 2013, fans and music lovers alike can rejoice with her latest single “Gettin’ Mine”. Collaborating with legendary producer 9th Wonder and his protege femcee Rhapsody, this track has the two emcees delivering a fast paced rhyme over a smooth beat. Something about the vibe these two bring makes for a smooth collaboration. Accompanied by soft vocals from the songstress Heather Victoria, this laid back tune makes for a worthy preview to the Mississippi native’s upcoming mixtape K.R.I.T., dropping later this year.
Big K.R.I.T. Gettin Mine ft. Rapsody & Heather Victoria (Produced by 9th Wonder)
It is pretty difficult to deny that the NYC is going through a sort of hip-hop revival right now. That is not to say it was in a slump necessarily, but the amount of young talent coming out of the area right now is pretty incredible. Brooklyn native and Warner Brothers signee, Dyme-A-Duzin, is a shining example of this new wave of emcees delivering classic, east-coast style with a refreshingly youthful twist. The 20-year old phenom released his most recent mixtape a few weeks ago giving the wider world a glimpse into how he earned a record deal at such a young age.
On his most recent release, Dyme teams up with fellow rising Brooklynites, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers, to remix one of the strongest tracks from his most recent project. The resulting song truly demonstrates that the art of hip-hop is, indeed, far from dead. “New Brooklyn,” which will be on Peter Rosenberg‘s upcoming New York Renaissance compilation, features a true east coast instrumental, courtesy of Dante Ross, reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest with impressive cypher-esque verses from all of the young emcees. If you’re feeling this one, make sure to grab Dyme-A-Duzin’s stellar mixtape, including production and features from the likes of Harry Fraud, Plain Pat, and Joey Bada$$, for free here: Dyme-A-Duzin - A Portrait of Donnovan.
Dyme A Duzin New Brooklyn (Remix) (ft Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers)
The only question is, what league are you going to be in this coming Saturday night Denver? Because there is one duo heading to City Hall to knock any other leagues out of the park. You like hip-hop? What about trap? Then there is only one league for you to be in and that is the Big League made up of Brooklyn trap sensation Baauer and hip-hop extraordinaire producer Just Blaze.
Snowdown, which has been a Colorado trademark winter sports celebration for years, takes place this Saturday, February 2 at City Hall and they have stacked the cards high with this year’s line-up including mad rapper Machine Gun Kelley. Baauer was recently named the #1 artist to watch in an MTV article and is already one of the top trap producers in the game. Mix his love of hip-hop with that of Just Blaze (whose background includes Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West) and damn son, where’d you find that at? Don’t miss out on this show Denver because it is going to be dum dum off the chart.
Everyone’s favorite stony wordsmith, Curren$y, blesses us today with the first single from his upcoming mixtape featuring hip-hop heavyweights Lex Lugar, Wiz Khalifa and Rick Ross. On “Choosin’” the New Orleans based emcee starts things off with a slow, bravado-filled verse fitting perfectly with Lugar’s slapping, 808-heavy beat. Wiz comes with a solid verse and Rick Ross delivers exactly what we have come to expect from him, which is good or bad depending on your musical taste. Hopefully Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa’s second collaborative project is on the way soon, but this should definitely help hold fans over in the meantime. Stream this dope track below look out for Jet Life City, which drops Super Bowl Sunday (February 3rd). Go 9ers!
36 Mafia vet Juicy J definitely knows how to make those club hits, while still retaining the same street sound that made Mafia so appealing. With his latest track “Show Out”, he collabs with the GOODMusic emcee Big Sean and fitting Young Jeezy drops some raw bars over the Mike Will Made it production. Although the single was released as a radio rip a couple months ago, the remastered version has finally hit the webs. Following in the footsteps of the smash hit “Bands A Make her Dance”, this single has all the makings of a twerk-friendly club banger-heavy bass, chanting chorus, and adlibs. This is the second single off his upcoming Stay Trippy LP set to drop later this year.
As promised, G.O.O.D. Music‘s Pusha Tdrops off his much anticipated free project, Wrath of Caine, today with an array of notable features and production. This one is sure to be full of some real heavy hip-hop and impressive lyricism as the veteran and former member of the legendary Clipse prepares to release his solo debut album later this year. If you are heading to Coachella this time around, you won’t want to miss Pusha Ton, who puts on an awesome performance. Check out a few of our favorite tracks below and grab the whole thing free here: Pusha T - Wrath of Caine (Mixtape).
Pusha T Road Runner (Feat. Troy Ave) (Prod. By Harry Fraud)
If you listened to the first minute of this track without looking at the title, you would assume that this is an Icelandic instrumental track from the likes of Sigur Ros or Ólafur Arnalds. While we would of course post anything with this high of production value, this isn’t an artist from Northern Europe. This is the new Jez Dior, flowing over the atmospheric sounds of his producer, Foundation.
This LA based hip hop artist dropped this emotional anthem a few weeks ago, and it’s already gained a fair amount of attention. And it right fully should. His thoughtfully crafted lyrics paint a picture of the struggles of being young, partying to hard, and maybe wanting something a little more real to come home to. This is a life experience that we’re all familiar with and we can only imagine how magnified it would be for an up and coming musician trying to turn their passion into their livelihood.
We’ve always been impressed with Jez Dior’s work, and we’re sure we’ll continue to be. Make sure to head over to his facebook and snag this track from his mixtape/album Scarlett Sage.