The BET Hip-Hop Awards finally aired earlier tonight, and while I personally am not a huge fan of the show, there’s one segment that I eagerly anticipate every year: The Cyphers. The Cyphers are really where the event truly shines, bringing together some of the most talented emcees in the game, underground and mainstream. This year’s lineup is certainly a formidable one, featuring the likes of TDE, A$AP Mob, Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson, Travi$ Scott, Rittz, Jon Connor, and even some jokes courtesy of J.B. Smoove, Kevin Hart, and Nick Cannon. Check out the cyphers below, and let us know who you think went in the hardest (we’re guessing the popular answer will be Kendrick Lamar).
Top Dawg Entertainment (ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar)
Watch the rest of The Cyphers after the jump
Last month we were introduced to MellowHigh, the newest subgroup within the Odd Future Collective. While the pieces may be familiar, the music has all been incredibly fresh so far. “Extinguisher” seems like an appropriate title for this new heater, because that’s exactly what you’ll need after you hear the fiery verses from Domo Genesis and Hodgy Beats on this cut. Both emcees channel their inner M.O.P. as they bring an endless amount of energy to the blaring, boom bap instrumental provided by Left Brain. Check out the single above, while the video for another one of recent tracks, “Yu,” can be found below. The trio’s self-titled debut is set for release on Halloween.
Since Eminem announced that his upcoming album would be a sequel of his 2000 classic Marshall Matters LP, it has quickly become one of the most talked about projects among hip-hop fans. A few weeks back, we got a first glimpse with the rock-infused single “Berzerk,“ which received a mostly positive response.
Today, the legendary Detroit emcee drops off another high-energy track, titled “Rap God.” This time around, the production seems to draw more from EDM with a heavy beat and some unconventional flows from Em. Based on the two songs we’ve heard thus far, it’s hard to get a clear idea of how this album will come together. Stream above and let us know what you think in the comment section.
Old School Love (Feat. Ed Sheeran)
Another week, and another Monday. Definitely nothing to get excited about right? Fear not however, because Lupe Fiasco is here to help lift your spirits. With the first single from his upcoming album Tetsuo & Youth, Lu drops off a brand new track that’s perfect for the radio waves, alongside British singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran. If the title didn’t give it away, the song acts as a tribute to old-school hip-hop hits, with Lupe opening the tune saying, “Give me that late 80′s, early 90′s old-school.” For a hip-hop head like myself, it’s got enough references to make you feel nostalgic about the past, but it keeps the vibe fresh enough to remind you what era Lupe truly operates in. Check out the new track above, and make sure to catch Lupe on his Tetsuo & Youth preview tour, kicking off later this fall.
Drake featuring Rick Ross
Hold On, We're Going Home (MMG Remix)
Hopping onto one of Nothing Was the Same‘s lead singles and catering to the ladies, MMG bawse Rick Ross lends his talents to the remix of Drake‘s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” The smooth mix finds the Miami spitter talking during the intro and later spitting some bars in his deep voice over the original beat. Of course you can’t have a Ross track without the continuous ‘M-M-Maybach’ rip playing in the background. Finishing off with the same verses and chorus from the original, this track remains just as catchy as before. Take a listen below and be sure to hear more from the boss when Mastermind drops Dec. 17th.
Cameroonian singer/songwriter Lorine Chia builds the buzz for her latest EP, Naked Truths, available for purchase Oct 29th. The soulful singer questions the listeners to explore more than just what is told to them. The mellow D&D production compliments her sultry and unique voice as she croons over a percussion and synth-assisted beat. At 20 years old, there is a certain sophistication in her lyrics and melodies that exceed her years and she has already made fans out of all of us at TMN. Be sure to take a listen to the latest cut and the full stream of her EP when it drops October 15th.
While differentiation is hard to find in hip-hop, Texas-based emcee Johnny Astro seems to be able to carve out his own sound while offering something consistent with the current motion of the genre. On Astro’s latest offering, “Moonlight Therapy,” his flow is rythmic and melodic over a mesmerizing beat helping make a darker track about internal struggle feel surprisingly danceable. All three of the young artist’s verses are lyrically on point as he takes the listener on an introspective journey.
Enjoy this dope cut above and make sure to look out for more from the promising Astro.