Blanco and The Jacka and Messy Marv – One Hunnid EP
Smooth West Coast gangsta rap. I don’t understand the relevance of the presidential sound bites but the tracks really bump.
Blitz The Ambassador – Afropolitan Dreams
Funky stylings from African MC Blitz.
Blu – Good to be Home
A lot of people have been disappointed with Blu since Below The Heavens which has played a big part in him falling out of the limelight. Those who haven’t been feeling his recent releases wont like this much either as the sound is really rough and lo-fi, but that is obviously what Blu is going for here. I love the rawness of this album with the crackly soul samples and relentless raps, it’s not for everyone but there is a real beauty to this kind of hip-hop.
Blueprint – Respect The Architect
Intelligent and very lyrical, Blueprint’s latest album provides some tunes for the thinking man.
Buckshot and P-Money – Back Pack Travels
Pretty much what we’ve come to expect from Buckshot. Dope album that does what it says on the tin.
Bugseed and Pigeondust – 7th Wonder
Bugseed has been making some beautiful jazzy beats for the last few years and he continues with this new release.
Cakes Da Killa – Hunger Pangs
Le1f seems to be getting all the attention on the gay rap scene this year but Cakes Da Killa deserves some of that light with his new project. More consistent than his first release and catchy as hell.
The Celestics – Supreme Laziness
Montreal hip-hop duo bring the funk.
Chavis Chandler – Dark Skin Jermaine and The Legend Of The Leather Britches
Former member of Bruiser Brigade Chavis Chandler really brought his A game on this mixtape with an impressive flow and some smooth vocals. The mixture of golden age and trap style vibes throughout the tape are balanced greatly. It’s a shame he’s no longer a part of Bruiser Brigade because he complimented the rest of the crew so well.
Cities Aviv – Come to Life
I’ve been obsessed with Cities Aviv since Black Pleasure and he’s been honing his style ever since. The tracks on this album sound fuller than ever, the abrasiveness is still there but it’s so much richer sounding now. Some of the most interesting and forward thinking hip-hop of the last few years.