Radamiz ft. King Critical // “Maintaining” (Stream)

“Writeous ain’t even the teaser, sleep the cousin of death and I ain’t related to either” – Radamiz

I first discovered Brooklyn’s Radamiz via his emotion- and energy-filled performance of “1Crown” on TeamBackPack during their Live NY Art series. To hold us down while we (anxiously) await his upcoming full length project Writeous, Radamiz has teamed up with fellow New York emcee King Critical to deliver “Maintaining,” a booming track showcasing their skills on the mic. With wordplay and flow galore channeled through their powerful voices, this Rudy Mills-produced cut is one to remember.

Be sure to stay posted with Radamiz, King Critical and Rudy Mills below and keep a close eye for the latest on Writeous.

Radamiz: Twitter // SoundCloud

King Critical: Twitter // Youtube

Rudy Mills: Twitter // SoundCloud

Image from Respect Magazine

Duckwrth & The Kickdrums // “Psycho” (Visuals)

The sonic duo Duckwrth and the Kickdrums are back with the latest visuals for “Psycho” from their collaborative album, Nowhere. The Nick Snow-directed video follows Duck and Alex as they try to get through to an unfazed lover. The video quickly takes a dark turn, but I’ll let you experience it for yourself. Peep the video above, and if you haven’t already, cop Nowhere via iTunes.

Duckwrth also announced today that he has been invited to tour alongside RDGLDGRN around the East Coast. Be sure to support the corresponding Kickstarter to help him make this a reality, with unreleased merch, Skype calls, and much more available from each donation tier.

5 Fall Releases You Need to Hear // October/November 2015

As we approach the conclusion of an already great year for hip-hop and music overall, there remains plenty of releases to be excited for. Listed below are just a few upcoming albums and projects (in no particular order) slated to close out the year that you should definitely keep a close eye on.

As a disclaimer, I only included those with scheduled release dates (Kanye, Drake and Frank, we’re waiting).

1. GoldLinkAnd After That, We Didn’t Talk (November 13th)

Following his headlining set at Oakland Music Festival late last month, the DMV’s GoldLink is ready to drop his debut album. In a recent interview with NPR, GoldLink stated he aims to “create music for people to dance to again,” which he believes the industry has lost sight of. The second single off the project, “Spectrum,” premiered earlier this week on Beats 1 courtesy of Zane Lowe. If you haven’t already, be sure to peep his debut mixtape, The God Complexand pre-order And After That, We Didn’t Talk on iTunes. Also catch him with Mac Miller during his GO:OD AM tour (tickets here).

2. WaxLivin’ Foul (October 23rd)

If you look up “lyricist” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of Michael Jones, better known by his stage name, Wax, with a mic in one hand and a beer in the other. Over the years, Wax has worked with the likes of Watsky, Dumbfoundead, Anderson .Paak as a rapper, producer, guitarist, singer and overall extremely talented individual. Nearly two years since his last release, Continue…, which garnered him a large amount of acclaim in Europe via the lead single “Rosana,” Wax has finally announced his return to the music industry with Livin’ Foul. “Hypnotic” is just a taste of the wordplay that Wax continues to deliver with every track. To get even more hyped and learn more about the man behind the sound, check out the trailer for the album here.

3. PellLimbo (November 6th)

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to discover Pell when he opened for Kehlani on the last date prior to their national You Should Be Here tour and I’ve been hooked ever since. The NOLA native, LA-based, multi-talented artist puts on an incredible live show and recently announced the follow up to his 2014 project Floating While Dreaming will be released on November 6th. “Queso” is the second track from his upcoming LP titled Limbo and features wavy instrumentation from David Sitek (TV on the Radio) coupled with Pell’s smooth vocal work and bursts of energy. Enjoy this cut and be sure to pre-order the album via iTunes.

4. Kirk KnightLate Knight Special (October 30th)

Brooklyn’s Pro Era continues to make power moves in the industry with core member Kirk Knight expected to be the next one to secure his spot. Although we have heard a few verses from Kirk on several Pro Era projects, up to this point in his career he has been more focused on the production spectrum. In an interview from earlier this year with HotNewHipHop, Kirk shed light on how he has always been rapping from the age of 15, but he “had to experience life before he could talk about it.” Few years later Kirk has continued to hone his production skills and now we can finally bear witness to his progress as a rapper.  “Brokeland,” one of the few singles we’ve heard so far, is a punchy, mosh-pit inducing, in-your-face cut with sly wordplay (ex. Brokeland = Brooklyn) that gets me nothing short of hype for the full project. Place your pre-order here for LKS and catch him opening for the Underachievers on their tour.

5. Michael Christmas – What a Weird Day (October 23rd)

Boston’s Michael Christmas is the self-proclaimed Ron Funches doppelgänger that touches on everyday subjects that your typical rapper would likely be afraid to even hint at. With pop culture references galore delivered via slick lyricism, Michael offers a refreshing sound that everyone can connect with. Thanks to his skill-set, Michael has toured with Logic and will soon be accompanying Mac Miller on his tour as well. Both of the aforementioned powerhouses will appear on the album, among others like Polyester the Saint and D.R.A.M.. Pre-order the album via iTunes.

Here are a few more projects that I have my eye on from October/November 2015:

Out Now

Upcoming

  • D.R.A.M. – Gahdamn! EP (10/23)
  • Alex Wiley – Village Party II (10/25)
  • Lais – 114 EP (10/29)
  • M.E.D., Blu, Madlib – Bad Neighbor LP (10/30)
  • Busdriver – THUMBS (11/6)
  • Logic – The Incredible True Story (11/13)

As well as some projects we still don’t know too much about:

  • Skizzy Mars – Alone Together
  • Drake – Views From the 6
  • Frank Ocean – Boys Don’t Cry
  • Kanye West – SWISH
  • Vic Mensa – Traffic
  • Isaiah Rashad – Title Unknown
  • Chelsea Reject – Title Unknown (2016)
  • Mick Jenkins – The Healing Component (2016)
  • Noah Sims – Testament (Fall 2015)
  • Hurt Everybody – I Know Where the Light Goes 2
  • Hurt Everybody – 10-4 2
  • Hurt Everybody – Magic City 2
  • Chance the Rapper – Title Unknown (Mixtape)

What are you most excited to hear?

Chelsea Reject Drops Visuals for “Based”, New EP in the Works

[Image by Justin Hogan]


The rising Brooklyn MC Chelsea Reject debuted the visuals for her latest track “Based” this morning via Okayplayer. The Duck Down Music arist and bike-riding enthusiast has worked with several members of the Pro Era collective, including Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and CJ Fly on her most recent project, CMPLX, and has also shared the stage with the likes of Tory Lanez, Noname Gypsy, and Mick Jenkins. Directed by 119 Productions and DarkoVisuals, her latest video bounces around the streets of Brooklyn, alongside bursts of the futuristic rapper on stage. The track acts as a statement of resilience conveyed through her raw voice and smooth raps. With her new EP promised to be in the works, Chelsea is definitely one of the next to blow in Brooklyn.

If you like what you hear, grab a free download of the track, as well as the rest of her discography, on SoundCloud and be sure to stay updated with Chelsea via Twitter and her website.

Dirty Sanchez ft. YL // “Take Me” (Stream)

As a forty-seventh of Brooklyn’s movement and hip-hop group Pro Era, Dirty Sanchez dropped a new track tonight, “Take Me.” The cut features Sanchez’s raw, in-your-face delivery over an orientalism-driven melody topped off with punchy kicks and snares. Fellow New York artist YL is behind the beat as the producer and also appears on the track for the second verse. YL is a key member of Real Recognize Real Music (RRR), alongside Mid and Robert Burke. Learn more about RRR on their website and peep the track below.

Duckwrth & The Kickdrums | “Nowhere” (Album Stream)

“The concept is something like traveling on a road called ‘No Where.’ The destination is ‘Now Here,’ but before we get there, we have to destroy some things along the way.” – Duckwrth & The Kick Drums

Anyone that knows me personally or has stumbled upon my blog knows that there’s a special place in my heart/iTunes/SoundCloud for Chicago music, but as of late, I’ve been hooked on music hailing from the Bay Area– LA-born, Bay Area-based Duckwrth‘s collaboration with Brooklyn producer The Kickdrums is no exception. Nowhere is a sonic journey showcasing Duckwrth’s fluid vocal dexterity over an eclectic range of beats. The whole atmosphere from the project is reminiscent of an early Frank Ocean from the nostalgia/ULTRA days that decided to prioritized rapping but continued to nurture his singing abilities, too.

As Duckwrth suggests, the standout track is “Unagi,” which captures his abilities as an artist to constantly push the envelope while retaining his discrete image. The cut touches on social commentary through his discrete image and keen wordplay over a punchy guitar melody.

Stream the project below and cop it on iTunes. Also peep his live performance of “Magic Bullet” from the album on TeamBackPack.

More Than Your Average | Chelsea Reject Unveils “Based”

“What they gon’ say to me if they are not who created me?” – Chelsea Reject

Brooklyn MC Chelsea Reject released a new single today, “Based,” featuring production from Texas producer Romby and her as-always raw vocals as she continues to hone her voice and perfect her craft. This is the first solo effort we’ve heard from Chelsea since she dropped her second project earlier this year, CMPLX. Her sophomore tape contains collaborations with fellow Brooklyn natives T’Nah Apex, ATOWNomas, a handful of Pro Era frontmen, as well as sultry Chicagoan Jean Deaux. All about embracing imperfections through her transparency and refreshing references (see “Planet Namek”), the self-proclaimed Reject is not to be slept on.

As she wraps up her New York show tonight at the Botanic Lab, Chelsea is set to resume her tour in Japan next week. Check out the dates and peep the single below.

  • 8/14 – Kobe, Japan – Yellow Gold
  • 8/15 – Nagoya, Japan – Lover:z

Chelsea Reject: Twitter // SoundCloud // Website

[Image from Justin Hogan]