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D.T. Swinga
16 March, 2014 6:31 pm

After a long hiatus following the devastating shooting of his youngest brother and the death of his girlfriend, Wafeek recently released ERA. The 12-track project, featuring Killer Mike, is a nod to what many hip hop heads consider “The Golden Era”. The sonic backdrop is a blend of classic 90’s boom bap and modern sensibilities, [cont.]

7 March, 2014 2:36 am

In a recent interview with Adra-Matic.Com, Alchemist spoke briefly about why he doesn’t usually produce for Eminem, despite being his DJ. He also reveals the artists he’d like to do full albums with, which includes MF Doom, Rakim, and JAY Z, among others. Read on: Adramatic.com: I’d like to know more about my two favorites [cont.]

5 January, 2014 1:03 pm

We’ve seen it before, we’ll see it again. Something under-the-radar breaks through to the mainstream, and the rest of the industry back-peddles in attempt to see what they’ve been missing. When the so-called tastemakers of popular culture are late to the party on something, its usually followed by glowing reviews and affirmations of said product, [cont.]

3 January, 2014 3:32 pm

The underlying theme throughout most of Atlanta Grand Hu$tle rapper B.o.B.’s third album, Underground Luxury, seems to be frustration. Despite numerous hit records under his belt, B.o.B., still feels a level of disconnect with his audience, as he laments on tracks like “FlyMuthafucka” or “Back Me Up”, which find him fending off “haters” at every [cont.]

27 December, 2013 5:55 pm

With the state of New York rap in flux, Roc Marciano has carved out a nice little niche for himself, with a unique brand of what we like to call “post-boom bap”. The sound of Roc Marciano, as well as like-minded individual, Ka, is that of raw, minimalist, sampled-based production, which is heavy on loops [cont.]

19 December, 2013 2:41 am

Necro has been putting down for years in the underground hip-hop scene, with a loyal legion of fans that follow his every move, and violently populate the Psycho+Logical-Records message boards. He’s built up a strong catalog of releases for himself and other members of the Non-Phixion crew, and made a lot of noise during the [cont.]

13 December, 2013 12:56 am

QN5 Music is proud to announce the release of Tonedeff’s second installment of 4 stylistically unique EP’s that will be combined to form his forthcoming album, Polymer. EP #2, entitled Demon, deals with the pressures and side-effects of anxiety, mortality and time-management over self-produced mid-tempo bounce tracks. Demon tackles an overwhelmed life a dazzling variety [cont.]

13 December, 2013 12:24 am

Rapper/producers EP and Matter Ov Fact, together known as the New York duo The Doppelgangaz, release a brand new track today on Noisey. The drizzly, chill “Holla x 2″ is the lead single from their upcoming album, titled Peace Kehd, to be released February of next year. Diehard Dopp fans will not be disappointed, as [cont.]

6 December, 2013 5:55 pm

Houston’s Trae Tha Truth is an artist that receives respect from much of the industry as a whole, despite being blackballed from his local hip-hop radio station, after a tragic shooting at one of his Trae Day events in 2009. After a jock at the station said Trae was inadvertently responsible for the violence because [cont.]

1 December, 2013 6:20 am

Many people might not have German/Afghan producer Farhot on their radar yet but he’s far from being a rookie. With 5 platinum records on his wall and album productions for Nneka, Selah Sue and Talib Kweli under his belt chances are high that you have heard his music before not knowing it was his production [cont.]

1 December, 2013 6:13 am

On December 4, 2013, Skyzoo will partner with producer Antman Wonder to release his final offering for the year: a concept album titled An Ode To Reasonable Doubt (AOTRD), presented by Sky’s imprint First Generation Rich, Inc. and Loyalty Digital Corp. As the title suggests, the independent project – featuring nine new Skyzoo x Antman [cont.]

26 November, 2013 8:43 pm

Detroit’s Black Milk has a long, storied history as a part Slum Village’s extended family, and even has collaborated with J. Dilla early in his career. Which is why it makes sense that despite Dilla’s passing, his sound looms heavy over that of Black Milk’s, who carries on his legacy years after his death. No [cont.]

14 November, 2013 2:30 pm

Detroit’s Boldy James has been a relative unknown on the scene, but has popped up in various places over the last year or so, such as on the ill-fated Dilla release, Rebirth Of Detroit, and his Grand Quarters EP via Decon. But he makes his official debut on My First Chemistry Set – an album [cont.]

14 November, 2013 10:12 am

Authenticity. Loyalty. Hustle. Whether you’re the street solider or the self-established kingpin, these fundamentals are simply par for the course that separate the legends from the rookies. But if you think that’s all it takes, you’re dead wrong. With a meticulous work ethic and a slick rhyme scheme, Carolina emcees Ed. E Ruger & Ty [cont.]

3 November, 2013 9:05 am

Earlier this year, Planet Asia teamed up with Killer Ben and Tri-State to form the Durag Dynasty, for a collaborative album produced entirely by Alchemist called 360 Waves. The end result was a fun, solid LP, but one that only paved the way for Al’s stellar collaboration with Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Albert Einstein (which [cont.]

24 October, 2013 4:57 am

U-God spoke with Bossip about whether he believes there is truth to rumors of a music illuminati. That said, he asserted that the idea of an illuminati is a good thing. U-God also talked about the current state of underground hip hop.

22 October, 2013 11:48 pm

Here is the cover art for 7 Days of Funk, drawn by Lawrence Hubbard of Real Deal Comix. Real Deal is a title Hubbard started drawing in the late 80’s when Los Angeles was in the wake of the L.A. Riots. Real Deal was the only Black, independently self-published and distributed magazine of the time, [cont.]

10 October, 2013 7:22 pm

Three 6 Mafia have managed some amazing feats in their time, as the duo of Juicy J and DJ Paul, not only have created some anthemic hits like “Tear The Club Up”, “Sippin’ On Syrup”, and “Stay Fly”, but also have 1) beat Martin Scorcese to his first Oscar (that’s Oscar, not Grammy) and 2) [cont.]

18 September, 2013 2:59 pm

We’ve quickly seen the rise of New York City’s A$AP Mob, a crew led by A$AP Rocky, who’s scored a few high profile guest driven hits with “Fuckin’ Problem” (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar) and “Wild For The Night” (feat. Skrillex). With another nine members bearing the prefix A$AP before their rap moniker [cont.]

13 September, 2013 9:35 am

Fresh on the heels of the excellent Jammin’ 30: In The Mornin’ mixtape, today Detroit holdout Boldy James announces My 1st Chemistry Set, his first long-player and fully collaborative project with LA super-producer The Alchemist, due October 15th on Decon, the label heavily involved in newly relaunched media hub Mass Appeal. Here Boldy delivers verses [cont.]

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