Author Archives: djsvpply

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Dope mix of R&B, rap and neo-soul.  Anderson Paak is about to make some huge waves in the R&B community so check him out.  Gritty rough-around-the-edges vocals that are immediately recognizable and classic sounding boom-bap beats.  Fiya. FCC: 5, 9, 11, 13 Play: 3, 4, 7, 1 RIYL: D’Angelo, The Roots, BJ The Chicago Kid

Smino – Sick Sick Sick EP

Really innovative Hip Hop by a St Louis up-n-comer.  Produced in the same studio as Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap”.  Some trap influence but gritty and synth driven beats with very melodic rap/sung vocals.  Dope. FCC: Clean Play: ALL RIYL: Chance the Rapper, Towkio

Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

You already know what Kendrick is about.  Mix of hip hop and funk and experimentalism on this project.  Sounds like a To Pimp a Butterfly B-Sides album but don’t think for a second that means these songs are afterthoughts.  Very good album that stands above a lot of full length releases this year. FCC: Clean […]

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Dope mix of R&B, rap and neo-soul.  Anderson Paak is about to make some huge waves in the R&B community so check him out.  Gritty rough-around-the-edges vocals that are immediately recognizable and classic sounding boom-bap beats.  Fiya. FCC: 5, 9, 11, 13 Play: 3, 4, 7, 1 RIYL: D’Angelo, The Roots, BJ The Chicago Kid

Adrian Younge – Twelve Reasons To Die II starring Ghostface Killah

Similar to the first edition of this project, Adrian Younge lays a cinematic, 70s-soul-influenced musical backdrop. Ghostface tells a violent story of vengeance showing his mastery of narrative rap. RZA narrates and Ghostface is joined on many tracks by Raekwon which adds a nice touch as the two have great chemistry. Play: 2, 3, 12 […]

Knxwledge – Hud Dreems

Knxwledge is an incredible and prolific underground beat maker specializing in eclectic, experimental post-dilla beats. For the last 3-4 years he has been releasing hundreds of tracks on his bandcamp (remixes as well as instrumental beats) This is his first full-length release on Stones Throw and it is mostly short instrumentals in the style of […]

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

Wow, amazing and complex neo-soul. Ultra-smooth full band compositions with hauntingly beautiful vocals. Somehow six minute songs still leave you wanting more. Play: 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15 FCC Clean RIYL: D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Thundercat, Phantogram

Bishop Nehru – Nehruvia: The Nerhruvian EP

Rapper/Producer Bishop Nehru has been in the game for a minute, recently putting out a collaborative album with MF Doom. The Nehruvian EP is a warm up for his forthcoming full length on Mass Appeal. Apparently this material was “too raw” for the album. Play: 2, 3, 4 FCC Clean RIYL: Blu, The Underachievers, Pro […]

Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Very intense hard-hitting rap from a British, female MC. She has her roots in spoken word and poetry/storytelling which is very clear from the intricate storylines in each song and throughout the album. The beats are very synth driven. Sometimes flow seems to be sacrificed for content but definitely an interesting album if you are […]

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos

Really cool mix of Rock and Hip Hop put together by two veteran producers. Its a promotion for the video game Grand Theft Auto so many of the songs follow that theme but not to a distracting degree. Just take a look at the features and I’m sure you’ll find something you want to check […]

Altered Tapes – Savant Garde

Remix album that combines classic breaks and samples to recreate classic Hip Hop tracks. Some songs run through several different formulations of the beat (thus the “avant garde” aspect). Very Hip Hop oriented but there are some RPM elements to it as well as Latin and Funk influence. Play: 7, 8 FCC Warnings: 2 (Hooker), […]

Raekwon – Fly International Luxurious Art

Wu-Tang member Raekwon has delivered another solo album, this time with some surprising features. For me, some of the songs are forgettable and even a little bit cheesy, but it might just be because I am always hoping for another Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. That said, Raekwon goes pretty hard on a lot of […]

Harry Hudson – The Treatment (A-Side) EP

Atmospheric pop R&B with light use of autotune. Heavy, trap influenced beats with big drums. Don’t Google-image-search this dude (despite Justin Beiber vibes, the music is decent). Very OVO influenced. Play: 5 FCC: 4 gets pretty overtly sexual RIYL: The Weeknd, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Vader the Villin

Philadelphia Slick – Earth Rocks Harder

Beats are really cool, all composed with live instruments but it definitely sounds just like sampling at times. Some cool saxophone lines. Rapper has a pretty unique sound..kind of like a nasally, lower-pitched Danny Brown at times but not quite as interesting. I also hear some yelawolf in the vocals. Some cool social messages/political raps […]

Capeech Cappuccino – Galacticstar Hip Hop

I’m really diggin this one. Upbeat feel with boom-bap, Primo-style beats (heavy drums and soul samples). Raps don’t dissapoint. Play: 1, 4 FCC: 2 (maybe?) RIYL: Murs

URBAN SINGLES 4/21/15 FIRE FLAMES!!!!

Dynas & Tony Galvin – What Up – Big & Tall LP – AVX Records JR & PH7 & Chuuwee – DueYuu f/ Blu – The South Sac Mac – Below System Records*** JR & PH7 & Chuuwee – Florin Light Rail – The South Sac Mac – Below System Records Grace – You Don’t […]

Ceschi – Broken Bone Ballads

A blend of hip-hop with punk/folk/rock, sometimes mixed and sometimes pure. Angsty, poetry-style lyrics. Rock songs are a bit cheesy but there are some pretty cool moments in the album. Play: 3, 9 More Rockish: 12 FCC Clean RIYL: Sole, Why?, Sage Francis, Grieves

DJ Harrison – Stashboxxx

I read an interview where DJ Harrison said that instead of digging for dusty soul samples, he tries to recreate that same sound and feel with live instruments. He definitely attains that at many moments throughout Stashboxxx. It’s a lo-fi, analog blend of jazz and instrumental soul presented in the form of mostly short snippets […]

Fashawn – The Ecology

The Ecology is the second studio by West Coast rapper Fashawn. It was produced by Nas and features a nasty guest appearance from him. In fact, all the features are really solid. Beats are provided mostly by Exile (Think Blu & Exile) as well as tracks handled by The Alchemist and DJ Khalil. Fashawn keep […]

lowercase letters – lowercase letters

Lowercase letters makes real low-key neo-soul/rock/R&B. There’s some definite genre crossover even hitting on hints of punk at certain moments. Soft, sexy vocals from a female singer with lovely harmonies…although not always perfectly on key :(.  Really nice album though. Play: 3, 8 FCC: 2 RIYL: Jhene Aiko, Jessie Ware, Beach House

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

Action Bronson is as crazy and goofy as ever on his second studio album Mr. Wonderful. The beats are surprisingly funky and soulful. Production credits are familiar Bam Bam collaborators including Statik Selektah, The Alchemist and Party Supplies. There are a few new faces like two tracks by Mark Ronson and “Actin’ Crazy,” a banger […]

Greg Grease – Born To Lurk Forced To Work

Greg Grease is a rapper/producer from Chicago. On this album he provides atmospheric post-dilla beats (verging on trap in the album’s second half). He also spits lyrics that might make you want to rewind and listen again. Its an experimental album throughout that feels like it may come unhinged at points but it never does […]

PRhyme – Prhyme

Prhyme is DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9. If you haven’t gone to look it up yet, it’s dope. Classic primo beats with hot samples and scratches. Royce is at his best too. Plus, take a look at the list of features that includes Jay Electronica, Dwele, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Killer Mike, Common, Mac Miller […]

Tuxedo – Tuxedo

Funk is clearly on its way back, and this time with lots of groovy synths. Jake One serves up the beats and Mayer Hawthorne sings about how great the feeling is…and how he can’t get enough of it…and he can’t describe it…. seriously every song. But I’m not complaining. Enjoyable, accessible, feel-good album. Play: 3, […]

Raz Simone – Cognitive Dissonance: Part II

Slow building and orchestral epics with reflective lyrics from Raz Simone. The album has some really deep, introspective moments over beats that sometimes seem to shift slowly from hip-hop to post-rock. Rap delivery is slow and at times sounds like spoken word but it totally works. The Guitar solo at the end of track 4 […]