Category Urban/Hip Hop

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL – NEMESIS! [SELF-RELEASED]

Well, well, well. If it isn’t the erstwhile hero of early 2010s chap hop, Professor Elemental. He’s back, and this new album catapults us right back to the world of time-traveling, trouser-exploding, tea-drinking, knee-worshipping whimsy. In the vein of earlier albums like “The Indifference Engine”, “Father of Invention”, and “School of Whimsy”, this one tells […]

IZY – FRANTIC (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET RECORDINGS]

Funkiest track I’ve heard in a while. Izy brings bright harmonies, a bassline that won’t quit, and a bouncy groove. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: D’Angelo, Bilal, Raphael Saadiq

Jade Relics – Island (Self-released) [LOCAL]

VT hip-hop trio Jade Relics’ latest funky single has two movements – an uptempo dance-pop intro and a slower, smoother second half, both infused with wonderful live instrumentation. Lyrically, the song reflects the isolation brought on by the pandemic, as well as by physical and social barriers between classes and nations. Be sure to only […]

DAVID WALTERS – FREEDOM (FT. VINCENT SEGAL, BALLAKÉ SISSOKO, & ROGER RASPAIL) (SINGLE) [SIX DEGREES]

A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa

Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger – Force Majeure[Int’l Anthem]

Killer bass-harp duo that was recorded over a series of livestreams throughout the COVID-19 Lockdown. The empathy both players have is awe inspiring.

Micah Graves – Med Nama: Not for the Ordinary [Self-Released]

Philadelphia-based musician and Temple University senior released this album at the beginning of the year. Intense, highly melodic and beautifully lyrical tunes that have a “pop sensibility”. I believe that everyone can find something they enjoy from this record. Recommended.

R.A.P Ferreira – Bob’s Son [Ruby Yacht]

Incredible poetry-emphasized rap music that has such a unique flow to it. Lots of loops created from interviews of poets as well as Ferreira’s own, warbly piano. Highly recommended.

L. TEEZ – THE INDEX TO MY INNER THOUGHTS [HYDROPHONIK]

L. Teez brings smooth hip hop sounds fresh out of Montreal on his latest EP. The project has a strong international influence (L. Teez is quite the international citizen himself) and features bits of classical jazz as well as more contemporary sounds. Give it a spin… FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 2, 6 RIYL: Miles Barnes, […]

ENRIQUE NICOLAS NOVIELLO – THE GREAT HUNGER [SWITCHSTANCE]

Enrique Nicolas Noviello leads us on a musical journey through jazz clubs and rap cyphers alike. Each song is completely unique and tells a story of its own, but Noviello’s creativity and firm grasp on rhythm are evident throughout (though he does lack a formal musical education). Influences of jazz, hip hip, and blues meld […]

Blu & Exile – Miles [Dirty Science Records]

Really beautiful, almost carnival-like beats are juxtaposed against serious and dense lyrics. A vivid imagery that’s come to saturate a truly poetic genre seems to be reinvented here with, of course, themes of colors.

R.A.P Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages [Ruby Yacht]

A resident of Biddeford, ME, R.A.P Ferreira evokes the feelings of isolated suburban living in the Pine State. His lyrics are hard to pin down at times, but what is evident is how incredible a rhymer Ferreira is. The sense of realism is very appealing. Check the tracks for profanity before airplay.

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jyoti – This Walk [eOne Music/SomeOthaShip Connect]

Hard to categorize, polyrhythmic, syncopated goodness from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Play for sure!

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo [ESGN/ALC/EMPIRE]

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs released “Alfredo” with The Alchemist in late May to widespread acclaim. Gibbs’ muscular flow is juxtaposed by some killer, sensuous strings and synthesized open harmonies. Recommended. Check lyrics before playing.

INJURY RESERVE — Hoodwinked [single] // Loma Vista

From promoter: “a menacing live-wire of a track built around a bumping low-end and a squealing free-jazz saxophone sample.” Keep an eye out, there’s more tracks coming from Injury Reserve throughout the week ! Label: Loma Vista FCC: Clean RIYL: BROCKHAMPTON, JPEGMAFIA, Joey Purp, Milo

BINKI — Heybb! [single] // FADER

From promoter: “With elements of indie pop, rock, funk, and hip-hop alike, Brooklyn Based rapper binki defies genre boundaries on his new single “Heybb!.” On “Heybb!,” binki raps about the pains of rejection, juxtaposing bouncing surf rock guitars and jangling cowbells with his unique brand of narrative talk-flow. The track is raw, yet endearing, deftly balancing its tongue-in-cheek lyrics […]

Haviah Mighty — 13th Floor // Self-released

From promoter: “Canadian emcee Haviah Mighty is ON THE RISE! One of XXL’s Toronto Rappers You Should Know, Mighty cut her teeth in The Sorority and is ready to carve out a space in the worldwide hip hop landscape.” Label: Self-released FCC: Clean Start w/: 1,2,3,4,8 RIYL: Little Simz, Missy Elliott, Leikeli47, The Sorority

SA-ROC — Hand of God [single] // Rhymesayers Entertainment

From promoter: “Sa-roc is what one would say is a poet amongst the hip hop world. With every bar feeling more thoughtful than the next, it’s hard to not see of piece of ourselves in her music!” Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment FCC: Clean RIYL: Rapsody, Brother Ali, Little Simz, Sampa the Great

DENZEL CURRY, KENNY BEATS — Unlocked // PH Recordings

From promoter: “After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the span of 10 months (TA13OO and ZUU, respectively), Denzel Curry starts off 2020 with a menacing and concise full length produced entirely by Kenny Beats. Unlocked is the product of a manic three day studio session following Denzel recording for an episode of Kenny’s YouTube show, The Cave. The project finds the two […]

Atmosphere — Whenever // Rhymesayers Entertainment

From Promoter: ” The Twin Cities boys are back and ready to be heard! Atmosphere is back and they aren’t playing any games. The album Whenever is a perfect example that autobiographies maybe better as audio tapes. Slug really allows himself to become an open book. Never afraid and never faking the funk, he gives you every piece of […]

Aesop Rock — ROGUE WAVE (single) // Rhymesayers Entertainment

From Promoter: “Rogue Wave” is Aesop Rock’s first new material since the release of his “Klutz” single in 2018 – it’s an extended journal entry that aims to exude the feeling of being lost at sea.” Label: Rhymesayers Entertainment FCC: Clean RIYL: Sage Francis, Atmosphere, Blackalicious

ZEBRA KATZ — Ish (single) // ZFK Records

This track is super experimental and combines elements of techno music with traditional hip hop. The result is this super dark and bumping track. If you enjoy this one, keep an eye out as there will be a full album coming soon ! Label: ZFK Records FCC: Clean RIYL: J-E-T-S, Tierra Whack, Goldlink, Mykki Blanco

Wilma Archer — Last Sniff ft. MF DOOM (single) // Weird World

From Promoter: “ Wilma Archer has tapped on the shoulder of Hip Hop Legend, MF Doom to make song that reminds you why we love Doom. The soulful beat from Archer fits so well with unmatchable flow of Metal Fingers. A single like this is hard to describe in music, but real hip hop fans know what’s going […]

STORMZY — Heavy is the Head // Atlantic

From Promoter: “The new king of UK Grime and leader of the new school of British Hip Hop, Stormzy, has released his highly anticipated second full-length studio album, Heavy Is The Head. The 16 track release that features guest appearances from YEBBA, Aitch, Burna Boy, H.E.R., Headie One, Tiana Major9, and Ed Sheeran, is a winning mix […]

A2VT – Twenty Infinity (Mercury Rising Music) [LOCAL]

A2VT is an Afropop group founded by African refugees in the Burlington area. Their latest album is all bright, shiny dance beats and hooks, with lyrics (in English, Swahili and Maay Maay) tackling both lighthearted and serious topics. Highly recommended! Track Picks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Rema, Burna Boy, Wizkid

Snoh Aalegra — I Want You Around ft. 6LACK Remix (SINGLE) // Artium Recordings

From Promoter: “One of the most exciting voices in recent time, Iranian / Swedish singer and songwriter Snoh Aalegra is back with a new remix of her HUGE UAC hit I Want You Around feat. 6LACK!” Sick remix, give this one a listen! Label: Artium Recordings FCC: Clean RIYL: Jorja Smith, 6LACK, Raveena, Mac Ayres