J. Cole hasn’t really given us much material since his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, save a couple features but now he’s back with his song “Grew up Fast.” His second album is expected to drop sometime this Summer and I know I may be a little greedy but I can’t help but hope he gives us another mixtape before then. J. Cole is definitely one of my most relatable artists. I’m really glad that his album went Gold. It proves that real hip hop can still sell these days.
My favorite single to drop on the week of February 12th was a random Redman freestyle over my all time favorite Eminem song, “Just Don’t Give A…” There’s really no word as to why he dropped this but it definitely impressed me. I’ve never been a huge fan of Redman but I do like a couple of his albums, Red Gone Wild & his album with Def Squad, El Nino. Eminem always listed Redman as one of his biggest influences and it’s clearly evident as their styles are very much a like. I’d love to hear a new Redman/Eminem collab sometime soon. Make it happen Marshall.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new Atmosphere. Here’s their latest video though, from The Family Sign. In September of last year I got the chance to see them live in concert and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I don’t really know if any other concert will live up to Slug’s amazing performance. “Became” is one of my favorite songs off their last CD. Still not 100% sure whether he’s talking about an actual dog or not. I guess that’s why it makes this song so great.
The Week of the Superbowl coincided with the release of Curren$y’s latest EP, Here. It featured Curren$y going over some beats he shoulda graced long before. The first track was a freestyle over Fab’s Alchemist produced track, “Welcome to my Workplace.” Curren$y’s Covert Coup mixtape was easily one of my favorite mixtapes to come out last year and this joint left me fiending even more for another project from them. Apparently I can rest easy because the sequel to Covert Coup drops on 4/20 and is called, Re-Coversionalize. Speaking of recent Curren$y projects, Muscle Car Chronicles just dropped on iTunes this Tuesday.
As you know, Camp was one of my all time favorite albums from 2011. Here’s Childish Gambino’s latest video for a song called “Heartbeat” off that album. Guess it’s perfect timing since Valentines Day is around the corner. If you haven’t heard Camp yet do yourself a huge favor and give it a couple spins.
Joe Budden just came through and proved to the masses once again why he’s one of the best rap artists out. He literally destroyed this beat. I don’t think that the original can live up to this at all. I don’t even consider it a freestyle. This is just nuts. This is the exact Budden shit that I love to listen too. As soon as I heard this I immediately went back to my favorite mixtape of his, Mood Muzik 3. Mood Muzik 4 will likely be in rotation soon as well.
On February 28th, Copywrite will release his latest album, God Save The King. Recently he’s been putting out a lot of tracks that didn’t make the cut. Here is one of them. I love his witty wordplay, its great. His last album, The Life & Times of Peter Nelson was slept on by many, but those who heard it felt it. I’m sure this album will live up to its hype. Preorder God Save The King over at UGHH.
Cam’s newest protege kicks it with Fabolous for a brand new video off his Slime Flu 2 tape which dropped on Black Friday 2011. I haven’t given that tape nearly enough spins but from what I remember it was just as good as the first. You already know Fab comes correct on this joint as well. Recently Vado dropped Boss of All Bosses 3 with Cam. Speaking of Cam’Ron hopefully he finally makes that Dipset Reunion album happen.
Late last year out of nowhere, producer Madlib hooked up with Freddie Gibbs and released an EP by the name of Thuggin’. Here is the title track. They are currently working on a full length LP which will likely see release later this year. Gibbs has definitely proved his worth. Hooking up with Jeezy gave him a lot more exposure for sure.
Six months after, All 6′s & 7′s dropped, Tech N9ne decided to put out a video to his single “Am I a Psycho?” The album as a whole didn’t really have much replay value but this song was definitely a banger. I still find myself playing this every now and then. Currently Tech is touring for his collaboration album, Welcome to Strangeland.
Yelawolf’s latest album, Radioactive is in stores now and I can honestly say it really surpassed my expectations. Yelawolf was always very hit or miss for me but he really put a ton of work into his album. It’s a great cohesive effort that is definitely worth checking out. Here’s his latest video with Kid Rock for his “Let’s Roll” single.
B.O.B.’s latest mixtape, E.P.I.C. (Every Play Is Crucial) was one of my favorites to drop last year. It was full of album worthy material. He’s currently getting ready to drop his Strange Clouds album in March. Based off it’s lead single and the mixtape precursor, I think we’ll have a worthy sophomore effort. Hit the jump for the music video to the “Strange Clouds” Remix.
B.o.B – How Bout Dat (feat. Future & Trae Tha Truth)
Ski Beats is getting ready to release his third album, 24 Hour Karate School Pt 3 and here are two music videos to prepare us. Here are two dope artists over dope production. I need to start bumping Cold Day In Hell more, I’ll probably give it a spin later today. I have been listening to Curren$y’s Covert Coup with Alchemist a lot recently and heard through the grapevine that there will be a sequel this 4-20.
Saigon just recently dropped the Third Volume to his Warning Shot series. If you still haven’t heard it (like myself) you can check it out over at Datpiff. Here are two videos from the tape. The first is “Hungry” and after the jump is “I Am 4 Real.” Both vids have pretty decent visuals for a mixtape.
The single for the week of January 22nd is Stalley’s “Harsh Ave.” Currently Stalley is gearing up for the release of a new mixtape, but while we are waiting he’s been releasing a constant stream of singles. Another one of my favorites from him recently was his freestyle to Common’s “Blue Sky.” Stalley has definitely been proving his worth as of late and the Deluxe version of his Lincoln Way Nights mixtape is available for purchase on iTunes as we speak. I suggest you check it.
Once again sorry for the lack of posting but I’ve been busy leading my life. I will strive to atleast post a few music videos here and there as well as the singles of the week. I got a few to catch up on though, so here it goes. The single for the week of January 15th (My Birthday Week) is K’Naan’s “Nothing to Lose” single off his new EP, More Beautiful Than Silence which is available on iTunes now. If you remember K’Naan appeared on 2 tracks of Nas and Damien Marley’s collaborative effort, Distant Relatives. This time Nas graced K’Naan with a verse for his own joint and it’s excellent.