These are the latest songs this week we are checking out…
One look at the cover of Elzhi’s project Lead Poison and a vast variety of interpretations come to mind. Are the burdens of the Hip-Hop industry and fans' expectations too much for the Detroit wordsmith? The imagery depicts Elzhi dodging and ducking for cover as pencils rain from the sky, quite a thought-provoking visual to say the least.
Harlemite rapper Smoke DZA links up once again with one of his most regular collaborators in producer Harry Fraud for his latest project, “He Has Risen." This project is classic Smoke DZA spitting his cleverly crafted rhymes and flows over jazzy, airy production. The release is perfect for a fat J while plotting on your next move to take the world by storm.
"If Kendrick Lamar’s leftover music were leftover food, it could be sold at the finest restaurant in Los Angeles. Reservations would be fully booked for five years because of the exceptional quality of everything he produces." Daniel Alcazar - The Daily Bruin
Hip-Hop heads all around rejoice. Boston producer Statik Selektah and the lyrical madman Crooked I have come together to create a dope album for all to enjoy. "Statik KXNG" features Statik’s classic boom bap drums and jazzy smooth melodies as the soundscape for KXNG Crooked, who weaves his syllables in and out at will...
Kanye West will release Waves Feb. 11, but since Ye doesn't run the world, yet, who else has new music coming in February? Look out for Wiz Khalifa’s new album and BJ The Chicago Kid’s debut with Motown. From the underground, watch for Dizzy Wright and Curren$y. Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked are teaming up for a collab album and Action Bronson could release "Blue Chips 7" or "The Human Highlight Reel."
The Hot Spitta takes workaholic to new heights as he releases "The Owners Manual," EP just a month after his highly anticipated project Canal Street Confidential. This buttery smooth EP was executive produced by Cool and Dre and completed by Jet Life don Curren$y himself all within the course of one day.
Kid Cudi is buzzing on college campuses. It is not because of his outing with fans to see "Star Wars." It's all because he remained “100 true” to his “artistic self” on his new album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven.
G.O.O.D Music rapper/President Pusha T recently released his latest album "King Push- Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude." This album serves to satiate the masses until the release of his third studio album King Push, which is slated to drop April of next year. Darkest Before Dawn is a project that stays true to its name, as it maintains a dark, edgy, and even somewhat sinister tone throughout.
If you need to stay focused and desire to stay clear of the harder drugs circulating campus, you might want to look into the nefariously named marijuana strain “Durban Poison” that’s out on the market.
Gangsta Gibbs stays true to his moniker on his latest release "Shadow of A Doubt," which is a well curated compilation of street tales accompanied by heavy trap bangers with a pinch of gritty soulfulness and just a little love.
Talib Kweli is living proof that great content supersedes the ever-evolving music business model. At the time Kweli started, selling physical units and gaining airplay were the name of the game. Many aspects of the business have changed, but one thing that's been constant for the rapper is his independence.