Lucki kickstarted the summer with the 18 song project Watch My Back. With production from Clams Casino, Plu2o Nash, Grimm Doza, and more, the project was perfect for the June and July heat. Just last month, he released another heater in the form of “You Called Me” which comes produced by 16YROLD and YUNGLUNCHBOX. It’s a two minute smoke break, one I promise you desperately need.
Five new songs from the dynamic duo based out of Atlanta. This is their first properly packaged release since Strays With Rabies back in late 2015, but they’ve been doing plenty in the between time. Music videos, tours, compilations, the works. The new EP features Chicagoan Mick Jenkins on the groovy closing track as well as Spillage Village member J.I.D. on the standout track “Meditate”. You can enjoy the EP above and check out the video for “Meditate” below.
Mick Jenkins has been touring heavily these last couple of years, and this song is a testament to the ‘in transit’ hours that can truly test patience. Rather than scroll the web into a wormhole of boredom, the Chicago MC turns the purgatory into a ‘2 minute drill’ where he goes in on THEMpeople production and gets geographic inside dense bars. Don’t sleep.
San Francisco (by way of Chicago) producer Joe Nora released the track “Jaguaar” earlier this year. Featuring the famous vocals from Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri, the song initially took me into a whirlwind of past experiences and verses. Thankfully, UK artist Kelvo acquired the instrumental and did his own thing on the track, replacing the vintage verses for something new and refreshing. I can’t get enough of this song, which is the second time that Nora and Kelvo have worked together, and hopefully not the last.
Windy City producer Mulatto Beats let loose one hell of a producer album earlier this summer. Featuring a plethora of talented rappers (Lucki, Mick Jenkins, Warhol.ss, Qari, Alex Wiley, Trapo), the ten song project sounds like a cloud of smoke on a hot summer day. The production does not disappoint and all of the guests do their thing. Hopefully we get an instrumental version of this down the road. Spin this one on repeat until it gets cold again.