Rapper/producer AJ Suede will go down as one of the most prolific underground rappers. Steadily releasing cohesive and bar-heavy projects, Suede has already delivered with three EPs in the last three months. Let’s get familiar.
Most recently, we received Rain Based, which came fully produced by cloud rap icon Keyboard Kid. Five songs in length, the EP is lost in the clouds, smooth as hell, and complete with features from BB Sun and BB Rob God. Although Suede is from the East Coast, this is most assuredly a Seattle affair.
Prior to Rain Based, AJ Suede released the five song EP System of a Frown II. It came fully produced by Nedarb (just like the first volume). As a result, it’s dark, it’s haunted, it’s full of hi hats. Suede really shines on the track “Made a Difference”, which demands a quality sound system.
Before these two executively produced EPs, Suede dropped the six song Melancholy Trill II. Recorded in Seattle, it’s a unique release as it features a different producer on every track. With familiar names like BB Sun, Wolftone, and JPEGMAFIA, the project goes down as a quality first release of Suede’s 2018. With three already in the ring, we can certainly expect more as the year progresses.
Rap trio is back in rare form with their new single “Pre Season.” After a brief hiatus, the Birmingham group hone in on their patented flows, their strong ear for production, and their unabashed lyrics. Both aggressive and energetic, this drum-laden track (produced by Anthem Beats) is the definition of the talent of K.L.U.B. Monsta. It acts as their manifesto, a testament, an appetizer. With KENXL (one of the best directors in the Southeast) behind the lens, K.L.U.B. Monsta delivers a cryptic but prime view of how they run the city in the visual for “PRE SEASON”. Shot near some of the alleys and railways of Birmingham, KENXL captures the energy of the chase as K.L.U.B. Monsta mobs through the city unknown if they are the hunted or the hunter. “PRE SEASON” is the first visual off K.L.U.B. Monsta’s upcoming debut album When Gawd Ready. This is simply a taste of whats to come for the talented Birmingham group.
Irish producer Squid Ethics is one of my favorites at the moment and his instrumental tapes never grow old. On top of having just released the EP Malheureusement, he clumped his five EPs and one album into one comprehensive playlist. Press play and float away properly for one hour exactly.
California producer Joe Nora and English rapper Kelvo are three for three at this point. With a trio of hot tracks, it’s only right that I compiled them for your listening pleasure. One hell of a duo with plenty more on the way.
It’s time to get caught up with the work between producer Purpdogg and vocalist Souly Had. The two have released a batch of track in the last half year, spanning between hip-hop and R&B. “Sandman” cleverly flips the famous bubblegum pop track, while their newest, “Young and Dumb”, is a bar-heavy love narrative. Don’t sleep on these two.
Depending on where you live, it’s still cold as hell outside. Maybe some snow on the ground. How fitting, then, to give this 20 minute beat tape Winter Batch a spin. It’s a lofi excursion traveling through streets of icicles and cups of hot cocoa.
We’re still listening to Lucki’s project Watch My Back from last year, but in the last two weeks, he’s dropped two tracks with the producer Marcus Basquiat. The tracks “4everybody” and “Sports Mode” are exactly what you need to soundtrack your end of the night blunt. Even the artwork is cold.
Are you up to speed with the Set? The Illinois collective Leaf Set released a twelve track project back in December known as Film. With different pieces of art for every track, it feels like a slideshow in your mind, spanning across genres and time. Step inside with caution, step inside with dilated eyes.
It’s been out for a couple of months, but it’s necessary that we talk about this ZMoney tape right now. The seven song project is fully produced by ChaseTheMoney and features heater after heater. The standout here is “Look Up” with Chicago rapper Valee. Enjoy the video above and the full project below. Stay awake forever.
BB SUN has released a batch of tracks in the last few weeks and they’re all worth your while. With two tracks featuring Nedarb (one of which is a Lil Peep tribute), all five of the songs demand your time. The most recent is the heavy “Air it Out” with Antwon and Martin Unruly while a personal favorite is “Rental Car” which feels like a clouded night journey. UDF.