Chicago rapper Kami and Chicago producer Smoko Ono teamed up for the collaborative EP known as Very Slight. Featuring plenty of familiar Windy City names like Joey Purp, Chance the Rapper, and Valee, the project is one to spin over and over as you attempt to hold on to summer.
While we anticipate Mick Jenkins’ upcoming sophomore album, Pieces of a Man, scheduled to release this upcoming Friday, he let loose two singles. They’re linked together in the same music video while also being made available separately over on all streaming services. The kicker is that the track “Padded Locks” features the legendary Ghostface Killah. Don’t sleep.
LA-based MC Open Mike Eagle linked up with producer Nedarb (a familiar name around these parts) for the loose track ‘Relatable’. The track arrived alongside the announcement of Eagle’s new label, Autoreverse Records, so look out for much more from that new venture.
Lastly, be sure to check out Open Mike Eagle in November as he tours through the West Coast and down in Texas and Arizona. Dates can be found here.
Milwaukee producer Q the Sun has had a great year. He’s produced for Lorde Fredd33, Milo, and WebsterX. Now, stepping into solo territory, he enlists vocalist Kane for the loose track “Wide Awake”. Spin it back three times over and wait for Q to drop some more bumps in the form of Afterain Part 2. You can listen to the first one below.
Because you need some spooky ass beats for your Halloween experience. Here’s 9-and-a-half minutes of instrumentals from New Jersey producer GRiMM Doza. Each beat is evil as hell and will slap you in the face. Bump this all night and scare the shit out of your neighbors.
St. Louis rapper Bari gave the world a taste of things to come with a three song EP known as The Prefix. The first two are solo tracks produced by Monte Booker while the final track features Smino (who also handled the beat). It’s a short and sweet project, one to hold our attention until something larger arrives from the talented rapper.
Chicago’s Supa Bwe is a man of many styles. From in-your-face aggression to atmospheric reflection, his tracks are always a mystery until pressing play. His newest single, “Entropy”, falls into the latter category (see: up in the sky) and comes complete with a feature from Dounia and production from Shepard Sounds. Press play and feel this one wrap you whole.
Lucki is preparing Freewave 3, and as an appetizer, two of his frequent collaborators let loose two singles. First is “Night” produced by 16yrold and second is “I Need More” produced by Plu2o Nash. Both tracks are spaced out, dazed, lost in the clouds. Everything you need for the middle of October, unless Lucki delivers with his next project.
This is one to play when the sun goes down and the world grows a bit more quiet. Chester Watson (and plenty of frequent collaborators) create a ten song head space, a body high you won’t want to let fade away. Let’s close it out with ‘Chessmaster’ alongside Kent Loon.
Is this the best driving album of the year? Quite possibly. Joey Purp flips from soulful to stoned to aggressive with impressive cohesion. Chicago names like CDot Honcho and Ravyn Lenae stop by, while larger acts like RZA and GZA open and close the project. It’s one to play over and over and over. With the best speakers you can find.