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.
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.
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.
Half an hour of smackin’ instrumentals, bass-driven beauties. Producer DJ Smokey comes correct with his newest mixtape, Squirtle Sapphires. If you’re familiar with this iconic artist, it’s a great place to pick up where you left off. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s one hell of a mixtape to kickstart the journey. Don’t sleep on Smokey 666.
Minnesota’s own Bobby Raps brought the heat last year with his debut solo offering, Mark, and now he has returned with the fourteen track WeirdLilWorld. Handling production on a majority of the project, Bobby also recruits familiar names like Corbin, Chase N Cashe, and Chief Keef. He’s been producing for Keef and Young Thug and this project is a direct reflection of that auto-tuned style. Hard body. Press play on 40 minutes of wild.
Back in May, Richmond, Virginia rapper/producer Nickelus F released the album Stuck. I’m a bit late to the party on this one but I can’t stop spinning it. ‘Horace Hardbody the Statue’ is such a heater. Shout-out to Ka for putting me on to this artist and shout-out to Lil Ugly Mane, who released a project with Nickelus F back in 2015 titled Trick Dice.
Because you need more beats in your system. This eight and a half minute project from Ottawa producer socctrainlofi blends lofi instrumentals with an atmospheric ambiance. Meredith acts as a nice escape when you only have ten minutes to get away.
I found this project on a rap message board and knew it was worth checking out after seeing the POW Recordings affiliation. The eight song album, Do or Die, acts as my introduction to the Hammond, Indiana rapper, who has gained past acclaim with a series of grainy videos released through Elevator. Sounding a bit like the past and a bit like the present, Vince Ash is the newest Midwestern rapper to hold my attention.