Lately, with my killing of (off) time at work, I tend to sneak around trying to find some streams when I’ve hit overload with internet radio and my own personal holding, so here’s a this-week top five kev-for-free listens:
I’ve been listening to a lot of British Hip Hop for some reason, I think stemming back to my first Jehst listen and his excellent partnered-up running of the YNR Productions label that has a quite a few interesting records upon. And Obba Supa were one of the first head-turners in my realm as well. In turn (two-step), turns out they were guesting on and leading me to Half Past Calm 2 by Jon Phonics. Besides having numerous bangers and features, this reck had a radical pairing of Jehst with Cyrus Malachi titled Raw Ingredients, the latter whom is in partnership with the above M9 aka Melanin 9 in both Triple Darkness and Orphans Of Cush. This lot tend to bring a grittier more claustrophobic menace to their spits and productions.
Damu brings the classic dusty bap vinyl crackle. Simplistic instrumental with the super rare feature. A member of Y Society with Insight (whom is pretty incredible on his own path) and Panacea from Washington DC.
Tough trying to pick my go-to Mello Music Group reck, as both this puppy and Apollo Brown’s latest Daily Bread teamed with Hassaan Mackey are dope. But I’ll tip my hat Has-Lo’s way as he’s young and hungry, and this album touches on an oft-times quite over-looked feeling in hip hop; a quasi depressive melancholy and contemplation. This is a dude really looking within and trying to come up with some heavy answers and reaching – through total nods.
The Man With The Golden Sound.
Great production by a long-standing dusty-traditionalist. Many a star-studded feature. Solid warm weather album to cruise your new hydraulics with.
I lied, top six. Couldn’t pass up Apollo Brown’s choice production-work. Dynamite showing always – everything he touches. Boog claims the female-best emcee title rightly. An excellent collaboration pushing strengths.