Fatboi Sharif: Interview

Fatboi Sharif has been making some of the most compelling and intriguing rap music of his generation, thanks to a style that refuses to be boxed in by genre restrictions and critical expectations. I recently caught up with him via Zoom for a conversation which delves into the process behind his creativity, as well as his musical upbringing, his love of horror and his plans for the future. We also spoke about his most recent album, Preaching in Havana, which is out now on PTP.

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Spectacular Diagnostics: Raw Lessons (Stream)

Following some much deserved hype and anticipation, the new album from Spectacular Diagnostics arrives in all its splendour today. Raw Lessons is another feature heavy affair, with some truly unique pairings, including a track with Immi Larusso and Bruiser Wolf, while elsewhere regular Spec collaborator, Kid Acne, joins forces with Sonnyjim. There are also features from the likes of Fatboi Sharif, Lee Scott, CLBRKS and TheDeadCanRap. The album is available to preview below, then head to Bandcamp to check the full lineup and secure ownership of the vinyl or a download.

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OneShotOnce & Roper Williams: Hatched Caviar (Stream)

OneShotOnce and Roper Williams are back, building on the foundations of their 2022 EP, with a new full-length collaboration. Hatched Caviar saw its full release yesterday and has already received multiple spins from me. A nice mixed bag of features to go with the appeal of the main players, with Fatboi Sharif and Ransom among the supporting cast. Previews of Hatched Caviar are available below, with downloads over on Bandcamp.

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Illingsworth: i’m not supposed to be here (Stream)

New music from Illingsworth that is worth your attention. Raps and production from the man himself, which he describes as “raw shit from a not-so-great place”. Every cloud, as the saying goes. You can have a listen below, then head to Bandcamp to show your support.

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AJ Suede & Televangel ft. HUGHIE!: PBS Kids

Fresh visuals from AJ Suede and Televangel, as they continue to bless us with the treasures from their latest collaboration. PBS Kids is one of the tracks on the album with a notable feature, thanks to a typically dope appearance from HUGHIE! (aka Mr MFN eXquire). It’s lifted from the superb Parthian Shots, which is out now via Fake Four.

Hus Kingpin: The Tricky Tape (Side A)

Hus Kingpin’s passion for the Bristol music scene continues with this latest project, which sees him drawing on inspiration from Tricky. Following on from his acclaimed Portishead tribute album, Portishus, the LA rapper embraces another of the city’s renowned artists, which begs the question, will a Massive Attack homage complete the trilogy? Only time will tell, but for now we can be thankful for these two releases.

Celestaphone: Paper Cut From the Obit (Stream)

New music from an artist I was unfamiliar with, but one that I’m happy to have been introduced to. Celestaphone is the name and his new album, Paper Cut From the Obit, was released last month. With rap music as its core, the album draws on other genres for its full allure and includes a guest list that taps into the top tier of artistry that populates the current soundscape. With features from Armand Hammer, Moor Mother, Defcee, R.A.P. Ferreira and Paul Barman, Paper Cut From the Obit is a welcome addition to the slew of new releases that have emerged this year. You can hear snippets below, with full downloads available on Bandcamp.

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Chunky: Somebody’s Child (Stream)

An unsurprisingly strong debut from a long established entity here, as Chunky releases his Somebody’s Child LP. Following on from years of association with the likes of LEVELZ, Swamp81 and Zed Bias, the Manchester artist comes into his own with a strong album that successfully blends rap with the surrounding subcultures and genres that Chunky has long inhabited. You can get a feel for Somebody’s Child below, with downloads available on Bandcamp.

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B. Cool-Aid: Cnt Go Back (Tell Me) + LP News

Sticking with that same school of soulful raps, B. Cool-Aid are also on the verge of releasing a new album. Due at the end of this month, Leather Blvd. is the follow up to their 2017 offering, BRWN, and it looks set to exceed the expectations set by its predecessor. There are a couple of glimpses into the album available already, including the feature-heavy, Cnt Go Back, which sees Siifu and Ahwlee enlisting the assistance of Liv.e, Butcher Brown, Jimetta Rose, V.C.R and Maurice II. Give it a listen below, then head to Bandcamp to grab a pre-order before the 31 March drop.

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YUNGMORPHEUS: Layman’s Terms + LP News

New cuts emerging from YUNGMORPHEUS, as he prepares to release his latest album. From Whence It Came arrives in full next month and boasts a range of production credits, including some from the man himself. There are some nice sounding features too, with MED, Fly Anakin and Jimetta Rose among the names helping to keep the soul flowing. There are a couple of tracks circulating already, including the Junie produced, Layman’s Terms, which you can hear below. Pre-orders for the album are available now over on Bandcamp.

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