End your day the gritty way, with the latest video from Sniff and Formz, as the duo continue the run of dirty gems from their recent 100 Vices project. Westway Marina is the seventh step in their guide to neverending misery and features a suitably subdued but impactful verse from Bisk. 100 Vices is out now on Shadow Player Records.

The third single from the forthcoming L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae album emerged this week and it’s another good omen. Featuring some excellent conceptual animation from Eric Power, the track is laced with pitched down sample, with Jae’s lyrical stream flowing freely as per. Complicate Your Life With Violence is due for release on 4 October via Mello Music Group.

Rumours of new music from Guru and Premier – their first fresh material in 16 years – were sparked this week, when Preemo posted a video of a voicemail from Nas, in which the NY rapper said he heard that a new Gang Starr album was being prepared. Then a couple of days later, this new track emerged, sending the online rap community into meltdown. The track touches on subjects that seem all the more poignant given the circumstances. It is definitely a positive to hear something previously unheard from the legendary duo and the addition of J Cole is a nice touch, but it does feel like something is lacking from the finished product. Maybe it’s just the underlying sadness of knowing Guru’s gone, that taints my enjoyment, but it is still a new Gang Starr track and that is something I’m thankful for.

More high grade boom bap from Parallax, as he releases the latest video from his Auditory Vision LP. For My People is produced by the late Profound Beats and the video was made by Parallel Media. The album is available to stream and download on all the usual platforms.

New music from the always intriguing Long Beach artist, Zeroh, as he sets his sights on a solo LP release in 2020. Zeroh first came on to my radar thanks to his verses on some of those early Jonwayne tapes, as well as an excellent contribution to Metabeats’ stunning Caviar Crackle LP. You might have also caught his recent feature on the second single from the forthcoming album from L’Orange and Jeremiah Jae. On Bang Babies we get to hear what appears on first listen to be a very relaxed Zeroh, as his bars meander over some stripped back production, but on closer inspection the intricacies of his rhyme schemes become ever more apparent. Bang Babies can be heard in full below and keep an eye out for more news on the album coming soon. Read the rest of this entry »

Pleased to see the arrival of the new project from PremRock and Curly Castro, as they connect to form Shrapknel. The duo have been friends and collaborators for a long time, so this union makes a lot of sense, even more so when you hear the EP itself. Featuring some stunning production from the likes of ELUCID, Fresh Kils and Small Pro, Cobalt is the perfect introduction to Shrapknel, as we await the release of their full-length album, which is produced entirely by ELUCID and Backwoodz Studioz in-house wizard, Willie Green. You can stream Cobalt in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Another super slick video from the most recent Meyhem Lauren x DJ Muggs release, as they bring out the supercars once again for the looming, piano-laced Blue Chinese. Nice cameo from Action Bronson too. Members Only is out now on Soul Assassins.

Big intro to the forthcoming Skinzmann mixtape, as the Exeter producer draws on some nearby talent, enlisting the help of Plymouth MC, Wyatt Earp, for Always On Job. The track is lifted from Incognito Grinders, which features a bevy of UK talent including Datkid, Obadiah, Shifty and Sniff. The video for Always On Job was made by JDZ Media and pre-orders for the mixtape are available over on Bandcamp.

Surprising release from the Marvin Gaye estate, as they put out an updated video for his song that was originally written as a poignant response to an act of police brutality. The new video features footage of the current various traumas endured by black people on a daily basis in America and shows that the song has lost none of its impact since its original 1971 release.

Pharoahe Monch has been talking about his upcoming album for a while now, leaving fans fiending for a taste of what the lyrical god has in store for us mere mortals. Now we have that taste, as the Queens MC unleashed Palindrome on the world a few days ago. Under the collaborative moniker, TH1RT3EN, which features drummer, Daru Jones and guitarist, Marcus Machado – both highly accomplished musicians – the trio let rip with Pharoahe incorporating a number of palindromes in too his rhyme schemes, reminding all of us why he is one of the most technically gifted rappers to ever pick up a pen. The track is produced by Nottz. More news on the album coming soon.