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Just in case anyone needed a reminder of what a monster on the mic Black Thought is, he visited Funk Flex on his Hot 97 show and obliterated a freestyle session. 10 minutes of straight bars, no chaser. If you are an MC or want to have a better understanding of the technicalities and breath control that are required at the top, allow me to present your study guide.


Great song from Lyza Jane, as she brings her blissed out, air-like vocals to Easy. Production is handled by Formz, with a nice little guest spot from Bisk. The track is lifted from Lyza’s recent EP, Nobody But You, which features appearances from Milkavelli, Nah Eeto and Jam Baxter.

Detroit rap in full effect, as Frank Nitt connects with Illa J on No Fame. The track is lifted from Nitt’s recent project, The Streaker, on which he flips the wealth of samples in Dolemite’s extensive back catalogue. The album is available to stream & buy on all the usual platforms.

If you remember, C.A.M recently released his debut EP, The First Move, and he has followed it up with a video from the project. Twin Beacons features fellow boom bap ambassador, Parallax and the two MCs trade bars over a nice beat from Wickstarr. The video was shot by AboveGround.

Intense remix from Willie Green, as he tackles one of the gems from the recent Armand Hammer album. Carnies features a nice spot from Mach Hommy, as well as some suitably cerebral lyricism from billy woods and ELUCID. You can stream the remix below and the album, Rome, is available now on Backwoodz Studioz. Read the rest of this entry »

The ever-prolific Hus Kingpin is back with another new joint, Vader, with Gabdulla Tha Butcha on the boards. You can stream it below. Read the rest of this entry »

New music from London MC, Jaz Kahina, as she gets us in the mood for her impending EP. 284 is produced by Danny Wolf and features a tidy little video from Jordan Grant. No release date for the School Run EP yet, but stay tuned for more on that coming soon.

Mad track here from UZ and Stooki Sound, as they draft in the ample talents of Orifice Vulgatron and Onoe Caponoe for Bang. The track is just one of the gems to be found on UZ’s Layers LP, which was released earlier in the year on Quality Goods Records.

Ness Nite follows up her spellbinding song, Expectations, with an infectious little rhythm called Tightrope. While its predecessor was a more wavy affair, Tightrope picks up the tempo a little bit, thanks to Mike Frey’s production. The song premiered over on Vinyl Me Please, where Ness explained that it “is about doing what you need to do to stay up. When I wrote it, it was about a specific situation, but it has evolved with me. ” This is the next track to be taken from her upcoming debut LP, Dream Girl, which is due out on POW Recordings next year. Read the rest of this entry »

LNYCHPIN is an important compilation that showcases some of the best work that the indie rap scene in NY has to offer right now. The collection was put together by Backwoodz Studioz affiliates and linchpins of the scene themselves, Lt Headtrip and Willie Green, so you already know that the levels are going to be high.
There are tracks from Headtrip and billy woods, Gruff Lion and Teddy Faley, Warren Britt, PremRock and Hype Wonder, as well as a whole load more. It is basically the perfect selection for anyone who is already immersed in their love for NY rap, as well as anyone wanting to get familiar with the scene and its players. You can stream the compilation below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »