Roc Marciano & The Alchemist: Quantum Leap

The recent long-awaited collaboration from Roc Marciano and The Alchemist was undoubtedly worth the wait and Quantum Leap was one of the standout tracks in an album overladen with gems. Now it’s blessed with its own fitting video, courtesy of The Diggers, which you can watch above. The Elephant Man’s Bones is out now.

R.A.P. Ferreira ft. Hemlock Ernst: mythsysizer instinct

November will beckon in the latest album from R.A.P. Ferreira, as he continues to merge the forces of hip hop and poetry into his own distinct sound. mythsysizer instinct is the first peek we have at the new album, with the song featuring vocal assistance from Hemlock Ernst, as well as production from the ever reliable, Kenny Segal. The album, 5 to the Eye with Stars, is up for pre-order now via Bandcamp.

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Teddy Faley: An Incomplete List

Hard to put this into words, but somehow Teddy Faley has written a song that is at once one of the most powerful and sorrowful songs I’ve ever heard. Having dealt with more than my fair share of grief over the years, the lyrics to An Incomplete List hit harder than most and Faley’s delivery only serves to make the tears swell stronger. He begins the song by saying he wants to get this one right and I’m so grateful he succeeded. Stream it below, then check the WATKK Bandcamp for a download.

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PENPALS & Spectacular Diagnostics: Dimensions of Dialogue (Stream)

Spectacular Diagnostics has a habit of bringing out the best in anyone he works with and this is more than evident on his latest collaboration, alongside NY rap trio, PENPALS. Dimensions of Dialogue features more sci-fi tinged production from the man behind the beats, while the PENPALS brand of rhyming seems to have been tailor made for the musical backdrop. Entertaining and engaging. Check it out for yourself below, then hit Bandcamp to grab a download.

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ShrapKnel: Lazy Dog

A brand new video from the equally new ShrapKnel album, as Curly Castro and PremRock reconvene in their faultless combination to deliver another essential set of raps. Lazy Dog features production from Steel Tipped Dove, while the video was made by Owen Taylor and Mike Petrow. The album, Metal Lung, is out now on Backwoodz Studioz.

AKAI SOLO: Body Feeling (Stream)

As we wait patiently for the arrival of the new album from AKAI SOLO, the Brooklyn MC has blessed us with this vitalising amuse bouche in the interim. Body Feeling emerged last week and offers up six tracks from one of my favourite voices currently circulating on the NY rap scene and beyond. The EP features production from some familiar names, including Child Actor, Nicholas Craven and Preservation. You can peruse the project for yourself below, then hit up Bandcamp for downloads and full credits. The full album is due for release on Backwoodz Studioz later this year.

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Dabbla x Illaman x GEAR x Benofficial: Main Man Syndrome

From UK to US as Potent Funk flex their collective talent on this latest single. Main Man Syndrome features spoken bullets from Dabbla, Illaman, GEAR and Benofficial, as well as some perfectly matched musical accompaniment from Forest DLG. It’s an illuminating collaboration and the video also gives you the opportunity to see Dabbla getting tattooed on a bus. Say no more.