Homeboy Sandman: Satellite

Another reason to look forward to the impending album from Homeboy Sandman right here, as the Queens MC pens an ode to the NY boroughs he has called home over the years. Apparently the video footage is a highlight reel from a 30 mile walk that Sands took over the space of a day, which saw him covering the ground he talks about in the song. Satellite is produced by Deca and the track is taken from Still Champion, which arrives on 11 November via Mello Music Group.

Homeboy Sandman: Anjelitu (Stream)

The latest release from Homeboy Sandman touched down last week, featuring full production from Aesop Rock. Anjelitu is a project of two halves, having been written while Homeboy Sandman was in two very different places mentally. For more on the backstory behind its creation, you can read my recent interview with HS over at Grown Up Rap, and you can hear the whole EP for yourself below, with downloads available via Bandcamp.

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Homeboy Sandman ft. Aesop Rock: Lice Team, Baby

Next month sees the arrival of the new release from Homeboy Sandman, in the form of his Anjelitu EP. The EP is produced in its entirety by Aesop Rock and for his latest single, Sands has treated us to the closing track from the project, which also features a vocal feature from his Lice partner. You can listen to the track below and then pre-orders for the EP are available via Bandcamp, were you will also find a couple more tracks to stream.

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Homeboy Sandman: Go Hard

Yesterday Mello Music Group announced yet another upcoming release, this time from the mighty Homeboy Sandman. The Anjelitu EP will see Sands rediscovering some of the same energy he found on his Lice collaborations with Aesop Rock, as he brings him in to produce the entire project. We can get a sample of that energy, thanks to the first single, Go Hard, on which we hear the star of the show brandishing the sort of flow that has long-established him as one of the more inventive rappers of his generation. The full EP is due for release on 6 August.

Mello Music Group: Bushido (Stream)

As reported a few weeks ago, Mello Music Group have put together a compilation featuring a whole bunch of new material from their increasingly dope roster and some equally compelling guests. The album kicks off with a track from Quelle Chris and Alchemist, which should give you some idea of the levels at work here, if you’re not already familiar with Mello’s insanely consistent back catalogue. As we progress we’re treated to new joints from The Lasso and Zackey Force Funk, Cambatta and Apollo Brown, Homeboy Sandman and Eric Lau, as well as three new tracks from Oddisee, including the previously featured No Trouble. You can explore the full array of musical brilliance below and then go check the usual spots for all your streaming/download needs.

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Lice: Ask Anyone

Following on from the very sad news of MF DOOM’s passing, the internet was awash with tributes from all walks of the music industry, not just hip hop; a testament to the masked villain’s universal appeal and intrigue. One of the standouts for me has been this joint from Lice – aka Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman – who decided to pay their respects to DOOM with some typically tight bars over one of his most-loved instrumentals. You can hear the results for yourself below and downloads are available via Bandcamp.

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys ft. Merrill Garbus, Cavalier & Homeboy Sandman: Sacred Safe

A good start to the week as I bring you the latest video from Quelle Chris and Chris Keys. Not only was Innocent Country 2 one of the best releases from this year, but Sacred Safe was also one of my most played tracks of the last 12 months. The track features superb contributions from Cavalier, Homeboy Sandman and Merrill Garbus, as well as a new layer of dope, thanks to the video from Santa West & Quelle. Innocent Country 2 is out now on Mello Music.