R.A.P. Ferreira: Purple Moonlight Pages (Stream)

It’s another sublime offering from R.A.P. Ferreira, as he releases his new album into the world. The artist formerly known as Milo has long been lauded as an MC who embraces the more poetic side of rap and on this latest album, we hear that stylistic blend taken to beautiful new heights. Production throughout is handled by The Jefferson Park Boys – aka Kenny Segal, Mike Parvizi, and Mr Carmack – who conjure up an equally absorbing selection of beats to match Ferreira’s vocals, from the jazz-funk strains of No Starving Artists and Laundry, to the more down-tempo joys of earlier single, Doldrums, and the Mike Ladd assisted, An Idea is a Work of Art. Ladd is one of only two features on the album, with Open Mike Eagle making a nice appearance on Pinball. The full glory of the album is available for you to explore below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “R.A.P. Ferreira: Purple Moonlight Pages (Stream)”

R.A.P. Ferreira: Leaving Hell

Another tantalising drop from R.A.P. Ferreira, as he delivers the next single from his forthcoming album. Leaving Hell is the next piece of the puzzle that is Purple Moonlight Pages, which is entirely produced by The Jefferson Park Boys aka Kenny Segal, Mike Parvizi and Mr Carmack. The video, including the excellent animation, was created by Ben Clarkson. Stay tuned for the full album when it’s released on 6 March on Ruby Yacht.

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal: Back At The House (Stream)

Another successful collaboration for Kenny Segal, following on from his joint venture with billy woods back in March. This time the LA-based producer is lending his craftsmanship to Hemlock Ernst, the rap alter-ego of Future Islands frontman, Samuel Herring, resulting in 11 tracks of intriguing and often introspective hip hop. Back At The House is out now on Ruby Yacht and you can stream it in full below.

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billy woods & Kenny Segal: Steak Knives

One of the many gems from the billy woods and Kenny Segal collaboration has been given a new visual life, as Backwoodz Studioz release the video for Steak Knives. The track is lifted from Hiding Places, which is up there with the best albums of the year and is likely to remain in that spot, such is its majesty. Keep an eye out for woods ans ELUCID touring in the UK and Europe later in the year.

billy woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places

Among the superb albums that graced our Friday last week, was the latest offering from billy woods. A favourite of mine for a while now, woods has gone and made what will no doubt go down as a classic and a definite high point in a career that is stacked with strong projects. And he hasn’t done it alone. For Hiding Places he has gone down the single producer route, as he previously did with Blockhead, this time joining forces with Kenny Segal. Continue reading “billy woods & Kenny Segal: Hiding Places”

Armand Hammer: Paraffin (Stream)

At long last the latest album from Armand Hammer is now available for your streaming pleasure. Originally released by Backwoodz Studioz on a limited vinyl only run, last week saw its arrival in digital form. The pairing of billy woods and ELUCID is always a cause for celebration, with Paraffin continuing in the same vein as its predecessors, delivering an album brimming over with lyricism that will leave you still finding gems on your umpteenth listen. The production boasts some great names, with Messiah Musik, Ohbliv, August Fanon, Willie Green, Kenny Segal and ELUCID himself all providing suitable backdrops for the tracks to unfold on. There is also a lone, yet particularly strong feature from Sketch185. Paraffin is available to stream below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Armand Hammer: Paraffin (Stream)”

Open Mike Eagle: No Selling (Uncle Butch Pretending It Don’t Hurt)

Open Mike Eagle sauntered into September and casually dropped off one of the best albums of the year, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. Inspired by the now derelict Robert Taylor Homes housing project in Chicago, the album has been met with praise from the rap world and beyond. This particular little gem, No Selling, now has its own video thanks to Mike and a couple of pro-wrestlers, Trauma and Human Tornado. The track was produced by Kenny Segal. BBKSD is out now on Mello Music Group.