Your Old Droog has already been responsible for two of the year’s top releases, thanks to the two albums he dropped in relatively quick succession earlier in the year. Now he’s decided to go for the triple, as he releases another surprise album, Jewelry. The album features production from the likes of Quelle Chris, Edan and Tha God Fahim, plus some exceptionally nice features from Mach-Hommy, MF DOOM, Fahim and Matisyahu, culminating in some of the best Droog material we’ve heard this year. The latest video from the album is available to watch above and you can stream Jewelry in full below.
One of a number of undoubtedly strong projects released today is the latest solo effort from Quelle Chris. Having already been treated to a few tasters from Guns, including the title track and Straight Shot which features a surprising appearance from UK comedian, James Acaster, it was already pretty clear that this album was going to be another success for Quelle. Armed with his usual brand of wry humour and social commentary, the NY-based artist allows us to laugh at some of the current situations, where otherwise we might have no choice but to cry. The album is produced by Quelle, alongside Dane and Chris Keys. There are a stack of great features too including Jean Grae, Mach-Hommy, Cavalier and Denmark Vessey. Guns is ready to stream in full below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Quelle Chris: Guns (Stream)”→
The seemingly unstoppable DJ Muggs has yet another new project on the horizon. This time he is joining forces with the enigmatic and divisive, Mach-Hommy for Tues-Lez Tous. 900K is the latest single and makes the entire project look very promising indeed. Pre-orders are available now over on the Soul Assassins site.
Great collection of tracks from Farma Beats, as he lays out some of his favourite collaborations over the past 12 months. There are tracks with Rome Streetz, Jalal Salaam, Recognize Ali, Mach Hommy, Sleep Sinatra and more. I recently said on Twitter that it’s a real pleasure to see Farma doing so well with these up and coming US artists, having already been witness to him influencing a whole generation of UK MCs over the past two decades. Long may it continue. You can stream 365 below and downloads are available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Farma Beats: 365 (Stream)”→
Was happy to see the release of the new album from DJ Muggs, following on from his recent successes with DOOM and Meyhem Lauren. Even more pleased to be able to report that the project is another triumph. Muggs has always been a much-respected producer, with artists like Madlib citing him as a huge influence on their sound. And with good reason, as Dia Del Asesinato demonstrates. The list of features is testament to the esteem Muggs is held in by the scene as well, with MCs like Raekwon, Mach-Hommy, Hus Kingpin and DOOM all bringing their A-game to the project. The album is available to stream below and you can also buy it via Soul Assassins.
The announcement of a new Mach-Hommy project is always the cause of much chatter in the rap world. On the one hand there is the excitement of hearing fresh material from arguably one of the nicest lyricists of the era, and on the other hand there are always debates over his approach to his releases – namely the prices he charges. I can see it from both sides, to be honest.
Some will argue that the high prices prevent a lot of fans from ever owning a copy, but at the same time every one of his releases sells out and I know for a fact its not just rich kids buying them. Some rap fans genuinely believe that the art is worth that much and are happy to part with their hard earned cash.