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Yesterday was the one year anniversary of Trump’s election win and international commiseration was the theme of the day. Open Mike Eagle also chose it as a suitable day to release his new video for Happy Wasteland Day, which depicts a Mad Max style, dystopian vision of the not so far away future.
As Mike himself said “We’re releasing this video a year to the day of the election of the garbage king. May our national nightmare end sometime soon.” The track was produced by Exile and is yet another gem from Mike’s excellent album, Brick Body Kids Still Daydream. The album is out now via Mello Music Group.


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.

The reasons to be excited for the new L’Orange album keep stacking up, as he releases a new video from the project. The Nashville producer has got a great list of names involved with the album, including Hieroglyphics founder, Del The Funky Homosapien, who brings his ample talents to Blame The Author. The Ordinary Man is available to pre-order now via Mello Music Group.

This great animated video emerged from the Mello Music Group camp a few days ago, as an accompaniment for one of the more powerful tracks from Oddisee’s recent LP, The Iceberg. You Grew Up details, among other things, a relationship between childhood friends of different ethnicities and the different paths their lives take after the white kid’s dad loses his job, eventually ending in tragedy.
As the song demonstrates, Oddisee has always been good at tapping into the moods of people at a particular time, whether it be the immigrant crisis or racially motivated police killings. The video was made by Eugene & Louise. The Iceberg is available to buy now.

Another stunning leak from the upcoming L’Orange album. The Difference features Blu and Elzhi over a typically smooth jazzy beat from the Nashville producer, spliced with a load of chopped up samples and only adding to my anticipation for the full project. The Ordinary Man is due out on 27 October on Mello Music Group and can be ordered here. You can steam The Difference below. Read the rest of this entry »

More gritty minimalist rap from the new Apollo Brown & Planet Asia album. Anchovies is definitely one for rap aficionados and is probably going to end up in my favorite albums of the year, in a year which has produced gem after gem. It is available now on Mello Music Group.

L’Orange has been one of my favourite producers ever since I first pressed play on his project with Jeremiah Jae back in 2015. Since then he has released albums with Kool Keith and Mr Lif, and now he is coming back with a new solo project, The Ordinary Man. Read the rest of this entry »

This is the latest track to be taken from the forthcoming album from hip hop heavyweights, Apollo Brown and Planet Asia. The Aura proves exactly why Asia has been one of my favourites since the Still in Training days. Anchovies is due out on Mello Music Group at the end of this week.

A new Open Mike Eagle release is always something to look forward to and when the first sample is as wonderful as this, it’s hard not to get little-kid-at-Christmas hyped. 95 Radios is produced by Has-Lo and is the first single from the upcoming Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, which is due for release on Mello Music Group on 15 September.

Kool Keith has released another video from Feature Magnetic, this time for the classic Keith sounding, Cheesecake: “Send these rappers to the store for me, y’all run some errands. Go get that cheesecake.”