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)”

Grift Company: Too Many Secrets

The Wrecking Crew are back at it with a new EP from Grift Company on the horizon. Made up of regular collaborators Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro, Too Many Secrets follows on from the duo’s self-titled EP which was released back in April last year. We’ve already been treated to the first single, Company Dro, which features the always on point Open Mike Eagle and paves the way for what is surely going to be another successful venture for the Philadelphia outfit. The track is produced by dos4gw. You can hear Company Dro below and pre-orders for the EP are available over on Bandcamp. The official release date is set for 8 October and features production credits from the likes of Willie Green, Jason Griff and Zilla himself.

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Open Mike Eagle & MF Doom: Police Myself

Last week I shared a new Open Mike Eagle video with you, taken from his newly birthed comedy show, which he presents alongside Baron Vaughn. Now he’s back with another hilarious joint, this time featuring the enigmatic OG, DOOM, as the pair delve into the idea of “the cop that lives inside all black men’s heads”. The New Negroes is currently being shown on Comedy Central.

Open Mike Eagle & Danny Brown: Unfiltered

Open Mike Eagle recently debuted his new comedy series, The New Negroes, a show which he has put together with comedian and actor, Baron Vaughn. The show features a blend of stand up, sketches and music, as demonstrated in this new video which Comedy Central released a few days ago. In it we see Mike trying his best to hold his tongue in his workplace and beyond, before things get too much and he unleashes his unfiltered self, in the form of Danny Brown. The track is produced by Bionik.

Open Mike Eagle: Every Single Thing

More excellent visual work from Open Mike Eagle, as he releases the new video for Every Single Thing. The track is produced by DJ Nobody and Eureka the Butcher, and is lifted from Eagle’s latest project, What Happens When I Try To Relax. The video was directed by Spencer Garland. The EP is available now via Auto Reverse.
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Blockhead ft. billy woods, Open Mike Eagle & Breeze Brewin: Slippery Slope

Blockhead kicked off 2019 with his new album, which is already a contender for all of your end of year lists. It included a stellar cast of supporting players, including this track Slippery Slope which features billy woods, Open Mike Eagle and Breeze Brewin. It’s now also got its own claymation video, courtesy of the talented Mr. Oz. Free Sweatpants is available now via Backwoodz Studioz.

Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)

Blockhead has been a favourite producer of mine ever since I first heard his work with Aesop Rock on Labor Days. Over the years he has maintained a steady stream of solid solo releases – Music by Cavelight and Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book, being two personal favourites – as well as some excellent production credits for some equally excellent rappers. The one thing I have always wanted to hear from him though was a production album, featuring loads of good MCs rapping their asses off, which is exactly what the New York producer delivered today.
Following on from last year’s Funeral Balloons – his debut release on his new label home, Backwoodz Studioz – Free Sweatpants merges quintessential Blockhead instrumentals, with plenty of strong features from a whole host of talented writers. As if it’s not enough having Tree, Hemlock Ernst, Aesop Rock, Armand Hammer, Homeboy Sandman, Vic Spencer and Marq Spekt involved, Blockhead kicks off the album with a track featuring Open Mike Eagle, billy woods AND Breeze Brewin. The result is as good as you would hope for and more. I spent years waiting for this album to happen and I am happy to be able to say it has surpassed all my expectations. Free Sweatpants is available to stream in full below and you find downloads over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Blockhead: Free Sweatpants (Stream)”

Pan Amsterdam x Open Mike Eagle: No Snare

Ever since Pan Amsterdam came to the fore earlier this year, they have been garnering attention from a wide range of notable entities, including art rap avocate, Open Mike Eagle. In fact the MC was so impressed with Pan Amsterdam’s whole vibe, that he invited them to accompany him on his North American tour.
They have also recently collaborated together on the brilliant No Snare, where they exchange 16s over a glitchy beat from Mr.Shn and Pajama Sam, accompanied by Leron Thomas on trumpet. You can stream the track below and downloads are available via Def Presse. Continue reading “Pan Amsterdam x Open Mike Eagle: No Snare”