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Minneapolis favourites, Atmosphere, return to the fore once again, as they release a brand new track. Bde Maka Ska is the first single from the Rhymesayers duo, since last year’s excellent Mi Vida Local album. Atmosphere are gearing up to go on tour once again, kicking off in January in their hometown. More info is available on the Rhymesayers site.

Last week, Evidence announced the imminent arrival of new music from Step Brothers – the creative alliance he formed with long-term friend and collaborator, Alchemist. Today saw the release of their new single, which arrives five years after the success of their Lord Steppington LP. Burnt Tree continues in the same spirit as their earlier material, with the duo trading bars over some drum-heavy, soul tinged production from Alchemist. The only real difference is in Alc’s flow, as it sounds slightly more in your face than on previous records, which is definitely not a bad thing. As it stands this is a standalone single, with a limited edition 12″ vinyl version available via Tuff Kong Records. The video was made by The Digggers.

Happy to see the arrival of Nikki Jean’s debut release on Rhymesayers. Having first come to my attention as the lead singer of Nouveau Riche, alongside The Roots affiliate, Dice Raw, Nikki’s voice was always especially captivating. Having teased us with a couple of singles over the last year or so, including the atmospheric, People & Planes, the Philadelphia-based vocalist proves her worth with this seven track, hip hop infused EP. There is a lone feature from regular collaborator, Lupe Fiasco, who drops in on the previously released single, Mr Clean, with the rest of the project allowing Nikki’s lyricism to simply shine through. Downloads of Beautiful Prison are available over on Bandcamp and the full EP can be heard below. Read the rest of this entry »

The latest video from Atmosphere was just given life, as they continue delivering the gems from their most recent album. On Earring, the Minneapolis duo draft in one of their oldest friends and collaborators, Musab FKA Beyond, with the video shot against a backdrop that feels like it could have been a Coen Brothers brainchild. Earring is lifted from Mi Vida Local, which is out now on Rhymesayers.

Brand new visuals from Atmosphere, for yet another gem taken from their latest album. The video was directed by Johannes Roth and Slug. Mi Vida Local is out now on Rhymesayers.

Great track from deM atlaS as he drops the latest video from his recent Bad Actress album. Bad Days Are Over also features fellow RSE label mates, Atmosphere, and the video was made by Beth Saravo on the recent Mi Vida Local tour. You can find downloads for Bad Actress here.

Another great track from Mi Vida Local, as Atmosphere deliver a simple yet effective video for Delicate. If you’re not aware, Atmosphere are hitting London as part of their European tour, so you can catch them at The Electric Ballroom on 23 April. Also check out my in-depth interview with Slug over at Grown Up Rap if you haven’t done so already.

Speaking of Aesop Rock, he also blessed with a new project today, alongside producer and psych rock front man, TOBACCO. The duo, known collectively as Malibu Ken, seem to have found just the right creative balance when their respective talents are combined, with TOBACCO’s electronic 8-bit heavy beats verging just onto the right side of dark and angsty, providing the perfect backdrop for Aesop’s usual brand of studious lyricism. The whole album is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding Rhymesayers catalogue and you can hear the whole thing for yourself below. Physicals and merch are available over at Fifth Element. Read the rest of this entry »

Another video from Aesop Rock’s forthcoming album, alongside Pittsburgh producer, TOBACCO. The duo – aka Malibu Ken – are dropping their album mid-January, which will hopefully kick off yet another stunning year for rap. Pre-orders for Malibu Ken are available now via Rhymesayers.

Another strong video from one of the highlights of the rap year, as Evidence drops a new visual for Rain Drops. The track is produced by Twiz the Beat Pro and the video was made by Evidence and Johannes Roth. Weather or Not is out now on Rhymesayers.