Chance The Rapper wowed crowds with his rendition of the classic "Aruthr" theme song as he performed it at numerous festivals throughout the country. He recently released a studio version of the cover and it is quite epic. He recruited Wyclef, Francis & The Lights, Jesse Ware, Elle Varner, The O'My's, Peter Cottontale, Eryn Allen Kane and Donnie Trumpet to add vocals alongside him and his band The Social Experiment. The remake is expansive and inspiring. So much passion was put into this piece and it is evident from the final version.
In a successful attempt to build a buzz for his forthcoming album What Goes Around, dropping on August 19th, Statik Selektah drops off a taste of greatness for the fans entitled "Alarm Clock." This track features some of today's most promising up-and-coming lyricists in Ab-Soul, Logic, Jon Connor, and Francesca. Listen as these lyrical assassins take it back and bless Statik's old school feeling production with their creative wordplay. Listen closely in attempts to catch all that is said in this lyrical piece of art. Statik did not disappoint with this one.
Atlanta up-and-comer Father recruits fellow ATL natives in oddball iLoveMakonnen and veteran Key! for his latest release "Look At Wrist." The infectious self-produced offering will have you finessing and will more than likely be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Keep your eye on the Awful Records CEO as he continues to successfully marry infectious production with clever rhymes.
Allan Kingdom and Kevin Abstract are two talented up-and-comers who have both been making a significant amount of noise of late. Allan represents St. Paul, MN while Abstract hails from Corpus Christi, TX. Over 1,300 miles separate the pair but they sound as if they have been cut from the same cloth as they effortlessly exchange rhymes over the funky MaffYuu, of New York band Phony Ppl, production.
While currently prepping for his forthcoming album Green Language, Glasgow native Rustie has released one of the more highly anticipated track off the album. The Danny Brown assisted "Attak" boasts a synth-laden production that builds and introduces a hypnotic drum pattern as the Detroit representative effortlessly flows throughout.
After "quitting rap" and subsequently making a return to show how talented his music can truly be, New York up-and-comer Corduroy is back with a new record entitled "Cocaine Girls." The After The Smoke assisted offering boasts a drowsy instrumental that will hypnotically glide you throughout. This serves as the latest release off Corduroy's forthcoming project YorkNew City.
As a so called "tastemaker" "struggle raps" are just another daily occurrence, which makes checking submissions a pay at times. It is all worthwhile when you come across a fresh up-and-comer who is not simply following in the footsteps of their contemporaries. Maryland's Ezko touches on the sensitive subject over a refreshing Mxhajlov produced record.
Hudson Mohawke has been busy crafting original content and remixes alike all while garnering a buzz and building a name for himself as a solo artist. The Glasgow native made a name for himself alongside Lunice as TNGHT, but has been working independently as of late and we do not mind. His latest release "Chimes" serves as the title track for his forthcoming four-track EP.