With Bad Neighbor still going strong, Blu, MED and Madlib get some lyrical assistance from Oh No on “The Turn Up.”
Emcee and trumpeter Maurice Brown has a call to arms with Talib Kweli on “Stand Up,” which serves as a message to the masses.
“‘Stand Up’ is a call for humanity, to take a stand for something and come together to make a positive difference in the world around us” Brown said in a press statement. “We are in a political and economic climate that has been sapping the energy and sense of hope from everyone around us. Inspired by the advice that my father gave me when I was a kid (stand for something or you’ll fall for anything), I want to call people to come together, take a stand for a better life & a better world and help one another in whatever way possible, big or small. To collectively be the change we wish to see in the world.”
The verbal assault of KXNG Crooked continues as he delivers a verbal beatdown to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” with his freestyle titled “Body.”
Kendrick Lamar returns with one hell of a warning shot to his peers and rivals with “The Heart Part 4.” This installment finds King Kendrick coming for necks over the production of Alchemist, DJ Dahi, Syk Sense and AxlFolie. At the end, K Dot tells everyone that they “got until April the 7th to get your shit together.” Does this mean a new album is coming? We shall see.
King Magnetic cuts loose a banger from his Everything Happens 4 A Reason project. “Alone” features the vocal stylings of Slug and Masta Ace with a little assist on the tables from DJ Eclipse. It’s a certified banger.
The Wild is near and The Chef decides that it is best to remix the lead single “The Is What It Comes To” with his brother for a quarter century, the one and only Tony Starks.
Consequence is joined by Peedi Crakk and Papoose for “Say My Name.” Although Peedi is only there for the ad libs, Papoose and Cons deliver all you need with lyrics.
What would we do without DJ Premier? It’s certainly hard to imagine, right? To celebrate Premier’s 51st birthday, Meka from 2DopeBoyz put together this mix of 50 songs produced by the legendary producer for your listening pleasure. The jewels that are featured here are beautiful. But what’s even more amazing is the fact that there are still a number of songs that could have been featured. This definitely needs to be in your heavy rotation today and every day after that.
Faulkner connects with 1/4 of Slaughterhouse to drop “Keep Your Enemies Closer.”
“Keep your enemies closer was inspired from my time on the street and reading Robert Greene’s 48 laws of power. Greene is the Clausewitz of our century,” FAULKNER told Complex, who premiered the song last week. “Royce Da 5’9” brings that Detroit aggression and flow, nobody can touch him past or present. We are honored that he saw something in us and wanted to co-write ‘Keep Your Enemies Closer.’”
Underground hip hop stalwart, D.V. Alias Khryst, remixes “Streets Don’t Love” with some California love from Blu and Ras Kass.