On August 30, Joell Ortiz will drop a brand new album titled Monday with production from the likes of Big K.R.I.T., Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Nottz and Heatmakerz. Ahead of the album’s release, Ortiz releases “Captain.”
As Conway’s Shady Records debut God Don’t Make Mistakes draws near, the Griselda representative drops “Bang” with some lyrical assistance from the man himself, Eminem. Vicous bars are here to punch you in the face.
Seemingly out of nowhere we get a collaboration that we never knew we needed when Alchemist connects with Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish for a three track EP titled Lay ups. It’s brief, but effective. With a little lyrical assistance from Boldy James and Shorty K, The Cool Kids unleash some fire on the masses. Listen to it in its entirety now.
Nas finally drops the sequel to his classic The Lost Tapes and we’re all still soaking it in. But one of the most eye-opening tracks is “Tanasia,” produced by the one and only RZA. It makes you wonder what a Nas x RZA EP would sound like.
KXNG Crooked will drop his Menace II Sobriety EP on July 26th. And in the midst of still giving us the Hip Hop Weeklys, he’s found time to give us more as Dizz flips a Stevie Wonder (or Coolio, for you newbies) sample on “Flowers.”
Nas drops a new song from The Lost Tapes 2 where he channels some Al Jarreau with a trumpet solo by Keyon Harrold on “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack).”
Salaam Remi has been about his business over the past year. After dropping projects with Black Thought, Terrece Martin and Joell Ortiz, Remi links up with Bodega Bamz for yet another project. Bodega’s Way will drop on June 28 and the duo give you your first taste with “That Guy.”
25 weeks in, KXNG Crooked is still going strong and addresses the dealings with the opposite sex on “Attraction.”
Roc Marci sets up a new vinyl-only EP titled The Prequel with the silky smooth sounds of “Not One.”
88 Keys has unearthed a song he recorded with Mac Miller back in 2015 titled “That’s Life” featuring Sia.
“The song was inspired by a 90-minute conversation he and I had about… From what I recall, he was going through some relationship issues with his then-long-term girlfriend,” 88 Keys said to DJ Booth about what inspired the song. “I felt bad, but I was surprised he was confiding in me. I started to tell him about my relationship because I was married at the time. I was married for 12 years. I was trying to enlighten him on relationships in general, and more specifically, giving him bits and pieces of my own relationship. Trying to relate it to his situation, just letting him know that he’ll come out on the other side.”
It’s been four years and nobody could have guessed that Mac would no longer be with us, which gives the song more weight.
“I would want (Mac Miller’s fans) to know that the song is completely, 100 percent heartfelt,” he said. “I feel very strongly that it came from the conversation we had. He put everything into his music, but this song, in particular, he really dug deep. He loved the song so much, it spawned the album title. He was just very happy about the song, and that he made the song with me.”