Most of the time, when you think of a supergroup, you think of emcees. But this collaborative between musicians is one that we should all be checking for. Terrace Martin, 9th Wonder, Robert Glasper and Kamasi Washington are working together as an outfit called Dinner Party and will drop an album on July 10. To formally announce the project, the quartet releases the song “Freeze Tag” with singer Phoelix.
Big Boi and Sleepy Brown have been teasing The Big Sleepover project since last September. We’re in the middle of summer 2020 and the duo drop a new video in the form of “Can’t Sleep” that has only renewed interest in the collaborative album.
The struggle just wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t soundtracked by Public Enemy. The group teams up with DJ Premier for “State of the Union (STFU)” and takes aim at the incompetence of the Trump Administration.
“Our collective voices keep getting louder. The rest of the planet is on our side. But it’s not enough to talk about change. You have to show up and demand change,” Chuck D said. Flavor Flav added: “Folks gotta vote like their lives depend on it, ‘cause it does.” “Public Enemy tells it like it is. It’s time for him to go.”
Top Dawg Entertainment’s Reason might be the label’s best kept secret. The Cali emcee releases a video for the song “Field Nigga” that he regrets is still relevant today despite originally writing the song two years ago.
“I felt I hadn’t done enough so I added the last part of this song and shot this video two days ago,” he said. “This is the best way I know how to give back. I hope this resonates and hits y’all the way it did while I was writing it. I don’t want to argue, I just want an understanding on both sides. We’re tired!”
Detroit’s Jon Connor drops a new joint to celebrate blackness in the face of adversity with the video for “Black” that features Sister Tour.
“It saddens me that a song I wrote about such a grim topic a year ago would be even more relevant and necessary today than it was then,” he said about the song. “For me, the race issues in our country aren’t a fad or a hot topic for the moment. It’s my life and the everyday experience of all Black people in this county.”
Styles P keeps the heat coming with his latest offering from Styles David: Ghost Your Enthusiasm titled “I’m the Shit.” Yeah, pretty simple.
Papoose pays homage to the many, many innocent black men and women who have been victims to police brutality and racism with his “Tribute.” The moving video serves as a reminder that the situation in this country is nothing new and hasn’t shown very much improvement.
Buffalo emcee TheRealSkitso drops this new joint reflecting on the concept of loss and how he’s struggled with it over the years with “Pain.” The self-produced track is a harsh reflection as he takes the viewer on a journey through Buffalo.
The Experiment 2 EP is out now and you can cop it here.
Brady Watt brings Ras Kass and Maverick Sabre together for the inspirational “Push On Thru” and drops a video that was shot during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ironically, Ras Kass and I are neighbors in LA, but during quarantine I’ve been locked down in New York City since early May. Luckily, I have a studio here and have been able to make music every day, I wanted to make a positive song for the world right now and saw an awesome opportunity to do that with Ras and Maverick” Brady quipped. “I’ve worked with Ras Kass before when we did our Bass & Bars and I’ve been a fan of Maverick’s for years. The video for “Push On Thru” was shot during the quarantine in Ireland, New York and LA (all using social distancing practices of course).”
With Pray For Paris still in heavy rotation, Westside Gunn drops a video for “Eurostep” and announces that he’s already back at it with some new music in the works.