Rome Streetz hits us with an absolute banger of an album. This is fresh, it is new, it is street, and it is quality. When it comes to bars, Rome Streetz is perfect and you can’t coach perfection. Every line is slick and he sounds different than every rapper out there. This is what freshness should look like in the game today. He gives us a great glance at what the streets look like according to him. He’s got great features from Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny, Armani Caesar, and more. Being signed to Griselda records, he has one of the best arsenals of go-to producers and this is a fresh batch of some slamming beats. He has something for everyone on here. It sounds like some of the best work we have heard from Griselda producers in a while. Rome is definitely floating over every single beat too. This is about as close to absolute perfection as you can get.
Meyhem Lauren teams up with Griselda producer Daringer for this masterpiece of a new album. On the mic, Meyhem Lauren is flawless. He does his thing with the rhymes and his flow is unique and perfect. His gangster street rhymes are the perfect presentation of opulence. He has a few assists from the likes of Action Bronson, Conway, Westside Gunn, Flee Lord, and more. Daringer does a fantastic job on the production. These are some great beats that not only sound like the Griselda sound, but also complement Meyhem Lauren nicely. All in all, this is a near perfect album that should be highly respected and widely circulated.
Black Thought and Danger Mouse team up to bring us a fantastic new project that is hip hop to its core. On the mic, Black Thought is brilliant. The Philly veteran is flawlessness in human form. His flow and his wordplay are absolutely stunning. He is a severely underrated MC and should be brought up in the conversations of one of the best of all time. You will see features from Raekwon, Run The Jewels, Joey Badass, ASAP Rocky, and more on here. The production by Danger Mouse is pretty dope overall. He gives us some above average beats that really personify what true hip hop beats should be. This is an album to nod your head to and to really digest all of what Black Thought is saying. If it’s not on your radar, put it right at the forefront.
We needed this album so bad and we got it. Napoleon Da Legend and Nejma Nefertiti team up again for another barrage of fire lyrics. These 2 sound so great going back and forth. This is like the updated version of Jadakiss and Styles for the next generation. Both are highly skilled and are able to adapt quickly. You can’t coach these 2 when they are on fire like this. Every track on here is strong and they show their skills off wonderfully. The beats on here are pretty decent. I wouldn’t quite say they are classic, but they are very strong and complement the MCs well. This is really true hip hop at its core and any microphone out there is not safe when these 2 are around. Props to both Napoleon and Nejma for a job well done with this one.
Pusha T has delivered another fantastic piece of work with this album. This is about as close to perfection as you can get. Pusha T is one of those artists that delivers quality every single time without fail. It’s really uncanny. His bars are flawless and at the top of the dope game. He is the pinnacle with his verses. He mixes high art, luxury items, and cocaine trafficking all at the same time. He’s got a feature from Jay-Z on “Neck & Wrist” which tells you what you need to know. Not everyone out there is getting Jay-Z verses. With other verses from Kanye West, Pharrell, Kid Cudi, and even his brother Malice, there is no stopping Pusha T. The production on here is evenly split between Kanye West and Pharrell which makes this a dream come true. They basically split the album to see who could have the best beats. Competition like that often leads to some of the finest work. There are too many highlights on this album as it almost plays through the whole way flawlessly. Pusha T has created another work of art for his gallery and we are forever grateful.
RJ Payne drops a blazing hot new EP that is straight brutality. He chainsaws his way through the competition with minimal effort on this latest project. The bars are perfect. He is a straight menace and I’d almost go as far as to say he is the best lyricist we have today. Nobody is messing with him at all. He is the lyrical version of Leatherface here to terrorize the competition. The features on here are great as well. To be on an RJ Payne project, you really have to step up your game. You get fire features from Canibus, UFO Fev, Horse Shoe Gang, Flee Lord, Jon Connor, and more. The beats are almost to the level of perfect. There really isn’t much room to get any better on this project. I wish it would have been a little bit longer because it is only at 7 tracks, but every great artist should leave you wanting more. This is about as close to perfection as you can get. RJ Payne was hungry and it showed through immensely.
RJ Payne drops his 7th installment of his ICCT series. This one has a real interesting theme to it. This one is called Nino’s Revenge. In this project, he tells the story of what might happen if Nino Brown survived at the end of the movie New Jack City. There really isn’t a better story teller and better MC than RJ Payne out there today. His bars are top level and he creates the scenery so that you can see it through his music. Ice T helps to narrate the story throughout and that is a genius pick right there. You will get features from L Biz, JoJo Pellegrino, and Ali Vegas. PA Dre produces the entire album and he definitely slays the competition with the beats that he makes. These 2 together are definitely a combination that thrives. This album stands out from the pack and truly cements RJ Payne’s name into the history books.
One half of the amazing and legendary crew Slaughterhouse release a new project to tell their side of the story. There’s a lot of talk on both sides of this story. I tried to take in as much as I could. I heard Joe and Royce both talk and what they were saying made sense. I heard Joell and Crooked talk and what they said made sense. This whole thing just seems like one of those unfortunate incidents that will never be resolved. Both sides have valid feelings about the breakup, what happened, and what shouldn’t happen. Even with all this drama, there is one thing that is absolutely, unequivocally true: the group’s fans will suffer without them and their music. They were a magical group and we loved them all. We miss hearing them all together. They were great. We still relish in getting solo projects from any one of them. So with this team effort, even though it was all we got, we still love it. Because we enjoy watching these men at work. They are great at what they do. The bars are amazing on here. They tell a fantastic story. This is their side of the story and they are entitled to tell it if they choose to. The beats are fantastic as well. They really selected some great beats. Highlights on this project definitely include “Vacancy,” “Backstage,” and “Sorry.” All 3 of these beats are classics. This is a fantastic record and we as rap fans probably deserve the whole group. But if this is what we can get, we will gladly take it. I pray that they can overcome all obstacles and get back to doing what they do so well.
Droog almost had a perfect album here with this one. When you start off, you can hear the excellence right off the bat. His bars are immaculate and crafted at a super high level. He is definitely blacking out on more than few songs here. He really stepped up his bar game for this one. The beats on here are amazing too. He really selected some great beats to rhyme over. “Fela Kruti” sets the tone for the album with a banging beat and God-level rhymes. “Scooby Snacks” is a perfect beat in which Droog blacks out again. He is assisted with some singing from Mach Hommy on this one as well. One of the only downfalls about this project is the length of it. Being only 7 tracks definitely left me wanting more. It also seemed to trail off towards the end but only a miniscule amount. This was a pretty fantastic project from beginning to end. Droog almost had a classic on his hands.
Bodega Bamz drops off an incredible new album. This may be his Coup De Grace to doubters. His bars are great all throughout this project. He spits some well-crafted verses that not only have themes to each song, but all around paint a great picture of his life and culture. This is a fantastic representation of his life. The beats on here are pretty dope as well. From the jump, he selects some great head-nodding beats for hip hop heads to indulge in. He even reworks Jay-Z’s classic “Song Cry” into his own track. All in all, Bodega Bamz slays this offering and real hip hop heads should recognize greatness.
Everything said on the first album still stands true for this deluxe version of the album. AZ is so good, that he is able to add on 4 more tracks onto this deluxe version that are great. It is uncanny how good he is with his bars. He give us “Motorola Era” with 2 Chainz to show his versatility with working with different artists. He gives us “Stay Fly” which is trip back in time with an old school beat. AZ can do it all. This deluxe version is even better than the first and I really hope we get AZ music more often now. The game needs him so bad.
Che Noir is a national treasure. This MC is able to spit at such a high and thoughtful level, it really is uncanny. I love what she did with this album giving it the whole food theme and weaving some deep thoughts into it like lacing a shoe. Her bars are expertly-crafted and superbly thought out. She has some fantastic features from Ransom, Rome Streetz, 38 Spesh and more. The highlight is probably “Table For 3” featuring 38 Spesh & Ransom. All 3 MCs really do a great job with their verses and the beat is pretty dope as well. All in all, Che Noir continues to show us why she is a top tier rapper in this game today. I might even go as far as to say she might be the best female MC of all time.
Nas & Hit-Boy team up again for a damn-near masterpiece. These two work together wonderfully and this might be their best project yet. Nas is super on point with the rhymes. He flows effortlessly and sounds like he is young again. It really doesn’t take him much effort to pen some great rhymes for the times. The beats on here are amazing as well. There are only 9 tracks and 1 feature from ASAP Rocky. Every beat has hard hitting drums and is reminiscent of how rap sounded back in the 90s. This is a hard hitting album that also sounds current in this environment. Nas and Hit-Boy have a lot to be proud of and we definitely hope that we continue seeing them work together for a long time to come.
Dr. Dre comes through with 6 new tracks as part of this new release through Grand Theft Auto’s latest expansion pack to go with the game. Even though it is only 6 tracks, Dre really knocks it out of the park with this one. He not only spits some really dope verses, but he also enlists some great features from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and even a verse from the late, great Nipsey Hussle. Fans will definitely revel in these songs as they sound like they have that classic Dr. Dre production value. All we want from Dre is great music, and although he is very sparing with it, he does give us a great dose here ahead of his sure-to-be legendary Superbowl Halftime Show performance. Dr. Dre is truly the Beethoven of the West Coast and we hope to see more work from him like this.
Flint’s own Jon Connor drops an incredibly dope new album where he unleashes a barrage of lyrics onto fans. His skill level is set so high and you can just hear the talent with song after song after song. His flow is amazing. His wordplay is amazing. He doesn’t run out of words that he can rhyme together. For the tracks, he selects a lot of today’s trendier songs and absolutely bodies every single one. It’s an interesting twist to hear songs that would normally not have complex lyrics by the original artists and hear it flipped into a lyrical assault. Jon Connor is probably more slept on than he should be and you absolutely need to go and listen to this project.
Fashawn teams up with producer Veterano to give us a slamming new album. It has been awhile since we have heard from Fashawn and he really came back hard with this one. On the mic, he reminds us why MC’s can’t mess with his bars and his flow. He really is noticeably better than a ton of other rappers today. The beats on this album are super slamming as well. Veterano does a great job at creating some boom bap beats that Fashawn just sounds fantastic over. The highlight of this project is the track “Hear Ye!” in which Fashawn absolutely blacks out over 5 different slamming beats in one song. He absolutely leaves the microphone in shambles. Another honorable mention is the title track “All Hail The King” as that one has amazing bars and beat as well. All in all, Fashawn did a great job with this project. He really doesn’t get enough credit as he deserves so much more.
First off, AZ is THE most underrated MC of all time. AZ has quietly performed at a top level since his introduction. He is one of the best to come from NY and really doesn’t get all the credit that he deserves. His rhymes have been great and continue to be great. If adult contemporary hip-hop is a genre, than this album is a fantastic representation of it. His debut album Doe Or Die, went on to become an instant classic, so it’s no surprise that the second installment would be just as good. AZ’s bars are expertly crafted and refined just like a perfectly aged wine. It really is uncanny how good of an MC he is. You get the features that you need from Rick Ross, Dave East, Conway, and Lil Wayne. You also get some great hooks provided by Jaheim and T-Pain. The production is fantastic from beginning to end. It’s not really boom bap, but rather a laid back, more adult style hip hop. It’s age appropriate. The highlight of this album is the perfectly-crafted “The Wheel” featuring Jaheim. Between AZ’s bars and Jaheim’s crooning on the hook, this song is a perfect representation of how good AZ is. I really hope that AZ continues blessing us for many more years to come. He still has it in him and he really isn’t celebrated enough as one of the greats.
The Griselda lyrical executioner RJ Payne drops off this highly anticipated new album that is pure brutality the whole way through. On the mic, Payne is flawless slicing and dicing his way through the competition. I’d almost go as far as to say that there really isn’t another MC messing with him on the mic today. There are amazing guest features from Ras Kass, Apathy, Flee Lord, Inspectah Deck, Ransom, and more. All of the MCs on here absolutely murder the mic. The beats on here are great as well. While the production may not be flawless, it definitely gives a great backdrop for RJ Payne to go to work on. The drums hit hard and you will definitely be bopping your head throughout. The highlight is “Blood Everywhere” featuring Redman. The beat is fire and RJ Payne is surgical with the rhymes. You’ll be hard-pressed to find better craftsmanship out there today.
Papoose hits us with the May re-up for his album series. This one is straight banger after banger. Papoose really outdid himself this month. The bars are insane the whole way throughout. The beats are definitely slamming the whole way through as well. This is New York music at its core. The industry really needs more of this. Highlights include “Overrated” featuring Crooked I in which both MCs murder the mic. “My Favorite Gemini” is a love letter written to Remy Ma which is very well written and authentic. To end the project, Papoose rhymes over the Jay-Z classic for “Dead Presidents 2021” in which he actually talks about past presidents. Papoose is probably the most creative rapper ever. You definitely don’t want to miss this project.
Killah Priest unearths a sacred new project for fans of his. His bars on this project are definitely next level as you can tell he is really putting his all into this one. He really sounds like he went and studied all of the sacred lost books of knowledge for the human species and was locked in a library for several lifetimes. These are bars that are not meant for everyone, but the ones that can appreciate will definitely get it. The beats on here are not your standard rap beats at all. These are the sounds captured in outerspace and what it would sound like if you could listen to the universe. This album is fantastic and while the casual rap fan won’t appreciate, the real bar heads will definitely get it. Long Live Killah Priest.
Vinnie Paz returns hard with a brand new album that is chock full of bangers. You can really feel the energy and the effort throughout this project. On the mic, Vinnie is a beast and absolutely slaughters everything in his path. He rips through verses flawlessly and with the same vigor as he did in his 20’s. The production just keeps getting better and better as well. Vinnie has something for everyone on this venture. The lead single “Papi Wardrobe” is a great and catchy song that will be sure to have your head nodding and singing along with the hook. On “I’m Thinking Of Ending Things,” Vinnie opens up about a personal experience during a prior relationship in a rare glimpse of sensitivity. On “Angels With Dirty Faces” featuring Eamon, Vinnie pays homage to the Italian men that he has looked up to in his life. The highlight of this project is “Warhead” with Chino XL as both MC’s tear their way through a fantastic beat. All in all, there really aren’t too many missteps on this project. Vinnie is a genius and continues to show us that time and time again.
What a fresh and fantastic new album to check out with this one! With the bars, Rome Streetz is fantastic on the mic. His wordplay and vocabulary are tremendous. It’s like he always has a fresh new way to say things and never runs out of words to grab. DJ Muggs does an impeccable job on the boards. He is severely underrated with his ability to create soul-clutching beats. Put these two together and you have a great album. This is the type of project that you want to see sequels to. When people say “music just doesn’t sound like it used to,” I get mad because I know things like this album exist. This is what gives hope to the further maturation of the hip hop genre.
Eminem drops another surprise album and this Side B is just as much fire as Side A if not more. Eminem is definitely one of the GOATS in the game and his wordplay is almost untouchable. He displays that fervently on this new project. He spits mind-twisting bar after bar in which you will have to rewind it back more than a few times to truly grasp what he is saying. He is basically a professor emeritus in this game. The beats on this album are dope as well. I think he stopped going for gimmick type beats and went with just pure heat. It was good to hear Dr. Dre producing some tracks on here as well. The far and away highlight of this entire album is “Alfred’s Theme.” Eminem is at his lyrical best while spitting over the sampled “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” theme song. Other highlights include the Dr. Dre produced “Guns Blazing” featuring Dre and Sly Pyper. The beat and the hook are amazing. “Discombobulated” is another fantastic Dre beat where Eminem rips it once again. This album is what we expect from Eminem and he definitely delivered at full power. I hope this trend continues because it is certainly legendary.
Killah Priest joins forces with Jordan River Banks again for another phenomenal album. This one is really out of this galaxy in a good way. This is like the soundtrack for astronauts travelling out of our atmosphere and going to other galaxies far beyond human comprehension. Killah Priest is a wizard with the bars. He has never spit a whack verse ever and he doesn’t start now. He sounds re-energized on this latest offering. The beats are just so far above the normal trash that is out there. Jordan River Banks did a fantastic job creating this project. The highlight of this project is “Nag Champa Cones.” It is a crowning achievement in production and sounds so regal. Killah Priest absolutely bodies the odd track. Another highlight is “Towards The Summit” with its dope production as well. They really outdid themselves on this project and they should be very proud of themselves.
Ransom and Nicholas Craven have proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the team up to give us some of the Deleted Scenes of their recent work. On the mic, Ransom is as mesmerizing as he always is. He has full command of the language and uses it as he sees fit in an astounding way. Nicholas Craven is as great as usual with his soulful beat samples and shines brightest on the track “Midsommar.” This beat is absolutely top tier and should be on repeat in your playlist. These two artists can’t be stopped and will invade your dreams with the art that they create. We can’t wait to see what they cook up next.