Kxng Crooked and Joell Ortiz drop a quick 5 track EP for Slaughterhouse fans to relish in and think about the great times that used to be. I don’t even have to tell you how these two MCs do on the mic. They will annihilate anyone that steps near them. The production on this album is pretty decent. I think they selected some good beats to say what they gotta say over top of. The highlight of this project is “Foe Or Friend” which features the pair rhyming over top of the classic Jay-Z track “Friend Or Foe.” It always sounds great when top tier lyricists rhyme on classic beats. These two are definitely killing the game out there and not many rappers can keep up with them. They only thing I wanted was a full length album instead of an EP.
The almighty Rome Streetz links up with producer Big Ghost Ltd to give us a dope new project for the streets. On the mic, Rome Streetz is magical. He is a force to be reckoned with and can spit rhymes like no other out there today. He is the freshest voice out there and I really hope his legend just keeps growing in the hip hop community. For features, he selects some of the best out there like Method Man, Conway, Lukey Cage, Swab, and more. The production on here is dope coming from Big Ghost Ltd, but I don’t think it’s the absolute best he could do. I was almost hoping for more of the sound found on Crimeapple’s Aguardiente album with harder drums. Don’t get me wrong, this album is still dope, but I just really wanted the best beats out there for Rome Streetz. All in all, this is a really tight album that will have you spinning it back more than a few times to hear what Rome Streetz is saying.
D.V. Alias Khryst comes out with a dope and fresh new project for the streets. This definitely plays through like a mixtape with a big mix of songs sprinkled with a few freestyles. On the mic, DV is focused and the thing that stands out most is his powerful voice. He has got to be one of the top 5 of all time when it comes to unique voices. I actually think this project gets better as you listen through it. The last 7 songs are probably some of the best on the album with “No Apology Letters” featuring Trife Diesel and “Unrecognized” featuring Lovel standing out the most. DV really seems to be able to craft some great sounding songs and I really hope that this leads to a full length studio album soon. He’s got it in him to make greatness and it is definitely evident on this project. 2 L’s Up Forever. You already Lo.
Canibus releases a new project with help from producer Johnny Slash. On the mic, Canibus is magical and splendid as usual. He has always been one of the G.O.A.T.s and really never disappoints too much with his mind-bending bars. The problem he has mostly suffered from is being able to lock down great production. Johnny Slash comes in on this project to hopefully alleviate that problem. He offers some more boom bap beats that Canibus sounds better over top of. Overall, it lifts the general level of his music and it is good to hear Bis over some better beats. Add on some great features from Killah Priest, Ras Kass, Kurupt, Kool G Rap, Chris Rivers, and more, and you have a great project for fans of bars to digest. All in all, Canibus has a really good project here and will hopefully continue to move in this lane in the future. Thank you Bis.
Tha God Fahim drops a strong new album with this latest release. It seems he has upped the level of his lyrical ability with his bars showcased on this one. His flow is always dope, but he just has some intangible thing on this new album. He definitely went to the next level on this one. Not that he needs help at all, but you will hear guest features from Your Old Droog, Mach Hommy, and Jay Nice. The beats on here are pretty decent overall as well. The beats may not be classic, but they are certainly strong. All in all, this is one of the better Fahim albums. He definitely deserves some recognition for this one.
JoJo Pellegrino drops a fierce new release with his latest album. He is really an uncovered gem in this game that not enough people know about. His bars are as hard as your favorite spitter out there and probably better. He’s a technical rapper that never runs out of bars to spit and words to bend. He has 1 feature on this album from Method Man on the track “Smoke.” It’s a dope song in which both MCs go in on the beat. The production on this album is definitely above average. You get some drum-heavy, boom bap on most of the songs. The highlights on here include “Vintage Don” and “Fradulent” as both of those beats are ferocious and slamming. This album will stay on repeat after you hear it so be prepared to be amazed. JoJo Pellegrino is a force to be reckoned with.
Paul Cain has been in the game quite a while and celebrates his latest birthday with this newest offering, Long Live The Cain. From way back when he was rapoping with Fabolous, Hitchcock, Ransom, and many others in the DJ Clue days, he has been killing the mic. It seems nothing has changed as his bars exhibit the slickness and talent of his writing ability. His voice is strong and his punchlines are great. You will also hear great features from Styles P, Ransom, Broadway, and more. The production on this album has a great feel to it. There is a mix of some classic tracks that Paul Cain easily handles and some newer production. The original songs almost have a majestic and regal feel to them as if Paul Cain was a king and this was his soundtrack. All in all, he does a great job here and we can’t wait to hear more from him in the future.
Him Lo teams up with Wino Willy to give us a slamming new Philly project just in time for the Eagles to go to war in the Super Bowl. A beast is the only way to describe Him Lo’s delivery with the rhymes. He relentlessly spits fly and forceful rhymes to crush the competition into dust. His fellow Buze Bruva Clever 1 provides two features on here as well and does the exact same thing that Him Lo. Does. The beats on here are hard just like the streets of Philly are. You will most definitely find yourself bobbing your head crazy throughout this whole project. Once again, Him Lo does his thing and blesses fans with another fantastic project. You definitely need to cop this one. 2 L’s Up!
Skyzoo drops a new project produced by The Other Guys that is basically a narrative from the perspective of Franklin Saint from the late John Singleton series Snowfall. Skyzoo raps from his perspective and tells all about the adventures of a drug kingpin. I have never seen this show so I’m absolutely sure that I am not appreciating this project as much as I could. Even without knowing the context to it, I can firmly say it is still dope as hell. On the mic, Skyzoo’s flow will pretty much never be matched. He floats over every beat effortlessly with slick lines and focused punchlines. The beats on here are pretty dope as well and seem to lean more on piano keys and other instrumentation to create an older sound. Overall, this is a good album that can be appreciated without even seeing the show Snowfall. I can only imagine how good it would be after seeing the show.
The legendary Wu-Tang swordsman Ghostface drops off a quick 6 track Christmas EP for fans to marvel at. All 6 tracks are pretty dope overall. The best part is that we get those classic Ghostface-style bars that we all love. He is writing just as good now as he was back in the glory days. He has a few features from Raekwon, Nizzle Man, Billy Ski-Mask, and Reek Da Villain. The beats on here are pretty dope as well. I think they cooked up a good batch for Ghost to rock over. “Figure It Out” may be the track that stands out the most as the hardest track on here. All in all, Ghost did a good job. Only wish this would have been a full-length studio album instead of just an EP.
Ransom employs V Don on the boards for his latest project that provides us with a barrage of lyrics. On the mic, Ransom is pure perfection as usual. It’s unreal how he is able to paint pictures so perfectly with his words. He never runs out of phrases that will rhyme and create flawless rhyme schemes. He has a few features from 38 Spesh, Eto, Lloyd Banks, and more. The production on here by V Don is pretty dope. There are definitely strong tracks that seem to fit Ransom to a T. It’s almost like he created a symphony with this project. Even though this plays through rather quickly, it’s a strong album that fans will definitely appreciate.
Droog drops another new project as he has been on a tear recently. This newest release pays homage to the movie The Shining with the song titles and cover art. YOD does another great job with the bars. His flow is airtight and his punchlines definitely hit hard. He really sounds the best he ever has in his career and he just keeps getting better. You will hear features from Che Noir, Rockness Monsta, and Tha God Fahim who all slay the mic in their own regard. The production on this album is dope as well. You get 7 new tracks that are pretty slamming and seem to fit the project perfectly. YOD does another great job and deserves the respect he has earned.
Kool G Rap drops a brand-new project that is supreme writing embodied. KGR is a god on the mic and if he isn’t in your top 10 list, you don’t know rap. Period. To get a new album from him is a blessing. His rhymes are tremendous, and he sounds as focused as he ever was. The rhymes are so expertly and sharply written, it really is uncanny. He gets features from some of the best in the game like Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Caz, AZ, Vado, Nems, 38 Spesh, and more. The beats on this album are all handled by long-time collaborator Domingo. Overall, the beats are pretty decent. There are times where it sounds a bit too radio-friendly. The only thing I would have liked to see more of is the hard, grimy, boom bap beats. Kool G Rap is an absolute professor emeritus at this game and continues his legacy as a living legend.
Holocaust aka Warcloud drops a new album that is quality product. His voice alone can easily carry him, but he backs it up with almost poetical rhymes that are not only beautiful, but also deadly. This is a true MC that is able to bend words into whatever scene he wants to unfold. I can guarantee you that you will be playing tracks back to see what he is actually saying. He only has 2 features from Bomshot and American Poets 2099 which are both dope features. The beats on here are different than what you might normally hear out there in the musical landscape, but nonetheless, are still dope and fitting for Holocaust. This is a tight album that real wordsmiths should check out.
Termanology hits us with a new album that is slamming as usual. Termanology has this uncanny ability to stay very consistent song to song, and album to album. He is great with his bars as expected. His flow is dope and he really makes you see what he is talking about. You will hear features from artists like CL Smooth, Skyzoo, Paul Wall, Layzie Bone, Jag, Math Hoffa, and many more. The beats on this album are a good mix of boom bap with some dope samples scattered throughout. Termanology really does a great job with creating quality songs that cohesively go together and consistently sound good. Fans will definitely appreciate this one. Like I have said before, Termanology just keeps getting better and better with time.
Dave East and DJ Drama give us a new mixtape that fans should love. This is Dave East at his best. He’s spitting those Harlem bars with that classic New York cadence. He is definitely one of the MCs that is keeping the city alive nowadays. His flow is fantastic and he never runs out of slick lines to say. He doesn’t really have any features on here aside from some vocalists who sound great like Katt Rockell. The beats on here are fire. He really has some nice boom bap sounds with some soulful samples in there to give them breath. All in all, this is a solid record that Dave East almost handled on his own back. Fans will definitely love this one.
38 Spesh and Harry Fraud give us a brand new project that is pretty strong. 38 Spesh has such a way with words and his voice is so unique as well. He doesn’t have a problem standing out from the masses. His bars are strong all throughout this project. He has features from greats such as Conway, Jim Jones, Ransom, Benny, Currensy and more. The production on this album handled by Harry Fraud is very strong as well. He always comes through when it is time to produce an album for an artist and he does a great job at complementing their style musically. The best track on here is “Band Of Brothers” featuring Ransom and Benny. The beat is very heavy and soulful and all 3 MCs rip through their verses to show you how great they are and what a band of brothers they really are. All in all, this is a strong album that deserves a listen from people who respect hip hop.
Vinnie Paz drops a fantastic new album for fans to revel in. Vinnie is on an incredible creative run and we are all getting to benefit from his wave of talent that is coming from him. His rhymes are powerful and forceful and he sounds just as dope as he ever has. He really has a knack for crafting the dopest sounding hardcore songs out there. He also has a plethora of slick rappers on here that make features. You will hear from Method Man, M.O.P., Ras Kass, Kurupt, Big Twins, Geechi Suede, and more. The production on here is slamming as well as Vinnie employs some of the best in the underground. C-Lance and Stu Bangas handle the majority of the production and they do a fantastic job as always. The best song on this album is “Loro Piana Robes” featuring the legendary Thirstin Howll III. I can’t even describe how much this song means having the Lo Life General team up with Vinnie Paz and rhyming over one of the dopest beats. Both MCs flow perfectly over this beat and really show us their talents at a high level. Vinnie really blessed us with this song and this whole album.
Nas and Hit-Boy bring us the third chapter of the King’s Disease series and this one is as solid of a record as I have ever heard. The main component of this project is consistency. As you move from song to song, you realize how great Nas is with the lyrics in 2022. It’s effortless for him to be great. He is able to tell stories and drop jewels now just as good as he ever did. Songs like “Once A Man, Twice A Child” emphasizes how much we should appreciate our youth, because we might be old and be “childlike” yet again as someone else takes care of us. It’s really a superbly written and introspective song. “First Time” is another great song which describes the joys of hearing a newly-discovered favorite artist for the first time. Hit-Boy does another great job with the beats on this album. It’s a very cohesive album where each song sounds great and they all sound like they fit together perfectly. The magic that Nas and Hit-Boy have together is uncanny. If anyone knows hip hop, you know that Nas is a staple and is here to stay forever. He is an icon living and continues to show us that in his latest chapter of life.
Geechi Suede gives us a brand new project that is pretty dope overall. He spits his smooth Camp Lo style bars over some really great production. There’s something about the Camp Lo style that is just mesmerizing to listeners. They both sound great when they get in their respective lanes. There are no features on here, but he doesn’t really need any help on here. The lyrics are smooth and keep flowing over perfect tracks. He really selects some great soul samples to flip into rap tracks. When spitting 70’s style blaxploitation bars, there really isn’t a greater sound than the music of the time. And he really selects some great tracks. If you love Camp Lo, you will definitely be digging this latest offering.
Hus Kingpin gives us a beautifully sounding new album that flips a lot of the music that Kanye West has used over the years. Hus has a knack of really changing up the music to the point where the original beat is all but unrecognizable. His bars on here are a lot more focused and forceful. You can almost hear his laser-like focus as he skips through his rhymes. You will hear features from SmooVth, Gripz, YaH-Ra, & Doza The Drum Dealer. The production on this album is handled by Manny Megz and several others. Most beats are pretty slamming and hard drums are definitely apparent throughout this one. The album does get a tad stranger sounding as you move into the end of it. All in all, this is definitely one of the better Hus Kingpin albums we have gotten in a long time. Fans will be pleasantly surprised.
Planet Asia and The Snowgoons give us an absolutely slamming new project. This one showcases Planet Asia’s skills perfectly. He flows over these boom bap beats with the greatest of ease. He never runs out of words at all and can keep flowing for eons. He just sounds so great over the beats that The Snowgoons provide. The production is a good mix between boom bap and clever samples. They really know how to complement the artists they work with and they definitely did their thing on this project. You get 6 dope tracks and the instrumental version of each one as well. Planet Asia can’t be stopped and we don’t want him to be stopped.
Three Baltimore natives team up to give us a slamming new hip hop album. Hip hop purists will definitely rejoice in this new boom bap excursion through the streets of Baltimore. On the mic, all three are great and have forcefully delivered lyrics. Sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference between them, but in this case, that is a good thing. They didn’t need any help with the bars so you won’t hear any other features on here. The beats are definitely slamming. You may want to make sure your neck is okay after listening through this project because your head will definitely be nodding to beat after beat. All in all, this is a great album. Well done to Guy Grams, BigBob, and Raf Almighty.
Da Buze Bruvaz return with a quick 6 track project where they slay the competition with their focused bars. Him Lo and Clever 1 expertly trade forceful bars back and forth to show how Lo Lifes and Philly cats represent to the fullest. Their rhyme scheme is really dope and they don’t seem to run out of words that rhyme together. Lord Beatjitzu provides the beats on this go round and he does a pretty decent job overall. He creates a good tempo for the Philly rappers to get their rhymes out over. Even though this is a quick one, Da Buze Bruvaz have a brand and they consistently bring that quality product to the table.
Da Rockness Monsta aka Rock from the legendary Boot Camp Clik and Heltah Skeltah teams up with producer Ron Browz to bring us a brand new album that recaptures that classic New York feeling pretty well. Ron Browz does a dope job at creating beats that not only bounce, but also have that boom bap sound to them. He is able to make New York sound like what it should sound like. When you enter the Brownsville native Rock into the mix, you get a recipe for greatness. Rock’s voice is monstrous as ever and his flow sounds fantastic. He really is able to switch up his flow from beat to beat to give the streets what it is hungry for. Rock gets features from MCs like Method Man, Steele, Ruste Juxx, and more. Tracks like “Flamboyant” display a slamming beat that is guaranteed to have your neck snapping. Another dope track would be “Faith” featuring The Last American B-Boy. This is another one that is going to make heads dislocate from necks. All in all, this is a very good record that hip hop purists will definitely go back to time and time again.