New Friday, new music. There’s something for everyone this week, so let’s not waste time and get to it.
De La Soul – and the Anonymous Nobody…
11 years and $600K in Kickstarter money later, rap’s favorite pioneering weirdos are back with their most adventurous record in a minute. Pos, Dave, and Maseo took their love of sampling to the extreme by enlisting a full band and sampling hundreds of hours of jam footage to create jams to two-step, head bob, and even weep to.
Who else’s fav could kick rhymes with Roc Marciano *and* 2 Chainz one minute and mellow out with Estelle and Little Dragon the next? Or pull off a musical duet with David Byrne and a left-turn beat change? Only De La.
Vince Staples – Prima Donna
Summertime ‘06 was the death of Long Beach innocence deconstructed when it dropped last year, its production a clanging case of knockers. Vince is feeling rather adventurous himself and dropped off a EP full of post-fame reflection that cements him as one of the best in the game. Production from James Blake, DJ Dahi, and No I.D. is skeletal but heavy.
Jeffery – No, My Name Is Jeffery
The artist formerly known as Young Thug has always been nothing short of polarizing; you’re either with it or you’re not. If you’re worried about Thugger’s sound changing along with his name, just know that the conversation isn’t likely to change. Go forth and consume.
Banks & Steelz – Anything But Words
Who ever thought that Interpol and Wu-Tang would cross paths? Paul Banks and RZA joined forces for an album’s worth of experimentation featuring Ghostface Killah, Method Man, and Kool Keith.
Prophets Of Rage – The Party’s Over
Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill came together to rock the political scene as the Prophets of Rage a few month ago, and this EP is our first taste of their power as a group.
Red Pill – Instinctive Drowning
The Detroit spitter Red Pill is a rap game open book. His struggles with keeping his head afloat amid alcoholism and depression are front and center in the most extreme way on his latest project Instinctive Drowning.
Curren$y – Revolver
The New Orleans stoner has now dropped no less than *nine* projects this year, with Revolver being the latest. What more even needs to be said at this point?
Tink – Winter’s Diaries 4
Tink stays out here grinding with the fourth entry in her Winter’s Diary series. Especially since gaining XXL Freshman status, we haven’t been talking about her enough.
Blu – soul amazing (part six)
Want 37 new song snippets from one of the fiercest lyricists in the game? Go get your fix of Blu.