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Maylay Sparks
Maylay Sparks Hood Thrill Hunters RebelRahRecords • 2018

Maylay is not the type to send wav's back and forth. Rather he'd chill in the studio with his fellow musicians, crack a beer and a few jokes and unleash bars all night.

POSTED 10|11|2018
Eligh
Eligh Last House On The Block Eligh Music • 2018

Eligh's 15th album puts rap on a higher plateau. It's an adventurous musical journey with much to discover stylistically and lyrically. It holds a distinctive sound with a message poured in different clever concepts. The record distresses but motivates, alerts but comforts. 'Emo to the bone.'

POSTED 09|25|2018
Deca
Deca The Way Through Beulah Records • 2017

The record holds way more poetry than your average rap release.

POSTED 11|10|2017
Koss
Koss Born To Live Below System • 2017

The biggest ode to hip-hop this year comes from Belgium. Excuse our chauvinism. But 'Born To Live' bundles stories and anecdotes about how it all started way back when, told by front-row witnesses.

POSTED 09|22|2017
Prozack Turner
Prozack Turner Not Everybody Sleeps At Night - • 2017

Prozack Turner rhymes about his passion for real rap (a lot of winks to rap history), his source of inspiration (the night, hence the album's title) and his beloved home turf of Oakland ('High Enough' with Brother Ali).

POSTED 09|20|2017
2Mex
2Mex Lospital Water The Plants • 2017

It's a dark album, yes, but it's not cold. Better yet: lukewarm. It shelters gratitude. Which has everything to do with what happened to the emcee last year.

POSTED 09|12|2017
MindsOne & DJ Iron
MindsOne & DJ Iron Phaseology EP Ill Adrenaline • 2016

'I like thinking about my role in the universe.', KonSci told us once: 'The idea of infinity can be overwhelming and humbling in the same breath. It gives me comfort.' Yet to translate those idea's fluently into a record: hats off!

POSTED 08|18|2016
Atmosphere
Atmosphere Fishing Blues Rhymesayers • 2016

Despite spending numerous days on a tour bus, Atmosphere releases a little masterpiece every 2 to 3 years. It might not be the crown jewel to their discography, but again this seventh studio effort applies for record of the year.

POSTED 08|10|2016
Apathy
Apathy Handshakes With Snakes Dirty Version • 2016

More than an indictment, 'Handshakes with Snakes' -a lovely title- is an ode to an era. Of which a lot of heavyweights also feature on the album: O.C., Ras Kass, or B-Real.

POSTED 08|02|2016
Torae
Torae Entitled Internal Affairs • 2016

'Entitled' entices with addictive boombap. And it tickles with great instrumental highlights. Such as the solid trumpet solo on 'Imperial Sound' and the raunchy guitar outro on 'Override'.

POSTED 01|20|2016
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