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New Joint – K-Beta & DJ J-Scrilla

K-Beta & DJ J-Scrilla – “The Yesterdays” (ManBitesDogRecs.BandCamp.Com / 2020)

Poignant, thought-provoking music for our times off the Virginia duo’s new album “Bad Rap”.

New Joint – Uncommon Nasa / Guilty Simpson

Uncommon Nasa ft. Guilty Simpson – “Compass” (@UncommonNasa / 2018)

Moody, atmospheric cut from the NY artist’s 2017 album “Written At Night”.

New Joint – Muja Messiah

Muja Messiah – “The InOutro” (@ManBitesDogRecs / 2017)

A mellow, laidback loop meets razor-sharp wordplay on this cut off the Minneapolis emcee’s Roc Marciano-produced EP “Saran Rap”.

 

New Joint – Uncommon Nasa

Uncommon Nasa – “It’s Midnight / Grown Apart” (@ManBitesDogRecs / 2017)

Nocturntal New York tales from the Staten Island artist’s new album “Written At Night”.

New Joint – Uncommon Nasa

Uncommon Nasa ft. billy woods & Quelle Chris – “Written At Night” (@UncommonNasa / 2017)

The Staten Island-raised artist searches for creative sparks in the darkness on the title track of his self-produced album dropping via Man Bites Dog Records.

New Joint – S.A.S x B.S.B.D.

S.A.S. x B.S.B.D. – “Celestial” (@ManBitesDogRecs / 2017)

UK duo Mega and Mayhem aim for the stars with new visuals for the title track of their 2016 Blue Sky Black Death-produced album.

100 Best Albums & EPs Of 2016 (Part Five) – Westside Gunn / De La Soul / Booda French etc.

Fifth and final part of Old To The New’s overview of 2016  – check Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.

Westside Gunn – “FLYGOD” (Griselda Records) – Having spent recent years steadily building a reputation as one of the underground Hip-Hop scene’s most promising talents, 2016 saw Buffalo, NY emcee Westside Gunn solidify his position as a go-to-artist for that gritty-yet-understated street ish, packing the heavily-anticipated “FLYGOD” with densely-woven verses of verbal violence delivered in his signature vocal tone.

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Jigmastas – “Resurgence” (BBE Records) – Revisiting the creative chemistry that made their string of 90s singles immediate underground classics, Brooklyn duo DJ Spinna and Kriminul effectively showcased their trademartrue-school sound on this solid collection of beats and rhymes.

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Enlish – “Slumdog Hundredaire” (Enlish.BandCamp.Com) – Packed with cocky bravado, politically-incorrect punchlines and moments of personal honesty, this thoroughly-entertaining album found UK emcee Enlish stomping all over the competition in his own inimitable fashion.

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De La Soul – “and the Anonymous Nobody…” (A.O.I. Records) – Following a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Strong Island legends Plugs One, Two and Three returned with this highly-anticipated album, a project which masterfully balanced the group’s ambitious creativity with their golden-era roots.

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DJ Rude One – “ONEderful” (Closed Sessions) – Chicago-raised, NY-based producer Rude One tapped the likes of Conway, Your Old Droog and Roc Marciano to lace his moody, atmospheric lo-fi beats with their respective brands of street-savvy wordplay, resulting in an album that was undeniably raw to the core.

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Da Flyy Hooligan – “Ray Winstone” (Gourmet Deluxxx) – Formerly known as Iron Braydz, London’s Da Flyy Hooligan served up a hefty helping of “gourmet rap” in the form of this nine-track release, displaying razor-sharp microphone techniques and a strong sense of individuality over production from Micall Parknsun, Beat Butcha, Ded Tebiase and more.

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Jakk Frost – “The Beard Awakens” (BeardGangClikk.Com) – Whilst technically a ‘mixtape’, this project from Philly’s Jakk Frost was so dope it had to be included here. Featuring the Illadelph emcee getting busy over self-produced loops of classic material from the likes of Donald Byrd, Keni Burke and Ronnie Laws, “The Beard Awakens” was a captivating blend of street smarts, raw humour and genuine lyrical skill. The beard is still in the building!

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Benny Diction & Blue Buttonz – “Button Up” (BoomBapPro.Com) – Backed by the soulful boom-bap of South African producer Blue Buttonz, Benny Diction one again proved himself to be one of UK Hip-Hop’s most consistent emcees throughout this album, delivering relatable rhymes in his usual down-to-earth style with memorable results.

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Agallah – “Bo: The Legend Of The Water Dragon” (Propain Campaign) – The Rotten Apple-raised producer-on-the-mic was joined by the likes of Hus Kingpin, Planet Asia and the late Sean Price on this expertly-executed collection of hardcore jewels.

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Classic Material – “Classic Material” (ClassicMat.BandCamp.Com) – Meticulously-crafted, sample-driven true-school flavour from UK producer Ill Treats alongside Soundsci members Oxygen and Audessey (with the project also featuring liner notes from yours truly).

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Booda French – “Awesome Is Everyday” (BoodaFrench.BandCamp.Com) – Produced by Brown Bag Allstars member J57, Jimmy Green and Apatight, this EP from UK emcee Booda French was arguably the artist’s best work-to-date, with his unique delivery and likeable, somewhat world-weary personality meshing effortlessly with the quality beats on offer here.

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Apathy – “Handshakes With Snakes” (Dirty Version Records) – A strong addition to an already rock-solid discography, the latest long-player from Connecticut’s Apathy found the Demigodz member delivering his usual high-standard of rhymes over polished self-produced beats, with the likes of Ras Kass, O.C. and Spit Gemz offering worthwhile lyrical assistance along the way.

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Babylon Warchild – “War Journals” (BabylonWarchild.Com) – Known for their politically-charged, uncompromising Hip-Hop, Canada’s Babylon Warchild crew offered more of the same on their latest effort, crafting a fitting soundtrack for the everyday struggle faced by many in an increasingly volatile world.

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MindsOne & DJ Iron – “Phaseology” (IllAdrenaline.Com) – New Jersey’s Ill Adrenaline Records added to the label’s ever-growing catalogue of quality releases with the brilliant “Phaseology”, a sublime, understated blend of intelligent, personal lyricism from Tronic and KON Sci with top-notch production courtesy of Belgium’s DJ Iron.

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AG Da Coroner – “Sip The Nectar” (Man Bites Dog Records) – Personifying the term ‘New York straight talk’, Rotten Apple emcee AG Da Coroner’s long-awaited debut album didn’t disappoint, with its gruff rhymes and drama-fuelled beats carrying on tradition and proudly flying the flag for East Coast Hip-Hop.

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Kyza Sayso – “Miverione: Vol. 1” (KyzaSayso.BandCamp.Com) – London lyricist and former Terra Firma member Kyza made a welcome return to the mic with a potent mix of vivid street-related rhymes and competition-crushing barbs, proving once again why he’s long been considered one of the nicest emcees to have emerged from the UK Hip-Hop scene.

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Airklipz – “Single Speed” (Airklipz.BandCamp.Com) – The UK emcee delivered vivid, captivating verses over a varied selection of soundscapes from producers such as Session 600, Jimmy Screech and Illternal Beats on this project, mixing both traditional and contemporary Hip-Hop flavours throughout.

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SmooVth – “SS96J” (Fat Beats) – The Strong Island representative definitely lived up to his name on this impressive release, which found the talented emcee weaving intricate narratives around mellow, melodic production, accompanied by the likes of Hus Kingpin, Milano Constantine and Sage Infinite.

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Big Toast & Sofa King – “Save Yourself Kill Them All” (RevorgRecords.BandCamp.Com) – UK flavour from the always-reliable Revorg Records camp, which featured producer Sofa King and emcee Big Toast delivering seven tracks of rough, rugged and raw homegrown Hip-Hop with a socially-aware edge.

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Estee Nack & al.divino – “Triple Black Diamonds” (TragicAllies.Com) – Dropping just before the end of the year, Tragic Allies member Estee Nack and fellow Massachusetts microphone fiend al.divino joined forces for this ice-cold collection of winter mood music, with the pair proving to be a formidable partnership as they spat rewind-worthy darts over laidback, and at times melancholy, production.

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New Joint – S.A.S & B.S.B.D. / Roc Marciano / N.O.R.E.

S.A.S. & B.S.B.D. ft Roc Marciano & N.O.R.E. – “Valley Of Kings” (@ManBitesDogRecs / 2016)

UK / US collabo flavour from the London-raised duo’s forthcoming Black Sky Blue Death-produced album “Celestial”.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

AG Da Coroner – “My Truth” (@AGDaCoroner / 2016)

Striking visuals for this autobiographical ATG-produced cut from the NY emcee’s “Sip The Nectar” album.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

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AG Da Coroner – “The Stick-Up” (@AGDaCoroner / 2016)

The NY emcee weaves a cinematic tale of life on the crime side over Alchemist production off his forthcoming “Sip The Nectar” album.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

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AG Da Coroner – “My Truth” (@AGDaCoroner / 2016)

The Brooklyn wordsmith delivers personal, potent rhymes over captivating ATG production off his highly-anticipated “Sip The Nectar” album.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner / Action Bronson / Roc Marciano

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AG Da Coroner ft. Action Bronson & Roc Marciano – “Park Avenue” (ManBitesDogRecs / 2016)

Rolodex Propaganda-produced lead single from the Rotten Apple wordsmith’s long-awaited album “Sip The Nectar”.

 

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

AG Da Coroner – “Park Avenue” (@AGDaCoroner / 2016)

The NY lyricist gives a brief taste of the lead single off his heavily-anticipated album “Sip The Nectar” dropping soon on Man Bites Dog Records.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

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AG Da Coroner – “The Game Changer” (@AGDaCoroner / 2015)

The East New York microphone brawler puts the competition in a choke-hold over dramatic Statik Selektah production.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner

AG Da Coroner – “Welcome To My World” (@AGDaCoroner / 2014)

Gritty Rec The Director / Lord Nez- directed visuals off the Brooklyn emcee’s 2013 ATG-produced EP “Crushed Grapes”.

New Joint – AG Da Coroner / Lord Nez

AG Da Coroner ft. Lord Nez – “Problem” (@AGDaCoroner / 2014)

Brooklyn meets Queens on this thunderous NY collabo from Da Coroner’s brillant ATG-produced EP “Crushed Grapes” released last year.

 

New Joint – Esoteric & Stu Bangas

Esoteric & Stu Bangas – “Wonder Why” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2014)

The Boston lyricist delivers some poignant self-reflection on this track from last year’s “Machete Mode” project.

 

New Joint – Roc Marciano / Freeway / Knowledge The Pirate

Roc Marciano ft. Freeway & Knowledge The Pirate – “Didn’t Know” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2014)

New visuals from the Strong Island emcee’s “Marci Beaucoup” album.

New Joint – Roc Marciano / Knowledge The Pirate

Roc Marciano ft. Knowledge The Pirate – “Slingers” (Man Bites Dog Records / 2014)

New York slick talk from the Strong Island emcee’s recent project “The Pimpire Strikes Back”.

52 Best Albums & EPs Of 2013 (Part Five) – Life MC / The Doppelgangaz / K-Def etc.

Benny Diction & Able8 – “Life Moves” (Boom Bap Professionals) – UK emcee Benny Diction teamed-up with Australian producer Able8 for this quality collection of insightful rhymes and boundary-pushing beats. Able’s swirling synths, thick bass and dense drums provided an unpredictable soundscape for Diction’s unique view of the world around us.

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Wyld Bunch – “Unbreakable” (Effiscienz) – Backed by the soulful boom-bap production of France’s DJ Brans, the Brooklyn-based Bunch effectively captured the essence of golden-era East Coast Hip-Hop on this eight track EP which also featured the lyrical skills of  Masta Ace, Torae and Roc Marciano.

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Life MC – “Gift Of Life” (LifeMC.BandCamp.Com) – Having remained a staple of the UK Hip-Hop scene since his 90s debut as a member of Phi-Life Cypher, Life continued his successful musical chemistry with producer DJ Nappa, dropping another worthy addition to his solo catalogue which was packed with his usual blend of poignant social commentary and emcee bravado.

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DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – “The Foremost” (Project Blue Book) – Taking it back to the future, UK producer Format and veteran Philadelphia-based emcee Phill Most Chill delivered an uptempo blast of true-school b-boy flavour celebrating dusty breakbeats, lyrical agility and a shared love of Hip-Hop culture.

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Truth Universal – “Invent The Future” (Truth Universal Music) – At a time when many would argue that lyrical substance has been lost in Hip-Hop, New Orleans emcee Truth Universal dropped some serious edutainment on his latest project, tackling issues such as urban violence, health and poverty with insight and authority over dope beats from the likes of P.U.D.G.E., Kev Brown and Khrysis.

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Esoteric & Stu Bangas – “Machete Mode” (Man Bites Dog Records) – Not content with having already dropped a quality album in 2013 as one third of CZARFACE, Boston mic icon Esoteric joined forces with Stu Bangas to spit sharp lyrical barbs over the producer’s trademark sonic aggression on this hard-hitting project.  Well-placed guest appearances from the likes of Ill Bill, Vinnie Paz and Celph Titled kept the hardcore levels of “Machete Mode” peaking throughout.

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Qwel & Maker – “Beautiful Raw” (Galapagos4 Records) – The Chicago duo journeyed through a myriad of emotions on this multi-layered project which took the listener from the pain of struggle to the joy of success and everywhere in-between. Qwel’s passionate verses were a perfect match for Maker’s masterful musicianship, resulting in an album that will no doubt stand as an enduring body of work for years to come.

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The Doppelgangaz – “HARK” (Groggy Pack Entertainment) – NY’s Matter OV Fact and EP continued to promote the Black Cloak Lifestyle on their latest shadowy opus, mixing hypnotic, drum-heavy production with off-centre rhymes about questionable substances, personal hygiene and the finer points of the fairer sex. Like a good liquor, the ‘Gangaz once again proved themselves to be sonically dark, intoxicating and addictive.

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K-Def – “One Man Band” (Redefinition Records) – Taking inspiration from the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, 24-Carat Black and DJ Premier, the gifted New Jersey producer gave a new lick of musical paint to some familiar grooves on this ambitious instrumental EP, mixing the old with the new and adding another dimension to K-Def’s already impressive skills behind the boards.

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Heavy Links – “Heavyweight” (HeavyLinks.BandCamp.Com) – UK trio Habitat, El Tel and Donnie Propa dropped another quality EP  in 2013 that was packed with speaker-busting beats and vivid wordplay, providing further proof that Heavy Links are one of the most promising crews currently making music in the British scene. Heavyweight champs, indeed.

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John Robinson & Kyo Itachi – “The Path Of Mastery” (Shinigamie Records) – Making his name in the 90s as a member of NYC’s Scienz Of Life, longstanding wordsmith John Robinson continued to prove that true talent is timeless on this collaborative album with France’s Kyo Itachi. Mixing his usual brand of lyrical positivity with Itachi’s jazz-influenced beats, Robinson proved, once again, that the creative path he’s on is the correct one.

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Ryan Proctor

Check Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.