Welcome back for this week's edition of Straight No Chase, your one-stop shop source for all things hip-hop here on EARMILK. This comprehensive weekly feature aims to share hip-hop based content we may have missed during the past week, while also highlighting memorable content we did cover. In addition to the recap of our best hip-hop posts, SNC also includes a Video of the Week, Project of the Week, and a brief list of recently released noteworthy projects and upcoming releases.
As any hip hop head worth their salt knows, these days music floods the blogosphere by the millisecond. Consequently, the landscape of hip-hop is forever changing. There are countless rappers, both established and up-and-coming, as well as renowned and budding producers and beatsmiths dropping their fair share of dope music for the listening masses. It is our mission to mine the interweb for both audio and visual gems, delivering them straight to you for your auditory consumption. But enough with the jaw jacking: let's cut straight to the chase.
Straight Killer, No Filler
Though people may get the impression that music bloggers and writers are freaks of nature who robotically comb the Internet for music, never missing a beat, I am here to assure you that we too are fallible humans who in the process of bringing dope music to the masses, may miss a good banger or two along the way.
This week's delivery includes the first single from Jamla Records' premier femcee Rapsody's upcoming debut album, The Idea Of Beautiful, another No I.D. produced heat rock from Nas' Life Is Good LP, as well as the anti-sobriety anthem "Sobriety Sucks" off of Yelawolf's new Heart of Dixie free LP and the lead single from Chuck Inglish's forthcoming debut solo LP, Converstibles.
Without further ado, let's jump right into this past week's selection of killer tracks:
Rapsody – The Idea Of Beautiful [LP]
Treacherous Records – The Mint Room [Compilation]
Rockwell Knuckles – Take Me to Your Leader [LP]
Theophilus London – Rose Island Vol. 1 [Mixtape]
50 Cent – 5 (Murder In Numbers) [LP]
Nas – Life Is Good [LP]
Dusty McFly – Buffies & Benihanas [Mixtape]
Asher Roth – single
Ry & Lute (of Forever FC)- 704 [Mixtape]
Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla [Mixtape]
Yelawolf – Heart of Dixie [LP]
The New Royales – Peoples Mixtape [Mixtape]
Chuck Inglish – Convertibles [LP]
Nemo Achida – Conversations With Myself [LP]
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Woody – Woody x The Notorious B.I.G.: Remixed [Mixtape]
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Here's a five track flashback of some of the best hip hop covered this week on EARMILK. Take a couple of minutes to stroll down memory lane and revisit a handful of tracks brought to you earlier in the week.
The top of the week was dominated by Kanye West and Pusha T's latest single off G.O.O.D Music's upcoming Cruel Summer album which is due out August 7. In terms of project releases, Ro Ransom unveiled his highly anticipated Ransomnia mixtape, followed by the delivery of Childish Gambino's much hyped Royalty mixtape.
For those who may have been snoozing at the wheel, here's your chance to play catch up:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Week six's 'video of the week' honors go to the visuals for Detroit representative Earlly Mac's new single "Juice". The self-produced track will be featured on Mac's forthcoming mixtape, KillemAll which is set to drop later this Fall. In the meantime check out Earlly Mac's juiced up video directed by Ryan Lightbourn.
PROJECT OF THE WEEK
Envoy – Enstrumentals Vol. 2 (Beat Tape)
In comparison to past weeks, this week has been relatively slow in terms of new music releases, more specifically LPs, EPs, mixtapes and beat tapes. After several hours of scouring the internet in search of a dope project worthy of showcasing, I finally stumbled upon the latest instrumental project from producer Envoy (1/2 of The Happy Unfortunate). The Winnipeg native's new beat tape, Enstrumentals Vol. 2 is a follow-up to Envoy's 2010 mini beat tape and the second consecutive instrumental project to receive 'project of the week' honors on EARMILK and rightfully so. The tape includes a fluid mix of electronic sounds and more soulful sample-based hip-hop production. (Download)
Other Noteworthy Projects
Upcoming Releases – July 10
That's all for this week's edition of Straight No Chase. Thanks for checking in and checking out our fresh selection of all things hip-hop. As always, feel free to comment on this week's tunes and/or offer up any suggestions for the subsequent edition of Straight No Chase.