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 a new joint from Roc Nation Management's latest acquisition Casey Veggies and lifelong friends Niko G4 and Rocket Da Goon, a cut from Chicago newcomer Auggie The 9th off his debut mixtape, a track from St. Joe Louis' collaborative EP with Flying Lotus, another solid leak from NY femcee Angel Haze's upcoming EP, Reservation (due out July 17) and a host of other dope tracks.
Without further ado, let's jump right into this past week's selection of (18) killer tracks:
Sweatshop Union – Sweatshop Union is The Leisure Gang [EP]
Casey Veggies – single
Dom McLennon – Sandy Shore Motel [Mixtape]
Woody – Woody x The Notorious B.I.G.: Remixed [Mixtape]
St. Joe Louis x Flying Lotus – St. Joe Lotus [EP]
Jon Connor – While You Were Sleepin’ [Mixtape]
Zero Star – Maybe I'm Joking, Maybe I'm Not [LP]
The Tribe & Big Cats! – Space [LP]
Auggie The 9th – PeoplesCourtComplete [Mixtape]
mikeflo – Fly, Fresh & Responsible Vol. 2 [Mixtape]
Angel Haze – Reservation [EP]
ScienZe – pray/tell [LP]
Dash Speaks – Night On Earth [LP]
Sivil – In Search Of A New Idea EP: Experimental Project [EP]
Nina B – Titles Are Played Out [LP]
David Banner – Peoples Mixtape [Mixtape]
Eastern District – MOSHOLU [Mixtape]
Rick Ross – single
On The Rocks: Weekly Recap
Here's a five track recap 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.
This week's recap includes welcomed new music from eLzhi, Dutch beatmaker Nubbz's remix of Childish Gambino's track "Fire Fly", a cathartic track off Nas' Life Is Good LP, a joint from Curren$y and Harry Fraud's new collaborative EP and a Flosstradamus produced single off Sir Michael Rocks (of the The Cool Kids) upcoming solo LP, Lap of Lux, which is due out August 2.
For those who may have been snoozing at the wheel, here's your chance to play catch up:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Just when you straight edge suckers thought the flood of ratchet shit had ceased Mach Five strikes back with a visuals for their Gangsta Boo assisted pregame anthem "Turn Up Juice" off their Ratchet Shit Vol. 3 EP. Directed by Corey Davis (of Mach Five), the video feature A.ware showing off his culinary skills in the kitchen, while Gangsta Boo covers a legalize marijuana protest and Corey peddles the group's homemade concoction on an As Seen On TV commercial spot.
If you haven't already grab a copy of MF's Ratchet Shit Vol. 3 EP, available now for free download on Bandcamp.
PROJECT OF THE WEEK
FowL – Tall Tale [LP]
In a landscape traditionally dominated and characterized by the East and West coast hip-hop scenes, the Midwest mecca that is Detroit often has been marginalized and even forgotten. Believe it or not Detroit has birthed a host of game changers in the genre hip-hop, from artists such the Esham, the great J Dilla, Slum Village, Eminem and Guilty SImpson to New School torchbearers Chuck Inglish, Danny Brown and now promising young gun FowL. With the blessings of fellow Motor City artists Eminem and Mr. Porter, the 20-year-old spitter has steadily built a faithful following while receiving praise and acclaim for his mixtapes. After building a palpable buzz on the blogosphere, Fowl has delivered his Tall Tale LP, which is arguably his most complete work to date. Featuring production from Clockwork Muzik, The Futuristiks, Fly.Union, Big Duke, the album includes some hungry flows from a skilled lyricist with much potential. (Download)
Other Noteworthy Projects
Upcoming Releases – July 17
Slum Village – "What It's All About" (Feat. Busta Rhymes)
I've been pondering adding a throwback section to Straight No Chase since Week One. After battling with my nostalgic urges I finally made up my mind and decided to re-purpose the 'Friday Flashback' header for the sole purpose of showcasing a throwback track for each week of SNC. The inaugural throwback cut comes direct from the classic (heavily bootlegged) Slum Village album, Fantastic, Vol. 2 (1998/2000). The J Dilla produced track "What It's All About" features longtime friend and frequent collaborator of Dilla and SV, Busta Rhymes.
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 and music/video submissions for the subsequent edition of Straight No Chase.