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Straight No Chase [Week 8]

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 music from Angel Haze's new EP, a Guilty Simpson assisted track of The Alchemist's Russian themed LP, a nostalgia inducing track from Nas' highly anticipated Life Is Good LP, a Black Spade assisted gem from Blu x Exile's new EP, Maybe One Day and a list of other dope tracks.

Without further ado, let's jump right into this past week's selection of (22) killer tracks:

Angel Haze - Reservation [EP]

Download: Angel Haze - Smile n Hearts

Ibn Iglor - GawdsSpeed [Mixtape]

Download: Ibn Inglor - Colors

Carlos SerranoJay-Z vs Lana Del Rey - mashup

Download: Jay-Z vs. Lana Del Rey - National Empire (Carlos Serrano Mix)

SkyBlew - Your Dreams Is BLEW Reality [Mixtape]

Download:SkyBlew - For A Minute

aDDLib - It's The Thought That Counts [LP]

Download: aDDLib - Untitled

Dash Speaks - Night On Earth [LP]

Download:Dash Speaks - Post-Millenium Tension

The Alchemist - Russian Roulette [LP]

Download: The Alchemist - Kalashnikov Guns (feat Guilty Simpson)

REKS - REBELutionary [LP]

Download: REKS - Ignorance Is Bliss Feat. Termanology (Prod. Numonics)

Chin Injeti - Peoples Mixtape [Mixtape]

Download: Chin Injeti - Poser - The New Royales ft. Jay Electronica (Co-Produced by DJ Khalil)

Rockie Fresh - Driving 88 [Mixtape]

Download: Rockie Fresh - You A Lie Remix (Feat. Rick Ross)

Phony PPL - Nothing Special [EP]

Download: Phony Ppl. - Statues.

Trade Voorhees - Saturday The 14th Part 2 [Mixtape]

Download: Trade Voorhees - A Tribe Called (Produced by Cam)

Nas - Life Is Good [LP] 

Download: Nas - Back When

40Love - Dreams Don't Sleep [LP]

Download: 40Love - Tiki Tiki (Feat. Zumbi of Zion I)

Action Bronson - Closed Session Vol. 2 [LP]

Download: Action Bronson - Blackbird

Truthos Mufasa - Wallian [EP]

Download:Truthos Mufasa - Clown Me

Shad - melancholy and the infinite shadness [EP]

Download: Shad - it aint over.

Kami de Chukwu - Light Look [LP]

Download: Kami de Chukwu - Mimosa Hostilis

Supreme Cuts x Haleek Maul - Chrome Lips [Mixtape]

Download: Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul - The Dummy (ft. Deniro Ferra

14KT - A Friendly Game of KT [LP]

Download: 14KT - High Horse (feat. Oddisee & Olivier Daysoul)

Caleb James - Ground Up [Mixtape] 

Download: Caleb James - Pay Back Is A Dog [ft. Vic Mensa]

Blu x Exile - Maybe One Day [EP]

Download: Blu & Exile - Maybe One Day (feat. Black Spade)

On The Rocks: Weekly Recap

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 week got off to a promising start with the first release from Domo Genesis' forthcoming album,  No Idols (due out August 2), followed by a collaborative track from Childish Gambino and Jay Rock which was unveiled on DJ Super Sam's new mixtape.

As for the latter half of the week, one of G.O.O.D. Music's criminally slept on artist Cyhi The Prynce dropped a surprising mixtape which featured a guest appearance fron ScHoolyBoy Q, OF duo MellowHype released the first single from their upcoming album Numbers (due out October 9) and an unfinished leak  from Talib Kweli forthcoming album, Prisoners Of Consciousness found its way to the masses.

For those who may have been snoozing at the wheel, here's your chance to play catch up:

Download: Domo Genesis - Elimination Chamber (Feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Action Bronson) (Prod. Alchemist)

Download: Childish Gambino - Sour Faces (Feat. Jay Rock)

Download: Cyhi The Prynce - Food Savers & Scissors (Feat. ScHoolBoy Q) [Prod. By Beat Billionaire]

Download: MellowHype - La Bonita

Download: Talib Kweli - Push Thru (Feat. Kendrick Lamar and Curren$y)


Tanya Morgan - "Whatever That's Mine"

When it comes to a consistency you need not look any further than hip-hop duo Tanya Morgan. Whether working solo or together as TM, Von Pea and Donwill have made it their business to make dope, uncompromising hip-hop their calling card. The Brooklynati duo revisit their 2011 EP, You And What Army to give their track "Whatever That's Mine" the visual treatment. Directed by Brian Petchers, the video offers a glimpse into a day in the life of Donwill and Von Pea.



Nemo Achida - Conversations With Myself [LP]

Earlier in the week Lexington, Kentucky's native son Nemo Achida released hisnew album, Conversations With Myself. In addition to producing the entire LP ,the talented emcee proves to be quite the lyricist on his well-crafted nine track album. In addition to displaying a healthy musical acumen behind the boards the Locksmith Music affiliate and protégé of veteran beatsmith 88-Keys wields a powerful pen delivering an introspective and revealing lines like on "Tribe Called Cult and one of the album's standout tracks "Still Not Mr. West". Penning rhymes for an entire album and on top of that producing the whole project is comparable to throwing yourself a fifty yard TD pass or executing a flawless one man alley-oop amid a sea of defenders. In other words, Mr. Achida has pulled off quite a remarkable feat with his latest effort which is well worth checking out. (Download)


Download:Nemo Achida - Black Bird

Download: Nemo Achida - Tribe Called Cult

Download: Nemo Achida - Still Not Mr West


Other Noteworthy Projects

Angel Haze Reservation [EP] via Noizy Cricket!!/Biz 3
Blu x Exile - Maybe One Day [EP] via Dirty Science/Fat Beats
Caleb James - Ground Up [Mixtape] 
Chin Injeti - Peoples Mixtape [Mixtape] via Wandering Worx Entertainment
CyHi The Prynce - Ivy League Club [Mixtape]
Dash Speaks - Night On Earth [LP]
DJ So Super Sam Trigger Happy [Mixtape]
Nas - Life Is Good [LP] via Island Def Jam Music Group
Phony PPL - Nothing Special [EP]
The Alchemist - Russian Roulette [LP] via Shady Records/E1
Trade Voorhees - Saturday The 14th Part 2 [Mixtape]
Truthos Mufasa - Wallian [EP]
Urban Noize x Kanye West - Mr. West [EP]

Upcoming Releases - July 24

40Love - Dreams Don't Sleep [LP]
∂eƒ Sound - △nything: thee.idea.machine [LP]
REKS - REBELutionary [LP]
Shawn Chrystopher - Lovestory [Mixtape] (July 26)
TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice) - TNGHT [EP]

Friday Flashback 

Digable Planets - "Dog It"

Long before Ishmael Butler formed Shabazz Palaces he was known to the hip-hop world as a Butterfly, a member of the eclectic left of center hip-hop group Digable Planets along with Ladybug Mecca and Doodlebug. Together the group contributed two solid albums to the late period of what is generally described as the Golden Age of Hip-Hop. DP's last LP prior to their breakup, Blowout Comb (1994) included a collection of slick jazz-infused hip-hop cuts one of which is "Dog It". The horn and xylophone laced track includes a sample of jazz-funk fusion quintet The Headhunters' record "God Make Me Funky". Indulge your nostalgic impulses and check out Digable Planet's limited yet nevertheless impressive discography.

Download:Digable Planets - Dog It

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 and video submissions for the subsequent edition of Straight No Chase.
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Edwardo Stevens
Edwardo Stevens
9 years ago

Where is the photo that you have in the Straight No Chase header from? It is awesome.