2012-09-24T15:40:23-04:00 2012-09-24T15:36:54-04:00

Straight No Chase [Week 16]

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 edition includes music from Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Clear Soul Forces and many more.

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

Action Bronson - single

Download: Action Bronson - It's Me (Prod. Party Supplies)

Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa [Mixtape]

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Will Brennan - Prodigal Son [LP]

Download:Will Brennan - Fall In Love

Naledge - Chicago Picasso 2 [LP]

Download: Naledge- Cruisin' (Feat. Highlife)

Emilio Rojas  - single

Download: Emilio Rojas - Ride Around Slow

Clear Soul Forces - single

Download: Clear Soul Forces - Won Too (Feat. Brogainz aka Propaine aka Gold Chain)

Murs & Fashawn - This Generation [LP]

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High Klassified & Kaytradamus - single

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Danny! - Payback [LP]

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iLLmont - Shawty [LP]

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Chase N. Cashe (of Surf Club) - single

Download:Chase N. Cashe - O.M.W.

J NiCS -single

Download: J NICS - Smoke In The Wind (freestyle)

Hollywood FLOSS - single

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On The Rocks: Weekly Recap


Here's a five track recap of some of the best hip-hop covered this past 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.

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

Download: Sterling Haze x Kami de Chukwu - Domino Effect ( prod. ColdeSack )

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Download: Mikkey Halsted - Clique

Download:Ced Hughes/CalRipkin - For The Gold

Download: DJ Drama - I'ma Hata (Feat. Tyler, The Creator, Waka Flocka Flame & Debo)


Dee- 1  “Failure Ain’t An Option” (Feat.  Murs and tabi Bonney)




Thelonious Martin


  • Self-Released
  • September 19. 2012

With production credits for growing number of artists ranging from Action Bronson ("Blackbird"), Tanya Morgan ("Posted") to Pac Div ("Black Acura"), Chicago producer Thelonious Martin has compiled an impressive resume and proven himself to be quite the able beatsmith. With a sound and style akin to the rich soulfulness of iconic producers No I.D. and J Dilla and an experimental edge on par with the production work of MF DOOM.

Play: Thelonious Martin - Honey

While comparable in style, Martin's work is all but derivative and the young producer's versatilty and production chops are on full display on his latest instrumental LP, MCMXCII. Released in celebration of his milestone 20th birthday, which Martin celebrated last week, MCMXCII treats listeners to a collection of textured lo-fi instrumentals cuts. MCMXCII comes complete with 20 instrumental records each of which commemorate a year of the promising beatsmith's life. 

Play: Thelonious Martin - Third Eye

Stream several tracks off the album and follow the link above (in the album title + album art) to purchase MCMXCII for the nominal price of $5 via Thelonious Martin's Bandcamp page.

Play: Thelonious Martin - Child Like

 Other Noteworthy Projects




  • Self-Released
  • September 23. 2012

Download:CurT@!N$ - My Love Song

Download:CurT@!N$ - str8 up menace


Dom McLennon

Sandy Shore Motel

  • Self-Released
  • September 20. 2012

Download: Dom McLennon - Summer Madness Featuring AceAlexander (Produced By JBJR)

Download: Dom McLennon - Recess (Produced By ROME & Dom McLennon)




  • Self-Released
  • August 16. 2012

Download: DUCKWRTH® - Black Vimana

Download: DUCKWRTH® - BONUS TRACK! "DOWN" ft. Def Sound


G.O.O.D. Music

Cruel Summer

  • Getting Out Our Dreams, Inc./
  • The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • September 18. 2012

Stream: G.O.O.D. Music - To The World

Stream: G.O.O.D. Music - The Morning


HH Beat Tapes


  • HHabitat Records
  • September 16. 2012

Download: Bonbooze - Dee Redlp

Download: Irhu - Sea Waves


Homeboy Sandman

First of a Living Breed

  • Stones Throw Records
  • September 18. 2012

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  • Self-Released
  • September 14. 2012

Download: 0hbliv - siriusly_b


The Paxtons

Avenue: C&D

  • Self-Released
  • September 21. 2012

Download: The Paxtons - Brown Girl

Download: The Paxtons - Pretty Girl Problems


Sam Lachow & Raz

5 Good Reasons

  • Self-Released
  • September 17. 2012

Download: Sam Lachow & Raz - Nothing's Gonna Change (Feat. B Skeez)


Sugar Tongue Slim

Gold Rush 2

  • Self-Released
  • September 18. 2012

Download:Sugar Tongue Slim - Good Intentions Ft. Dosage

Download: Sugar Tongue Slim - Moves Like Jagger ft. Wyld Lyfe

Upcoming Releases - September 25

Danny! - Payback [LP]
Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa [Mixtape]
iLLmont - Shawty [LP] (September 28)
Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 [LP]
Murs & Fashawn - This Generation [LP]

Weekly Flashback

A Tribe Called Quest - "Butter"


A Tribe Called Quest

The Low End Theory

  • Jive Records/Zomba Recording LLC.
  • September 24. 1991

Today marks the 21st anniversary of the release of A Tribe Called Quest's sophomore album, The Low End Theory. Almost any hip-hop head worth their salt instantly perks up when they hear the upright bass sampled from Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers "A Chant for Bu" on the album's opening track "Excursions". 

That now iconic opening bassline signaled the beginning of forward-thinking  album which saw ATCQ's genius manifest itself in the form of an ultra-cohesive album full of crafty sample-based production that not only established and identified the cultural and historical union between hip-hop and jazz, but also offered a palatable collection of records that saw the lyrical prowess of Q-Tip and Phife Dawg blossom over a now memorable assortment of jazz-influenced soundscapes. 

Known for bringing to the forefront the previously underrated mic skills of Phife Dawg, as well as showcasing ATCQ's signature tag-team interplay between Q-Tip and Phife, The Low End Theory saw Phife Dawg position himself from behind the shadow of  the group's de facto leader Q-Tip with his expanded mic time on group's groundbreaking release.

Download: A Tribe Called Quest - Butter

Centered around a flip of Weather Report's"Young and Fine", "Butter", the LP's fourth track marked Phife's coming out party as the "Five Foot Assassin" took center stage on the record and graced the mic with his ever-cool buttery smooth wordplay. Cited as a major source of inspiration for a generation of rappers and producers, The Low End Theory has surely aged well and stood the test of time. Without any hesitation, take that stroll down memory lane and revisit A Tribe Called Quest's seminal LP.

Special Treat: Cookies n' Milk


As an extra special treat, I though it fitting to include a new mix from EARMILK favorite ∂eƒ Sound. Entitled, We.are.instrument(s).Vol.Ayyyye. the hour-long mix blends music from the likes of James Blake, MadlibAfta-1, Onra,Hudson Mohawke. , So kick back and chill like a tall glass of milk and enjoy the mixing stylos of ∂eƒ Sound.


1. Makin Magic by Krampfhaft 
2. Easy Easy by TNGHT 
3. Pembroke by Airhead & James Blake 
4. Ready For The World (Star Slinger Refix) by How 2 Dress Well 
5. Good Kids by Lunice 
6. Blue Clouds by Modeselector 
7. Perfect Gain Structure by Krampfhaft 
8. Drowning by Zack Sekoff 
9. Tape Hiss by Madlib 
10. Sweat Like Keith by Ta-ku 
11. Lovely Bloodflow by Baths 
12. 1st BOOM by Analogue MoNsTa 
13. in the Mood by Art Department 
14. L.O.V.E. by Onra 
15. Move Around by Diplo 
16. Swayin by Hi-Res 
17. It's Over by Hwood 
18. Autumn by Afta-1 
19. Humble Bones by Labyrinth Ear 
20. Battle for Middle you by Julio Bashmore 
21. Van Vogue by Machinedrum 
22. Look by ®C 
23. 100 % by ®C 
24. Paid In Full by A.Chal 
25. See Thru to U by Zack Sekoff 
26. Even Though by Giraffage & XXYYXX 
27. NY is Killin me by Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx 
28. Booty 2 The Ground by ƱZ x CRNKN 
29. Hustle by Ta Ku 
30. Voices From Heaven by Kaytradamus & Sango

*all songs blended by ∂eƒ sound on TRAKTOR by Native Instruments. 


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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8 years ago

Clear Soul Forces was great. one of my favorite free projects this year. (hard to remember the favorite top projects this year because the way music is today)

I like the Alley Boy mixtape. Flocka was very disappointing. But Alley Boy is gold

The Kid Daytona project also was pretty impressive still listening to it.

I can't believe Lupe's album comes out tomorrow. I am shocked, because I had no idea that the music he has been putting out had been official singles. It seems like these days rappers with overly hyped albums put out 2 or 3 singles before the album that will end up as bonus tracks on the deluxe CD a few months later. but it is out.

I am definitely going to cop Murs & Fashawn's project because Fash signed my copy of Boy Meets World (one of my favorite albums) so I kind of feel the need to support them. I just don't know about the production. But, Murs is underrated, and that is why I like him, he is like the Common of the West coast.

I also want to cop Danny! album. It has been pushed back so many times. but had great co-signs. The dude is pretty unique. I don't know what the tracklisting is. but i heard it has Bruno Mars and Tyler THe Creator, as well as many good names.

Freddie GIbbs album for Gangsta Grills sounds incredible. Gibbs is the most versatile rapper in the game today. I am excited for that

Good job this week!