letting off you
New Music Mar 21  |  

Guilty Simpson – “Letting Off Steam / Love”

Guilty Simpson delivers a strong performance on both parts of his new two-part release, “Letting Off Steam / Love.” The Katalyst-produced cut serves as a salient precursor to his tour with Slum Village and Phat Kat. Stream “Letting Off Steam / Love” below. Tour Dates: Mar 22: Tucson @ Hotel Congress Mar 23: Los Angeles . . .

days like this
New Music Sep 25  |  

McKinley Dixon – “Days Like This” ft. Planet Asia & Guilty Simpson

McKinley Dixon follows up his Peter Truman project with “Days Like This,” an introspective record featuring both Planet Asia and Guilty Simpson. McKinley steps up to the plate first with a dexterous, nuanced verse. Both legends perform as expected over jazzy Thomas Prime production. Look for more heat from the Richmond, Virginia resident in the . . .

On The Run
New Music Sep 8  |  

Guilty Simpson & Small Professor ft. DJ Revolution – “On The Run”

Underground mainstay Guilty Simpson keeps it gritty on his latest cut, “On The Run.” Produced by Small Professor, “On The Run” has a gritty boom-bap feel to it that would sound at home in New York around 1995. Guilty Simpson is actually from Detroit, but “On The Run” is filled with scratches by DJ Percussion, . . .

Eric Lau - "New Speed" (Album)
New Music Jan 9  |  

Eric Lau flies high with the jazzy sounds of “New Speed”

Only five tracks from Eric Lau‘s 29-track project, Examples, are currently available to stream, but I’m already sold. The album includes a variety of influences, such as hip-hop, soul, jazz, funk, and Brazilian beats. All are deftly woven into a head nod-inducing canvas that piques interest from start to finish. The London-based producer isn’t a . . .

who taught you to hate yourself
New Music May 2  |  

McKinley Dixon asks ‘Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?’ (Album)

McKinley Dixon‘s Who Taught You To Hate Yourself? album is hip-hop, but it features authentic instrumentation that makes it feel like a live orchestra concert at times. The Richmond, Virginia emcee crafts his verses and picks his beats with equal care, resulting in a cohesive product that will appeal to more than just rap fans . . .

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McKinley Dixon – “Bare Knuckle” ft. Sean Price (Premiere)

Jazz, blues, and hip-hop are all genres rooted in blackness,┬áso it’s not surprising that they often overlap in modern music. McKinley Dixon‘s “Bare Knuckle” combines different facets of all three genres in his newly released “Bare Knuckle,” which features a posthumously released verse by the legendary Sean Price. For those who are unfamiliar, Sean was . . .

peter truman
New Music Aug 18  |  

McKinley Dixon – “Peter Truman” (EP)

Maryland native McKinley Dixon makes his mark with his recently released Peter Truman EP. The Virginia Commonwealth University student tells us that he “found God in a record store” on “East Villager,” the first track on this jazzy, six-track project. Guest verses from veteran spitters Guilty Simpson and Planet Asia help draw in new listeners, . . .

Barrel Brothers

Skyzoo & Torae – “Barrel Brothers” (LP)

A lot of times critics lament the lack of recognition received by some of the most talented artists. Skyzoo and Torae certainly are qualifiers, if skill is part of the discussion. To say that their collaborative Barrel Brothers LP is highly anticipated would be a massive understatement. The New York veterans have been releasing singles . . .