Jay Royale – Carlito And Kleinfeld (ft. Kool G Rap) (Video)

One of the toughest and dopest joints to come out this year, and sure to be penned into some top end-of-the-year lists is Jay Royale’s new single, Carlito and Kleinfeld featuring Kool G Rap. Producer Ray Sosa has some sinister intents with his production here featuring those snapping drums, piano loops, and crescendo synth. Plus, those sample chops from DJ Grazzhoppa are so very precise and well timed.

Lyrically…c’mon KGR is a legend for a reason. His bars are FOREVER timeless and that’s no exaggeration. He sounds just as good now as he ever has, and Jay Royale shows precise execution in his sixteen, continuing to build upon his already buzzing name and talent.

Phenomenal.

L.I.F.E. Long x A-$harp – Watch Dem All Fall (Video)

Been a big L.I.F.E. Long fan really since I got into the blogging scene well over a decade ago. His bar work with the likes of Stronghold affiliates is chronicles in hip hop lore. I even had the pleasure of interviewing the man at one point. I have a lot of respect for his talent and art, and every once in a while, he releases some new music to remind us of his gifts.

Here he teams up with producer A-Sharp not only for this song but a new project, Gensu Blades, which is out now. This track really harnesses the artists’ authenticity and classic sound that both emcee and producer have cultivated throughout their careers.

FRD FRLN – Street Disciples (ft. ft Joe Clark & DJ Spictakular) (Video)

Some new dope shot over from producer Endemic Emerald regarding a new project he has coming out featuring emcee FRD FRLN. Street Disciples is that melodic street dope for your headphones that features guest bars from Joe Clark, and scratches from DJ Spictakular. Got some pretty clever bars intermingled on this track with that raw hip hop feel.

“feng shui with gunplay…flip your couch turn your living room into a runway”

Definitely something to check for. Thoughts Illustrated dropping on September 23rd.

Single You Out: Brando Bambino x Pyramid Tapes – Maxell (ft. Hus Kingpin)

New dope from an unfamiliar artist, Brando Bambino. Teaming up with producer Pyramid Tapes and receiving an accomodating verse from Hus Kingpin, Bambino impresses with this single, Maxell. The first thing you will fall in love with from this track is this organ driven production from Pyramid Tapes, coupled with the catchy chopped up sample used in the backround. That cumulative sound really drives the the uniqueness of the track. Bambino and Hus each deliver strong, yet contrasting lyrical performances.

Definitely worth checking out their forthcoming album, Bandito, which is dropping on August 12th.

Single You Out: Serge Severe – Good To Me (Video)

Serge Severe dropped an album recently entitled When Crows Fly, and this is my favorite song from that project. Good To Me is that moment where Severe hits that level of maturity to gain experience from loss, perseverance through his pain, and the appreciation that it generates for his love of the craft. His music generates a view from his lens as a testament to the person and the life.

We get you brother…truly.

Single You Out: 38 Spesh & Ransom – Last Gasp

Two of the absolute best artists over the course of the last several years unite to deliver a soulful course of knowledge. 38 Spesh and Ransom drop consistent life gems and outlooks over this sublimely soulful production from the combination of Mayor, Ty Jamz & Bernard B Westwood. The track is remarkable. Let’s just put it that way.

Don’t you try to give me no flowers that took a day to grow… – Ransom

I can’t get enough of these artists, truly. Spesh’s next offering drops in August in the form of 7 Shots.

Single You Out: Skrewtape – Somewhere Fast

Skrewtape is back with a new single which proves to be an oxymoron in it’s title. Somewhere Fast only moves at our emcee’s pace which is particularly methodical. Jazzsoon laces the beat which is no hurry, just like our emcee which really is the point of this song.

Now that karma catch up to you / Seen the warning signs, should have been enough for you / Know shit was tough for you / But you gotta change your ways…it’s must for you

Don’t let people who are going somewhere fast drag you with them.

Single You Out: Scumlordz (Speak the Rebel & Sha-Elemental) – Pay Me (prod. by DC the Midi Alien)

Here’s another gem I found out in the wild that I listened to on the strength of the production credit of DC The MIDI Alien. This joint is tough. Speak the Rebel and Sha-Elemental flip all over this sick organ-driven beat with Meaghan Richardson completing the song by providing the chorus.

They have an EP in the works so be on the lookout for that.

Bub Styles & Retrospec – Hello Newman (ft. Def Soulja x Bloo Azul x Tree Mason) (Video)

Here’s something new and banging that will perk your ears up. Smooth production from Retrospec, with an underlying ominous nature, as these four emcees lace their bars with the prescribed dope. Def Soulja, Bloo Azul, Tree Mason, and Bub Styles each have a unique flair that serves the collective good…that being our ear drums. Dope!

This is coming off of Bub Styles recent project, Ramble Raps Volume 1.