Jedi Mind Tricks – Second Hand Smoke (Video)

New Jedi Mind Tricks album is on the way and this is just the precursur! The Funeral & The Raven is up for pre-order now and I know fans of the group and myself are anxious for the release. Very few hip hop artists have stood the test of time in this era as the likes of JMT, and done it by consistently dropping dope music. On Second Hand Smoke, Stoupe unleashes his version of a music box mixed with sharp snares for Paz to spit over.

Lord Juco & Finn – Teresa (Video)

Lord Juco and Finn just released their collaborative album, Details, on Golden Era last week. It becomes available on DSP this week. And this is just a meager taste of the soulful vibe that is put on display from the two artists for you. As Juco flips on the comfortability of being around the ones he loves, and love him over some crooning vocal samples. Definitely something to check!

Single You Out: M-Dot (ft. Kool G Rap x Revalation) (prod. by The Mighty V.I.C.)

M-Dot’s new single, Decadence, takes us through time when he invites emcees Kool G Rap, M-Dot, and Revalation to drop some verses over a beat from The Might V.I.C. The production, for my ears, harkens back to 1990s, with losts of synth elements, appropriately placed horns, and scratches from DJ Jean Maron applying LL Cool J samples. Each emcee picks takes on a time frame and takes us back to that place from their own perspective. The concept is articulated perfectly and I am positive all will enjoy.

Savage Souls – Set It Off (Produced By Vanderslice) (Video)

I am not going to mince words here: Savage Souls just released a project called Barbarians, that after first listen I can tell will have an amazing replay value! This EP is grimy and gritty, with dope flows and lyricism, and the sample selection, and how they are utilized by the production team, is the best in recent memory through the course of an entire project. Set It Off, produced by Vanderslice, is a really dope track as you can tell, but may just be the tip of the iceberg.

DEFINITELY check this project out. Certified HHD MAX endorsement

Single You Out: Chuck N Lock – Upper Decker

Chuck N Lock have got a new joint out, Upper Decker produced by Sproot, and the results are dope as to be expected. The emcees have that distinctive flow and lyricism that differentiates them from the flock and their style shines over this ethereal production.

I am pretty sure that these guys have a new project out. I am not sure about the when, but I’m surely going to find out.

Even the sweetest victories can have a bad after taste

John Jigg$ X K Sluggah – Black Blues Brothers (ft. Milano Constantine) (Video)

How about this beat from K Sluggah? Do you think he encapsulated the blues on this track? Hell yeah he did! And Milano Constantine and John Jigg$ aced this with some slick and yet chill flows that just float above this beat effortlessly. Love it.

And I am going to keep speaking on it until I have the congregation saying ‘Amen’. Jigg$ is one of the most talented artists doing. He has demonstrated that he can flow over any production and sound just as nice on them ALL. So you need to check out this project with K Sluggah entitled, Twin Cannons 2.

…if we get this money together it’s a fellowship / Fuck all the rhetoric, I dead it cuz I look better rich / Scare rappers like an episode of Fear Factor / Smash you with the Heineken bottle, you getting beer battered

Planet Asia – 1984 (Video)

Loving this Evidence produced track from Planet Asia. There is beauty in the subtlety of sound here. I love the guitar, the vocal sample, and the sound scape in general. It’s engaging but it lets Asia demonstrate is supreme lyricism and delivery. There aren’t too many who can match this man’s career and talent.

He’s got another heater coming called Rule Of Thirds which is dropping on October 29th. You aren’t going to want to miss that!