Single You Out: Lunar Heights – Immortals (ft. Casual)

This is definitely a track that should garner more attention across the board. Lunar Heights teams up with Hiero legend, Casual, over some sonically special production from Reverb.

Casual is one of those emcees who just sounds timeless. He sounds just as good today as 1994. And he demonstrates barbarian bars on this joint. But Lunar Heights members, Spear Of The Nation and Jern Eye each drop some truly spectacular verses. Very impressive on every level.

A joint that every hip hop head can enjoy.

Mondo Slade – Tone Loc (ft. Pro Dillinger) (Video)

Here’s a fresh video single from Mondo Slade’s new album, Shoots & Ladders. The beat by King Rem is uptempo and infectious. It builds that good vibe and adrenaline for verses from Slade and Pro Dillinger. Both emcees deliver on their end of the bargain with some solid sixteens. Really dope collaboration that turned out to make this song the sure shot.

Make sure you go check the album if you are feeling this cut.

Single You Out: Old Man 80zz – Gunsmithz (ft. Phat Kat x Asun Eastwood x Recognize Ali)

Damn this is one of the toughest joints of 2022 with Old Man 80zz on the boards lacing lava rocks. The drums and vocal sample set a perfect stage. And the emcees, Phat Kat, Asun Eastwood, and Recognize Ali all show up in a big way with their bar work. Asun however really stands out to me. His flow with this beat has such a vicious sound. Tell me I am wrong. This record gets maximum rotation.

Single You Out: Eto x Futurwave – Poetry Is Dead

This is another great collaboration of talents when Eto and Futurewave link up for the track, Poetry Is Dead. The two artists seem tailor made to work with each other. The song is just over two minutes long with the first half dipping into spoken word, a segue, and then the second half going into more of a traditional hip hop flow.

There is something very fluid and almost ethereal about this track and proves that the power of music and the word is still very much alive.

Single You Out: Apathy x Stu Bangas – No Time To Waste (ft. Jadakiss)

A heatrock from Apathy and producer Stu Bangas coming off a forthcoming project. No Time To Waste is ominous. The strings that Stu Bangas puts to work on this track are damn menacing, and made more so with Apathy’s razor-sharp lyricism, and bar work from guest emcee Jadakiss. And his last line, “funerals on zoom” was definitely a way to close out a track. Mic dropped.

This is a favorite.

ShrapKnel – Lazy Dog (Video)

The union of Curly Castro and Premrock as ShrapKnel continues with the release of their new album, Metal Lung.

The lyricism and flows are unique and leave the mind to ponder over the prose, ciphering over the meaning of each turn on phrase. This is what happens when poetry hits the concrete sidewalks in an explosion of creativity, as illustrated in their video single, Lazy Dog.

Not for the faint of heart or weak of mind. Production from Steel Tipped Dove.

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.


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.