So here is a list of my favorite EPs from 2018. I easily could have extended this list to 25 projects and been really comfortable about that. However, I really wanted to showcase what I consider to be the best projects in a year where there was so much greatness to consider. In the end, there were no votes, judges, or etcetera. This was simply a matter of personal preference. I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I did.
Album: Trouble & a Pair of Dice
1. Trouble! (skit)
2. Black Spiders
3. Blind Folds (ft. Neenah)
4. They Wanna Know (ft. Vinnie Paz)
5. Spilled Milk
6. Sauce 4 Da Floss (ft. Fred the Godson)
7. Highly Rated (ft. Cormega)
8. Black Suns (ft. Andi-Ites)
9. Thats Him! (Skit)
10.Waitin’ (ft. Murdoc)
11.Pair of Dice
Quite a few dope projects made their way to digital shelves last week but I can’t let this one slide by, so out of all the projects, this is the one that I feel deserved the feature.
Nottz has crafted brilliance at least FOUR times this year providing the soundscape for albums from Blu, Bad Seed, Bumpy Knuckles and now NapsNdreds. He just has an incredible ear and gift for what he does.
And I have a few other projects from NapsNdreds but none as complete as Trouble & a Pair of Dice. His flow, wordplay, and content all shine impeccable on this project. There are a few dope features on this album, but none of them take the limelight off of NapsNdreds. He holds it down on all levels.
This is another must-have for your listening pleasure in 2018. Don’t let it pass you by! Here are my two favorite tracks from the project:
Artist: Rome Streetz
Album: Noise Kandy 2
- DMT Vape Pen
- Piss Moet
- Colombian Neck Tie
- Dead Face Notes
- Master or Servant?
- Foaming Out The Mouth
Rome Streetz is ending his 2018 on a highly productive note, dropping another project entitled, Noise Kandy 2. All six tracks are heat…but if you are asking me and I know you are…my favorite tracks are the following.
Make sure you show love to the music Rome Streetz is making. My guess is we got a lot more in store come 2019.
Artist: Astro Vandalist
1. DV alias Khryst – Astroduction
2. D-Strong – The reaper
3. Declaime feat Georgia Muldrow – Helicopters
4. Rasco – Live & learn
5. Blaq Poet feat Born Unique – In the danger zone
6. Ruste Juxx – Viking verses
7. Dro Pesci – Keep it street
8. Sadat X feat Nine – Nomical
9. Dirt Platoon – Bellyache
10. Born Unique – Dirt naps
11. El Gant feat Shabaam Shadeeq – Vandetta
12. FT feat Godsunz – Astro beast
13. Akbar – Off the grid (OTG)
14. Beneficence – Up in ya era
15. El Da Sensei – Bars & boastin’
16. John Robinson – Music never ends
17. Maylay Sparks feat DJ Too Tuff – Tally up
I am going to start featuring one album from the previous week every Monday because there is so much good music that I believe is going unheard. And this album from French producer, Astro Vandalist, is something that you guys need to be made aware of. It’s 17 tracks of unadulterated and potent hip hop. The beats really hit hard and you can see by this lineup of emcees that there are some heavy hitters on here.
Check out and cop the whole thing as it is worth every penny, but here are my favorite tracks if you want a sampling!
Here’s some more dope that needs to be shared, and apparently it’s coming out of my hometown (Richmond, VA) which is doubly ill. PT and Fan Ran linked up for a project AIRTIGHT (EAR*TITE) and this is a nice example of boom-bap done right.
My favorite track, IKNOW, is incredibly fresh, and the production from Fan Ran is just impeccable. That piano and vocal sample made a definite point with me! And PT definitely has a mic presence that makes you feel what he’s saying. The former even joins the latter for a dope guest sixteen.
This is definitely something to pay attention to!
Artist: DJ Enyoutee
Album: Power Of Words
1. Milano Constantine – Flying Saucers produced by DJ Enyoutee
2. King Magnetic & SmooVth – Broadcasting Live produced by Haleem The GodBrother
3. Alpha Faktion – Creative Control “Re-Program” produced by Venom
4. D Strong & King RA – VLAD TV produced by Supreme Da Almighty
5. Realio Sparkzwell – Save My City produced by Plague MD
6. Zagnif Nori & King Author – Head Hunting produced by Plague MD
7. Dirt Platoon – ’88 produced by 3I’sYd
8. Rap P – Make It or Take It produced by Supreme Da Almighty
9. The Bad Seed – What I’m On produced by Tensho
10. Alpha Faktion & Starvin B – Inner Savage produced by Plague MD
11. Planet Asia, Tone Cuff, Krumb Snatcha – Sacred Math produced by Plague MD
12. I.N.F. – The Cycle produced by Plague MD
13. Reap – Who Knows? produced by Plague MD
14. Toxsicpreme Al-Amin – Shine produced by Rebelxgenius
15. D.V. Alias Khryst, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Lord Have Mercy – Veteran Status Remix produced by DLP
16. Whichcraft – Bring The Light produced Plague MD
17. Born Unique & Milano Constantine – Destruct produced by DJ Spinna
18. UG, Skanks the Rap Martyr, King Author, Nowaah The Flood, DJ Tekwun, The Bad Seed, Zagnif Nori – Strength In Numbers produced by The Custodian Of Records
19. Planet Asia & Goretex – Return To Power produced by Supreme Da Almighty
20. L.E.O. & Last Measure – Ample Time produced by Plague MD
21. Alpha Faktion – Breaking Ground produced by Chess Pain
22. IDE – Mic Hog produced by DJ Enyoutee
23. Planet Asia – Over The Airwaves produced by Plague MD
24. Starvin B – The Flame Thrower produced by Plague MD
25. Planet Asia, Tone Cuff, Krumb Snatcha – Sacred Math Remix produced by Mr. Jack
I have yet to listen to this but I HAD to get it out there. DJ Enyoutee started releasing some singles months ago, and I had made the suggestion that these should be compiled in some form or fashion and I was told that was definitely going to be happening. And the Power Of Words is that thought to fruition.
I mean just look at this lineup! There are so many ill spittas and producers on this thing you can not go wrong! This is the kind of project that we run this site for! Awesome lineup and technically you can get it for free. But if you don’t put something down on a project of this nature…I am calling it right now…bitch move.
Put to the cause and support good music!
Album: Farm To Table
- Chopping Block
- Crop Circles
- Wheat Threshers
- Greenhouse Effect (ft. Sleep Sinatra)
Chuck-N-Lock just dropped a project with producer Farma Beats entitled Farm To Table, and the project definitely deserves some shine as it is impeccably executed. My favorite track is Monsanto where the duo channels their inner villains over an equally villainous production from Farma. The lyricism is clever and the beats bang. That always means a win!
…Break it down up, the amount of the yield / I’m like the Scarecrow out-standing in his field
But really all five songs are incredibly nice. They all have a different tempo and vibe to them but there is certainly consistency in dopeness
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I RARELY will throw up an album like this without doing a full review but this is something I felt like I needed to make people aware of on the quick. Pressure Cooker is the new project from emcee Daniel Son and producer FutureWave, and the project is blazing from start to finish. EVERY track hits its mark really making this album pretty close to perfect. I really couldn’t find one flaw.
Artist: The Kracken x Freestyle Fam
Album: The Kraken Vs. Freestyle Fam
1. Ready to Rumble
2. Wait For It
4. Kracken Vs.
5. Knock’em Out
6. Hands Up-Bars Up (ft. Keynote)
7. Take Me Out
8. Me and The Music (ft. Ryan Brockington)
9. Go Time
I have been a fan of Freestyle Fam ever since I got a hold of their Unleashed project last year. They showed and unbelievable array of skill on the microphone on that release, and they continue to demonstrate those skills when they link up with Grammy nominated producer, The Kracken.
Quest the Wordsmith and Mike Testa are grizzled emcees. Don’t let the “Christian” moniker lead you into the illusion that they are not lyrical or can’t drop it heavy. Their lyricism is intricate and rugged. And when you combine that prowess on the mic device with The Kracken’s ability to develop head knockers, you undoubtedly have a winner here.
Make sure you check this release and check out ANY product Freestyle Fam puts out. They are the truth!
1. Stuck in the 90s (Rediculus Remix)
2. Pick Up Lines (ft. Shabaam Sahdeeq and Vasnessa Renee) (Rediculus Remix)
3. Party Starters (ft. Nutso) (Rediculus Remix)
4. Hudson Valley Renegade (Rediculus Remix)
5. Watch Ya Step (ft. El Gant, Bekay and DJ Modesty) (Rediculus Remix)
6. The Mission (Rediculus Remix)
7. How You Spit (ft. Napoleon Da Legend) (Rediculus Remix)
8. Stuck in the 90s (Rediculus Head Bang Remix)
9. How You Spit (Rediculus Reflex Remix)
Again, not a full review, just an awareness post. I don’t know how it happened, but Skeezo linked up with one hell of a producer to remix his Stuck In Da 90s project from last year. Rediculous lives up to his moniker when it comes to the beats he utilized for this project. In all honesty, I am loving this entire thing from front to back. The original is dope, but the remixed version is next level. Skeezo’s vocals sound perfect over this reworking. It’s a free download, so make sure you head on over to the link above and download from DJ Booth. This will be essential for 2014.