Single You Out: IDE – Mic Hog

Creative Juices and Alpha Faktion link up when IDE and DJ Enyoutee team up for this banger, entitled Mic Hog. Enyoutee brings in the guitar licks over the snapping drums and IDE show an ever evolving repetoire as an emcee. He is flipping some serious non-stop lyricism on this track and continues to really show how refined his craft as an emcee is evolving.

Be sure to check out Alpha Faktion’s new album, which I think is dropping soon.

U.G. – Broken Vessel (Video)

Broken Vessel is the second video from U.G.’s new album, Portals. Again, you will not find a style similar to that of U.G. around. And neither will you find the production stylings of IDE. This project was molded and crafted for years…literally. The ear for perfection can be heard throughout the project. In the video description of this track, the words “mechanical” and “orchestra” are used. That sounds appropriate. This is a “mechanical orchestra” by U.G. and IDE leaving a unique stamp in 2016.

U.G. (Cella Dwellas) – The Mystic (Video) 

Well after waiting approximately three years, today was the day that U.G. (Cella Dwellas) and IDE released the magnum opus, Portals.  I honestly thought this project was never going to drop.   So today I am proud to spread the word on something amazing! Portals is an incredible endeavor in the crafting of boom-bap.

This video is just the tip of the iceberg for what you have in store when you cop this album.  The lyrical diversity of U.G. and IDE’s sterling production make this a must have.

Single You Out: UG – The Mystic

UG’s forthcoming album, Portals, is my White Whale.  I have been waiting for it forever and for the longest time, I thought it was never going to drop.  I thought it was just going to be shelved.  But now we have proof of life with the IDE produced single, The Mystic.  On this track you get to hear UG flip a one of a kind style over a production that actually caters to the word…”mystic”.

Even greater news is that we have a release date for the new album.  It’s dropping on October 21st.   Make sure  you notate that on your calendar.

Single You Out: Defiant III – Crossfire

The Defiant III are up to no good with the release of the single, CrossfireIDE, Alucard, and Jise each drop some gems over a production from Warryn Syde.  The whole track strikes me something ferocious with a captivating dark piano riff operating snapping snares.

Purge Season is dropping in the fall.

 

Junior Makhno – Clandestinity (2016)

Makhno

In my mind, Junior Makhno, is a top flight producer but sometimes his work might go unnoticed, but here’s an opportunity for you to catch up for the price of FREE.  Clandestinity is a compilation of tracks that Makhno has produced over the course of the last few years with well-known, and some lesser-known artists.    It’s entirely dope.   Listen here if you like!

 

IDE – Breathe Easy Album Sampler

IDE just dropped his first album, Breathe Easy, after a six year hiatus. I gave it one complete listen this morning and it is incredibly impressive. I think that you will find the production and the lyricism to be damn near impeccable. I’d love to tell you that it’s ‘raw’ hip hop but the truth of the matter is that this release is really polished. A very mature project. I strongly encourage you to pick this up at your earliest convenience.

Respect Tha God – Shake It Up (Video)

I love the flavor Respect Tha God brings to the microphone and IDE really provides a heater to get the party jumping.   Shake It Up, to me, is about mixing up the game a little bit because shit can get a little monotonous with the same tired themes and flows.  Respect That God gets things back to being enjoyable with this cut.  Respect.

The new album, Work Ethic, is out now.  Consider copping that!