STS x Khari Mateen – “Happy Birthday Mama”

Jumping all the way up to one of my favorite tracks of the year comes “Happy Birthday Mama” off of the collaborative 10-track LP, Better On A Sunday, between Sugar Tongue Slim and Khari Mateen.  These two shared several connections through the years, from being raised in Atlanta, to establishing themselves in Philly, to collaborations … Continue reading STS x Khari Mateen – “Happy Birthday Mama”

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Summer Suns – “The Feeling”

Bristol-based brothers @slim_summers_sons and @turt_summers_sons form the duo known as Summer Sons, a hip-hop outfit with a smooth blend of jazz-flecked beats and soulful bars.  Out via German label, Melting Pot Music, “The Feeling” sounds like it could be an easy entry onto last year’s BadBadNotGood’s Late Night Tales release, as there is an after-hours … Continue reading Summer Suns – “The Feeling”

Madijuwon – “Do The Right Thing” (feat. Lord Apex)

French producer and cool-vibe beatmaker, Madijuwon, lays down a R&B-inspired, groovy track with a collaborator across the channel in London-based MC Lord Apex, who has been prolific over the last year or so, putting out mixed tapes every other month like some hip-hop samurai on a mission.  This special release from Madijuwon comes with an … Continue reading Madijuwon – “Do The Right Thing” (feat. Lord Apex)

Hi-Tone – “The Gossip”

Latin American lyricists, hip-hop artists, and beat makers have long been overlooked in the history of the rap in this country, despite the concurrent development of hip-hop in many Central and South American countries during the 1980’s with the United States in New York.  Hip-hop has always been an outlet for describing and relaying the … Continue reading Hi-Tone – “The Gossip”

Wasiu – “ArtBeat Cypher” (feat. Lou Phelps & KNLO)

Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer, Kaytranada, is becoming more of a household name (just check out his Wikipedia page, and the number of remixes and collaborations he’s participated in over the last several years).  Wasiu’s “Artbeat Cypher” begins with an interview with Kaytranada at the Red Bull Music Academy, where he talks a little about … Continue reading Wasiu – “ArtBeat Cypher” (feat. Lou Phelps & KNLO)

Sampa the Great – “Rhymes To The East”

I love Sampa the Great! I love that she is a young hip-hop artist with relatively clean lyrics who I can play for my daughter, and actually has a love for the old school samples and sounds that really hooked me onto rap back in the day.  She is, arguably, one of the most important … Continue reading Sampa the Great – “Rhymes To The East”