A few mixes ago we posted a track by Amerigo Gazaway, which was a mash-up of Marvin Gaye and Yasiin Bey. Well that track was part of a full project of deconstructed Gaye beats, and Bey (FKA Mos Def) raps. This Nashville producer has tapped into something unique and memorable. Stay tuned for Side Two
G.O.O.D. Music’s CyHi The Prynce has resurfaced with a brand new mixtape in hand. It’s been over a year since we’ve heard from Cydel Young, but the wait was worth it. 18 tracks (14 minus the interludes & ‘tro’s), and not a single feature required. The 29-year old from Georgia carries the weight of the tape with ease, slanging bars for days. Watch out for CyHi to make a splash in 2014.
I’m not one for large, extravagant valentines day plans, but apparently De La Soul is. Today, and today only, the legendary hip-hop trio from Long Island are giving away their entire discography for free. Yes, for FREE! So if you’ve misplaced them over the years, or you have low-quality versions, or you’ve never given them a chance; hit the link and choose to download one or all of their records. Enjoy
To commemorate his 29th birthday yesterday, Jermaine Cole hit the guests at his Madison Square Garden show with a surprise. Each seat in the iconic venue had a handwritten message on it stating Cole’s imprint label Dreamville Records had signed a deal with Interscope. Along with the message was a hard copy of the labels first compilation project Revenge of the Dreamers. To cap the night, the New York crowd was treated to guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z.
The young emcee from Toronto, Canada is just beginning to make a name for himself. At just 18 years of age, Jahkoy Palmer has worked with the likes of Nipsey Hussle, Jim Jones and producers Statik Selektah and Tha Bizness, as well as opening for Juicy J in Toronto. It’s hard to put a finger on his sound or style, but if I had to draw a comparison; he’s a combination of The Weeknd, PartyNextDoor, Gilbere Forté with a little Dom Kennedy.
December is a month in which you either entrap yourself completely with the glitter, glamour and gifts, or it’s a month in which you leave your subconscious constantly wondering about what the new year will bring. Regardless, it’s a busy time for everyone, and the days feel incredibly short. Apologies go out to my avid reads for avoiding the blogosphere this month. Just because I wasn’t writing about it, doesn’t mean my ears weren’t constantly listening. I am compiling a MegaMix of the music that’s been coming through my speakers this month, and it shall drop December 30th (Monday of course). Also, as per the end of 2013, I am creating a list of my Top 25 Albums of this year, so stay tuned for that as well. For now, it dawned on me that quite a few artists gave away free projects this month, so here are 5 that I have been in heavy rotation. Enjoy
If you’ve been following AHM for awhile, you’ll know I have mad love for the genre-bending David Morris aka D-WHY. The West Virginia native’s creativity blossoms through his music, videos, fashion and formula. Up to this point, the man has given away all his music for free, building a strong fan base while distributing quality. So here we are, on the release day of Young, Loved, Hated & Broke EP, and you can both purchase the project, or get it for free.
Yes I realize the tape dropped on Sunday, but I have a hard time enjoying music when DJ Drama is screaming his name in the background, along with other absurdities. So here’s Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 3 ‘Drama-Free’ so to speak, and the bulk of the tracks re-surfaced in higher quality.
Price Tag and Oktane, aka Audio Push have let go of their latest project for FREE. When I heard “Space Jam” with Lil Wayne, I was impressed, then “Shine,” reassured me these cats were a long way from Jerkin’, and with the recent release of “Theme Song” with T.I., this album became top priority. The work Hit-Boy has done with HS87 is incredibly impressive, taking two guys on the verge of being YouTube sensations, and helped them become something substantial. Regardless of how they got to this point, I think Come As You Are will solidify them within the Hip Hop community, so look out for them on upcoming feature lists.
The Brooklyn boy has done it again, another incredibly solid project. It’s impressive that at 18 years old, this guy stays true to his roots and his sound is progressing with every track I listen to. Summer Knights serves has Joey’s second solo mixtape and he enlisted a talented lineup – on both sides of the glass.