The boys gave us a peep into their joint EP quite some time ago, but the final product has finally arrived. The 6-track EP features Shlohmo’s dense signature production, accompanied by Jeremih’s lush vocals, making for quite the exceptional recipe.
Terius Nash aka The-Dream aka Radio Killa had a rather busy week. On top of launching his own label Contra Paris with long-time friend and producer Tricky Stewart, he dropped the video for his latest single “Black,” he also dropped this freEP, oh and reportedly got married. Regardless of everything going on, Dream always manages to put out high quality music.
Slaughterhouse surprises their incredibly dedicated fan base with a 10-track mixtape today. The hip-hop supergroup consisting of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz add some fresh elements to their repertoire. We all know these boys constantly bring bars to the table, that’s a given, but their choice of producers and beats gave this project a new spark. Hit the jump for the tracklist, production credits and download.
As previously stated here on AHM, we have mad love and respect for Jordan Asher, aka Boots. After his induction via Beyoncé latest self-titled effort, he didn’t waste much time dropping a solo mixtape. The 16-track project features Shlohmo, Jeremih, Son Lux, Kelela, Margot and the culprit responsible for the introduction; Beyoncé.
We have yet another talented producer out of the SOULECTION camp. Vincent Martinez aka NiceGuyxVinny has served up a fresh project today that goes by the name V I S T A. Put simply; vista means ‘a far-reaching mental view,’ which Mr. Martinez clearly grasps all too well.
As promised, De La Soul has finished with the teasing, and have dropped their latest project for free. Smell the Da.I.S.Y. is entirely produced by the late legend, J Dilla. This is truly an extraordinary gift from the boys of Long Island, NY; a gift I would gladly pay good money for. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Posdnuos called Dilla “the Tupac of producers,” and this project is a clear testament to that statement.
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.
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