JuSoul is a German producer who has been putting out EPs and beat tapes for a couple of years now. His latest effort is another beat tape, which features several "nuggets" he's been working on.
Schooling Hip-Hop is a collection of essays put together by Marc Lamont Hill, associate professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Emery Petchauer, assistant professor of urban education in the Teacher Development and Educational Studies Department at Oakland University. With the collection, they seek to further the discussion of how we can update our educational methods and tools to better incorporate hip hop culture.
It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Sammus first came to our attention at Scratched Vinyl when she dropped a killer verse on Mega Ran’s Language Arts project last year. As we soon discovered, the Cornell grad student/producer/emcee dropped one of the smartest albums of 2013 in M’other Brain. Roughly one year later, and we get another album of the same caliber in PRIME.
Elements of Music, or EOM, is a producer from Virginia best known for his work with Shad and Mega Ran. His latest album is a collection of instrumental tracks and collaborations with various emcees.
Cascade Records, the Paris-based label, continues its excellent year of instrumental releases with a new album featuring Fitz Ambro$e and Ohbliv. On paper, these two artists from different parts of the world don’t seem like the most obvious pairing, but this album shows that they’re not that far apart.
Vancouver producer/emcee Moka Only has made his name as much as by his prolific nature as he has with his style and talent. To put this in perspective, he released three full length albums last year, so an eight month absence felt like an eternity to fans. Moka Only realizes this, of course, and to tide fans over, he has released this free mixtape.
Rabbi Darkside is an emcee who moved from Buffalo to Brooklyn thirteen years ago to begin a career in hip hop. In that time, a lot has changed in New York, a place that Darkside considers home and has set some deep roots. With his latest release, Prospect Avenue, Rabbi Darkside takes a long and thoughtful examination about how the culture has changed in the last few years - socially, politically, and musically.
Combining jazz and hip hop is nothing new, but when it’s done well, it’s tough to beat. That’s why we keep returning to it time and again. Berlin producer Stan Forebee makes his debut for Digi Crates Records by combining the cool jazz and hard bop of artists such as Gil Evans with some solid down tempo beats.
The Esssential Vitamin Crew is a hip hop collective out of Buffalo that’s been around for a little while, whose members include emcee Mad Dukez. Their latest release comes from producer Cove, whose SoulFritoFunk is a beat tape of the funkiest kind.
If you’re not already familiar with the name of Brussels producer Loden, there’s a very good chance that you are at least familiar with his brilliant work on Busdriver’s 2012 album, Beaus$Eros, which he produced in its entirety. The Star-Eyed Condition marks Loden’s fourth solo album, and his second for Portland label Circle Into Square.