It’s been four years since the last album from New York emcee Cage, but it’s been eleven years since Cage worked with Eastern Conference Records. He recently buried the hatchet with label owner and one-time collaborator DJ Mighty Mi, who has come back on to produce the majority of Kill the Architect. In a lot of ways, this all signals a return to form for Cage, whose last album, Depart From Me, was made in heavy collaboration with ex-Hatebreed guitarist Sean Martin, and featured a NIN-influenced sound.
Klassik is an emcee/producer from Milwaukee who has been making music for a few years now. His latest album, YRP (Young Rising Phenoms), finds him still struggling to find a voice that doesn’t sound compromised.
Moka Only is one of the busiest artists in hip hop, releasing multiple projects a year for over fifteen years now. 2013 has been relatively quiet year for the Vancouver emcee/producer, since this is only his second release before we get to his annual Martian Christmas album.
Blue Sky Black Death is a production duo from Seattle consisting of Kingston and Young God. The two have produced for a wide range of artists, including Sadistik, Nacho Picasso, Mr. MFN eXquire, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Vast Aire. They’ve also released numerous solo albums, which really let them indulge and explore some of their less conventional musical ideas. Their latest effort, Glaciers, is a full length album that is as ambitious as anything they’ve done in their career.
ako the chemist is a producer from New Jersey, part of a group called the Chemistry Music Collective. It’s been over a year since we last heard from him, but he’s back now with a new beat tape entitled answers.
Swamp Thing is the Toronto trio of Chokeules, Timbuktu, and Savillion, all part of the Backburner Crew. They released their debut album, Creature Feature, last year, along with an EP. This year, they show no signs of slowing down as they come right back with their sophomore album, Firedogs.
It’s been a short while since we last heard from Philly producer Small Professor. If you’ve been following him, you know that he likes to drop beat tapes to tide listeners over, all with variations of descriptors of the type of "jawns" are contained within. This December, we get Nasty Jawns, which is strictly for the grown folk.
You might not recognize the name of the Phoenixville, PA producer, but Vanderslice has already been putting in work. He’s provided some gritty production for artists like Stu Bangas and Blaq Poet in the recent past, and he’s currently putting the finishing touches on his debut solo album as a producer. To whet our appetites, Vanderslice has delivered this EP, based solely on gospel samples.
It’s only been a couple of months since his last EP, but Chicago producer Lanzo has come right back with some new material. law of attraction picks up where Deadwieght.Sheep left off, giving us some warm, soulful downtempo instrumental tracks.
Dudley Perkins, aka Declaime, has been a staple of the West Coast underground hip hop scene for years, first as part of the Stones Throw roster, and then as part of the SomeOthaShip Connect family. His latest effort, and the first under the Perkins name since 2009, marks his debut for Mello Music Group.