It’s rare that an album you’ve been anticipating for a year and a half will deliver on its promise, and a lot of recent albums from artists or groups that had been away for an extended period have disappointed. However, when it comes to Louis Logic, the wait was well worth it, because every push back Logic faced in making this album was actually a push in the right direction, even if it wasn’t clear at the time.
It’s been a short while since we got an album from Minneapolis hip hop group Wide Eyes or Chicago emcee Phillip Morris, so they did us all a favor and came together to make an EP to appease their fans. The Sick and the Dead brings together some of the best and unheralded talent from the Midwest.
Lanzo is an instrumental producer from Chicago. He hasn’t been releasing music for very long, but in the past year or so, we’ve gotten a glimpse as to what this beat maker is capable of. Deadweight.Sheep is a good place to start, giving us a soulful, downtempo mix of instrumental tracks.
Up until this year, most hip hop fans’ knowledge of Hellfyre Club was most likely limited. Maybe they knew that Open Mike Eagle’s Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes was released on the label in 2011, or maybe they got down with the Flash Bang Grenada album that Busdriver made with Nocando. Maybe they knew that this was the label that Nocando founded in 2010. In 2013, though, things came together for Hellfyre to take the next step. Last year, Wisconsin emcee Milo was in search of a label to push his double EP Things That Happen At Day/Things That Happen At Night.
Toronto producer Bix came at us last year with one of the darkest, menacing, and challenging instrumental albums of last year in The North. This year he returns with an album that is lighter in tone and more accessible, but no less complicated.
How long has it been since the first Latyrx album dropped? So long ago, that it wasn’t released on Quannum Projects, it was released on Solesides. Hell, it was even re-released on Quannum, but that was over ten years ago. This is all to say that for a lot of hip hop heads, the second album from the duo of Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker has been a long time coming – sixteen years, to be exact. So is it worth the wait? Well, like a lot of albums by older group being released recently, the answer is yes and no.
Somehow, amidst all the touring and releasing of free singles, mixtapes, and EPs, nerdcore artist Adam WarRock has found the time to come back with his third solo full length album. It’s exactly what his fans will want, too – a great mix of nerdy songs referencing comics and such, while also balancing personal tales and moments of introspection.
If you haven’t already heard Dynasty, you’re going to want to hop on the bandwagon now, before it gets too crowded. The Queens-raised, Tampa-based emcee is already getting cosigns from the likes of DJ Premier, Skyzoo, and Talib Kweli, and now, with her debut album out on Jakarta Records, she delivers a statement that’s going to turn some heads.
Relic, aka Rel McCoy, the emcee/producer from Brampton, Ontario, has been doing his thing for a several years now, carving a nice niche in the Canadian hip hop scene. Coming one year after his last full length album, Miles To Go, Relic is back with an EP that he once again wrote and produced. It’s not a departure from the norm, but Relic maintains the high standards he's set over the years.
It’s been a short while since we got a full length album from Detroit emcee/producer Black Milk, with Album of the Year dropping in 2010. It’s not like he hasn’t been toiling away, though, with the Synth or Soul EP becoming one of the best and most sought after Record Store Day releases this year. This album is what fans have been waiting for, though.