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.
Fremdkunst is the project of one DJ Mace, started all the way back in 2004. Over the years, it’s often been a way for the Rotterdam producer to experiment with different styles of music. The latest EP, Human Beings May Be Zombies, is just the latest in what is building to be a long line of interesting and eclectic releases of electronic music.
With a full length album looming on the horizon, Jon Rogers (formerly known as MAGGZ) drops another beat tape to keep listeners sated. The producer from Columbus, Ohio, hasn’t given us a lot of material to dwell on with (SC)rap Book, but he makes our short time together count.
2013 has been a hell of a year for Minneapolis producer Ackryte. The man’s already delivered three EPs and one full length album of beautifully intimate instrumental hip hop. That’s more than we could expect from any one artist in a calendar year. Apparently, though, he wasn’t done – he’s come back one more time in 2013, this time working in collaboration with another Minneapolis artist, emcee WriteGroove.
New York emcee Jean Grae has made her name almost as much by the music she hasn’t released as the music she has put out. Of course, something like that only works when the music you do put out and your live shows excites fans like enough that they are willing to wait several years in between releases. Her last proper album, Jeanius, was released in 2008, after spending four years on the shelf, and the pending follow-up, Cookies or Death, has been promised to be forthcoming for a few years now.
San Francisco emcee Rocky Rivera has been building her fan base for several years now, dropping a couple of mixtapes and one solo album, joining up with the Beatrock Music family in the process. With her new solo album, Gangster of Love, we find the Filipino American artist at her most confident and daring.
Solrac and Push Play have been part of the L.A. scene for about ten years, contributing along with Nick Classic to put together the podcast Cipharadio. They’ve been working together off and on over the years, with the roots of this project beginning back in 2010. The title explains the concept of the album, a collection of beats supposed to harken us back to that golden era of hip hop that occurred roughly from 1991 to 1994. There’s a wide range of emcees contributing to the collection, and the results are just as varied.
FRSH SLCTS started as a blog back in 2008, has undergone a few transformations, and now exists mostly as a record label based out of Portland, Oregon. They’ve teamed up with L.A. producer Mndsgn to release his latest effort, breatharian, an instrumental album with an interesting theme.
Azrael and Inkpsill are two emcees from Vancouver. They’ve actually been working with each other since 2010, but Mur-Diddly-Urdlers marks their debut album as a duo. Brining in a slew of talented producers and using The Simpsons as a theme to tie the album together, this is a fun and solid hip hop album.
No Bird Sing is the Minneapolis trio of Joe Horton on vocals, Graham O’Brien on drums, and Robert Mulrennan on guitar. All three contribute on production duties as well, and they’ve come together over the past few years and a couple of albums to develop a unique dark and brooding style of hip hop. While those in the Twin Cities have been singing their praises for a while, they are sure to get more attention with this album, which also marks their debut on Strange Famous Records.