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Although The Roots released a collab album last summer with Elvis Costello, the group hasn’t released a proper album of their own since 2011’s stunning Undun.  But now the group is set to release a brand new album called And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.  Just like their previous release this is a concept album, albeit a slightly less convoluted one, about making it in the rap world.  Today, the group gave us the first taste of this new album with the single, “When the People Cheer,” a brooding song featuring ?uestlove’s strong beats, a delicate toy-like piano and Black Thoughts dark lyrics.  The hook alone is killer, “I live in a trap/Things go crack/Wake up in the bathroom with a box of Apple Jacks/Everybody acts, like God is all that/But I got the feelin’ he ain’t never coming back…” showing the darker side of fame.  While we probably will have to wait until the summer before this album sees a release date, if the single is any hint at what’s to come, we’re looking at (unsurprisingly) another incredible album from The Roots.  In the meantime, check out the single below.

-M. Kauf

 

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Chance the Rapper is a 19 year old phenom hailing from Chicago. Despite residing in a city with a deep pool of talent, Chance managed to gain local, and then national attention with his first project, 10 Day. 10 Day was the result of a ten day suspension from school and it is well worth your time. ‘Acid Rain’ is the first single off his upcoming tape Acid Rap, which drops April 30th. ‘Acid Rain’ features a mellow beat which highlights Chance’s creative lyrics. He’s a deep thinker with a distinct voice, and he seems destined for stardom. Give the young man a listen.

-Elmar

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I was fourteen when some friends in middle school put me on to Shad and I quickly became a huge fan. There aren’t many emcees out there who can rival his lyrical ability and even fewer create tracks with such thought provoking and generally positive messages. With a dazzling array of multi-syllabic rhymes, internal rhymes, and alliteration, Shad is kind of like a Canadian Elzhi. ‘I Get Down’ lives on his 2005 debut album When This Is Over and it is a masterpiece. Sonically it is on par with Eminem’s legendary verse on ‘Renegade,’ except it lasts for three verses. I met Shad after a show a couple years ago and he was about as down to Earth as they come. Grab this song on iTunes or download it here.

-Elmar

p.s A soundcloud for this song doesn’t seem to exist, but just download it or youtube it!

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After dropping a FreEP a few days ago, Cole comes through with the lead single off his sophomore album, Born Sinner. J. Cole’s production is top notch as always and he grabs R&B’s latest star to undress the ladies with his vocals. ‘Power Trip’ has everything you look for in a single: ill production, a catchy hook, and captivating lyrics. I need to meet this woman who inspired Cole to write ‘Dreams’ (off The Warm Up) and this monster single. Hopefully this album will be the classic that everyone has been waiting for the Roc Nation signee to drop. Until then, enjoy the single!

-Elmar

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“The River Runs Deep” is storytelling at its finest. Tom Pepe, part of the dope Seattle-based group Knowmads, delivers a tale of self-destruction, redemption, and the tragedy of wasted potential. Pepe expertly employs parallel rhyme schemes and a desperate flow to create one of the best tracks I’ve heard in recent years. This cut lives on his 2010 solo album CupaTea which, along with “The River Runs Deep,” is available here on iTunes. It can be difficult to keep up with all the quality music coming from Seattle these days, but if you missed this one a couple years ago here’s your chance to spend the best $0.99 of your life.

-Elmar

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“Children Sing” is a standout track off Pacewon and Mr. Green’s debut album, The Only Color That Matters is Green. Released in 2008, the album is produced in its entirety by Mr. Green while Pacewon delivers the flows. For “Children Sing” Mr. Green samples a Jewish children’s choir, and chops it up resulting in a unique beat which is sure to get your head nodding. Pacewon does the beat justice using his gritty voice to paint a picture of his life on the streets of New Jersey and the hook perfectly captures the song’s hopeful vibe. Check out the whole album here.

-Elmar

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A couple commas richer and I’m still mobbin with my niggas brah….

The A$AP Mob official released their first collective mixtape earlier this week. Headed by the already budding frontman, A$AP Rocky, the collective gang, all members names beginning with the ASAP tag, have finally pitched together and put together a project, entitled Lords Never Worry. Tough. As the album art shows, this tape is flames. Highlighting the other group members, like ASAP Ferg, ASAP Ant, ASAP Twelvy and other key players in the rap game today, like Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Fat Trel, this mixtape brings the same spaced-out Houston-influenced feel of Rocky’s LiveLoveASAP, but adds more of a sharper thug influence, cause you know this time, the whole gang is rollin through. The crowned victor of this tape, in my opinion, has to be ASAP Ferg. The game has been buzzin’ for a while that this dude is the next in the crew to blow and now I really believe that shit. Ferg shows off his deep voice and swag on “Bangin on Waxx” and his own solo songs “Persian Wine”, “Work” and “Choppas on Deck”, totting melodies and triple time bars. Overall, this mixtape is pretty street and its not for everyone, but if you are trying to feel like a G and be trill as fuck, knock this shit in your headphones, in your car, or your next visit to the strip club. Stream it Below and Download it over at livemixtape.com. Enjoy! – D. Gold

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