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The return of the kings. In early 2011 I fell in love with Gorilla Warfare Tactics when they dropped their debut EP, Premier. Great production and occasional rapping from Cake x Crumbs (who are now known as Imagine1984) combined with the Dilla’s old-school, confident flow led to an amazing project. After a two year hiatus, GWT is back. Last night they dropped ‘drugDILLA,’ the first single off their upcoming album, Zoology. The song, built around an ode to Tribe, encapsulates the GWT sound. Head-knodding sample, 90s sounding hook, and vivid lyricism from Dilla. Download this song and check the boys out on facebook and twitter.

“Took awhile for Dilla to script songs/Made a transition boy went Gorilla to King Kong / Now I pound my gorilla chest, swing from the tower top / Bullets to the dome can never make the fucking power stop”

-Elmar

 

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Seattle hip-hop continues to roll. This is the first song I’ve heard by Mike Champoux, and I’ve had it on repeat for a couple of days now. On his self-produced track ‘One’ Champoux delivers a nice mix of introspection and inspiration which seems to be a staple of the Seattle underground. The internet is full of aspiring rappers and this is how you separate yourself from the pack. Anyone can rap about women and weed, but it takes courage to paint an honest picture of your life, dreams, and struggles. ‘One’ is the third single off the upcoming project L.I.F.E which drops on the 28th. The other two singles are dope as well so give them a look. Here’s the download.

-Elmar

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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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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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