The Frozen 10

Check out my awards for the coldest rap music released last year. Reminisce and catch what you missed.

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Year-End Single Picks

Let’s wrap up 2013 with some cool tracks.

Da Legendary Masta Ace has this new track with the Kid Tsu. “TwoThousand40”, we bout 26 years from there now. This song is an interesting story with a lil twist at the end that you’ll catch if you’re familiar with Ace’s work. I wanna say more, but that’ll spoil it. Just listen:

MENT Nelson of the almighty OXYxMORON crew croons some soulful tunes that he didn’t wanna show us at first. Not rap per se, but still great to listen to. MENT is really advancing at his singing ability since I first heard him back in ’12. I’m very impressed with this group.

Inko follows up his Supreme Being joint with this collab with another young rapper. I suppose him and Sophisticated are building an alliance, but you never know. Always fun to listen to dudes kick rhymes over some jazz.

Every rapper has to address his haters and fake friends. LS/Meechy Darko of the Flatbush Zombies does so with his usual raspy delivery and brain-boggling flow. Like you rarely hear someone go ham with their cadences like this.

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Single Picks 12/11

First things first, brand new MJ Withers. Withers raps about his interpersonal relations with a significant other on this dreamy track. Definitely check out his other content if you’re unfamiliar though, his catalog is too hard to sleep on.

Marley San gets busy with some smooth thuggery laid over some H-town sampling tunes. Joint just possesses your head, you can’t even control the nods.

BMB. and Goldlink collide for this vibrant record. The result is fireworks. This instrumental’s energy and excitement is easily matched with the incredible melodic flow and wild delivery of Goldlink. Yeah.

eXquire – Kismet: Blue Edition + Orbz a.k.a. Some Wise Quote Drake Never Said | Music Video

As ya’ll should already know, eXquire dropped one of the BEST hip-hop projects of the year. Well, for the fans, he released somewhat of a “deluxe” version–Kismet: Blue edition. If this tape somehow slipped past your radar, let it slip no longer. For you guys who like to see familiar faces on projects, this joint has Key Nyata (Raider Klan), Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Chance the Rapper, whateverwhatever on it.

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Prepare to not give a single fleeting concern about them, cuz eXquire kills it. [LINK]

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Itz My Single Picks 9/11

Twelve years ago today was a tragedy in American history, so I’ma briefly acknowledge that. RIP Bernard. RIP everyone else lost of dat day, hope the families of those lost are doing well today in spite of that.

 

Now, onto this music.

Kwes of the ST3 brought some friends along on this trudging journey through each of their respective minds. Hard, groovy, and introspective track, yet really general. Kinda puts you in that same cloud of thoughts as them as they go through various things they see in the world and in their lives. Lots of contrast from verse to verse, too.

AND ALL WE EVER DO IS COME UP… COME UP… WE COME DOWN… SO WASSUP!?? Aye, this is the jam yo. This joint popped up in my e-mail a while ago, and I’ve been enjoying the hell out of it. Real exciting and hype music. Flow on point, features Ciscero’s specific subject matter. Now ya’ll finally get to jam it. Kids Wear Crowns coming soon.

OWLKINGLORD goes in on this track using a fusion of Alchemist and Lex Luger instrumentation, spitting a lot harder than the dudes who originally rapped on those respective tracks. Dude finds some weird place between comedy, gothic darkness, and just…. spittin’.  Dudes technical ability is just

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Song is too long to type about, yet is enchanting enough to listen all the way through. Kinda scary when I think about it, but listen anyway.

eXquire without a doubt had, not only some of his greatest music this year, but some of THE greatest music this year. He seems to have found and embraced his sound with Kismet, or at least whatever went on in his life preceding the project. This song is great: passionate, soulful, deep, sensual, allat. Yuhfeelme? Plus da beat just fills me with youthful vigor. It reminds me of my days down in FL when I was a young buck leaping from logs like frogger and whatnot. Lemme not get carried away though…

Rickee Stylez – F.Y.V.E.

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Texan firespitter, Rickee Stylez, grants some audial goodness with his debut musical compilation. He comes right out the gate with a concept of social enlightenment along with some clever wordplay, and strong technical ability. This is the second of my August Anticipation projects I’ve been telling ya’ll to check out. I feel like this is a birth to a potentially legendary MC’s career. Enjoy this, and let me know how you’re liking his tunes.

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Also, check the lyrics to the tape on Rapgenius

August Anticipation

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Now that that wave of mainstream retail albums have pretty much ran their course, there isn’t really much left in the year to look forward to. If you find yourself aware of some upcoming projects from big artists, but still uninterested, then boy do I have some news for you. These past couple of weeks I’ve been antsy as hell due to some exclusive information I’ve received. I’m just gonna let ya’ll know what I can for now. 3 projects. Be ready. Be on the lookout. LISTEN TO THESE. You do not want to miss out on this music, I’m telling you in advance.

First of all Sir Milo is coming out with a project called Corner Stores and Iron Horses. He’s released a music video that I linked on his name and another single that’s sweet as hell called “Consequences”.

If you didn’t get it from those two songs, dude is nice as hell and I have high expectations for his project. His style and flow is so unique. Dude’s songs are just so catchy and rhythmical while also being complete. If you not feeling this, you ain’t touchin it right. Pause tho. August 20th.

Anyway, as if that wasn’t enough, Pedro from the South Carolina group, OXYxMORON reinvents himself under the alias Omar Bunyan. He’s slated to release Sail Fast Live Slow on August 7th, and no lie, I’ve been wanting to hear this joint for a minute. Omar really stood out on “The Woods” mixtape, and seems to have even improved beyond that. Plus, we’re not hearing much from the South and never really heard much from South Carolina, so in a way this can be part of a huge evolution in that region for hip-hop. Listen and you’ll know:

Last, but not least, at least for the MAIN stuff I’m looking out for… FYVE by Rickee Stylez. Dude is on his debut swag and he’s already a ridiculous technician, nice with the wordplay and is versatile as hell. There’s a reason why he got “Stylez” in his name. Not to mention he can just destroy a track with reckless abandon.

Trust it gets even better from there too. This joint is expected to drop in August too, but don’t quote me on that.

August is the rap month for 2013 though, you CAN quote me on that.