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NEW COOL is a weekly offering of summer hip-hop playlists with the best new rap tracks that the genre has to offer. You can listen on soundcloud, and it will be playing on this page as well.

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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.


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

Peep the video as well cuh cuh

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

#*1* El-P Cancer 4 Cure + Honorable Mentions


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…

XXL Freshman 2013

So this list brings a level of excitement to it every year and whatever. Everybody has their own opinions on it, including yo boy: itzdadiabolical. Unlike award shows and whatnot, I feel this list really matters. People on this list get looks, especially if they haven’t been heard of before. I mean, you can see the effects of last years list on Macklemore, Danny Brown, and Future’s careers; although I wouldn’t entirely credit XXL for that it was still a contribution. I feel that the XXL Freshman list is for talented new artists, OR relatively unknown artists/artists on the come-up to get a little breakthrough or push into more of a public eye. Obviously any artist on an XXL freshman list isn’t totally out of nowhere, but they should still be under that level of people knowing about them like that (not necessarily mainstream).

So I’m just going to go over the picks of this list and tell ya’ll how I feel bout them.

Ab-Soul: Why is he on this list? Don’t get me wrong, Ab is one of my favorite artists of this time, but he’s already known. Control System was a pretty popular album last year, any major hip-hop fan should know about it. He’s been on features with all types of people like the other TDE members, Joe Budden, Childish Gambino, Macklemore, Smoke DZA, etc. He’s also been rapping for a good while. You could argue so was Danny Brown and Macklemore last year, but they weren’t known like that. There were still hip-hop fans that haven’t heard of Danny Brown or “XXX”, Macklemore had a rather slow progress to the top with his single “Thrift Shop”, but people who weren’t into Seattle hip-hop and stuff didn’t know about “The Town” and other tracks like that.

Action Bronson: Should’ve been on last year’s list. Or the year before that. This list will have a minimal effect on his career at this point, like how late are ya’ll gonna be? This guy made a whole project with one of the most popular producers in the rap game (Alchemist). He’s a big part of NYC’s comeback in the rap scene. Had top mixtapes for like the past two years. Mad late, XXL.

Angel Haze: I’m cool with this one, although I’m not CRAAAZY bout this chick. She does fill the female spot on the list well, though. And I think she lived in VA or something too. Anyway, decent pick here.

Peep her “Reservation” mixtape here

Chief Keef: Oh wow, my mans Chief Keef sneaks into the Freshman 10 as the 11th pick. I halfway agree with this pick and halfway don’t. This dude made a decent name for himself (musically not in real life) and he makes hella catchy hooks and overall jamming songs. Plus he’s a young dude. On the other hand, this kid is signed to a major label, had a chart topping song/remix, has people’s name in his mouth basically. Somebody struggling could’ve used this 11th spot, man.

Dizzy Wright: I wouldn’t have picked him for the list personally, but I like this choice. I know cuz has been rapping for a minute or two, but I just started listening to him. He’s relatively unknown and pretty good so he should get some good looks off of this hopefully.

In case you missed

Joey Bada$$: He deserved this spot, no question. Young new rapper, released an excellent tape last year, still not quite mainstream level yet, etc. Good job XXL

Kirko Bangz: lol… nahhhhh. He had a buzz a while ago with that one single that name slips my mind at the moment, but it died out. And it’s not like his buzz dying is a travesty either. He’s kinda equivalent to the Roscoe pick last year. I don’t hate cuz or his music tho, I’m just saying.

Logic: Logic! MARYLAND WE IN HERE OAW8PWYTRIAPGSITY!!!! Sike nah, let me stop. I really can’t be anything but excited about this because he’s from my area. Not exactly my top 5 local rappers or nothin, but he’s still good. This is great for him and our area (hopefully).

ScHoolboy Q: C’mon man… Really? XXL just gon put every decent rapper that hasn’t been on the list before on this? Lemme guess, Nas gon be on the next joint… Q had one of the better albums last year, he has looks already. He’s heavily involved in not only TDE, but Danny Brown, A$AP, and Bronsolinno. I mean, “Yay Yay” blew up all over the internet last week. He didn’t need this at all. Maybe it’ll get Oxymoron’s sales a baby boost. Doubt it though.

Travis $cott (I think I put the $ on the right ‘s’ <.<): I’ve heard this guy’s name before, but never listened to him. I’m almost positive that he’s a hype rapper (a la 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Chief Keef, Waka, etc.) Definitely gonna get him buzz though, because I’m bout to check his music out now.

Trinidad Jame$: Well, well, well. I know some people are pissed about this. This dude is probably one of the coolest, most down-to-earth, realest dudes in Hip-Hop right now. That being said, he’s just awful at rapping. I haven’t been able to listen to anything but “All Gold Everything” without cracking up, and even AGE used to have me cracking up at “n*ggan*ggan*gga”. Still, I’m not sure why, but I have some desperate hope in this guy like all the support he gets from other rappers will eventually foster some talent deep within him. Or maybe he’ll find his own little niche in songs. Right now though?


Too many $ names on this list….

So maybe some of you guys are thinking, “Well itzdadiabolical you’re talking all this trash, but you haven’t made a list.” You’re exactly right! Not yet, anyway. Honestly, it’s hard to pick just ten people, but it’s not hard to know who NOT to pick… If I absolutely had to make a list or die, this is who I’d pick in no particular order:

1. Joey Bada$$

2. Trouble

3. Fat Trel

4. T.Shirt

5. Flatbush Zombies

6. Oxy X Moron

7. Casey Veggies

8. Rapsody

9. Mr. MFN eXquire

10. CJ the Genesis

Obviously biased, but only a little. It’s still better than this one XXL just farted out though.

“Aye Yo Can You Check Out My Mixtape?”

That title is a common phrase that people seem to hate to hear. A good example of how people feel about people asking them to check out their music is in Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire’s mixtape, Lost in Translation where there’s a skit called Hip Hop Networking 101. A lot of the time people just don’t want to give you the time of day as an artist if you ask them to listen to your stuff.

That being said, how do you get people to listen? Well, there’s plenty of ways because artists are being listened to, but what would be a good way for a new artist to reel in fans that aren’t already his homies? I feel anyone who takes their music seriously should be given a chance. They’re trying to make a living from their passion which is a beautiful thing. And 9 times out of 10 the artist is offering you their music for free. Even if they suck you could just tell them they suck and save their time (or inspire them in some cases).

Also, artists themselves sort of write off other artists when sometimes it could benefit you. Being on some “fuck you pay me” type stuff when dealing with other artists could just cheat you out some new fans. It’s really bad when us who love hip-hop are being closed minded about each other, when our genre is looked at, by many, to not even be music or art; just “talking on looped instrumentals”. I feel like having an open mind can get the rap game to flourish even more than it has lately. You can’t complain about how Trinidad James is all on the radio or how “Lil’ Wayne is overrated” if you won’t even give a struggling underground artist a listen.

Comment on how you would prefer people show you their music or ways you found people responded well to listening to your music. Or just comment on your networking experience in general.

Also listen to this smooth track by CJ the Genesis. CJ is a rapper/superproducer from the DMV, now living in ATL. He just performed at Atljunkie’s spoiled milk concert. He has a lot of good music out there, so if you like this look him up.