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Dez – 3wisemen (ft. Tive & Jalal Salaam)

We’ve been following the growth of Jalal Salaam for a while now and it’s only more and more rewarding to call ourselves fans as he continues to produce out great hip-hop.  On “3wisemen”, Salaam teams up with Tive and Dez for Dez’s latest tape.  Probably the most surprising thing about the track is the dexterity displayed by Dez during his turn on the …

pkelly94Dez – 3wisemen (ft. Tive & Jalal Salaam)
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heart eyes – miley EP

I hate the assumption that low points in life always lead to great art from artists because neither life or art ever work that simply, but sometimes sad moments can produce beautiful music.  Chef of Ghost Row‘s most recent project, heart eyes, comes with a short tagline indicating that the songs on this EP were recorded on a cell phone “by a …

tccarr14heart eyes – miley EP
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Koncept Jack$on – Operation: LIV LAV

I’m inclined to trust anyone that fucks with Tuamie (and more importantly) that Tuamie fucks with.  The overlord of beaties doesn’t give out his loops to just anyone and Koncept proves himself on his new tape Operation: LIV LAV.  Featuring beats from fellow beaties gurus KVZE, Knx, Poptart Pete and Ohbliv, Operation: LIV LAV is probably the finest product to come out …

pkelly94Koncept Jack$on – Operation: LIV LAV
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Luui – Midnight Kisses

It’s hard to say that Luui is rapping over a beat on “Midnight Kisses”, the first single to drop from his upcoming Hollis EP.  It’s more of a feel.  A darkness afraid of fully entering the light. Hollis EP by Luui -PK

pkelly94Luui – Midnight Kisses
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The $hoots – How Are You

A few months back I got excited about The $hoots, a Chicago-based hip-hop collective that made effortless rapping sound authentic.  On “How Are You”, the crew continues to impress with their reintroduction of the kind of “cool” that deserves quotes.  It takes over a minute before the first voice graces the jazzy instrumental, and even then, it’s just the group hardly breathing …

pkelly94The $hoots – How Are You
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Pink Siiifu – Clinic

Pink Siiifu doesn’t rap so much as he unloads.  “Clinic” is a diary entry set to Mndsgn’s blank paged atmosphere.  After opening the track with a scene in an abortion clinic, Pink Siiifu continues to present himself wholeheartedly, openly, and completely.  Flawed and human.  It only takes a minute of gushing before Siiifu earns the snarl in his voice as he asks, …

pkelly94Pink Siiifu – Clinic