Jalal Salaam cover

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)
Luui midnight kisses

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
the $hoots smugglin

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
A DANCE TAPE FOR THE PEOPLE

SEENMR – A DANCE TAPE…

When he’s not traveling that globe with the rising Snack Skateboards crew, Sean Cullen likes fucking up the music game as the ever evolving SEENMR.  On his newest release, A DANCE TAPE FOR THE PEOPLE OF PLANET EARTH, SEENMR steps away from the highly textured beats that defined his earlier work into more structured, progressive dance songs.  He’s been flirting …

pkelly94SEENMR – A DANCE TAPE…
rone saage

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
jungle pussay

Scooter Island – #NOTYOURS (ft. junglepussy)

I mean I guess you could choose not to listen to a track featuring a rapper named JUNGLEPUSSY, that’s your call.  If you do, you’ll find that Scooter Island are pretty much happy making exactly the kind of music that they promise, which is cool.  Rooftop, summertime, block party music.  This is a distinctly NYC summer, where everyone is pretending …

pkelly94Scooter Island – #NOTYOURS (ft. junglepussy)