I Don’t Know Yet [EP] :: Anik Khan

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Why do I like so many rappers out of Queens?  Not sure, but Anik Khan is Queens-bred by way of Bengal, adding a new dimension to what you might expect from a Queens MC.  By combining a little reggae, a little Bollywood, and a little hood, Anik Khan creates a unique concoction that’s both infectious, revealing some crossover potential, but also shows a good ear for music and combining influences.

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Green Card EP :: Ikey

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I’ve been following this brother for some time now and I’m proud to announce that he’s finally released a complete project.  I’ve had the honor of consulting with his people behind the scenes and I truly see this young man’s vision and I hope you all do as well.  Nothing but authenticity and soul here from an emerging unique voice in hip-hop.  Shout out to AMN.  Enjoy.

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Think B.I.G. :: 18 Years Later

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Though many of us may not remember much of Canibus’ body of solo work, we can remember the line “the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th” with reference to Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls.  Beloved in hip-hop for dropping some of the smoothest singles right alongside some of the hardest street bangers, B.I.G. can never be forgotten, to say the least.  I could say a lot more, but I’d rather let the music speak for me and for his memory.  Shout out to 2DopeBoyz for the mixtape!

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Your Old Droog EP :: Your Old Droog

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The curiously named, enigmatic Coney Island MC Your Old Droog drops a fantastically textured, well-produced EP that vocally reminds me of Jay Electronica making some understandable, fun music…and actually putting it out.  But Your Old Droog is clearly in his own lane, making well thought out songs with actual themes and thoughtful lyrics.  This is definitely one of the better projects I’ve heard thus far this year, straight out of the clear blue sky.

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Barrel Brothers [Album] :: Skyzoo & Torae

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Skyzoo and Torae present their long-awaited collaboration album and I’m proud to say I knew weeks ago this was a solid LP.  Look for my review soon on KevinNottingham.com.  For now, stream the album below and come up with your own evaluation.  If it’s anything less than “dope”, you gotta get your hip-hop ear checked because this is bars on top of bars on top of neck-breaking beats.  IF you love hip-hop, you’ll love this.  Cop that on iTunes today and support the art.

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Low Jams [EP] :: Ivan Ave

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Ivan Ave

We’re often too wrapped up in the idea of hip-hop being an American-bred culture to recognize its global reach and the appreciation others have for it abroad.  I randomly stumbled across Oslo, Norway MC Ivan Ave on Soundcloud with a track called “Obedience” off of this short but effective EP, titled Low Jams, which is to be a precursor to an upcoming full length later in the year.  The artist himself keeps it simple:

“I did these songs with the homie. Wrote them in the winter. I care about them and wanted you to hear them now. These and other jams will be on my album dropping in the fall.

Mixed, mastered and engineered by Deckdaddy.”

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