In a time where rapping well is seen as a hindrance rather than a benefit to those in the rap business (go figure), F5 breathes fresh air into the track “Broth”, the first loosie off of his forthcoming as-yet-unnamed EP. I’m looking forward to the next project from the homie and you’ll definitely find it here on Front-Free. Enjoy.
If you’re looking for fresh hip-hop and R&B without having to deal with urban radio like an absolute savage, you’ll be happy to know that mix DJs are not extinct. Cali’s own KrisMoBetta puts together a mix that flows, giving you the better parts of each record and finding cool ways to segue. According to the lady herself, we can start expecting these with some frequency, so be sure to subscribe to her Soundcloud.
I’m dedicating every Tuesday night to listening to music by myself and recording a live mix in one take. These “Take One” mixes will be posted every Wednesday.
Action Bronson returns with a brand new track that randomly popped up on YouTube today. If you’re a fan like me, you’re happy as hell and about to order a plate of mussels in honor of the man.
“As a descendant of the stars, it’s only right that I become one…”
Shout out to DJ Absolut for coming through with this gem featuring Nas in vintage form, though I’m not sure what year it’s from.
Yac House Entertainment drops a brand new single just in time to catch the tail end of the summer, featuring heavy-handed verses from Yac House representatives Newz Huddle of West Philly, I Know Brasco of North Philly, Chicago’s own Gedo, and Wise Vega reppin’ Harlem. The art of the posse cut is not dead!
Certified classic. Rest in power, Guru and peace to Premier.
Queens native Evie Blanco keeps it extra raw on “Uncut Raw”, where she hijacks a record from Havoc’s 2013 solo LP and goes in, which ended up getting the approval of Havoc himself. Evie had a tumultuous previous stint in rap, but is back at it. Regarding life on the come-up after a messed-up deal:
I signed an indie deal in like 2009 and it was complete bullshit. I was young and didn’t have guidance so I encountered a lot. [After that,] I did everything from mixtape distribution to graphics to fashion show coordinating, but still went into the studio periodically. My desire to chase a career as a rapper kinda died but my love for creating ill music didn’t. Having dope friends and family actively in the industry has always inspired me to push forward, which is why one way or another, I made a career out of hip-hop. You’ll hear my lil voice here and there though. Now that I have control and flexibility, I have an idea of what I’m looking to do next.
Evie Blanco plans to drop her solo LP this coming fall.
In conjunction with Marvel, Jean Grae has blessed us with the new track “What You Came For” to accompany Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther series. As the father of a 5-year-old, I’m excited to see the Panther getting so much burn recently and can’t wait to see him incorporated into all the animated shows Marvel has out right now (which are really good, by the way – both the Avengers and Spider-Man have had a long line of animated stinkers, so the current fare is a huge improvement). But back to the content at hand – Jean Grae is one of my favorite MCs and delivers on this joint. Buy it exclusively at Bandcamp.
Boston’s own Nat Anglin, formerly known as Natural, drops the long-awaited Welcome To BosAngeles, an album that deftly shifts gears between straight rap and introspective flows, establishing who the artist is in a climate where mainstream rappers are more focused on every track being a club jam. Nat’s a stand-up guy and true student of the craft, so check out the album and cop that on iTunes.
The elusive but clever New York MC by the impossible-to-Google name of SHIRT drops a random loosey. Given that it’s really been kind of a terrible summer to be woke thus far, I can feel the sentiment of the title.