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Quarantunes XXXIV


Kateel – Different Problems

Preed One & Blame One – The Calling

Murs & 9th Wonder – God Black / Black God

Vel The Wonder – Double Line

Quakers – We Tried

Aesop Rock – Flies

Wax – Straight to Paradise

Billy Woods – Gazpacho

Mello Music Group feat. Finale & Apollo Brown – Protocol

Mr. Lif & Stu Bangas – Wave the Flag

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Quarantunes XXIII


Black Milk – Cold Day

Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs – Street Religion

Vast Aire – The Man Without Fear

MIKE feat. Jesse Brother – GREEDY

K-Def – Street Jazz

Noname feat. Smino & Saba – Ace

Dynasty feat. Apollo Brown – One Day

Damu The Fudgemunk – Movin’ On

The Grouch – Never Die

Sims – Roll Down

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Quarantunes XIX


Homeboy Sandman – Canned Goods

Crown feat. Soulstice & Mainflow [cuts by Dj Nixon] – Here We Are

Sammus feat. Latasha Alcindor aka L.A. – 100 Percent

Danny Brown – Grown Up

Madlib – Movie Finale

Blue Scholars – No Rest for the Weary

Caleb Giles – Blxckberries

Danger Doom – El Chupe Nibre

Killah Priest – High Explosives

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – Care Packages

 

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Five Track Friday #67


Kemba – The Get Back (Riot)

Joey Bada$$ – Shine

Apollo Brown & Che Noir – Winter

Boldy James & The Alchemist – Bernadines

Blu & Exile feat. Fashawn – Requiem of Blue

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Quarantunes XVII


LeRoyce – A1 Since Day 1

Murs, 9th Wonder & The Soul Council feat. Rapsody & Rueben Vincent – High Noon

Apollo Brown & Che Noir – ’94

Medhane – Na Fr

HashFinger – Blue Picasso

Cro – Easy

Ivyleague 12 – Fakes

Markis Precise feat. Locksmith – Decisions

RoQy TyRaid – Barefoot Running

Mick Jenkins – The Fit

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Quarantunes XIII


Psalm One – Let Me Hear

Quakers feat. FC The Truth – Chicken Livers

Open Mike Eagle feat. Hot Sugar – 5ree Thinkers

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson – Neverending Story

Meyhem Lauren & DJ Muggs feat. Conway – Hashashin

Apes on Tapes – Les

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Tone’s Rap

KA – Knighthood

Brock Berrigan – Four Walls and an Amplifier

Joell Ortiz – Sip Slow

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Quarantunes V


Blu & Exile – Cold Hearted

Grieves – Sunny Side of Hell

Jay Rock feat. J. Cole – OSOM

Epidemic – We Back Now

Robust – Beats/me

Moderator – Side By Side

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz feat. DJ Los – Grace of God

Casual feat. Moon Shyne – Divine Dreams

Jericho Jackson – Thank You

Cavalier – Reprise

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2019 In Review

Below are some of my favorite hip-hop highlights of 2019. Check the following playlists, albums, and videos for my personal run-down of the year.


The Latest Playlist: 2019

*Track listing at bottom of post


Notable Albums of 2019

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

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The most universally accepted rap album of 2019 was Bandana from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Legendary producer Madlib brings some of his finest work to this highly active Bandana instrumental. The samples are chosen brilliantly and blended masterfully, contributing layers of drama and grandeur to Freddie Gibbs’ tales of criminal lifestyle. Gibbs raps about life struggles through the lens of his experiences in illicit activities, primarily drug dealing. He provides generously detailed stories and references of past experiences with criminal activity, women, and law enforcement. Though he raps with the demeanor of an experienced member of organized crime, Gibbs doesn’t shy away from expressing his emotional state as he describes struggles he experiences as a result of his lifestyle. It is not at all lost in his message that his involvement in criminal activity is born out of a struggle to survive in an environment that doesn’t care if he succeeds, fails, lives, or dies. With outstanding production and heavy descriptive lyrics, Bandana is already considered a classic.

Billy Woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Places

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For years Billy Woods has been one of the most prolific emcees in the subgenre of abstract hip hop; 2019 was his banner year. Hiding Places represents a thoroughly developed and sophisticated Woods on the dark beats and crushing drums of his perfect producer counterpart: Kenny Segal. Hiding Places from Billy Woods & Kenny Segal is not an album for passive listening. Over the course of this project, Woods weaves in and out of fragmented thoughts, metaphor, memories and tangents. This is a deeply personal and emotional Woods, as he speaks passionately in heavy reflection of his childhood and life experiences. There is a fine line between rapping and spoken word, and Woods is constantly playing with that line. The overall aesthetic of this collaboration is dark, ominous, aggressive, and a bit uncomfortable. Hiding Places can be off-putting at first, but listening to this project in its entirety is a truly captivating experience. I also recommend checking out Billy Woods’ other 2019 release: Terror Management.

Kota the Friend – Foto

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The album I listened to the most in 2019 was Foto from Kota the Friend. Kota the Friend has to be the most genuinely humble emcee out. Foto is not a complex album musically, conceptually, or otherwise, but it is a true gem for fans of boom bap conscious rap. Through mellow melodic delivery Kota speaks frankly about his life, relationships, and the importance of family. Kota is nearly void of rap braggadocio. The occasional boasting is done with a subtlety that points more towards a comfort in himself rather than any self-righteous arrogance. Foto is highly optimistic from front to back, and Kota speaks from a place of content and joy, consciously leaving hardships in his past. The beats are simple but solid. People looking for more innovative styles and sounds might find the album a bit repetitive, but I personally cant get enough of it.

Check out other Notable Albums from: Rapsody, Dreamville, EarthGang, Anderson .Paak, Mavi, Little Simz, YBN Cordae


Notable Videos of 2019

Freddie Gibbs – Fake Names

Little Simz – Venom

Tierra Whack – Unemployed

Tobe Nwigwe feat. Paul Wall – Juice

YBN Cordae feat. Aanderson .Paak – RNP

Boogie on Sway’s Universe

King Los on Power 106

Open Mike Eagle feat. Danny Brown – Unfiltered (Comedy Central/The New Negroes)


The Latest Playlist 2019

Little Simz – Venom

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Fake Names

Qari & Greenslime – Operation Hennessy

Rapsody – Serena

CRIMEAPPLE & DJ Skizz – Wet Dirt

YBN Cordae – Wintertime

Mach-Hommy feat. Tha God Fahim – Mozambique Drill

Flying Lotus – Andromeda

Tobe Nwigwe feat. Lanell Grant – Caged Birds

Anoyd & Statik Selektah – Purple

Kill Bill x Rav feat. Rekcahdam – Now you don’t

Kota the Friend – Sedona

Danny Brown – Best Life

Dreamville & JID feat. T.I. – Ladies, Ladies, Ladies

Kemba feat. Portugal, The Man – The Feels

MAVI – Love, Of Money

Maxo – Time

Medhane – Affirmation #1

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – Back at the House

Slowthai – Crack

Apollo Brown feat. Nolan The Ninja & Dopehead – Skimmin’

Homeboy Sandman – Step Inside

Your Old Droog – Train Love

Earl Sweatshirt – MTOMB

Billy Woods feat. Mach-Hommy – Windhoek

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Five Track Friday #53


Billy Woods feat. Fielded – Western Education is Forbidden

MAVI – Sense

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – Bless the Fire

Earl Sweatshirt feat. Mavi – EL TORO COMBO MEAL

Apollo Brown feat. Boog Brown & Chavis Chandler – In the Water

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