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2022 In Review

The Latest Playlist: Best of 2022

*Track listing at bottom of post


Notable Videos of 2022

Freddie Gibbs – Dark Hearted

Pharrell & Tyler the Creator & 21 Savage – Cash In Cash Out

Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 5

Doechii – Stressed on Colors

Joey Bada$$ – Head High on Colors

Nana – Live From the District on Colors

Nana on LA Leakers

Nick Grant on LA Leakers

RJMRLA on LA Leakers

The Latest Playlist: Best of 2022

Boldy James & Real Bad Man – Ain’t No Bon Jovi

redveil – pg baby

Denzel Curry – Worst Comes To Worst

Rome Streetz – Destiny Child

Nana – Live From The District

JID – Sistanem

Ab-Soul & Zacari – Do Better

MAVI – My Good Ghosts

Kendrick Lamar feat. Sampha – Father Time

Quelle Chris feat. Moruf & Pink Siifu – The Sky is Blue Because the Sunset is Red

Hus KingPin – Waterfalls (Macapella Mix)

Billy Woods – Wharves

Freddie Gibbs – Dark Hearted

Ja’king the Divine feat. K.J. – ATTACK BY STRATAGEM

Nas – WTF SMH

Cities Aviv – Connection’s Chance

YUNGMORPHEUS & Theravada – Beneath the Visage

Ransom – Makin It

Little Simz – Gorilla

Joey Bada$$ – Show Me

Vince Staples – WHEN SPARKS FLY

Earl Sweatshirt – Fire in the Hole

Roc Marciano & The Alchemist – Stigmata

Pink Siifu & Real Bad Man feat. Peso Gordon & Chuck Strangers – Pour the WIne

Avantdale Bowling Club – Rent 2 High

Ghais Guevara – Mimicry of the Settlers

MIKE – As 4 Me

Fly Anakin – Poisonous Primates

Smino – Blu Billy

Danger Mouse & Black Thought feat. Michael Kiwanuka – Aquamarine

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Five Track Friday #162


MAVI – Spoiled Brat

Stik Figa & Conductor Williams – 4Dolph

Mach-Hommy feat. JuJu Gotti & Tha God Fahim – Tiger Balm Ultra

Jabee, Blu & First Verse – Melody Lingers On

Smoke DZA feat. Ransom – Top of the Morning

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The Latest Playlist: It’s a Vibe


YUNGMORPHEUS & Eyedress – No Traces

redveil – morphine (da ways)

MIKE – Big Love

Mach-Hommy – Self Luh

Boldy James & The Alchemist – Great Adventures

Fly Anakin – Love Song (Come Back)

Earl Sweatshirt feat. Mavi – EL TORO COMBO MEAL

Pink Siifu – Back’!

Navy Blue – Pressure Points

Medhane – quicksand

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The Latest Playlist: 2021 Notable Tracks Part IV


Topaz Jones – D.I.A.L.

Smino & Saba – Plead The .45th

Nyck Caution – Dirt On Your Name

slowthai, Dominic Fike & Denzel Curry – terms

Isaiah Rashad feat. Jay Rock & Jay Worthy – True Story

Ja’king the Divine – Honor Killed the Samurai

Declaime & Madlib – Out Like Dat

PremRock – Death on the Installment Plan

MAVI – Time Travel

Rigz feat. Ransom – Da Predicament

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The Latest Playlist: 2021 Notable Tracks Part III


Kota the Friend & Statik Selektah – Hate

Peter Rosenberg feat. Meyhem Lauren – Words of Meyhem

Benny the Butcher & 38 Spesh feat. Heem – Long Story Short

Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud – Live by It

BROCKHAMPTON – THE LIGHT

Uno Hype – Here We Are

Casey Veggies – Cold Game

Sideshow feat. MAVI – Sheets and Funnel Agenda

Awon & Phoniks feat. Kid Abstrakt – The Cool Out

Prince Shakir – The Kids Turned out Fine!

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Quarantunes LIV


Cavalier – Holla Kid

R.A.P. Ferreira – Absolutes

Prince Shakir – Tetris!

Marlon Craft – Roadtrippin

Locksmith feat. KXNG Crooked – Blasphemy

Eric Bobo & Stu Bangas feat. Reverie – Call It Like I See It

Billy Woods – Myth

The Alchemist feat. Roc Marciano – Harry O.

MAVI – Eye/I and I/Nation

JIG LeFrost & Blvck Svm – No Kizzy

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Five Track Friday #90


DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz – Fuck You Know About Me

Masego feat. JID & Rapsody – Somethin’ Ain’t Right

Kipp Stone – Manic

Jazz Spastiks – Beats In the Sampler

MAVI – Thousand Miles

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Quarantunes XLVIII


Uno Hype – Untitled

Larry June – Feeling Good Today

Denzel Curry, Kenny Beats & Smino – So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version)

Jazz Spastiks feat. Phill Most Chill – Go!

ZekeUltra – Sun’s Out

YUNGMORPHEUS & ewonee – Harbour Blvd

Ovrkast. feat. Navy Blue – Face

Sebastian Kamae, Blvck Svm & Roosevelt The Titan – Texture

Medhane – Who

MAVI – Town Crier

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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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