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Quarantunes XXVI


Blackalicious – I Like the Way You Talk

Berner feat. G Herbo & Mozzy – Details

Grafh – No Issues

KATRANADA feat. Mick Jenkins – Gray Area

Pigeon Hole – June

Pete Flux & Parental – 6:30

D Smoke & Snoop Dogg – Gaspar Yanga

Anoyd & Statik Selektah feat. Nick Grant – New Legends

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. BJ the Chicago Kid – Shame

Namir Blade feat. Jordan Webb – Pace

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Quarantunes XIV (2020 Notable Mentions Part 1)


Westside Gunn – Shawn vs. Flair

Flee Lord & Mephux – When My Dough Come

Boldy James feat. Vince Staples – Surf & Turf

Elaquent feat. Lost like Alex – Time

Kota the Friend feat. Hello O’shay & Alex Banin – Long Beach

KA – The Eye of A Needle

Statik Selektah & Termanology feat. Grafh & Haile Supreme – This too Shall Pass

Aesop Rock – Play Dead

R.A. the Rugged Man – Legendary Loser

Chris Keys & Quelle Chris feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Denmark Vessey, Merrill Garbus, & Big Sen – Mirage

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Five Track Friday #59


CJ Fly feat. Haile Supreme – GREW UP

Statik Selektah & Termanology feat. UFO Fev & Marlon Craft – Another Day

Run The Jewels feat. Greg Nice & DJ Premier – Ooh LA LA

Wrekonize – The Fallen

Aaron May – On Me

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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 #54


Paul Wall & Statik Selektah – What It Do (Sean P Energy)

Styles P feat. Xander – Golden

Casey Veggies feat. BJ the Chicago Kid – Take It Slow

Action Bronson & The Alchemist – Dmtri

Medhane feat. Maassai – 2020Sht

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Five Track Friday #48


Anoyd & Statik Selektah – Mama Porch

Casey Veggies – Dream$

Marlon Craft – (not) Everybody

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Pusha T & Killer Mike – Palmolive

Your Old Droog feat. Quelle Chris – Taxi

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Five Track Friday #46


Blu & Exile – True & Livin’

Flying Lotus – All Spies

Tree & Parallel Thought – On N On

Curren$y & Statik Selektah feat. Termanology – Gran Turismo

Injury Reserve – Three Man Weave

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Five Track Friday #41


Blockhead feat. Aesop Rock – Kiss the Cook

Myka 9 feat. Ceshi – Satellite

Statik Selektah & Termanology – Just Can’t Let Go

Reuben Vincent & GQ – No False Moves

Pep Love – Say That!

 

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