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Quarantunes LV (2021 Notable Mentions Part II)

Since things are opening up and quarantine is ending, I present the final episode of Quarantunes. The 550 track series comes to a close with 10 notable tracks from 2021.


Malz Monday – Art Gallery

Gotham, Talib Kweli & Diamond D – Sons of Gotham

DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz – Stone Cold Soul

Cordae – Dream in Color

The Alchemist feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Navy Blue – Nobles

R.A.P. Ferreira & Scallops Hotel feat. Eldon Somers – rejoice

Bohemian Lonely – Myself

Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog feat. Mach-Hommy – Tha Poverty Bothers Me

Vic Spencer – Bipolarism

Conway the Machine feat. Jae Skeese – Grace

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Five Track Friday #91


Uno Hype – Garden of Eden

Termanology & Shortfyuz feat. Tek – T2

Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – Lay_Up.m4a (Jay Versace Version)

Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim – Wnba

YUNGMORPHEUS & ewonee – Sovereignty

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Quarantunes L (2021 Notable Mentions Part I)


YUNGMORPHEUS & ewonee – Blaqstar Farms

Remy Banks – the phantom of paradise.

Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim – Lost Smile

Erick the Architect – I Can’t Lose

Kota the Friend – Clinton Hill

Wax Tailor – Like This

th1rt3en & Pharoahe Monch – Cult 45

Saba – Ziplock

Ovrkast. – Outro (Its Time)

Deca feat. Homeboy Sandman – All Because of You (Infatuated Duke)

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Quarantunes XLIX


Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim – Questions

Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud feat. 2 Chainz – Plug Talk

Termanology & Shortfyuz feat. Wais P. & Ea$y Money – Masked Up

Preed One & Blame One feat. Kair One – Originality

Marlon Craft – In the End

¡MAYDAY! feat. Ubi – All In

Malz Monday – King’s Call

Pink Siifu & Fly Anakin feat. YUNGMORPHEUS – Good Word

Kota the Friend & Statik Selektah – Sunrise

Ransom – The Rite

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Five Track Friday #89


Marlon Craft – Off Beat

slowthai – focus

Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog – All Bidness

Chester Watson feat. Psymun & J’Von – Staring into Space

Blvck Svm – Bandwidth

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Quarantunes XLVII


Tha God Fahim & Your Old Droog – Value

Awon & Phoniks feat. Anti Lilly – Falling

Maxo – In My Penny’s

slowthai – i tried

Ian Kelly – Soul Of A Man

Murs & DJ.Fresh – Regulator

Kipp Stone – Jobs Be Trash

DJ Muggs & Rome Streetz – Fly Obnoxious

JID & Denzel Curry – Bruuuh (Remix)

Lil Yellow feat. Just Vanee’ – Hello

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Five Track Friday #81


Jack Harlow – Tyler Herro

Rome Streetz – Ballad of the Lone Wolf

Heem & DJ Green Lantern – Menace to Society

Boldy James & Real Bad Man – Held Me Down

Your Old Droog – Kyrgyzstan

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Quarantunes XXXVI


Grafh feat. Crooked I & Jag – How Can I Lose

Def Dee feat. Uptown XO – Errybody Bent

Kahlil Blu – Melwood

FINALE feat. Invincible & Pierre Anthony – The Revival

J.I.D. – NEVER

Bleubird – Hand Holdin’

Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Look At Me

Hermit and the Recluse – Argo

Preservation feat. Your Old Droog & Mach-Hommy – Correspondence

Markis Precise feat. The Grouch & Eligh – We Keep Marching

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Quarantunes XXIX


Run The Jewels feat. Boots – Early

Bang On! – Fuck Everybody

Buck 65 – The Beatific

lojii & Swarvy – wurkn class

Your Old Droog – Stillwell Baby

Del the Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Specifics

Elaquent – Onigiri

REASON – Gossip

Funky DL feat. Abioseh – Pieces of a Thesis

Luckyiam feat. Marty James – Curveball

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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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