Chicago’s Austin Fillmore return with his newest single “The Idea of Love”, off his upcoming mixtape titled Sinful Nature. Sinful Nature is slated for a 2015 summer release. Listen to “The Idea of Love” below.
A few weeks behind but I wanted to really vibe to this record. Our friends at Distant Dreams Music have a new artist and project for us this go around. DDM dropped Jay-Rel‘s 5-track EP, 8:16, earlier this month. Produced entirely by Mike Hurst and hosted by DJ Q, the EP perfectly showcases the versatility of the Kansas City rapper and his fresh perspective on the world. 8:16 will serve as a sampler until the release of “The Jay-Rel LP” being released later this year. Check out 8:16 below and purchase it on iTunes.
DMV and STL reppa’ B-Ezzy released a 12-track project titled the “Layup Lines EP.” The project’s singles consisted of “Whole Life” and “Fresh” which we premiered two weeks ago. B-Ezzy proves with this tape he can give you dope rhymes, stories, the ability to flow over any kind of beat and shows off his personality in this tape. Layup Lines also has features from Phil Ade, Wilt Chamb and Al Chike. Check out the tape below and tell us what you think.
Hip-hop and weed go hand-in-hand, but ciej‘s “dbs heaven” proves rappers should pass on the blunt and chug a tallboy. The influence of alcohol on the EP reeks like a drunkard’s breath to a cop at 3AM on a Saturday. Pent up on the second floor of blank space and powered by the buzz of beer, ciej strings together pages of thoughts onto six tracks that borderline incoherent, but remain strikingly honest. Like a drunk conversation, “dbs heaven” has the brazen confidence of giving no fucks, the freedom to say whatever is on one’s mind without the filter of expectation or the fear of external perception. Though the themes of the EP are very ciejy — women, money, life — the glossy delivery and convoluted production create a unique context that mitigates any thematic cliche.
DMV’s Cha$e Royale releases his debut mixtape, “Royale Reigns“, with production from Crank, IAMXII, and Ian Mcleod. A native of Cameroon, Cha$e rhymes openly about societal issues on his debut. The 12-track debut is a pretty solid display of skills and potential. Some of my personal favorites that I recommend checking out are “Established”, “Traveling Man ’15″, “The Reminder” and “Circumnavigate.” Follow Cha$e Royale on Twitter and tell us what you think of his debut below.
SchylerChaise’s new project, Black Sheep, is our current featured project of the month. One of the stand out songs on the project, Rebirth, was giving visuals. The song itself has an old school vibe regarding due to it’s production and mix of the song. Watch the Joe Grisly directed video below.
Compton’s AD is back with a new mixtape, “Blue:89″, hosted by Adrian Swish of Tha Alumni. Some of the features on the tape includes Lil Durk, OT Genasis, Skeme, DJ Paul, Icewear Vezzo, Dave East, and Eric Bellinger. Production to this street tale is crafted by the League Of Starz, Larry Jayy, Izze The Producer, and more. Check out AD‘s 14-track tape below.
I was introduced to St. Louis musician Khori⁴ last summer in a business trip to Chicago. Working out of The Jungle Studio at the time, I could instantly tell Khori⁴ is a dope musician. He recently released, Paradox, an 8-track EP with features his album-titled single “Paradox”, and “Used To It.” Check out Paradox below and tell us what you think in the comments.
Kansas City’s artist/producer Axi$ released his single, “Body Me”, some time ago but it’s still worth a good listen. Produced by Elijah Kamp, “Body Me” is slated to be on Axi$ upcoming release Palm Trees In Denver, due out April 20th. Check out the single below.
For folks who remember the Unsigned Hype Mixtape Series I did 6 years ago, one of the artists we featured was B-Ezzy. The Silver Spring, Maryland based but St. Louis raised emcee is preparing the release for his upcoming project Layup Lines. The next release is his official video to “Fresh.” With production by June G., B-Ezzy is a continuance of the area’s penchant for hard backing beats that play host to more nuanced lyrical content. On “Fresh” Ezzy proves that his earlier release was no fluke and he deserves the attention that’s been headed his way as of late. Also, keep an eye out for the project release Layup Lines on April 16th.