November 20th marked the drop of Koncept & J57’s The Fuel, a project tailor-made to define and defy the era in which it was created. The NY-based duo has been hard at work on the project for over a year, and now it’s here. Patience is a virtue, and the duo spared no detail releasing the EP in anticipation of 2016’s full length, The Flight.
Lets face it, hip hop is in a tailspin. There’s a bar deficiency marked by trendy tracks with robot-voiced choruses threatening to wash the culture in a perpetual shade of turn up. Patience is running low while anxiety rides high, and in that every day space you’ll find Koncept rapping over J57’s immaculate beats on The Fuel. There’s a light in this project meant to guide you whether you realize you need the help or not.
The eight-song EP finds Koncept delivering serious wisdom. His struggle is ours and vice versa. You can’t help but appreciate the vibes and bask in their collective PMA from start to finish. These two have been insanely busy leading up to this release; dropping vids, interviews, and singles, with The Fuel culminating their epic year. And that hard work channels a passionate, positive message via 57’s massive production.
Jada’s newest record, Top 5 Dead or Alive, is buzzing. Here’s the visual treatment for “You Don’t Eat”, featuring Puff. These two have a storied past, so it’s nice to hear them putting in work again. This golden age revival shit is strong heading into the close of 2015. We need some Hype Williams and shiny suits right about now.
Last year, Louisiana by way of Dallas rapper Le$ dropped Steak x Shrimp, a tape I played to death. In anticipation of this weekend’s Steak x Shrimp 2, here’s “UGK” featuring Spitta and Bun. This dude has real star power. Lets see how it shakes out…
Here’s an unreleased version of the Jay gem “This Life Forever” from way back in ’99. Thanks to DJ Absolute for blessing us with this from his Mixtape Monday Series. Am I crazy, or is it time for Jigga to step away from the head of the board room table, and get back in the studio? Old heads know exactly how I’m feeling.
Bibby is readying Free Crack 3 for release next week. Here’s a thinker from the kid called “Speak To Em” featuring Common. Bibby is hands down my favorite of the drill movement, and this one is a testament to his growth. I didn’t expect much wisdom from him early on, but this feels like he’s not content to write for just one audeince. Interesting move.
I’m not a huge podcast guy, but I enjoy an ep of Juan Epstein now and then. Riding that nostalgia wave, Rosenberg and Ciph recently welcomed Tribe (minus Q-Tip) to discuss their illustrious and at times tumultuous tenure together. This is worth listening to while you’re stuck at work. Check it.