Chuck Inglish- Drops
Chuck Inglish is undoubtedly one of the most consistent rapper/producers on the planet. While many rappers often take a long time during their come-up to find a unique style all to their own, and then once they do, they’ll often change it up after they’ve developed a fan-base (i.e., Mac Miller), Chuck Inglish is not one of them. “Drops” is an accurate display of Chuck’s simplistic, bass-heavy production style, which he basically started with Sir Michael Rocks in their Cool Kids era. While Mikey Rocks has gone on to distinguish his sound from that of Chuck’s, Chuck has kept true to form, utilizing his influences from the Golden Age of hip-hop to create something completely fresh and modern. The talented rapper/producer has never seemed thirsty for the spotlight, and so he hasn’t let it affect the quality of his content--whether it’s a verse or a beat. We’ll be getting a lot more from Chuck, with his freEP, Droptops, arriving May 23rd, and his solo album, Convertibles, to follow.
R’n’b singer August Alsina is definitely carving his very own niche in the r’n’b game. R’n’b has generally been reserved for baby-making music and love songs. The Weeknd then entered the r’n’b scene and brought drug-talk to the mix. August, however, sings about life on the streets and living in the hood in “Downtown.” That’s not all though, August has some cuts for the ratchet chicks and for the strip club, plus some weed-smoking tracks. The diversity of his topics alone makes him an interesting addition to r’n’b, and his production makes his content stand out. All this can be heard on August Alsina’s new mixtape The Product 2.
Angel Haze- Lofticries (Remix)
Angel Haze seems poised for some big moves, and she seems to be getting groomed accordingly. The femcee has been looking trendier as of late, in lieu of her past tom-boy-ish looks. On top of which, she was recently named an XXL Freshmen (this year’s only female rapper to make the list). While Angel hasn’t exactly been overloading us with new music lately, she did release this new remix last week, which was originally featured on the XXL Freshmen mixtape. Angel Haze continues spitting honest ish, with a varying pace and flow over Purity Ring’s already-impressive track, “Lofticries.” Although it seems like her music career may be getting a kick-start any second, her line on “Lofticries (Remix)” still rings true, “Did this on my own bitch, on my single parent shit.”
Havoc delivered his new solo album, 13, today. You’ll find this cut on it. Leading up to the release of 13, Hav has continuously dropped solid leaks—which leads us to believe this album will be a good one. “Favorite Rap Stars” is a prime example, with features, appropriately enough, from fellow vets in the game, Styles P and Raekwon. Hav delivers some grimy production, interspersed with guitar riffs and sirens. Havoc is another one of those talented rapping-producer combos like the aforementioned Chuck Inglish, however, the two are in completely different lanes. Havoc , Styles P and Raekwon all hold it down on the beat, as they reminisce on their rap stardom and gangsta moves.
Chance The Rapper has been prepping fans for his latest mixtape, Acid Rap, for a while now, and so the blogosphere was pretty excited for the project to drop last week. Chance is definitely on his way to bigger things (almost immediately after Acid Rap dropped in fact—the rapper will now be accompanying Mac Miller on his upcoming tour). Acid Rap, as a whole, is definitely a good look into the mind and thoughts of Chance The Rapper, and smoking is a big part of that. Although this is territory often covered by rappers, Chance’s weed-smoking track is a stand-out among them, with production from one of the illest producers, Blended Babies, and a feature from the (even iller?) Ab-Soul. There’s nothing exactly ground-breaking about this cut though, but it’s dope and it’s true—once you smoke, you just want to smoke again. And again.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
This week continues to be a good one on the hip-hop front. Today alone saw new projects from Logic and Harry Fraud, yesterday we got August Alsina's mixtape, while last week we got projects from J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, and the list goes on. On UA today we're highlighting some cuts from both Chance's and August's respective projects, as well as one from Havoc's album, Chuck Inglish's freEP--basically, there's some good ish out now, a lot of which you can cop for free, and there's some good ish coming out in the future (which will also be free). Get informed, and check out all the five tracks by clicking through the images above.