King Mez- Murdaaa
King Mez made his HotNewHipHop debut this past week with his mixtape (aka free album) Long Live The King. The project is definitely impressive, although not his first try, he has three previous mixtapes to his name. We highlighted “Murdaaa” on Friday, and we’re doing so again today as it continues to be slept on. The hard-hitting record finds Mez viciously slaying everything in his path for slightly over a minute, both with flow and lyrics.
WELL$- Dreams Of An Insomniac
So apparently North Carolina has a ton of rap talent we weren’t aware of? In addition to King Mez hailing from NC, we’ve got WELL$ from the same area. We first heard from WELL$ with his socially aware and slightly scary record “Lil Tommy”, and this week he returns with a track that lays out all his hopes and dreams, as well as his present-day status, over an equally dreamy beat. We’re anticipating the project this is off of, MTSYD: The Revenge Of The African Booty Scratcher. It'll drop on April 28th.
Tink- Don’t Tell Nobody Feat. Jeremih
It’s unfortunate that all we have for this Tink x Jeremih collaboration is a radio rip (very tagged up) because we know that CDQ will be heat. Nonetheless, we’re bringing this track to your attention (again) if you missed it when it dropped last week. The cut, which has production from Da Internz, finds two Chicago artists connecting, both of whom happen to be able to sing and rap with equal talent. We’ve had an eye on Tink for a minute now, she was previously featured on our 10 Chicago Players list, and this definitely proves she’s about to do something big.
Boots- My Heart Is A Stone Today (Unharmed)
Boots remains a mystery to most of us, as very few details on who exactly he is can be found in the library that is the internet. Nonetheless, we do know he is the man responsible for creating the sound that many have loved on Beyonce’s surprise LP. If you listen to his own music, that sound is evident, and it’s also evident he’s got the vocal chops to back it up a la Beyonce. This past week he delivered a heart-wrenching record about love gone awry. He’s also showed off a possible tracklist for a project recently, although we’re unsure if it’ll be free or paid, that, just like Boots, remains a mystery.
While this song clocked in at over 60,000 views, many of those views seemed to happen by accident because: a) you thought it was a Kanye West track or b) you thought that I had mislabeled the track (?), but no, both are untrue. Ever since their debut in 1997 with Overcast! (with former group mate Spawn), Atmosphere have remained completely underground and underrated. They put out quality content, although Family Sign may have been a slight misstep, it sounds like they are back on track with their forthcoming new album Southsiders. The track titled "Kanye West" could turn out useful for web search-ability, but we're quite sure that's not why Slug titled it as such. The track sort of riffs on Kanye, and the whole idea of not giving any fucks (see: Chief Keef), as Slug asks you to "put your hands in the air like you really do care." There's an irony to it, as well as the usual Atmosphere sensibilities a fan might expect.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
As per usual, we've got five slightly overlooked cuts from the last seven days. The rappers on this week's list are mainly from the MidWest, with one New York native checking in for the East Coast. Nothing from the West Coast though, although that wasn't a calculated choice. Check out new records from rising rappers like King Mez (who was posted on HNHH for the first time this past week) and Tink, plus a veteran hip-hop group that still don't get the props they are due (Atmosphere), and more.
Let us know your favorite underrated tracks this week in the comments below.