Black Milk- Cold Day
It has definitely been cold dayz out here in the East Coast, so Black Milk’s “Cold Day” fits the theme, and being a Detroit native, we’re sure Black Milk has felt some cold ass days. Although the rapper just released a new album, No Poison No Paradise this past year, he’s already got a new EP coming up, Glitches In The Break, which drops in March. This is the first single off the EP, and it’s got minimal production, a soulful sample, and a few scratches. What more do you want?
Alex Wiley & Mick Jenkins- Forever
We’re staying in the MidWest for this next cut on Underrated Audio. Alex Wiley and Mick Jenkins, both Chicago rappers, teamed up for “Forever”, which is their very first collaboration together, recorded at Closed Sessions in the Chi. While it’s a little too short (only one verse per rapper and no hook), it is still a good look from either MC, and makes us hopeful for future collabos from the two. Wiley’s more nasal sound stands in contrast to Jenkin’s more harsh voice, while both stand in opposition to the melodic and drum-patterned beat.
Tree- More Than You Know (Prod. By Thelonious Martin)
Okay, just one last Chicago rapper for UA. This time we hear from the frequent Underrated Audio-featured MC, Tree. The scratchy-voiced rapper connected with producer Thelonious Martin back in 2012 thanks to Closed Sessions (once again), when Tree was recording his first Sunday School mixtape. The result was “More Than You Know”, although it did not see the light of day until this past week. We’re glad it finally surfaced because it’s some of the nicest soul trap we’ve heard in a minute. Not to throw any shade on his recent THE @MCTREEG EP, which was equally nice soul trap. Tree narrates a story during this record, about a girl who wants to break up, and the fall out that occurs from it.
Andre Nickatina- Jelly 2.0 Feat. Problem, D-Lo & Mistah Fab
We’re taking a momentary break from the MidWest to take a look at the Bay Area’s Andre Nickatina . The veteran connected with the young guns from his area, Problem, D-LO and Mistah F.A.B, for a very appropriate re-vamp of his “Jelly” track, which sounds like it couldn’t have come from anywhere othan than the Bay.
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This week we seem to accidentally have a MidWest theme going on, with tracks from various Detroit and Chicago natives, and one lone record from a Bay Area OG, Andre Nickatina.
Click through the images above and let us know which record you had on repeat all week long in the comments.