Kuniva- Michiganish Feat. Jon Connor, Boldy James & Guilty Simpson
Kuniva of D12 has been missing in action for quite some time now, but what better way to mark his return than with this ode to his home state, bringing along fellow Michigan friends for the ride? Over a very tough beat complete with scratches Kuniva comes correct, with three of the illest underground rappers adding their own verses. No hook is necessary for this MichiganISH.
Troy Ave- Classic Feel
Troy Ave finally delivered New York City: The Album this past week, and although it was a free tape it definitely warrants that ‘Album’ in the title as it’s all original material. Troy is trying to get us back to that classic New York feel (in a recent interview Troy made a good point when bringing up the current rap scene—since when did the drug user become more glorified in rap than the drug dealer?) and he definitely pulls it off with this track, which also happens to be the project opener.
Obie Trice- The Loot (Prod. By Denaun Porter)
More music this week that had that “classic feel.” Obie connected with Denaun Porter (of D12—that’s two D12 artists in UA this week) for his come-back single which also drums up anticipation for his album, The Hangover. All that, and it has a Drake sample in the hook—a very appropriate one, we might add. This record gets us excited for more material from Obie, we’re only wishing more people gave it a spin, as it has under 20,000 views.
Jr. Hi- Secrets Feat. The Weeknd
As of now, we basically know absolutely nothing about this new artist called Jr. Hi, other than the fact that he must have some sort of backing or industry support to nab an assist from The Weeknd on his very first record (or are they friends?). We're not complaining about that though, their collaboration is pretty nice, although it doesn't shed very much light on who Jr. Hi is as a person either. He's definitely got his Weeknd-alternative-r'n'b-style going on, from lyrics to production. And the melodic hook is definitely catchy. We'll have to keep an eye out to see what else comes from Jr. Hi. For now, get into the slow-burning banger above.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
Everyone seems to be in Eminem overdrive with the release of Marshall Mathers LP 2 (HotNewHipHop is no different, as you probably noticed), but Underrated Audio gives us a chance to shy away from whatever is taking over our Top 100 chart or taking over our News feed. Thus, we bring you four records from three different spitters and one completely new artist we've never heard before, all of whom deserved a few more views (if not several more views).
Check out those records by clicking through the gallery above, and let us know your favorite underrated piece of audio from the past seven days.