KRNDN has been dropping some heat lately, which is a good sign for his upcoming project Everything’s Nothing. Following collaboration with Smoke DZA, the Strong Arm Steady rapper returns this week with a Casey Veggies-featured cut “KFC.” Smooth Cali vibes abound, as Casey handles the hook with ease and KRNDN spits about connecting with a lady friend.
The Blended Babies are one of the most underrated and equally dope production team. They’re foraying more into the music industry with the launch of their own imprint, The Blended Babies Music Group, and to celebrate it they released this cut for free. It’s only right that two of their most frequent collaborators, Asher Roth and Chuck Inglish, hop on the track. The production is backed with humming, guitars, keys, and an old school, scratchy sample for the hook.
Giftz- Fuck Em All (Remix) Feat. Tree & Lucki Eck$
Upcoming rapper from the Chi, Giftz, decided to release a remix of his C-Sick-produced single “Fuck Em All” which originally featured King Louie and Rockie Fresh, but both have been replaced with another Chicago rapper, Tree, and Lucki Eck$. The latter’s verse is sort of forgettable, but Tree is always memorable, especially with his raspy voice and slightly lazy flow on this one. We wouldn't be mad if we get more Giftz x Tree collaborations.
Crooked I- Beautiful Murder
For no reason in particular Crooked I dropped a loosie, “Beautiful Murder,” last weekend. Following in the vein of his Tupac re-make "Against All Odds," (which was also featured on UA when it was released), Crooked I continues to terrorize the mic and fellow rappers. Crooked Intriago goes in with passion about the rap game, over production from King Dave. The Slaughterhouse rapper also addresses not getting on The Chronic but quickly moves on to more “homicidal rhymes.”
Vic Mensa- Hands (Prod. By Tree)
Tree pops up for a second time this week on UA, this time for handling the production on this new release from another rising Chicago rapper, Vic Mensa. Vic spits hard, contrasting with the low-key beat. The looping far-away-sounding sample continues through out the track as Vic details his own life story, from having parents that were drug addicts, to going to a group home, to getting robbed and evicted, and more personal incidents. "Listen to these bars if you wanna get to know me" Vic spits, as the female's choppy vocals sing, "I would love to get to know you." If you want to get to know Vic even better, go check out his recent mixtape INNANETAPE.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
You know the drill. Take a step away from your mainstream rap anthems and give a second look at these five rap records that dropped over the past seven days. From Strong Arm Steadys' KRNDN, to Slaughterhouse's Crooked I, to upcoming Chicago rappers like Giftz and Vic Mensa, we've got your indie rap needs covered.
Check out the five tracks in the gallery above. Who else didn't get enough love on the site this past week?