Tree- Never Heard Of That (Prod. By The Purist)
UK producer The Purist recruited Chi-town rapper Tree for a cut off the deluxe edition of his TR-ill LP and the result is very nice. Tree’s raspy vocals add contrast to the low-key production which is interspersed with cowbell and hi-hats. Tree gives a bit of soul trap to everything he does, and this cut here is no exception. TREE!
Edawn The Esoteric- Partial
We came across the young songstress in our Heatseekers competition, and while she wasn’t voted into the Final Four by the HNHH fans (we have no idea why), she still deserved placement on the site, with vocals like hers. “Partial” has a feel-good vibe to it, while telling a story of a lust, with the woman serenading the man. Edawn definitely proves she has singing chops and is slightly reminiscent of someone like Jhene Aiko. We’ll be keeping an eye Edawn.
JMSN- The One
I’ve had the pleasure of listening to JMSN’s new album †Pllajë† (which drops on November 5th) and this song is definitely a stand-out track—but the entire album feels like one entire seamless and smooth listening experience. This track contains that ethereal touch that JMSN gives everything, with his vocals, added audio clips, and the layered production. The strings give it even more of a cinematic and operatic feel.
Emeli Sande- My Kind Of Love (Remix) Feat. Ab-Soul
I’m not too familiar with Emeli Sande’s material, but the Scottish singer and songwriter is attempting to break into the US market, and this is the second remix she’s done with a TDE rapper—the first being a remix of “Next To Me” with Kendrick Lamar. This one’s got Soulo on it, and of course he drops some wisdom, as he declares his love for a woman. Ab-Soul dropped a 'soulo' record this past week too, “Dub Sac,” which did big (enough) numbers that it won't make an appearance on UA.
Black Milk- Poison
Black Milk dropped his new album No Poison, No Paradise recently, which included this as a bonus track. The Detroit emcee is backed by soulful vocals on the beat, which fade in and out of the background. Black Milk only spits one verse though, keeping the bonus cut short, possibly too short.
The Yancey Boys- Jeep Volume Feat. T3
More Detroit natives I couldn’t keep off this week’s list. The Yancey Boys, aka Illa J (J Dilla’s brother) and Frank Nitt, are coming together for the joint album Sunset Blvd. This is the latest leak off the project which is produced by the legendary J Dilla. The beat is interesting, switching up often throughout the track. It goes back and forth between the old school sample and minimal drums leading into the hook.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
As November fast approaches, we're all getting excited to hear Eminem's come-back (we hope) on MMLPII on November 5th. However, October 15th was also an important day for hip-hop, with three of the most dope and underrated emcees all dropping records: Boldy James, Dom Kennedy, and Black Milk. Dom Kennedy is sort of making his way out of that underrated category, with Get Home Safely receiving (most) of the praise its due. However Boldy Blocks' My 1st Chemistry Set definitely flew under the radar upon its release, but we always take care of Boldy here on Underrated Audio, as we do with Black Milk, who appears on the list this week with a bonus cut off No Poison No Paradise.
Black Milk also happens to be just one of the four Detroit artists featured on UA this week. Take a look through the others in the gallery above.
What do you think was the most underrated release in the month of October?