Boldy James just released his new mixtape Jammin: 30 In The Morningwhich was featured last week on UA, but he wasted no time this week in giving fans more music. This time it’s the first taste of his upcoming album produced by The Alchemist M.1.C.S: My 1st Chemistry Set. Boldy James displays his lyrical prowess to the max on this one, on top of his drug-dealing prowess. It’s on some “Ebonics” type shit, and it’s dope (for real). The record is helped along by The Alchemist’s gritty production.
Underrated Audio: September 7-13
Smoke DZA- City Of Dreams
Smoke DZA came through with an ode to NYC on 9/11. DZA spits about his city over dark, grainy and piano-laced production. “This ain’t for niggas wearing leather pants, brah,” DZA raps, and it’s true, this is definitely a street cut—the hook alone has a young kid doing repetitive gun shots. The New York native is “trying to bring that real shit back, that you feel” and this record is a good place to start.
Young Chop and Freddie Gibbs connect for a track which finds Gangsta Gibbs being Gangsta. Recently we’ve been hearing the Gary, Indiana native over production from Madlib— nothing wrong with that, but it’s far from the trap beats Chop cooks up. Gibbs gets a slight melody on for the hook as he spits about (only) wanting the “whole thing.” This lives on Young Chop’s new album Precious.
Snake Hollywood- Choke Feat. Ab-Soul
Snake Hollywood was once a rapping partner with Ab-Soul as the group Area 51. Since departing ways, the two have reunited once or twice, most recently with Snake’s new track “Choke.” The Brooklyn native and the West Coast emcee connect over an old-school vibe about just chillin’ and smokin’, perfect for doing both those things.
HNHH's "Underrated Audio" puts you on not-too-mainstream music you might have missed from the past week.
With the school year already in session we've been seeing rappers get busy too-- albums are dropping one by one, and there are more to come, with Drake's Nothing Was The Same in ten days, and MMG's Self Made 3 prior to that, Danny Brown's OLD finally on the way, plus Meek Mill's mixtape...You get the idea. Take a break from those big hitters with a four underrated pieces of audio from the past seven days.