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FRIENDS AND FAMILY 3

A wonderful free compilation album of beats, jazzy hip hop, ambient, cool stuff.

Don’t miss the “Loop Snatchers” track, which could be a lost Tribe Called Quest song it’s so good.

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HOMEBOY SANDMAN-Hallways


I’ve been a fan of Homeboy Sandman since his first album and Hallways, his second on the Stones Throw label, he turns into something greater than the sum of his parts. Over production by Jonwayne, Oh No, Brian Oblivion, and many others, he keeps a consistent flow on a variety of topics ranging from sexcapades to politics to, of course, repping his own skills.

It’s hard to explain what makes him so good. His flow is so pure, so matter-of-fact, that it doesn’t sound impressive on casual listen. But listen close. His inflections, his word choices, and the way he changes speed slightly off the beat gives him a sound unlike anyone else. He’s his own man, a rapper who doesn’t wear his influences heavy but instead pulls together hints of MF Doom, Wu Tang Clan, indie backpackers, laid back jokesters like Basehead, and … Himself.

Brilliant.

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JETPACK JONES AND BROCK BERRIGAN-Shades of Mary

What makes for great hip hop? Is it the words, the flow, or the beats? There’s definitely guys who I listen to for the lyrics, even if I’m not blown away by how they say it or the music they speak over. And there are guys whose lyrics usually make no sense, but I listen because of the way it all comes together in production–I’d put MF Doom in that category, and I love that dude so much I’m wearing his mask in the masthead of this blog.

And then there are the rare gems that bring it all together. “Shades of Mary” is the best example of that so far this year.

The lyrics are terrific–there are rapidfire rhymes that hit so quick you have to hit rewind and listen again, and there’s humor (“You wanna roll or what? I wanna hit that butt.”) and wisdom (“I don’t carry a piece, but I hit my piece/Got more random drops than explosives in the Middle East/Shoutout to the Middle West/They show me love even though I’m from the far left”). Choice samples, like the familiar use of Rappin’ 4-Tay’s “Playaz Club” beats under “You Got Soul,” make this a true mixtape. In the spirit of Clipse’s genius mixtapes, Jetpack Jones seems to be saying, “I can hit your beats better than you ever did, even if you did have a hit.” Brock Berrigan’s sound collages like “Justice For All” add meaning, depth, and mood to the overall album.

Fantastic. Check it out.

Jetpack Jones – Shades Of Mary (Prod. By Brock Berrigan)

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ILLA GHEE-Social Graffiti


Where the hell has this guy been hiding?

Answer: Brooklyn.

Apparently, he’s been around for a while and served three years on a drug charge–in addition to appearing on a DJ Kay Slay mixtape.

Stream his most excellent mixtape below and download it free here.  It’s one of the best I’ve heard in years.

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BEN G-Hot Sauce

South Carolina’s Ben G offers a mixtape with an excellent first half and a not-as-excellent second half. Lots of potential here.
Get it free here.

Stream the whole thing (as one long cut) below.

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