Dag Savage, the duo of Exile and Johaz, is up first with the Furnace EP featuring appearances from Blu and Fashawn. Mike Nasa combines with producer B-Side on his Radio Juicy debut No Love Lost. ESTA. is back in the rotation with Hueman featuring Kay Franklin, Kamaal Wiliams drops Catch The Loop 1 and Aztek The Barfly puts on for the Motor City with Line King.
MosEL keeps the momentum going for the 313 with #PRESSURE. The Live Percenters team with KON Sci, J-Zone and more on Higher Vibrations, HPrizm delivers Magnetic Memory, Swift drops Worth The Wait, Klim Beats and pAs dOO team for Connections Series C008 and Ricky Mapes rounds things out with Save Yourself.
Berlin-based rapper Mike Nasa teams with producer B-Side on his sixty-minute debut album No Love Lost, which is slated to arrive this week via Radio Juicy.
Mike explores a lot of pertinent subjects with style and grace. No Love Lost is one incredible journey of words & beats that will make you get up your chair and make you wanna get a piece of the action!
Exile and Johaz team as Dag Savage on their eight-track collaborative project Furnace. The release Exile described to HipHopDX as “a kind of juxtaposition between what we want to hear and what we need to hear,” features appearances from Blu, Fashawn, CashUs King and The Last Artful Dodgr.
ESTA. stretches out across eight tracks of progressive pop and r&b on Hueman featuring left coast crooner and sole collaborator Kay Franklin.
Kamaal Williams follows the massive impact of his 2017 album The Return and the more recent Nights In Paris EP with Catch The Loop 1. The two-sided tape combines K15’s rework entitled The Return Tape with Williams’ July 2018 performance alongside Dexter Hercules and Pete Martin at Flesh and Bone Studios for NTS.
Aztek The Barfly makes a play on a popular film for the title of his third solo release Line King. The twelve-track project produced entirely by Foul Mouth features appearances from Jake Knew, Bang Belushi, Fatt Father, Kid Vishis and more.
Back with his third project of the year, Detroit-bred spitter MosEL drops #PRESSURE. The partially self-produced, fifteen-track project features additional production from Amber Window, Chris Keys, Drew Dave, Trevor Gibbs and Quelle Chris.
The Live Percenters follow singles “Battle Rappers” and “Certain Circles” with the full stream of their fourteen-track album Higher Vibrations. The project features appearances from KON Sci, Truck North, J-Zone, Chris Rivers, J-Live and K.A.A.N.
Anti-Pop Consortium co-founder HPrizm aka High Priest drops the thirteen-track solo project Magnetic Memory featuring contributions from James Brandon Lewis, Heru Shabaka and Shawn Keys.
Composed and recorded throughout last year, Magnetic Memory is guided by Prizm’s desire to reconnect with a more traditional approach to sampling. That is to say, sampling as a primary element of composition. In constructing Magnetic Memory’s rhythms and atmospheres, Prizm chose to work within the technological constraints of his earliest days as a producer. It’s not about nostalgia. It’s about applying old constraints to new technology in an effort to reconnect with a voice.
Durham to Atlanta rapper Swift follows the 2017 album For What It’s Worth with the second installment in the “Worth” series titled Worth The Wait. The full-length release boasts features from Phocuz, Smoove and Loverboy Vo.
Kiev and Oakland link for the eighth installment of the Connections Series from Beat Tape Co-Op and 77 Rise Recordings titled Connections Series C008. Klim Beats leads on the A-Side of the tape, while pAs dOO rounds out the B-Side.
Bronx rapper/producer Ricky Mapes’ Spring 2018 release Save Yourself gets a bump ahead of his forthcoming album produced by Trox.
Fear, paranoia, anxiety, moments of honesty & vulnerability while still being optimistic for the future are what make up this project. It was therapeutic making this body of work as it helped me get a lot of different thoughts and ideas off my chest and out of my head. Sentiments I’ve never been able to express in conversation, I was able to express musically here and it was one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt. This project was for me, but if it winds up being for you too, then that’s just a bonus. – MAPES
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