Crack the seal on new music this Mixtape Monday including jams from 14KT, Ohbliv, Jitwam and Don Leisure.
14KT kicks things off this week with For My Sanity. Ohbliv puts for Richmond with Give Thanks. Jitwam lends his psychedelic soul to Honeycomb, Don Leisure drops Halal Cool J, Amare Symoné shines on Hello Heathrow and Leven Kali follows with Leven Kali: Low Tide. Oakland collective SOL Development shines on The SOL of Black Folk and Ines drops The Vessel EP.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids fight for their heritage on Trapline. Diamond D’s new Diam Piece 2 album picks up the pace. DJ Rhettmatic follows with the second installment of Loops, Chops, Beats, & Vibes. Spider Da God teams with Recognize Ali and Camouflage Monk for the All Other Things Yield EP. Curren$y and LNDN DRGS bring the Umbrella Symphony, newcomer Knoxxy puts in work on D.D.G.K. and Beanz & Kornbread drop a gem with the arrival of Nawfside 5.
Ohbliv – Give Thanks
Richmond’s own Ohbliv follows a rack of Lewse Joints and his Baker’s Dozen entry with the fourteen-track tape Give Thanks.
14KT – For My Sanity
14KT makes a splash with his twelve-track “freedom project” For My Sanity, which boasts a heavy list of collaborators including Muhsinah, Jimetta Rose and Masego.
I made all the music really late at night after my day-to-day work, as an escape from “what I normally do”. Paired with the everyday struggles of being an artist, it was very stressful hearing about so many deaths––especially due to law enforcement. Making “For My Sanity” was how I was trying to find peace of mind every night so I could go to sleep.
Jitwam – Honeycomb
Jitwam pulls from his diverse upbringing and deep dance roots to serve up a massive helping of psychedelic soul on Honeycomb.
Don Leisure – Halal Cool J
One year removed from Darkhouse Family’s remix album An Extra Offering and the Halal Cool J vs Shaboo EP, Don Leisure drops the seventeen-track Halal Cool J album.
Amare Symoné – Hello Heathrow
Singer Amare Symoné prepares for a new chapter in London with a soulful goodbye to Chicago and NYC titled Hello Heathrow.
Leven Kali – Leven Kali: Low Tide
Leven Kali follows the Syd-assisted single “Do U Wrong” with the release of the eleven-track love bomb titled Leven Kali: Low Tide.
SOL Development – The SOL of Black Folk
Oakland collective SOL Development offers their take on W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk with a timely interrogation of society’s ills titled The SOL of Black Folk.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Trapline
Snotty Nose Rez Kids preserve their Indigenous heritage across the hard driving, eighteen-track album Trapline.
A trapline is a permanent imprint on the land that has been sustained through time by our ancestors, who then passed this responsibility on to us. While we are only here for a short time, we each have our roles and responsibilities to uphold. Our territories, laws, and customs will never change, but if our physical existence is too damaging to our lands and waters then we are both failing our ancestors and setting our descendants up for failure. OUR FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS.
Inês – The Vessel
Aussie singer Inês follows the sensual lead single “Hands” with her evocative, four-track extended play titled The Vessel.
Diamond D – The Diam Piece 2
The “best producer on the mic” follows his 2014 solo album The Diam Piece with The Diam Piece 2 featuring Snoop Dogg, Elzhi, Styles P, Termanology, Raekwon, Erick Sermon, Havoc, David Banner, Pharoahe Monch and more.
DJ Rhettmatic – Loops, Chops, Beats, & Vibes Vol. 2
DJ Rhettmatic represents for The Beat Junkies and celebrates his birthday with the arrival of Loops, Chops, Beats, & Vibes Vol. 2. Hunger and John Robinson guest on the project which also boasts a tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
Spider Da God x Recognize Ali + Camouflage Monk – All Other Things Yield
Buffalo spitter Spider Da God teams with Recognize Ali and Camouflage Monk to reprise the magic of “Grendel” across four tracks on All Other Things Yield.
Curren$y x LNDN DRGS + Jay Worthy – Umbrella Symphony
One year removed from the King Most-assisted Westside Party EP, LNDN DRGS teams with Curren$y and Jay Worthy for Umbrella Symphony.
Knoxxy – D.D.G.K.
Newcomer Knoxxy explores love and loss on her three-part, sixteen-track debut album titled D.D.G.K. or “DVMN
drevmer in the GRVY of KESWiCK.”
Beanz N Kornbread – Nawfside 5
H-Town production team Beanz N Kornbread follows The Itis and a handful of Nawfside releases with the latest installment of their trunk rattling instrumental series titled Nawfside 5.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb.