The spitters and producers combine to present some impressive matchups this Mixtape Monday with a host of collaborative projects.
This week we have some certified dopeness from Jay Worthy x King Most, Crimeapple x Big Ghost Ltd. and a long-awaited Duck Down Music archival release from Sean Price x Illah Gee.
Other standouts this week include Sango’s In The Comfort Of and the fourth installment of 14KT’s Karat Gold Music series. Jam No Peanut takes on fascism in America with Microphone Misdemeanor. Brooklyn Shanti, Hezekiah, DB Bantino and UK representative Wu-Lu also make the list with formidable projects.
We close this week with a tribute to Sweden’s own Per Ronge aka DJ Devastate from Diamond Media. His untimely passing at the age of 35 has shaken peers and fans across the globe since the news broke early this month. Devastate will be remembered as a lover of obscure gems and a dedicated purveyor of deep, soulful grooves and gritty production.
Jay Worthy x King Most – West Side Party EP
Jay Worthy (of LNDN DRGS) and King Most follow the official video for the West Side Party title track with the full 4-track EP. The breezy, soulful project produced entirely by King Most finds Worthy capturing the highs and lows of summer in the hood with a syrupy flow and tough chatter.
Sango – In The Comfort Of
One year after the release of De Mim, Pra Você, Sango returns with In The Comfort Of. The 17-track project is a combination of instrumentals and collaborative features. Appearances include Jon Bap, Xavier Omär, Jesse Boykins III, Devin Tracy, JMSN, Smino and James Vincent McMorrow.
Sean Price x Illa Ghee – Metal Detectors
Sean Price and Illa Ghee team on the Metal Detectors EP, which arrived in celebration of what would have been Ruck’s 46th birthday. The long-awaited 8-track project from the Duck Down Music vault opens with an introduction from Michael Rapaport before the pair dish up a heaping helping of “that Brownsville shit.”
Crimeapple x Big Ghost Ltd. – Aguardiente
Crimeapple and Big Ghost Ltd. team on Aguardiente. The 11-track project is an appropriately gutter collection of industrial beats peppered with Latin gangster that finds them both in a crime state of mind. Features are sparse on this tape but a pair of well done collaborative tracks boast appearances from Vic Spencer, Benny, Daniel Son, Lil Eto and Milano Constantine.
Jam No Peanut – Microphone Misdemeanor
Fulbright scholar, rapper and Ratchet Revolutionary Jam No Peanut takes on fascism in America with his debut Microphone Misdemeanor EP – “a project that blends augmented reality and virtual reality applications, trap music, radical politics, and interludes of chinese rap.”
In an age where fascism is consolidating power in Amerikkka, Microphone Misdemeanor is a music project created to inspire millions to get in the streets to drive out this fascist regime and bring a whole new world into being.
14KT – KGM RMX Vol. 4
14KT reworks some of your favorites on the latest KGM RMX project. Weighing in at twelve tracks, the fourth volume of the Karat Gold Music series is a compilation of remixes and instrumentals recorded between 2003 and 2014. Nas, Tiffany Gouche, Diamond District and Wu-Tang Clan are just a few of the artists that get the gold treatment this time around.
Wu-Lu – N.A.I.S.
UK singer/songwriter Wu-Lu dives deeper into the atmospheric soundscapes that have become his calling card on N.A.I.S. Giles Kwake Bass and Joe Armon Jones also contribute to the mix for this vivid trip.
’N.A.I.S’ offers a more comprehensive impression into his multi-layered style. Setting the scene with single ‘Jaybo’, characterised by its deep rooted guitar groove, swirling percussive moments and drawled out vocals – its the sound of an astral traveller finally finding his feet. His influences stretch out into the worlds of minimal and congested ethereal soundscapes crossed with hard grooves and tight melodies.
Hezekiah x Soul Pete & Bodziers – Raw Road
Hezekiah teams with Soul Pete and Bodziers on the forthcoming Raw Road project. The 7-track project is slated to arrive March 23rd via Begin Again Music, but with four tracks available to stream there’s no time like the present to get a jump on this. Besides, Hez is with the smoke.
Brooklyn Shanti – Missed America (La Crisis)
Broadcasting live from The Medina, Brooklyn Shanti’s Missed America is a true school hip-hop and bhangra inflected gem. The 14-track project, which landed at the top of the year, is an open letter to the United States of America that implores the nation to take an honest look at itself and its treatment of immigrants, in particular.
DB Bantino – 5 In The Valley
DB Bantino follows a healthy co-sign from Scott Storch, the 2017 Zoey Dollaz collaborative track “Bad Tings,” and his latest single “In My Trap” with the 5 In The Valley EP. The 14-track release is a bold, trap-heavy statement from the D.C. native that features appearances from Cap 1 and Lil Duke.
Diamond Media – In Loving Memory of DJ Devastate
Diamond Media follows the untimely passing of Counterweight Records co-founder and Sweden’s own DJ Devastate with a playlist tribute.
The Hip-Hop world lost a true soldier last Tuesday, March 6th with the untimely and tragic passing of Per Ronge, p/k/a DJ Devastate. The life of the gifted producer and deejay/turntablist ended far too soon at just 35 years of age, and only a day after he returned home to Sweden from a DJ gig and radio appearance in London. Known by his friends and family for his unyielding loyalty, Devastate was a uniquely beautify soul who used music as a vehicle to touch lives and bring people together. Rest in peace, Devastate, your spirit and your music will live on forever.