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Wati Heru – Lit Tonight [prod. Kemal]

February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Lit Tonight” is the latest release from Wait Heru, who once again links with Kemal for the new drop. Heru has continued to impress with the content he’s been dropping as we anxiously await the release of Midnight Madina. Check out “Lit Tonight” below....

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With his N.P.Y. (Never Play Yaself) project dropping on February 26th, Portland’s Cool Nutz drops off the official remix to “Best & Worst”. For the smooth, soulful, TOPE-produced record, Cool Nutz enlists the assistance of the legendary Slum Village and vocals from Bosko to bring the track to completion. “Best & Worst” is the perfect track to...

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NIKO IS – Lyricas [prod. Thanks Joey]

February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The celebration of the one year anniversary of BRUTUS continues today with the release of “Lyricas”, a Thanks Joey-produced B-side that features both incredible lyrics (go figure) and artwork (s/o to Dumisani, for real!). The NIKO/Joey team has been proving their ability to come together as one on wax for a long time now and this new joint once...

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XXX – 305/902 [prod. Raava]

February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

From the looks of it, XXX will be more consistent with the frequency of new music dropped this year as another joint hit SoundCloud earlier today. The Raava-produced “305/902” follows “7 Robie“, which dropped earlier this week. Give a listen to the infectious new record and catch the wave below....

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April Acerno – Higher EP (Stream)

February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

We fell in Love with April last April (how convenient!) when she blessed Straight Fresh’s 2015 Spring Showcase with an awe-inspiring live performance. Thanks to her set that night, she’s been our #WCW ever since…but, more importantly, she’s been one of our favorite artists to look out for new music from. Thankfully, April let loose...

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One year ago today, NIKO IS blessed us with BRUTUS. And today, in celebration of his debut LP, the chillosophical emcee gifts his fans with another finely prepared #rapdonut. As expected, NIKO takes King Carlow’s smooth and sultry production and laces it with infinite gems of wisdom. Take notes on what the hair to throne is saying,...

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Shawn Chrystopher – The 1

February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

It seems like just last week Shawn Chrystopher was releasing his latest .WAV project and already he’s back with something new for his fans. “The 1” features darker vibes than we’ve become accustomed to from Shawn Chrys as of late, potentially setting the stage for what’s to come with his upcoming Lovelost tape. Lovelost drops on...

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Aaron Cohen – The One [prod. Kemal] (Video)

February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Aaron Cohen closed out his highly productive 2015 with the lowkey vibes of “Superlow” and today the ICK rep kicks off the New Year by returning to one of his more popular releases from last year. Linking up with Peter Sobat and the HipHopDX crew in L.A., Cohen cooked up some artsy visuals for the Kemal-produced...

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jg – howifeel. [prod. foisey.]

February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

The homie jg remained pretty quiet throughout 2015, showing up in September with the Cold Blooded “elsewhere.” (#RIPBugsy) and then again in December with his stellar verse on Wrex Mason’s “Presage“. Now that he’s getting ready to wrap up his time at Full Sail University, it looks like we’ll be hearing more from the talented...

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XXX – 7 Robie [prod. ICYTWAT]

February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

One night, late last year, I stumbled across XXX’s “100 Waters” on SoundCloud and I’ve been hooked on the Canadian artist’s music ever since. Yesterday, XXX dropped another joint featuring his drawled crooning and the apathetic “7 Robie” continues XXX’s streak of stellar sounding releases. Give a listen to the ICYTWAT-produced “7 Robie” below....

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Raz Simone – Trap Spirituals (Stream)

January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s been roughly 9 months since Raz Simone offered us our first taste of Trap Spirituals, so it’s no exaggeration to say the highly anticipated release of the full EP is something like a birth. Back in April of last year, the two records that dropped were for a project we thought was going to be...

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Sogni G first landed on the pages of Straight Fresh last fall, at the time not even 12 months into his rap career. Since the release of his debut EP last September, Sogni has been moving with an unwavering force, taking no time to look back and remaining focused on making the most out of today in order...

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Tom Savages – Thinking Man’s Jazz (Video)

January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Savages is a new collaborative effort that consists of Detelj on vocals and ClaS!cK’s Rudy on production/instrumentation. Honestly, I’m not sure the two artists are looking to promote the new project under their personal identities but any frequent visitor to this site will recognize both of them. As such, I can’t sit here and pretend...

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OnCue – Time [prod. Mike Kuz]

January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

As if we should expect anything else from OnCue, the NYC via CT emcee gets deep and comes through with some heartfelt, unfeigned poetry on his latest release. “Time” chronicles Cuey’s experiences from November 2011 to September 2014, the period of time he refers to as the three hardest years of his life. The transparent record...

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OZZIE – The Only Reason

January 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Damn, this is smooth. Ozzie blends Bieber’s “Mark My Words”, Bryson Tiller’s “Open Interlude” and Tory Lanez’s “S*M*N” for his excellent “The Only Reason”. His rework of the production is phenomenal, making all three joints sound like they were originally created to be mashed together. Vibe to “The Only Reason” below....

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