The Range – Rayman (Single)
25 July | | Mixtapes

Portland, Oregon label Dropping Gems has respectfully carved out a spot in the Northwest American beat scene, hosting releases from the likes of Natasha Kmeto, Devonwho, DJAO and more. I’m particularly a fan of their well rounded compilations that showcase music from members of the label, as well as talented friends and peers. Such is the case with their forthcoming Gem Drops Four compilation, which will feature music from The Range, Pixelord, Braxton/Palmer, Time Wharp, M. Constant and many more. I decided to pluck the Range’s contribution after Spin premiered it earlier this week. Head below to stream Rayman and preorder Gem Drops Four ahead of its July 29th elease.

Preorder: Dropping Gems – Gem Drops Four (Compilation)

Bonus: Natasha Kmeto – Last Drop (Single)

KOR x P4K Fest 2014 Mix
14 July | | Mixtapes

It’s that time of year again. Time for the 9th annual Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in the heart of Chicago. The three day festival kicks off this Friday, July 18th and goes through Sunday, July 20th. The Festival will host live performances from Beck, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, The Range, Kelela, Grimes, SZA, Real Estate, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, Mutual Benefit, DJ Spinn, ScHoolboy Q, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, The Field, KA, Majical Cloudz, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Hudson Mohawke, Jon Hopkins, FKA Twigs, Earl Sweatshirt, Wild Beasts and many more. In anticipation of P4K 2K14, I have put together a little mix of the acts I’m looking forward to seeing most this year. While 3-Day passes and tickets for Sunday are sold out, you can still purchase individual tickets for both Friday and Saturday through the link below.

Buy tickets: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Main Attrakionz ft. Willie Mack – Meal Ticket (Video)
9 July | | Mixtapes

Watch the latest HerVision directed visual for Main Attrakionz single, Meal Ticket. The Willie Mack assisted cut is from MAz latest mixtape, Lo-Fi Til I Die, which you can pick up below.

Buy: Main Attrakionz – Lo-Fi Til I Die (Mixtape)

Boogie – Thirst 48 (Album)
24 June | | Mixtapes

Long Beach, CA rapper Boogie has put out a string of quality singles and videos leading up to today. With assistance from HotNewHipHop, Boogie released his long-awaited debut album, Thirst 48, which I’m predicting will have plenty of bloggers and hip-hop fans alike playing catch up in the coming weeks. Thirst 48 is a free album featuring well rounded production from the likes of Caleb Stone, Alexander Spit, DK The Punisher, Pyramid Vitra, Beewirks and more. Watch the video for album cut, Let Me Rap, and download the entire album below.

Bonus: Boogie – Let Me Rap (Video) (Premiered by The Fader)

Kit – Lownt God Rising (Mixtape)
10 June | | Mixtapes

Complex Music premiered Lownt God Rising, the new mixtape from Chicago rapper Kit. Entirely produced by Supreme Cuts, L.W.O. is Kit’s follow up to last years NewWavey mixtape, which was much darker thanks in part to Jeremiah Meece of The-Drum behind most of the production. This time around Kit’s confident flow is complimented by Sup Cuts versatile production, touching on influences ranging from the bay area to the dirty south. The GTW, Khallee and Sticky Ricardo lend guest appearances to standouts Ruins and Steve Kerr, with Kit taking the reigns for the remainder of the tape. Stream/download the rest of L.W.O. in full and watch videos for the first two tracks below.

Download: Kit – Lownt God Rising (Mixtape)

L.W.H. – Untitled Tape 3 (Courageous Celibacy) (Mixtape)
3 June | | Mixtapes

Producer and Greenova affiliate L.W.H. dropped off part three of his Untitled Tape series today, featuring all new and unreleased material from the vaults. The 30-minute mixtape features guest vocals from Issue with executive production from Squadda B and Moon Ratus. Easily my favorite tape from the series to date. Stream L.W.H.’s Untitled Tape 3 (Courageous Celibacy) as one long track below and hit the link to grab a free download.

Download: L.W.H. – Untitled Tape 3 (Courageous Celibacy) (Mixtape)

Blue Sky Black Death – Euphoric Tape III (Mixtape)
3 June | | Mixtapes

Blue Sky Black Death just released part three of their Euphoric Tape series in which they reveal the original instrumentals from some of their most recent collaborations. Part three features beats previously used for Dinero Farrar, Skull & Bones, JMSN and Nacho Picasso, including Phantom Of The Opera and On A Bitch from Nacho’s excellent Lord Of The Fly mixtape. Stream/purchase BSBD’s Euphoric Tape III in full below.

Buy: Blue Sky Black Death – Euphoric Tape III (Mixtape)

Mishka Presents – WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience (Compilation)
28 May | | Mixtapes

Mishka Bloglin contributor Ben Niespodziany (@neonpajamas) and producer Ethan Sherry (aka blackKat) are the minds behind Windchill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience. Released through Mishka Records, the instrumental compilation features “18 brand new instrumentals to showcase the wonderful production within the city of Chicago.” Head below to stream/download all new beats from Chicago’s finest, including Tree, Blended Babies, Smoko Ono, Thelonious Martin, Odd Couple, Martin $ky, OnGaud, JNeal, Saba, The O’My’s and many more.

Download: Mishka Presents – WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience (Mixtape)

Main Attrakionz – One Way (Video)
28 May | | Mixtapes

More newness from the Lo-Fi Kings, this time in the form of a new video. Watch the Her Vision directed visual for One Way, a cut from Lo-Fi Til I Die, one of several new Main Attrakionz releases from the first half of 2014. This one brings me back to that classic MAz sound from 2010-2011.

Buy: Main Attrakionz – Lo-Fi Til I Die (Mixtape)

Main Attrakionz – …As The Times Go On (Mixtape)
22 May | | Mixtapes

Lo-Fi Kings aka the Main Attrakionz quietly released a new mixtape last week, which seems to have been widely overlooked. Coming in at 19 tracks long, …As The Times Go On is all Squadda and Mondre for the most part, with a few quick appearances from Shady Blaze, L.W.H., Pepperboy and Robbie Rob. Listen through below and hit the link to purchase it for $5.

Buy: Main Attrakionz – …As The Times Go On (Mixtape)

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – Dog Meat (Video)
22 May | | Mixtapes

Last month, DaVinci and Sweet Valley released one of the top rap records of 2014 in my book. Today they released a new visual for opening track, Dog Meat. The video depicts DaVinci in the midst of “an unsavory encounter with the 5-0“, with Sweet Valley’s crunchy beat as the backdrop. San Francisco readers head to the Mishka San Francisco store tonight for the official video premiere. Check the flyer above for details.

Download: DaVinci & Sweet Valley – Ghetto Cuisine (Mixtape)

Lo Motion – Singles Vol. 1 (Compilation)
21 May | | Mixtapes

Chicago production duo The-Drum seem to always be working on something new. Not only are Brandon and Jeremiah both working on solo projects, but they also have a hand in upcoming releases from frequent collaborators The GTW, Khallee, Dre Green, JODY, Rahel and more. As if that isn’t enough, they recently launched their new label, Lo Motion, with a brand new compilation serving as an “an intro to the label and a preview of what’s to come in the months ahead.” Lo Motion Singles Vol. 1, which was premiered via The Fader, can be streamed/purchased for $1 below.

Buy: Lo Motion – Singles Vol. 1 (Compilation)