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Brandon Thomas – F*ck Yo Dreams (ft. OG Maco).

It’s easy to dismiss rappers like OG Maco and Bobby Shmurda who, like so many new faces in 2014, owe their fame in part to the meme lottery. The difference with OG Maco is that he’s a genuine talent with more than zero good songs. He can be compelling without screaming as..


The Weeknd – Earned It.

Putting The Weeknd on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sounds like somebody’s C+ Twitter joke, but here we are. What’s crazy is that it’s one of the rare Weeknd singles that’s actually pretty great, following “Often” and “Kiss Land”. Crazier still: barring any subliminal messages, it’s squeaky clean. Like..

Coultrain – Side Effex Of Make-Believe; divided for love’s sake.

The follow up to Coultrain’s kaleidoscopic soul opera from last year is an EP that continues the story. He opts for (relatively) more grounded production this time, but that just makes it easier to get lost in the dense lyrics and dreamy vocals. Side Effex Of Make-Believe; divided for love's..

Yay Diego – RNS.

When they’re not playing with melody, trap rap’s forerunners are chanting over uncomfortably sparse beats.




Raekwon – We Wanna Thank You, Mixtape.

Amid years of fruitless attempts to regain New York hip-hop’s former glory, luddites’ endeavors to reinstate “real” hip-hop, and embarrassing overtures by yesterday’s greats — most recently, the Wu-Tang Clan’s painful and perverse new album — amid all of that, Raekwon alone seems to have noticed that the provenance of every golden..

Salva – Peacemaker.

L.A. by way of Chicago producer Salva went and got all your favorite rappers for his mixtape. Download it at his website and listen to choice cuts featuring Freddie Gibbs, Kurupt, E-40, and Schoolboy Q below.