Audio: Today’s BeATS for the StrEEtz


With the amount of new rappers surfacing each week, it’s hard to keep track of who’s who. Every day, it seems, there’s a new rapper dropping his/her ” highly anticipated” ( yes we say that a lot !) mixtape that everyone is talking about on the blogs or some other social media outlet that it makes your head spin. Foregoing acts like Bishop Nehru, Vince Staples and Chance The Rapper that have received plenty of plaudits, both here and elsewhere. We’ve decided that this week little round-up should focus on some of the up and coming rappers who names you might not have heard yet but trust us you will.

So we start with Lucki Eck$ one of Chicago’s top up and coming emcees. In the summer of 2013 he broke through with the release of his debut mixtape, Alternative Trap. This new track “All Senses” was recorded as part of a documentary for Closed Session. Taking Lucki in a new direction from Alternative Trap,  the sound is a much slower and spacious production then anything he’s done before – we like it!

Marvelous Mag is a Soulful Hip Hop artist from Brownsville Brooklyn NY now residing in Sunny South Beach Miami. Marvelous has a soulful sound mixed with underground jazzy Hip Hop beats and melodies. We only got put on to Mag a few days and we’re loving his smoothed out soul style, so much so that we’ve dropped three of his cuts below. Be on the lookout for Mag’s debut album “Florida Orange Juice“, which is coming soon.

Born in Brooklyn, hailing from Hempsted, Hus Kingpin launched his rap career internationally on Tokyo label Goon Trax. Able to meld jazzy production with the gutter vocals, the international Hus Kingpin returned to the US for his stateside Mello Music Group introduction “The Cognac Tape”. Nasty, haunting production drives smokey vocals and precise bravado laced lyricism.

Unfortunately we don’t know anything about Heyzeus, other then that his cut “Ghetto Queens” is full of hazy expansive synths and layered with vocal effects that give the rapper’s unexpectedly sharp observations and subtle humor a heavy dose of the surreal.

Another young Chicago rapper and one you might know from Chance the Rapper’s “Somebody’s Everything”. Building on that guest spot Saba continues to build a case for being one of the city’s more promising young voices.

New York rapper Jalal Salaam dropped two albums last year, Mathematics and Ethics. Both offerings are a psychedelic, experimental journey that challenge the listeners expectations and provide an alternative representation of what hip-hop and great music can strive to be. They’re both very good and worth a moment of your time.

Another name that we don’t have any information on. Your Old Droog only has one song posted on his SoundCloud page. Uploaded at the start of last month, we think “Nutty Bars” probably marks the beginning of a more than just a promising talent!

Of all the rappers mentioned today, Chester Watson is probably the one with the highest profile. His debut mixtape “Phantom” had rave reviews along with countless and slightly tiresome Earl Sweatshirt comparisons. We could hear it too but one listen of the tape and you’ll also hear glimpses of the potential genius this kid possesses.

The last artist to be featured today is actually not a rapper but one DJ Lean Rock, this 25-year-old is one of the top Bboy DJs in the game. Hailing from Boston MA, Lean Rock has been a b-boy for nearly 18 years and a DJ for 8. His music taste is known for its funky, raw, aggressive, and high-energy edge. Check out his SoundCloud for a little taste.

Happy listening!

CF Smith

Permeating your ears with good music.

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