After three years of writing, developing, and preparing new music, Sareem Poems and Ess Be are back with Mind Over Matter. Releasing via Illect Recordings, Mind is the second full length project from the Lansing, Michigan-based MC and producer duo. Their first album on Illect, 2015’s Beautiful Noise, was a highly motivational record based around positivity and perseverance. Mind Over Matter is definitely in the same vein as Noise, but it’s clear that as they worked on the new project, Poems and Ess Be weren’t afraid to dive deeper into who they’ve become as artists.
Sly Da’ Schola is currently behind bars, having been sentenced to 6 months in jail after getting into a fight with a group of frat kids. But that won’t stop him from reaching through the walls that separate him from the rest of the world right now. His project Be Back In 6 was created in order to keep his buzz going while he serves those 6 months.
Whenever Hip-Hop sonically meets Soul legend Marvin Gaye its always the inception of a classic. Indianapolis, IN producer, Maja7th was inspired earlier this year to put together a 9-track ‘instrumental’ EP “Songs In The Key Of Marvin” as a tribute to the genius.
Every once in a while, by using various conduits of people, places and things, the universe can serve up some of our worst nightmares subtly disguised as some of our biggest gifts, transmuting what seems like a personal armageddon at the time to an invaluable source of internal resolve. The Darkness Brim EP by Raleigh, NC lyricist Lena Jackson highlights some of those relatable life experiences, from domestic abuse, mental illness, and scarcity to finding catharsis through music.
Maxxx and producer Mike Hector have teamed up on a collaborative EP entitled You’re Here Early. Very wavy!
The Lyrical Engineer Rewind takes a step from songwriting for others and returns to the stage front with I Just Came For The Mildsauce. The 11 track project has a star studded supporting cast from GLC, The Boy Illinois, Z Money, Real T@lk, Quez, Nyanga and Phenom. Special guest appearances from PHLI clothing line creator Dave Jeff, and actor/comedian LaRoyce Hawkins from NBC’s Chicago PD. The project is also scored with production from Saba, C-Sick, Na$im Williams, DJ L, and long time collaborators DJay Cas & Justin Famous.
Sacramento MC, Chuuwee releases yet another studio album in his highly acclaimed ‘Dystopia‘ series. As part 3 of 5, Chuuwee teams up with New Mexico’s Khalisol, who produced the entire album. The sac-town artist states “It started out as just a joint project. We’ve actually been working on it for 3 years but then I started doing Dystopia. By the time I came back to review and listen to what we had so far and thought, this would’ve been the perfect continuation from Sabbath – Released via Below System Records the album is titled PassOver being sequentially the next holiday after Sabbath, however in the storyline of the series, this is the breaking point.
Ozay Moore is back and better than ever with In The Wake of O. In The Wake of O is a reminder of why hip-hop is such a powerful mode of communication. It also speaks to Ozay Moore’s deep love and respect for hip hop culture. As Wake plays from start to finish, Moore beautifully speaks on his personal journey while also making space for listeners to reflect on their own lives. There is something for everyone on this record.
King Kade, from Boston, MA. has released his new album Heartbreak Kidd. The 10 track album highlights times in Kade’s life when things were down and out and when he feels on top of the world. The project features Texas artist Rikki Blu, and young producers Mike Hector and Derrick Ingram.