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Blitz the Ambassador feat. Seun Kuti, “Make You No Forget”

​Blitz the Ambassador aptly goes international again, hooking up with afro-beat flagbearer Seun Kuti for a little jaunt to the continent. From Blitz’s… Watch

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L’Orange feat. Billy Woods, “The End”

​L’Orange creates a bouncy, back-and-forth beat for Billy Woods to add his RZA-esque rhymes to. Off of Orchid Days. Watch

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Hologram Kizzie aka Psalm One, “The Responsibility”

​Kizzie rocks a boom bap break hard as she rifts on the working life. From her latest release Hug Life. Watch

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S’natra, “Welcome to U.S.A (Untold Stories of an Artist)”

​S’natra plays it as cool as his namesake as he flows a stream of consciousness about making it in the game. From his mixtape Habits ‘Tim Roses. Watch

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Raz Simone, “Natural Resources”

Show at SXSW with a cosigned by Hacksaw Jim Duggan, yes sir, Raz is for real. Off of Cognitive Dissonance: Part One. Watch

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Vince Staples, “Nate”

​Vince looks back to childhood and reminisces on what he looked up to as a kid in LA, no matter how unsound it was. From his new mixtape Shyne Coldchain II. Watch

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Dow Timo, “A Must”

​The bespeckled New Yorker takes a sample of Phillip Phillips’ “Home” (yeah you know this song actually, trust me) and defines what he calls the scumming… Watch

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Kool A.D., “Open Letter”

​Kool sends a letter to himself, which sounds like he’s in LA smoking a lot of weed. First track off of his new project Word O.K. Watch

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Stalley feat. Crystal Torres, “Long Way Down”

​Stalley celebrates the urban jungle and all of its inhabitants. From his latest Honest Cowboy. Watch

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Local-Mu12, “Welcome to Local-Mu12”

Here’s Local-Mu12, the labor union-inspired crew, handling their own introduction duties with their underground flavor. From their latest release Labor Day. Watch

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The Bar (Prometheus Brown & Bambu), “Barkada”

​The west coast Filipino connection goes for a Blackalicious vibe on the next release off their new project Barkada, with beats from Dyme Def’s Bean One. Watch

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Sasha Go Hard, “Out The Bottle”

​Sasha gets turnt, with help from Diplo (yeah, that Diplo) on the beats. From an upcoming untitled EP due in May. Watch

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The Grouch & Eligh feat. Steve Knight, “Fireflies”

​The Grouch and Eligh’s ultra-stylized video for their track from their newest release The Tortoise and The Crow is a fantasy epic with a soaring message and… Watch

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Phil Adé, “Happy (Royal Fam Remix)”

​DMV’s Phil Adé takes the backing from Pharrell’s super hot radio hit and rhymes with the same kind of giddiness that’s appropriate for the track. Watch

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Ronnie Dylan, “Purified Kings”

​Ronnie Dylan is a rhymer from Seattle with a kind of zeal for the art, and with beats by Jake Crocker, he follows his passion to Queens for this track. From… Watch

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Curren$y feat. Le$, “$ Migraine”

​More of Curren$y’s typical nonchalance with an assist from new Jet Life signee Le$. From Curre$y’s latest The Drive In Theatre. Watch

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Power Struggle, “In Your Hands…Until The End”

Bambu’s San Fran associate Mario de Mira, aka Power Struggle, presents an uplifting anthem for activism. From from his project In Your Hands. Watch

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When Scarface took the stage last Saturday at Mezzanine in San Francisco, I honestly thought it was his hypeman. The 43-year old vet, a legend in Houston whose… Read

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String Theory (Hex One of Epidemic & BBZ Darney), “Reminisce”

​Queen’s Hex One and beatmaker BBZ Darney’s String Theory project delivers this moody but pensive track, with Hex’s flow harkening back to Jay Z’s Reasonable… Watch

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Lamb$, “Percy”

Ohio’s Lamb$ is talking about ice cream, but the beat goes back further, like early 90’s G-funk, complete with the blaring synths in the background. Watch