Caleborate – Soul

Don’t let em take your soul, got damn. Better fight it and don’t let em make you fold got damn. Break the mold, got damn!

Reppin my hometown, Berkeley – Caleborate drops a dope, lead single for upcoming LP, Real Person.

The raps and mood transcend the soul in today’s hip-hop game!

And Lege Kale boasts a notorious, Soundcloud freshness to this jam.

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory

Highly anticipated LP from Long Beach, California, Sprite-junkie, Vince Staples is here, and it straight BANGS!

The sound is such a trip, and love the open, creative flow – rhyming circles and squares on them dope beats.

Bump Big Fish Theory below – a quintessential rap album in 2017.

Phora – To The Moon

A contrarian; consistently uplifting love and relationships in the rap game, Phora is the perfect antidote to the hedonism, fake-shit, and instant-gratification, which is mainstream hip-hop and popular culture nowadays.

She said she never been in love,
All she ever did was give her love,
Eveyone they only take her love,
So you scared of love,
I don’t blame you love.

Never waver in loving yer special someone “To The Moon.”

Bump the new Phora below, and stay tuned for the upcoming LP, Yours Truly Forever, coming in August.

Dumbfoundead – Foreigner

Dumbfoundead’s newest collective (which includes the dope-ass, YOX), BORN CTZN  marks the game with an EP.

Heavy overtones of American and Korean culture and splish-splash can be heard.

“The Foreigner project is for all the outsiders. As an Asian-American (a.k.a. gyopo) I never knew where I belonged. I had two identities, neither one being fully accepting me. Even when I visited Korea, my home country, I felt like a Foreigner. While I didn’t fully understand the language, I was still embraced by those who followed my music. This mini-album is my first project ever distributed in Korea and I wanted to flip the word ‘Foreigner’ (which is usually used in a negative way) into something positive.”

Bump the Foreigner EP from one of the dopest Asian-American rapper in the game!

Vince Staples – Big Fish

I was up late night ballin!

Diggin Vince’s dope-ass FLOW.

“Big Fish” is off the upcoming June LP, Big Fish Theory, which is shaping up real nice.

And the simplicity and execution of the video is brilliant.

Bump one of my favorite rappers from the new school.

Raja Kumari – The Come Up

Indian-American, Svetha Rao a.ka. Raja Kumari (The daughter of the King) got mad SWAG, and all with her culture intact and glorified!

Fuck you hipster-culture vultures, always shunning your roots for your 15 minutes of cool.

Watch “The Come Up” below, and stay tuned for more from Raja Kumari.

Locksmith – Home

Watch a live set from one of the realest tracks off the Olive Branch LP.

Real hip-hop shit coming right through your speakers!

Locksmith’s last verse is mad lyrical and deep:

We all have issues in life regardless of our distinctions. I know my biggest hurdle was easily overthinking. Its like paying admission to take a trip on a cruise, but you can’t enjoy the view cause you constantly scared of sinking.  You blink then its finished with. How come we always downplay our strengths and embellish all of our blemishes. We mimic what we see as wealth, expending our energy still pretending when its easier to be yourself. I feel the shift when I shit that out of my own, when you understand your worth, then its like you’re traveling home. The people that you meet and the new places you venture, can only make sense if you sense them before you’ve entered. And they say its silly what I’m chasing, they’d rather save face than brace being complacent. I did my best to try to brace them and break the walls before it breaks them.

Bump the new Locksmith video below.

 

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

The new Kendrick Lamar is here on Good Friday, and it fuckin BANGS!

Wasn’t dickriding the last To Pimp A Butterfly record, as I couldn’t resonate to the sound or concept – regardless of the creativity or industry pandering.

DAMN however is straight raps, packed with dope beats, and the Kendrick Lamar that goes ham on the microphone.

Bump the new LP, DAMN, and realize greatness in the modern era.

Lucy Camp – The Heart Dies

Lucy Camp returns with a massively gorgeous synthwave epic recounting the trials and tribulations of a woman in progress.

This Bay Area (San Jose) girl can spit!

Love the intriguing lyricism and message in her raps, which is far removed from the crap that is Nicki Minaj and the likes.

Bump the new Lucy Camp, “The Heart Dies” below.

Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Pt. 4

Compton’s K-Dot spits mad, fucking, oozy 😎

You know the game kinda stops – at moments like these.

And sounds like a diss track, but dunno, who and why, and so on.

IV is supposedly a harbinger and a reference to Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album which is in the works.

We can extrapolate on the comments below; but for now, go ahead and bump “The Heart Pt. 4” and appreciate that dope, unrelenting flow.