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Daniel Crawford: “The Awakening” (Album)

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The Awakening from jazz keyboardist Daniel Crawford is a must listen. Crawford is so adept with his keyboard that all of the instruments on the project are played on it by Crawford himself. That’s almost literally unbelievable when you listen to the drums throughout.

This album has jazz, soul and even a little rock at times. The Awakening features the likes of Vikter Duplaix, Amp Fiddler, Cleveland Jones and flutist Monet. The 12-track album is also the second in a trilogy of albums following his 2012 debut Red Pill. Enjoy!

Cayso- Tight (Prod. By Sole Grunt) (Music Video)

 

Cayso dropped his Katie Heard Noises EP last July, but here he drops a new video from the project. “Tight” is directed by Shane Petty and features animated and some semi-psychedelic visuals for the Sole Grunt produced single. The song has a light playful feel to go along with a versatile flow that’s not lacking in clever metaphors.

Scribbling Idiots: “Pass It”

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Scribbling Idiots is a collective of emcees and producers that represent several states throughout the U.S. and the UK. They released their project Invitation Only in March, and this posse is one of the standout cuts off of it. While you may be used to hip hop songs talking about passing a certain substance around in a circle, Fred Bruno, JustMe, muzeONE, Jurny Big, Griffin & EF Cuttin just want the next man to pass the mic.

The Roots: “Understand” (Music Video)

 

The Legendary Roots Crew is one of my favorite musical acts ever, and I’ve been jamming to their music for pretty much my entire life. Admittedly some of the offerings off of their upcoming album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin have left me less excited than the initial announcement about the project, but this single has to be the strongest one thus far, as you get to hear Black Thought actually show of his supreme emcee talents. The video, animated by Joe Baughman, is also very dope. The album drops Monday, May 19, but you can preview the whole thing HERE.

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King Mez: “Queen” (Director’s Cut Video)

 

Reaching back to King Mez’s 2012 My Everlasting Zeal album, director David Hambridge lets free these director’s cut visuals for the Commissioner Gordon-produced that seem to have been sitting in the stash since last year. Dope track and video to match. Mez’s latest effort Long Live The King is out now.

The Diary: J Dilla- “Give Em What They Want”

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On May 6th the venerable producer on the mic is coming with another posthumous album called The Diary, which will drop on vinyl. The five-track project will include this single and the instrumental, and all tracks were produced in 2002 by Dilla and Supa Dave West. Jay Dee was never the most lyrical emcee in the game, but his production skills led him to always have an exceptionally dope flow when he stepped before the mic.

Turning Point: eMC- “Charly Murphie” (Prod. By 14KT)

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I have a confession. eMC’s The Show album is one of my most played hip hop albums from this side of 2000. eMC is Masta, Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin and they’ll be back with a new EP titled The Turning Point in May 20. Here’s a new single from that project. Wordplay for days as always.

Listen/ Download “Charly Murphie”

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