SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: PASS DA MIC
As you know , here at scratchtheblock.com we love to break the boundaries of mainstream spreading,recommending and supporting underground hip-hop music but you know,hip-hop embodies so many shades and different approaches , so “pop”ular pieces such as Heard Em Say by Kanye West or Change Clothes by Jay-Z sounds like classics despite the mainstream essence!
So why not?
We continue to deliver accurate selection of new school hip-hop trying to stimulate your curiosity and share with you what we consider real good music.
Pass Da Mic is the brand new hip-hop selection that includes stunning tunes by A$AP Rocky,Bas,J.Cole,Dizzy Wright,Mark Battles,Vic Mensa and the list goes. Take your headphones and press play!
GUNPLAY FEAT. YG – WUZHANINDOE (PRODUCED BY DJ MUSTARD)
Former member of Florida hip-hop outfit Triple C’s , Gunplay is almost ready to drop his debut album titled Living Legend under the aegis of Rick Rozey’s Maybach Music Group. The project scheduled for the end of this month , boasts appearances from Stalley,Squat Beats,Currensy,Masspike Miles,Yo Gotti and Rick Ross among others. Pump the volume for da badass leak titled Wuzhanindoe featuring Mr. “Toot It and Boot It” YG (he’s working on his sophomore album titled Still Krazy) and produced by hit-maker DJ Mustard (fresh of his mixtape 10 Summers). Make sure you to peep the official video
VIC MENSA – ORANGE SODA (PRODUCED BY CAM)
After kicking off his career with the indie band from Chicago called Kids These Days (check out Traphouse Rock) , Vic Mensa started to focus himeself to his solo career (just like other member of the collective Nico Segal aka Donnie Trumpet) recording the mixtape titled Innanetape released in 2013. The Roc Nation affiliate recruited for the occasion an hot line up of artists and producers such as: DJ Dahi,Michael Uzowuru,Boi-1da,Hit-Boy,Ab-Soul,Thundercat,Chance The Rapper and others.We selected for you the amazing Orange Soda produced by Cameron Osteen aka Cam.
TYLER THE CREATOR FEAT. LIL WAYNE AND KANYE WEST – SMUCKERS
Odd Future member Tyler The Creator represents something different on da hip-hop scene. The California spitter dropped this year his third opus titled Cherry Bomb,entirely produced by himself. Tyler flexed his skills as alternative rapper as well as a wise producer creating an eclectic cocktail,flirting with rock & hip-hop a la N.E.R.D (listen to Deathcamp),soulful beats (Find Your Wings),jazzy sonorities (2 Seater) mixing everything in a unique powerful,pleasantly bizarre and explosive architecture! Kali Uchis,Pharrell,Lil Wayne,Kanye West,Schoolboy Q are some guests and now you can taste the centerpiece of the project titled Smuckers. We can assert Cherry Bomb represents the most original hip-hop album of this year alongside To Pimp A Butterfly by K-Dot. So as Tyler suggests: “Look, get 12 bucks, go to Ralph’s or a grocery store, purchase a $10 iTunes gift card, go on iTunes, look for Cherry Bomb. Puppies won’t die”
OMEN FEAT. J.COLE – THINGS CHANGE (PRODUCED BY RON GILMORE)
After releasing the mixtape Afraid Of Heights and collabo on J.Cole’s The Warm Up and Friday Night Lights , Chi Town rapper and producer Omen finally drops his brand new album titled Elephant Eyes (the line up of collaborators includes Ari Lennox who delighted us on da neo-soul selection Nu-Mood).The Dreamville Records affiliate wrote and produced the most part of the opus but we’d like to serve you up as tasteful appetizer what we consider the centerpiece of the album: Things Change.The fantastic tune unveils substance, lyrical versitility and an outstanding production finely handled by Mr. Ron Gilmore, a gifted pianist and producer who worked or shared the stage with artists such as Lauryn Hill,Jay-Z,J.Cole,Earl Sweatshirt and Mike Hicks.J.Cole kicks off the track with subdued bars over a downtempo rhythm and in the second part Omen flexes his ability with serious rhymes.Don’t miss the last work by J.Cole titled Forest Hills Drive featuring productions by Vinylz,Pop Wansel,!llmind and Cardiak.
TIM STACKS FEAT. DURU THA KING – NO HOOK (PRODUCED BY MAX FUEGO)
Here you are another dope banger for your collection! North Carolina based rapper Tim Stacks dropped some months ago the joint titled No Hook recruiting Charlotte rapper DuRu Tha King and counting on da support of hip-hop producer Max Fuego . Relaxing beat imbued with southern hip-hop flava so suitable for an afternoon smoking weed or chilling with your peeps!
MARK BATTLES FEAT. CURREN$Y – BE YOU (PRODUCED BY JCUSE)
Recently Mark Battles dropped the EP titled Until September. The project is an appetizer for his fans, waiting for the release of his album scheduled for this Fall. The EP is almost entirely produced by JCuse and includes the superb Be You featuring Louisiana rapper Curren$y. In April Curren$y released the third installment of Pilot Talk series enlisting Wiz Khalifa,Jadakiss,Styles P and renowned producers Cool & Dre,Harry Fraud,Ski Beatz and Jahlil Beats.
DIZZY WRIGHT – HIGHER LEARNING (PRODUCED BY KING VAY)
In June we recommended Dizzy Wright‘s new album titled The Growning Process delivering the track titled God Bless America . Today we continue to promote Dizzy sophomore album with the intro titled Higher Learning (supported by a cool video) a true piece of street poetry! Hats off to Las Vegas musician/producer King Vay for the solid production.
BIG K.R.I.T – K.R.I.T. 4EVA (CHAPTER ONE)
On da reflective track titled K.R.I.T. 4 Eva (Chapter One) , the southern microphone maestro drops contemplative bars , focusing his attention on his own career. As usual Krizzle blows our mind with music of substance.
BAS FEAT. J.COLE – MY NIGGA JUST MADE BAIL (PRODUCED BY GP808 AND HOTTRAK)
If you never heard the name of Bas , don’t hesitate to press play and listen to the hot joint titled My Nigga Just Made Bail. The Dreamville’s affiliate counts on da support of J.Cole to record a dope piece included on Last Winter and wrapped by Brussels team production GP808 and Hottrak . Check out the official video
A$AP ROCKY FEAT. MOS DEF AND A-CYDE AND A$AP YAMS – BACK HOME (PRODUCED BY THELONIOUS MARTIN)
Put together superlative producers such as Jim Jonsin,DJ Khalil,Hudson Mohawke,Mark Ronson and names like Lil Wayne,Miguel,Rod Stewart,Kanye West and the boy-wonder Joe Fox and here you are the last effort by one of the most interesting rapper of the current hip-hop music scene A$AP Rocky. A.L.L.A is the proof that consacrates the talent of Rakim Mayers, a gifted rapper and fashion icon. One of our fave joint is Back Home featuring A$AP Yams (rest in peace dude!) ,A-Cyde and the one and only Mos Def who dropped burning verses over the powerful instrumental masterfully handled by Thelonious Martin
Pass Da Mic is available via Mixcloud