Mixed Blood Majority is a new group from Minneapolis featuring emcees Crescent Moon of Kill The Vultures and Joe Horton of No Bird Sing, along with producer Lazerbeak from Doomtree. There’s not much of a back story to the group, just three artists who live in the same city who respect each other and finally got their schedules to line up so that they could make some music together. While that introduction might be a little boring, this album is far from it.
PCP is an artist that’s been working behind the scene for years in Minneapolis, whether it be as an audio engineer, video director (see Sadistik’s “Micheal”) or anything in between. With a full length debut in the works, PCP has decided to release this EP of previously recorded material to introduce himself as an instrumental hip hop artist.
If you’re a fan of independent hip hop, you know how talented the scene is in the Twin Cities. We’ve been getting a wide range of talented emcees and groups coming out of the area for years. What we haven’t really experienced yet, though, is the emergence of some great instrumental hip hop. Fortunately, Ackryte is there to lead the charge in this subgenre.
Corina Corina is a soul singer raised in the Bay Area and currently residing in Brooklyn. The Eargasm marks her full length debut. The majority of the album is produced by Willie Green, with additional production from Steel Tipped Dove, Urban Miracle, and Has-Lo.
Skipp Whitmann is an emcee and producer from Brooklyn via Brookline, MA. 5AM marks his third solo album, and it’s certainly his strongest yet, hitting on every angle.
Mattic is an American emcee that now resides in France, best known to many as a frequent collaborator to Wax Tailor albums. His latest solo effort comes courtesy of Phonosaurus Records, a new label based out of Montreal. Mattic teamed up with label mates Dirty Art Club to produce the record, who come together to make a fun and interesting album.
My first exposure to Sammus came earlier in 2012 through her guest spot on Mega Ran’s Language Art Vol. 2, when she stole the song “Love Is Not Love.” As it turns out, that was just the a hint of what she had in store for us, because 2012 is also the year that Sammus dropped her brilliant solo album, M’other Brain.
Irenic is a new artist from St. Paul, and Wisdom Teeth: The Art of Pulling Roots marks her debut album. With it, she establishes herself as a artist with a unique sound, walking the line between indie-folk and hip hop in a way that few can compare to.
If you don’t know Saylove already, you should take the time right now. After putting in a lot of work, dividends are about to pay off for the emcee/author/activist. In the past year, she published a book called Hip Hop and the Art of Peace Education, and has now dropped her debut LP. If you just listened to her music in a vacuum, you’d still have plenty to like. Taking it in combination with her work as author and activist, she seems poised to become something special, one who’s able to align their work in different sectors to really create something worthwhile.
Small Professor is a producer from Philadelphia that has established himself over the last couple of years as a talented and prolific artist. Cool Story, Pro, a twenty-five track, forty-nine minute instrumental album, is his most fully realized and challenging work to date.