Eric Harvey - Who Got the Camera? A History of Rap and Reality

Eric Harvey is an associate professor in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He as also written for numerous publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice. He has now written a new book about the history of rap and reality media, Who Got the Camera? While numerous people over the years have written about the time period of hip hop spanning the late ‘80s to the mid ‘90s, until this point no one has simultaneously done a deep dive to consider how the evolving media landscape shaped the narrative, namely the emergence of daytime talk shows, court TV, true crime TV, tabloid TV, and reality TV.

Gensu Dean & Guilty Simpson - EGO

Gensu Dean is a producer formerly based in Dallas, now living in Austin. He made his debut on Mello Music Group back in 2012 with Lo-Fi Fingahz. Over the years, he’s teamed up with artists such Planet Asia, Denmark Vessey, and Wise Intelligent. Now he’s teamed up with another underground legend, Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, to drop the full-length album, EGO. A lot of the time when we get collaborative albums like this, we tend to think about how the producer will shape what the emcee does.

Various Artists - Justice4Sean Compilation

On June 2, 2020, a 22-year-old man named Sean Monterrosa was shot and killed by a police officer in Vallejo, California. As you might imagine, the information from the police has been slow to come out, and what has come out doesn’t point to anything that would justify deadly force. Meanwhile, a family is without a son and a brother, and a community is without a student, carpenter, and friend. The sad state of affairs is that unless you’re from the area, there’s a chance you haven’t heard this story, since the U.

Steel Tipped Dove - Call Me When Youre Outside

Steel Tipped Dove is a Brooklyn producer who has been making music for over fifteen years, while also running a studio in Brooklyn. Over the years, he’s worked with everyone from PremRock to Armand Hammer to R.A.P. Ferreira to MC Paul Barnam, just to name a few. What he hasn’t done a lot of, though, is release proper solo albums. Now he has done just that with Call Me When You’re Outside.

Spoken Nerd & Juan Cosby - GRAPES

Spoken Nerd is an emcee from Nashville who has been releasing music since the mid ‘00s. His last full-length album, I Need a Friend Like You, came out on Fake Four in 2018. Now he has teamed up with Cincinnati producer Juan Cosby to release a new album, GRAPES. The seed for this album apparently sprung from the excitement that Spoken Nerd felt from hearing the rumors of a possible Tales From the Crypt reboot, and the wheels got spinning in his head to do a themed mixtape, so he reached out to Cosby to see if he’d be down to make some spooky beats for the project.

DJ Nu-Mark - Run for Cover

DJ Nu-Mark is the legendary Los Angeles deejay and producer, best known for his work as part of Jurassic 5. Over the years, he’s worked with everyone from J-Live to Lonely Island. Most recently, he collaborated with Slimkid3 and Austin Antoine as TRDMRK, releasing their debut EP in 2019. Now Nu-Mark is back with a fun new project, Run for Cover. A quick glance at the title of the album and the track listing will let you know that this is a covers EP.

Kuna Maze - My Fish Is Burning

Kuna Maze is a producer from Lyon, France, now based in Brussels. He periodically teams up with producer Nikitch, but he’s also been steady working as a solo artist for about the last five years. His most recent solo release came in August of last year, when he dropped Backward EP. Now he’s back with a new EP, My Fish is Burning. Sometimes EPs can feel like filler material, an obvious attempt to get listeners’ attention before the more substantial release.

Silas Short - Drawing

Silas Short is a 24-year-old multi-instrumentalist/vocalist who grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee and is now based in Chicago. He doesn’t have much of a discography to his name yet, but he did notably make an appearance as a guitarist on Kenny Segal’s 2018 album, Happy Little Trees. He now teams up with Stones Throw to release his debut solo EP, Drawing. Sometimes, when an artist releases a lo-fi recording, it’s an aesthetic choice that fits the overall style of music they are making.

Sekou Cooke - Hip-Hop Architecture

Sekou Cooke is an architect, researcher, and educator who is currently serving as director of the Master of Urban Design program at UNC-Charlotte. He had been previously working as Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. He is also a 2021⁄2022 recipient of the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Studies at Harvard. His work has been noted for his research and practice in the field of hip hop architecture, which you can now read about in his new book, Hip-Hop Architecture.

P.SO the Earth Tone King & 2 Hungry Bros. - Manga Americana

Two years ago, Brooklyn emcee P.SO The Earth Tone King teamed up with the production duo of 2 Hungry Bros. to release a project called American Anime, a record devoted to P.SO’s love of comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, and of course, anime. Now they have come back with the sequel, Manga Americana. Sometimes it’s not about doing something different from everyone else, it’s just picking your lane and doing it at the top level that few can touch.