Maestro & Mr. Aeks – “Sapodigo” (EP)

The San Jose underground is alive and breathing with the latest release by Maestro Gamin and Mr. Aeks “Sapodigo” EP. Produced by Mr. Aeks for Alum Rock Records with raps by Maestro Gamin for King Trade Supreme.

Available on most streaming and digital music platforms.

R.A. the Rugged Man – “All Systems Go” (Video)

 

The triumphant return of R.A. the Rugged Man has been one of the most exciting hip-hop developments of 2020. The impact of the legendary emcee’s widely acclaimed new album All My Heroes Are Dead continues to reverberate, as R.A. is now back with another music video off the project. Produced by electronic music star Michal Menert (formerly of Pretty Lights), “All Systems Go” is a futuristic thrill ride anchored by whirlwind flows and awe-inspiring lyricism from the Rugged Man. The wild music video matches the track’s propulsive energy, jumping from time-travel experiments to Victorian-era serial killers, from virtual reality to Neanderthals.

XP the Marxman & SlideBeatz – “Sincere Leader, Pt. 2” (Album Review)

This is the brand new album from Los Angeles emcee XP the Marxman. Coming up as 1/3 of the trio Rhyme Addicts, he would eventually branch out for a solo career & has released a handful of projects since with the most recent one being Keep Firing entirely produced by Roc Marciano. But to it keep the wave going, XP is now teaming up with SlideBeatz for Sincere Leader 2.

Things kick off with “Sink or Swim”, where XP pretty much talks about the titular idiom over a slick boom bap beat. The next track “Casa Malca” fittingly talks about how he feels like Pablo Escobar over a lounging instrumental while the song “Riviera Chum” is about staying true to himself on top of a violin loop. The track “Santana’s Cubavera” speaks on wanting to live a peaceful life over an electric guitar lead while the song “Toys for Tots” talks about staying on top over a ghoulish beat.

The track “Bruja” vividly paints a picture of this woman over a bleak instrumental while the song “Bullet Train” with Ren Thomas & Supreme Cerebral sees the 3 talking about wanting their flowers while they’re still alive over an angelic boom bap beat. The track “Evolution” looks back at his past over a gorgeous soul sample while “Wu-Babies” is easily one of the best songs XP has ever made as it’s filled with incredible wordplay revolving around the almighty Wu-Tang Clan. The penultimate track “Already” with Daniel Son sees the 2 talking about fam switching over a boom bap/rock fusion & then the album finishes with “Final Hour”, where XP & Thrash Thorn get on the conscious tip over a spacious beat.

This dude’s been a roll throughout 2020 & Sincere Leader 2 is definitely no exception. XP the Marxman’s lyricism has only gotten better with time & SlideBeatz’ production is just as much of a good fit as the first Sincere Leader.

Score: 7/10

KI Back At It – Just Getting Started (EP)

Introducing KI Back At It, a new sensation hailing from New Jersey, with a slick flow, undeniable charisma and brand new sound. After establishing himself the past few years with a must-hear collection of projects, most notably includes, Destroy and Rebuild New Jersey and Signed to Myself. In 2020, the rising star delivers his best work yet in the release of his latest project, titled, Just Getting Started.

The perfect jump-on point for any newfound fan. Just Getting Started is a seven-track collection filled with snappy bars, heavy bass production and a feel-good vibe that hasn’t been heard from a new artist coming out of the East Coast since the early part of the decade. Ki Back At It is electrifying on street-smart tracks like “I Want It All,” “To Cocky” and “Think They Want War.” His standout track on the project is the explosive cut, “World on My Shoulders” which he claims responsibility of bringing the East Coast back to the forefront of music with his refreshing street presence. Clearly exhibiting the hustler’s mentality that has given us legends before him like 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Nas and so many more.

This is Ki Back At It’s defining moment to-date. A rabbit hole project that will send fans researching previous works within in catalog and learn the complete history of the up-and-coming star. Another noteworthy project to review the following Just Getting Started is last year’s money-motivated effort, titled, Getting to the Bag.

Just Getting Started features a guest appearance by the talented recording artist, Choose Quality. Ki Back At It’s new project is streaming now on his own imprint. After the stream, for more on this hot new artist, follow the star daily on Twitter and Instagram.

Take a listen to the new project now, courtesy Spotify.

RedRum – “On Fire” (Video)

Orlando-based duo RedRum are bringing that straight heat with their new video premiere for “On Fire,” a bars-filled banger that demonstrates why these two need to be on your radar. Set amidst burning buildings and flames-filled visual effects from Talonted Productions, RedRum’s Red Eye and Racks set out to talk their sh*t with verses that are full-to-bursting with quotables. If you’re feeling “On Fire” as much as we are and want more RedRum, be sure to check out their Website. In the interim, peep the visuals and head over to your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform to support. “On Fire” is taken from their forthcoming project, The Lucifer Effect which has no firm release date at the moment, so keep an eye out for more information soon.