It has to be said that in mid-November, with 2012 coming to a close (seriously, how fast has this year gone?!), most of the year’s biggest talking points have already been milked: Frank Ocean’s coming out party, Obama being re-elected and Kendrick Lamar altering the trajectory of hip-hop (for good, hopefully). But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to look forward to in the coming months. J. Cole’s Born Sinner (which is shaping up to be a stellar effort–just lend an ear to “Miss America“), Kid Cudi’s Indicud and Pusha T’s G.O.O.D. Music debut all await us in early 2013. Oh, and not to mention the prospect of new Kanye, Jay-Z and Eminem albums (fingers crossed!) But in the meantime, here’s a few new tracks and videos from this week that will help hold the anticipation over ’til then…
1) Public Enemy (feat. Tom Morello & Henry Rollins) – “Riotstarted”
Public Enemy somewhat quietly put out two new LPs, Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire of Everything, this year. Although the latter was released digitally on October 1 and on CD on November 6, some of the material has found its way online this week, including the heavy “Riotstarted” featuring rock gods, Tom Morello (of RATM) and former Black Flag frontman, Henry Rollins.
2) Hot Sugar (feat. Heems) – “56k”
Directed by: Steamclam Media Empire
The fact that it samples the oh-so-unforgettable dial-up tone means that a music video was just a necessity for Hot Sugar and Heems’ “56k” collaboration. Accordingly, the pair venture through a digital 8-bit world. Trippy stuff (mane).
3) OverDoz. – “Dear God”
Californian four-piece OverDoz. have been quietly curating a buzz, getting co-signs from A$AP Mob and Kendrick Lamar, and going semi-viral with their “Lauren London” video. This week saw a dreamy new offering from the crew with “Dear God,” plus the announcement of their debut album coming early next year.
4) Dyme-A-Duzin – “New Brooklyn”
He’s been kinda quiet since signing to Warner Bros. late last year, but Phony Ppl frontman Dyme-A-Duzin reminded us why he’s one of the Big Apple’s best new MCs this week with his new video, “New Brooklyn.” It’ll be found on his next project, A Portrait Of Donnovan, coming December 20.
5) REKS (feat. J. Nics) – “Bang Bang” (Audible Doctor Remix)
As if REKS and J. Nics’ “Bang Bang” (originally produced by Numonics) didn’t quench your thirst for good ol’ hip-hop, Brown Bag AllStars’ beatmaking extraordinaire Audible Doctor added his own soulful-come-grimy flavor to it. This one really does bang.