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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 26) – The Word Of The Week Is – “New Year”
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This week welcomed the arrival of 2013, so things have been especially trippy (*Juicy J voice*). But if there’s one more guarantee outside of death and taxes, it’s that this machine we call rap will continue to spin (seriously, not even World War 3 will slow this thing down). That leaves us with plenty of gems to pick from for this week’s Heroes & Super Villains installment, as we bring you five of the best releases you might have missed these past seven days. So go ahead and thank Fresh Daily, Mach Five, Slum Village, $tan Ro$$ and Dag Savage later, and have yourself a very happy new year, folks.


1) Fresh Daily (feat. Nicholas Ryan Gant) – “AstralDance” (Remix)



It was all the way back in August of 2010 when one of Brooklyn’s most slept-on, Fresh Daily, released Mothership/LAND, but this week surfaced an alternate version of its “AstralDance” cut. Even with a whole new, more uptempo vibe, this remix is still a shoe-in for that party playlist of yours.


2) Mach Five – “The Juxtaposition”


Directed by: Kristy Jerkins

With the backing of 2dopeboyz and The FADER, ATL duo Mach Five enjoyed a breakout year in the blogosphere in 2012, highlighted by the release of their Ratchet Shit projects, which included collaborations with Danny Brown, Juicy J and Bilal. The pair are looking to pick up where they left off in 2013, prepping the new Art Rap project to be released on January 15. It’ll contain this subtle yet sleekly-visualized “The Juxtaposition” cut.


3) Slum Village (feat. Guilty Simpson) – “Decadence”



Any week with new Slum Village is a good one, and “Decadence” made it happen this time around. This tough anthem, which features another of Detroit’s finest, Guilty Simpson, comes off SV’s upcoming Dirty Slums sequel, Dirty Slums 2, hosted by Mick Boogie. You can watch the trailer for the project here.


4) $tan Ros$ – “Hunnit$ & Fittie$” (prod. by Thelonious Martin)


Directed by: Q. Shepard

Credits for indie heavy-hitters like Action Bronson, Curren$y and Hodgy Beats may have earned Thelonious Martin his most fruitful 12 months to date last year, but the gifted Chicago producer is entering 2013 by scoring heat for a relatively unknown talent, $tan Ros$. If you’re looking for a good first impression of the New Jersey kid, just watch “Hunnit$ & Fittie$” above.


5) Dag Savage (Exile & Johaz) – “Twilight”



Despite having treated us to the Salvation mixtape only in November, Dag Savage, aka Exile and Johaz, will be giving us another gift with a self-titled EP on January 15. It’s only a small present, clocking in at seven tracks (one of those being an instrumental) but it does include collaborations with Murs, Aloe Blacc and Co$$. Try the first sample, “Twilight,” above.


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Greg Grease – “Forward”



If you’ve managed to get this far during the week, you probably deserve a break. And what good timing to introduce Greg Grease‘s latest video for “Forward”, a stripped down, less-is-more banger that doesn’t need to be overdramatic to get it’s point across. Directed by Adam Dunn as a part of his #LABB (Lights and a Backdrop) series, the visuals are as minimalistic as it gets, allowing the Grease, his DJ and his turntable to play centre stage. Check it out and be sure to pick up Greg Grease’s Black King Cole EP if you don’t already own it.


  1. Blu & Nottz (feat. Rashad) – “End of the World”
  2. CJ Fly (feat. A La $oul & Phife Dawg) – “Seek Well”
  3. Boldy James (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Da$h & Domo Genesis) – “Reform School” (prod. by The Alchemist)
  4. Danny Brown (feat. Scrufizzer) – “Dubstep”
  5. Black Milk – “Dismal”
  6. Alterbeats (feat. Guilty Simpson & The Rockness Monstah) – “Fruit Punch”
  7. Snow Tha Product (feat. CyHi The Prynce) – “Hold You Down”
  8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”
  9. Childish Gambino – “Yaphet Kotto”
  10. Stan Ipcus – “Wifey Material”
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