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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 45): The Word Of The Week Is – "Yeezus" | Takin' Mines
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Heroes & Super Villains (Week 45) – The Word Of The Week Is – “Yeezus”
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In the last few weeks, it’s been almost impossible to go about your daily business without hearing the words “new Kanye album” or “June Eighteen.” After causing mass confusion with his infamous tweet, the thirst for Yeezy‘s massively awaited sixth solo LP was quenched (for now) this week as the title — Yeezus — and release date — JUNR 18 — were announced, in addition to the unveiling of not one, but two, new singles: “New Slaves” and “Black Skinhead.”

 

“Is hip-hop just a euphemism for a new religion?” Yeezus certainly seems to suggest so. Not only does the title include obvious connotations, the album is also said to feature a track entitled “I Am a God,” and Kanye debuted “New Slaves” in 66 cities around the world on Friday night — a reflection of the 66 books in the Bible? Well, if any current musician has the power, confidence and following to lead a new age revolution, you can betchurass it’s Mr. West.

 

Wild thoughts aside, let’s turn our attention to what the lower echelons of the rap world had to offer this week. Taking our picks for favorite slept-on releases this week are Chuck Inglish, Gunplay, Julian Malone, Elijah Blake and Devine Camara.

 
 

1) Chuck Inglish (feat. A$ton Matthews & Kashflow) – “Tangerine”

 

 

Another banger off Chuck‘s Droptops EP, which drops (pun intended) May 23. Stay tuned for his debut album, Convertibles, coming soon, too.

 

2) Gunplay – “Bible On The Dash”

 

Directed by: Gunplay & Ryan Snyder

 

Gunplay‘s 601 & Snort standout gets its due visual makeover.

 

3) Julian Malone – “Tokyo”

 

 

One of Chicago’s best-kept secrets Julian Malone drops the first single from his upcoming Diff.Rnt project. If this is anything to go by, we’re in for another treat.

 

4) Elijah Blake (feat. Common) – “X.O.X.”

 

 

With a little help from Common, Roc Nation/Def Jam signee Elijah Blake brings his sorrows to the small screen in the latest video from his Bijoux 22 EP.

 

5) Devine Carama – “Light Switch Flow”

 

 

Admittedly this is the first time I’ve lent an ear Devine Camara, but needless to say, he’s left a good impression. Ripe with slick delivery and soulful vibes, “Light Switch Flow” is the latest leak from his new LP, No Child Left Behind, out June 28 digitally and June 2 physically.

 

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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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