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Raw Poetic & Kev Brown – Concentrated Maneuvers (EP Review)

When it comes to hip-hop history, Washington is often overlooked, rarely receiving a mention in comparison to the likes of New York, California and the South. And yet despite the cities low-key profile, it has delivered a number of hidden gems, with albums from the likes of Oddisee, Asheru and Panacea springing to mind. Kev Brown is one of the city’s best underground producers having worked on projects with LMNO and more recently MindsOne. Kev’s production tends to be soulful and stripped down to produce an organic sound.

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Ahwlee – ATM.

Ahwlee drops some warm, chill summer beats as part of ATM. He labels it ‘easy listening’, and it definitely is. Just a series of bumps to lay back and nod your head to. Vibe out.

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Cee x Aria Zenua x The XX – Intro

Some new visuals from The Movement Fam‘s Cee. The song Intro is taken from his previously released project ‘Indie Experiment’. Once again Cee gets the boys from 9 Block productions to document this solid cut.

Remember to peep his excellent This Is All I Know

Two years in the making, the official music video for Cee’s ‘Intro” (The XX Remix) was filmed from the East Coast of Newfoundland to the West Coast of British Columbia and also captures some of the most fascinating regions of the world, stretching more than 7,000 miles (>11,000 km) from..

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Five Steez – Deadly prod. Dj Crooks (Jamaica)

Jamaican emcee Five Steez may not be too familiar but he made his first appearance on WIB sometime last year via Nomadic Wax. Fast forward to 2014 and the man is set to drop a new EP called These Kingston Times with ‘Deadly’ the leading single. On this cut, we get a taste of the old and the new, a fusion of  80s Dub and boom bap courtesy of DJ Crooks. Five Steez’s handling of the mic is fresh as he sticks to the beat like tyres to asphalt.

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Common – Nobody’s Smiling

Common has retuned with his new album Nobody’s Smiling! 

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LoKe¥ – llama love | lowkey

Some more awesome LA instrumental from LoKe¥, who I think is part of the Green Llama crew that involves Dibia$e, amongst others (CORRECTION FROM DIBIA$E: “that’s my nephew he just rep the crew by default but not officially on the llamas”).

Anyway he shows appreciation to the crew from the title with some real funky speaker bumps.

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Noah Vinson & Frank Ramz – Citadel

The duo of Noah Vinson and Frank Ramz blaze back onto our pages with this energetic joint called Citadel. They both come off with that double time flow plus a hook to match. Props to producer Cooari for that off kilter backdrop too.

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Noah Vinson & Frank Ramz are back with the second single “Citadel” off their upcoming project “…And The Phone Was On Silent EP”. Prod By Cooari

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