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A-Villa – Live From The Villa feat. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Willie The Kid

I am going to make the proclamation that A-Villa’s debut album Carry On Tradition is a project that you shouldn’t sleep on. Villa’s second single ‘Live From The Villa’ is cold blooded, with Action Bronson, Roc Marciano and Willie The Kid assisting on bodying bars. This basement banger prevails as a hot joint, reaching to the masses with the niceness only these cats can achieve.

Check out Carry On Tradition ASAP. Your ears will thank you.

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PREMIERE: Dex Amora – manym00ns

Dex Amora brings us ‘manym00ns’, the first single from the Word Is Bond-sponsored project Aura. Among a mellow, piano-driven backdrop (the on-point production is provided by Goldenbeets), Dex displays his ability to navigate the profound whilst maintaining his characterful flow. Aura is a real leap forward from his previous works, so get a taste of what he’s about and expect more in the next few weeks…

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Kid$ Next Door – Sunset$

The duo Kid$ Next Door have dropped Sunset$, a 15 track project which I would categorise as ‘cloud rap’. The chemistry is evident between producer/emcee Frander and singer/emcee Esther, and their styles have this off-kilter, El-P-esque feel to it. Musically it is exactly what you would expect: ethereal, dreamy soundscapes, but it still sounds dynamic and different. Old heads may brush this off but this here is something unorthodox that needs to be paid attention to.

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The Cancel – Criminal (Ukraine)

Something outta Ukraine as production duo The Cancel returns from their hiatus with Criminal. It seems to be an ode to the streets and graffiti life, but it’s full of The Cancel’s tight drums and jazzy samples. It’ll be interesting to see how they proceed from now as well, with their Facebook page saying it’s ‘about to start everything from scratch’. I’ll be sure to keep an ear out…

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Aaron Cohen – L.E.G. (Lust, Envy, Greed)

Mr Aaron Cohen is not taking any pit stops in this rap game as he drops another brilliant set of visuals for the spacey cut ‘L.E.G. (Lust, Envy, Greed)’. Visually this is pretty trippy, simple and engaging; another solid outing for the Inner City Kids member.

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Lupe Fiasco – Lilies feat. Sirah

Consistent readers of Word Is Bond will know that I consider Lupe Fiasco‘s descent from greatness is one of the most tragic things to happen to hip hop in the new Millenium, and while it’ll take something phenomenal to truly arrest that decline ‘Lilies’ is the best thing I’ve heard from him in a while. Soulful production (provided by The Buchanans) reminiscent of his Food & Liquor days and a crooning feature from Sirah, ‘Lilies’ is on point. It doesn’t quite look like it’s from a release, but at least you can download it for free!

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Buggs Tha Rocka – Bad Habits prod. Hop Trax

New cat in the game Buggs Tha Rocka brings his A-game on the soulful, laid back joint ‘Bad Habits’. On this Hop Trax-produced song he pens his struggles with a cocky flow to back it up.

“…Who got the top spot, yeah I’m gunning sh-t
No fronting though,Tell me who you running with, if not me, you better get to running then
The space ship is coming kid, Galaxy enterprise, we on the rise my nig”

Bad Habits is taken from his forthcoming album Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet.

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