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Kool A.D. - Not O.K.

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Ex-Das Racist MC Kool A.D. drops his umpteenth project with Not O.K., which I'm finding a bit more enjoyable than his other recent releases. His delivery is still pretty absurd and laid back, but this project is sounding a bit more coherent to me. Releases like 19 just seemed too scatterbrained for me to enjoy all the way through. Hopefully, this concise direction and quality production continues into A.D.'s future tapes.

Hot Sugar- Midimurder

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Download: Hot Sugar- Midimurder I was wondering when this guy was gonna get some significant notice! Beatmusic producer Nick Koenig, a.k.a. Hot Sugar, has been putting together some pretty colorful, vibrant, and hyper-sweet instrumentals for a while now. However, most of what I've heard from him hasn't really been graced by a MC.

That changes on this new EP of his, though. Midimurder not only features some of Hot Sugar's best instrumentals yet, but the likes of Haleek Maul, Das Racist, and Big Baby Gandhi appear to drop a personality-filled verse or two.

The whole thing is free, downloadable via the link above. Listen and have fun!

The Coup- "WAVIP" (feat. Das Racist and Killer Mike)

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A veritable political hip hop pow wow takes place on"WAVIP," the latest track to drop from the Coup's forthcoming LP, Sorry to Bother You. Featuring the forceful flow of Killer Mike, the musings of Kool A.D. and Heems of Das Racist, and of course, the drawl of Boots Riley, the track functions on two levels. Lyrically, the emcees spit populist mantras (e.g. Riley suggests the residents of Whoville take revenge on the Grinch by slitting his throat), shifting in tone with each pass of the mic. Musically, the beat serves to lighten the track, buoying the song from getting excessively weighty with its dirty, funky synth and punchy drums. Creating a politically-charged song that doesn't drown in its own sentiment is a difficult task, but the Coup succeed with fine guest emcees who stay on topic.

Homeboy Sandman- "Not Really"

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This may be the first time I have heard a song, especially one in hip-hop, where the MC talks about how nothing has really changed since they have become "famous".

Now I wouldn't really call Homeboy Sandman a celebrity, but he's signed to a label and has his own sound, although, I did find out about him thought a Das Racist featured freestyle video. That element of him not really being too huge at this point adds to the charm of the song. He manages to downplay almost everything about his "new life" in way that makes a hilarious parallel to say Tyler, the Creator who seems to mention how tough his life has been since becomes "famous".

Homeboy Sandman is just laid back in everything from the beat to the delivery. It makes for a fun tongue in cheek lyrical song that pokes fun at a lot of other artists in a similar position.

First Of A Living Breed is out now.

Mayhem Lauren- "Special Effects" ft. Heems, Action Bronson (prod. Harry Fraud)

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Ever since I caught New York MC Mayhem Lauren's last album, Self Induced Illness, I've been crossing my fingers in hopes that great things will come to this guy. His old school delivery, heavy voice, and gritty personality are exactly what I look for in hip hop like this. Surprisingly, his cohort Action Bronson has been doing a lot better when it comes to popularity, but maybe 2012 is Lauren's year.

This cosign from Das Racist's Heems might help. This punchy beat from Harry Fraud couldn't hurt either.

From what I understand, this track is from a forthcoming project titled Respect the Fly Shit, which is being presented in part by LRG and the Das Racist-curated label Greedhead. Should be the push this guy needs to get out there.

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Kool A.D.- 51

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Victor Vasquez, better known as Kool A.D., is best known as a member of the New York hip hop outfit Das Racist. Along with Himanshu and Dapwell, Das Racist has made a sizeable splash in the indie music world over the past couple of years. One thing about Das Racist's members is that they love to give out free material. 51 is Kool's second free mixtape, following January's Palm Wine Drunkard. Fans of Kool's verses and flow will feel right at home with 51.

Bizarre beats--mostly provided by producer Amaze88--are accompanied by Kool's laid-back rap style. The mixtape is consistent, but fittingly, it peaks when his Das Racist counterpart Himanshu shows up on the track "A Different World." It's certainly worth the free download.

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Himanshu- Nehru Jackets

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Download: Himanshu- Nehru Jackets Featuring the likes of Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Action Bronson, and Kool A.D., here's the debut mixtape of Das Racist member Himanshu. It comes shortly after the mixtape released by Das Racist cohort Kool A.D., which I wasn't huge on, but whatever. Look toward the future.

Grab the download above and see what's up.