Gary Clark Jr. – Blak And Blu (Mixtape)

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Austin-based soul singer Gary Clark Jr. finally releases his Blak And Blu mixtape (hosted and mixed by DJ D-Nice) showcasing his mastery of southern soulful blues. In a sea of southern vocalists who rely far too heavily on auto-tune, crappy lyrics and an ongoing contest to see who can be T-Pain better than T-Pain, Gary Clark Jr. is a standout who can definitely deserves the spotlight and this is the mixtape to prove it. Also featured are guest spots by Big K.R.I.T., Talib Kweli, Bilal and Alice Smith as well as remixes done by Robert Glasper and Bright Lights.

Chance The Rapper – I Am Very Very Lonely

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It’s always challenging to find eloquent ways of describing the cosmic awesomeness that is a new Chance The Rapper track. This one comes complete with a mellow backdrop courtesy of his band Social Experiment and includes the most accurate lyrical depiction of a stoner’s night in these two ears have ever heard. And it was just barely over a year ago that we were treated to Acid Rap so maybe this means a new project is on the horizon. One can only dream.

Your Old Droog (Y.O.D.) – Nutty Bars

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Now I have to admit I have no earthly idea what a droog is or why I have an old one but Coney Island native and newcomer Your Old Droog can rap his ass off. Don’t let the name and cover art of the song trick you into thinking shit’s about to get sweet. This dude has the influence of Nas’s cadence mixed with some poignant Wu Tang dart-style bars that’ll keep your head nodding for the all 64 of them. As soon as I heard that opening line, I was hooked.