The two-disc album comes with all of the key ingredients: catchy, ominous beats and gritty, visceral street tales. Most important, the LP serves as a testament to the undying chemistry between Prodigy and Havoc. Detroit-native Black Milk continues to pay homage to his home city, which remains buried in bankruptcy, over soulful beats he, alone, produced in his unwavering do-it-yourself fashion. Unlike most of his earlier releases, Black Milk finds the right balance between letting his beats speak full volume and letting his voice overpower that. The final product is one of the best from an artist who gradually refined his sound over the past nine years. Los Angeles-natives The Alchemist and Evidence showcase their longtime friendship with their first collaborative release under the fitting group name the Step Brothers.
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Listen to selections from this list via two Beats Playlists: Vol. Ben Frost puts a lot of thought into his music, technically and conceptually. His song titles and interviews pack his dense, throbbing scrawls with allusions to everything from biochemistry to Ghostbusters. This is somewhat ironic, as the main capacity of his music is to overwhelm rational thought. It registers in the limbs and viscera, not in the mind. The result has a rough but elaborate physical presence—something huge and shuddering running on filthy kerosene, about to snap a belt or throw a bolt and maim the operator.
These Days The Black Hippy member skillfully mixes the artful and the gangsta on his third album. The laid-back pop-rap duo are less frat and more informed on their self-titled effort. Aleister X. Keepin' It Real. Conceptually restless and stylistically dizzying, the second album from this N. Pitch Black Prism. Whether it's moody hip-hop or moody electronica depends on the track, but Alias' effort is dark and down all around. Army of the Pharaohs. In Death Reborn.
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