Dedekind – CONVERSATIONS WITH ANGELS (ft. DJ Shadow, Chino Amobi)

What do you even say about something like this. This is the kind of thing that pushes music and art forward. This is the kind of thing that has value beyond it’s ability to be sold. It’s radical, in many senses of the word. Radicalism is the only thing that will push politics, art, and society forward. Thank you Dedekind.

WIKI – Lil Me

NYC rapper Wiki of the trio RATKING dropped his first solo mixtape entitled “Lil Me” yesterday, which comes nearly three years after putting out his debut solo EP 1993. The 18 track tape dominantly features production from RATKING’s Sporting Life with guest producers Madlib, Kaytranada, Sykwlkr, Harry Fraud and many more. The tape is also littered with awesome guest verses from the likes of Skepta, Antwon, RATKING’s Hak, and Jesse James Solomon. Lil Me is at times as punk as much of RATKING’s music but mostly forms its own soulful core. The production stands out on this tape, but it’s impossible to say it does more so than Wiki’s seamlessly effortless rapping. At just 22 years old, the Irish/Puerto Rican grit king from Manhattan has seemed to have mastered the art of spitting fat rhymes through his character fitting busted front teeth. The widely overlooked RATKING debut So It Goes features tons of material old heads would cream to, so feel free to get one to shut up by showing them that or Lil Me. Wiki may not be one of the best rappers out (though I would disagree), but he’s making better music than a lot of the others people would place in front of him.

Mick Jenkins – Alchemy (Prod. by Lee Bannon)

This joint so hot, it’d probably evaporate Mick’s bottle of water. Seriously. I’ve always been a Mick Jenkins supporter, but this is definitely the best I’ve heard him. Lee Bannon, whom I just saw on the Ratking x Trash Talk tour, absolutely kills the production with the help of ThemPeople. As someone who’s always found Mick slightly preachy, this track definitely suites my styles.

Wave[s] coming soon. I’m officially excited.