No disrespect to the rappers in this particular XXL cypher, but Clear Soul Forces is the antidote to that side of the culture if you find it disheartening. I’ve known CSF for a while but these days I’m appreciating them more than ever.

Was watching some bigfoot stuff the other day and thought of this.

I don’t know if I can call people kids yet, being 24 and all, but my peers and younger need to know about Thrust. The man is literally a Canadian professor (for more info, enroll in Toronto’s Harris Institute). For those of who who don’t really like Drake singing sweetly in your ear but want to listen to music from North of the border, please peep these tracks.

By the way, Thrust, if you’re looking for beats shoot me a message on Twitter. I know a few young producers who want to work with you.


J Dilla- “Let the King Ascend” (Instrumental)

Also the opening track for De La Soul’s Smell the DA.I.S.Y Dilla tribute tape.

I listened to this at least 8 times back to back before I was struck by the type of stuff only catalyzed by Dilla tracks. Thanks friend.

AZ- “The Format”

Now I don’t take XXL’s word as gospel, but I’m always interested in their Freshman selections because the people they choose are making noise.

These were the only two guys that I had never heard of in the 2016 class, and despite the fact that I love the music of the rest of the student body (Lil Uzi Vert Lil Yachty in particular), I realize that these artists annoy the traditionalists.

This freestyle, however, exists so that even the most stern and staunch hip hop purists won’t be able to say that the Freshman iterations are whack,

No-pause flow with heavy, non-homogenous beats.

What a perfect beat for Doom. It flows (like honey) in a way that lets him talk in his molasses prose — spilling words in places typically ignored by rappers.