It's been a minute since we checked in with homie Miss Special, rewind a few years back to her days at SFSU and she ran a highly successful show bringing in everyone you could imagine from Freddie Gibbs to Dom Kennedy, Fashawn and many more through Special Sundays. Now she's working at 106 KMEL under Big Von, and runs "Special Education" segment where she's done episodes with Raekwon, Action Bronson, and many more. It's dope to see her going strong, and for her latest episode she brings in the legendary Alchemist for a fun segment where we get some backstory into some projects he's done, and people he's worked with from Evidence to Planet Asia - check that out above.
Since their debut release Wildfire, the Bay Area group D2E has been on the move, recently liberated this mellowed out cut, contrasting the earth rattling energy of their previous visuals to "Powers". Warm guitar strings are found surrounded by soothing chants in this boombap fueled production from Oakland's multifaceted talent 1-O.A.K. as the three emcees pen some crafty verses. Azure, Dayvid Michael and Clyde Shankle can always be counted upon for some whimsical wordplay, stream their latest below.
What a huge weekend, those in the Bay Area especially feeling the presence of our LGBT community as the Supreme Court justices made the decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, immediately prior to Pride weekend. In celebration of the beauty of free love for all, Sacramento based producer Whoarei liberated this latest gem, utilizing his signature whispery vocals in an ethereal blend of synths. This one is nice, and after appearing on Nosaj Thing's Fated, you can expect his debut to arrive via Timetable Records soon.
The good folks over at Fake Shore Drive are your mainstay for all things Chicago and Midwest related in rap, a hub of local and nationally known acts from the Windy City were first found on that site well before many people have heard their names. Here they've provided us with a recap of Chance The Rapper's "TIP Fest" which went down in Chicago earlier this week, where he brought out Kendrick Lamar to everyone's surprise, and of course Donnie Trumpet with who he just released Surf alongside The Social Experiment.
Toro y Moi departs from his typically upbeat sound in lieu of a gloomy, haunting bit of production on "That Instead of This", one of two new tracks he's recently unveiled while on tour. An ominous cut coming in at just over a minute and a half in length, Toro continually shows his diverse sound with the more music he puts out into the world, his last album What For? an eclectic 10 track album. Stream two new tracks from Toro below, including a collaborative cut with Kool A.D. and SAFE entitled "2 Late".
Raury's "Devil's Whisper" dropped just recently, and man if this video doesn't make the already exhilirating tune that much better. Fans of Raury will take it by no surprise, but this guy's definitely on to something, his visuals have always been standout, from his emergence with "Cigarette Song" to his latest. This one follows Raury on a journey to vanquish evil forces astray, playing off the title of the track in the spirit of temptations that later turn out to be nothing positive after all (check out the Two 9 cameo). Raury massacres the tail end of this track, and with the recent noise he's been making (check out this Sway appearance) I'm sure we can expect a new project from him soon.
Back in March, Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One decided they weren't for the play play and dropped a collaborative project, "Without Your Love" a bonus track available only in Japan. Invoking the musicality of another era, Jake One lets the funk flow as vivacious horns resound amongst an array of groove heavy synths and percussion while Mayer's soulful crooning rolls effortlessly forth. If this one doesn't make you move, I'm not sure what will - go check their BBNG and Kaytranada remix of "The Right Time" while you're at it and catch the two on tour this summer.
New visuals today from Lucki Eck$ for a cut off his recent mixtape X which brought in the likes of Chance The Rapper, Young Chop, skywlkr and more in a hazy drug influenced soundscape. "Lowlife" is just that, as the young Chicagoan lets us know a plethora of reasons he's a lowlife in a clever uttering of bars - check out the Jake Osmun directed video above.