Kentucky rapper Allen Poe’s latest offering “Free My Mind” is as introspective as it is infectious, creating a cunning soundtrack fit to accompany an episode of The Twilight Zone--if it were set in New York in the late 1990s, that is. The song, which features Cashius Green and production by Beatnick Dee, is set to appear on Allen Poe’s forthcoming Composure EP. Of the song, Allen Poe explains, “‘Free My Mind’ is me wanting a better world while being unwilling to replace my apathetic lens of doubtful mistrust in humanity for a rose-colored one."
Much like the track suggests, his forthcoming EP will explore similar topics, carrying timely messages and storytelling nuanced by America's stormy social climate and packing modern substance with classic styles. “If America is culturally and politically diseased/divided, we are refusing ourselves some of the best medicine we have and it's often as cheap as a free Soundcloud stream or Bandcamp purchase equal to the cost of a value meal,” Poe added in a statement to REVOLT.
Allen Poe's 7-track EP is slated for an October 27 release via Below System Records. Pre-order available here.
After lending his talents to Jean Grae and Quelle Chris’ new album, Everything’s Fine, which dropped at the tail end of March, Your Old Droog has returned with a new off-the-top offering, titled “Live from NYC.”
During the four-minute freestyle, Droog goes in over an instrumental provided by Mono En Stereo, with both complimenting each other’s affinity for Golden Era aesthetic and authenticity. Over a boom-bap beat, the New York rapper smoothly raps his piece, casually drifting between calm self-assurance and melodic braggadocio.
“Me? I won’t be shocked when my work is in the MoMA,” he spits. “Plus I never cared much for certification / Word to my G.E.D and Kindergarten diplomas / Since then the poems as sick as lymphoma.”
Elsewhere in the track, Your Old Droog also shares gems about his place as a fixture in the independent hip-hop scene, spits game about the music industry and further reminds fans how he truly is a diamond in the rough (especially when it comes to today’s era of mumble rap).
Check out Your Old Droog’s latest, above.
The coveted season of summer releases is now upon us.
After announcing he’s joined the G.O.O.D Music roster earlier this year and shortly following up the news with his debut project GOOD Job, You Found Me, Chicago artist Valee is back with his latest.
The new song, “Womp Womp,” recruits beloved crooner Jeremih, with the two complimenting each other in a rather curious way over a Cássio-produced instrumental. While the track doesn’t quite qualify as a summer anthem, it does hold the potential to be a sleeper hit, scoring points for its minimalistic experimentation.
Check out Valee and Jeremih’s latest, “Womp Womp,” above.
Moneybagg Yo and Jeezy are keeping things cool, calm and collected.
While it may be interesting timing for the pair to drop a track named “February” given that we've arrived at the top of the summer, neither rapper has forged their reputations by keeping things predictable.
The new collab features the Atlanta veteran and the Memphis newcomer trading verses, with each paying homage to what motivates them to keep hustling.
Check it out above.