New Music: “Soldier” by Young Planet Young Planet

Stripped down emotion. Emerging Brooklyn duo Young Planet’s latest showcases their limitless talents as producers, MCs and vocalists, releasing a track that stands out as a powerful offering in their oft-upbeat, hip-hop driven catalog. Per the group, “This was an emotional one to write and hits close to home. No drums, no bass, all emotion!”

With lots of new music in the works, YP adds, “This year is all about stepping completely outside the box and not worrying about a lane, genre or demographic at all. That’s why this song feels right to share with you now.”

New Music: “Live from NYC (freestyle)” by Your Old Droog your old droog

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.