Oddisee & Phonte “Requiem”

For the past eight years Mello Music Group releases have been a staple in my Hip Hop diet. Today the label announces that they will be releasing a compilation project titled “Persona” which “unveils the murderer’s row that is the Mello roster of 2015.” The project will be released on March 10th and features the work of Oddisee, Apollo Brown, yU, L’Orange, Red Pill, Open Mike Eagle, Rapper Big Pooh, Quelle Chris teamed up with timeless innovators like Phonte (Little Brother), Blockhead, Ras Kass, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Oh No, Masta Ace, and Bilal Salaam.

Today Mello Music Group gives us the first offering, a smooth track produced by Oddisee and featuring himself along with Phonte on the vocal tip. “Requiem” finds Oddisee and Phonte waxing poetic about the issues we are going through today and finding a better way.

Be on the lookout for more from “Persona” and Mello Music Group in the future.

Jamla Is The Squad [Stream]

This time last week, the previews for the Jamla Is The Squad compilation album were super heavy. “No Competition” & “15 Minutes of Fame” were my favorites and those collabs set the tone for the full project that dropped today. 9th Wonder‘s label pulled out all the stops for the 25 (!) new tracks with production primarily helmed by Khrysis and the boss man himself. Jamla artists Rapsody, GQ, Heather Victoria, the newest signee, Chicago’s Add-2, and more all appear on the album, with big-name features from Talib Kweli, Phonte, Blu, Pete Rock, Lecrae, and BJ The Chicago Kid also appearing. Hosted by Statik Selektah. Stream and purchase below via the good friends at DJ Booth.

http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/embed/jamla-is-the-squad

Talib Kweli, eLZhi, & Phonte “No Competition”

Here’s your new hip hop add to the rotation today. It features new raps, real good ones too, from Talib Kweli, eLZhi, & Phonte over a tight production from Khrysis for the upcoming Jamla Records compilation album, Jamla Is The Squad. Whoo. I’m running this one back, specifically for eLZhi’s verse if I had to pick one. Enjoy!

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*Tibs Fav.