Essentials: Holiday Heat


Friday the 9th, 2016 is seeing a heavy heaping of hip hop album releases. J. Cole, The Dream, Ab-Soul, Tech N9ne, and Post Malone all have records dropping, just to name a few notable project premieres.

Though this may seem like sensory overload, don’t forget about all of the holiday heat that has surfaced in the week past! Check out these latest and greatest hip hop offerings in between your full album listen throughs to mix things up:

CJ Fly ft. Devontée – “Get It Done”

Pro Era spitter CJ Fly joins the 12/9 club, dropping his sophomore album “Flytrap” for his fans to much anticipation. “Get It Done” is the first single released off the project, and explores CJ’s tireless work ethic with plenty of swagger pumped into the feel. CJ’s hook says it all “Gotta make myself my own plate / There ain’t a task I had that I ain’t never complete / And I’m doin’ pretty good so who am I to complain” Watching CJ Fly and the rest of Pro Era grow and mature has been a pleasure, the future is certainly bright for the NYC crew.

Borgore – Magic Trick Feat. Juicy J 

This one is for all of our dirty dubstep fans out there. Borgore, Israeli dubstep icon, creates madness with “Magic Trick” and brings Juicy J along for the ride. The song had been unleashed in a live setting but the song is now available for listeners everywhere. Juicy J gets straight braggadocios, spitting cold lyrics about his lavish lifestyle over Borgore’s insane electronic escapades. This track will get you hype.

Kelechi – Play With My Hair

ATL’s Kelechi coming with the feel good track to warm us up in the cold December wind. “Play With My Hair” shows off Kelechi’s ability to combine his singing and rapping talents seamlessly, mingling with a warm production to create a fireplace-type experience. Show your loved ones some extra affection by sharing this sweet song in their feed.

My Shot – The Hamilton Mixtape (Feat. Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Joell Ortiz)

You don’t need to see Hamilton to appreciate the magic created with The Hamilton Mixtape. Lin Manuel Miranda collected some of the biggest names in popular urban music to add their perspective to some of the most impactful Broadway tunes ever to be written. Joell Ortiz, Busta Rhymes, and Black Thought all come correct with intellect, dropping serious knowledge over an incredibly uplifting production (some may remember Thought’s bars from a clip recorded at the Harvard Innovation Lab back in April.) Do yourself a favor and give The Hamilton Mixtape a listen through, goosebumps will certainly ensue.

Curren$y – Defenseless 

Curren$y has always been a favorite of mine, and his latest single, “Defenseless,” offers listeners the New Orleans underground legend’s perspective in today’s turbulent times. He feels that “The vocal booth is more important than the voting booth,” a sentiment that many artists will wholeheartedly agree with. The song is dedicated to Joe McKnight, a former NFL player from New Orleans killed recently in what’s reported to be a road rage incident. “Defenseless” is a sobering song to say the least, showing the depth and quality craft Curren$y can tap, even a year into releasing a project a month.

Louis Pratt