I want y'all to be locked into The DJBooth at all times. Not just because every pageview matters, but because we post a lot of new music and the thought of you missing what could potentially be your new favorite song keeps me awake at night. I get paid to do this, so it's easy for me to listen to everything we feature, but for you, a student or an adult with a job that isn't as absurd as music writer, I know it's hard to stay that glued to The DJBooth. No worries, we've got you covered.
Here is some of the dope DJBooth-featured material from the past seven days (plus an extra Labor Day day) that you might have missed, with an emphasis on the indie and underground (because it's a lot harder to miss the superstars). You can thank me later.
This one sounds literally nothing like its name, and that is totally OK with me. Instead of a hard-hitting, bone-chilling effort, Taylor Thrash is cooler than the other side of the pillow on Godzilla. However, don't mistake the laid-back vibe of the track for lack of emotion. Despite the relaxed tone, Thrash still has a ton of energy and charisma. Thrash might be the headliner, but to me, this effort is made by DJ Cam Quartet's beat. I know summer is essentially over, but this jazzy, fluttering production makes it sound like June. I could listen to this beat on loop for hours and, in fact, I did. The amount of spins this got over the weekend is unhealthy.
Hailing from D.C., of course I had to include some Diamond District! Now, one might think that I am just blindly supporting this hometown trio, but that would mean that one didn't actually, you know, listen to First Step. If you are hip-hop purist, then this is the effort of the week for you. When it comes to pure, no fucking nonsense hip-hop, there are few better doing it than Oddisee. In my mind, the producer/rapper (who showcases both skills on this effort) is one of the most under-appreciated artists in the game. It only takes one listen to this effort to understand why that is, but then you'll remember that Oddisee is only one third of Diamond District. yU and Uptown XO rock the mic too and are equally responsible for the pure, unbridled sound that is Diamond District. It is great to have them back!
The record dropped on the Friday of a holiday weekend...and it's headler has the stage name Lil Herb. Those are two reasons why you might have missed the latest cut from the Chicago drill rapper, but as much as it may surprise some the effort was definitely one of the best of the week. I don't personally like the drill music scene, but lately, Herb has been showing promise as, you know, a really respected emcee. Of course it doesn't matter when you have two of Chi-Town's most popular emcees lending a helping hand. Here, Herb is joined by both Common and Chance The Rapper. Obviously, those two stars are the big draw, but Herb impressed me so much that I'm starting to think I was wrong about him. I have to check out his last mixtape to be sure, but this one is great regardless.
If I'm being honest, I had no damn clue who this IshDARR character was before last week. If I'm remaining honest, August is exceptional! I'm pretty in touch with the hip-hop scene these days (you know, because it's my job) and, every once and a while, I come across an artist unknown yet amazing and it makes me marvel at how many talented individuals there really are in this field; discovering IshDARR was one of those moments. Plus, he's only 18! When I was 18, I was getting blackout drunk the second night of college. IshDARR on the other hand is creating crisp, unique hip-hop. I'll be bumping August well into December.
Like with IshDARR, I wasn't previously that familiar with Hannibal King. Also like Ish, I was very impressed with his latest work. I came to find out that Hannibal is a producer-turned-emcee and it makes so much sense; the beats on Floral Print are phenomenal. Not all producers can make the transition to the mic, but Hannibal sounds just as comfortable in the booth as he does behind the boards. What stands out to me most about this unexpectedly dope project is the way King blends in some pure instrumentals to a standard rap cut; it's a lost art. As a production-driven listener, I love a good beat tape, so to have a few instrumentals mixed in with your regular rap tunes is a welcome treat and makes Floral blossom. Grab it now!
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net. His favorite album is “College Dropout,” but you can also tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @LucasDJBooth.]